September 17, 1965 |
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, musician, producer|
- 1 Career
- 2 Equipment
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Rites of Spring and early projects
Picciotto's musical career began in 1984, with the group Rites of Spring. A part of the D.C. post-hardcore scene, Rites of Spring increased the frenetic violence and visceral passion of hardcore while simultaneously experimenting with its compositional rules. Picciotto, as the band's lyricist, as well as singer & guitarist also shifted hardcore into intensely personal realms and, in doing so, is generally credited with creating emo.
Picciotto's early musical resume also includes the bands One Last Wish (1986), Happy Go Licky (1987–1988), Brief Weeds (EPs released circa 1991–1992), and The Black Light Panthers (ongoing sporadic project since 1982), the last two bands both being projects with Brendan Canty. He also created a record label called Peterbilt Records, which released limited-quantity vinyl record albums for the bands Rain, Happy Go Licky, and Deadline, then years later was involved in releasing the album 1986 by One Last Wish, along with Dischord Records.
Though not in the original line up of Fugazi, Picciotto joined very early in the group's career, singing with them by their second show and appearing on all the band's studio recordings.
From the Margin Walker EP on, he also took up 2nd guitar duties, playing characteristically trebly Rickenbacker guitars. After seven albums (13 Songs, Repeater, Steady Diet of Nothing, In on the Kill Taker, Red Medicine, End Hits, The Argument), and several tours, Fugazi went on "indefinite hiatus" in 2003.
Side projects and production work
Picciotto has collaborated and performed with Mats Gustafsson, Vic Chesnutt, and members of the Ex among others. He has also produced numerous albums including, The Gossip's breakthrough record Standing in the Way of Control as well as Blonde Redhead's Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000), Misery Is a Butterfly (2004) and The Blood Brothers final album, Young Machetes. Picciotto played on the Vic Chesnutt albums North Star Deserter (2007) and At the Cut (2009), and accompanied him on a 2009 Fall/Winter North American Tour. He co-produced the films Chain and Museum Hours with Jem Cohen (who made the Fugazi film Instrument).
- Rickenbacker 330 – Picciotto's main guitars are a sunburst Rickenbacker 330 and 2 identical black Rickenbacker 330's all equipped with RIC HB1 humbuckers. He has also occasionally been seen playing a natural-finish 330. The characteristically trebly Rickenbackers allowed Picciotto to make use of sonic space not taken by MacKaye's chunkier, rhythmic guitar playing in Fugazi.
- Rickenbacker 370 – Picciotto's main guitar when he fronted Rites of Spring, One Last Wish and in the first few years with Fugazi was a Mapleglo Rickenbacker 370. It eventually ended up in a state too fragile for live use, but he still used it in the studio right up to The Argument.
- Gibson Les Paul Jr. – During Picciotto's time with Rites of Spring and during the early days of Fugazi (photos show until at least as late as 1993) he could also be seen playing a white, Gibson Les Paul Doublecut Jr with a single P90 pickup. In an NPR interview done in 2011, Picciotto is quoted as having had a Gibson SG Jr. stolen in NYC. The NPR article may be incorrect about it being an SG and it was likely the same Les Paul JR guitar.
- Park 100 Watt heads
- Marshall JCM 800 2203 heads
- Red or Black Marshall JCM 800 4x12 cabinets fitted with 75-watt celestion speakers
Rites of Spring
One Last Wish
- 1986 (1999)
Happy Go Licky
Black Light Panthers
- Peterbilt 12" 82-97 (1997)
- 13 Songs (September 1989)
- Repeater (March 1990)
- Steady Diet of Nothing (August 1991)
- In on the Kill Taker (May 1993)
- Red Medicine (June 1995)
- End Hits (April 1998)
- Instrument Soundtrack (1999)
- The Argument (October 2001)
- "Fugazi Biography." Worldoffugazi.org. Last accessed January 27, 2012.
- Picciotto's first name is French, while his last name is Sicilian
- Prato, Greg. "Biography: Guy Picciotto". AMG. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
- DeRogatis, Jim (1999). "Emo (The Genre That Dare Not Speak Its Name)". Guitar World. Future US, Inc. Retrieved November 16, 2008.
- Fresh Air
. "In Memoriam: Sweet, Sad Rocker Vic Chesnutt," January 7, 2010 .
- "FUGAZI: A guitar gear summary." Effects Bay. Last accessed February 10, 2011.
- Savage, Emily (January 22, 2013). "Rebel girls". San Francisco Bay Guardian.
- Bobbitt, Melissa (January 22, 2013). "Interview - Kathi Wilcox of Bikini Kill". About Entertainment. About.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
- Interview from 2001 at Welcome to Flavor Country
- January 1998 interview with Picciotto in Diskant
- Nude as the News interview with Guy Picciotto (October 2001)
- Pitchfork interview with Picciotto
- Picciotto interview on the Morphizm site
- Exclaim.ca September 2007 interview with Guy Picciotto
- Picciotto's 1999 Fugazi Guitar Rig. GuitarGeek.com