In accordance with the Almighty List, I am on a quest to discover 25 bands or musicians that I’ve never heard of in 2014. Here’s the last official installment, Gentle Reader – five groups and my thoughts on them. Thank you to everyone who’s suggested new music – there have been enough suggestions to last another dozen posts. In fact, these posts have been so popular that I’ve been considering making New Music a reglular thing; if that’s something you’d like to see, let me know in the comments! Parts One, Two, Three, and Four are all snug in their beds.
The Task: Discover 25 bands etc., like I said above.
21. La Dispute
My friend Bandit sent me a number of bands to check out for this project. There’s something about the fella’s voice that really expresses emotional suffering, and trying to pull back from the edge of despair. Also, I really enjoyed the strange, rare quality of his voice. Huh.
22. Eyes Set To Kill
What can I say? It’s catchy, and it’s fun – at least this song was. I was reminded of Halestorm, and of some of the songs from Repo: The Genetic Opera. This song also has a good beat – but I think I’d have to be in a certain mood to listen to it.
Honestly, also? The nurse’s outfits in this video are why I chose this song.
23. ZZ Ward
This is a suggestion from Facebook, and I’m really glad I clicked on the link – this woman’s voice is very powerful. Reminiscent of both Adele and Gin Wigmore, were they American. ZZ Ward is going places.
The specific song Pony suggested was “Sharks”, so I was won over right away by the fact that I got to google “Morphine Sharks” – and there is surprisingly little confusion about morphine sharks on the internet, evidently. At any rate, there’s a song from the seventies that I’m reminded of that I can’t quite recall, and also I’m put in mind of the Billy Nayer Show. Anyway, Sharks kick ass, and so does Morphine.
It took me a little while to appreciate this band that I got from Young Nate, but I’ve been trying pretty hard to give everything that came my way a fair chance. Once the singing finally started, I warmed up to this song quite a lot.
Right! This went amazingly well – Once people learned I was looking for new music, and that the genre didn’t matter – well, people were all over it. People get passionate about their favorite music, and they want to share, a lot. I found a bunch of things that I never would have heard of, or bothered giving a shot, that I really enjoyed. AND THEN I WAS DROWNED BY ALL OF THE MUSICAL SUGGESTIONS AND THEY ARE STILL COMING IN. Seriously, I might keep the whole New Music thing going for a while, if you like – so if you still have suggestions, or your suggestions didn’t make it in yet, there still may be hope.
ALSO I HAVE RECTIFIED ONE OF THE GREATEST TRAVESTIES OF MY LIFE, which was not having heard of the Tiger Lillies. Seriously. I’ll leave you with a bonus video of them, because they are the loves of my life.