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Reeves Gabrels

Reeves is known for his long partnership with David Bowie, with whom he worked regularly as guitarist, bandmate, co-writer and co-producer from 1987 to 1999 and as current member of The Cure, one of Britain’s best-known alternative rock bands. While not touring with The Cure, Reeves can be found touring with His Imaginary Friends, around their self-titled new release.

Reeves Gabrels is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. A member of British band The Cure since 2012, Gabrels also worked with David Bowie from 1987 to 1999, and was a member of the band Tin Machine. He has lived in New York, Boston, London and Los Angeles, and since 2006 he has been based in Nashville, Tennessee.

As a guitarist, Reeves Gabrels is recognized for his virtuosity and versatility, able to “explore sonic extremes with a great, adaptive intuition for what each song needs most.” He has also been characterized as “one of the most daring rock-guitar improvisers since Jimi Hendrix.”

As a songwriter and composer, Gabrels spanned genres. The songs on Ulysses, an album from 2000, range from “hard-hitting blues rock to 21st century electronica,” as Guitar World reviewer Gary Graff put it.

Describing Rockonica, in 2005 Guitar Player’s Andy Ellis wrote online, “Reeves Gabrels walks the line between song structure and wiggy sonics like no one else… His tunes on Rockonica have familiar verse/chorus construction (and are often maddeningly catchy), and his riffs and solos typically possess the contours that define classic rock. But bubbling and roiling under and around this foundation are layers of eerie, broken sounds and oddball textures. And Gabrels isn’t shy about juxtaposing genres. For example, ‘Underneath’ ends with a trippy mélange of Wheels of Fire-era Clapton licks, acoustic Delta blues riffs, and fluttering, guitar-generated helicopter sounds.


Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds

Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Fr13nds is the name Gabrels gave to a trio he formed in Nashville after moving there. The main players have been Reeves Gabrels (guitar, vocals) with Kevin Hornback (bass) and Jeff Brown (drums). These three performed often at Nashville’s Family Wash and toured regionally, including a ten-gig outing on a shoestring in 2009 about which the guitarist blogged for an Internet forum run by Guitar Player magazine. In 2010 without a budget or plan, they began recording songs they’d worked out live, resulting in the self-titled album Gabrels released in 2015. The trio played a series of dates in small venues and pubs in England during October 2014.