What I’m Listening To, the blog series in which I reflect on all the music I’ve been exploring during the last few months. Join me on this inspirational journey and listen along with the Spotify playlist below. Let me know your recommendations in the comments!
Fitz & the Tantrums – Pickin’ up the Pieces
Ten years ago, a friend of mine used to joke around with a song called “Moneygrabber”. We just recently recalled this habit and I was inspired to look up the full album. Honestly, I didn’t expect to enjoy this soul music that much, but the catchy tunes immediately grabbed my attention. Fun fact: my friend was always irritated with me for misnaming the band as ‘Fitz & the Limitz’. You know, because it rhymes.
The Troggs – Wild Thing
Last year I was in a local bar when I heard “Wild Thing”. I had the song saved on my list since then, but only recently remembered to look up the corresponding album. In hard times like these, it’s comforting to have such light songs. Another fun fact: this is the oldest album in my music library.
Refused – The Malignant Fire EP
Refused is back. “The Malignant Fire” is short but sweet and hits you with an explosive sound that only this band can offer. It makes me desperately long for concerts again. And rebellion. I can already imagine crowds around the world going nuts on songs like “Organic Organic Organic (Go Fuck Yourself)” and “Faceless Corporate Violence”.
Green Day – American Idiot
I never paid much attention to Green Day, but this album has definitely changed that. What an amazing rock opera! The band expertly plays with various contrasts: from softer and slower to heavier and faster songs. And eargasmic song transitions blend the whole thing tightly together, keeping me invested for its nearly one hour running time. Which is a rare thing for me, since I usually like shorter albums better.
The Horse Heads
Yep. This band is literally called The Horse Heads. The music sounds more serious than the name though. Based in Chelmsford, UK, they’re keeping punk alive with four loud singles. One thing I enjoy in particular is singer Ronaldo Rodriguez’ shouting and aggressive punky attitude. It’s an attitude I miss in modern music in general, but I’m delighted to have found it here.
Jedi Mind Tricks – Violence Begets Violence
With dark lyrical themes at the forefront, this album focusses on the mindset of criminals or satanists. Unfortunately this premise gets a little redundant when listening front to back. Though the varied production and underground sound is what saves it for me. A nice listening experience, but admittedly not my favorite JMT album.
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