Chris Forsyth is a lauded guitarist and songwriter whose work assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences. Long active in underground circles, he has released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock under his own name including 2011's Paranoid Cat (Family Vineyard) and 2012's Kenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy). His most recent release, Solar Motel (Paradise of Bachelors) has been called one of 2013's best releases by the New Yorker, Uncut, Aquarium Drunkard, Frontier Psychiatrist, Pop Matters, and others, provoking ecstatic comparisons to classic artists like Television, The Grateful Dead, Popul Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Richard Thompson, Robert Quine, John Fahey, and Glenn Branca. In spring 2013, Forsyth formed The Solar Motel Band with longtime bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin') and drummer Steven Urgo (ex-The War on Drugs), and introduced the band with a month-long residency at Ortlieb's in Philly that ignited a storm of blog praise when the shows were posted on Soundcloud. Their recent 18-date US tour generated more waves of praise, with Aquarium Drunkard calling them "one of the most raved-about live acts on the road today," and the Chicago Reader commenting "if you take 'classic' to mean “archetypal,” I don’t mind saying that Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band are currently the acme of classic rock. " Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band will release a live LP, Solar Live 11.15.13 (Electric Ragtime) on Record Store Day and their first studio release Intensity Ghost, will be out on No Quarter in October.
"(Solar Motel) is some kind of masterpiece, a four-part suite of ecstatic, spiritual psychedelia that splits the difference between unabashed classic rock thrills and a spikey avant garde sense of adventure. Try to imagine Television circa 1977 recording a cover of Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has A Master Plan” and you’re halfway there." - Aquarium Drunkard
"9/10. It’s a fierce, exploratory rec