2017-09-01 The Tower

The Tower

The Tower by Xetas.

Tower, as in the Tarot Card, going from the cover illustration.

[The Tower] …follows immediately after The Devil in all Tarots that contain it, and is associated with sudden, disruptive, revelation, and potentially destructive change.

Shouty vocals, distorted guitars, blistering tempos, and a tight band. Somewhere in the vicinity of Albini’s bands. Located somewhere South of Superchunk and West of Discord, (but my references for this type of music are so stale, they’d probably say they’re from a completely different state. Well, Austin, Texas, to be exact.) Noisy and not particularly anthemic, the closest they get to sing-a-long is the pleasantly syncopated chorus of “The Silence”, “Is it easier to die, than try, rotting on the vine?” A motivational sentiment I can get behind.

#Xetas #TheTower #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack

2017-09-01 Dreaming in the Non-Dream

Dreaming in the Non-Dream

Dreaming in the Non-Dream (Great Title!) by Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band.

Two long songs and two shorter songs, on this new album from Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band.

The longer songs are instrumental jams, and often have a feeling of familiarity about them. “Wait, is that a Byrds Riff? Boy this sounds like Television. What the!? Is this section really a jam on the ‘Sing Women’ section of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’?” The best song, and the one where they seem most to throw off their allusions and influences, is, “Have We Mistaken the Bottle for the Whiskey Inside”. #Chris Forsyth #TheSolarMotelBand #ChrisForsythAndTheSolarMotelBand #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack