Philip Sayce – Influence (CD)

Influence (CD)

  • Philip Sayce played with Jeff Healey, Uncle Kracker, Melissa Etheridge
  • One of the most exciting rock/blues guitarist on the scene
  • Had a huge momentum boost after winning a spot at Eric Clapton's latest Crossroads concert at Madison Square Garden
  • Vinyl is 180grams and limited to 1000 copies, 1 print run only.

‘Influence’ is an apt title for an album from arguably the most under heralded guitar hero on the circuit. Philip Sayce grew up during the ‘80s. The Welsh born axe hero, who came of age in Canada, avoided hair metal, prog-rock and missed out on alt-rock. The charismatic Sayce is a throwback. That’s evident after a spin of ‘Influence.’

The leadoff track, ‘Tom Devil,’ is a psychedelic stunner, which proves that Sayce is a master of the six string. “That song is about paying tribute to the music we (blues artists) celebrate,” Sayce says. “It’s the opposite of Auto-Tune and whatever the flavor of the month is.”

‘Sailin’ Shoes’ is a mighty tip of the cap to the man, who changed modern blues guitar, Jimi Hendrix. “I couldn’t help but do a homage to the master,” Sayce says. “My take on this one was just to go all out and have fun. Hendrix is another one of those guys, who really moved me at an early age.”

Sayce proves to be unpredictable. He surprises with ‘Fade Into You,’ a changeup of sorts, which is a moody, moving piece, which showcases his guitar brilliance. Sayce hits the bullseye with ‘Fade Into You,’ because like most great art, it’s inspired by real experience.

“It comes from a very hurt, sad, dark place. It’s about being screwed over in the music business.”

But Sayce, who is still so young and vital, kept plugging along and has bounced back with a sonic masterpiece, which features blazing guitar licks and unbridled joy, particularly when he renders covers, such as the Little Richard gem, ‘Green Power.’ It’s a relatively obscure R&B cut, which is a tight tune that builds and builds that the legendary vocalist-pianist crafted during the ‘70s.