Alright everyone. Lets start the week out like this. Put one of your arms in the air. The other, point it towards your closest neighbour and press play on this new video from The Rapture.
Check out Whoo! Alright – Yeah..Uh Huh. Yeah, uh huh really — thats right, that is, uh huh, the name of the video, yeah, vis a vis, ergo.
If you haven’t heard of the Rapture before, go back to New York circa 2001. Listen for a shouty post punk band blowing up dancefloors with heavy baselines and indestructable beats. Go ahead to 2003 when the band released Echoes to critical acclaim, giving us tracks like Sister Savior. Fast forward to now and take a listen to thier latest.
Here’s Get Myself Into It off Pieces Of The People We Love.
Artists who want to produce concept albums often bite off more than they can chew. Fortunately the latest release by New London Fire doesn’t have this problem. If you enjoy the musical wonderment of Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and classic U2, or perhaps just like being occasionally reminded of Midnight Oil, then this band might be for you. Their debut album just released on Eyeball Records, I Sing The Body Holographic is a solid follow up to their EP, A Wave Form. Expect a bit of everything from anthemic dance tracks, to synth driven pop rock.
On a more current note, if you think Brandon Flowers is on the right track with the Killers, I suggest two things. First, remind yourself that the Killers are the most corporate amalgam pastiche of 70′s and 80′s AM pop rock to crop up in the past 10 years. Secondly, consider the fact that either the Killers appeal to everyone because they’re better than everything else, OR, they’re the band that’s been pushed in front of you more than any other. Personally I’m betting upon the latter. My point is, there’s other musicians doing similar things, in a more genuine fashion, with greater depth. Perhaps looking for depth in pop is a bad idea, but somehow I can’t escape my nature. The cinematic music of New London Fire is something you can fall into.
Now for the weird story about New London Fire. Apparently they got their name from a conversation between front man David Debiak and Mike Way, the bassist for My Chemical Romance. Way asked Debiak and his brother Jason (2/3rds of indie act Sleep Station) to put together a Brit Pop group for them to play together in and name it New London Fire. The Debiak bros eventually got around to forming the group, but Way has been busy touring with MCR and when asked if they could still use the name he agreed.
You can download the single, Different, here from the band’s label site. Here’s a link to the video on purevolume. Also check out some more of their work on their myspace page.
The Hilotrons were formed in 2002 by Mike Dubue and Paul Hogan. In December of 2005, the band put out Bella Simone, a record ‘full of upbeat, inescapable hooks and arrangements behind Dubue’s wonderfully unconventional vocal style.’ Known as one of the best live bands in Ottawa, be sure to listen to their record. Its quite a mosaic of sounds.
Start from one extreme, take a listen to Look Wow. I swear this was a song in Revenge of the Nerds….
And end up at ‘Oh My‘ (Video), a slow song you might expect to hear off a Stars record.
Check out CBC radio 1 this weekend for FUSE. The concept is great. Take two different bands, have them learn each others songs, and play them together in front of a studio audience. Should be great, turn on your radios.
While driving my brother home tonight, I forgot to bring music in the car. I spent 40 minutes ‘scanning’, couldn’t find anything. Maybe I need to try satellite radio….
I normally just stream music from my computer, or run audio from Youtube videos. Today I was listening to online content from Detroit’s The Silent Years.
They just put out a self-titled debut on Noalternative Records two weeks ago. From what I’ve heard, they write good songs. What do they sound like…… hmmm. So far I’ve got a mix between Doves and The French Kicks with a lot more going on than I’d ever be able to get into in this here post.
A couple of their tracks can be found on their myspace page. ‘No Secrets‘ will show you their rock edge, ‘Someone To Keep Us Warm‘ will show a softer side.
Also, they’ve got a homemade video for the latter here. What could he be saying to that cave dwelling penguin?