Warren Schimizzi is a guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Roanoke, Virginia, USA. He have been playing, performing and writing music for more than 20 years. Influenced by early Van Halen, Incubus, Muse, Weezer, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Switchfoot and loads of classic rock Warren has released his 5 track Ep entitled “Radio Modular”.
This album exhibits a perfect mix of blues, jamband and classic rock influences. Warren is a true talent in every sense of the word – perfect guitar playing, beautifully written lyrics, and captivating vocals.
Warren Schimizzi is no less than one of those rare, hidden gems you’re lucky to find once in a while. This release sees Warren eschew the more histrionic aspects of rock music and pretty much sallying forth with this rather lovely audio companion.
The songs and the musical performances though driven and thorough in their arrangements are quite understated with the man himself crooning ever so smoothly within the confines of his range, nothing strained, nothing forced.
This makes everything so much more palatable, as the tracks rely more on their intrinsic funky rhythms and strong melody, rather than the usual screaming, shouting and guitar-hero shreddding. The standout tracks in this direction that immediately jump to mind are “All or Nothing” and “Supercharger”.
In terms of specifics it is hard to break the EP down into its components as the songs are so well suited to each other and the recording flows so well it is hard to separate the tunes. Singing and songwriting across the board there is not a single song which wavers from the great talent and emotion Warren exudes in his playing and voice.
He may switch to acoustic strumming on “And Away We Go” or flip over to something more progressive like “Autumn”, one of the more dynamic tracks on the EP, but the result is always captivating and rewarding. In a world of boy bands, divas and nu-metal, this album is the light at the end of the tunnel.
If you’re looking for an artist that mixes great songwriting with great playing and infectious melodies, without all the glossy overproduction, “Radio Modular” is the EP for you.
Most guitarists have failed where Warren Schimizzi has succeeded; he has an overall feel for the music that many guitar players lack. He avoids all the overused riffing and soloing just to show his chops.
Instead everything is measured in relation to the song, which is the ultimate vehicle for his creativity, not the singular instrument or voice. Warren’s songs have depth and soul and a matureness that only a real talented musician can possess. I’m actually looking forward to his next release, because I know he has it!