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DIN NYC and Conrad Reviewed

DIN NYC and Conrad Reviewed

DIN NYC – No.9

Similar artists: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard

Genre: Punk, Alternative Rock

Great artists tend to start out by pissing up potential fans and endangering themselves. But, if enough people decide that they like their work, they end up inducted into Halls of Fame, have their picture taken with the president, and get colossal financial offers meant to persuade them to let their music be featured in a car commercial. 

Worse of all, once enough time has passed, only a small number of people even remember just how brutal, uncompromising and messed-up the artist’s works seemed at the time that they were first presented to a public. A lot of the history of old pop and rock n’ roll is like that. It might not sound shocking anymore, but it once did. 

DIN NYC’s “No.9” is music made by people who are suckers for the good ol’ days of dangerous cool. What? This buzzed-up pop music? Yeah! Turns out that bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain or The Beach Boys were quite extreme and willing to kick up a fuss back in their day. It was just that their music was so strong and likable that they couldn’t be denied a chunk of the future. DIN NYC are looking for a similar thing. 


Conrad – A.M.S.

Similar artists: Myles Morgan, Nature TV, Marcus King, Cosmo Pyke

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Rockstars are regular people after all. Few of them start by being cool. They fake it long enough that it grows on them. And, fewer still, start out by being smooth. They just can’t avoid this after having run through their scales and their dance moves enough times. But, once they do figure out, just what key coolness and smoothness are in, they run that show forever. 

Smooth rock, in particular, is a sound brought on by experience and, as much as rockstarts would hate to admit it, by age. Sure, people liked to make fun of Phil Collins’ smooth soul-pop sound. But even ol’ Phil was once heavily involved in making aggressively complex progressive rock at one stage. Well, both progheads and punk-rockers, eventually, if they play and listen to enough records, become smooth recording artists. 

Conrad’s “A.M.S.” could be, had the artist opted to take the advice of many well-wishers, an incredibly catchy pop song. It could’ve been Steely Dan for the masses. Fortunately, Conrad is moved into action by enough bizarre motivations to force the artist into strange, exciting, twisted places. Yeah, it sounds pretty smooth too. Any weirdos forced to nurse an instrument back to health long enough might end up working on a smooth-pop sound the way that Conrad did right here. 

DIN NYC - No.9

8.0

Conrad - A.M.S.

8.0

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About author

Eduard Banulescu is a writer, blogger, and musician. As a content writer, Eduard has contributed to numerous websites and publications, including FootballCoin, Play2Earn, BeIN Crypto, Business2Community, NapoliSerieA, Extra Time Talk, Nitrogen Sports, Bavarian FootballWorks, etc. He has written a book about Nirvana, hosts a music podcasts, and writes weekly content about some of the best, new and old, alternative musicians. Eduard also runs and acts as editor-in-chief of the alternative rock music website www.alt77.com. Mr. Banulescu is also a musician, having played and recorded in various bands and as a solo artist.
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