It’s been a while, and it’s been a long and tedious while. The closer it gets to Christmas the more cynical and grumpy I get. I’m not the most traditional seasonal lover, so I don’t care for the early Christmas crap in the middle of November, let alone early December. And no, take your moustache and stick it in the ass of an incontinent honey badger. Have some music instead. Good god damn music, and these days it’s pretty hard to come by on BandCamp, hence the decade it’s been since I provided you with some non shit-acki mushroom tunes to drink yourself to sleep to. So I slept on the floor with all this stuff on random (I had a nasty case of bad back). First up, the artist that started and stopped me drinking this evening.
Katie Kuffel – Porcelain Stain – Acoustic/Alternative
Needless to say I was not in the greatest of moods, most of the week in fact, but for some abnormal reason I decided to check BandCamp’s endless lists of shite for something to listen to. Over the last month I’ve found a number of great songs, mostly of a similar genre bar one (METAL THAT DOESN’T SUCK! MIRACLE!). Then I listened to the first song provided, Porcelain Stain. I then proceeded to lay on the floor and let the song send me to sleep (in the good kind of way). I didn’t sleep, but I felt the words, and everything within the song. By far the greatest song on the album, however the first three songs are almost as amazing. The ones that follow Porcelain Stain are nowhere near as inspirational as the rest, they are however a little schizophrenic in terms of similarity. They all seem incredibly theatrical in fact, with some pretty quirky(and sometimes wrong?) chord combinations, one of them in fact does have “Circus” in brackets, so I guess it’s fitting. I listened and listened to this song over and over, and it even made me want to write this post a hell of a lot more now I had something to start off with that was more than just a little above average.
Did I buy it? – Pay what you like, I bought the album, 4/6 songs were entirely worth the purchase.
Chain Reaction – My Abstinence – Rock/Metal
So I was moaning to my friend that I hated most of the music I had, we came to the conclusion we just discovered too many of the awesome bands early in our life, then he sent me a YouTube link to the entire album of this band. The song he actually sent was Deadly Embrace, which in itself is a great song. I decided to listen to the whole damn thing and found that My Abstinence is one I keep coming back to when I’m on my morning walk to work. Despite searching the regular shops for this album, it turns out they’re not that well known (here at least), and lo and behold, they are a BandCamp band. Both me and my friend decided they were worth buying so we could listen to the songs individually and in half decent quality. The vocals are fairly matured, there is the occasional scream-ish vocals but they don’t take away from the overall quality. As a matter of fact the very end of My Abstinence has an amazing acoustic portion which sold it to me and sealed the deal. I’ve been listening to them for weeks now, and they have refreshed my brain from listening to all the usual crap, and sometimes having to resort to listening to Hocus Pocus by Focus. Thank god for that.
Did I buy it? - both me and my friend saw it as a worthy band to shower cash upon, so if you’re looking for semi-nu-metal, without the pre adolescent failure, you should hit them up.
Nate Miller – Room – Alternative
So the original song I was reeled in with was Love to Change, which is a pretty great song, and for that reason alone I bought that song as a single. Then I listened to the whole album and it just didn’t give me the feels I needed to buy it. Then Room came up and was all over me like herpes on a crack whore. I don’t know a great deal of background about these guys, but they mix some nice instrumental in with the rather well refined vocals, and some incredibly emotional and driven lyrics (seriously, don’t play this at a funeral). Those two songs were enough for me, but I fear you will be disappointed if you’re in hope that the rest of the album follows suit. Sadly it doesn’t and I thought it sucked just a few ounces. Listen at your own risk, don’t blame me if it’s been a bad day and you’re all covered in eye juices.
Did I buy it? – Just the two songs for a buck each, the rest certainly weren’t to my tastes, but these two, man. They blew the grumpy right out of my mind.
Ez Stone – Old Man Soul – Acoustic
I probably clicked on this album by chance, because it slightly reminded me of Thom Yorke’s album from a few years back, only in black and white. If anything that was a reason not to click on it after my experience with that album, but oh well, turned out to be a not so bad accident due to coincidence. A generic acoustic quality litters this album, the first three songs are fantastic, Old Man Soul being my favourite of the three. What’s that you say? There’s five songs on this album? To me there are only three, as the last two were less than ideal for listening because they smelled exceedingly generic “I am a sad male guitarist writing sad songs because it worked for lots of people before me”. Yes, because they were actually SAD AND DEPRESSED OLD MEN (see; Tom McRae). I’ll give it to the guy (oooooh he’s a Brit, did I forget to mention that awesome fact?), he certainly knows his ways around a G-string (on guitar, you sick-o), and does not spare you the formalities before unleashing some Jose Gonzalez style acoustics along with his exceedingly British voice. I’ve never been an avid fan of singing like a Londoner (Pronouned “Lan-dan-uh”), because then when you hear them talk in real life, they’re actually rather eloquent and posh. Only Nick Mulvey can get away with this madness because he actually talks like a gaffer. Accent’s aside, the songs are thought provoking, and the lyrics are just wickedly written. He entwines his stanzas in a weird kind of way that just works, and makes him a little more unique than the likes of Darius (that infernal douche from that TV show one time that nobody cares about).
Did I buy it? – Yessir, the few songs I liked on such a small album were entirely worth the purchase, and if you’re a fan of Nick Mulvey, I strongly recommend listening to this. If you’re not a fan of Nick Mulvey, you should probably look him up!
I’m not doing this daily any more, BandCamp is a depressing place once you get past page 50 (yes I actually got that far this time), but I’ll throw things down as and when they slap me in the face, which does not happen particularly often.
RCoon – Your personal Shit Seive.