Posts Tagged ‘Hardcore’

M.A.D.

October 27, 2009

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Hadouken can be either one of two things. First, it can be a vigilant battle cry from an anime charater right before he is about to emit a giant energy ball from his fists, ooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr it can be an incredamazing dance-rock-grind band from the U.K. I prefer the latter. Hadouken produce dance songs for hardcore kids, and the track M.A.D. is no exception. Check out the video showing a less-than-friendly anthropomorphic mouse. It’s what would have happened to Mickey Mouse if he hadn’t aced that big audition for Disney all those years ago.

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Let’s Have Some Fun, This Beat is Sick…

October 26, 2009

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Lady Gaga is fairly marvelous. I think we can all agree on this in some facet or another. Whether or not you actually enjoy her is another discussion altogether, but let’s face it, the girl is innovative, to say the least. She changed outfits three times at the 2009 VMA awards and that was after “bleeding” profusely onstage while being strung up at the end of her live performance. Anyway, this here orchestral mash-up aroused my attention when I found out it was a rendition of Gaga’s Love Game. I’ve been a big fan of orchestral cover songs for awhile now, first falling in love with them with The String Quartet’s Tribute to Incubus 1 & 2. This, however, is quite fun, as well. Not as complex as most Incubus tunes (not nearly) but still fun to hear. Hit the link!

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P.S. I’m still waiting for an orchestral album of hardcore covers. Seriously, Underoath SCREAMS orchestral cover.

P.P.S. In what should have been much more than simply the Post Post Script, I wanted to include a little info on the man behind the orchestral machinations; check him out at ForOrchestra.com. He’s got some pretty sweet ones, like Kids by MGMT.

iwrestledabearonce

July 7, 2009

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Most of the time, you can find me bitching up a storm about the newest atrocities in music and how the industry is purposely crapping on plastic and selling it to us simply repackaged.  However, my good friend Dante Ross took care of that duty this week over on his Rosscast.  Go check it out.

So, due to bitching duties being assumed by Dante, I will take an opportunity to share with you a band that is actually doing pretty much everything right.  iwrestledabearonce (don’t capitalize it, it ain’t proper-like) is currently on tour promoting their latest record It’s All Happening, which is one of the strongest records I have heard in a good, long while.  Krysta Cameron’s vocals are amongst some of the strongest in the community.  Her seamless ability to alternate between harmony and discord is RIDICLEFRITZ.  The guitar work is absolutely incredible with a chaotic order to it that allows for multiple bit parts of awesome at all the right junctures.  And the drum and bass bits maintain a wholly frenetic baseline of pure WIN that unites the whole production for some of the most blisteringly amazing metalcore I have ever heard.  And the best part is that addressing the band as simply metalcore is fairly offensive.  These guys are at the forefront of the metal scene pulling multiple genres into their cadre of awesomeness to create a blended pseudo-metalcore-electronica-jazz-swing outfit that surpasses other bands that have been around for years.  These guys are young, brash, and already heads and shoulders above everyone else in the game. 

The first video is one of my favorite iwrestledabearonce songs, and contains a SPOT-ON representation of almost every hardcore show I have ever been to.

This next one contains an absolutely FAMAZING video montage/breakdown at about 16 seconds in and contains some of the most INCREDAMAZING screams I have ever heard.  Particularly the one directly after the car horn (Oh, yes, I said car horn) at just a little after 2:27.

Finally, this is a live video mostly showcasing Krysta’s vocal abilities, but you can still hear the shaaaaaway quality of the rest of the band, as well.

American Idol FAIL

May 21, 2009

 

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I am not a fan of American Idol.  I never have been.  And until they start including a post-hardcore category, I probably never will be.  I have no idea who won the other night, causing the intrawebs to go all abuzz, as I have actually never seen an episode in my life.  What I do know, however, is that they recently dropped the ball on synthesizing television and comedy gold.  On Adam McKay’s Funny or Die blog (the man behind such videos as The Landlord and Good Cop Baby Cop with his daughter and Will Ferrell) McKay writes that the producers approached him and Ferrell about possibly producing a song for the season finale that aired the other night.  With a little bit of time to dream up a musical diddy, this is what the dynamic duo of McKay and Ferrell came up with:

 

SEACREST

 

As you all know when tonight’s winner is chosen they will sing an original song written and orchestrated specifically for that magical moment.  However starting next year every winner will sing one song which we will premiere tonight. The song was written by Bob Dylan, Bernia Taupin and poet laureate Maya Angelou and orchestrated by John Williams. Here now to give us a preview of the new American Idol finale song is 12 time Grammy award winner and former bass player for the Doobie Brothers, Will Ferrell!

 

MUSIC: GENTLE PIANO LEADS US BY THE HAND INTO THE SONG

 

(WILL FERRELL walks on stage in a white flowing shirt and pants with white moccasins on. The VT overhead shows clouds against a blue sky.)

 

FERRELL

 

IMAGINE IF YOU WILL A DOLPHIN
WEARING A TINY COWBOY HAT
THEN THAT SAME DOLPHIN GIVES BIRTH
TO A SOLID DIAMOND BABY…

 

THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL SONG EVER!!!
MAKES SUSAN BOYLE SEEM LIKE CHER
THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL SONG EVER!!
IT CAN MAKE AN EAGLE MAKE LOVE TO A BEAR!!!

