This is great! I held off at first and only approached with jaded dread, as I'd loved Close Calls With Brick Walls and have since in most respects surrendered to brutally diminished expectations.
(Also: hi, everybody.)
Can totally see the Dragonforce comparisons, along with power pop-punk, though I hear ~Bad Religion & early 90s So-Cal suchlike more than the Ramones (vein-popped athletic heroism marking the divide). Also video game soundtracks, 80s synthpop, Jim Steinman, white drugs, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, etc.
Miss the aggressive, Devo-style, subversion & perversity of tracks like "Pushing Drugs" & "One Brother", but ambitious songwriting and slick production help grease the crack. My only real complaint is that "Party Mindset" has only just begun to mine the implied harmonies when it ends (the better to indulge "Break the Curse", I suppose).
On that note, it's funny how the one big "party" track is not an I Get Wet-style aerobic workout, but rather a mid-tempo barroom sing along. And that it celebrates oblivion's erasure of clarity, given the titles of the album's penultimate tracks.
Great, but I still miss the psychological horror and cognitive dissonance he was folding in a couple years back.
― Beetle Juice continued to spit all over our drinks (contenderizer), Thursday, 22 March 2018 03:14 (two years ago) link
That Sodajerker interview was great, thanks for sharing it !The more I listen/read about him, the more he seems like a great guy (and artist).I feel like this album is growing bigger and deeper than I initially thought.
― AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:00 (two years ago) link
the stuff he says about tempo around the 27:30 mark is so OTM. really good interview overall, kind of confirms a lot of how I assumed he wrote his music.
― frogbs, Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:13 (two years ago) link
that it celebrates oblivion's erasure of clarity
i didn't really take it that way. for me "Keeping clarity just out of reach" was a grasping TOWARDS clarity. ultimate enlightenment may seem forever separate from our material reality but we continue to strive anyways. hence keeping it "just" out of reach. thus "time in oblivion is time well spent" has more to do with that affirming tortured human existence. almost like how a Buddhist will say life is suffering but accept that don't deny it.
― Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:14 (two years ago) link
Ha, my fiancée made this comparison when she heard the title track ("sounds like those Christmas people").
― No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:07 (two years ago) link
When sent the digital promo as one single song. As the publicist said, "It's one single file as Andrew requests that you listen through fully in one sitting."
So Andrew would not approve of this poll!
― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:20 (two years ago) link
fun fact - "Party Mindset" sounds nearly identical to this song
he goes into this in the interview, his collaborative work with Aleister X, the idea to take "Bad Vibrations" and make a new song of it. the original is a cool track (a bit noisy and high-end) but it's just the chorus over and over again with worse lyrics. i really love what they did with it for this album!
― Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 22 March 2018 15:36 (two years ago) link
Anybody else in London about to PARTY
― imago, Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:52 (two years ago) link
I think Max Tundra is gonna be at that show, see if you can find him
― frogbs, Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:58 (two years ago) link
Break the Curse is the winner for me at the moment.
― lilcraigyboi (Craigo Boingo), Sunday, 15 April 2018 08:37 (two years ago) link
yea that song rules. love the multi-layered "Break the cuuuuurse" vocals in the ecstatic second part. the insanely cool baroque metal keyboard arrangements throughout are incredible. its this mini symphony of all these different party themes. a spiraling fantasy of decadence.
― Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 16 April 2018 16:20 (two years ago) link
imago did the show rule?
― Simon H., Monday, 16 April 2018 16:31 (two years ago) link
obviously! and 'break the curse' was a highlight
― imago, Monday, 16 April 2018 16:39 (two years ago) link
also played 'you will remember tonight' which was amazing
― imago, Monday, 16 April 2018 16:40 (two years ago) link
when I saw him it was "Take It Off" and "Totally Stupid" in a row and that was totally transcendent
didn't get a whole lot of Close Calls but there was "Pushing Drugs" which was great
― frogbs, Monday, 16 April 2018 19:41 (two years ago) link
I just bought it from iTunes because I got a gift card. I'm already wondering if the CD is mastered with less compression.
― No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 16 April 2018 19:43 (two years ago) link
Yeah they did Pushing Drugs too, it was fab!
― imago, Monday, 16 April 2018 20:45 (two years ago) link
― Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:56 (two years ago) link
I like his explanation
― imago, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:03 (two years ago) link
“Music Is Worth Living For finds me and my band mates in the throes of a colossal vision quest,” says Andrew. “Determined to party harder than ever, we steel ourselves against alien elements, and battle a formless but formidable storm. Multiplying myself, I attempt to transcend the whirling void by engaging in a series of flailing spiritual maneuvers, vainly wrestling with the emptiness of my own soul. Alas, I discover I had already been consumed by my own triumphantly pathetic creation. And at this moment of devastatingly poignant clarity, I realize I’m back where I started, trapped inside the hardest party of all: Being alive.”
― Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:12 (two years ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Tuesday, 5 June 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link
still almost impossible. every time i listen to this album each successive song feels like a step up from the last one.
― Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 5 June 2018 10:58 (one year ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link
they're all winners
― nxd, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 08:35 (one year ago) link
Wow these results are a trip
― bernard snowy, Thursday, 7 June 2018 10:36 (one year ago) link
(Not saying I "disagree" -- there are no wrong answers here -- it's just funny that, on an album with so many straight-up bangers, people were drawn to the more subtle, slow-building numbers)
― bernard snowy, Thursday, 7 June 2018 12:12 (one year ago) link
I voted Break the Curse cuz the last 2 minutes were so overwhelming
honestly I still can't decide, I'm actually kinda leaning towards the title track now. kinda wild to hear AWK attempt a vocal performance like that
― frogbs, Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:00 (one year ago) link
i voted for the title track mostly for the vocal performance. it's on some classic rock level.
― Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:15 (one year ago) link
anyway after like 15 listens to this I'm starting to think it would be an all-time classic if the mastering was better. it just sounds so brickwalled. but damn is the music good.
― frogbs, Friday, 8 June 2018 14:18 (one year ago) link
Still holds up
― Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 26 April 2020 03:34 (one month ago) link