Luciano Pavarotti once said, “You don’t need any brains to listen to music”, and he’s right… that’s why I love music. Whenever I need to clear my head I pick up my mp3 player and go outside for run.
As you probably already know I’ve got a pretty diverse taste in music and some were really surprised by my previous picks. (1, 2) Not many people expected me to be a hardcore “kid”, and I’m talking about hardcore punk not the rave stuff. Besides hardcore I’ve also got a “weak” for British bands and old thrash metal. It’s a weird combination, I know.
I’ve picked three bands again that helped me clear my head over the last couple of months. I love to explore new bands and would like to ask every single blogger out there to post a top-3 of your favorite bands at the moment.
The Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next to Me
Usually when I listen to a new album I know almost instantly if I like it or will like it or not. This album took months to get used to. The first couple of spins made me nervous and I skipped to the next album with 1 or 2 songs. But after a while I got used to the sound, and I think the reason it took me this long is the atmosphere the orchestra creates. But this is also the reason why I love this band at the moment. It sounds bombastic at times, but they’ve kept most songs relatively short which makes it easy to listen to. Both vocalist also have a very distinct sound but they complement each other in a way that you hardly ever hear. I’ve picked this song for no particular reason, I actually like most songs of the album but this was the first I clicked on:
Backfire – The violent view
Hardcore-punk has always been an important part of my life. Like most people in the Dutch hardcore scene, or at least the “old” guys like me, I started out listening to bands like Right Direction, Discipline and of course Backfire! Especially Backfire in the early days made a huge impression on me, their enthusiasm and energetic/aggressive style is what I liked the most. On the 20th of March 1999 their drummer Richard Bruinen took his own life. I never forget the set Backfire played during the European Hardcore Party in Eindhoven. It was the most impressive, emotional and energetic show I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any decent video online of that set. I picked an OLC cover song, because OLC has always been a controversial band and probably misunderstood by many. Although I’ve never been a big fan of all the intro’s OLC added to their songs, their music was fast, energetic and aggressive… just the way I like it. Same goes for Backfire by the way, no holds barred – straight up – in your face – hardcore.
As I said I love hardcore, British bands and … thrash metal. This last band is a thrash metal band and one of the best bands around: Sacred Reich – American Way
Although they have always been labeled as “thrash” metal, these guys have got a hardcore mindset. Their lyrics aren’t about deceases and horribles deaths but about politics and society. I’ve seen them a couple of times, but one of the best shows most definitely was the reunion show in Eindhoven(Dynamo club). These guys came to Europe to play a couple of shows. Instead of just playing large venues and start cashing they decided they wanted to play at the venues where they had the most fun back in the days. For all my friends from the US, The American Way: