A bowler hat he wore, his eyes became obscured, his teeth were telescopes,
you should have seen his legs were the rolling rivers, they call him the forgiver although he cannot forgive
With the proliferation of the hardware and software to allow any musician to record and master an album, we have entered exciting and refreshing times in music. There are many people making music now, without the help of a label and it's marketing machine. Enter the music blog. Once your blog is established... bands, labels, and even your friends will send music for submission. My inbox gets stuffed with links to bandcamp and soundcloud. NOT complaining, but it's tough to get through it all. As a necessity, I must only allocate a brief read and listen and move on if I wish to clear the unread messages in one sitting. Sometimes though, something catches my eye or ear, and I settle in for a more in-depth discovery.
|Laura Roslin, President of the 12 Colonies|
I quickly load up track two off Petrushka , the yet to be released LP from the band Honeytrap, and take a listen.
Download Honeytrap - Roslin Is A Cylon
The sound of the song, and much of the album, is unconventional in many ways, yet strangely familiar. An Eastern European sound combined with Folk and Rock, much like Gogol Bordello, but with a Pop sensibility that will likely allow them that crossover factor that is so important today.
David Bowie is a fan, and sums up the band well in this quote taken from the The Times:
Balkan-inspired slice of craziness... Puts me in mind of some of Camper Van Beethoven's finer moments.
Oh yeah! Camper Van Beethoven! The side project of lead singer, and co-founder of the band Cracker! Damn that Bowie is good. It's a good thing HE doesn't have a music blog!
Curious about the origins of the song and expecting a BSG fan's fantastical analysis of some episode where a clue was found pointing to the possibility of Roslin secretly being a Cylon (she isn't) and using her presidency as a way to undermine the fleet (she didn't), lead me to shoot an email off to the band.
"Big Dan" (guitar/vox) was the author of this particular song, and quickly replied back with an explanation. Sadly, no BSG fan was found, but the story was interesting none the less.
I guess there was no point in asking if he was disappointed in the ending of the BattleStar series. (frown)
Sometimes it's a song title, or an album cover...but to an up-and-coming band to get noticed, takes a bit of luck sometimes. Luckily for me, I noticed a song title and discovered a great band in the process.
You can pre-order the album Petrushka on Honeytrap's BandCamp site. I suggest you do...unless you are some sort of Skin Job?