Stephen Patrick O'Reilly
(born September 2, 1964), better known as Stephen Egerton
(pronounced Steh-fawn Edge-r-ton), is an American
guitarist, best known for his work playing with The Descendents
Egerton was raised in Utah
and played drums and guitar in the seminal Salt Lake City punk rock
band Massacre Guys from 1980 to 1985 alongside bassist Karl Alvarez
. In 1985, Egerton moved to Virginia
, where he studied classical guitar and played in the band Auto Da Fe with former Iron Cross
vocalist Sab Grey
, prolific DC area drummer Eric Wallgren, and former Black Market Baby
bass player Paul Cleary, until joining Alvarez in the Descendents in late 1986.
The appearance of Egerton and Alvarez marked a turning point for the Descendents and their allied band All; for the first time, drummer Bill Stevenson
found himself alongside players with the same manic, obsessively-correct technical virtuosity as he. Egerton's guitar playing is marked by a dexterity, precision and inventiveness rarely equalled in the pop-punk genre. This virtuosity was immediately evident on songs like "Iceman", "Schizophrenia" and "Van" from the Descendents' 1987 album All
. Egerton has continued to refine and develop his style in each subsequent release by consciously adopting lashings of retro-rock riffage and slurred soloing to balance the near-scientific quality of his playing.
In 2006, Egerton began recording for a... Read More