Sunday, October 4, 2009
it's pronounced chow-day-uh....
what i'm going to do here is post some bands from new england in alphabetical order
why am i doing this?...because it's a sunday afternoon...i'm at home with nothing to do...and i can (coincidentally...clam chowder has been known to be found in a can...see...you can learn here at SGM as well)
and i know what most of you are already thinking: "clutch aren't from new england. last time i checked...maryland was...well...not in new england"
and i know that some of you had to actually google that business up
but they're close enough...and i want to post the album....deal with it
so get your crackers and spoon ready....
clutch - transnational speedway league... (released 1993)
DL: transnational speedway league
before they became the "stoner rock jam band" they are nowadays...they were more of a concoction of groove metal and hardcore tendencies...and if you hadn't seen a picture of frontman neil fallon before listening to this album you'd think he was a burly mountain man that would kill you if you looked at his beard the wrong way...COME ON MUTHAFUCKAH LET'S THROW DOWN! indeed
honkeyball - self-titled (released 1994)
right off the bat you can tell these boys from boston were fans of the above mentioned album as they mix that up an early alice in chains vibe...you can't listen to the song "kemosabi" and not think of clutch's "passive restraints" (which is found on the PASSIVE RESTRAINTS EP released back in 1992...so if you'll notice the dates on both albums....you'll see that may not be a coincidence)...but don't get me wrong...they were more than just clutch's little brother following them around being all like "me too! me too!"...on the band's later releases they took on a more varied sound...but the clutch is still there
non compos mentis - smile when you hate (released 1997)
DL: smile when you hate
the band's other album can be found here (and i suggest that if you don't already have it already...sop that shit up)...this band is/was something to be afraid of...there's just something very unhinged about them...and the music itself is just threatening...they could have very well given deadguy a decent run for their money (and there aren't many bands that i can say that about)...if the apocalypse were a tour...these folks would be closing the show
sam black church - boston ep (released 1992)
DL: boston ep
you can find one of the band's other albums here....this is one of those bands that as you're listening to them you find yourself thinking "man...i need to start a band"....from the buzzsaw sound of the guitar to the unhinged vocals (yes...i realize that i just used that term up there...but there's really no way to describe them as anything else) to the almost thrash-like drumming...as i'd stated in the review of their SUPERCHRIST album: this is the perfect melding of early clutch and the bad brains (before the dreadlocks fully took hold)...they also supply you with a cover of the jam "disco inferno"...you just can't stop until your spot gets hot
tree - downsizing the american dream (released 1996)
DL: downsizing the american dream
i'd recently unearthed this album by going through some old crap on the computer...and it had been awhile since i'd listened to it...and there's good cause for that...now what i'm about to say may ruffle a few feathers and whatnot...but honestly...this band really didn't do all that much for me...they sound like so many other bands...a not so tough guy biohazard...older rollins band...and i don't know why....but they remind me of the nu metal band reveille (they're not rappy like they were...i think it might be the vocals)...and some older life of agony....and here's a bit of trivia for you all: they cover the all american anthem "this land is your land" with some help on vocals by a one keith morris and minnie driver...that's right...she of GOOD WILL HUNTING fame...crazy but it's true....so why am i posting this if i don't really like it all that much?....for you of course...as i'm sure there are a few of you out there that would want this