Timothy van Sas
Timothy van Sas

Thursday, 29 April 2010

The Heartwear Process - Mean Season

A year or so ago one of my favorite local bands The Heartwear Process stopped playing shows and making music together. When it happened the local music scene seemed a little drabber without their energy and devilish sound to enjoy.

However this weekend the band reunite for (what I assume) is a one off gig to celebrate bassist Chris Sartin’s 30th Birthday. The gig takes places this Sunday night at a (not so) secret location and will be kicked off by local country legend Damien A Passmore, followed by the Heartwear Process, then finished by the amazing Ben ‘God’ Marwood.

It’s going to be an wonderful night, so to get you all juiced up here is my favorite Heartwear process track ‘Mean Season’

Mean Season.mp3

And a download of Mr Ben Marwood’s cover of the Heartwear’s song about zombie re-animator ‘Herbert West’

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The Hold Steady - Hurricane J

I hate it when you can see someone you care for seeking out the solace of a relationship in a very self destructive way. Watching them hide behind a mask of indifference as they jump into bed with partner after partner. Not realising that every time they do so they make spotting the intimacy and care of a healthy relationship all the more difficult. It’s frustrating to say the least.

This is the situation that The Hold Steady’s latest single ‘Hurricane J’ describes perfectly. From their forthcoming album ‘Heaven is Wherever’ it finds the band in some of their finest form to date.

It’s heavily steeped in the musical dynamic that sits at the heart all of The Hold Steady’s best songs. Which when simplified is super catchy rock tempered by startlingly sad and honest lyrics. This is especially effective on Hurricane J as this dynamic mirrors the effort of the tracks protagonist ‘J’ in her effort to sound/look happy yet still reveling in her own self destruction.

It’s startlingly good and a fine way to kick off a new album.

‘Heaven is Wherever’ is out 3rd of May on Rough Trade records and can be be bought from The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever

Hurricane J.mp3

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely

Memories are weird; I don’t know why but when I recollect the past I see a series of Polaroid pictures in my minds eye. Like a comic storyboard of sorts, that I wander into whenever the right sensory trigger is processed by my brain.

More often than not I amble into these memory comics because of hearing some random song on the radio or my ipod. So today when Radiohead’s ‘How to Disappear Completely’ purred its way onto my earphones, the memories came to me like a flood.

The song (from the bands masterpiece album Kid A) takes me back to a point in my life where I had just lost my father. During the first week of his passing everything felt so very surreal and I spent a great deal of time hiding (possibly wallowing) in this song as it help sooth my pain. Its eerie nature served as a soundtrack for the events that were unfolding and Thom Yorke wailing “I’m not here, this isn’t happening” became a mantra for me to cope, whilst I made arrangements for his funeral and estate.

9 years on and the song has evolved into a great source of comfort to me, a connection to happier memories of my time with my father. God knows what sort of state I’d be in without it.

How To Disappear Completely.mp3

Monday, 19 April 2010

Crystal Castles - Doe Deer

Let's be frank from the outset, I have a soft spot for Crystal Castles. I've heard they are pretty shoddy live, but there's something about their recorded music that makes my brain think "If I had musical talent, I'd like to make something that sounds like that". To be honest I didn't have high hopes for their sophomore record as I find getting my hopes up only leads to eventual disappointment.

However that changed when I heard Doe Deer. This song packs so much unfettered lo-fi, energy and aggression into its 1:37 playtime that even after 20 listens it still leaves your heart racing and you gasping for air. I just hope the rest of the new album is as good.

Doe Deer.mp3