Dusty Rug – Kerosene & Cigarettes
Genre: Classic Rock, Alternative rock
The real tragedy about ordinary people’s lives is that nobody makes documentary series about their struggles. If that were to happen, and an audience was guaranteed, people would be glad to suffer through their days.
Famous artists, on the other hand, get a different deal. Read the biography of any musician who has massively messed up, and you’ll come upon it. The knowledge can justify any personal disaster that may turn into a song.
It’s a good idea, of course, to document one’s journey through life. However, looking for pain meant to power art is surely asking for trouble. The blues, after all, is around every corner.
Dusty Rug’s Kerosene & Cigarettes is the music of tiny personal disasters set to bluesy guitar and ragged, distorted lead vocals. The performance is great, and so is the emotional abyss that the music seems to suggest. At least it turned into a song.
Ooluu – Ripe
Similar artists: A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson, Dillinger Escape Plan
Genre: Progressive Metal, Djent, Alternative Rock
The minute that rock bands started playing shows in support of various presidential elections, it was over! Guys, at least pretend you’re not in love with your corporate masters!
Sure, sure, most musicians have always been in it for the money and the fame. That’s clear! But, just like a nasty little play being shown at midnight in somebody’s shed, rock was supposed to fake being a bizarre, dangerous preoccupation.
Rock music should scare or offend you a little bit. Otherwise, you’d just skip it after 30 seconds and never listen to it again. Some of the most exciting humans are the ones drawn to things that are bad for them.
Ooluu’s Ripe tears off a page from the book written by great rock agitators. The video looks like propaganda for Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth. The music sounds like something James Maynard Keenan might make to shake off some of his most annoying fans. It’s alt-rock that dares you not to like it.