Wednesday, April 14, 2021

“Not Dead Yet” by Lord Huron – A Song Feature


      Lord Huron are releasing singles that are destined for their fourth full-length album, “Long Lost.” The album will be available on May 21. Thankfully, the early entries show that the LA-based band continues to embrace its signature sound. Their sound features warm, welcoming vocals and guitars that blend Folk and Rock. As a result, the music of Lord Huron has worked into many television shows, as well as movies.
 
     The intro of “Not Dead Yet” is a combination of gentle acoustic guitar and Theremin-like electric guitar. When the vocals arrive, the rhythm takes an attractive approach that is similar to the feel of a consistently progressing train. The lead and backing voices are soothing, but not the lyrics, “It's hard to make friends when you're half in the grave // But I ain't dead yet // And I've got something to say,” which is followed by an Elvis-esque “Uh-huh-huh.” Later, the guitar and bass control “Not Dead Yet.” It’s this combination of dissimilar contributions that make it likely that the song will join the many other Lord Huron songs that withstand the test of time.
 
     Lord Huron are a Los Angeles-based band comprising Ben Schneider (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel BriseƱo (bass, keys), and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). From a personal perspective, they played a major part in the dream sports/music combination. After attending a 2012 World Series game in which an SF Giant (Sandoval) hit three homeruns, we immediately headed for our favorite small venue to see Lord Huron. Frontman Ben Schneider noted that he was a fan of the Giants’ opponent, because as a Michigan native, he still follows the Detroit Tiger. But the band’s performance was not affected.
 
    The second single from the upcoming album is “Mine Forever.” Interestingly, the song includes guitar that a suitable for a Spaghetti Western.

       “Not Dead Yet” by Lord Huron


     The song and music video arrived in tandem with the second installment of their four-part series - Alive From Whispering Pines.
    During its first episode, viewers were introduced to Mr. Tubbs Tarbell, fell under the spell of commercials that may very well be lost tapes from the past, and were treated to some incredible performances by Lord Huron. The band played some old songs including “Meet Me In The Woods” (view video here) and provided a sneak peak at some new songs. The episode also featured a hotline where fans could call in and ask Mr. Tarbell questions and request songs from the band for Episode 2. Last night’s performance included some fan favorites and even an unreleased song called “Mine Forever.”

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Lyrics of “Not Dead Yet” by Lord Huron
All messed up with nowhere to go
I stare at myself in the mirror alone
It's hard to make friends when you're half in the grave
But I ain't dead yet
And I've got something to say
Uh-huh-huh.  Yeah
 
You got holes in your clothes
Booze on your breath
You look like hell
And you smell like death
Uh-huh-huh. 
 
There's a stranger in my eyes again
I swear to God I don't know him
You're tired of me
I'm tired of you
So turn around and leave it to myself
Uh-huh-huh. Yeah
 
You got holes in your clothes
And booze on your breath
You look like hell
And you smell like death
Uh-huh-huh. 
 
I've been out way too long
Heading right for the edge
If she asks about me
Tell her I'm not dead yet
 
You got holes in your clothes
Booze on your breath
You look like hell
And you smell like death
Uh-huh-huh. 

     “Mine Forever” by Lord Huron



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

“Into the Blue” by The Joy Formidable – A Song Feature

      Welsh Rock trio The Joy Formidable showcase their versatility with the release of “Into the Blue.” At times, the single features the vocals of Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryan with equal parts of seductiveness and vulnerability. But there are also segments of power Rock. As an example, at the 2:26 mark, the thunderous combination of instruments abruptly ends to clear the path for the more melodic presentation of the next verse.
 
     The members of The Joy Formidable are Ritzy Bryan (vocals, guitar), Rhydian Dafydd (bass, vocals) and Matthew James Thomas (percussion). It is Dafydd’s voice that is featured during the verse that begins at 1:09 of “Into the Blue.” In an explanation of the single, Bryan said:
   “‘Into the Blue’ is about surrendering to love and magic. Having the courage to enjoy a new journey and the mystery and excitement of something unexpected. It’s about opening your eyes to beauty and love again. Making it to the other side. Whilst not conceived as a metaphor for the times we all live in now, it certainly turned out that way.”
 
