1. DINOSAUR PILE UP
This band have gripped me by the proverbial ear and haven’t let go. As grungy as Nirvana, as melodic as Biffy Clyro and as rock and roll as Foo Fighters, they are definitely ones to watch. If Dinosaur Pile Up don’t get the true recognition they deserve in the next few years than the music industry is certainly dead. They released their début album ‘Growing Pains’ in 2010 and with tracks such as ‘Traynor’ and ‘Mona Lisa’ the band have showcased some of their true quality. If the next album (expected this year sometime) is as good or better, I expect some larger festival slots for Dinosaur Pile Up in 2013.
2. PULLED APART BY HORSES
The name may be familiar to a few festival goers and even some radio listeners through Zane Lowe. The band have supported Muse and Biffy Clyro on separate tours, credentials that certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. Pulled Apart By Horses are as in your face as you can get without being full on ‘screamo’ and their live performances are renowned for their energy and passion. They are a band that is definitely on the rise and I see very few obstacles in their way.
3. MILO GREENE
Milo Greene are a 5 piece hailing from Los Angeles, with outstanding vocal harmonies that have been described by many youtube users (I have researched this..sort of) as raising the hairs on your arms and giving goosebumps. I know very little of the band except of what is on youtube, the best advice I can give is to ask you to have a listen yourself.
Twitter is a great social networking site. Its short, concise, easy to use and we can all legally stalk our favourite celebrities and musical or sporting heroes. The concept of ‘# trends’ keeps us well informed of what is going on in single cities and places around the world.
So taking all this into account I effectively abandon my Facebook account for a few weeks to seek glory and unneeded knowledge on Twitter. Everything is going great, I tweet Piers Morgan to let him know how much of an egotistical dick-head he is, and follow some hilarious accounts such as ‘@Chino_wanker’ and follow various accounts providing up to date information about Luton Town F.C. I didn’t really take much notice of the worldwide trends.
A few weeks into using Twitter, now only using Facebook to keep informed of event invites and so on, I start to notice that there are loads of fan-made accounts, I was aware of this before, but I didn’t realise that Twitter was peppered with Bieber fans, Lady Gaga fans, One – Direction fans, JLS fans, the list goes on. Fuck me. You can’t escape the army of hormonally dangerous ‘ beliebers’, he’s like some sort of God to them. Perhaps he is the spawn of Satan and the world really is going to end this year, in the form of an angry spotty greasy wave of riots all being controlled by Biebers dick.
Now all I notice every-week is that there’s a worldwide trend set by one of these groups of fans. Stuff such as #bieber is perfect or #Lady Gaga is the queen of pop. Maybe computers and the internet are taking too much of our time. Look at me now, writing an article on the internet at 1:35am (got to be up a 9am), about the internet.. my point is that it feels more like a cult following than a musical following. It’s like those religious nutters you get knocking on your door trying to force Jesus down your throat, I’m starting to feel like these beliebers are trying force Bieber on me. Its like I’m a cow and these bieber fans are chasing me with a red hot branding iron aimed straight at my balls, with a big bieber sign on it, no one wants Bieber on their balls….
I still use Twitter and I haven’t got my balls burn’t so I’m tolerating all this pop-industry twittering. I’m just glad those people most probably hate the music I like, which is nice, there are certain types of people you would rather not be associated with in life after-all. Murderers, pedos, racists, towie fans, the Sun newspaper readers, Piers Morgan, Adrian Durham and of course Beliebers.
Side project by me and house mates, gets crazy after about the 1:35 mark. Spread the word if your feeling it.
All filmed with nothing but an iphone, we don’t need that fancy shit!
‘As far as my solo record, I don’t want a gold record or anything, I’m happy to be small and to have the people appreciate the music who really like me for being me.’
Many of you will know John Frusciante as the guitarist from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, but for me, as epic and rightly worldwide renowned chilli’s are, I see him as much more. Frusciante was ranked as the 18th Greatest Guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2001 and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 2012 with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. But its not these accolades that he’ll be best remembered for in my opinion. For me his stance on music and attitude towards what music is about, will inspire (hopefully) the next generation of artists who will sound and play the music that they themselves are passionate about. Too many bands are sculpted into more ‘marketable’ avenues of music, for example, Funeral Party’s initial record label wanted to make them into a blink 182 sounding band. They refused, left the label and are now achieving success with the sound that is true to them as individuals and as a band. This is very much a reflection of John’s recent projects. He could have easily rode the success wave and repackage the chilli’s with a little tinge of his creative flair, but thank God he didn’t.
