And wear a fucking mask please
Started by jamiefairlie, October 25, 2021, 04:39:14 AM
QuoteThe Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. In addition to their lyrics, which often focus on historical incidents and/or folklore, the Decemberists are also well known for their eclectic live shows. Audience participation is a part of each performance, typically during encores. The band stages whimsical reenactments of sea battles and other centuries-old events, typically of regional interest, or acts out songs with members of the crowd.Which sounds like a bloody nightmare, but to each their own.Songwriter Colin Meloy has characterised Sixteen Military Wives as a "protest song" inspired by the Iraq War. However, though it does attack elements of American foreign policy under George W. Bush (the lines "Cause America can/and America can't say no/And America does/if America says it's so/it's so" in the chorus), Sixteen Military Wives focuses primarily on the news media and popular response to the war, particularly levying criticism at infotainment and the surface-level involvement of celebrities in public affairs.
QuoteMuddyHead were a Cheshire-based band, chiefly notable for featuring ex-China Crisis man Gary Daly. While bassist Daly was the highest-profile member, most of the songwriting credits, singing and guitar playing was performed by Andy Steele. They released the album 'Land and Sea' in 2005. Andy Steele : "Muddyhead's Land and Sea album, was a solo record but it had been a few years since I'd written any decent songs and the catalyst for it was Michael Hurley's 'Automatic Slim and the Fatboys'. The lead track from it, Miracle Cure, was played a number of times by Mark Radcliffe on his night time Radio 2 show and I remember thinking that that in itself was mission accomplished...that's all I'd really set out to achieve." Andy Steele : "I love Mark Radcliffe from way back on Out on Blue Six. Our musical tastes are identical and he's one of only a handful of broadcasters who have survived the dreadful dismantling of the airwaves that has taken place in recent times who's opinion is really worth anything.I listen to his radio 6 show and go 'yeah...yep...bloody well right Mark.' I don't know the guy at all, but he lives just up the road from me. I left the Land And Sea album in his pigeon hole at Oxford Road and he played it and it was a real moment for me. I don't have any expectations any more so it's the little victories that mean the most."
QuoteThe Sunset Tree is the ninth studio album by the Mountain Goats. Its songs revolve around the house John Darnielle grew up in and the people who lived there, including his mother, sister, stepfather, friends, and enemies.A recurring theme is domestic violence. The album title refers to a scene in Samuel Butler's The Way of All Flesh in which the character Theobald beats his son Ernest for being unable to pronounce a hard C when singing a hymn. The hymn, The Tyrolese Evening Hymn, begins with the lines "Come, come, come, come to the sunset tree".In the album's liner notes, Darnielle writes:"Made possible by my stepfather, Mike Noonan (1940–2004): may the peace which eluded you in life be yours now. Dedicated to any young men and women anywhere who live with people who abuse them, with the following good news:you are going to make it out of there aliveyou will live to tell your storynever lose hope."
QuoteFigurines were formed in Denmark in the mid-1990s when Christian Hjelm, Claus Salling Johansen and Andreas Toft (all guitarists) all began to "jam" together. Eventually Toft switched over to bass and Claus swapped to drums until Kristian Volden joined the band. Christian Hjelm : "It's tight, fast, melodic. And I think we have more elements to our music, more of hybrid style of different genres: punk rock, stoner rock, folk rock-- it's all in a mixture."The band released their first EP, The Detour, in 2001. The band began to receive national attention in Denmark around the time of the full-length album, 'Shake a Mountain', in 2004. Their second album, 'Skeleton', was released in 2005, and the band toured America.Claus Johansen : "I was really surprised in a good way about the people. You hear stories about how dangerous it is to walk along the streets, and then one night we were walking around and couldn't find our hotel, and this lady stops-- she could tell that what we were totally lost-- and she asked us what we were looking for. That would never happen in Denmark! And also, we heard all these horror stories from Danish bands touring in the U.S. that they had to play pizza joints and no sound engineer showed up and everything was fucked...but it wasn't like that for us. But there were a lot of burgers! A lot of good burgers. A lot of different burgers. I think we're very spoiled up here in Denmark when it comes to venues, and the treatment and the catering. But we felt good eating those burgers."
QuotePure Reason Revolution released their first mini-album, 'Cautionary Tales for the Brave', in November 2005. Most of the tracks also appear on their debut album 'The Dark Third', with the exception of "In Aurelia". In March 2005, the band played the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, before playing several North American dates. In spring 2005, Greg Jong left the band, to be replaced by another Westminster pal Jamie Willcox (guitar, vocals), though Jong featured on all their recordings up to, and including 'The Dark Third', released in 2006.
QuoteSing-Sing were formed in 1997 in London, by vocalist Lisa O'Neill (who had previously worked with Locust, Mad Professor, and Kid Loco) and guitarist/vocalist Emma Anderson (formerly of Lush).Emma Anderson : "We were both going out with these guys who lived in this flat in Camden, a horrible flat actually. That's the first place we physically met, was in like their kitchen or living room, I can't remember. But we didn't really know anything about each other, but didn't really speak actually, just sort of 'hello.' But then it was a friend of mine who I've known since school, she worked with Lisa at an animation company and she phoned me up one day, she's going, 'there's a girl who works here and she's looking for work to sing with somebody. And I think you might have met her in Pete's flat.' And I was like, 'oh yeah Lisa, I didn't know she sang.' 'And she sang on this record called Locust or something.' And I'm like, 'well I've got that.' So I put the phone down and put the CD on and it's the hidden track and I thought, 'this is great without the guy.'"In early 1998 they recorded their first demo as Sing-Sing, with Justin Welch of Elastica on drums. A second demo prompted Simon Raymonde and Robin Guthrie to release "Feels Like Summer" as a single on their Bella Union label in October 1998. After having a track on a split single in 1999, they started their own label, Aerial, through which they released their next two singles, "I'll Be" and a re-recorded "Feels Like Summer", in 2000. They signed with Alan McGee's Poptones label for the release of their debut album, 'The Joy of Sing-Sing', in October 2001. They toured the United States twice in 2002 taking in both SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York.Lisa O'Neill : "I think they're a lot more pleased to see us. I think it's because we're English and they're American, so they know we've made much more of an effort to come and play. And they tend to be a lot more enthusiastic. With English people, it is true, they are more reserved and that does show when you play live. We get a good reception in England as well, but I don't know, I do like playing to American audiences. It depends on where you are in America as well. The LA crowd was always the best of the last tour, the most rowdy. Denver is quite good as well, where as Seattle is quite quiet. No they're good, they're much louder than the English crowds." To raise funds to record a second album they sold the 'Madame Sing-Sing' EP via their website. Second album 'Sing-Sing and I' followed in 2005. At the end of December 2007, they announced via their mailing list and website that they had decided to disband.
Quote from: daf on November 22, 2021, 11:03:22 AMSing Sing – Come Sing Me A Songfeatured on the album 'Sing-Sing And I' - released in 2005
Quotethe boy least likely to were formed by composer/multi-instrumentalist Pete Hobbs and lyricist/singer Jof Owen. Owen and Hobbs both grew up in the village of Wendover in Buckinghamshire. After meeting at school, they began writing and recording songs in the summer of 2002.They released three singles and completed the recording of their debut album before playing any live shows. The debut album, 'the best party ever', which compiled the band's first three singles and added five new tracks, was released in the UK in February 2005, and in the United States in late Spring 2006. They were included in the top ten bands of 2006 in Rolling Stone magazine, and described as sounding like what would happen "if all your childhood stuffed animals got together and started a band."
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