He Is Me Modernizes Industrial Rock With Debut Single Let It Drip

22 Aug

Debuting from the ambient/industrial duo arrives the post modern duo He Is Me. With their single called Let It Drip, listeners will view ambiance and industrial rock in a new light. The poignant lyrics that describe mind and thought patterns make listeners think of abstract concepts while listening. “Let the mind slip in a new state, let the walls break, let the fires rage” are just a few excerpts from the emotionally heavy track. With an ebb and flow pattern to the sound and acoustic flair to the track, Steve Moore and Casey Braunger’s musicianship clearly shows through their track. If you want to listen more to He Is Me, Moore and Braunger are currently working on an album in the works. With their refreshing approach to industrial rock, listeners will be thrilled there will be more to come in the future.

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Jane In Space Makes Audience Rethink About Industrial Rock In Track Feel It Alive

18 Aug

With the introduction of Feel It Alive, Jane in Space manages to show dark music in a modern, yet moody light. Contrast to your typical industrial rock, Jane in Space accompanies the dark sound with the perfectly balanced synths and exaggeration of the song title in various combinations throughout the track. Doing so, almost creates an otherworldliness among the audience that Jane in Space plays to. In addition to that, it almost induces a transcendental connection to Feel It Alive as well. Mastered by Tom Baker, who is credited with mastering songs of the sounds of Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, and Wolfmother to name a few, uses his mastering signature in Jane in Space’s intentional sound. All in all the tone of Feel It Alive may sound dark, but it brings those who listen to it alive and emotionally charged.

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Departure Delivers A Wave of Emotion Within Gateways

14 Aug

With emphasis on heavy synths and the electric guitar, the track titled Gateways from Salt-Lake City based group Departure’s newest EP called Gateways delivers angst and agony all wrapped within this heart felt song. Lyrics such as “shut the lights off”/” I’m exactly what you think I am”/, you never know how deep my sorrow goes/ all make the listener ride the wave of intense emotion within the tone of the song.  Additionally, the theme of personifying lyrics makes the listener connect even more; “agony has a new face, it looks just like me”. The vocal talents within Departure are strong, drawing similarities to Copeland and the early days of Coheed & Cambria. Setting an impressive mark in the music world so far with opening for Phantogram Neon Trees, Cold War Kids, and many more Gateway is here to stay with their lasting mark within their music.

“Falling in Love will Kill You” is Divine

12 Aug

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Straight out of a morbid drama, “Falling In Love Will Kill You” by Wrongchilde, the solo project for Mat Devine of Kill Hannah, was released in 2014. The song, which features a duet with My Chemical Romance lead vocalist Gerard Way, was one of the principle tracks on Gold Blooded, Wrongchilde’s album also released in 2014. Devine is a bit of a jack of all trades, not only fronting Kill Hannah, but also playing the role of Grim Hunter in the original cast of Spider Man: Turn off the Dark on Broadway, writing a blog and a book, and co-creating a fashion line called Animal Royalty. His multifaceted pursuits reflect his music, as Kill Hannah was more post-punk, dark rock and “Falling In Love Will Kill You” is softer and intrinsically melancholy. Take a listen.

The song, which plays like a lachrymose lullaby, starts with an acoustic guitar, a toned-down strung-out sound with almost a Freelance Whales quality to it. The acoustic rises with the verse vocals, all while a sputtering, demonic sound oscillates under the surface. The effect is tremendous, as it depicts a mysterious presence under the surface that is almost kept hidden. The song comes together with the pleading vocal harmonies in the chorus falling in with the second verse with synth and drums. The song is carried by the trope that falling in love will kill you, and the lines are even repeated where eventually the the “falling in” is dropped and the song concludes that love will kill you. The downcast message is totally reflected by the emotional song, as the melody tugs at the listener.

Totally worth a listen, right? When do I steer you wrong? You can keep up with Devine on his Facebook or Twitter.

How Long Do I Have To Wait – The History of “Hesitation Blues”

1 Aug

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As the pictures above suggest, “Hesitation Blues” is one of those traditional tunes that has been recorded by a slew of artists for the last 100 years. A member Roud Folk Song Index, “Hesitation Blues” is a blues standard, and, true to form, it has been recorded in every which way, from lugubrious to effervescent. The lyric has also been transformed, each performer choosing his/her own verse configuration, the consistency coming with the familiar refrain:

How long do I have to wait
Can I get you now
Or must I hesitate?

Thankfully, for those who love music, the history of wonderful blues classics like “Hesitation Blues” has been tracked, and thus musicians have been able to perform the piece and transform it as the years have progressed. And, you will soon hear a few of these recordings – or you can just skip the history and listen to the song progress through the years by scrolling down. Go on, I wont be offended.

Oh, you stayed! Well, great. Let’s begin. What we know is the original versions of the song were published as two different adaptations, one by a three-person publishing team consisting of Billy Smythe, Scott Middleton, and Art Gillham, and one by W.C. Handy. The song spread from there, even ending up in Langston Hughes’ poem “Ask Your Mama,” where Hughes provided musical direction in the poem and used the chorus of the song to indicate his frustration with the slow pace of change in the country.

Perhaps the most fascinating story with the song, though, is from the 60s. I wrote about this before – check out that post here – and it is one of those obscure music nuggets that makes you smile. The Holy Modal Rounders, an esoteric folk/blues group in the 60s, recorded a version of “Hesitation Blues” in 1964, and, in one of their verses, the band used the lyric “psycho-delic” to describe feet, shoes, and blues. This was the first time anyone used the term psychedelic in a recorded song. Neat, right? In the liner notes, the Holy Modal Rounders thanked Charlie Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers, a band that recorded the song with the quintessential pre-1940s blues title of “If the River Was Whiskey.” In fact, Charlie Poole, who played the banjo in the string band that shared his name, succumbed to heart failure at 31 years old after a 13-week drinking bender (yes, 13 weeks). He recorded “If the River Was Whiskey” in 1930, and, thanks to the wonder of YouTube, I bring it to you now.

That’s a jig in every sense of the word. Some of you are probably thinking, “oh, this song!” The song, like most recordings of it, is rather absurd. The singer is born here, raised there, doesn’t really know where he is and what he is doing, but he is clearly tired of waiting, which is a theme you better get used to. All in all, this is an excellent version, fulfilling the need for good ol’ fashioned folk. It’s not surprising the Holy Modal Rounders were inspired by Poole because their version sounds similar. Let’s check out a few more versions recorded at around the same time.

Jim Jackson’s guitar features a simple up-down strumming pattern that creates a rhythm that at times almost seems out-of-place with the song. That said, the Jackson’s version is certainly more rhythmic than others, and oddly enough, it kind-of sounds like the beginning of “I Need Never Get Old” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats — ok very loosely.

Ok, how about one from Crying Sam Collins. Do you get why he was called “Crying”? That’s one bluesy falsetto. I can’t understand a lot of what he is saying, but I get the chorus, and that’s the essential portion. Collins’ version evinces why “Hesitation Blues” is such a fascinating song. Every version, Collins’ included, sounds different. It spawns uniqueness.

One more version – my person favorite. Here is Mayor of MacDougal Street, Dave Van Ronk, performing “Hesitation Blues.” As you will hear soon, Ronk performs the piece with an almost lethargic rhythm, his nasally voice spurting out the lyric with a crooner’s confidence.

 

 

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