The only redeeming moment is the first 10 seconds, once it kicks in, its cheese. This belongs on that new Cure remix EP, with the other terrible ideas. B-sides, any of them, will fit here instead. The Scream. This song was almost there, but it goes nowhere to me.
A confused mess of epic guitars, big bass, and drums and over the top wailing from the chief. It reminds me of epic songs like "Im Watching Me Fall" or "The Promise" another song i didn't like too much , and it also reminds me, kind of, "Like Cockatoos" in the way that the song was quirky but went nowhere. Cool title though. Oh well. It's Over. Luckily, we are given a power house closer, which reminds me of "End" from Wish, where they just built a wall of sound and brought a heaviness to the song.
This song starts out with one of those old school shining moments from Simon Gallup on bass. The song is almost riffing and drumming like a metal song. Then Porl takes the guitar into outer space.
There is so much noise going on here, but luckily the band finally found a hook in it. Its really heavy. Probably the heaviest they ever sounded, but it is awesome. The song gets better and better, and doesn't wear out its welcome, and ends beautifully. No tricks, they just hit that last heavy chord and let it fade out. The end. So, what we have here is The Cure starting over. Bringing a half way decent album to the forefront of their overwhelming and gloomy discography. I think this is the beginning of the end for The Cure being the kings of gothy gloomy pop, but luckily we still get stong performances out of the members.
One thing to point out, and its a strength to the band. This record doesn't make the band sound tired. Its fresh for them. I just chose to take some of it and leave some of it. It is the Cure record they would have made if they were just getting started!!!! Here and Now. And the cover art kicks ass!!! I have been a fan of Shudder To Think for many, many years.
I first heard them in My punk rock perspective went right out the window. My first experience with this band was their legendary Dischord records album "Get Your Goat" and i have been an obsessed fan ever since, rapidly grapping everything that was available from them.
A few posts ago, I did a huge band biography, and I encourage you guys to go back to that and read it if you haven't already, because it gives you a real understanding of the magic that is Shudder To Think.
Considering that, I wil spare band history details. During the band's height, I only had one chance to see them that was aware to me at the time, and the date landed on the same day my band was playing a show. This was , when the band was touring with Pavement. Back then it was important to skip good shows to play your own. Who would have thought that they were on their way out eh? Man, have I regretted that decision on so many levels because in , Shudder To Think broke up, and I missed them.
Fast forward a decade. I was in and out of bands. Managed to put together a pretty successful one, one that was filled with influence from this amazing band, a band i would never see again. That is, until the fateful day I heard that most of the guys from the last album's line up were reuniting for a short tour with a few select dates, and one of those very few dates was actually around here!!!! I stopped breathing!!! So, my wife Sara and I, along with our good friend Rick who shares with me, the sad history of gigging and missing STT went to Philly for the day to see the sights of South Street, and maybe get a glimpse of the band early on.
A few hours before the show, we walked past the TLA Theater Of Living Arts where the band was going to play, and actually heard them doing a sound check, hearing the 2nd half of the song "Love Catastrophe"! We were going nuts. It was so exciting to hear it through the door.
Later on, we managed to spot Nathan Larson, who actually walked right past us, about 1 hour before show time. We were nervous I know, its silly so we didn't approach him.
We decided to just stand in the front of the TLA and just wait for the doors to open. Suddenly Craig Wedren walked right past us and went right into the venue. Rick and I were pointing to each other in blame saying "You should have said something" again, very silly. Finally Craig came back outside and Rick walked up to him to start a conversation. We quickly followed. Completely humble, cordial, down to earth, and incredibly easy to talk to.
He spoke to us with enthusiasm and really seemed to care about what we were saying to him. He asked us questions about music, and what were do, where we are from, etc, etc. It was really a great experience. So many times I have admired artists and have gained so much inspiration in what they do or have done. And then you meet your "heroes" and they end up making you feel like crap.
In this case, it was completely the opposite. He talked roller derby with my wife, and seemed interested when we answered his question of "Do you guys make music? I had it in my bag, but was too into the conversation to pull out the autograph stuff.
We did, however, manage to get some pictures together. So, anyway, onto the show. There is this amazing band from Philly called Pattern Is Movement. They opened for STT. This band is crazy. The vocals were awesome too. The guy sang like he was in church. It was just an odd mix and I was so excited watching these 2 guys. Once Shudder To Think took the stage, our nostalgia meter went into the red. The band sounded amazing. The original bassist Stuart Hill was missing in action, which i will admit put a damper on this for me.
That said, the addition of Mark Watrous on 2nd guitar, and Jesse Krakow on bass sounded amazing. Im not sure who these 2 dudes are, but they filled out the sound perfectly.
