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Yea I’m pretty bad at sticking to the pre-empting of the next post date, haha, but in my defence I usually get there in the end. So the haps; like I mentioned in our last post we have been settling into the rhythms of the Big Smoke, searching for cool venues to play shows and working on a new single to release soon. We have heeeeeeaps of new music and we are kind of unsure the best approach to dealing with it all. Some of our most recent influences for song writing (on my end at least) have stemmed from several different artsist. Switchfoot, for one, Coldplay, Radiohead, the Foo’s, Muse and the Black Keys for another. Also been tapping into some more alt-rocky stuff like Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age – and if you haven’t heard his new single ‘Nobody to love – with bass boost’ then you have to check it out!), old school Chilli’s and Ben Harper (from his primitive rock days). It’s unfortunate that a heap of our best music is the stuff that is unrecorded, for you anyway, but I hope you can be excited about our new song ‘Compromise’ coming out soon.
Another reason for the move to Auckland was the seacrh for more band members, not that Dunedin (the Golden City) couldn’t provide, and the restoration of Black Boy Peaches to the full band and concert sound. Gigging and touring as a two piece has been excellent, don’t get me wrong, and I feel inclined to say some of our most epic and rocking gigs ever have been as a two piece (thank you the YOT club in Raglan and the Darkroom in CHCH). We definitely honed our energy and performance skills during this time but its time to evolve once again.
We have been thinking about the type of instruments that we would like to add to our current line up and have been pursuing the idea of finding a keyboardist. There is a crapload of our music that we have recorded that Tom was playing keys in and we kind of feel like soe of our most epic and rocking songs have been inlaid with th epower of the synth, ie. Slasher, Skyward, Hesitation, Yesterday, Apocolypse Sun, Run Away… and so on. In many ways this would mean we could substitute a bass player – if the keyboardist had the skills and the headspace to be able to play bass riffs and lead parts at the same time. This three piece line up would not be completely original as Australian band ‘Wolf Mother’ have the same structure – as in; keys, drums, guitar/vocals. Also Dunedin band ‘Knives at Noon’ have replaced the classic bass icon with keys. The keyboard also gives the band the option of expanding sounds and directions. Muse have been a world leader in this – taking their music down many different paths, the Killers were a brief example but haven’t expanded the ideas much.
SO… in short; we are still recording and releasing, still listening to and writing killer music, looking for new muso’s to join our ranks and have many wicked and wonderful things panned for this year.
Some Josh Homme for you listening pleasure http://youtu.be/aGDatylZfTM (also watch the movie, its freaakin awesome)
or http://youtu.be/5_5oE0ijhKg - if you’re more into the classic modern rock
The musician, the artist, the icon, the co-operation of varying personalities and the fusion between interaction in pop culture and personal taste are a few of the key ideas that make a band successful. There’s a few variations of bands and their success rate. The first, greatest and most ‘generically popular’ bands are what I call ‘mega-bands’; as in bands who have made a name for themselves in a certain genre and then adopted a ‘worldly’ appealing approach to their music after a short-live yet blazing appearance on the popular scene. There are hundreds of examples of these kind of bands – with good reason – a few of which I shall name.
U2 are one of the rare bands that gained such a large global follwing they were undoubtedly, for an extended period, widely believed to be the biggest band in the world. They came out of the 80′s punk scene in America (originally from Ire, and back when ‘punk’ was an attitude and not a label of music) and recorded various albums before their ‘Joshua Tree’ album.
Coldplay had near instant success after a few Ep’s in the early days before the band - which now is - was fully assembled. Yellow brought them into the worlds eyes as a very flavourful british twist to popular ‘band music. They have always had an alternative pop kind of spacey vibe in their albums which can often be refered to as either ‘down-buzz’ or ‘chilled background music. Their album ‘Viva la Vida’ brought about a new popular flavour with artists like Jay-z appearing on their b-side and have continued to swallow the general populace pill with very fast selling music on their latest and greatest releases. In saying that both U2 and Coldplay were destined to be mega-bands and not just v=becuase of the success rate of their songs but also of their dedication to hard work.
Fall Out Boy is a funny band to mention but a good band to prove the slip into a full embrace of popular appreciation does not always go well. They came from a heavy punk scene and were well established in the american ‘hard punk-rock’ circles. Their fame came when their music began to appear as fresh, new, kind of whacky pop-rock – and although it was probably the record company’s decision – they fell for the trap and tried to make all of their songs like the one that made the money.
There are more examples, of course, and also examples of mega-bands that have managed to remain somewhat unchanged in their artist sensibilities although success in the popular market, such as; Foo Fighters, Incubus, 30 Seconds to Mars, Greenday, Radiohead, Swtichfoot and more. The question is; do you resent the bands that – and is use this term cringingly – ‘sold out’ after a brief success in the global market or do you understand why? (just so you understand – I do not believe the above bands ‘except Fall Out Boy’ fall under this catagory)
If you do have resentments, what bands in particular.
Would be cool to hear your thoughs.
Here is a video of a gig we played for NZ Music Month in Dunedin at the public Library. The sound is not great quality but it’s good for a bit of fresh air. BLack Boy Peaches – two piece duo – in order; ‘Diamonds’, ‘Cry Me A Tear’ and ‘Over’.