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If you would’ve found me listening to “Who Will Cut Our Hair” on my Discman back in 2003 and told me that, eleven years in the future, the Unicorns would be playing three shows at the Barclay’s center, I would’ve said, “Awesome. I KNEW they’d become the biggest band in North America.” And then I’d say, “WTF is the Barclay’s Center?”
I hear they’re forgoing effects pedals and will distort the bass guitar purely through spite.
This really goes without saying by now, but holy shit can Dave Grohl pound a drum.
Count me among the fervent. 16 year old me would’ve lost his mind over the idea that Failure would release new music 17 years later, but here we are. My mind is not quite lost, but I’m happy to hear them recording again. And it sounds about right considering where their paths led them through the years. I’ll take it.
But also it’s not, at all.
It’s like Remission meets Night Ranger. I’ll take it.
Good find. Beautiful song. It sounds very ‘On The Water,’ but probably would’ve been one of the best (of not THE best) song on that record. Maybe they thought it already had too much mid-tempo stuff?
I’m a huge fan of their records, have sworn for a while that Samuel Herring has one of the most powerful voices in music today, but I’d never seen them perform before. I don’t even think I’ve seen a photo of them before. Whatever I was expecting from Herring, it was not Jive Dancin’ Marlon Brando. Holy shit. Amazing to see somebody actually give a damn.
I’d like to get a sense of what people currently age 20 and under think of “Loser.” Because, you’re right, for our generation, there’s almost no disconnecting it from its ‘cultural moment.’ It is 90s Zeitgeist As Looped Slide Guitar and Breakbeat.
What I love about the Roots in their current position is that they’re bringing integrity back to the idea of a studio band; simply being a group of professional musicians without the need to follow the rules of “Record>tour>break>record>tour>break.” You have to go back a couple decades, but you had the Funk Brothers, the Wrecking Crew, the M.G.s. Pure talent, pure class, pure integrity, and no need to try to become stars. The fact that they turn around and play with all these different acts on any given night, never pandering, and never sinking down to some lowest common denominator TV sidekick band schlock, and then say, “hey, let’s record an album as Elvis Costello’s backing band.” I love it. They’re just on the cutting edge of realizing there’s no “right way” to do it.