Tag Archives: Phoenix

Catching Me In Stride Carries 90s Vibes By Voyce Memos

19 Apr

Following Voyce Memos’s first single Division and latest release of IndifferentCatching Me In Stride showcases the musical talents of Richard Borger, lead producer/audio engineer, drummer, Stephen Mokulis, and multi-instrumentalist/producer, Akash Gupta. Hailing from Houston, TX, what started off as a casual side project soon evolved into a strong cohesive band with an intentional sound. With different musical traits evolving from track to track on the album, one can get a sense of evolution on the album itself. The beginning of Catching Me In Stride starts off slow with reflective tracks and very organic in musical structure. As you get towards the middle of the album, a variety of riffs, vocal styles, and tone shifts into a different tone. When pulling references to draw similarities to in the music sphere, the bands that come to mind    include The 1975, Radiohead, and Phoenix. With a strong album that highlights the different sides to their sound throughout, listeners should mark down Voyce Memos as a band to watch for 2019.

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From a Mess to the Masses: Some Post Punk

15 Sep

Punk rock was loud, messy, uncontrollable and rowdy.  Then Joy Division came and changed all that almost  over night.  Ever hear of U2, the Killers or Phoenix?  All followers of this one band that barreled into the vision of the public almost overnight and then exploded and reinvented itself upon the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis (here’s the fascinating movie about him).  Emphasizing emotional music over loud noise and somber emotions over rage and anger, they were the first to synchronize synthesizers, drum machines and live instrumentation.

Phoenix

Joy Division happens to be one of the most depressing bands ever but those influenced by them moved more towards the land of unicorns and butterflies.  One of those bands happens to be Phoenix who turned the Joy Division sound slightly upside down.  Their most recent release, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, builds upon the simpler drum machine and snyth combinations by adding multiple layers of guitars.  It’s a really cool sound and overall a really great album.

I’m connecting these bands with a synth and drum machine sound and it’s my post so I’m going to throw in a little curveball.  The next band has many related characteristics to Phoenix, incorporating a lot of drum machine and other samples and a lead singer with a wacky falsetto voice.  Passion Pit relies heavily on sound samples which gives a much wider variety of sounds then a simple drum machine, such as in the following song.

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