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As the debut offering from Pink Frost/Big Takeover Records, the label founded by Jack Rabid and Jeff Kelson of The Big Takeover, Doug Gillard's Salamander is an impressive representation of his indie rock pedigree and proof that there will be life after Guided by Voices. Gillard, best known as the guitarist in GBV since 1997 and responsible for the band's classic "I Am a Tree," has also released music with Death of Samantha, Gem, Cobra Verde and as part of Lifeguards with GBV principal Robert Pollard. But Salamander is Gillard's most cohesive work yet as evidenced by the sweet Beatles-like melody that moves "Going Back (To You)." If the fragmented pop of "Fate, Say It Again" holds Pollard's influence, it — like every tune here — also boasts Gillard's musical prowess. The man tackles nearly every instrument (with the exception of drums on a trio of tunes) giving life to rockers like "Symbols, Signs" and "Drip-Nose Boy." And damn if the inspiring "Give Me Something" and the brilliant, upbeat "Valpolicella" aren't future classics of indie rock. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi


Born: December 23, 1965 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the best and busier sidemen in indie rock since the 1980s, Doug Gillard has established himself as a guitarist and songwriter who is just as comfortable with hooky pop tunes as full-on rock & roll, and has released a handful of solo recordings in addition to collaborating with a wide variety of well-respected acts. Gillard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 23, 1965, and first made waves in Ohio as a member of the glam-influenced indie/punk band Death of Samantha, who made their debut...
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