Month: October, 2015

Savages adore life

last night, Silence Yourself resounded loudly at the pond, as the frog wondered what the ladies were now up to. alike beauty couldn’t vanish in one chapter.
so, speaking of Savages, the ladies are precisely back.

they announced today with the following statement that Adore Life, the follow-up of their 2013’s first album, was expected on 22nd january 2016 on Matador, where you may already preorder it.

It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It’s about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It’s about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.

produced again by Johnny Hostile, Adore Life was recorded in april 2015 at RAK Studios in london and mixed in copenhagen by Anders Trentemøller.

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01 The Answer
02 Evil
03 Sad Person
04 Adore
05 I Need Something New
06 Slowing Down The World
07 When In Love
08 Surrender
09 T.I.W.Y.G.
10 Mechanics

so, if love is The Answer, time has come to enjoy the very energetic video directed by Giorgio Testi, a first persuasive appetizer (click on the album cover if you can’t play the following video).

 

METZ’s upcoming Eraser

METZ has just lashed out on a new single called Eraser / Pure Auto. both songs were produced by METZ, recorded by Graham Walsh at Union Sound Company, and mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service. 

the new baby will be available January 22nd, 2016 on 7” vinyl from Three One G Records and digitally from Sub Pop.

Spain’s I do

among our 90’s very favourites, Spain have a very important to play, oh yes. this is Josh Haden himself, bassist and singer (and composer) of Spain, who helped the frog to reveal for good its appetite for musical melancholy. to make it short, Josh Haden’s voice, texts and melodies are willing to make any amphibians to both crumble and exult with happiness, no less! we will tell you more about it in details very soon.

but for now, Josh, along with Spain’s Kenny Lyon on electric and acoustic guitars, released today I Do –a song dedicated to and in support of marriage equality. all profits from the sale of I Do go to Marriage Equality USA and the Human Rights Campaign.

for more information visit the Spain Bandcamp.

Justin Small’s subscriptions

it’s been a few months now that the pond feels blessed each week, as soon as an e-mail from Justin Small pops up.

Just-Passing-Through

yes, Justin Small himself –Do Make Say Think‘s guitarist (among others)– pays a weekly visit to his greatest enthusiasts and offer them an original composition along with an original visual artwork. this is the best present a musician can do to music misfits who have been languishing in boredom since the release of DMST’s remarkable Other Truths in… 2009!

the aforementioned gentleman had the splendid idea to launch a subscription series with the motto “a track a week, a dollar a week, for one year”.  so you may decide to spend each week a canadian dollar usefully and discover a song a few minutes later. alternatively, you may wait for the end of the each quarter (the first quarter is now) and buy the tracks under the form of an online sampler. and if you are very patient, it seems that you would be able to purchase a box set at the end of the year period (this option is to be confirmed by the said gentleman).

the tracks received so far allow a gripping dive into Justin Small’s repertoire. from post rock to cinematic and (superb) tender melodies (Stupid Conscience gonna lead me to the poor house, 50 by Fire), moving ballads (Just Passing Through), cheerful space rock (Booogie Wooogie Back up!), but also more experimental tunes that are reminiscent of Do Make Say Think.

lately, Justin bundled the first package of these songs under the title Summer, a sunny compilation which is available on Bandcamp and the pond is very happy to support Justin Small’s music, which fully deserves a broader attention. so if you are a starving DMST fan, this first sampler or subscription idea may be a pleasant way to invest money with intelligence and taste.

METZ (cassiopeia, 24/06/15)

loud. this was truly loud, i mean a real jump-up-and-down experience, probably the most head-splitting gig since APTBS‘, where the frog’s ears came closer to the soundwall limit. in fact, this very night was the first time the frog experienced a true punk delirium, not to say that it greatly enjoyed it.

as i arrived at cassiopeia that night, i was kind of late, for my attention had been distracted by some unexpected skate-board show in the neighbourhood. the pond is an amazing place: you pop up to expose your ears to high frequencies and enjoy instead a spectacle offered by rolling experts, which trousers reach their bottoms with difficulty.
so i was late, so i missed the opening band (Heads), but managed to worm my way easily to the crowd and to embrace the stage, comfortably positioned in the exact middle of the space.

three guys hail to the stage, and i am happy as larry as a friendly-face bespectacled guitarist start to strum a few terribly noisy notes. this is Alex Edkins, guitarist and singer of METZ, an amazing noise band from toronto. on his right, the bassist Chris Slorach shows a lightening smile and behind them appears Hayden Menzies on drums.

