Thursday, September 14, 2006

My Nightly Middle Finger to MTV

I have no issue with Coldplay -- despite the fact that XYZ was a bitter disappointment in the wake of A Rush of Blood to the Head.

That said, there are a hell of a lot of British bands that critics have tried to slap the "Next Coldplay" monicker upon.

Doves are one of them.

Unfortuantely, it's not very fitting, as Doves are much better.

Tonight's video is Snowden.


Stevie said...

I feel like I'm turning all cynical when I try to raise comment on music these days, but I just can't help the fact that very little mainstream music seems to do it for me any more.
I had a bit of a turning point seven years ago, and took my first tentative steps into listening to Dance genres generally and very quickly Trance in particular, and it took me to such a different place, even making me explore classical music because of the amount of crossover. I've often seen Trance as the natural descendant of Classical since then.
Maybe I'm just too close to it over here, but I seem to hear one Brit band after another that, to put it bluntly, do nothing to lift my spirit:(

Lots of Brit bands these days I feel I can qualify as 'ok' which just ain't quite enough. It's not offensive stuff, doesnt hurt my ears, it just does...nothing... for, or to, me:(

Chez said...

Understandable. You're right that Brit bands often tend to fall in line behind whatever sound happens to be coming out of England at a given time.

Still, at this point I'll do just about anything to escape the whining idiocy of emo -- which pretty much dominates the American alternative genre right now.

When I was growing up -- my life was about Siouxsie, the Cure, Echo and such. It's not elitist (or for that matter populist) to say that when it comes to breaking new ground musically, you kids on the other side of the Atlantic are doing it better and more often.

Hell, tell me we could come up with an act like Gorillaz.

As for trance, I went through that phase about ten years or so ago -- and I still like it very much. Electronica has always been beautiful, innovative and just generally bad-ass.

I'm also one of the few who still wants to fly to Britian and kick the living shit out of Liam Howlett for canning everyone else in Prodigy. The Fat of the Land remains one of my all-time favorite albums.

Speaking of coming to Britain -- the next time I'm there I'll buy you a beer.

Roberto said...

Hey there. It's Woody for the ol' MySpace. Doves are a fantastic band. I've seen them live a couple times, and they were great. The first time they were supported by Elbow, who you should get to know since you like Doves – their Leaders of the Free World album was one of the best of 2005.

I'm right with you on British bands. While some of them get a bit samey as they trend-follow, there just aren't many American bands that seem able to do anything original. My love affair with the Brits started when I was in 10th grade with The Smiths, The Cure, Echo – I'm sure you've got the same list – and since then American music just hasn't seemed as exciting.

Chez said...

Very familiar with Elbow -- and you're right about Leaders of the Free World being a fantastic album.

Stevie said...

Perfect timing! I was just recently thinking about quitting drinking! But what the hell, it wasn't something I was going to beat myself up over (too much), so you're on ;)

ames said...

I love the Doves. Around the same time I discovered them, I found another band- not from the UK, but from AZ- The Shins. If you haven't heard them, you really should.

choenbone said...

the intro sounds like it came from an old Star Trek episode...thats just what i offense to these guys and i kinda have to agree with stevie, i just does't do any thing for me, good or bad, it just kinda exists...