Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Houston, we miss you!

Here's version 3 of the Houston set opening for Shiner at Spaceland in 2002.  Hopefully it's comparatively louder than the other previous versions I've released...

Shiner-onica - Almost 11 Yr Anniversary

Hey folks, apparently I missed the boat, but it's been almost 11 years since this show.

I flew out to this of course and had a blast in the cold of Missouri air and snow.  Let's see I recall the night started out with the Elevator Division, Dirt Nap, Houston, then the main event.  The Elevator Division played longer than they should have, but at least the gents in Houston were kind enough to cut their set short.  GRRRRRR...

The main event: Shiner played 24 songs that evening and it was pure bliss.  What's a night without a trainwreck?  The 2nd chorus of "Sideways," Sir Allen Epley I believe was a whole note off (give or take) and stopped during that part of the song.  What he says there was pure hilarity and that "Redemption is OURS!"  Unbelievable set tho overall.  Tim Dow played a couple songs especially for "My Life as a Housewife" and Shawn Sherill (bassist on Splay) played on "Brooks." 

Actually I didn't get my buddy's permission to upload this, but I'll do that to get the formalities out of the way.  Yeah, I even had a mishap of my own that night and thank goodness my buddy recorded it!  I thought my condensor mic bit the dust when I reversed the polarities of the batteries!  OOPs!

Enjoy!  And Merry Christmas!

*NOTE: This is the files that my buddy put up, I was not able to get the original master files to RE-master the sound.

Hahaha, simple math done wrong, 11 yrs not 14!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

SIDE of a Big Time WAVE

Upon returning from band rehearsal for Here Is Not Far, I get home and found an ad for fans of Hum, Shiner, & Failure.  I immediately checked out the album and was floored with how good it is!  Turns out that "Big Time" was released that same day, the 8th of December!

Little did I know that a buddy of mine, Bill Collins, is in the live incarnate of this band with his drummer.  However, it's a long distance thang, Phil Golyshko is in Pacifica, California which is near the Bay Area.  It's quite a commute for the band!  Plus I found out through Phil that they were in the search for a bass player, in which I hopefully got them one recently through another friend on Facebook.

 "Big Time" is the third release this year by Phil or known as Sidewave.  He plays all the instruments on this album and programs the drums.  I'm guessing either Addictive Drums or Superior Drums and it just sounds like a live kit on the album.  On "Honest to God" I'm hearing a bit of shoegaze vocals with guitars that remind me of Barkmarket in a way.  Man, "Sundrop" the intro drums fool me when I listen to it, it just is done really well and sounds live like real drums.  Aww, it's probably the tuning of how downtuned the guitars are the reason why it reminds me of Barkmarket.

NOTE: That is says on their bandcamp that these are "High-quality demo versions of up-coming album."  A release is a release, right?  This will sneak into my 2013 releases of the year list. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Sundrop, Unkind, Hmm, I like all the songs!!!  GRADE: A


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Digicidal Tendencies

1st post of December but definitely not the last before the New Years!

Digicide's "Far From Home" is an interesting album because it's in one of my favorite genre's of music--Space Rock.  My only gripe about the album is the non-organic nature of the drums and percussion.  The cymbal crashes are very digital to me and I prefer live drums over programmed. 

"Far From Home" vocals reminds me of Exeter (Cher's son) of the band Deadsy but a lot more brighter/positive.  Jonathan Whittaker's vocals compliment the music great with the swirling keyboards.  One thing I just realized about the digi-tal nature of this album is that the guitars are mostly (all?) direct in (as in guitar plugged into a computer, no amps involved), so this album is devoid of natural amp feedback.

Out of the 10 songs on this album, there are 3 covers and 3 stages (or Failure-esque segues) amongst this album.  One is a Gary Numan track which I'm not familiar with called, "M.E."  Listening to the synthy chorus reminded me of Fear Factory's cover of "Cars."  "M.E." is a cool homage to Mr. Numan.  The 2nd cover is by Pthalo, whom I'm not familiar with, the vocals are a bit on the metalcore side for me.  "Skinny (It's Overflowing)" is off of Quicksand's "Manic Compression."  This version is very digicidal, Larry Suglio is written all over this track with his signature touch.  An interesting take on an ole fave with vocals going through a vocoder.  It sounds like the synths replacing the opening bassline.

Highlights: Anchors and Astronauts, Confines, and The Hypothesis.  GRADE: B