Nathan Larson wailed as usual, and Craig sang his ass off, as well as playing a 3rd guitar on stage. Kevin March, who played in the band on the band's final album was the drummer of the evening, and in my opinion was the only "not so great" part of the band's line up. Anyway, there was plenty of the punk energy from the early days, but at the same time this IS and the band knew this was a "greatest hits" concert. There are certain songs from the bands discography that I felt was imperative to play, and they didn't miss one from my list of absolutes.
Sara wanted to hear Red House,which I knew they were going to play. Oddly enough they opened with it. The show lasted about an hour and a half give or take, and we all sang along to every song. The band was clearly having a lot of fun, and the crowd seemed to be waiting as long as I was to sing along too. The experience was honestly, surreal. What else can I say? I got what i wanted. Nathan Larson in full rock action.
All in all, we got to experience a moment we thought was long gone, and we felt like we were 10 years younger. We finally got to hear those guys live, even if it was only most of them. And who knows, maybe this new incarnation of Shudder To Think will prove to the world they can still ride that sexy horse!!
Red House. Shake Your Halo Down. Hit Liquor. Love Catastrophe. Lies About The Sky. Jade Dust Eyes. She Wears He Harem. No Rm. Call Of The Playground. About Three Dreams. Day Ditty. Anger" and the big screen look at the band tripping over themselves, strangely titled "Some King Of Monster", i watched the one time metal heros fall apart. I really could not understand how a band of this magnitude could or would release an album that had so many flaws.
Even records like Load and Reload, although changing drastically in sound, had great production, and great performances by all. Losing Jason Newsted no doubt had its effect, sure, and then of course we have James Hetfield's long bout with rehab, that seemed in the movie anyway, to take his balls away.
Understandably, he needed to get the help and we are all glad he is clean and sober Well I am and honestly, no band, not even Metallica is worth doing, if. You have to be a junkie. You get clean, and then you lose your ability to kick ass, musically.
So, St. Anger comes out, I guess it does somewhat well, but nobody wants to say the obvious Metallica sounds tired, uninspired, and desperate to fit in with bands like Korn and the rest of the Nu-metal piss ants of current hard rock radio. Now, after a few long years, the band announced a new album.
The rumor is that Rick Rubin is producing it, and that the band pulled a ton of riffs out for this. Rumor also had stated that the band was going back to classic Metallica sound. Yeah right, im not falling for it again!!! Then, I heard the new album in its entirety. Yeah thats right Metallica, I "downloaded it". And I could not believe what i heard!!!! Here, in , nearly 30 years after their emergence, Metallica delivers one of the BEST records of their entire career!!! Not only are the rumors true, but the album gave way to so much more than I had originally suspected.
Gone are the annoying whinings of "St. Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist. Our customers love us! Join our , fans. Option - Sept. Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes. On the fourth release by art rockers Shudder to Think, Get Your Goat, the band created a record that with each additional spin reveals something new. The final studio album with guitarist Chris Matthews and drummer Mike Russell proved to be one of their most consistent.
The album also turned out to be the first step toward their trademark textured sound later achieved on Pony Express Record and 50, B. This would also be the last release for Dischord Records by Shudder to Think, as the group inked a deal with Epic afterwards. In Shudder To Think signed to Epic Records and released their opus Pony Express Record, an album still considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential albums of our time.
The band expanded their palate to include scoring films, and fused their angular intensity, with a cinematic depth and beauty which has gone on to inspire many young singers and song writers. We think Live From Home does a slam-bang job of representing, and in some cases toppling altogether, a lot of the original recordings. Live From Home tracklisting:. Hit Liquor from Pony Express. Brazen songwriting, like all great art, challenges even more than it entertains.
Shudder To Think embarked on a limited number of tour dates during which the band delivered some of the most compelling and potent shows of their career. See track listing below. With Ten-Spot, their first Dischord Records release in , Funeral at the Movies in and Get Your Goat in , the band continually mystified and exhilarated their fans with music, and style that pushed the boundaries of what a band from the hardcore punk scene could look and sound like.
In Shudder To Think signed to Epic Records and released their opus Pony Express Record, an album still considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential albums of our time.
The band expanded their palate to include scoring films, and fused their angular intensity, with a cinematic depth and beauty which has gone on to inspire many young singers and song writers.
We think Live From Home does a slam-bang job of representing, and in some cases toppling altogether, a lot of the original recordings. Live From Home tracklisting:. Hit Liquor from Pony Express. Love Catastrophe from Get Your Goat.
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