As a Christian who also raged against God when struck with illness (I hasten to add that my condition is very manageable and nowhere near as dangerous as cancer) that article was a fascinating read, and a brave piece to write.
It is unashamedly ripping off Smile-era Ride, but for this they should be commended!
Not sure this is worth having given that it doesn't sound like a sonic leap from their last two albums, but good review
Ride were one of those bands whose music I could get completely lost in - Leave Them All Behind is nigh on perfect and I used to completely zone out to Grasshopper, which was post-rock long before the term was coined.
They should have thrived during the britpop years given their love of 60s psychedelic pop and clanging who-esque guitars, but they never lost the shoegaze tag and vocally they were too non-descript - strong recognisable vocals were the order of the day by 94 (Gallagher, Anderson, Yorke, Albarn to name but a few). It doesn't help either that Carnival of Light was lacklustre at best - I guess I was anticipating either a dubby trip-hop album like the intro to Time Machine or ear-splitting noise and it was neither - and I haven't even made it halfway through listening to Tarantula. Both of those albums might have fared better if released later when Cool Britannia was in full swing but I doubt it. (That said a half-arsed Andy Bell was able to have a hit with Hurricane No.1...) A huge shame - they seemed to have pre-empted the retro guitar pop that was all the rage mid-90s without being able to be recognised for it.
I wish the EP version of Chrome Waves was on the disk - I prefer it to the album version. I also would love them to reform but I can't see it happening in my lifetime sadly :(
This was the album that turned me from a greasy Metallica fan to a floppy-fringed indie fanboy
A mate used to say that it was the 'mirrorball and slow-dance' regular number at his usual indie-night haunt...I can picture the scene
...I have cleared the building :)
They evolved into something quite amazing and unique from here on in
There was almost nothing political about the riots, just a lot of looting by a wide range of people with absolutely no moral compass, certainly a fair few adults and not just 'the yoof'. Yes, the bankers totally screwed us over but I personally felt that the fraudulent MP claims were even more galling. None of which produced a groundswell of popular protests and rioting by the common man! If it pleases Del Naja then we can all agree that there is a moral vacuum at the top and bottom of British society. What upset / angered most of us was how little regard there was shown for human life - some people lost their homes and were lucky to escape the flames, some people lost their livelihood, some even lost their lives - a mere detail not even mentioned in the press statement...
...which is not the case. A band that can write good, memorable songs should be given the benefit of the doubt for their debut album, especially given that many successful and innovative artists didn't get it right at the same stage of their careers - I'm thinking the Verve, Biffy Clyro, Radiohead even... They may never go on to become a musical force to be reckoned with, but it's too early to write them off. Dinosaur Pile-Up haven't received the same level of critical mauling for so transparently aping Nirvana and so DiS seems to be singling Yuck out unfairly here. Of course if they had based their sound on 70s daytime radio instead (Ariel Pink springs to mind) there would be no backlash...
Very impressed that they're still going though despite a lack of recognition. 'Plainsong' blew my mind when I first heard it! Looking forward to this.
That album has destroyed me - incredible.
for the Arcade Fire not to make it in.
Nothing but a big catchy pop chorus over meaty guitars - a blatant attempt at having a recording career. I remember feeling cheated at the time.
...then you basically don't get music. Irrespective of whether you like what they do, the stuff he was playing over time-signature changes aren't easy. Having heard Cosmology, Eva Spence can definitely sing alright. The rhythm section are pretty tight too. Have I left anyone out?
I've played it to death. The riffage is competent on it but Chino's voice and the electronic textures really lift this album into something great.
Cue new thread: 'songs I refuse to check out because I hate the title'
...and can be condensed to 'lots of lyrics about death and stuff, and boy were those guitars heavy - I normally review classical music don't you know'
Here's hoping for Music is my Radar II
...and weirdly still like them now. They were the easiest target for shoegaze-haters and the ascerbic musical press: wispy, fey shandy-quaffing southern jessies playing easy listening gooey-centred pop. So credit to them for still getting gigs! I really liked the track 'die die die' from Rownderbowt and their version of 'Rain' by the Beatles. If they're not going to record any new songs (fair enough) it would be good if they could re-mix blood music or put some live stuff out.
It's not as if the Beeb are trying to re-invent itself as Live Nation is it? And just what kind of professional thumb-twiddler writes in to complain about an advertising slogan such as "U2=BBC"? I'll only complain if Bono ends up replacing Chris Moyles on the breakfast show...
My vote goes to Lauren...
spelling with added verve?
...well done Elbow anyway - they deserve this level of recognition!
she's evil i tells ya, evil
Easily done non? Or is the vinyl an important part of the horseshit experience?
you said it.
everything else after that? Primal fail. That whole rock 'n' roll garage band thing is so contrived I can't listen to it - Bobby Gillespie never will be Mick Jagger!
Aerial Sharon - he ruled Israel from his palace in the clouds!
Must check out this album
discovered far too many bands through it and now all my spare time and money have gone...
1) Does the key actually fit any locks?
2) Can Tom Waits now walk into any bar in El Paso, flash the key around and consequently not pay for drinks?
3) Can the key ever be revoked and taken back for crimes or unsociable behaviour?
4) Was that the only key or do several of them exist?
...but surely a little intravenous fun won't hurt poor baby's lungses? Anyway, I don't know what the fuss is about - Pete Doherty is always smoking summat and he sings like an angel
does that mean full of awe?
...so I read. I wasn't there and no-one can comfort me now in my despair!
93 million miles from the sun
but the Fleeting Joys actually do that whole seasick guitar/ tv on the blink gorgeousness FTW
...and they didn't play Kennedy. I can't risk that happening (or not happening) again!
oh happy days...
...was it any good? And if you have it, would you admit it to the good folk of DiS?
I could just dissolve with happiness...
haven't Growing been at it for years? I'm sure they had albums out on Kranky a few years ago! (quick check on generic on-line encyclopaedia, comes back grinning)
practically invent a music genre only to end up enviously watching bands half their age playing it better, record new album in an alleyway using discarded bins for drums and then sob about it all in counselling sessions?
...how much surgery has she had? Avoid naked flames and heatwaves from now on, dear
...every time I saw the album looking all cheap and buyable the thought that it's purchase would represent another unstoppable step towards a Prefab Sprout reunion stopped me stone dead.
was awesome but is it available on CD or is it vinyl only?
'majorly punchable' LOL
so good I bought the album. I bought Reuben's last album at the same time to show I'm still 'manly'. Hear me roar