Afghan Whigs- Do to the Beast
Apr 10, 2014
Fully clad in black leather like a 1970s punk outfit, The Dead Weather scream voodoo zombie blues more than “Anarchy in the U.K.” This quartet, Jack White’s third band, formed in Nashville last year and has already released two albums. Their latest, Sea of Cowards, is a strangely intriguing descent into madness and raw passion.
From the opening snaky-fuzzed riff of “Blue Blood Blues,” The Dead Weather reveal their motive: to assault listeners with an onslaught of psychedelic acid blues and apologize to no one. Splitting vocal duties, White (who mans the drums this time around) and Alison Mosshart (of The Kills) exchange growls and scratchy brays like two lovers amidst a violent, sex-crazed knife fight.
“I’m mad!” Mosshart screams in the track of the same name right before letting out a soft chuckle like a dancing demon. And Mosshart has plenty of noise to back her up: crunchy bass thumps courtesy of The Raconteurs’ Jack Lawrence and muddy, wailing guitar, keyboard and organ blasts from Queens of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita.
Working in some sort of frenzied harmony, The Dead Weather keep the songs short—the longest clocking in at 3:46—and they never lose steam. There aren’t any “low points” to be found here—only aggressive, pulsating riff-based rock ‘n roll reminiscent of Led Zeppelin at their dirtiest. Sea of Cowards bites like a rattlesnake, but the venom is actually quite pleasing. Give The Dead Weather a try and let their bluesy venom overtake you.
Check out "Die By The Drop":
Formed in 2001, in Victoria, British Columbia, Frog Eyes consists of only two permanent members: singer, songwriter and guitarist Carey Mercer and drummer Melanie Campbell, who is also Mercer’s wife. Previous members include Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade. Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph is Frog Eyes’ 9th album to date.
Check out "Lear in Love" from Paul's Tomb: A Triumph:
Check out "Bright Orange Air":
Check out "Another Year Again":
Cosmogramma could be a synonym for diversity, as this album touches and expands boundaries that seems impossible for one disc to manage. With some instrumental tracks and others with guest vocals from artists like Thom Yorke, the magnitude of this album is blinding, and that's definietly a good thing. Cosmogramma is dynamic, with tracks ranging in pace, feel and genre. Tracks flow seamlessly, making the album feel like a cohesive journey through the cosmos, instead of a stop-start ride into Manhattan.
Those who aren't familiar with his style may struggle through the first track or two. But after getting quickly acquainted, this album makes listening active, instead of passively entertaining.
Check out the song "Pickled!" from Cosmogramma:
If you appreciate raw musical talent, you'll like First Aid Kit. These two Swedish sisters harmonize so well, you'd think they had been making music together their entire life -- they have. With Johanna on keyboards and theremin and younger sister Klara on guitar, the Söderburg sisters give folk a feminine side, singing about the troubles of love and family life. The only problem with The Big Black and the Blue is the lyrics might get too depressing (and it makes me wonder how these girls have already experienced domestic situations). However, the major tonality and bright instrumentation override this downfall and keep the listener intrigued. The production is light and the sounds are familiar. For an easy listen, pop in First Aid Kit's latest.
Check out "Hard Believer":
Didn't get a chance to read a Buzzworthy this semester? Fear not!
Volume 17, Issue 2: Yeasayer
Volume 17, Issue 3: Peter Gabriel
Volume 17, Issue 4: MGMT
Check out "White Night":