And now, a legally ambiguous music dump

22 Aug

Part 1: Clutch Play, or It’s All In My Clutch

I have a strange relationship with Clutch; I bought Blast Tyrant in Spring this year and has listened to it fairly solidly since, but have never felt compelled to hunt down any of their other stuff. I can absolutely imagine this approach confusing and perhaps angering certain sections of the Clutch fandom, so I’m not as vocal about my enjoyment of that particular album as my enduring infatuation with the overcharged final chorus of The Mob Goes Wild or Subtle Hustle’s juggernaut of a bridge might justify.

But! Only a few months late, I have found Earth Rocker, and am content. I mean, listen to this shit:

 

And that’s the most basic song on the album. D.C. Sound Attack opens with the only instance where a harmonica riff could ever be described as “pleasantly violent”, and Gone Cold – resembling what whiskey would sound like if it could emit noise – is a warm and welcoming ballad. Also, The Face deserves the highest compliment I can pay a piece of music: I can totally imagine it being bellowed from the top of a thunderstruck mountain. Superb.

Part 2: Great Scot!, or How and Why Biffy’s B-Sides Are Better Than All the A-Sides of that One Band You Like

The difference in quality between Biffy Clyro’s choicest album tracks and their discarded B-sides has long been imperceptible, and those produced by the current Opposites era are  no exception.

 

 

I can kind of see why neither of these made the cut, even on a 20-song double album: they’re not hugely different to the similarly swelling pop-rock anthems that did. But Jesus, they’re good; dynamic, deceptively heavy and finished with infectiously gorgeous vocal lines. Milky also gets a special mention for its wonderfully twisted take on the style of bands like, um, Clutch.

Part 3: Kubbi, or This Section Is About Kubbi

One of the best things about watching cartoons in the Internet age is that talented folk will, inevitably, write awesome music inspired by them. Kubbi’s Gas Powered EP, a four-track tribute to the excellent Bravest Warriors, is a deft combination of bright synths and impressively professional guitar work – and it’s all on SoundCloud (you may have to scroll a bit).

Sadly, the EP version of The See-Through Zone, my personal favourite, removes the Paralyzed Horse‘s hilariously sober monologue that adorned a previous rendition. Still, it’s all about as good as indie music (in the most literal sense) based on YouTube videos can get, and is pay-what-you-want on BandCamp. Everybody wins – except, perhaps, the horse.

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