January 26, 2011
What do you get when you mix The Blood Brothers, At The Drive In, Algernon Cadwallader, 2 drummers, 2 vocalists, twinkly/mathy guitars, and Scottish accents? Well, I’d say it has the potential to be a drool-worthy combination, or a recipe for total disaster. At about the 5 minute mark of Dananananaykroyd’s debut full length, you’ll probably have made up your own mind on the band’s strange sound.
First thing’s first. Let’s get that name out of the way. It’s fucking stupid, right? I mean, there are some long and obnoxious band names out there, but these guys might just take the cake. If you have to put your own name in a song to demonstrate how it’s pronounced (which is the first thing you’ll hear on the whole album), you might have gone overboard. But, find it in your heart to look past the name and give this album an honest listen, and you might find some gems.
“Hey Everyone!” is an album that dips and sways in all different directions, while never totally losing its form. The band merges pop-sensibilities with an onslaught of technical, melodic guitars and growling dual vocals. Occasionally, the band devolves into post-hardcore freak-outs (see the ending of “The Greater Than Symbol And The Hash”), or puts a little hop in your step with extremely catchy compositions (as in “Black Wax” and “Some Dresses”). The band even adds in a few melancholy tapping parts and vocal harmonies that would make American Football fans proud (see the bridge in “1993″). When it comes down to it, Dananananaykroyd have made an album that might not be easily digested on first listen, but has some serious pay-offs for patient listeners.
Also, check out the video for the single “Black Wax”:
January 12, 2011
Stomacher, a band from the bay area of California, is quite possibly the closest lyrical relative to the journey through hell that is documented by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy. What Stomacher fails to hide underneath beautiful melody and vocal prowess is a tortured and haunting narrative that sticks with the listener long after the album ends. Days and weeks after my first listen of this album I found myself singing some incredibly dark lines to myself, all which were from Sentimental Education. The lyrics from the title track say more about this album than I ever could:
“Pour in the wine, loosen the fast
Gnawing your future, knowing your past
Push out the light, celebrate
Welcome the twilight, welcome your fate
Come wake all the world
Pour in the smoke, merriment
The longer the daylight, the longer we sing
Of magical alms, riders in black
Wondrous creatures all around
It feels like the end of the world”
Although I could probably write pages on the lyrics of this album alone, there’s quite a bit to say about the other facets to this album, as well. Time and time again, vocalist Jarrod Taylor demonstrates why he is probably one of the most talented vocalists in modern music. With an incredible range and a true appreciation for the the subtleties of dynamics, Taylor deserves accolades and recognition far beyond those that Stomacher has currently received. I can only hope that time will correct some of these discrepancies.
Simultaneously, the other members of Stomacher present a brooding and seemingly tangible atmosphere, evoking feelings that other bands only wish they could draw out of their listeners. There are sounds and tones embedded in these songs that are subtle that subsequent listens prove to be as valuable and invigorating as the very first. The closest comparisons that come to mind are Radiohead’s OK Computer (vocals) and The National’s High Violet. However, it is Stomacher’s grasp for such subtleties truly sets this band apart from the few peers that they have.
Luckily for all of us, the band is already in the studio working on a follow up to this incredible album, an album that is nothing shy of a masterpiece.
Also, check out this amazing video for “Untitled/Dark Divider.” Be sure to watch in HD. It’s one of the few music videos I can say that I enjoy watching.
January 11, 2011
It seems like a lot more people are checking our site lately and it may be due to an increase in the variety of things we’ve been posting about lately. So in an attempt to snake in some Korean Pop fans, here is a band I’ve been borderline obsessed with lately. Girls’ Generation is a nine piece all female, super-cute pop group that has some impressive songwriting skills (or whoever writes their songs) and awesome dance moves. Yep, I said it. If they wanted some U.S. Tape distro from us I’m pretty sure we could make that happen!
January 7, 2011
Antarctica was a band that I have recently become extremely fond of. They have a very nostalgic feel, which is strange for two reasons a) they disbanded in the 90s and b) I’m positive I’ve never heard them before this summer. 81:03 uses a very unique mix of shoegaze (Slowdive) and trance (Underworld) in a joyful upheaval of sound with pop mentality. If it sounds like I’m making this up it’s because I most definitely am, due to the fact that you really have to listen to this band yourself to get it.