Kill My Coquette – L.A.’s Gonna Tear You Apart
Rockers aren’t asked to write hits anymore. What about all those songs by the Cars, Cheap Trick, or, even The Arctic Monkeys? Is that not part of the legacy? What’s more, those silly pop songs are positively a work of genius. To my understanding, genius is not the same intelligence, but rather the ability to adapt in a way in which your message is spread to a large number of people over a long period of time.
The work of a genius includes travelling to the places where things happen or moving away from the toxic cities and towns in which the majority of us spent our youth. Those that do that, geniuses or not, should be commended. L.A. because of its openness towards the arts has always been a meeting place for artists looking to build a career.
The road there is one thing, but creating a life for yourself is a whole other matter as find out in
Kill My Coquette’s L.A.’s Gonna Tear You Apart. In a remarkably catchy power-pop cavalcade of guitars and vocal hooks, we learn about the thrills, the pains and constant non-believers that populate this world.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching punk bands my whole life is that the ones that achieve success are the ones that want it, and can write good songs. Kill My Coquette may well fulfil both of these requirements.
John Roseboro – MFL
Rebellious youth culture comes in many forms. Chances are that if you were born in the Western world (I wasn’t), or at least were exposed to rock n’ roll, your teenage revolutionaries wore electric guitars round their necks and worn-out leather jackets.
Brazil was a little different. Unlike Seattle or London local inhabitants had little reason to complain about the weather. The political situation there was hardly ideal. But, the country possessed excellent football players and brilliant music, possibly the greatest combination the world has ever seen. Its young revolutionaries soundtracked their ideas to samba and bossa nova rhythms. They could all play and sing beautifully.
And, they’ve inspired modern young revolutionaries like Haitian-American singer John Roseboro. Its pop-Bossanova is a gentle protest against the harshness and violence of the modern world. Its weapons are tenderness and a quest for love and beauty. Anyone that’s heard the modern pop charts will know that this is nothing short of courageous.