Openair Gampel is one of Switzerland’s major music festivals with 85’000 attendees per year. This years edition had a pleasant line-up with Biffy Clyro, Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Flogging Molly, AWOLNATION, The Gaslight Anthem, The Editors, Deap Vally, Frightened Rabbit and Tenacious D amongst the most preferable bands to see.
I’ve recently seen Two Door Cinema Club and I was pretty excited because I really like their music, especially their debut Tourist History gained my awareness. I enjoy their hones mix of indie-rock with electronic elements.
Elsewise than on their follow-up Beacon, these Northern-Irish guys mashed up an optimal sound on their debut, with many, many catchy tunes throughout the album. So, full of enthusiasm, I arrived at the club X-Tra, where the gig took place and I heard the last few notes of the second supporting act Dog Is Dead. I took a little glimpse of the location and my impression was, that there were many people around pretending to be alternative. Further there was this club sound played, which almost made me puke.
After my friend and I finished our beers, we found our way to the middle of the space and made it between the stage and the mixing desk. With a pleasant delay of 15 minutes Two Door Cinema Club entered the stage and their gig took its beginning. Read More
There’s been a new CD released. It’s an album called Hi! and it’s the debut album of Swiss band The Animen. Despite the fact that the band is from Geneva, thus in the french part of Switzerland, they sing in English. The band stated that they wrote English lyrics because their genre, garage rock, just can’t be sung in French obviously.
Their music is great, when I first heard the LP’s opener Harder Than Stone I thought that the singer’s voice sounds very similar to the voice of one of the Mandio Diao lead singers. It’s not only the lead vocals which remind to the Swedish, their sound is astonishing related to Mando Diao’s. A good omen. Read More
I love New Zealand and that’s the only reason why I had the pleasure to come in touch with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. This band, consisting of singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait and drummer Riley Geare, could be described as a psychedelic rock group. I am not a keen psychedelic rock listener, I’m a Pink Floyd fan, but I don’t if you can call their late work ‘psychedelic’ at all, to be honest I don’t like the stuff Syd Barrett made. If you come up with lyrics like
I know a mouse and he hasn’t got a house. I don’t know why I call him Gerald
then it’s just too much drugs for me.
Can I say that Jethro Tull made psychedelic rock? Because then I would have another band in my psychedelic rock binder, but I think I don’t have a binder who can play flute and stand on one leg.
But to mention some more and some younger psychedelic bands I think I could come up with MGMT or Tame Impala or even Alvin Zealot. That would be all psychedelic bands I know, shame or not.
But now back to II, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s second LP. Read More
After waiting for three years Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, released a new album. E is the only consisting member of the band Eels, so the Eels is E and E is the Eels. I always liked the Eels, because their music is something special, but I adore them since someone told me that they’re ever seen on stage with beards. Read More
Yeah. I gave Biffy Clyro’s double-LP Opposites a chance and my verdict is: Nice rock-pop album.
I never became that keen on Biffy Clyro, although they’re Scots, and so I wasn’t that excited when I started listening to Opposites. Some people argue that Biffy aren’t the same as they were earlier in their career, or to say it different: Biffy Clyro only became popular after they left the underground scene and therefore changed their music. I can’t judged on that point, I’m too young for this. But I’m honest and I admit that I have one Biffy Clyro album in my collection, it’s The Vertigo Of Bliss, which is regarded as the last genuine Biffy Clyro LP. But I don’t like it.
Biffy Clyro came up with some good songs. Many Of Horror is probably my favourite. Still my post is about Opposites, so here’s my opinion:
Adorable rock with fast and loud songs and with some more quiet tracks. That’s all.
Ok, there’s one big disadvantage. It’s a double album, why didn’t they thinking first and then releasing a normal album. These 20 songs are too much. At least after the fifteenth song I was bored of the endless guitar riffs and powerful music. For sure, Biffy Clyro is possibly one of the best live bands at the moment but their double album doesn’t satisfy me over all.
Everything Everything’s second album, called Arc, is that good, that I decided, after listening to it on Spotify on the day of its release, to buy Arc. That may sound a bit unspectacular, but you have to be aware of the fact that I only buy approximately up to 3 albums per month. Read More