Thursday, August 10, 2006

Listening Post

I figure since I actually hold sway over such a vast number of minds these days -- allow me my delusion please -- I may as well use this awesome power for good as opposed to evil.

Hence it's time once again to recommend a band or artist you may not have heard of, but who certainly deserves your attention as well as the money you'd normally spend on that new Rhianna CD (and if you're buying that, then the money you're obviously also spending on Thorazine).

Today's lesson: The Start.

They're a band from Southern California that were doing the whole 80s new-wave/punk revival about five years before it became trendy.* Their debut CD Shakedown is tough to find, but some of the bigger record stores may still have it -- or you can always order it online. It's worth the trouble of tracking it down just for the song Gorgeous, but as it turns out, everything else on the album is equally terrific.

iTunes has their follow-up EP, Death Via Satellite, which is certainly decent -- and an interesting hint of what was to come as the band began to darken its sound. With the most recent release, Initiation, that transition is complete; the entire album features heavy, swirling guitar melodies in which lead singer Aimee Echo's voice seems to literally drown. It's just beautiful to behold and cool as all hell.

There's a band from the late 80s called Caterwaul whom they remind me of, but I doubt you've heard of those guys either.

Either way, give The Start a listen.

(*Too fucking trendy actually. To The Bravery, Interpol, Editors etc. -- yeah, I liked Joy Division too; which is why I still listen to their albums instead of buying yours. And to Franz Fucking Ferdinand -- Gang of Four should sue your asses. I want to form a band called Gavrilo Princip and shoot you worthless idiots.)


eclipse said...

hey, its nice to see theStart getting some lovin. ive been a fan of aimee's for about ten years. her other band, human waste project, did some work with korn in the '96 or so. they sadly got lumped in with the limp bizkit, coal chamber jackasses, but were wayyyy more dancey and fun. they were heavy, but still a little retro and didnt take themselves too seriously. if you can find it, check out the cover they did of the safety dance.

Anonymous said...

and how much are you getting in royalties for the mention on this "OH SO POPULAR BLOG"....get a life!!!
With love, from your Conscience...

Chez said...


VOTAR said...

awww chez, you have a fanboy.

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J.L.Jones said...

Oh man... I love theStart. I used to listen to Glimmerman and Hang on Me all the time. I still love that album... The new album... Would you say that it has a Siouxsie and the Banshees vibe? Cause she always reminded me of a poppier Siouxsie.

philly said...

Chez, could you ask your conscience to lighten up a little? Take it out for ice cream or something.

Chez said...

j.l. -- true... very Siouxsie, but there's something else mixed in that I can't quite put my finger on. My favorite track on Shakedown is actually Her Song; for some reason I listened to that a hell of a lot when I first got to NYC after 9/11.

philly -- I'm not sure ice cream would cure whatever's ailing my conscience. My wife and I have had a pretty decent time trying to figure out just who's decided that I'm worth all this effort. I'm a big fan of having my opinions challenged and love healthy debate -- but bitching and moaning about crap that really no longer applies is just goddamned silly. I've gone through so much in the past couple of years -- heartbreak, devastating loss, a brain tumor for Christ's sake -- I think that if I "grew up" anymore I'd happily put myself in a coffin. In other words, My Conscience can go fuck itself.

Thanks for reading by the way. Much appreciated.

Eric Blade said...


Seems like you might be into metal some too? I was listening to the other day, and it served up a song from this Irish metal band I'd never heard of, called "Primordial". Haven't dug up their disc yet, but the one song that i've heard is pretty damn cool. Just a suggestion :)