Been following Mark Hoppus on Twitter and reading a lot of his posts. I’m getting pumped for Blink’s new album, and thought it would be a small token of my appreciation to post this as tribute.
The universe is full of unbreakable constants, like gravity, matter and energy. These things (in theory) should remain the same, unwavering and without recognition of time or nature. A universal constant is dependable and will always lead to the same results. In rock music, the Foo Fighters are a universal constant.
Since those Foo boys dropped a new album this week, they are the focus of my latest installment highlighting musicians. I’m actually listening to the new album, Wasting Light, as I’m writing this piece. I have this to say about it: If you are not tapping your foot by the 45th second of the first track of this album, then you are dumb, deaf or dead. I spoke of universal constants earlier, and rightfully so because Wasting Light (which is FF’s first new album in almost 4 years) delivers the same in your face rock style present on every Foo album since they formed in 1995.
The album is what you would expect of the Foo Fighters: power vocals, melodic choruses, tricky guitar work and interesting percussion. Foo fans will immediately pick up on a style that is both unmistakable and timelessly deliberate. They have found what works for engaging their audience and they will constantly reinvent and deliver. It should be noted that fans may find this album a bit more brutal than prior releases. The album features a few power-packed songs that absolutely feel like a musical kick to the face, which for those that don’t know, that’s a good thing.
Off topic of the new album, the Foo Fighters can be recognized as having something for everyone. With over 15 years on the music scene, it’s impossible to think of a time when they weren’t relevant to modern music. Even between their last album (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2007) and their newest, they released a greatest hits album with a new single, “Wheels”. Otherwise, they consistently release albums every 2-3 years, standard in the rock industry. Sure, the albums all feel similar, but within each microcosm is a great deal of variation. No matter which album you pick up, you’re not getting 10-13 of the same songs over and over. You’re getting a rich menu of diverse rock.
There is something for everyone in the history of the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is a modern day Jesus of rock as well as Satan in a Tenacious D movie…
Last night, my band had a show in Milwaukee. It was our first show with our newest member and second guitarist, and it went really well. We played covers by Blink 182, Green Day, Alkaline Trio, Fall Out Boy, Lit and a few other bands. There was a good sized crowd that interacted and made it a lot of fun. We opened for a band that’s been on hiatus for over a year, and they came back and rocked it! We have another show tonight and I plan on posting some videos in the next few days. For now, here’s a pic from last night and links to our facebook page as well as the band we opened for. You can also check us out on Youtube. If you’re ever in the Milwaukee area, The Saltshakers are definitely worth checking out!
So I said I wasn’t going to make this blog to pimp my band, and I’m not, but with shows coming up this Friday and Saturday, it’s all that’s on my mind. We’ve been getting a new guitarist up and running, and things are going well. Then in the last hour of our practice tonight, we started messing around with a new song and decided that we’re all going to practice on our own this week (since we have little time to get together to practice before the shows) and then play it live. It’s a simple song, and I’m confident we can pull it off, but it’s one more thing to consider. Hopefully it all goes well.
I meant to record some video for the blog, but obviously preparation for the shows comes first. So instead, a youtube video from an earlier show in my next post.
Hey, my name is Ryan. I’m a drummer who plays guitar, who enjoys singing and karaoke, who has enough equipment (but not enough arms) to be a full band, who loves music. Plain, simple.
I started playing drums the summer of 2000 as my friend (and life-long bandmate) Josh convinced me to join the high school band on the premise of “Hey, we’re going on a band trip next year.” I won’t lie and pretend I had any other motives for getting into music. Who doesn’t love a free vacation? I didn’t take it seriously at first, as most 16-year-olds are with everything. Life is funny like that, how the unforeseen consequences catch up with us. I didn’t expect to fall in love with sound, but it happened, and music is as much a part of my DNA as thymine. Biology nerds will get the reference, which reminds me…
Not only am I a musician, I am a nerd pretending to be a rock star. I can’t deny that I’ll see any movie with a dragon in it, or that I’ve played Magic: The Gathering (when I was in 8th grade…….), or that I dressed like a wizard for Halloween one year…. Damn, the more I go on, the more and more I wonder how I ever got a hot wifey! Which reminds me…
This is my wife: http://lindsayblahblah.tumblr.com/ She is my muse, a constant inspiration and source of encouragement for me. She’s basically the reason I’m here, both in life and tumblr. We’ve been married since October 2010, dating since 4/5/06, and soulmates long before we ever met. We enjoy many of the same things, same bands, same movies, etc. Which reminds me…
I’m not going to spell out everything. I don’t want to tell you everything about me all at once. I don’t want to pimp my band (too much). I don’t want to reduce my life to lists and categories and classes. Sure, once in a while I’ll break character, but not here, not on post #1. I will leave you with a few disclaimers. ’Til next time!
~I put a lot of stress on spelling and grammar.
~I’m a pervert.
~I hate discussing/acknowledging politics AND religion.
~I can get preachy and up my own ass from time to time.
~Nobody will think I’m funnier than I do.
~I’m not here to argue. This is entertainment for me, as it should be for you!
~Dick/poop jokes might happen. I never promised to be mature.
~Some of my posts might end in the middle of a