After the Death of Chilli’s guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died at the age of 26 due to his addiction to heroin. John Frusciante, who was a devoted chilli’s fan, became part of the reformed Red Hot Chilli Peppers with bassist Flea and Anthony Kiedis. He and Flea developed an instant chemistry and unique style. John with the Chilli’s would achieve much mainstream success, with the album; Blood Sugar Sex Magik until his years of hiatus due to his ever increasing drug addiction
Frusciante had been regularly smoking pot with Flea but in the summer of 1992 he began taking heroin on the scale of a full blown addict. For 5 whole years, from 1992 – 1997 Frusciante lived the life of a junkie in his Hollywood Hills home addicted to crack cocaine and heroin. A documentary made by Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes entitled ‘Stuff’ ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=offcwPTkQyE ), showed the terrible state of Frusciante’s home and an insight into the life Frusciante was living. (well worth a watch) Frusciante’s home would eventually be destroyed by a fire which destroyed various tapes of music and his vintage guitar collection, Frusciante narrowly escaped only with mild burns.
Frusciante would enter rehab in 1998 and after a successful rehabilitation, he would rejoin the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 2002. Frusciante was a changed man stating that his addiction was not a ‘dark period’ of his life but more of a ‘re-birth’.
‘I don’t need to take drugs. I feel so much more high all the time right now because of the type of momentum that a person can get going when you really dedicate yourself to something that you really love.’
Frusciante would again achieve success with the Chilli’s with the release of ‘Stadium Arcadium’ and started to achieve some solo success with the solo album ‘The Will to Death’. Frusciante totally dedicated his time to making music, starting side projects such as ‘Ataxia’ and collaborations with ‘The Mars Volta’. Frusciante would eventually leave Red Hot Chilli Peppers sometime between 2008 – 2009, and released yet another solo album ‘The Empyrean’ in 2009 with a new album set to be released sometime in 2012.
John Frusciante’s journey, not only as a musician, but as man is one hell of a story. He alone proves that the power of music can tackle life’s obstacles. Frusciante’s rehabilitation from heroin and crack cocaine was through his love for music. He is often quoted saying how spiritual music is to him on a personal level and how playing guitar is all about ‘feeling’. To use one of life’s many overused quotes, I leave you with Bob Marley ‘One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.’
We had a house party last Saturday for my friends 21st. We also had my mates band Battery City playing in our front room and it was awesome. This was part due to the fact that Battery City are an awesome band made up of 3 ridiculously talented musicians and a singer with an amazingly powerful voice. The other part was the work that the Band Vault guys, who Battery City brought with them to film/ record the party, did.
Band Vault are an organisation who are trying to act as a ‘stepping-stone’ for upcoming artists and offer support and a chance of exposure through various media outlets. I personally think, that this is an awesome idea and wish them all the best of luck. They were awesome at our house party and seem committed to the artists they support, so if your an upcoming artist go check them out! I’ll post links at bottom of this post.
Battery City are well worth checking out also. They are in the recording studio as I type and I’m looking forward to listening to them on CD and also watching the footage from our house party which will feature in their first music video.
Go and support them both, support decent music.
Anyone who isn’t a complete musically illiterate X Factor watching wanker, will know the name ‘The Ramones’. As of 1974 The Ramones introduced a raw sound that paralleled with no other band of that time. The Ramones are credited with starting the punk/ new wave movement and influencing bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols (if you don’t know The Clash then your probably an X Factor watching wanker and didn’t take the earlier insult to heart, as you probably have the IQ of a spade). The Ramones sound was simple; play as fast and loud as possible and don’t look back.
‘The Ramones showed me to be yourself , and that really gave me alot of confidence’ – Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Renowned for the energy they delivered in there live shows, The Ramones gained much mainstream success throughout the 70s right up until the bands final show in 1996 at the Palace in Hollywood with hits such as Blitzkrieg Bop, Commando and Rock n Roll High School. Many bands have credited the Ramones to having a direct influence in there music, most notably, Dave Grohl, The Strokes, Lemmy (Motorhead), Eddie Vedder and Billie Joe Armstrong.
The Ramones are listed in Rolling Stones list of 50 greatest bands of all time and in 2002 were ranked as the second greatest band of all time by Spin magazine.
The importance of The Ramones is clear, there influence can be seen in bands like Foo Fighters to Metallica and Motorhead. This year is the anniversary of arguably the greatest album of all time; Nirvana’s Nevermind, however that album and Nirvana itself would of sounded alot different without the foundations The Ramones laid.