Songwriter and singer Gordon Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie are the constant members of the Violent Femmes. The percussionist Victor De Lorenzo was a founding member and long-time drummer at different times. The band was quite successful right away with their first and self-titled album in 1983. Over the next twenty year they some smaller hits here and there, but everything got slightly overshadowed by a lawsuit between Gano and Ritchie over royalties, connected to the usage of the song “Blister in the sun” for a commercial. But in 2013 they reunited and found a new drummer, which is one my favourite, called Brian Viglione. Continue reading
Jason Charlie Beck comes from Canada, lived in Paris and Berlin, settled down now in Cologne. He is known for having the record for the longest piano concert, winning a grammy, being an awesome producer, a wonderful songwriter, being satirical and the worst MC in the world. He is better known as Chilly Gonzales. I not only adore his albums for Solo Pianos I & II, but also love his little works, masterclasses as a music theorist on pop music. Continue reading
At least seven people make up the band/collective called Fat Freddy`s Drop. Their album “Based on a true Story” (2005) was the highest selling album of a national artist in New Zealand. The album has clearly a strong influence from dub and reggae, but features songs with great soul influence. Here and there one can find some R’n’B parts and even techno influences. The same counts for the intelligent mixture of styles in their album Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW, listen to Boondigga, if you’re into soul.
The strong backbone of the collective lies in the harmony between members, which is highlighted in they live performances, where the very often additional bring an MC with them, and jams. Continue reading
Today I want to share with you two Japanese bands. First a new hyped, by NME band and then one of my favorites Afrirampo.
Tricot have been around for some years also played shows in Europe, but recently got some attention from big english zines, featuring their first english interview. The former quartet is now a three piece band with a session drummer. Their music is defined by their sharp precise rhythms and the voice of Ikkyu. Mostly slightly distorted, sparsely noisy, stinging rhythmical guitar play gets dubbed by smooth soft, often polyphonic, singing, spoken word or clean shouts. If you are into math rock with weird cords and askew rhythms with a luring voice, definitely check it out.