All 3 entries tagged Alternative
August 02, 2006
As a music fan who tends to lean more towards indie, post–punk and dance–pop, Evanescence have always been a bit of a dirty pleasure that I've always been a bit embarassed to admit. Written off as a Christian angst–rock group that should be kept exclusively to 13 year old goth girls with dyed black hair and far too much eye makeup, Evanescence have never been the most fashionable of bands to like, but you can't deny the catchy, moshy pop appeal of their music.
Like most other Evanescence fans, I went to see Daredevil, which featured two songs: Bring Me To Life (which afterwards became a #1 hit in the UK) and My Immortal (before it was bastardised upon single release). I came home and pre–ordered their debut album, Fallen, on import and thanks to Amazon got it the day before its' release. It's a common story, and one which has been repeated several times with other bands whose mainstream appeal has been catapulted by a popular film. (See: The Shins)
Fallen, upon arrival, turned out to be rather good. In the meantime I've also purchased two of Evanescence's earlier demo/EP work: Origin, a demo, and a self-titled EP. Now, almost 3 years later, Evanescence are preparing to release a second album, The Open Door.
The first single, Call Me When You're Sober is, in my opinion, rather good. You can listen on Evanescence's MySpace or as a direct stream (see below for links). It's more of the same, but perhaps slightly more refined – it's out sometime in the future, it seems.
July 17, 2006
Given the number of great writers on this blog, I've decided to take an alternative approach to this whole thing. I'm not the best writer in the world, so I thought this would provide a bit of a different kick.
I'm simply going to take an album that I'm currently in love with and draw the lovely band in question, or if the chance comes, something else art–y that's relevant, be it photo, painting, collage, sketch whatever. I'm not saying I'm the best artist at the world either, but I'm having a good damn go at it.
So, first, if you haven't noticed, is Modest Mouse's 2004 album Good News For People Who Love Bad News. To be bluntly honest with you, I picked this up second-hand in Auckland's greatest music store, Real Groovy, and it's been on constant rotation while I drew the picture above. The album also hosts the brilliant single, Float On, but I've chosen three different cuts here that display the brilliant range of moods and styles the album crosses.
It's my first real connection with the band, an almost impulse buy, so I'm keen to hear the rest of the band's catalogue…any suggestions?
Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty MP3 Expired
Modest Mouse – The View MP3 Expired
Modest Mouse – Blame It On The Tetons MP3 Expired
Amazon.co.uk (only £4.97!)
[Buy Good News For People Who Love Bad News]
July 11, 2006
I often wonder about what it would be like if I met Thom Yorke. Here we have someone who has made such a profound impact on music as the lead singer of Radiohead, placing them in an alternative genre of their own with experimental, wonderful sounds that assault the ear drums. I've loved Radiohead since OK, Computer, and I downright wish I'd listened to them more before then, but now I'd have to say they're probably my favourite band. However, if I met Thom Yorke, I think I'd find him quite disturbing.
Of course, this isn't a new feeling. Thom Yorke is probably the main creative force behind Radiohead, and so you could expect a "solo" album to lend much a similar sound, and it shows through. The Eraser would not sound out of place somewhere inbetween Kid A and Amnesiac, not quite getting to the rockier stages of the latter but with a more refined, creeping sound than the former. This is, of course, not a "solo" album, but the result of Thom Yorke sitting for a day with his laptop and a whole bunch of samples from Radiohead's sessions over the past few years and thinking "Yeah, I should probably use this to do something wonderful".
Except Thom Yorke wouldn't think that. He'd think "Fuck Bush", or something.
And yet, this album somehow doesn't reach the eclectic heights of Kid A, and you struggle to put your finger on why. There's something missing that would put this in the As Good As Kid A category, and maybe it is the rest of the band's influence that is shining through. The one thing you wouldn't expect from a Thom Yorke record would be for it to sound nervous, but it does seem that way.
You can't really take each track on its own though, you have to sit back, take a cup of tea in hand and just let it wash over you a bit. Whereas other albums demand to be listened to over again, this begs for background, atmosphere, and if you take it in that way, it's simply wonderful. The first single will be Harrowdown Hill, according to Yorke, but it seems so undignified to remove it away from its home on the album. If you don't have 40 minutes to sit and listen to it all, then I'd say don't start - there's no Everything in its Right Place here to save you.
If you loved Kid A, you'll love this. If you didn't, you won't, but if you're undecided, then don't expect this to be an effortless listen – you have to treat it carefully and give it a chance, and it'll pay you back double when the brilliance shines through.
8 out of 10
The Eraser was released yesterday (10th July), stupid.
Radiohead are touring at the moment, but if you don't have a ticket, don't expect to get one now…
The Eraser was released Monday, July 10th in the UK.