Scott "Wino" Weinrich - Saint Vitus / Shrinebuilder / Premonition 13
Lace Equipment: Wino's LifersWhat can you say about Scott "Wino" Weinrich that hasn't already been said and meant and then printed in a thousand rock magazines across the globe? The man is a living legend, a rock n' roll lifer, one of the great singers and guitar players of his generation-or any generation, for that matter. He's forgotten more about guitar playing than most so-called guitar players can seem to remember. His tone is thick, heavy, soulful-and instantly recognizable. His voice is the voice of hard living and harder experience-battered, banished, but never, ever broken.
Over the course of the last three decades, Wino has been responsible for many a milestone in the doom rock canon. His work with The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan and the Hidden Hand remains unparalleled. His 1986 debut with Saint Vitus, Born Too Late, was recently inducted into Decibel magazine's Hall Of Fame, where it was hailed as a "stone-cold classic."
Wino's music has by no means been confined to the underground. In 1994, he played guitar in Bullring Brummies, a one-off project that featured Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford and Black Sabbath members Geezer Butler and Bill Ward recording a version of Sabbath's "The Wizard" for Sony Records' Nativity In Black compilation. That same year marked the release of The Church Within, the final studio album from The Obsessed, the power-trio Wino originally formed in Maryland in the late '70s. To promote the record, Columbia Records released a mini-documentary that included Wino testimonials from such respected luminaries as Henry Rollins, Pantera/Down vocalist Phil Anselmo and Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye, who referred to The Obsessed's unbridled heaviness as "the sound of a man getting angry very slowly." In 2004, Wino appeared on Dave Grohl's Probot album, lending his talents to the song "The Emerald Law" and appearing in the video for "Shake Your Blood" alongside Grohl and Motorhead mastermind Lemmy Kilmister.
In recent years, Wino has been more prolific than ever. In 2008, he formed the supergroup Shrinebuilder with Neurosis vocalist/guitarist Scott Kelly, Om/Sleep bassist Al Cisneros and Melvins drummer Dale Crover. The band released their self-titled debut in 2009. That same year, Wino unveiled his own solo debut, Punctuated Equilibrium, and began touring again with the reunited Saint Vitus. In early 2010, he completed an album of acoustic material entitled Adrift. Stripped down and laid bare, Wino's music is no less powerful, no less soulful, no less crucial.
Said Wino, "The first thing I noticed about the Lifers was the sustain. Liquid, silky sustain like you would get from a pedal. At concert volume they have all the low end crunch and highs I would want. Roll down the volume and it gets crystal clear with no hum. I think they sound great!"
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