Attika 7 Guitarist Rusty Coones on Developing Guitar Technique in Prison
Attika 7 is a new metal band consisting of former Biohazard singer-bassist Evan Seinfeld along with Tony Campos (Soulfly, Ministry, Static-X), famed motorcycle builder Rusty Coones and Dustin Schoenhofer (Walls of Jericho, Bury Your Dead).
The band released an exclusive promo video last week exclusively through Loudwire. Now, we bring you the second Attika 7 video, where Coones discusses his guitar roots and learning to play in prison and Evan Seinfeld lists off some of his major influences growing up.
“The first time I played the guitar was probably when I was around 9,” says Coones. “My dad had guitars when I was a kid. He played for a long time, and I used to pick them up and mess around with them, but I didn’t know what I was doing — ended up breaking one of his guitars on the concrete one time, so he said, ‘You know, I think I’m gonna get you your own guitar.'”
Coones goes on to describe how he began to perceive his current approach to the guitar while spending time behind bars. “The technique that I use in playing is something I developed in prison. It’s a combination of some of the modes that people normally use, some pentatonics and a lot stuff that I come up with myself. I didn’t have records, CD’s or anything to listen to so I had to go with what was in my head.”
“We both grew up on rock and metal,” Seinfeld explains. “What we had in common was that when we both heard Sabbath [for the first time], our eyes lit up.”
Check out our exclusive premiere of the second Attika 7 teaser below: