Freitag, 14. August 2015

TERRIBLE FEELINGS

Wieder eine Band, die ich diesen Sommer hoch und runter gehört habe.
Hat mich das letzte Album vor 2-3 Jahren noch nicht wirklich vom Hocker gehauen, schaffen sie es mit TREMORS, ihrem 2. Album,  umso mehr!


Sonnenwarmer schwedischer Pop Punk mit Frauengesang und düstersten Texten ... geile Kombination, wie ich finde! Und wenn dann noch die Weltraumorgel einsetzt und einfach optimal dazu passt, muss man einfach sagen, dass Terrible Feelings mit diesem Album wirklich alles richtig gemacht haben!

Anhören kann man sich das ganze Album bei Youtube, wobei die Vinylversion sich natürlich (wie immer) lohnt!





 



OUT OF STEP WITH THE WORLD

Ich muss das einfach mal hier reinkopieren....

"Minor Threat’s 1983 LP Out of Step is arguably one of the ten most important American hardcore albums, both in terms of its musical power and overall lasting influence. For ‘80s punk kids it was one of those “gateway” records, much like Black Flag’s Damaged or Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables—ubiquitous, readily available at any mall in any podunk town, anywhere across the USA. Camelot Records might only have had twenty titles in their “punk” section, but Out of Step was one of ‘em. The producers of the excellent documentary on the DC hardcore scene, Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, DC (which is currently available for pre-order)  maintain a Facebook page which routinely shares articles and factoids about Minor Threat and their contemporaries. This page recently reported that the band’s original intention was to have the Out of Step cover art illustrated by famed punk artist Brian “Pushead” Schroeder, but at the last minute the band decided to go in a different direction, enlisting the help of friend and art school student Cynthia Connolly."

"Connolly’s iconic design of the crude black sheep leaping away from a pack of finely watercolor-rendered white sheep, besides being a spot-on symbol for youthful rebellion, is as masterful a work of “branding” as the instantly recognizable DK logo or Black Flag bars. The meaning instantly connects, while being tonally subtle—in stark contrast to the majority of early ‘80s “brutal” punk sleeve art. The child-like rendering of that libertine lamb says more than a thousand radioactive skulls ever could. "
"Connolly, who also faithfully documented the ‘80s DC scene, is responsible for the essential book Banned in DC, which is available through Dischord Records. Dangerous Minds had the opportunity to speak with Connolly about the sheep, “Mr. Sheepy” as she calls him, and what it symbolizes. Dangerous Minds: What can you tell us about the design of the Out of Step cover?
Cynthia Connolly: Minor Threat had asked me to make a drawing for the Out of Step cover. Ian Mackaye and I discussed something to do with a black sheep. The obvious idea was a black sheep that was leaping away from all the white sheep. The black sheep symbolized all of us, the kids that were doing something different, going against the grain of what was going on at the time.  I thought of us as young and energetic. I was just 19 when I drew the sheep, I think. I was young and energetic! It was 1983. 
Anyway, the white sheep were illustrated in water color with fine lines. They were elegant and sophisticated, but looked like they were bored, and perhaps even happy about being bored. The black sheep, on the other hand, had his eyes open—an important detail some people miss when getting it as a tattoo!—and is leaping from the drab sophisticated crowd. He’s making a choice on being different and is happy about it. The crayon, of course, is a symbol of youth and innocence. One thing I didn’t do is that I colored the sheep in like an adult… not as like a child (in circles… adults would fill in the shape from left to right).
The funny thing is, that drawing was a one shot deal. I just did one drawing. Showed it to them and was done. I did practice the black sheep a couple times on another paper, but once I got it down, just drew it on the watercolor of the white sheep and I was done! So punk! I call him “Mr. Sheepy” now, when people ask about him."

Ian MacKaye displays sheep sketches. Photo by Peter Beste.




"t’s noteworthy how “gentle” the image is—in contrast to typically dark or aggressive “punk art” of the time.

Exactly. He’s NOT angry—as so much punk depicts—he’s merely making a choice to be different and has no qualms about it. He is intentionally jumping away. I love what he symbolizes and is still a guiding light in ways for myself. In the end, it’s about not having the fear of following your passion, being creative, and stepping out to support your ideas and the ideas of your friends."

Connolly, pictured here with a dress made from the same silk screen that was used to create the “Out of Step” test press covers. “We threw the dress into the mix. It’s like a punk poodle skirt!” Photo by Jim Saah.



Silk-screened covers made for the test pressings of the second press of “Out of Step.” Photo by, and from the collection of Kyle Whitlow. See his blog Seeking The Simple for a very impressive collection of Minor Threat rarities. These test pressings are quite valuable. Minor Threat drummer, Jeff Nelson, recently sold one for nearly $6000. 



“Mr. Sheepy” is also, to this day, a popular tattoo choice:



Freitag, 7. August 2015

MANTAR

So, nach mehreren Wochen Strand, Staub und Waldbränden sitze ich auch endlich mal wieder an der Daddelkiste und kann wieder was posten.


Heute geht es um die Band Mantar, die mir auf den teils ewig langen Autofahrten die ein oder andere Stunde versüsst hat. Abwechslungsreicher kann man monotone Musik kaum spielen...... und wie so oft - erst beim Autofahren merkt man manchmal, wie geil ein Album wirklich ist!



Ich zitiere hier mal ein paar Zeilen, die es auf den Punkt bringen:

"Jede einzelne Note ihres Erstlings "Death By Burning" gleicht einer verschlingenden Brandrodung jeder Hörgewohnheit. Der totale Krach, das Ende aller Zeiten. Die musikalische Abrissbirne wird hier zum schmucken Einrichtungsgegenstand: zehn bösartige Lieder als echtes Ausrufezeichen für das noch junge Jahr und die vor sich hindämmernde alte Tante Metal.
Der Clou: Diese deutsch-türkische und aus Hamburg stammende Armee der Finsternis zählt nur zwei Mann. Ein Bassist? No Way! Wer braucht schon Bässe? Wildes Getrommel, infernalische Gitarren und misanthrope Vocals zu unheilschwangeren Zeilen, die intelligent und kritisch einen brennenden Finger in die Wunde der weltweiten menschlichen Tragödie legen."




...und Genres sind hier wie Schall und Rauch, man kann das Album nicht an irgendwas festmachen - unterm Strich ist es ne böse Mischung aus einer ordentlichen Brise Doom, etwas Deathmetal, 3 Löffel Integrity und einer dicken Lasur Punk. Fertig ist der Pustekuchen, der dir förmlich das Hirn rausbläst. Auch wenn das Album schon über ein Jahr alt ist, habe ich es erst 2015 für mich entdeckt und die Platte im April käuflich erworben. An dieser Stelle ein dickes Danke an meinen Freund Evil, über dessen Videochannel ich zufällig auf Mantar gestossen bin!


Hier der Link zu deren Bandcamp-Seite: https://mantar.bandcamp.com/