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”
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”
OK, bitches; it’s time to wake up! Coming on with no nonsense sturm und drang, and a lead-heavy groove reminiscent of Soundgarden or Alice in Chains in their prime, You And Me At Six bring us the visually seductive clip for “Night People” — the eponymous track off the British band’s upcoming fifth album. This is our first exposure to this excellent band — who’ve mastered the elusive art of making heavy music that doesn’t lose sight of the melody — but apparently they’ve been making an impact across the water for years now; having already scored three Top 5 albums, including a UK Number 1 on their last release, Cavalier Youth. Well-deserved, from the sound of it.
While “Night People” seems to be thematically celebrating the power and the pleasure of nighttime activity (let your imagination fill in the blanks), we would certainly love to see them make a million dollars/pounds and score a sweet licensing deal in which this song is used as an integral soundtrack element in any quality vampire flick. #MakeItHappen.
You And Me At Six will release Night People on January 13, 2017 through BMG. We can hardly wait. Enjoy!
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!