It’s Christmas, y’all! I think I speak for everyone when I say “thank goodness that’s over with!” I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, it’s just a pain in the butt when you have divorced parents and a fiance to juggle. Three Christmases are too much. Frankly, I miss the days when I could just plonk myself on the couch and watch Die Hard, rather than driving all up and down the east freaking coast of Australia. All that driving gave me a chance to really listen to some music, though, so let’s check out what songs got me through this weight-gaining period of family tension. ‘Tis the season, after all.
1. “A Man Of His Appalling Posture” – Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro is the dog’s bollocks, which means they’re amazing. I freaking love their work, and The Vertigo of Bliss is one of the most underrated albums of all time. Songs like “Toys Toys Toys Choke Toys Toys Toys”, “All the Way Down (Prologue/Chapter 1)” and “Bodies In Flight” are classics and any other band would kill to have them in their back catalogue, but “A Man Of His Appalling Posture” is my favorite song off Vertigo because it has the most “Biffy” riff in existence. That quick strumming intro that shifts into a jazzy, funky noodling is the song I use to demonstrate what Biffy is all about to potential converts (well, that and “Mountains”. That song’s the tits). Check the whole album, but “Appalling Posture” is my pick.
2. “One Of Us Is the Killer” – The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis forgot that Dillinger fans like some groove among the mind shaggery, and that’s why it’s considered a poor man’s Ire Works (ooh, dat’s gotta hoit). OOUITK succeeded in bringing back the groove, and no track did this better than the slow, smooth jazz-influenced title track. Goddamn, I love this song so much. I’ve been jamming the whole album for the last few days and this song is a highlight in a sublime return to form for the men in Dillinger. Again check out the whole album, but the title track is where it’s at.
3. “Born to Die” – The Amity Affliction
In Australia, there are three heavy bands that really matter right now: Karnivool, Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction (AC/DC, of course, goes without saying). The Amity Affliction’s last album, the brilliant Chasing Ghosts, reached #1 on the Aussie mainstream charts and catapulted them into arena tours around the country. Turns out, they recorded a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” while they were at the Machine Shop and decided to release it as a single a couple of months ago. Covers are very hit and miss, but this is a palpable hit. Covers only work when the cover-er (is that a word?) takes a song and make it their own and Amity has done that here. Check it out now, son. You won’t regret it.