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Oct
15

Inspector Cluzo- Gasconcha Rocks- Music Review

The Inspector Cluzo Gasconcha Rocks Analog Recording theinspectorcluzo.com I didn’t know what I was going to make of this at first, I was convinced that this was a release from this little guy who sends me promo materials from Florida. It’s not that everything he sends is weird or bad, it just has a certain feel to it, and judging the contents by it’s packaging, I thought to myself “what the hell is this now?”. I’m glad that I didn’t let those preconcieved thoughts persist. This is fun, 70’s type, Montrose fueled rockers. First song would not be out of place on a Sammy Hagar release from the 1970’s. Like Nine on a Ten Scale or Rematch. Hell, some of the later songs I could hear fitting on Marching to Mars. Like a bit of fuzzed out Montrose. It’s got that loose, rockin’ 70’s rock feel to it. Fun, slightly goofy, loose, and a bit off the rails. For some reason I see this band as something out of the former Soviet block, from the mid 1990’s, and what they might sound like if english was their second language and they didn’t hear some of that AM rock radio from the 1970’s and 80’s until just a few weeks before in their town. “Til Petrol do us part” has to be an English band, what with their use of the word Petrol. Makes sense. Lots of fun, really does remind me of hearing rock music on the radio when I was a kid. Before radio killed the magic by playing the same songs over and over. Back when I was a kid I was convinced there was no better sound. It was all there; new, different, the old classics and it hadn’t been driven into the ground. Now radio is just shit, all of it. We could have put this album on (in cassette form) the stereo at a party on Roach Road or Def Leppard Hill and had a rocking time. I can almost smell the strip mine lakes, everclear and Jenny P’s heavy perfume and cigarette smoke. “Lo Carmin de la Hesta” sounds out of place, like an Oingo Boingo track, but really it’s a transistion piece to a more funky, horn laced flavor the band hits on in the second half. “Duck Guit Blues” has some nice bluesy horns. “Move over Monsanto” is a nice stonesy blues number, laced with horns. Starting with “lo Carmin de...
Oct
13

War Brides- Burden- Music Review

War Brides Burden bandcamp War brides play your prom. It’s an interesting choice that the prom committee made this year for the band to play prom. Most people wanted the Hexxes’, who play modern rock covers, but the committee decided for War Brides. When we get to the dance, I notice that no one is dancing, but there sure is a lot of energy in the building. Some people are getting into it, some are just confused, while a small gaggle of cool people start pointing fingers and asking who booked this band. It’s a weird choice for a high school prom. There seems to be an angry energy flowing from the stage. The more the band plays, the more people seem to be opening up and enjoying what the band has to offer. That’s all the band is asking for, open minds. Enjoy, let yourself go, you need Mellancamp, Houston, or Heart to get out on the dance floor? The guys at the dance are all thinking “Well, this isn’t going to get me laid like Bryan Adams would”. A feeling starts to permeate across the crowd, “Even though you’re young and full of cum, life is not going to just spread it’s legs wide open for you”. You’re not special, it seems to say, just because you have your whole life ahead of you. Let’s see if you are worthy. The song “Shark” could be a metaphor for life, or it just could be about a Shark. “As the bodies wash up on the shore”, if this is a metaphor then young adults beware, it’s not enough to tread water and keep moving, otherwise you are just chum, bits and pieces washing up on the shore. So you walk out of the prom, something gnawing at the back of your brain. Not sure what it is, why your head seems to be in a different place. You apply your old friend booze as a lubricant to your date, although none is needed. Afterwards, that feeling of invincibility and specialness you felt all the way through school starts to tarnish a bit. For the first time in your existence you realize that this life may not be such an easy going thing. All it took was one band singing not at your testicles and hormones, but to your brain and concept of self. Sometimes it just that close of a shave. Hear a song from War Brides Burden...
Oct
6

Swan King- Last So Long- Music review

The Swan King Last So Long War Crime Records The vocalist is a dead ringer for Snapcase’s singer. Reminds me a lot of Snapcase. Less intense, more laid back with rattling bass lines. Along with Austerity Program, Tyranny is Tyranny and Nonagon, these guys play my favorite type of hardcore, hard rock, very melodic but with a sense of urgent denial. Sometimes in life, maybe more often than we like, change takes away those people we get so much joy from. How it happens is irrelevant, it’s the loss and void that we deem unalterable, damaging and strange. People, a place, something from your childhood or even a beloved band can change the out look or perspective you have at the time and continue to alter your feelings about yourself and your idea of who you are in this world. It’s interacting, with people and things that cause this, hopefully for the better. For me, it’s always been music. Once bands that I love and that have influenced me and my outlook on the world , life and my place and involvement in it, cease to be then I’m left with a void and a strange sense of never being able to fill out my life with things that matter. For example, I love Snapcase, even though I came to the party late, I considered them my band, creating sounds for me. When they ceased to exist, they were still there in my memory, but they wouldn’t be creating new ideas for me. What I have found, much like a favorite toy from childhood, is that while you can’t regain what that meant to you even if you recaptured that feeling later in life, there is nothing wrong with capturing a bit of that feeling with something new. Which brings me to The Swan King. This is the first time I have listened to the band, and I like them. Their sound reminds me in touches of Snapcase. Are they Snapcase? No, of course not and listening to them will not bring them back or replace them, but what it does for me and hopefully for you too, is it gives me a new team to root for, a team that reminds me of the old South Side Hitmen in feel and intent, but is all new while making me feel comfortable and nostalgic at the same time. And now that one band I really enjoyed is gone, it’s...
Oct
2

Last Two Commercials – Episode 231

Here they are, commercials that one person said ” I don’t know why these exist, but I love them”. Enjoy. Ghoul White Octave Ghoul Commercial #1 [ 0:53 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download White Octave Commercial #2 [ 0:47 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...
Oct
1

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 231

SLTM (the Podcast) Episode 231: Don’t sniff glue, sniff poo Many thanks to Sloppy Seconds for the name of this Episode. Sloppy Seconds are a band that I love and enjoy from Destroyed to Endless Bummer. I wish they would make more music, but I understand you can’t always get what you want. Check them out on the internet, and if you ever get a chance to see them live, they still tour, please do yourself a favor and see that show. MUSIC ON EPISODE 231: War Brides Wolvhammer SOS East of the Wall OTHER LINKS: War Brides Facebook SOS Bandcamp Epistemic Records Profound Lore Records Avantgarde River’s Nihil Video SLTM (The Podcast) Episode 231 [ 42:34 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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