Archive for March 23rd, 2022

March 23, 2022

Wordless Wednesdays

Wordless Wednesdays is our new weekly column where we spotlight the best new instrumental tracks.

Easily the winner for best song title in a while, “E.T Rides a Delorean” by INCA has an appropriately 80’s synthwave throw back vibe to it, but with more under the hood than is immediately apparent. Underneath the percolating keys and glassy synth pads is a slinky live band laying down a groove that moves from expected pulsating futuristic rhythms to sections that push the song into jam band territory. The end result feels a bit like Kraftwerk jamming with Parliament Funkadelic and that’s something I think both E.T. and Doc Brown could get down with.

March 23, 2022

The Midweekly – Dog Fashion Disco

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

Sometimes it’s a haunted house, or a freakshow. Could be a kinky burlesque, or a twisted carnival act. No matter the flavor of this variety show the house band will always be Dog Fashion Disco. Close to 25 years ago this experimental hard rock group oozed out of Maryland, and after a few lineup changes and a hiatus, they are still creeping and crawling. Cult Classic is the latest album from DFD. It’s nine tracks of metal riffs, circus organs, and ska horns, with complex structures and infectious hooks. Todd Smith, singer and the only member who’s been a constant in the band, whispers, roars, and croons out images from horror, sci fi, and other dark corners of pop culture, with some of the cleverest writing found in this genre. In these tunes there’s a lot of smirking, and poking fun at the way we view the macabre. Long time fans might notice this record lacking a bit of the more exploratory¬†elements from DFD’s past releases, but they haven’t lost their edge. As long as the reptile woman is still strip teasing for the pagan ghosts, DFD will provide the soundtrack.

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