they are a british band around London area, they are awesome, new album dropped last week after recording in Texas and it really deserves a listen. I used to be hooked by the band when they were called 'We're Not Superheroes Anymore' but please if you lookin for new music, give them a try.
Brand New,Radiohead, Kings of leon, Deftones, Fall out boy, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Set your goals, Gaslight Anthem, Gallows, Enter Shikari, You me at six, Kids in Glass houses, Fightstar, Alexisonfire (2 sets), The Bronx, New Found Glory, Chuck Ragan, Manchester Orchestra, Rival Schools, Jacks Mannequin...
Wow thats a line up to make anyone on AP.net jealous.
Good week for british music with two Homme influenced tracks in Arctic Monkeys 'Crying Lightening' and Biffy Clyro's 'That Golden Mean' been given their first airplay, and both tracks fail to disappoint. Equally with good riffs and smart lyrics, Biffy in particular has returned to their Vertigo of Bliss roots and made me forget about the pile of piss that was Mountains.
I was reading a story in a magazine the other day about a person who recently got a promotion, was engaged to a beautiful women, and his local sports team won their trophy and so did his professional sports team. This man was so happy, so enthrilled with his life that he killed himself. The man accepted that life couldn't get much better than this and in his suicide note wrote 'this is as good as its going to get, i have known the highs, and dont wish to go out on a low'.
In some kind of twisted way, you can see his logic as Neil Young once receited which Kurt Cobain recriprocated in his suicide note 'It's better to burn out than to fade away'. Now when applicable to bands should this be the case? Look at Refused, a band who went out in best way possible, with a constant attempt at getting them to reunite do we really want them to piss on their legacy. Look at a band such as At The Drive in, everyone is callin for them to come back, but we all know in our hearts they will never be the same again, for even if it comes about it won't be an organic and therefore forced.
Many artists today settle for mediocracy and even accept that it's not their best work but do it for the money and continue to soil their name. Look at Jay Z for me his Black Album was a great way to go-out but he keeps coming back with average albums, which will never surpass Blueprint or his earlier works. Now my question is, do you think in the name of art people should 'go out with a bang' become cult heroes like Refused or accept average music and continue to tour and make okay albums?
Its funny how some music is really seasonal, i used to be going through an obsession with Bayside's Acousic album, City and Colour and The Honorary title. Obsessed with those 3 albums, however over time this obsession just disperses and now i only associate those albums with sleepless nights and the winter.
Now with summer approaching i have been looking to bands such as Valencia, The Dangerous Summer, Joy In Tomorrow and All time low. I wonder if any bands actually settle with only being summer music, and make only hot-happy summery music on purpose to take advantage of this time, but accept that when winter comes that they will submit into absurdity. ERMMMMMMM Insomnia makes you think complete bullshit i tell you.
Brian Fallon- The Unsung Hero.
Brian Fallon (lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem)- When you look upon the New Brunswick born front man you see the face of a satisfied man, someone who is content with the arrival of his band. At his live shows he is unable to conceal his delight and disregards the rock n roll scowl that Dylan and Young often wore, and instead dons the face of a man who has achieved the much desired ‘American Dream’. He is the average Joe, the working class dream that Springsteen so earnestly sings about and with the bands newfound success it appears to be another underdog tale which Hollywood thrives upon. However, with the bands discovery they have not changed, still wearing those ‘Blue Jeans and White t-shirts’ the band dismisses lights or over the top shows for a stripped down set which is all about the music. The rarity of this sight is everything that is wrong with the music industry, the notion of a band being all about the music in a neon dominated era is unheard of. Gaslight Anthem unite everyone from hardcore punk kids to old Boss fan boys and in this they achieve greatness as their shows aren’t a fashion parade or a microcosm of the scene, instead it is a bonding and unique experience. Brian Fallon is at the forefront of this movement and when he breaks into ‘Stand by Me’ you know the people who have forked out their well earned cash in despairing times, will do exactly this. For if this character has achieved greatness with his only aspiration being a 9-5 job, the hope that it brings everyone in the crowd well surpasses the amount it was for a ticket.