My Future Scares Me.
Sorry about the lateness of todays post. it was a long time in the writing.
First off, L'Shanah Tovah to all of my fellow Jews. Next week is going to be a themed week to fit the season, but for now, we're going to commemorate sundays upcoming holiday of International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Andrew Vincent and the Pirates - Good Time - Andrew Vincent & The Pirates are, a canadian band in the tradition of the Ramones and the Modern Lovers, the best high school band out there today. Which is not to say that they're in high school, but there's an innocence, a simplicity to what they play that so affecting, you just want to sniff some glue and relive bygone days. The music is not the work of virtuosos, but there's a rightness to this simple, laid back jangle, as Vincent proclaims "My future SCARES ME," Jonathan Richman is the only reference that seems even halfway appropriate. These are not brainy or high minded lyrics, and the guitar work is nothing special, but it works. Oh god does it work. The Modern Lovers have found their heirs - or perhaps their plunderers.
Andrew Vincent and the Pirates - Bahamas - from the sparse, frightened alienation of Good Time, to this, I Love The Modern Way's closing track, we see the Ramones influence. When the Ramones started out, they weren't looking to destroy music - just to turn back time. They wanted to recapture the era before the Beatles started recording big concept albums full of studio tricks and overdubs and indian weirdness. It was about recapturing a simpler Rock 'n' Roll, that belonged to Ronnie Spector, Buddy Holly, and thousands of garage bands. Taking Rock music back from the superstars and putting it back where it belonged. The Ramones aren't around to keep that tradition alive, and growing fewer by the year (RIP Johnny), but the Pirates take on the mantle admirably. The guitar is a propulsive force, the vocals simple, unprofessional. I could sing them. The drums are workmanlike. And yet, this is at the same time the greatest music ever played. Because in the moment, when the listening carries you off, and there is no need to analyze every chord, every beat and every word - in that briefest of glimmers when you really understand - everything is right.
[Buy I Love The Modern Way from Kelp Records!]
One last item for today. This weekend, Sean from Said The Gramophone will be writing his last post before an extended hiatus before he goes off gallivanting through Europe. Sean - before you go, I just want to thank you. You're probably the single biggest factor in inspiring me to set up shop over here, and you've been a wealth of both music, and musicblogging wisdom. You're writing is some of the sharpest and most eloquent in our little corner of the blogosphere, and it's been a pleasure and an honor to know and work with you over the past 7 months. You'll be missed, and you'd better stay in touch somehow while you're across the pond. I'm sure you've left Said The Gramophone in capable hands, but nonetheless, we'll all be eagerly and impatiently awaiting your return. May your adventures in the new year and this new era of your life be as worthwhile and fulfilling as I know running Gramophone has been for you.