Here’s something that I think is working out OK. It started back at xmas when my bro-in-law played me a riff he’d been working on, which happens to be in a weird time signature. I’ve long been frustrated with the limitations of writing in 4/4, and this thing just grooved nice and unpredictably – I worked it out as a 3 bar riff in 4/4 3/4 and 11/8 – so I offered to have at it and see what I could
Being a fan of the epic build, I guess it wasn’t hard to see how it was going to go. I’m not done with it yet but I thought it’d be interesting to post the intermediate mixes here, to see how it (d)evolves. So without further ado here’s version 1.0 of Gut Rub in which I channel all the post-rock I’ve been listening to over the last few years. See if you can spot the bits I need to fix already.
Every so often iTunes Genius throws up a really good playlist that could’ve been put together by a human person with excellent taste and a sense of flow. Here’s one such list that started when I randomly happened upon Rollins covering AckerDacker:
Henry Rollins & The Hard-Ons – Let there be Rock
Hard-Ons – Just Being With You
The Saints – Know Your Product
Sunnyboys – Tunnel of Love
Rocket Science – Being Followed
Einstürzende Neubauten – Blume (French version)
Iggy Pop – Wild America
The Damned – Smash It Up
Hard-Ons – All Set To Go
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag
Circle Jerks – When the Shit Hits the Fan
Motörhead – God Save The Queen
Soundgarden – Drawing Flies
Mondo Rock – Cool World… er.. hello what?
Totally Unicorn – Annandale Hotel 8-12-12
OK so I only follow these guys because I’m related – I’m very happy to be related to such a bunch of mad c*nts. The music is fast, loud and inscrutable. The only lyric I could make out all night was “Who! Stole! My! Cigarettes!” but that just made my evening. I hope they go on to great things. Their web presence seems to be here
Last night I had the great pleasure of seeing Devin Townsend perform at The Factory in Marrickville. This is my review.
A Mad Genius you might say.
I’m not really a metal fan, but his songwriting and musicianship are so good you can’t not be impressed.
So much energy.
So profane, so funny.
Pity the PA lacked definition. Perhaps I’m spoiled by listening to all his studio stuff, and I don’t expect a live show to sound like the CD, but I would’ve liked to be able to make out some of the incredible detail he gets in the songs.
But I’m not complaining. After a while I stopped worrying about it and just fist-pumped and devil-horned in the air with everyone else.
Didn’t head bang though, I’m old and it hurts.
If you haven’t heard his stuff, go and buy Addicted or Ki. The former because it’s a great album of brilliantly written and executed pop tunes, the latter because it’s a terrific prog-rock-metal listening album that’ll take you on a journey from start to end. All with stunning musicianship, produced by an obvious perfectionist and expert at his craft.
Footnote: Meshugga came on after DT and I watched a few songs but then retired outside. Never having heard them before I decided I’d gotten the gist – I appreciate their technicality but I have to admit, I prefer melodies to growling…