I never felt the urge to embrace “Grunge” as a fashion trend or social movement, but there is no arguing the fact that a number of the bands associated with that era remain favorites of mine to this day. The music of Soundgarden, in particular, was life-changing for me, and was a huge influence on my early writing career. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that I had a ridiculous crush on vocalist Chris Cornell — but who didn’t? He was truly beautiful — the definition of a Rock God, if you ask me – and his sudden passing in May of 2017 was devastating on many levels. This week, we will pay homage to Chris with the new Video Clip for “When Bad Does Good,” which provides the soothing comfort for a heartache that you may not even realize you had. Continue reading Video Clip Of The Week: Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good”
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Chris Cornell Memorial Video Clip of The Week: Soundgarden, “Outshined”
I got up feeling so down
I got off being sold out
I’ve kept the movie rolling
But the story’s getting old now, oh yeah
I just looked in the mirror
And things aren’t looking so good
I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota, oh yeah Continue reading Chris Cornell Memorial Video Clip of The Week: Soundgarden, “Outshined”
Video Clip of The Week: Inglorious, “Unaware”
Here at The ‘Gig, we like to show our flexible sense of aesthetics by changing up the Sunday Morning Video Clip between soft songs that sooth, and (because getting out of bed is hard) slightly more strident tunes to gently kick your ass into gear. Today we are going with the latter category. If you count yourself among the many hard rock fans who cry out for heavy music that hasn’t forgotten its melodic sensibilities, then you’ll want to know more about UK Rockers Inglorious, who bring us this week’s clip, “Unaware.” All I can say is that I am glad to be no longer ‘unaware’ of this great band!
Managing to sound both contemporary and classic simultaneously, Inglorious remind me so much of Soundgarden (which has a lot to do with vocalist Nathan James’ Chris Cornell-quality set of pipes) only with more consistently appealing songwriting. And you know that can’t be bad. “Unaware” is a bold, modern metal anthem that is equal parts exultant and menacing; the kind of song that embiggens (look it up) you to play it way too loud, just so your upstairs neighbors can hear what a badass you are. I bet they are fucking insane live.
Visually, the clip is showy without being ostentatious, featuring both live performance clips of the band, on stage against screen projections of nocturnal urban landscapes, and James prowling a well-lit concrete corridor and (as Hendrix so succinctly put it) “Comin’ Ta Git Ya!” Come and get me, baby.
Inglorious also includes rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson and drummer Phil Beaver, and “Unaware” can be found on the band’s self-titled debut album, which was just released on February 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. RIYL: Soundgarden, Dio, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam’s First Album. Enjoy!
Happy Birthday, Chris Cornell!
Unexpected Hotness: Munky from Korn
Munky: I Would Do It
No one who really knows me would ever accidentally accuse me of being a fan of the band Korn. Being a happy and well-adjusted person who does not really enjoy listening to a lot of screaming (exception: anything by Ministry), their music is not really my bag. But my friend Ray Luzier has been Korn’s drummer for about three years, and it’s been at least that long since I’ve seen Ray, since he lives in LA and I live here in NYC. So, when Korn’s new record label, the great Roadrunner Records, invited me to attend a listening party for the band’s upcoming CD: Korn III: Remember Who You Are (in stores July 13, 2010), and I heard that not only would Ray be there but that also the catering would be provided by Dos Caminos (such delicious food they have) I decided I could not miss this opportunity to make the scene. Continue reading Unexpected Hotness: Munky from Korn