Genre-defying guitarist, Marcus Rezak, will release his highly anticipated debut solo album Gateway to the Galaxy on November 9th. This genre-fluid collection of songs features: Arthur Barrow (Zappa) on Bass, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee) on drums, Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee) on keyboards and legendary saxophonist Bill Evans.
Having a versatile track record of accolades including performing with Digital Tape Machine, Shred is Dead, Katharsis and countless artist-at-large engagements at elite music festivals, “Gateway to the Galaxy” is Rezak’s first venture into recording his own original material and laying down resonant vocals with heartfelt lyrics. Rezak approached the process with no previous preparation except what was inside of his heart and soul and the end result is a 7-track collection that weaves throughout a musical universe of styles including prog, jazz, rock, driven by catchy riffs and of course laced with jaw-dropping guitar shredding.
“The entire album is an expression of my current feelings about life and all points that have lead up until now. I wrote this song in the studio with some help from an incredible studio drummer (Scott Pellegrom) who demoed the tracks with me before Kris Myers re-recorded them at The Attic in Nashville, TN. I used several badass guitars, amps and effects on this track. Lipe USA Guitars, Dennis Fano Guitars, and PRS Guitars. I used a 1960’s Marshall Plexi with 4x12 Basket Weave Cab, early 60’s Fender Twin, Landgraff Overdrive, Analogman, Alesis, Keeley, and other effects. We used several different pre-amps on each instrument to achieve specific sonic ranges including SSL, Neo-Tech, Rupert Neve, and more,” Rezak remarks on the process.
A fun fact for fans of Zappa and epic rock virtuosity: The bass Arthur Barrow used on Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage was used on this album. The same lathe cutting machine that cut Dark Side of the Moon at Capitol Records was used to cut the lacquers for this album. The owner of 3rd Coast Recording Co. where I cut the album is owned by Bill Chrysler monitor engineer for Dead and Company.
“Gateway to the Galaxy” is available for vinyl pre-order at marcusrezak.com on and will be available digitally and on all platforms on November 9th. You can find a full list of tour dates and guest appearances below.
Oct 12th- Cervantes Denver, Rob Compa Bday Hang
Oct 27th - Shred Is Dead, Santa Monica, CA - TRiP.
Oct 31st and Nov 1st - Special Guest w/ Eminence Ensemble, Las Vegas, Hard Rock.
Nov 9th Monday- Full Album Digital Release.
Nov 24th Shred Is Dead, Chicago, IL , Tonic Room
More Dates TBA including CD release shows in LA, Denver, Chicago, NYC