(aka Alf Vesterelv of The Maudlin Hounds

What's GUSTO??? Hearty, keen or vigorous enjoyment, especially in the performance of an action: Example: the show was performed with great gusto... Synonyms: enthusiasm, delight, relish, zest, spirit, fervor. 

Formed: January 1st, 2016
Location: Storsteinnes, northern Norway.


Alf Vesterelv; vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel, keyboards, bass, drums programming & percussion.
........Ohh, and a little help from talented friends,,,


Hi there, I'm Alf, a norwegian singer, songwriter, musician and producer in my best 40's and this, LIGHTNING GUSTO, is my new baby and solo project.

I am really into guitar driven rock, hard rock and metal but I've always wanted to dig deeper into the powerpop domain because I absolutely love that genre. I'm a huge fan of 60's pop music, the 70's pop/rock scene and the 90's powerpop bands. Clever and spicy melodies always gives me the goosebumps and the positivity of a smart and catchy rockin’ powerpop tune is an otherworldly experience listening to. Like I said, I love hard rock and metal but LIGHTNING GUSTO is all about powerpop and pop music that rocks. It doesn't need to be perfect but it has to be fun and that's what powerpop is and should be all about. Like the great audio pioneer and record producer Joe Meek once stated; if it sounds right, it is right. I like that philosophy.

Hail Melody! 

-  My Musical Inspirations ........
The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Big Star, Jethro Tull, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, The Sweet, The Knack, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Mott The Hoople, Buck Owens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Frank Zappa, Rory Gallagher, Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Rainmakers, Georgia Satellites, Jason & The Scorchers, Anthrax, Dio, AC/DC, The Beat Farmers, Stan Ridgeway, The Jayhawks, Wilco, Son Volt, Foo Fighters, Velvet Crush, Buffalo Tom, Teenage Fanclub, Bob Mould, Sugar, Smashing Pumpkins, The Loud Family, XTC, Michael Penn, Redd Cross, Cotton Mather, Dum Dum Boys, The Posies, Weezer, Gin Blossoms, Counting Crows, Crowded House, Midnight Oil, Matthew Sweet, Faith No More, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Paradox, Jason Falkner, Wanderlust, Against Me!, Gaslight Anthem, The Trews, Biffy Clyro, Opeth, Ghost and  many others.....