Month: May 2016

Band Of The Week: Kink

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One of the coolest things about doing Audioeclectica is when I get emails from bands asking me to check them out. I always take the time to listen since they took the time to write me. Every so often, I come across a band that peaks my attention enough. Recently I got a note from a band from Toronto asking me to check them out, and when I did I was very intrigued by what I heard. The band is Kink. They are a duo that bares similarities to the likes of Tegan and Sara, in that they are both females. But the music speaks for itself. With influences ranging from dark pop, Blink 182 (their self titled album), Brand New and a touch of harmony, you get Kink. There is a darkness to their pop sound that makes it stand out. Singers and guitarists Dani Gagnon and Erica Schiopu have a way with melodies that while soothing, can haunt you in a good way. Kink will be playing the Viper Room in Hollywood at the end of June, so check them out!

 

Fine Lines:

In My Eyes:


Keep Me Away:


Eyelids:


Antidote:

Millstone (By Brand New):

 

https://www.facebook.com/kinktheband

https://kinktheband.com/

 

 

 

Live Show Review: The Cure at the Hollywood Bowl

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When you go to see a “big” band there are lots of expectations. You hope they will play for a long time, sound good and of course play the songs you want to hear. When it was announced last year that The Cure would be touring, I told my wife we need to go and that they are one of those bands you should see before they or you die. So naturally she agreed and we got tickets. After many months of waiting, the day arrived for us to go to the show. Armed with the criteria mentioned above, The Cure didn’t disappoint at all. We got to see the third and final night of their stay at the Hollywood Bowl and boy was it a show.

Taking the stage a couple minutes after 8pm and continuing on till a little after 11pm, The Cure played through 33 songs spanning their entire career in three hours. Lucky for us, my wife and I happen to be big fans of the albums Disintegration and Bloodflowers, and this evening they played a large chunk of songs from those albums. Songs like “Lullaby,” “Pictures Of You,” “Closedown,” and my all time favorite “Fascination Street” were played from Disintegration. And from Bloodflowers “39,” “Watching Me Fall,” “The Last Day Of Summer,” “Out Of This World,” and the title track. Those songs from those albums alone made this one hell of a spectacular night. Other highlights include “A Night Like This,” “In Between Days” “Just Like Heaven,” “Friday I’m In Love,” “Us Or Them,” “Want” “Burn (another one of my all time favorite songs by The Cure),” and not one, not two but three encores.

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Robert Smith sounded amazing and was hitting every note beautifully. I had chills up and down my arms and spine during certain moments when he would sing. Robert was even joking around with the audience and dancing around a bit, really enjoying the night. Bassist Simon Gallup was extremely into playing. His tone alone is legendary. He’s got a presence that really invokes the spirit of the band. On drums Jason Cooper played with great prowess and precision. As did guitarist Reeves Gabrels and keyboardist Roget O’Donnell.

This is the second time I’ve seen The Cure, and it was truly magical. There is something to be said for a band that is 40 years into their career and can pull off a show like this. The crowd was beyond into it. You could tell who were real fans that knew the deep cuts and rarities. And of course there were those who just knew the hits. But it all made for a night of great music and memories.

Setlist:

1. Out Of This World

2. Watching Me Fall

3. Pictures Of You

4. Closedown

5. A Night Like This

6. Push

7. In Between Days

8. Doing The Unstuck

9. Lullaby

10. Fascination Street

11. (I Don’t Know What’s Going) On

12. The Walk

13. Lovesong

14. Just Like Heaven

15. The Last Day Of Summer

16. Want

17. 39

18. Bloodflowers

Encore 1:

19. It Can Never Be The Same

20. Shake Dog Shake

21. Burn

22. A Forest

Encore 2:

23. Step Into The Light

24. Us Or Them

25. Never Enough

26. Wrong Number

Encore 3:

27. The Perfect Girl

28. Hot Hot Hot!!!

29. Friday I’m In Love

30. Freakshow

31. Close To Me

32. Why Can’t I Be You?

33. Boys Don’t Cry

By: Brian Lacy

Photos: Alisa Lacy

On The Rise: Code Orange

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The hardcore genre is one that has been of interest to me for a long time. There are many different sub genres within it making for some pretty spectacular bands. So it wasn’t a shock a couple years ago when I first heard about this up and coming band then called Code Orange Kids. Their blend of hardcore punk had a very Black Flag meets Converge type of vibe, and that got me really excited. Their debut Love Is Love/Return To Dust was recorded by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. This album would go on to to bring them to a whole new level as musicians and capture the essence of what the band is. Following months of touring with the likes of Every Time I Die and Terror, Code Orange then began work on their follow up. Dropping the “Kids” from their name, Code Orange would proceed to release I Am King, an album that upped the game for them to a new level entirely. Along with their hardcore punk sound, they incorporated elements of doom, thrash and sludge to their repertoire. Code Orange would go on to play shows with Killswitch Engage, and be a part of the Mayhem Festival in 2015. Now in 2016, they are really on the rise having recently signed with Roadrunner Records and touring with Deftones. Their big energy, take no prisoners shows have fast become very talked about and a must see for those that are fans of the genre.

