TV Saints – Desire
When it comes to music, doing things the wrong way, whether unintentional or on purpose, is bound to get you noticed by music critics. See, critics of anything tend to think that they’re smarter than the common folk and that the general consensus around the things that elicit a reaction from the public are wrong.
That sort of suspicion has served us well over the years with rock, for the most part, remaining the refuge for the strange, misguided and crackpot members of society. The members of the Ramones or the Stooges didn’t exactly forego a career in law and went about making rock music instead.
The TV Saints manage to capture that ramshackle energy on their single Desire. This is a youthful, morbid and joyous attempt at making rock music the wrong way. There’s little thought to the public’s reaction, the production, or where exactly TV Saints fit into the music industry food chain. It’s simple, demented, rock n’ roll, a priceless commodity in this day and age.
Oliver Hohlbrugger – Satan You Can Have Me
Ah, Norwegian musicians writing songs about Satan. Well, things haven’t changed now, have they? Only though that they have. Perhaps, in many ways, disaster movies and horrors reflect the general fears of society at one point in time. Nowadays, the monsters spewing up blood, or the serial killers, have been replaced, on films of this type, by scenes of terror developed in otherwise ordinary circumstances.
This might just reflect the uncertainty of our modern times. The video to Oliver Hohlbrugger’s Satan You Can Have Me plays out like a modern horror, or an eerie reinterpretation of the biblical tale of Abraham nearly sacrificing his first born.
Satan You Can Have Me is, for all intents and purposes, a gospel number, but that is tinged with the pagan poetry that has always been a part of the makeup of Northern Europe. It’s strength, however, does not rely on shock-values, but rather on delivering a performance straight and resolute, like a folk singer taking on classic material.