Will Sergeant

The swirling guitars of Will Sergeant has been one of Echo and the Bunnymen's distinguishing characteristics since the band's inception in 1978. Initially only playing a one-string guitar, Sergeant was inspired by the punk movement's minimalist approach to music. However, Sergeant was also enamored of '60s psychedelic rock and the marriage of the two spawned the brittle, otherworldly guitar sound of Echo and the Bunnymen's 1980 debut LP, Crocodiles. On Crocodiles, Sergeant unshackled his Love, Doors, and Velvet Underground influences and sharpened the edges, creating bleak, dreamy landscapes that countless imitators would feed from. Post-punk and new wave bands such as the Chameleons, the Mighty Lemon Drops, and the Ocean Blue intoxicated themselves on Sergeant's ethereal riffs.

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