Monday 28 February 2011

that troglodyte groove

When it comes to rock, my tastes run to the more visceral, raw fare. I don't really like rock music that is too smooth and polished - this is why bands like Porcupine Tree or the later Opeth lose me after a while. My objection isn't to musical ambition - King Crimson has that in spades but they never come across as trying to gild a lily - but to taking rock, essentially a rude, rhythm-led musical raspberry - and turning it into a statement that is so mannered and safe that even MTV might play it (also see: U2, Coldplay). I also feel that one can over-estimate the virtues of complexity when it comes to rock music, which is why i like returning to the proto-hard rock/heavy metal of the early 70s and late 60s from time to time. The rocking sounds I love the best stem from that era, and when I listen to a lot of modern metal, I think an immersion in the more free, spontaneous and ultimately powerful sounds of our troglodyte ancestors could do today's scene a world of good. So let's make like our wrists reach our ankles and stomp around to some truly antediluvian grooves:


HRV said...

Phew. Hadn't heard of any of these bands. Still can't find much about them. And some things do exist outside wikepedia too, eh?
I liked the first and last tracks the best.
Anymore of this kinda of music - that may perhaps be more easily available?

JP said...

Try Blue Cheer and Sir Lord Baltimore. I think they both have wiki entries too! If you look up Julian Cope's Head Heritage site, he promotes a lot of awesome obscure garage bands, proto-metal and punk and early hard rock.

Unknown said...

Hi, new here. I read in your profile that you love Alice in Chains, so I had to write. I think they were one of the best bands to ever roam the earth. As often happens with such brilliance, they either burn out or die young in a hotel room with a needle in their arm.

I try to keep up with new music, and I like a lot of it. But where's the rock?!