A lot of discussion in my life lately has revolved around the city of Seattle. It’s a beautiful city with a lot of musical history behind it. There have been countless musical acts that have stemmed from the great Seattle area, creating some of the most interesting and awesome music out there. So that’s why, for this week’s 3 Of The Week, the theme is Seattle bands. And starting off the list is…
1. “Michio’s Death Drive” – Minus The Bear
“Michio’s Death Drive” starts off with a quiet riff that fades into a drum and bass rhythm. Something sounds off, though. If you do your counting you find that the introduction riff and the rhythm are actually in different time signatures that flow in and out through each other. As the sounds seem to get even more mixed up with each other, they suddenly come together and break into the song. It’s typical Minus the Bear fare; upbeat yet intricate, dancey yet complex. The song utilizes the two introductory segments throughout it, eventually having them layer themselves again before coming to a powerful closing.
2. “Whacko Jacko Steals The Elephant Man’s Bones” – The Fall Of Troy
“Whacko Jacko,” a song whose title is based on a story of Michael Jackson’s attempt to get the bones of the infamous Elephant Man, wraps up what The Fall Of Troy is quite nicely. The guitar work is intricate and technical, packed full of riffs that no one other than Thomas Erak could dream up. The drumming is tight and accents the sound right where it’s supposed to. The vocals are mixed between sung and screamed, switching up constantly during the tune’s duration. And where all of these aspects come together is through the layout of the song. It’s progressive, constantly moving throughout different sections and changing the feel of the song. It rises then drops multiple times with entirely different sounds at each point. If you don’t know what The Fall Of Troy is capable of, this song is a fantastic introduction piece.
3. “March Into The Sea” – Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse opens their album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank with this tune. It’s an off-kilter intro, seeing as how it almost immediately jumps into the song. Where most albums start quiet and grow, this one begins with drums and guitar right off the bat. But that’s Modest Mouse for you, always a little strange and always a lot amazing. The song has a groovy feel to it with the drums staying straight while the guitar pulls on the off beats. The lyrics are odd but interesting, leading to lines such as “It would have been, could have been, worse than you would ever know.” Opening an album is always difficult but Modest Mouse’s strangely catchy first track does the job just fine.