Friday, November 6, 2009

Phone Home (live 2004) by Dillinger Escape Plan



I have a a tag called music, and yet I so rarely use it. Time for change.

I love a lot of musicians that are uncontroversial choices( ie, their place is already secure). Such as Johnny Cash, Iron Maiden, Pixies, Charles Mingus, Frank Sinatra, Muddy Waters, Frank Zappa, Black Flag, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Patsy Cline, etc, etc.

All great , and I like them because I experienced a great euphoria, a sense of joy when hearing them. I didn't like them because others do. Still, I don't have to exactly defend them. It's like saying your favorite band is the Beatles, no one is really going to challenge that (on grounds that their greatness is stated for years).

It's far more debatable (and interesting) to note modern bands, who are more or less new, who don't have a massive legacy. Combined with the consistent cry that there is no good music made today I must note one of my favorite new bands, The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Once called greater than the Beatles (debatable, but certainly a more frenzied and physical live act) Dillinger is a band that has been around for a decade, made a few alums, and is certainly not unknown, but deserves all recognition they can get. Their work is is that rare blend of destroying riffs with actual accessibility (to a point). This is one of their mellower songs above, with not quite as much screaming. But they also have scorching technical numbers, laid back electronic,a warped pop song,and more on their albums.

They are also easily one of the great live acts I have seen, especially in a small club. Definitely check out their works (personal favorites are Sunshine the werewolf, black bubblegum, and Mouth of Ghosts[the last being quite beautiful] and of course Phone Home).

Any suggestions for great new bands you guys like (even ones completely different from this) be sure to let me know. I am always on the look out for new stuff.


Bonus: Sunshine the Werewolf (flavour or Dillinger in frenzied live setting)

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Sunshine The Werewolf - by XAVY from Xavy [Perrone Salvatore] on Vimeo.