I’ve heard some new stuff and previews from upcoming albums from some of my beloved bands, and I’ll tell ya I’m not impressed. It’s like they are just going through the motions. It’s like some music school freshmen had an assignment to compose a song “in the style of” these artists. I mean, it sounds like them, but nothing is blowing me away. Of course, I still haven’t heard the whole album.
Queens of the Stone Age, “Era Vulgaris“. Ever since Josh Homme kicked out every member of the band, they haven’t been doing that great. Songs For the Deaf seemed to be their apex.
The White Stripes, “The Icky Thump“. Wow, Jack White screeching over a call-and-response guitar and drums sequence. The Stripes have NEVER written one of those. Truthfully, Get Behind Me Satan didn’t really rock my socks.
Interpol, “The Heinrich Maneuver“. Snoozefest.
And Sahara Hotnights, wtf? They are about to release their fourth album and it is purposely more pop???? Here we have an all-female band that up until now have created some fantastic post-indie-punk. “If anyone matters it’s you“.
BRMC, “Weapon of Choice”
Shout Out Louds, “Tonight I Have to Leave It“