Fastride cut their teeth on the USA’s East Coast, playing clubs and bars like the Whiskey and the Viper Room alongside such luminaries of the rock scene as Black Star Riders, Jake E Lee, Hookers & Blow, and Michael Graves (The Misfits); formed around lead guitarist Ty Asoudegan, an alumnus of Berkelee College of Music who’s been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and name-checked by none other than Guns n’ Roses’ Slash, new single ‘Sin City’ is down and dirty, gritty, no-frills rock n’ roll. Hard-riffing straight from the off, this is proper LA screaming vocals, overdriven guitars, and thundering drums. There’s touches of ‘Slave To The Grind’-era Seb Bach to the vocals, the obligatory rip-snorting guitar break – all pinched harmonics and staccato muted flurries, trills, and hammer-on/pull-off runs – and a shouty, gang-vocal chorus. It’s the essence of 1980’s debauchery – sleazy, trashy, swathed in bandanas and black leather, and reeking of Marlboro and Jack’n’Cokes. Rock and very much roll.
Check out ‘Sin City’ on YouTube; Find Fastride on Facebook.
Review by Alex Holmes
The LA-based Fastride impress yet again with a power rock anthem called ”Tire Slayer” that is polished and catches their irrepressible energy perfectly. This is an excellent act that are on the forefront of rock music that is current but also carries with it, that stunning old-school rock sound.
Ty Asoudegan, who studied at Berklee College of Music, is the leader and the powerful guitarist/songwriter. He is active with his band Fastride and also as a solo blues musician that performs nationally. Ty’s work as a touring musician has led him to share the stage with so many quality artists. He has also pursued teaching since leaving school, but does not limit his lessons to only the classroom. Ty leads ensembles, week long camps, and hosts clinics/seminars at School of Rock locations in the Los Angeles Area. This is a true music fan that wants and does give back to the music community.
”Tire Slayer’‘ slides in with much gusto and is one of the standout rock tracks of 2020. The up-tempo power and splendid riffs shows the quality of this fine band. Fastride just want to rock out and must be itching to jam for their fans live again.
Stream this power track here on YouTube.
Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen