‘Music’: Too Many Zooz

So this is pretty neat.

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I was going to come up with a clever intro, but have this video instead:

You are freakin’ welcome son.

Too Many Zooz is brass house from NYC, who gained fame when a video of one of their subway performances went viral.  They’ve got David “King of Sludge” Parks on drums, Lou Pellegrino on baritone sax, and Matt Doe on trumpet.

Seriously, this band is incredible.  The grove these guys get into is incredible.  These are some seriously talented musicians.  Their first album Subway Gawdz was released in June of last year.  They are currently playing shows in California and will be in New York in June.

They also did a Ted Talk, so that’s pretty cool. 

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“New Music”: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes in Modern Ruin

School is over and I am getting into the swing of summer.  Time to load the trebuchet.

For fans of Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes is an English punk rock band formed in 2015 and are signed to International Death Cult.  Their second album Modern Ruin peaked at number 7 on the UK charts.  The group consists of frontman Frank Carter, Dean Richardson on guitar, Tom ‘Tank’ Barclay on bass, Gareth Grover on drums, and Thomas Mitchener who also produced the album on guitars and synth.

frank-carter-and-the-rattlesnakes-modern-ruinCarter was previously of English punk group Gallows (which I listened to back in the day), and English-American rock group Pure Love.  FCATR’s first album Blossom saw a return to the style of Gallows, something that had been departed from with Pure Love.  Modern Ruin see’s another departure from the aggressive vocals of Gallows to a more singable album that still moves at breakneck speed.

Guys.  I’m only slightly obsessed with this album.  Modern Ruin is full of hard-hitting riffs that are catchy as heck paired with catchy as heck choruses.  Carter’s vocals are heavily ‘verbed, adding an interesting, dream-like feel to the tracks.

There is a fantastic series on FCATR’s YouTube where Carter gives a short commentary for each track on Modern Ruin.  I would give all of them a watch, it is a very cool look into the album and the life of a performer.

Favourite tracks include Bluebelle, Lullaby, Snake Eyes, Vampires, Wild Flowers, God is My Friend, and Modern Ruin.

Album Playlist: 

Album Commentary:

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‘Coming Soon’: Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age

AHHHHH, my second favourite music duo is releasing their second album this June, QotSA are getting back in it with a follow up to …Like Clockwork, Balance and Composure are releasing a single for Record Store Day…I’m pretty excited about it, k?

Royal Blood are a UK duo of drums, bass, vocals.  The most important part of any live mix.  I loved their debut album in 2014, and I am giddy over this.  Check out the teaser below and the official video for the single ‘Lights Out’.

(The official video for ‘Lights Out’ is a strange milk bath rave.  So, I mean, if you want nightmares tonight…watch it?  You have been warned.)

Queens of the Stone Age.  Man.  I wasn’t sure about them the first time I listened to …Like Clockwork, but the riffs drive hard and the overall dryness to the records draw you in.  Lullabies to Paralyze is probably my favourite album of theirs, and it made me check out …Like Clockwork again.  We don’t have much info on the new album, but I’m hoping for a summer release.

You’ll be hearing from me when these bad boys drop.  See ya soon!

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‘New Music’: AS IT IS in okay.

Since it actually feels like summer, here’s a summery album that was released in January.

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this album, but I’m currently listening to it, and I figured I might as well.

If you want to be reminded of the 2000’s infatuation with pop punk, then AS IT IS is the band for you!  AII is pop punk from the UK.  Frontman Patty Walters is joined by guitarists Benjamin Biss and Andy Westhead, bassist Alistair Testo, and drummer Patrick Foley.

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I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to listen to this album, but it wasn’t pop punk.  In fact, I think I forgot that pop punk still exists.  This serves as a reminder that genre’s don’t cease to exist when I stop listening to them (I will never be rid of country music, will I?).  Their Spotify description compared them to early Taking Back Sunday which I find only slightly hilarious.

The tracks are appropriately catchy, reminding me of those awkward middle school years I try to forget about.  Pop music is called infectious for a reason; this album would be perfect as the background for a summer pool party.  In fact, if they don’t release a music video featuring such an event, I will be disappointed.  The album really brings to mind The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Boys Like Girls, and the like which I only listen to when I have to entertain the 11-15 age-range.

Why is Patty pointing so aggressively?  Why are they all so happy?  Why did they steal the dance theme from Back to the Future?  Why is he headbanging to a light pop riff?  These are the questions my friends.

Despite nostalgia, the title okay. pretty much sums up my feelings about the album.  It’s not bad, but it’s not something I am going to listen to probably ever again.  Sorry lads.

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‘New Music’: Cloud Nothings in Life Without Sound

I found these guys while exploring Wikipedia’s list of new music for 2017.  I had been disapointed in the lack of new music I listened to in 2016 and now I have a spreadsheet with most of the new releases for this year (through February, it’s a lot of stuff, and I didn’t even bother with the rap or country and I’ll never be able listen to it all and March is almost over and, and, *cue overwhelmed flailing).  Thanks to Spotify Premium for students (#notsponsored but call me?), I’ve been able to listen to a good amount of new music, including this album.

