Joe Cotten’s lyrics tend toward the surreal and the fantastical, using otherworldly settings and inhuman personas to explore a very human sense of loneliness, a disdain for the self-appointed saints of this world, and the pain of an unrequited love. Many of his lyrics are taken directly from dreams. Contrary to some suggestions he does not use any psychedelic drugs to approach this writing.
Cotten’s guitar playing is a noise-flavored mixture of classical and blues, as colored by metal and hard rock. He employs a soft verse, hard chorus dynamic, and often slides into feedback-saturated, super-distorted soloing. His greatest influences on guitar have been J Mascis, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Steven Malkmus, and metal shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani.
Joe Cotten primarily uses Squier guitars, Fender amps, Digitech pedals, and is not endorsed by any of those companies.
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