Reeves Gabrels composed the original music for David Sutherland's film, "The Farmers Wife."
Gabrels is a songwriter and lead guitar player/producer, who is best known for
his work with David Bowie. His aggressive guitar style combines the visceral
energy of rock, the sophistication of jazz, the emotional honesty of blues and
country, with an ear for the unusual.
Gabrels, a native of Staten Island, N.Y., attended Berklee College of Music in
the early 80's and then remained in Boston to play with several local bands
(including The Dark and Rubber Rodeo). In 1988, after moving to London, he
began working with David Bowie on an experimental project that later evolved
into Tin Machine. While living in London he also recorded with the Mission,
Deaf School and Sandie Shaw.
Tin Machine released three albums. In between records and tours, Gabrels
composed soundtracks for PBS and David Lynch-Mark Frost productions, as well as
performing with three Boston bands, the Bentmen, The Atom Said, and Modern
Farmer -- whose original compositions have been featured on two guitar hero
In 1993, Gabrels lent his playing and songwriting skills to David Bowie's solo
record, "Black Tie, White Noise."
In 1995, Gabrels composed the soundtracks for the premiere episode of the PBS
series, "Discovering Women," Jeffrey Gaines' "Somewhat Slightly Dazes," and
Dave Tronzo's "Night in Amnesia" an avant-roots electric acoustic
collaboration. Gabrels' guitar playing and song writing is also featured on
David Bowie's Outside and Earthling albums.
After the release of Gabrels' solo record, "The Sacred Squall of Now," and the
release of David Bowie's Outside, Gabrels embarked on a worldwide tour with
Bowie. On any given night, Gabrels could be found playing with his own band
(as an opening act), Nine Inch Nails (In America), as well as his main gig with
David Bowie. At the end of the tour in August 1996, Gabrels and Bowie
immediately entered the studio to begin work on what became the Earthling album
(Earthling co-produced by and largely co-written by Gabrels was nominated for
two Grammy Awards in 1998). At the completion of the recording, Reeves went
into the studio with the band Sister Machine Gun. Gabrels' take on
post-industrial/techno/rock playing, peppers this album that was released on
TVT in the summer of 1997. The release of Earthling in February, 1997, was
followed by another world tour ending in December of the same year.