Buckethead
From the Coop

[Avabella, www.youngbuckethead.com]

The guitarist who's known for playing with a bucket on his head nearly all his life had a humble start. Buckethead was mentored by former Guitar Player editor Jas Obrecht. He let Buckethead crash on his couch. He filmed and recorded him on a number of occasions. "From the Coop" is a peak at Buckethead's earliest demos. He made these in 1988 and when Obrecht heard them, his jaw apparently dropped [this comes as no surprise, after enduring multiple listening sessions with Yngwie Malmsteen!]. The album's nineteen tracks are as rough as one can imagine. Basically, this is one kid messing around with his guitar, fishing for a style he can call his own. There are tid-bits of blues, rock, but mostly, it's standard metal signatures that end up on these demos. "Funkin' Freak" even features some cheap beats that accompany his speed-of-light guitar chomping. Sadly, by the end of it all, most of this stuff lacks the oomph and ends up sounding like an amateur battle of the bands audition. If there's anything the album proves, it's that sometimes one's youth should be safely buried away from public sight.

- Tom Sekowski


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