“No Time Now” is the first solo album of Tourniquet co-founder and former guitarist Gary Lenaire, it is released today. 3 tracks can be streamed below: Wasted Fire, Stop The Bleeding (feat. Guy Ritter), Fell Sirens To The Sea.
“No Time Now” is the first record I have published since 2005. Some of the tracks were previously posted on Soundcloud and YouTube under the Talking Snakes name—a project in Los Angeles. A number of those tracks were remixed or recorded altogether for this release. So, indulge me in these 10 tunes, they are all over the place—much like my musical tastes:
Featuring friends on this record is a dream come true for me.
I met the great Bubby Lewis in a room in Los Angeles five years ago. One of the most humble, friendly, animated, and gracious individuals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Having played bass for Snoop Dogg, Suicidal Tendencies, and many others, I knew he would be perfect for a tune on this record. Thank you Bubby for your contribution on Wasted Fire. It’s just you and me on that one—cheers.
I have some of the most amazing friends. Anna Sentina said to me one day in 2016, “You know, there isn’t a lot of Metal Heads left in the world, we need to stick together and keep on making that music.” Hearing those words from someone nearly 30 years younger than me made a huge impression. Anna plays bass on the opening track Stop The Bleeding.
Neil Swanson is a gifted guitarist from Texas. He currently plays for Ritchie Sambora and Orianthi as well as his solo stuff. I saw him play with Dave Stewart one night in Hollywood and later met up with him. What a great guy and super friendly force in the world. Neil trades solos with me on Stop The Bleeding. His are the first and third solo passes.
What can I say about the timeless vocals of Guy Ritter? In my life I have never met anyone who embodies faithful friendship like him. Guy has been one of my closest friends for all of my adult life. When I set out to record the song Stop The Bleeding I couldn’t think of anyone more suited to share the mic with me than Guy. He sings the choruses. This song goes out to all of you who rocked the early TQT recordings.
Aly Frank is a singer, songwriter, and pianist in New York, NY. She is an amazing talent and wonderful to work with. Aly sings on the title track, No Time Now. Backing vocals performed by Aly Frank and Andrijana Janevska.
Respect The Guitar
I have always loved a good song, a great story. Johnny Cash resonates with me as do all of the other great tellers. Guitar was and forever is my admission to that world, to composition, expression. I can use my voice, bang on a drum and play a keyboard…but six strings brought the story out of me. And, if I may, guitar is the coolest most incredible instrument in history.
To all who have followed and enjoyed my music throughout the years: I appreciate you dearly. This record embodies the real me, a dedicated artist bringing expression, report, perspective. Enjoy.
Stop The Bleeding
No Time Now
Fell Sirens To The Sea
At The Gates Of Paradise
Monkeys In The Family Tree
Karmic Lords Of Ensō
Written, Produced, Engineered, and Performed by Gary Lenaire
Mixed by Gary Lenaire at Griffin Studios and Talking Snakes Recording
Stop The Bleeding and Wasted Fire mixed by Todd Hutchisen at Acadia Recording Company in Portland, Maine
Mastered by Pat Keane
Album artwork by Willie Frazier
Gary Lenaire is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer, and author. Lenaire co-founded the band Tourniquet in Eugene, Oregon with vocalist Guy Ritter. Lenaire and Ritter subsequently released two records under the name Echo Hollow. In 2004 Lenaire formed the Los Angeles band Cripple Need Cane and later crafted the project Talking Snakes. Gary Lenaire has released 12 records, published over 100 songs worldwide, was nominated for six GMA (Dove) Awards, and received HM Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Year” award from 1994-1996.
Video (audio) for ‘Wasted Fire’
Video (audio) for ‘Stop The Bleeding’ (feat. Guy Ritter)
Video (audio) for ‘Fell Sirens To The Sea’