Charlie Griffiths: “Everyone knows the blues scale – just move it up a semi-tone from your root note and you get a whole new lease on life”

Charlie Griffiths: “Everyone knows the blues scale – just move it up a semi-tone from your root note and you get a whole new lease on life”

Haken guitarist Griffiths’ new Tiktaalika solo album is all about evolution. Its title nods to the 375-million-year-old Tiktaalik fish species that was able to prop itself up and stand on its sturdy fins, acting as a transitional class between ocean-bound fish and four-legged land-walkers. Griffiths is taking an epic leap of his own with his first-ever solo release.

While initially conceived as a 20-minute suite, Tiktaalika ultimately grew into a nine-song fever dream that merges Haken-style complexity with elements of Bay Area thrash, girder-folding metalcore and djent-jazz fusion.

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