The missing “E” in HTRK could easily stand for “Explanation” or “Explicit.” The lyrics on Psychic 9-5 conjure imagery, imply context. Nothing is overt, nothing is spelled out. On “Give It Up” and “Love Is Distraction,” Standish sings alternately about how she’s “gonna love you much better” and about how “love is distraction from your life,” claiming “we won’t evolve because of it.” The deep ambivalence in her lyrics and delivery omit intention, leaving each listener a meditation on the value of love in a life.
What we get in punk these days is the “anti-anti”: Someone comes up with something, then the next generation is against that, and then the next generation is against that, and then that thing becomes a problem. There's these layers of anti-, and so many of them are just so self-serving. It's not about larger freedom. Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! are one of the only punk rock things I've seen in years. And that's what [The Next Four Years] is about, starting with "Serious Business" as a joke about careerism and privilege and how blind we all are. All these songs are set up as jokes, and the...
The Talkhouse is currently featuring a heartfelt and interesting article written by Geoff Rickly (Thursday) about how circumstances in his life ended up with him paying $2000 to see The xx play in New York. Well worth a read.
A couple of weeks ago I paid $2,000 to see the XX play for forty people at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. They’re not one of my favorite bands or anything. And I’m not rich. But, to me, it was worth it. That either means that it was an utter revelation OR I have no idea of the value of money.
Since Thursday was unable to do a proper farewell tour in the UK, frontman Geoff Rickly will be performing several Thursday songs solo as part of the 2014 Acoustic Basement UK Tour. Watch a video announcement in the replies, which features a clip of a cool electronic version of "Understanding in a Car Crash."
Collective Confusion Records has released a new compilation album for Hurricane Sandy Relief called "Call To Arms". It features new and unreleased material from John Nolan, Geoff Rickly, The Republic Of Wolves, Miracle Of '86, and more. You can donate $4 or more to get the album plus 3 bonus tracks here .
01) Miracle of ’86 – We Keep You Honest (2003 Demo)
02) The Bothers – Beverly (Live At Arlene’s)
03) The Motel Life – Alva (Acoustic)
04) The Ugly Club - All I Have To Do Is Dream (Cover)
05) Les Vinyl - Excavate
06) Geoff Rickly - New Sympathies
07) John Nolan - I Don't Believe You (Demo)
08) Brendan Rivera - See You Around
09) The Republic of Wolves - Turning...
Geoff Rickly has written a blog titled "The Nine Circles of Vans Warped Tour." It's a pretty good read. There's an excerpt below and the full things can be read here.
Blood on the Dance Floor makes me feel old and irrelevant. Why? Because I don't know what the fuck it is. It's electro-pop-scream-metal-violence in goth drag that celebrates "cumming" on the audience with giant foam canons and has one of the most positive, inspirational record inserts that I've ever read. It's either horrible nonsense or next-level art. But it's truly made me realize, I don't know the difference. So the singer with red hair and scary make-up told me that Thursday's song, "You know," he says, "the car...
We're now in the third part of Vinnie Caruana's tour blog. He's been on the road with travelmates Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Koji, Brian Marquis, and A Loss For Words. In this entry, Vinnie talks about memories of the late Tony Sly (No Use For A Name) and a new tattoo on his skull. Read all about it in the replies and check out various photos from their Acoustic Basement Tour. And if you haven't bought your copy yet, make sure to get City By the Sea, Vinnie's fantastic acoustic solo debut. His previous entries can be read here and here. Do you have any comments about the tour so far or memories of Tony Sly?
As many of you know, Vinnie Caruana just recently released his debut solo EP, City by the Sea, on I Surrender Records. So of course we're more than excited to bring you a new weekly tour diary feature titled Vinnie On The Road. Once a week, Vinnie will be sharing his general thoughts as he makes his way around the country on his Acoustic Basement Tour. Accompanying him are Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Koji, A Loss for Words, and Brian Marquis. So sit back, relax, and make sure to get your copy of City by the Sea.
Told you I'd have more tickets to giveaway this week. I have two pairs of tickets to give away for the December 5th, 2012 Anthony Green and Geoff Rickly show at Irving Plaza in New York City. Just post why you must see Anthony Green solo this winter and I'll pick my favorite answer. Again, this is just the first of many ticket giveaways in the coming days on AP.net, so stay tuned to the front page.
At last night's CD release show for Circa Survive's new album, Violent Waves, the band performed "The Lottery" with Geoff Rickly of Thursday. You can watch the video in the replies. Don't forget you can stream and pre-order the new album on the band's website as well.
MTV has written an informative article about how United Nations' new album may not be able to be sold in stores due to copyright issues. There is also great discussion on the ideals behind the band and the response from their myspace feature.
Did you say, "I wouldn't call myself a critic, per se, but in my immediate peer group I'm known to be 'in the know.' As a matter of fact, I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone with a record collection that's half as good as mine. And seriously, that dude just can't sing. AUTO-TUNE central... I did intern in a studio, once, not really sure how it's possible for him to be both out of key and Auto-Tuned but whatever, worst singer ever."
Our friends at AltPress recently did an interview with Geoff Rickly (United Nations) about how the new band came about, the realization that they are screamo, and a new album that is similar to Kidz Bop (seriously). Check it out here. Hey, new album posted on their myspace tomorrow?