Get the brand new, long-awaited release from Philip Sayce, "Peace Machine". The guitarist for Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Healey and Uncle Kracker has stepped out in front for this release, along with Kenny Aronoff on drums, Mark Browne on bass and Fred Mandell on keyboards. The CD features 14 raw, soulful and explosive tracks that will leave you wanting more. The "Peace Machine" sessions began on February 14th 2005, the day after a historic Grammy performance, at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA. Recorded primarily live in a day and a half, it captures the essence of a Philip Sayce gig. The songs were written by Philip and include collaborations with Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Jonny Lang) and Academy Award nominee Christopher Wilkinson. Many of the songs such as "Angels Live Inside'" were written from very deep and personal experiences. Here's what Boulder Weekly said about Philip Sayce, "And tearing it up on the electric guitar is new kid on the Block, Philip Sayce. Not only does he have the chops of a guitar god, but he looks the part." Order your copy now and experience "Peace Machine" today! © 1996-2012 Guitar Nine http://www.guitar9.com/peacemachine.html
Philip Sayce is without a doubt amongst the most promising blues-rock guitarists around at the moment and although he is relatively heavier than the majority of his contemporaries, he lacks none of the emotion shown by similar artists such as Joe Bonamassa and Gary Moore. One thing that is immediately evident about the young Welsh born guitarist/singer/songwriter is that he’s not afraid to rock out and while his music is doubtlessly rooted to the blues many of the songs on this album could easily fit into the Hard Rock genre. Not least album opener, One Foot In The Grave, which with it’s high energy riffing sets the tone of the album perfectly. As following track, Save Me From Myself, continues in similar fashion, it’s clear that Philip Sayce is not only an exceptional guitarist but a great songwriter and vocalist too. The Hendrix-esque Slip Away is perhaps one of the most memorable songs on the album and features one of Sayce’s most breathtaking solos. The first song to really divert from the heavy blues formula is Angels Live Inside, which starts off as an acoustic led ballad before picking up pace for another superb solo. One of the albums most memorable riffs belongs to Blood On Your Hands, which combined with an anthemic chorus, makes for a classy rocker. The album’s only cover is a version of Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl, which whilst staying close to the original sounds just as heavy as the rest of the album. Over My Head was the album’s lead single and, although it only achieved moderate chart success, has ‘AOR Classic’ written all over it. This is followed by one of the album’s standout tracks, the five minute instrumental, Alchemy, which is quite possibly one of the most beautiful pieces of guitar orientated music written in recent years. On the other end of the scale songs like the heavy rocker All I Want and the funky Powerful Thing benefit from the album’s raw yet powerful production and provide the perfect contrast for the bluesier tracks like the aforementioned instrumental. The album closes with the epic eleven minute title track, which owes more than a little to Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile and is the prefect way to end one of the best blues rock albums of the 00’s. Overall Peace Machine is an album that is full of potential and if there's any justice in the world it's an album that will see Philip Sayce go on to be as big as those who inspired him. Review by & © Jamie Twort USER October 8th, 2010 [4.0 excellent] © 2013 Sputnikmusic.com http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/39535/Philip-Sayce-Peace-Machine/
“Peace Machine” was recorded mainly live over 36 hours Philip Sayce and his band at Ocean Studios, Burbank, California – the day after Philip performed with Melissa Etheridge at The Grammy Awards! At times this album touches on AOR, however the music never reaches that slick commercial West Coast sound and there are enough well written songs and brilliant lead guitar playing to make it HR by A.O.O.F.C. Listen to Philip's "Innerevolution" album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 181 Mb]
TRACKS / COMPOSERS
1 One Foot In The Grave - Sayce 3:11
2 Save Me From Myself - Sayce 4:00
3 Slip Away - Sayce 5:15
4 Powerful Thing - Sayce, Frederiksen, Chycki 4:42
5 Angels Live Inside - Sayce 3:57
6 Dream Away - Sayce, Frederiksen 5:50
7 Sweet Misery - Sayce, Frederiksen 3:57
8 Blood On Your Hands - Sayce 3:05
9 Cinnamon Girl - Young 4:16
10 Over My Head - Sayce, Wilkinson, Rivele 5:21
11 Alchemy - Sayce 5:06
12 All I Want - Sayce, Wilkinson 2:46
13 Morning Star - Sayce, Pereira, Barry, Annibalini 5:06
14 Peace Machine - Sayce 14:19
15 Arianrhod - Sayce, Cobb 7:20
Philip Sayce - Guitars, Vocals
Mark Browne - Bass
Roger Bueno - Bass on "Arianrhod"
Fred Mandell - Organ, Keyboards
Kenny Aronoff - Drums, Percussion
Joey K - Drums on "Arianrhod"
Lily Wilson - Background Vocals on "Powerful Thing"
Philip Sayce was born in Aberystwyth, Wales on June 3, 1976. His family moved to Toronto, ON when he was two years old. Both of his parents were very much into music and encouraged creativity to their children. Philip learned to play the piano and guitar among other instruments. With inspiration from Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, he soon began to focus more closely on the guitar. By the time he was fifteen years old, he was playing in his first band. It was about this time that Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash. This deeply affected Philip and motivated him to switch to guitar. Philip has said that his first guitar was a Sears acoustic with strings "about four feet off the fret board" and he carried it around in a garbage bag. This did not stop his amazing progress. From 1992-2001, Philip loved playing at bars in Toronto, including Grossman's Tavern where he developed a loyal following. Philip recorded his first album, The Philip Sayce Group, at age twenty. In 1997, he joined the Jeff Healey Band and toured the world with them for almost four years. Philip appeared on Jeff Healey's 2000 realease, Get Me Some. In early September 2001, Philip and his then