Monday, October 24, 2005

That's what The Weakerthans said about The Constantines

^^ That's what Chart said about the new Con's CD (and gave it 5 out of 5)

This is what I think:

Tournament of Hearts is a great CD, more mellow, more personal than the brilliant Shine a Light. The rhythmns on TOH are not quite as richly textured, as deeply layered as on SAL. For me, I miss that. I miss the purely visceral groove that SAL had running throughout the whole cd. TOH is wonderful, don't get me wrong, but I still swoon for SAL.

I love the Constantines. They first really came to my attention when they were touring with the Weakerthans. I had heard the odd song before but it didn't really register.So the band comes on stage and this clean-cut pleasant-looking young man steps up to the mic and out of his lungs booms this HUGE voice: deep, raspy, powerful. There's no way this choirboy should have the voice of a demon, but he does.

Bryan Webb's voice is indeed a staggering weapon, as Chart states. It pierces through my guts and plays havouc with my intestines whenever I hear it.

Generally I am drawn to male voices in music, with a few notable exceptions (Neko Case, Christine Fellows). And the voices I'm drawn to usually fall into two categories:

  1. open, friendly, slightly nasal voices, like John K Samson (the Weakerthans), Gordon Gano (the Violent Femmes), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie)
  2. genuinely beautiful voices, with wide vocal ranges and rich artistry, like Matthew Good, Rufus Wainwright, Hawksley Workman, Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

Oh I guess there's a third category, although it's accents more than voices. I love the posh little British accents of Brit pop, like Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Morrissey (the Smiths), Carl Barat (the Libertines)

... bloody shitcakes, did I ever go off on a self-absorbed tangent there ... sooo, Tournament of Hearts - it's still growing on me, it's the Cons so it's great, but I still love Shine a Light best of all.

Oooo, update - the Constantines are touring the UK with Sleater-Kinney in early November. Now that's an interesting collaboration. So, if you're in the UK, ummm, you could go see them ...


michelle said...

you invoked Death Cab for Cutie and Radiohead. you have to marry me now.

the constantines, cool, new music! i must check them out, my current tunes be stale. any suggestions?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha Michelle you be funny! All Radioheads always want to marry people who talk about Radiohead.
As for music picks, Shine a Light by the Constantines is stellar (but I did already go on and on about that one). Do you know the Weakerthans? If you like DCFC and Radiohead, chances are you'll like them. The have 3 albums, all fab: Fallow, Left and Leaving, and Reconstruction Site. And if you like Britpop, how about The Smiths? My fav cd is Strangeways Here We Come.
See what you've started?

Jas Bhambra said...

I though I'd take a break from scientific writing (it is making me verrry sleepy!) and check out the new swear word.
Schweinhund was easy, although I looked it up. So it means "swine" and I guess in more normal term dirty pig/bastard!!! Ha ha ha!!

Guess what the dictionary website is called where I looked it up: "QickDic"!! Ha ha ha, am I a pervert??!!!

Jas Bhambra said...

I forgot the "u" in Quick...

michelle said...

excellent, you have given me much media to get all giddy over! where do you get all this good music from, anyway? i'm so mainstream it hurts.

i'm not really a bore, i just play one in real life. hahaha. ha. h. Ehhh.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hey Michelle, I play a bore in real life too!
I blame my music addiction on my 14-year old. She knows more about music than anyone I know - any country, any era. She's amazing - brag, brag, brag, brag