What’s up friends ?
Things are moving here…
The EP is starting to take shape as I’ve demoed every guitars and arrangements I had in mind for those five songs.
Sent the whole thing to Florent who sent back very advanced programmed drumming ideas in return and all I can say right now is I am fucking psyched as hell to hear the recorded end result as his ideas are down right brilliant.
It’s been kinda weird for me as I never had worked this way before with another musician, file trading and stuff. All I used to know was the “get in the basement with the boys till your ears bleed and you come out of it with something decent” thing. Must admit I’m really enjoying working this way so far, in the comfort of my apartment with my ass seated in front of the computer. Or maybe it is just because Florent is such a talented motherfucker and he makes everything easy. Huh? Maybe. Maybe not. Dunno.
Speaking of which, the dude is about to enter the studio to record his drums with Fabien from Outsider Studio on April 8th. After all the hell I’ve been through while working on this upcoming EP, seeing it finally materializing in some way is quite heartwarming for the least. Things are finally starting to look good.
On another level and because we have upcoming shows with Rosetta booked in July, Tony and I are having a go with a new live drummer sometime in mid-April. Our boy Lou who happens to be our lighting tech Arnaud’s twin brother! Fuckin a… hope the dude’s gonna kill it on drums.
Can’t wait to open this new chapter.
CHRIS CORNELL Higher Truth
Really didn’t expect much out of this one after the man’s previous solo work and the “Scream” disaster. But this record is a very pleasant surprise. Almost entirely acoustic or at least heavily relying on steel strings instruments, “Higher Truth” is a wonderful journey through the eyes of a man entering his fifties. A few memorable melodies, Cornell’s beautiful voice, heroic producer Brendan O’Brien’s magical touch (those guitars never sounded better) and there you have it, a collection of songs that will probably not change the face of rock’n’roll but a very pleasant, delicate moment in the company of the legend.
J.C. SATÀN J.C. Satàn
Had these guys not destroyed me live a few months ago, I would never have written these words. Oh sure, because of all the hype surrounding them, I had heard this record before. Listened to it a couple of times as a jaded unimpressed douche thinking “Huh? Would you please remind me what was all the fuss about?”. And then I saw them live after which I rushed to the merch table to buy the damn thing. And then I listened to it for days. And then I realized how much of a dumb fuck I had been not hearing at first how great these tunes were (“I Could Have Died”, “Waiting For You”, etc…). So, save some time. Go get it. Like right. Fucking. Now.
SPAWN The Album
Why did I suddenly decide to dive back in my record collection and unearth this relic from the days I thought baggy jeans were cool? Go figure… anyway, here it is, fucking “Spawn, The Album”, original sound track to what could probably run for the title of greatest failure at adapting a comic book to a movie screen. Where “Judgement Night”‘s OST succeeded in blending hip/hop and metal, this record… kinda does in telescoping electronic music and heavy guitars. Highlights Filter & The Crystal Method and Butthole Surfer & Moby (yeah, seriously) steal the show while DJ Spooky commits the worst Metallica remix ever. Uneven but fun.
WATERS What’s Real
Discovered this band on tour with Nada Surf in 2012. Really dug their set and their 2011’s debut album “Out In The Light”. Four years later comes sophomore release “What’s Real” with a whole different line up around main man Van Pierszalowski. The frontman’s unmistakable (and quite distinctive) voice sets a familiar scenery here and yet, things have changed Waterside. There’s more color, more light. Mainly when a questionable keyboard bursts in and… well, let’s just say I’m not a keyboard guy. However, their sort of Weezer vs. Nada Surf vs. The Smashing Pumpkins kind of indie-rock still totally works on me. Good stuff.
Live & banging
BARONESS + EL PARAMO, Bilbao (Kafe Antzokia), March 4th 2016
Wish I could write a word or two about the set Spanish instrumental-stoner crew El Paramo delivered but I came in late and only saw their last three songs from the far back of the venue in between dozens of loud motherfuckers chitchatting, not giving a fuck and moving around like they were in their living room. Was it any good? Any bad? Can’t really say as I just couldn’t wait for their gig to end so I could move from that shitty spot I was in.
In a much better spot, the Baroness boys made a whole other impression on me.
As I’ve stated a few times in other articles, I’ve always found John and Pete’s guitar work fascinating and well, live, the boys are simply impressive. There’s something about the way both move on stage that’s as personal as the licks and sounds they have their instruments screaming. These guys have got chops. The whole band does actually, packing sharpened musicianship with a really cool/friendly attitude that immediately makes you wanna like them. This whole live formula also breathes new energy in songs that some might find a bit gentle on record but that come out as serious rockers on stage.
A totally unsurprising setlist heavily based on “Purple” and “Yellow & Green” (totalizing 17 out of the 19 songs played tonight!) does not prevent the band from delivering a fabulous set during which highlights “If I Have To Wake Up (Would You Stop The Rain?)”, “March To The Sea” and “Take My Bones Away” literally gave me chills.
Thanks for checking out my monthly blabber.
‘Til next month fellas!