girlfriend (now wife), Kelly moved to Los Angeles, California to seek more musical opportunities. Shortly after, he landed a spot with Uncle Kracker. He toured with Uncle Kracer for eighteen months, appearing on Regis and Kelly, Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve, CBS The Early Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to name a few. In 2002, Philip starred in and wrote the music for the short film, Cockroach Blue, which recieved great review at the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival. In late 2003, while playing around with amps at Westwood Music in Los Angeles, Philip came across John Shanks. Just a week earlier, Melissa Etheridge has told John Shanks that she was looking for a new guitarist. After talking with Philip for a while, John called Melissa and reccomended Philip to her. After a "practice" with Kenny Aronoff (drummer) and Mark Browne (bassist) and a lunch with Melissa herself, Philip got the spot. At twenty-seven years old, Philip joined Melissa's band to record her 2004 album, Lucky. The Lucky Tour involved packed venues across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Philip also appears on her Lucky Live DVD. On December 21, 2004 Philip married his fellow Canadian girlfriend, Kelly! In 2005, Philip performed with Melissa Etheridge at the Grammy Awards as well as releasing his second album, Peace Machine. He can be heard on a few tracks of her greatest hits album, The Road Less Travelled. Philip toured with Melissa during her 2006 tour. While recording Melissa Etheridge's new album, The Awakening, he performed her eco-hit, I Need To Wake Up, with her at the 2007 Acadamy Awards. In September 2007, The Awakening was released and Philip appeared on the live recording/filming of the album as well as the Tyra Banks show, Today show, and Regis and Kelly. 2007 was also the year that Philip released his third album, Silver Wheel of Stars. Philip toured with Melissa again during the summer of 2008 on her Revival Tour. In late 2008, Philip appeared on Melissa Etheridge's Christmas album, A New Thought For Christmas, where his performance gave a whole new meaning to Christmas music. He did not appear in the live show due to an injury. In early 2009, Philip hired Joel Gottschalk (bass), Ryan MacMillan (drums), and Fred Mandel (keyboards) as his band therefore creating Philip Sayce and the Fury. In summer of 2009, Peace Machine was released in Europe under Provogue Records. Philip Sayce and the Fury will be on tour in Europe in Fall 2009. Philip hopes to realese his fourth album in 2010 and he would like to tour more with his band. It is expected that Philip will be heard on Melissa Etheridge's future album, Songs of Love and Fear. © Confessions of a Philip Sayce Fan © http://philipsaycefan.weebly.com/about-philip.html
Sayce was born in Aberystwyth, but family moved to Canada when he was two years old, and he grew up in Toronto. His parents, Kenneth and Sheila, listened to music by Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and Dire Straits, among many other artists. His parents’ love of music inspired his love for the guitar, and he also played the piano and trombone for over 10 years. He was fifteen years old when he played in his first band. Sayce and his best friend, drummer Cassius Pereira, played in bands together throughout high school, holding band practice in their basements. Sayce's style is strongly influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose untimely death in August 1990 greatly affected the young guitarist. Sayce began playing in Toronto clubs at the age of sixteen. He quickly became a regular fixture on Toronto’s bar-scene. Some of the clubs Sayce frequented were Grossman's Tavern, The Silver Dollar, Blues on Bellair, The Horseshoe Tavern, and Albert's Hall in Toronto, known for their famous jam sessions with artists such as Robbie Robertson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan and Jeff Healey. His other musical influences include B. B. King, Albert King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, and Robert Cray. Sayce joined Healey's band in 1997 and toured the world for three and a half years, playing such places as Baden Baden, Germany, Brazil, Finland and the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Sayce quickly gained notoriety as a teenage axe-slinger through his regular gigs at Toronto clubs, and he gradually developed a solid fan base. Sayce moved to Los Angeles to expand his music career. He soon landed a gig with Uncle Kracker and toured with him for eighteen months. With Uncle Kracker, Philip appeared on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Regis and Kelly, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The CBS Early Show. Sayce also wrote the music for the 2002 short film, Cockroach Blue, which he also starred in. It was produced and directed by award-winning Robert Crossman. The film was shown at the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival and received popular acclaim. In the fall of 2003, Sayce unexpectedly met John Shanks at an impromptu jam session in the amp department at Westwood Music in Los Angeles. Coincidentally, just a week before, two-time Grammy award winner Melissa Etheridge had mentioned to Shanks that she was looking for a guitar player and was thinking of trying somebody different. Shanks referred Sayce to her and in December 2003, Sayce joined Etheridge and her band for her Lucky Tour. Sayce also appears on Etheridge's Lucky CD and the Lucky Live CD & DVD, released in September, 2004, Melissa Etheridge Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled released in 2005, The Awakening" released in 2007, and A New Thought For Christmas released in September 2008. He also performed on Etheridge's Oscar winning song "I Need To Wake Up" from the Al Gore 2006 documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. Sayce appeared with Etheridge at the 2007 Academy Awards, Live Earth in 2007, The 2005 Grammy Awards as part of a tribute to Janis Joplin (along with Joss Stone), and at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Sayce released his album Peace Machine, on Provogue Records in 2009. He released a second album Innerevolution in Europe, in May 2010. In July 2010, Philip Sayce supported the legendary ZZ Top in Europe and in December 2010, he supported Deep Purple on their French dates.