Iceage’s Johan Suurballe Wieth Picks His Favorite Guitarists

Danish rock outfit Iceage are constantly evolving, moving from the goth-inflicted punk of their early records towards a bigger, more luxurious sound of their 2018 album Beyondless. The one through-line is a bleary passion that permeates every chord they’ve played since forming in 2008. Guitarist Johan Suurballe Wieth recently created a playlist of his favorite guitarists for the Dowsers, and, predictably, it’s a diverse, unpredictable assortment. Below is his annotated list.

Pete Cosey on Miles Davis’ “Dark Magus, Wili (part 1)”
This guitar to me, sounds like an ancient instrument used to scare off prehistoric beasts.

Charles Bullen on This Heat, “A New Kind of Water”
This Heat has since I discovered them in my early teens, been something I listen to frequently. And it still leaves me in awe, the weaving of sounds incompatible, becomes something so solid. Charles Bullen’s playing is something that will always keep my mind puzzled.

Joanne Robertson, “Wildflower”
“Wildflower” is, in my opinion, an underrated piece of work. Some of the most honest guitar music in newer date.

Abner Jay, “Cocaine”
A box with strings.

Johnny Thunders on New York Dolls’, “Jet Boy”
However tactless and appalling a guitar solo can appear. No one’s got shit on him.

Joni Mitchell, “Song To A Seagull,” “The Pirate Of Penance”
This brings my mind to what the medieval times in America would look like.

Johnny Echols/Arthur Lee on Love, “A House Is Not A Motel.”
Many things could be said about the guitars of this band and the songs they play. What comes to mind for me is, what great fun it must to play this song.

Peter Peter Scneidermann on Bleedergroup, “Sunrise, Amber Green”
I pay great homage to this man. Peter is one of the people that has had the greatest impact on the way I view and play music. As a teen I would watch Bleeder at any chance I got. Later in life Peter has become a dear friend, and someone who has taught me all the tricks in my arsenal. He is hands down the best guitar player I know. Check out his breakdown for each track below.

Loren Mazzacane Connors, “A Possible Dawn”
With someone who stands behind such vast and diverse body of work as Loren Connors ,it can be hard to navigate. But honestly I find joy in all aspects of his music. A tightly knit organic carpet of sound.

James Williamson on Kill City, “Night Theme”
I wish I wrote this riff.

Ron Asheton on The Stooges, “1970”
No comment needed.

James Blood Ulmer on Odyssey, “Church”
It sounds like someone who has never touched an instrument before, but is an apparent natural. Equally afraid and pleasantly surprised.

Lindsey Buckingham on Fleetwood Mac, “The Chain”
As I said earlier about guitar solos, I will apply again. He makes that one note work.

Jimi Hendrix on Band Of Gypsys, “Machine Gun”
I can’t deny that I am text book fan of rock’n’roll in many ways. As cheesy and cliché as it may seem, this was the first song I ever played on my record player.

I could continue this list into infinity, but it would become an old song quickly. Therefore I leave you with this.