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Video Clip of The Week: Youth Worship, “Pink Snow”



All things considered, I am easy to please. Musically, it does not take a lot of bells and whistles to blow my mind. Sometimes all a band needs to do to impress me with its video is to rock hard and throw in some flashing, colored lights, and I’m good. So, I like this band, Youth Worship, and its video for the song “Pink Snow” — which, I admit, the title is what initially piqued my interest. Youth Worship, it is said, was born out of guitarist James Hanna’s desire to play a bunch of power chords through a Marshall stack. Mission accomplished.

To provide a little back story, James started a band called Asobi Seksu back in 2001. He was able to convince Asobi drummer Larry Gorman (Glassjaw, Orange 9mm) to join him in forming Youth Worship, and with the addition of second guitarist Will Donnelly, the NYC-based power trio played their first show in the winter of 2014.

To make an easy comparison, “Pink Snow” reminds me favorably of Deep Purple’s classic ’70s track “Space Truckin,” a song from my youth. I am not sure if it has anything to do with actual pink snow, or if that is some kind of euphemism for drugs, but when a song kicks this much ass, who gives a shit? “Pink Snow” can be found on the group’s recently released, self-titled debut EP (out now on Self Harm Records), but the band just finished recording their first LP (produced and engineered by James) — which features special guest appearances by members of the Japanese noise-rock band Boris, so you know it is going to be pretty crazy. Enjoy!

Youth Worship Band

Video Clip of The Week: Romero, “Take The Potion”



Stoner-metal riff monsters, Romero, have revealed their tongue-in-cheek new video for the title track from their recent album, Take The Potion. I’ve never really played video games but I can certainly appreciate this hilarious and spot on parody of the 1980’s NintendoLegend Of Zelda 8-bit video games. This video is a combination of classic 8-bit in an almost stop-motion style that is animated frame-by-frame — similar to the process originally used by South Park, which can be very tedious and time consuming!

The funniest thing is that this video made me recall a one-off band called The Advantage that, in 2006, made a record of covers of Nintendo Game Theme Songs. So genius.

Coincidentally, the video for “Take The Potion” was directed by Aaron Romero (no relation to anyone in the band, as none of them are named Romero), who has recently directed videos for Wolf Bites Boy, Iron Reagan, Rebel Flesh, The Renfields, and Ratbatspider. “Take The Potion” is a kick to watch and it’s refreshing to find a heavy band that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Visit Romero on the web and download their music at Romero is Loud Dot Com. Enjoy!

Romero Take the Potion CD Cover
Romero Take the Potion CD Cover

Video Clip of The Week: “Tame Impala” By Sunflower Bean

There might not be a more ingeniously clever way for a new band to get their song noticed than to name that song after one of the arguably best/most popular bands on the planet right now. Of course, I’m talking about Tame Impala (AKA Tim & Paula). Being all awash in fuzz guitars and psychedelic feedback, the Sunflower Bean tune “Tame Impala” serves as an emphatic homage to Kevin Parker’s Australian hypno-groove project, whether or not it actually has anything to do with that band. Like I’m saying, what a great marketing ploy!

This video might be best experienced if you still have an acid hangover from last night, but even if you’re stone cold sober you are going to appreciate whoever had the idea to drip what looks like a hot vanilla pudding over a shelf full of sports trophies, after raiding the inventory of prism tape wallpaper from the local art supply store. Strobe lights, mid-1970s Black Light Posters and a Plasma Sphere all purchased from Spencer’s Gifts at the local Mall complete the scene. I could watch this video all day!

Lead vocals on “Tame Impala” are shared alternately by guitarist Nick Kivlen who maintains the mellow, head-trippy vibe and bassist Julia Cumming, who adds her own punk (read: eardrum excoriating) edge. We also appreciate how the song takes off on a Black Sabbath-inspired Stoner Rock sojourn around the 2:26 mark. Heavy. And please note that drummer Jacob Faber bears a striking resemblance to a young Neil Peart! Ah, there is just so much to like about this young (teenage, even), Brooklyn based rock trio!

No word on a new /upcoming album just yet, but you can be their fan on FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!

Sunflower Bean Band
Sunflower Bean — The Band

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Gail in Print: Modern Drummer, May 2006

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters is looking all “stoner rock” on the cover of the May 2006 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Inside its fascinating, drum-riddled pages (and also on the web), you’ll find my update on drummer Tennessee Thomas of The Like. Please note that not only can Tennessee play some drums, she looks remarkably like my friend Jane (aka Hane).
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Tennessee “I Look Like Gail’s Friend Hane” Thomas

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Jane (Hane) and Colin at their Wedding, June 2006

Were they separated at birth? You tell me.