Saturday, February 13, 2010
rocky mountain take me to the sky
Anyway, this wasn't what I came here to talk about; I wanted to share links to the stuff I listen to when I write. When going about the task of writing Serious Literary Output, one needs the right soundtrack. For me, it's experimental rock with plenty of groove, by which I mean repetitive rhythmic sequences that drill themselves into the ground.
One example of this is 1994!, who have a post-punk, Revolution Summer thing going on, but they're way better musicians than any of Ian McKaye's friends and they write wacked-out songs that are equal parts stoned jam band and frenzied punk. "New Holland 1995" is my favorite song of theirs to write to; the bridge is an extended jam that's intricate and catchy enough to put me into a trance, almost.
I'm also a big fan of Weekends, who are a local-to-Baltimore psychedelic punk duo; their music is loud, trippy, often catchy, and pickled in reverb. And while they play with toys in the studio, they can bring it live. "Camp Nowhere" and "Alligator Feet" are two songs I often put on when I'm writing.
Explosions In the Sky have certainly built a fanbase for their post-rock instrumental stylings, and I'm not really a fan of theirs unless I'm writing. Then songs like "Your Hand In Mine," which I've linked, hit me just the right way. I can almost build a story in my head just listening to this.
Ava Inferi are a gothic doom metal band by way of Portugal, and they simply make beautiful music that is powerful and heavy, but not distorted. "Dança Das Ondas" is a good example of how atmospheric their work is. I really like the images their singer's voice puts into my head, too.
Finally, Bongzilla make up in sheer, balls-out intensity what they lack in not having a stupid name. "666 Lb. Bongsession" takes its time building to a furious, sludgy assault on the eardrums. And yet, the pacing and energy are kept. Love finishing a writing session with stuff like this.
I could go on all night with this, so I'll do the honorable thing and stop myself here. More later.