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Cloud Nothings is an American indie-rock band from Cleveland Ohio formed by vocalist and guitarist Dylan Baldi in 2009.  Filling out the roster is Jayson Gerycz on drums, TJ Duke on bass, and Chris Brown on guitar.  The group has released 5 studio albums, Life Without Sound being the most recent release.

“Up to the Surface” is a great intro track, setting you up for the mood, laid back but full of energy.  The vocals are dark in colour and with the surrounding instrumentation the whole album has a warm feel to it.

My favourite tracks include “Up to the Surface”, “Things Are Right With You”, “Darkened Rings”, “Modern Act”, and “Sight Unseen”.

If you’ve ever heard of (and like) Eyeshine or Ellengarden, I’d highly recommend Cloud Nothings (and also those other two).  These three bands would make a great summery playlist for those sunny days that aren’t quite warm enough (like it has been off and on this March.  Stop teasing me, I just want to be outside).

Check these guys out on Spotify and at the links below.

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 3 Ch. 3-4 FINAL

If you’re new to the book club, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE.

Guys.

Shit.

Goes.

Down.

It’s been a month since I’ve read this…so let’s see how this goes!

HORUS is pretty annoyed that they haven’t been able to come to terms with the interex.  HORUS is intent on peacefully winning them over, but he’s about the only one.  However a meeting is arranged and he optimistically hopes for peace.  Both HORUS and Jeptha Naud (do they mean Judd Nelson?) have their warriors walk simultaneous patrols around the building.

While wandering the house Loken comes across an old book titled A Marvelous Historie of Eevil subtitle Being a warninge to Man Kind on the Abuses of Sorcerie and the Seduction of the Daemon.  WHY, Abnett.  Why must you spell this way.  Regardless of spelling, Mithras Tull sees Loken looking at the book and they strike up a conversation about deamons and magic and such.  Loken of course holds staunchly to his view of “supernatural things do not exist”, while Tull takes the whole matter very seriously.  The subject of Chaos (or Kaos) comes up and Tull is shocked at Loken’s lack of knowldege, interest, concern, fear of Chaos.  He explains that the interex understands Chaos to be an evil force that makes men turn on each other and manifests as “brutal, rapacious, warlike”, and the fact that the Astartes are led by a Warmaster scares the interex.  Loken somehow believes his people to be none of those things.  Even more surprising is that Tull agrees.

For all of two seconds.

Tull receives some message that turns him against Loken.  Loken refuses to surrender and a fight ensues.  Loken is unwilling to kill Tull, so he merely chops his arm off.  The resulting battle between interex and Astartes produces heavy casualties on both sides.  Loken runs into two Astartes in the hall and one is quickly felled by arrows.  The bows that the soldiers had laughed at previously prove to be deadly, shearing through the Astarte’s plate as if it were butter. Loken then runs into Tarik and his men, retreating with HORUS.

We find that someone has gone and murdered some guards and stolen something from the museum holding all the ‘dwarf’ artifacts and then set the place on fire.  Well that wasn’t very nice.

Tarik and Loken try to convince HORUS that they have to leave now, but HORUS commands them to take him to the Hall of Devices to see what is going on.  Nothing useful happens and HORUS and his entourage are surrounded by interex fighters.  In a last attempt at peace, HORUS asks to see Judd Nelson but is answered with arrows.  So they fight.  HORUS and his men drive the interex back to the street and are promptly surrounded.  This is the last stand.  There is no hope…

Chapter 4 starts with an exchange between Sadie and Loken after the battle.  So I guess they made it.

Lowercase Horus arrived to rescue HORUS and all Imperial soldiers.  They kill a lot of interex dudes.  Like, it’s terrible.

HORUS changes the name of the Luna Wolves to the Sons of Horus.  Everyone approves.  Ig drinks his approval and Keeler worships her shrine to the Emperor of Mankind.

And then we find out that Erebus THAT BLEEP BLEEP EREBUS STOLE THE THING FROM THE THING!  You butt-face!  Wait.  Who is Erebus?  Seriously.  Who is he?  The Dramatis Personae at the beginning of the book says he is the Chaplain, but has he been mentioned before?  I don’t think so?  I don’t know?  ARGH I’M SO CONFUSED.

Well that was Horus Rising.  I can’t say I liked it, but I didn’t hate all of it.  I liked the second half of Part 1, but the rest was…eh.  I don’t know if it was the writing, the story, the characters, or the crushing obligation to blog the whole book.  But we’ve finished!  It’s finally over!  Hopefully all my bad jokes paid off and you look forward to next summer’s book club (which will hopefully only last a summer) despite the deterioration of professionalism as the posts went on.  I am planning on reading False Gods, the sequal to Horus Rising written by Graham McNeill to give the series a fair chance, with the goal of writing a single review of that book whenever the time comes.

This has been the first iteration of Hatchet’s Summer Book Club.

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