ASAD#17 Sound of Austria

I chose todays song, due to recent occurrences. As an Austrian living in a foreign country  you are often faced with conversation like the this one:

“Where to you come from?”
“Ahh Sydney?”
“No, Austria, not Australia.” (I actually thought this part is often a bit exaggerated, but it happened to me often. Also quite logical, because its one of the worlds biggest countries, but lets continue) ”
“Oh, Vienna, Salzburg and I love Sound of Music.”
“Ahh… Sound of Music”

It is, at least for me, quite clear by now, that the movie is probably more famous in other countries than in Austria itself. I think also Falco was often confronted with this subject –on a short note, what a freaky music video. I myself, now know what it is all about, but I have never seen it entirely, but I got myself updated about the movie and the true history of the Trapp family. The movie itself is bit of weird and kitschy to me. What is quite interesting though is, that I met a lot of young people, that  love the movie and actually travel to Hallstatt, Salzburg to see the scenery of the movie. It is always interesting to me, how some places of a country are famous, because of certain instances.
But enough talk, here we go and at the same time let’s learn something about music. Isn’t that nice!

And the hills are alive with the sound of music, or not?

via Wikipedia,

ASAD#16 A swell of words?

Two years ago I stumbled upon the guys from Two Gallants. Adam Stephens und Tyson Vogel took their bands name from a short story from James Joyce. Their music to me is defined by rusty guitar sound, often finger picked but amplified, mixed with a punk style drumming and topped with exaggerated, storytelling lyrics. At live concerts, they have an enormous aura, that swallows and immerses you. Most of their songs, lean on a tradition of american folk music and deal with bitterness, love stories, injustice and collapsed or broken societies (mostly relating to the U.S.) on a high metaphoric level. The best example is the “dylanesque” song “Waves of grain”, that still is debated on, whether it is an anti-Bush, an anti-religious song or what the metaphors can mean overall. Take time and listen to it.

But back to state of art. Next week they release their new album “We are undone” and they shard the equally named song. On a short notice, I like it, the riff and the high energy guitar and vocals But I hope there are some more unconventional, folky song structure to find on the album. Because it is the mixture of distorted guitar picking, coarsely sung folky lyrics and highly dynamic drum playing, that makes Two Gallants most special for me.

via. Two Gallants, Pitchfork & Wikipedia
photo credits: Jente Gielen

ASAD #15 Back to the roots: Metal

19 years back the sweet Swedes “At the Gates”  made their last album –yes there was some band splitting and stagnation– and now they are back with a waltzing melodic death metal album, that lets the hearts of every fan and critic bounce faster. Their last album “Slaughter of the Soul” was most influential for Swedish melodic death metal and this one connects right to it. Stripped, fast melodic riffs, pressuring drumming together with rusty screams make up this record. Sprinkled with some interluding pieces, like the opening speech  “El Altar del Dios Desconocido” (“The Altar of the Unknown God”) citing the Argentine  lyricist Ernesto Sabato. But otherwise the songs are straight but still capturing. The album was a success in the charts and I have to say it is pretty damn good old school melodic death metal.

via rolling stone & wikipedia, photo credit

ASAD#14 A bluegrass traveling circus

Larry and His Flask are a band, which can be described by various music styles, such as folk, bluegrass, soul, brass band, punk, surf-rock with nuances of brass etc. Some call them simple a folk-punk band and yes, they put on a high energetic, hell of a performance. But they also impress with harmonic vocals, fast-paced guitar riffs, bass-lines and brass parts. They have toured  the world with big names like Wanda Jackson, The Dropkick Murphys, Lucero and many more. Check out their awesome 6 song EP “Hobos Lament” and their full-length album “By The Lamplight”, which both guarantee to get your limbs shaking, and it’s all about shaking, on stage and off stage, so fun time music for everybody!