Thursday, August 10, 2006
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.)