Foreign Air – Shut Up and Show Me
Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alt Pop
Music and movies have been used by people to charge up their dreams for many decades. Whether glamorous or expressing the true meaning of pain, it is the influence of the best ones, the connection that they manage to make with an audience that gets new generations wishing to contribute to what they’ve heard and seen.
In truth, for fans of modern art forms, there are few things that can communicate powerful truths quite in the same way. And, for those that genuinely believe in the power of these forms of expression, there is no reason only to want to receive good, positive news all the time.
Foreign Air’s Shut Up and Show Me may be a song about fighting and overcoming one’s demons, but the terrain for the battle happens to be a dreamscape. The alt-rock duo uses the song to trade strong melodies and atmosphere-enhancing guitar lines in a way that the true believers will immediately understand.
Taxes – Foie Gras & Sancerre
Genre: Indie Rock, Emo, Alternative Rock
Similar artists: Foo Fighters, The Weakerthans, The Menzingers, Jimmy Eat World
There’s no easier way to ensure that few people will care about your art than to play it safe. You may fool some people sometimes, but it’s hard to get them to remember you enough to open up their hearts or their wallets once they have moved to the next thing.
In many ways, perhaps, creating art is accepting that you’ll need to reveal the very best and very best aspects of your personality if you wish to have people trust you. After all, they are trusting you with something very dear and important to them, their imagination.
Taxes’ Foie Gras & Sancerre sounds like the record that a famous, modern rock band makes in order to have their record label fire them. It’s powerful, sincere, and features an awfully feisty sound driven by the singer’s passionate screams. But, in doing so, and in opting not to lie when it would be easier to do so, they might just capture the imagination of fans ready to appreciate this for what it really is.