Archive for May 5th, 2021

May 5, 2021

Video Debut – Tower Defense

We realize that it’s a tad odd that we, a blog that has gone on record several times about our ambivalence about music videos, would host a music video premier, but this song is so good we’re happy to oblige the request. A driving rocker with equal parts grunge muscle and indie smarts, “Under the Sea” by Tower Defense moves and grooves in a way that Sebastian the crab only wishes he could. And the video? Well even curmudgeons of the medium such as we have to admit it’s pretty cool. Check it out and then get more Tower Defense in your life here.

May 5, 2021

The Midweekly – Genghis Tron

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Back in the mid 2000s the band Genghis Tron materialized onto the scene with a tastefully inventive style that combined hardcore metal with electronica, and one of the most clever names in heavy music. After only a few releases they unfortunately called it quits. Over a decade later the New York based group is back with Dream Weapon, their third LP. Though a lot of the record maintains GT’s harder edge, it also displays an evolution into more subtle riffs and tones. It’s difficult to classify this album as metal to be honest. For instance, their original vocalist, who decided not to rejoin the band, brought the screams. But the new singer has a cleaner approach. Another change up is the frenzied blast beating, or lack thereof. In the past GT relied on drum programming, but with the addition of a real drummer the music has taken on a more organic and driving rhythm. Most of the songs stretch long, and the lyrics are as abstract as the shapes and textures these tracks conjure. The digital conqueror rides once again with Dream Weapon in hand, across the territories of rock. 

May 5, 2021

The B-Side: Trauma Cat

There’s not a lot of bands recording their own self-titled theme song these days, but that’s probably because few of them can do it as well as Trauma Cat (the band) has done with “Trauma Cat” (the song). An epic instrumental (with the exception of the occasional “TRAUMA CAT….DRAMA QUEEN”) that mixes a flawless 70’s psych rock / early heavy metal groove with over the top cinematic flourishes. As this one is coming out on Cuck Records, the TC crew clearly have a good sense of humor, but this song ain’t no joke.

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