Friday, August 30, 2013

Retro Rock Redux

Since one good turn ALWAYS deserves another, let's chat a bit more about hard rock from the 70s.

In specific, let's chat Tin House. A band that, seemingly, never made much of an impact in their hay day... but still, no reason to discount them from rocking awesomeness. The band was a proving ground for future Johnny/Edgar Winter guitarist Floyd Radford, and you can definitely hear a bit of the stylistic comparison. Perhaps strangest of all, I read somewhere on the internet that they played a reunion show in 2006 and even played semi-consistently for a while after.  Could be lies... you know how the internet is.

Most importantly, it's Friday, and you'd rather rock out than think.  So go nuts:

-You raise 3 fingers to the sky, between the lines is our reply

Monday, August 26, 2013

Should've been born in the 50s

You know those periods in your life when you regress and let your musical tastes drift backwards to explore what history has to offer in the way of some serious rock n roll? I'm in one of those phases and the fruits I am reaping are fan-freaking-tastic.

Over the weekend, I stumbled across a lesser-known gem called Hard Stuff. They were a short-lived British hard rock / metal band with that early 70s heavy, bluesy groove. They released 2 proper LPs, Bulletproof  and Bolex Dementia under Deep Purple's label and toured Europe quite extensively with DP. However, a car crash that would leave 2 members of the 3 piece badly injured would ultimately push the band to fold.

But what they left behind from their 2 year run and rock stardom is something to be appreciated:

-Wash me clean, show what's good for me

Friday, August 23, 2013

Retro Nerd Rock

Those eastcoasters after my own heart in The Motorleague have done it again. After blowing minds with their sophomore release, Acknowledge, Acknowledge, and making my gut hurt that I laughed so hard at the cock-rock-esque video for North America, they have just this week dropped to the world an incredible new video for the song Failsafes.

The video, a trip down digital memory lane for those of us who grew up with the greatest PC video games ever made, required either a great deal of expertise on their hands or a lot of time on their hands or both. It shows some classic scenes from some of the classic abandonware of our youth, all appropriately timed and displaying the lyrics in the style of the original game. Well played, lads.

-When you show me what your sight sounds like, I'll show you how my mind tastes

Monday, August 12, 2013

Crushed Underfoot

The Great Sabatini... Montreal's masters of sludge... just released a new EP, Sunday School.

I love it. Oh how I love it. But most importantly, they released a new version of one of my favourite tracks, "Tiny Kingdoms."

Bathe in noise.
-What purpose do you serve anymore if not to hold me back?