     The Joy Formidable will always be tied to a favorite live performance of Indie Obsessive. The first festival the staff attended together was 2011 Outside Lands (even before the blog began). The Joy Formidable put together a strong setlist that ended with “Whirring.” Before the start of that final song, the band announced that they were returning to Wales and had no intention of carrying their instruments. The song culminated with activity that was reminiscent of The Who and their emphatic destruction of instruments. Like The Who, a motivating factor was showmanship, but it didn’t matter to any of the attendees at Outside Lands.
 
     The Joy Formidable now have ties to Utah. “Into the Blue” was written in North Wales and completed at their homes in Utah. Hopefully this will lead to more U.S. performances when venues safely reopen.

     “Into the Blue” by The Joy Formidable

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Regarding the video, Ritzy Bryan said:
 “I am always daydreaming in the bathtub between recordings. That diffuse thinking where your mind wanders freely - I always finish songs when I’m in that state. The idea that your imagination, that escape into another, deeper world can sometimes create a stronger connection with yourself.”


Lyrics of “Into The Blue” by The Joy Formidable
You see me
For what I am
I don't have to guess anymore
That slow doubt
That won't speak up
Gets just enough then withdraws
 
Cause things go bad
But it's real and there
Better than slowly emptying me
Into the blue
Into the blue once again
 
Just one big wave
Just one big wave
Just one big wave
 
When I watch you
From across the way
Everything's still until I hold you again
Just that moment of being attached
Let it split you in two
 
Cause I'll be here
Inside outside
Grateful that we at least felt something
We went into the blue
Into the blue once again
 
Cause now I see this place was here all along
The more it changed shape
You pull it close
Please pull me closer
Don't fear the move out of the past
Let time take your hand and guide you
It's time to move
Into the blue once again
 
I know it's rare
When you tremble again
Remember what others have lost
Go back to the place that we won't go again
Did I make the most of it before?
I go back to the place that we won't go again
To live it over and over
Into the blue
Into the blue once again
 
Just one big wave
Just one big wave
Just one big wave
 
Don't fear the move out of the past
Let time take your hand and guide you
Into the blue
Into the blue
Into the, into the outside without you

Friday, April 2, 2021

“There Must Be So Much More” by Pink Turns Blue - A Song Feature


     The single begins with a hook that is the functional equivalent of fanfare, as it announces the entrance of a song that is regal in its role as a swirling, surly anthem. “There Must Be So Much More” is a warning to avoid complacency and promotional materials note that it is an urgent call to refine oneself and make the world a better place. But to listeners, it is so much more.

     The song from Germany’s Pink Turns Blue is a reminder of why the guitar (bass and lead) will always rule the Rock universe. “There Must Be So Much More” isn’t a guitar-driven single until its final 75 seconds, but the instrument is the feature that sets the song apart from others that are destined to be in “Best or 2021” setlists at the end of this year. The hook that begins the single resurfaces periodically, including during the guitar-layered conclusion.

     Still, there is so much more. The vocals are appealing and the piano that initiates the bridge at 2:37 is attention-grabbing. Pink Turns Blue are from Germany and have a sound that is a fusion of New Wave, Post-Punk and Dark Guitar Wave. The members are Mic Jogwer (vocals, guitar), Reubi Walter (bass, keyboards), and Paul Richter (drums). The band’s first album was released in 1987.

     “There Must Be So Much More” by Pink Turns Blue



Lyrics of “There Must Be So Much More” by Pink Turns Blue
Your smile can cure me
Your kiss can heal me
So give it a try now
Come on
 
You wanna be careful
It’s so important
Ya need be friends again
With you
 
So stop being cross now
And stop all fighting
Been sad for so long now
So long
 
We need to have faith in us
We need to be good to us
Cause love is so precious
To me
 
There must be so much more
There must be so much more
 
So clear with hindsight
So easy inside
But often we’re sorry
Again
 
Do better next time
If there’s a next time
We catch our fall
So come on
 
There must be so much more
So much more
There must be so much more
So much more
There must be so much more
 
You’ve caught me all naked
You’ve caught me all naked
[Repeating]
There must be so much more
[Repeating]