Burn The Witch
Joe Eyebank offers some anthems of resistance
Kate Nash- Merry Happy
After being sent most of Kate Nash's back-catalogue in single form,
I felt it necessary that I should comfort Kate Nash's cushy album-sales
with some written analytical text.
This song like the Elevator worthy anthem "Foundations", is
well, disgustingly average. The lyrics taking on the style similar to
a university student at Luton, with a 'cute', indie, Fisher price keyboard
melody bouncy playfully like a care bear while Kate reminds us that
her life is incredibly boring; "dont tell me that you didn't try
to check out my bum, cause I know that you did cause your friend told
me that you liked it" and "dancing at discos, eating cheese
, chatting on the phone can't take back those hours"...
As you can see some deep inspiration has gone into this - howewever
if she were to write a song about the Spanish revolution or Palestinian
Conflict it would not fit with the mediocre tunes so it seems fitting
that the subjects of Pumpkin Soup and Cheese on Toast are placed next
to streamlined tractor tunes.
The thing though which differs the playful tune from every other singer/songwriter
NME leech, is Kate's voice, sometimes sounding like a 'Cockney Gal'
and other moments reminding me of a Shirley Temple with a lisp.
So at the end of this AHEM Independent scene we can all tell our children
that the biggest love affair that drove music in the 21st century was
Mabye Kate will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the genre.
What a um legend.
WolfPack Unleashed- Anthems Of Resistance
Wolfpack Unleashed are an Austrian band on Napalm records with an album
with 80 tracks altogether, each song after track 3 being spilt into
parts, pointless but hey, it fills space in my i-tunes.
On the back of "Anthems of Resistance" they have conveniently
put "thrash metal" incase you were to be confused as to which
sub-genre of metal they exactly are. So there you go, at least if you're
going to insult their unoriginality you know which sub-genre to classify
them as, in the confusing web of metal genres. To be honest they sound
so similar to most of the tightly compacted metal bands that make it
big in the media that there's nothing too surprising or different about
them, even they know that, by writing what they are classified as on
the back of the c.d, at least they're not pretentious or unaware of
They could have coated the ruler drawn tunes by saying they have an
"ethnic twist" because they do tapping solos in Harmonic minor,
oooooo, anarchy! But they know themselves which is reassuring.
The album begins with a riff that was probably cut 'n' paste from a
Trivium track and singing like a foreign James Hetfield with occasional
So basically, if you're new to metal, you'll almost certainly bang your
head to the double bass and clench your fist to the bone crunching riffs
but if you are aware of the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus
and any other big thrash names you will have seen it all before.
Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip- Angles
When a hip-hop artist takes a name from an Edward Lear poem, you are
either put into confusion as to if it's meant to be irony of a sort,
or whether it's a piss take(or maybe a side project of the Dog Men Poets!).
But well no, it's neither of the above suggested, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius
Pip combine rhymes, beats and intelligence, covering subjects such as
generic pop music, religion and general cynical ness in life. It's refreshing
to have such an original act in the hip-hop genre, when there are so
many out there covering the same superficial subjects with simple lyrics
and choruses designed to sell. (There is also a 'piss-take' version
of Dizzie Rascals "Fix Up Look Sharp" about hip-hop nowadays,
not disrespecting Dizzie!)
The particular gems to the album are the biggest track "Thou Shalt
Always Kill", which could almost become an anthem, with such lyrics
"Thou shalt not read NME.
Thall shalt not stop liking a band just because they've become popular."
It's forcing opinons at you in a dictating fashion as if to say that
fashion itself is almost dictating, dictating 'originality' as if there
are codes for liking stuff and not liking it in music genres and scenes,
almost ironically that what Scroobius Pip says is anti-vogue. It's both
intelligent, humorous and has the ear worthy-ness substance to make
it good hip-hop!
Thous shalt buy this album!
Stone Gods- Burn The Witch
After The Darkness's split, bassist Richie Edwards (! - MSP obsessed
Ed) swapped places to front the new band "Stone Gods", having
made their name on an internet band naming site, Stone Gods were already
off to an um hopeful start.
The songs themselves are almost as obvious as the band naming site entries,
and while listening I begin to wonder whether they got their lyrics,
melodies and sound off an internet site as well. 'Burn The Witch' is
like modernised Def Leopard in a detention centre, while a computer
database controls the lyrics/music and sound to fit a formula built
to not offend. The other thing that people without personality will
find incredibly innovative and interesting about "Stone Gods"
is they have solos based around pentatonic scales done with a slight
new-age virtusuo solo take, which music boffs with an appetite for cadences
will find sensational. So basically one of the most expressive music
genres has just had a newly furnished, straight-edge band enter the
genre, and guess what! They are not offensive or too diverse. Yay!
(I see, it's not that Richey Edwards - Ed)
Alone, The Home Recordings Of Rivers Cuomo
This is almost a Musical Autobiography of Rivers Cuomo and Weezers early
form of foetus, and the songs they didn't manage to put onto record.
With the original ideas for their famous "Buddy Holly" single
and outlines for other songs by Weezer mainly, circa 89-07. The recordings
are rough and earthy, so much so that you hear it when the track skips
or any background noise which gives it a very personal feel and sets
the scene from the time those songs were recorded. The album is not
so much an album as the songs are, pretty bland if you don't read the
little personal stories to go with them in the booklet, which boosts
the feel, but it doesn't have the feeling to be i-pod worthy. There's
also some songs from a rock musical Weezer were planning to make called
"Songs from the Black Hole", which later morphed into their
A rough, random collection of songs in no particular order but it provides
enlightenment and a peek behind the scenes into Weezer's career, not
so much for general listening but more for an outlook on Rivers Cuomos
as a musician and an insight into Weezer, like a short musical biography
with a disc and booklet.
Pendulum- Propane Nightmares
Since the underground success of "Hold Your Colour", Pendulum
seemed to become the new face of Drum 'n' Bass, and recognised by some
people as the only dance music they like as the fast bass and beats
with a rock twinge generally fit most tastes no matter how defined and
picky the person may be, with this Pendulum started to become successful
in the rock scene as well, and now due to that they have now made an
album leaning more towards their rock roots than the Drum 'n' Bass they
originally captured clubs and dance floors with, with the intention
to "sell more". Putting Cynical aside 'Propane Nightmares'
is probably the best track on the album, it being the most diverse but
still maintaining that signature fast beat that Pendulum made the skeleton
for the majority of "Hold Your Colour". The track begins with
some celebratory, Spanish sounding horns with vocals, then launching
into some big breakbeat that lead to the synth driven cosmic, space
age dance battering ram.
Something that differs to old Pendulum is the fact that now they sing,
and it seems that some of the instruments are now played as apposed
to digital, computer made, this is good in some ways but it feels that
they have almost abandoned that signature 'go mental while intoxicated
at a party' sound and headed for the more 'learn the tab' way.
A soaring tune with talent and adrenaline, although largely made to
fit the needs of album sales.
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