Photos: Shazer Thwaits
Gillwire – An alternative pop rock band from Arizona which released the debut recording Silver Streak on July 8th 2016. Led by Jonathan Gill Thwaits, Gillwire has sounds reminiscent of Ben Folds, Beck, Elliott Smith, and The Beatles. While working as an electrical engineer, Gill established the band as a home side project that gained momentum through a few years of experimentation in the garage. The twelve songs that would become the debut album Silver Streak took shape as Gill acquired the equipment and skills necessary to create a professional grade self-produced release. The recording of Silver Streak was truly a one man show as Gill performed all of the guitar, bass, keyboard, and drum parts and acted as his own producer. The only thing you hear on the album that isn't played by Gill is the oboe part on Lost For Words which was done by his son Shazer. Leading up to the album release show, Gillwire transitioned from an acoustic solo project to a full band live act playing shows around the valley joined by a network of musicians.
The band made a number of appearances in support of the Silver Streak album including a capstone show at Tempe Festival of the Arts. Additionally the tracks "Tragedy Sells" and "Big Win" were featured on Homegrown with Mo on AltAZ 93.3. The "Tragedy Sells" video reveals the frontman's hidden talent of torch juggling; a skill he picked up in childhood from his neighbor's uncle Stamo, a formidable Greek wrestler. The somber but melodic followup single "Darker Days" was released January 31st which teases the next album promised before the end of 2017 and will have a more acoustic feel to it preceding yet another promised third release which is slated as an all out rock album with a release date sometime in 2018.