 

(Reveal a choir of literally a thousand people. We can use seat filling cardboard cut outs if need be. But it should be absolutely gigantic.)

 

THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFUL SONG EVER
PAULA, THIS AINT LIP SYNCING, IT’S REAL!!
THIS SONG IS BETTER THAN ALL CHRISTMAS CAROLS COMBINED
LIKE FINDING A NAKED LADY, IN YOUR HAPPY MEAL!!!

 

TALK PART: You know when I first read this song I asked “Did Dylan, Taupin and Angelou really write this.” And they said sort of. And I said what does that mean? And then they ran away. But after five bottles of wine I knew who the real writer of this song was….. the big man himself, God Almighty.
A THOUSAND YEARS FROM NOW
THIS SONG WILL BE STILL BE SUNG
EVEN IF PEOPLE NO LONGER HAVE MOUTHS
THIS SONG COST NINE POINT EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS
BUT WE COULD NOT FIND A WORD THAT
RYHMES WITH MOUTH

 

WILL:

 

IF JESUS WERE TO SING THIS SONG
ON A MOUNTAIN OF PUPPIES IN A LAND OF OLD
IT WOULD BE SO BEAUTIFUL
THAT ACCOUNTANTS EVERYWHERE WOULD PISS GOLD!!!

 

THE END!!!!

 

WILL: Between me and you Ryan, this song is terrible.

 

SEACREST: Your mic is on.

 

WILL: Oh…. Good night Burbank!!!!!!

Here’s my take on Will Ferrell. I, myself, am a huge fan. I loved him on SNL, in fact, he’s 65% of why the season 34 finale the other night was so good. And I loved him at the academy awards when he performed with John C. Reilly and Jack Black. And, apparently, Broadway loves him as he has received a Tony nomination for his show parodying Bush. His movies, however, are less than memorable. Short of his stint in Anchorman and Old School (which it can be argued garnered its strength from its ensemble cast) Ferrell’s cinematic endeavors generally fall flat. I’m starting to believe that Ferrell is simply better suited for the stage. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Will someone please just tell HIM that? The onslaught of just-par movies that include Ferrell are staggering, with seemingly more to come in the way of Land of the Lost. So my ultimatum is either someone like McKay or a close friend sits him down and helps him recapture the magic that he attained with Ron Burgundy, or Ferrell sticks to showtunes!

Nothin’ But A ‘G’ Thang

April 24, 2009

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For those of you who don’t follow hardcore music, there’s a compilation that comes out every once in awhile called ‘Punk Goes…’ and then they insert whatever genre they have the bands covering.  For instance, there’s Punk Goes Pop, Punk Goes 80’s, Punk Goes Crunk, etc.  And while I generally hate punk music, the label “punk” in this scenario is expanded to include many hardcore, screamo, and alternative rockers.

Which is how I found out about The Escape Frame.  This band has managed to go completely under my radar until this album.  And let me tell you, I’ve been missing out.  Listen to their cover of Snoop’s Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang and tell me it isn’t one of the best covers you’ve ever heard.  Period.

BEST NEWS ALL DAY!!!

April 16, 2009

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Whenever I hear the word supergroup I immediately imagine a meeting of the Justice Leage.  Irregardless, I’ve been in the dark for quite some time now about Craig Owens’ of Chiodos’ fame, newest (how many of these things does he have?) side project.  It’s a veritable who’s who  of hardcore.  The band, entitled Isles and Glaciers, have begun work on a five-song EP to be released shortly…AND I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED!!!

Owens’ is co-leading the band with Emarosa’s lead singer Johnny Craig (also, ex-lead singer of Dance Gavin Dance, back when they were three tiers of awesome).  He has also managed to rope fellow-Chiodos’ bassist, Matt Goddard into the line up, accompanied by Mike Fuentes on Drums and Vic Fuentes helping out on vocals and guitar.  Both brothers from Pierce the Veil

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!

Nick Martin of Underminded and Cinematic Sunrise will be providing additional vocals as well as guitar work, and Brian Southall will also accompany on the guitar as well as providing programming support.  Southall has played a part in The Company We Keep, Boy’s Night Out, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Fordirelifesake.

Have you finished your plate of awesome?  Ready for desert?  GOOD!

The band has yet to release anything more than a live music video of a single song, however, the song itself is phenom.  I hope against hope that this super-mega-uber group stays together and cranks out album after album of goodness.  Alas, however, we all know how the supergroup story usually pans out.  about 4 months into the first tour I’m sure 5 out of the 7 members will become disenfranchised and go their separate ways (some good may come of it, as Owens’ will probably use the opportunity to spawn another side project).  Which is exactly why I am foaming at the mouth for this upcoming album as I will savor every last bit of goodness out of it, as it is probably the only complete recording we will ever see from this spectacular seven piece.  It’s not that I feel that any one of these cats will allow ego to get in the way, you just can’t put that much awesome into one can and not expect the lid to pop off eventually.