Monte Pittman for “Better or Worse,” is living “Between The Spaces,” of music by releasing two albums at the same time. The longtime Madonna guitarist and former Prong guitar player has ties to the Pop world, but remains very much rooted in Hard Rock and Metal.
Steve Michael caught up with Monte when he rolled through town opening up for former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach. Monte was on the tour trail promoting his two, that’s right I said two, album releases which hit the market on the same day in August. With the help of Brian Slagel and Metal Blade records, this ridiculously talented musician released a full blown electric album “Between The Spaces” and a completely acoustic record “Better Or Worse.” We shoot the shit about growing up in towns where music was not plentiful, and how he first met up with pop icon Madonna. We get into the recording of his latest albums, as well as how he feels about the flow of an album and live show.
I caught Monte’s set which was a high energy wall of bombastic sound that almost seems impossible for three people to produce. Making an extremely conscious effort to ensure his live set flowed, he ran through tunes from not only his latest two releases but also some songs from his first two releases, “Inverted Grasp Of Balance” and “Power Of Three.”
Monte’s music often is like a buzz saw cutting down trees with its ferocity, but it still maintains melody and song structure that is easy to follow and, most importantly for me, lyrics that I can understand. In other words, no “Cookie Monster” vocals here.
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