East of June – a trio composed of vocalist Emily Rath, guitarist Kyle Mortensen and former Incubus bassist Dirk Lance – have a sound that blends whimsical electronica with a distinctly late '70s/early '80s production style. The result: enveloping arrangements with melodies that'll stick in your head for days after listening.
Rebel – the band's first single, released in 2019 – highlights this musical style brilliantly. It's a four-minute mid-tempo track featuring an electronically influenced four-to-the-floor beat, synth arpeggios and a pretty shredding guitar solo, the latter of which guitarist Kyle Mortensen joins us today to take you through.
Sick Riffs is a Guitar World video series designed to help guitarists affected by the coronavirus. Self-isolating players around the world have each filmed a lesson where they teach you one of their own guitar riffs, up close and personal. If you dig the lesson, we encourage you to buy music and merch from the artist or stream their music.