Do it Yourself

The Seahorses

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Do it Yourself

Two of my favorite musical flavors — power-pop and guitar solos — rarely get mixed together. For some reason, power-pop acts think solos should max-out at eight bars — or maybe their guitarists just aren't good enough to exceed that. John Squire was good enough. In '96, after the collapse of Stone Roses, he formed The Seahorses with a bunch of unknowns from New York. The tunes are grabby, the vocals punchy, with Oasis-like harmonies, but it's Squire's guitar work — knotty and dexterous — that adds the extra spice. On "Love is the Law," he even cuts loose for a four-minute flurry that leads to a big Cream-style finish. As far as I can discern, Do It Yourself was The Seahorses' only album. To call it an obscure gem would be an understatement.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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