Top BandCamp Discoveries Week #5 – “From the North” by John Wilkes Booth

Holy hell!!!! Do you like a riff that grinds your head into a pulp? Do you like have said riff burst down your musical door like the SWAT team on steroids? Do you like the searing and burning screams of Chris Cornell? Then, my friends… Please buckle up and put on your neck brace, as your sonic air bag is about to punch you in the face… You all have been warned!

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries #4: Hello September (Goodbye April) by Heavy Glow

I said in my interview with Jared Mullins of Heavy Glow that their music had some serious “swagger” about it, and it does! Take their song “Fat Cat” for instance. If that ain’t the definition of musical swagger, I am not sure what is.

But “Hello September (Goodbye April)” is a different beast. It starts very soft and poignant, almost ambling along looking for a place to go. Lacking direction, if you will. But then it comes…and when that wave comes, it comes a stupendous wave that shows another side of this band altogether. I’ll never get sick of that middle section! Dive in my friends….dive in!

And the live one:

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries #3: “Picture in Picture” by Dopapod

This song has so many elements that I love to hear: enough progressive technicalities without being stupidly alienating, a groovy bassline (albeit simple for much of the song), superb vocal harmonies and melodies and a production level that throws little tid-bits of ear candy all the way through. I dare you not to be nodding your head within the first ten seconds.

Take the next five minutes and discover one of the many journey’s Dopapod can take you on!

And a live version:

 

Top 20 BandCamp Discoveries: Week 2

“N.O.G.A.S” – by The Mungmen

LANGUAGE WARNING ON THIS ONE!

This is a very recent purchase and yet it has wormed its way into familiarity like few have. Running for only a little over 2 minutes it has it all; A simple back and forth chord progression that is equally as catchy as it is rocking, the garage rock ramblings of a “Who gives a shit!” frontman that is accompanied by sweet as harmonies and a guitar solo that slots in like the last piece of a child’s jigsaw puzzle. Oh, and a burped swear word at the end! Rock and Roll!!!!!

Take 2 minutes (three if you go find your leather jacket and shades) and check these guys out!

Live version:

Top 20 BandCamp discoveries: Week 1

“Christopher” – by Ellery

I would love to know the story behind this song. How much is it biographical, autobiographical, fictional or real? Hopefully there will be a day where I get to speak to this wonderfully talented wife and husband duo.

It’s a beautifully heartfelt song that appears to be about a young man who has everything ahead of him, but suffers from fits of deep depression fueled by a fractured relationship with his father. This, of course, is only my interpretation.

It’s a stripped back masterpiece with wavering time, beautifully subtle harmonies and a wonderful crescendo.

Official recording:

Live version (audio is not great)

 

1000 songs!!! But which are the best?

This week I broke the 1000 barrier! I have now purchased over 1000 songs from www.bandcamp.com!

 

As a general rule, I only purchase the albums that I really like and many are listened to several times before I make the decision to discard or to buy.

And, whilst I love them all, I do have my favourites. For the next 20 weeks I will highlight (in no particular order) my top 20 songs from the 1000 that I have picked up in the last three or four years.

Take a few minutes to check them out, you may just find your next favourite band/artist. I know I’ve found many that I could no longer live without!

The BandCampaign is on hold… just for while!

Due to our second relocation in less than a year, Dan’s BandCampaign Podcast will be on a little break for a couple of months, with the aim to having a new show ready and available in November.

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This time, however, the move is literally around the corner and with a much better studio space than the shoebox sized room I have been using this year. But, it will take some time to set it up and then schedule the next batch of interviews.

Episode releases have been somewhat inconsistent compared to last year and I am hoping that will change to the regular monthly episodes once we are set up and running again once more!

Thanks so much for all of your support. I hope you are enjoying the show and have found some new favourite bands through the show. I know I have!!!

See you in a month and a bit! – Dan

Satisfaction for Blues – Richards Joins the Centre Stage!

Blue Balls get their Street Fighting Man!

We know it’s only Rock and Goal, but we like it. And so does the newly signed Blue Ball centre man, Keith Richards.

Richards shattered thousands of hearts of his former club, the Fiji Devils, by making a sudden transfer to the Blue Balls this week.

“I have sympathy for the Devils,” Richards said “But once this opportunity arrived, wild horses couldn’t drag me away! Besides, the Devil’s gameplay was to pass it all down the line.”

The Devils countered The Blue Balls offer, but Richards turned them down, stating that “The Blue Balls told me they will start me up…the middle of the pitch and, well, you can’t always get what you want.”

The Blue Balls will make their next signing in late 2016.

 

Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 15: Ozone Mama

Don’t adjust your screen – it’s the Ozone!

In the 1994 film “Airheads”, the local radio station KPPX secretly plans to change their programming from alternative rock to the “mellow sounds of the rain”, much to the dismay of thousands of rock fans.

Fast forward over twenty years and such events have occurred in Budapest, Hungary. Ozone Mama, a self proclaimed classic rock/grunge fused ball of energy have felt the effects of a once favourite son of the airwaves turn to the dark side.

But as senseless and often dumber, for lack of a better word, compositions flood the airwaves of the world, perhaps it’s not a bad thing that rock goes underground. Ozone Mama have a foot in both camps. An instantly recognisable sound of 1970’s classic rock and the undeniable wail of Seattle’s finest, they unashamedly tip their musical hats to the past greats. They are on the front line, busting their guts in the name of rock and roll authenticity. But they are also successful, winning Hungary’s Fonogram Award (Hungary’s version of the Grammys) for Best Rock/Metal album of 2016 (Sonic Glory).

In this episode Andy (Ozone Mama’s songwriter and guitarist) and I discussed things like; The decline in modern music, having the best boss in the world and accepting that everyone sounds like someone.

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Artist Details:

Name: Ozone Mama
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Generic Genre Classic Rock, Grunge, Alternative Rock
Forced Comparison: Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Led Zeppelin
Bandcamp Site
Official Site
Facebook Page

Assigned Rock and Goal position: Central Midfielder (Rhythm Guitarist)

Ozone Mama sound like:


 

Ozone Mama in all their Sonic Glory!

Dan’s BandCampaign Episode 15 – Ozone Mama

In the 1994 film “Airheads”, the local radio station KPPX secretly plans to change their programming from alternative rock to the “mellow sounds of the rain”, much to the dismay of thousands of rock fans.

Fast forward over twenty years and such events have occurred in Budapest, Hungary. Ozone Mama, a self proclaimed classic rock/grunge fused ball of energy have felt the effects of a once favourite son of the airwaves turn to the dark side.

But as senseless and often dumber, for lack of a better word, compositions flood the airwaves of the world, perhaps it’s not a bad thing that rock goes underground. Ozone Mama have a foot in both camps. An instantly recognisable sound of 1970’s classic rock and the undeniable wail of Seattle’s finest, they unashamedly tip their musical hats to the past greats. They are on the front line, busting their guts in the name of rock and roll authenticity. But they are also successful, winning Hungary’s Fonogram Award (Hungary’s version of the Grammys) for Best Rock/Metal album of 2016 (Sonic Glory).

In this episode Andy (Ozone Mama’s songwriter and guitarist) and I discussed things like; The decline in modern music, having the best boss in the world and accepting that everyone sounds like someone.

Download/subscribe to Dan’s BandCampaign here:

Stitcher 
iTunes
Facebook
Artist Details:

Name: Ozone Mama
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Generic Genre Classic Rock, Grunge, Alternative Rock
Forced Comparison: Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Led Zeppelin
Bandcamp Site
Official Site
Facebook Page

Check out this episode!