Photograph by Robby Reis

i let some refreshing beverage sooth my skate-boarding and (forthcoming punk) excitation, and notice that two long-haired-bearded toads in (very) tiny t-shirts take position on my flanks. my mind starts to vagabond, wondering whether these metal-like amphibians are not at the wrong address. but before i realise that it would appropriate to quit swiftly the comforting headland i’m setting on, Negative Space pierces the silence with hooting guitars and the toads –many long-haired ones, my goodness, where do they flock from?– begin a sudden and cheerful pogo, during which the frog’s bag and beer fly in the air.


 
with no surprise, the frog decides hastily to follow the movement and jumps in air to recover the beverage and pay tribute to the thunderous gig introduction. at the time of the bag repossession, the devil-possessed amphibians are already soaked and the frog goes wild with joy, rejoining the quietly-dancing animal bed. this marks the end of the flowery perfumed atmosphere but the very beginning of a crazy and thrilling evening –Negative Space being only a soft, jolting opening.

because if you may dispute the band’s lack of inspiration as far as album titles are concerned, i can tell you that the energy and the decibels spread by each one of their tunes will crush your brain to a pulp.

formed in 2008, METZ released their eponymous début album on Sub Pop in 2012, followed in 2015 by the soberly-named II, both produced by Holy Fuck‘s Mr. Graham Walsh. quickly pigeonholed as a punk rock band, METZ deliver a music which also springs from both the drone and post-hardcore scenes –it is straightforward and doesn’t lose time waffling on. some may argue that it is easy to play punk rock, but in truth, it isn’t elementary to play genuine art-punk noise rock. and this is precisely where Metz excel, at radiating ferocity and time-bomb melodies. both guitars seem to respond to some emergency state, the louder, the better. Slorach’s bass spits filthy drones that perforate your brain and entire body like a devilish electric hand drill, echoed by Edkins’ pernicious guitar.


 
the gig is a perfect exploration of METZ’s plain-spoken style. it is as short and damageable powerful as the forenamed albums. in fact, the shortness of the performance is a bit frustrating. songs are whizzed off, making it demanding to appreciate the show properly. it’s almost impossible to get your breath back. all the same, it is indeed very difficult to resist the impressive Knife in the Water, Wet Blanket or Rats, or any titles of Metz, and i somehow envy the toads who exult openly, letting their exuding bodies crush against each others. METZ’s sovereignty may precisely come from the immediate urge to play.

Negative Space
Knife in the Water
Get Off
Spit You Out
The Swimmer
Wait in Line
Headache
Kicking a Can of Worms
Nervous System
Rats
Wasted
Dirty Shirt
Acetate
Wet Blanket

METZ’s first album perspires the same in-your-face, quintessential sweat of Sub Pop bands. it spews up hysterical tones aiming at crumbling any existing sound limits. raw and deliberately loud, their sound is supported by the bleak and vociferating-contained voice of Alex Edkins, which sometimes vanishes for a while to leave a clear field to the furious but artfully frenzy provided by both the guitars and the demented drums. guitar riffs explode on the assault-like Headache or the quite simply staggering Acetate, which genuinely illustrates Edkins’ promise as II was about to be released:

We are not going to clean up our sound, we are not going to hire a big producer, we are not going to try to write a radio song.

as a matter of fact, METZ don’t produce radio songs, but if they actually did, we could eventually listen to the radio all day. would you still doubt of Metz’ proficiency, we invite you to train your ears with this KEXP session.
please play it loud and abandon the present reading to let your body breath.