Hey I don't know if this is the right place to post this but I wanted to start a thread for discussing your favorite band (who, why, what they sound like, where you can see them, etc)
Mine has got to be The Living End. These guys kill it on stage. I lived in Oz for a year a couple years ago and when I saw them I remember thinking North America’s got nothing on these boys. Best show I've ever seen, really hard and crazy, a real night to remember, not like some bands who just stand there playing through their set while the audience brings all the love. I can't stand when you pay for a show, are completely psyched to go and then the band acts like their on downers. Total turn off on all fronts.
Can’t wait to see TLE again next sunday (27th) at mod club. It's been too long.
I love me some RUSH! those guys are the most amazing band out there. nobody else does it like them. Led Zeppelin of course holds a high spot on the list. Dream Theater, Coheed and Cambria, and most big name Prog-Metal bands really break new territory as well. Great Stuff. Gotta Love It
"One day I feel I'm on top of the world And the next it is falling in on me I can get back on I can get back on"-Rush
It's funny, because at work all I ever listen to is Floyd, Zeppelin, Hendrix, the Stones, Santana, and the Allman Brothers, I have a little box that holds maybe 15 CDs and I rotate a couple of them out from time to time but it tends toward classic rock (I used to listen to stuff like the Butthole Surfers and all I ever heard from the guys I work with was a bunch of whining). I like me some Tool too. I heard some Ray Charles at a party just the other night...that guy was incredible! Apparently, I really like "old" sounding recordings. I don't know if I am the only one that notices this stuff but the newer recordings can really grate on one's nerves with all the compressor abuse that happens these days.
I understand where you are coming from...I actually STILL use compressors...however, I try to do either mild compression or what is known as "gain staging" where you tend to compress at lower ratios (and slightly different ones for each track....maybe print the track and compress it again even) and you have a really mellow buildup. I am not real down with what alot of producers do and "slam" the compressors hard and fast....never mind what they do at the mastering stage...I laugh when I think about this old "mixerman" blog at harmony central where he decries the thousands of dollars spent on high quality mastering and the bloody kick actually distorts (in the digital clipping kind of way...not the nice analog way).
polarizing as they may be, them fellas can play their instruments- and as a keyboard player, Page McConnell is god. The variety of styles that they play seamlessly blows my mind, rock, bluegrass, funk, reggae, jazz/fusion....etc
@ Plankton. I saw Markus King band live on the Wheels of Soul Tour summer 2018. Very, very talented indeed.
@ madisondaviiss I have seen the Artic Monkeys twice live. What a show both times. Their professionalism on stage (stage presence) is unsurpassed. Every band member is uber talented, but the drummer, well, anyone would want him in their band.
A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
CURENT as in recent? I am enjoying Bille Eilish. The blend of classic and modern pop influences is nice and I like the productions. Her and her brother Finneas are a formidable team, I foresee a shift in current trends led by their refreshing "new/old" sound. It has been time for a change for quite a while now. I welcome it.
Some music is classic and will never die. We all choose differently. I want to hear a great song above all else, the lyrics matter are paramount to my enjoyment. How the arrangement serves the song is my next priority. Instrumental prowess is nice but if that is all that is on offer I am usually not as interested. Jeff Beck's relatively recent music is one exception to that, his taste and expressivness stand out - he serves the melody first and it shows.
Fiona Apple's new album will take a few spins at a minimum. She's created a unique musical world all her own. The component parts are things we've heard before, the assemblage is unique. She could become a new favorite over time. Often my favorites are sounds that took me a while to get used to and appreciate. Usually if I like something right off the bat it moves on through pretty quickly.