Sisser – Tailspinning
An older, well-schooled musician once told me that he would only form bands with people that don’t really know how to play but are willing to learn. This surprised me, especially given the proven musical abilities of this older gentleman. He told me that from his experience it’s always enthusiasm and willingness to work hard that drives a group. Typically, he added, the musicians that have been around the block a few times and can play and perform very well are already jaded.
Well, Sisser’s Tailspinning sounds like the very first song that an alternative-rock band might write. Now, before you go on assuming that this is a backhanded compliment, let me assure you that it is not and that, also, I am aware of the fact that the band released its first album back in 2019.
Instead, what I mean to say is that Tailspinning sounds tense, like a band trying to figure out their sound and how they should interact with each other. The ideas are flowing, but they’re well controlled and aimed with intensity and intent. It’s a great quality to manage to capture that on tape as it’s something that, should the band stick together for a long time, might be replaced by an overall feeling of comfort and ease. Tailspinning is great at capturing a band rising to its feet.
Over The River – Bad Daughter
I’ve heard numerous pieces of songwriting advice that have stuck with me. Joe Strummer seemed to believe that one just needed to marry the truth to a beat to get a proper tune going. And, I believed him. Someone else, much less famous than Mr Strummer, recommended that songwriters find something that they’re upset with and start writing a song about it. Well, that approach has worked for many as well.
But, angry, protest songs can come from the most unlikely of places. That’s the case with Over The River’s Bad Daughter, a tune that takes on the classic role of the disobeying rebel and gives it a twist. In this song, the rebel is a young woman that’s willing to disobey her closest of kin for the sake of a higher purpose.
If you’re not new to my writing, you’ll know that I like a good melody and a well-structured song. Bad Daughter delivers this over an alt-rock meets reggae beat. Simply stated, the vocals and melodies sell the song, while the chorus acts as the sonic reward that follows the sermon.