Another week and another 2 piece has made a song that has settled easily into my Top 20 songs from the now 1000+ I have purchased on BandCamp.com.
This time, the song has the melancholic ebb and flow of vintage Radiohead and a wonderfully unique and soulful vocals. It also has an amazing film clip that fits so perfectly.
Here are your stars for the week:
This song would fit into almost any of Quentin Tarantino film. And the film clip is a joy to watch also (we discuss the “accidents” they had in my interview with them a couple of years back too!).
You will need some cool shades and a pint striped suit to fully appreciate the awesomeness of this kick-ass song!!
Kickin’ butt live!
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!
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:
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:
“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!
“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.
Live version (audio is not great)
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!
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.
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
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.