Posts tagged ‘Beltalowda’

January 5, 2022

The Midweekly – Beltalowda

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

When social movements demanding for change get their loudest, it’s hard not to take notice. Unfortunately, once the collective consciousness absorbs it, folds it into all the other static, and the narrative spun by talking heads and scrolling screens, it also becomes easy to ignore again. But many voices keep yelling through the static, like Indiana based band Beltalowda. On their latest release, The Days That Are Given And The Ways We Live Them, this punk rock outfit is still in the fight for awareness, solutions, and overall responsibility. That responsibility we have to each other. And lyrically they do not mince words when taking aim at either the broad concept of privilege, or the specific hypocrisy of libertarian ideology. The socio-political climate isn’t the only thing Beltalowda needed to address on this record. Grief plays a big part as well, with concrete imagery in the lyrics. Details that are truly relatable. Founding members Alano-Martin and Short blend noisy guitar and melodic bass respectively, while newest addition Thogerson (Murder By Death, Go To Space Die) delivers the energetic beats. Together with other collaborators they mix it up raw, and let the imperfections texturize the final product. The Days and The Ways is yet another good example of how we can’t let what’s important get lost in the endless cycling of punditry and pageantry. And that is giving and living and loving.

Transparency Note – Postcard Editor plays in Beltalowda, but he assures you Mike was not paid to write this review, and frankly is a little embarrassed by how glowing it is.  

December 24, 2020

20 Things That Got Us Through 2020 – Editor’s 5

Editor in simpler, handier times.

20 Things That Got Us Through 2020 is our year end recap of things musical and non that helped us navigate the undertow that was 2020. Since there’s no way anyone could come up with 20 nice things to say about this past year, we’ll each be doing 5 things for a cumulative team effort 20. Here’s Editor’s 5.

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October 22, 2020

Talk Thursday to Me – Jeff Grant

Today we catch up with Jeff Grant to talk about the new release from Full Sun, his visual art and Spice World.

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