If you enjoy heavy punk/thrash influenced music then Code Orange is the band for you. Being as young and hungry as they are, the sky’s the limit for how far they can go and become. Check out this band and what they have in store for you!

Love Is Love // Return To Dust:

I Am King:

This Is Hardcore Festival 2015:

Dreams In Inertia:

Flowermouth (The Leech):


https://www.facebook.com/codeorangekids

http://thinnersoftheherd.com/

Live Review: Filter at the Roxy

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I’ve been going to shows for many many years. I’ve seen a lot of bands. They all vary from amazing, what the hell was that and everything in between. There are a good amount that I’ve seen many times. This past weekend I ventured out to see Filter at the Roxy, but this evening however didn’t get started quite right.

The tour that Filter was on brought along 3 other bands that certainly didn’t make sense. I arrived late for the first band Death Valley High. But after checking them out later on, I didn’t miss anything at all. I did however see and listen to the atrocity that is Vampires Everywhere. Oh my! They definitely fall under the category of what the hell was that. This band is so wrapped up in their image and use of electronics, I’m not even sure they were actually playing their instruments. They were all dolled up in makeup and back paint. The singer had this cocky creeper grin on his face all night thus overcompensating for his lack of vocal ability. This band really didn’t get me in the mood for the evening. They even played a cover of the Hozier song “Take Me To Church,” which they proceeded to absolutely ruin. I couldn’t be happier when they were finally off the stage.

Next up was Orgy. The last time I saw them was in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. I can’t remember the exact time, but it was during their run for their first album Candyass. Back then, they were quite a good live band. This evening, however, they were just awful. Of course when you only have one original member, it’s kind of hard to carry on doing what you once were able to capture. Arriving on stage late, singer Jay Gordon and company all dressed up in some weird silly goth EDM attire, tried to get the crowd going but unless you were drunk, you really didn’t care like me. I didn’t even know any of the songs they played with the exception of maybe three. They did of course play their version of New Order’s “Blue Monday,” which made the crowd happy. Jay jumped into the crowd and let people in the audience sing parts of the song, and that was about the only highlight of their set other than it being over after that point.

So now after all that nonsense my expectations and patience were really low, there wasn’t much to bring me back up. When Filter took the stage they arrived in dramatic fashion with a white sheet in front of singer Richard Patrick displaying video images representing the first few songs of the night,  which were from their new album Crazy Eyes. Finally after that part was over and the sheet was gone, they got down to business with an older song “Can’t You Trip Like I Do,” which got the crowd engaged at that point. Throughout the rest of the night new songs were played in batches with old songs like “Jurassitol,” and “You Walk Away” scattered in to keep the crowd interested in their set. Certain new songs like “Nothing In My Hands,” “Pride Flag,” and “Welcome To The Suck (Destiny Not Luck)” were stellar live. I actually thought they should have started their set with “Welcome To The Suck.” I’ve seen Filter a few times really firing on all cylinders, but this line up just didn’t have the energy, with the exception of their guitarist/keyboardist Bobby Miller, who was doing his best to carry the energy load for everyone. Richard was energized while playing certain songs, but you could tell he was about spent halfway through their set. When they inevitably played “Take A Picture” all the ladies in the audience started to really pay attention. As I looked around the room, I could see them all singing along. It was quite funny to see. Closing out the night was of course “Hey Man, Nice Shot.”

There was just something about the night that didn’t sit right with me. Perhaps it being the last night of the tour for the bands, the opening bands being terrible, or even just the sheer exhaustion of being on the road for six weeks, this show all together didn’t really do it for me. All in all this was a night to forget. Hopefully next time, Filter can tour with bands that really fit with them, and are good.

By: Brian Lacy

 

Band Of The Week: Sisters Ov The Blackmoon

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Los Angeles’s Sisters Ov The Blackmoon is what you get when you add parts of doom metal, blues, and straight up rock n roll. This band is well thought out and crafted with great melodies, rhythms, and vocals that are raw and powerful. One can tell from listening to this band that the passion is oozing from each of members into their instruments and the songs they write. There are moments Sisters Ov The Blackmoon remind me of Royal Thunder especially in the vocals, and that’s a good thing. As a music fan I want to hear the vulnerability and spirit from those in the band, and they surely deliver the goods exponentially. Sisters Ov The Blackmoon are one of those bands that should be on your radar, as they are on mine!

 

Sisters Ov The Blackmoon- Black Cauldron:

 

https://www.facebook.com/thesistersovtheblackmoonband

 

By: Brian Lacy

Worst Cover Songs: Linkin Park (Nine Inch Nails)- Wish

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Wow, this is awful. Nine Inch Nails is my all time favorite band, and this version is just plain awful. Though I don’t know what’s worse, Linkin Park covering this song, or the comments people left saying that this is better than the original. Also they can’t even play it right. It’s atrocious people!!!

 

Linkin Park- Wish:

 

Nine Inch Nails- Wish:

 

Also Rob Bourden, THIS is how you play the drums for this song: