Geoff Tyson is an American record producer and musician currently living in Prague. Those of you in the habit of reading the small print on albums may recognise his name from his days with T-Ride, whose complex instrumental metal was widely acclaimed if not widely bought.
Still, they got to tour the world with Joe Satriani and White Zombie amongst others before going their separate ways. Then it was a stint with Snake River Conspiracy before he formed Stimulator with singer Susan Hyatt. They managed to place a pile of songs in movies and TV shows, as well as touring with Duran Duran and performing on the Van's Warped Tour. But that didn't work out either, and now Geoff is plying his trade as a one man band with this debut solo album.
As a former student of Joe Satriani you might have expected him to head down the widdle road, but that's not his way. Instead, he's taken an eclectic route through a vast array of rock genres, from heavy metal to country rock and all points in between. Geoff himself has described it as "Prince meets Pink Floyd. It has a good feeling. It's guitar-driven rock you can listen to while you're shagging." Well, maybe not, but you can't blame a man for giving it the hard sell.
Actually, the Pink Floyd reference isn't that far off when you take a listen to tunes like "RiverBleue," where the peeling, melodic guitar lines are very David Gilmour. Then he heads off into Tea Party territory on the Middle Eastern patterned "Goodnight" before going power pop on "The Urge." As I said, eclectic, although you'll struggle to find any parallels to Prince. Although he does play all the instruments on the album, so I suppose that does count.