People will say that originality is overplayed: I disagree. While it may be virally impossible to do anything truly original within the pop music landscape, that does not mean that intermingling the definitive essences of two bands that really have nothing in common — and that may or may not even be verifiable influences on the band performing the music in question — isn’t going to be utterly mind-blowing. What am I even talking about? It’s this week’s Sunday Jam, the curiously named “Pollyanna,” which comes to us from the experimental progressive rockers called Visitors. Successfully combining the best of Yes‘ most LSD-ridden mindfuck prog meandering with Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Ferrell releasing his Id with wild abandon, this song is intense.
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Visitors is Ian Cooperstein (Vocals, Lapsteel), Bryan Lee (Drums), Ian Hilton (Guitar), Ty Brigman (Guitar), and Bassist Cameron Jorgensen, whose lyrical bass runs definitely recall those of the late, great Chris Squire, who is possibly the greatest progressive rock bass player of all time. Just being serious. “Pollyanna” can be found on Visitors‘ upcoming debut album, Crest, which is out on July 13th, 2018. Enjoy!
What up, Bitches! This week, London-based rockers Wolf Alice provide the Sunday Jam with their brand new music video for “Space & Time,” which was directed by the band’s lead singer Ellie Rowsell, wow! This video is remarkable for how much it coveys with very little need to know the backstory and virtually no bells and whistles to distract you from what is essentially 3 minutes and 17 seconds of Rowsell playing a runaway bride — and I must add I am impressed by her stamina! Aurally, “Space & Time” embraces a feverish, tribal punkiness that recalls a hybid of Kenickie and Siousxie and The Banshees. Yes, I just typed that. High fives all around on this one.
“Space & Time” can be found on Wolf Alice’s latest album Visions Of A Life, which is available now at all digital retail providers via Dirty Hit/RCA Records! Enjoy!
Wolf Alice Are: Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis
Hey Bitches, guess what? The ‘Gig has an extra special treat for your eyes and ears this week. One of my favorite humans on the planet, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumental and all-around Rock God, Jonny Polonsky, has a new album out now, and for today’s Sunday Jam we’ve got “Fresh Flesh,” the album’s title track and its accompanying, moody video just for you. You’re welcome. If you’ve been paying close attention to what bubbles just below the surface of what passes for modern rock these days, you already know that Jonny Polonsky is a Maverick Rock and Roll Genius and American Treasure. If you’re late to the party, do some quick reading on Polonsky’s wildly impressive background and get yourself schooled!
“Fresh Flesh” sounds to me like it would be right at home on the soundtrack of any David Lynch film. Jonny himself offers that it’s comparable to “what you get when you melt down Siouxsie and the Banshees with Tom Petty, and top it off with a guitar solo that’s as subtle as shaving with a sandblaster. “Fresh Flesh” is a slow motion slam dance at Dante’s death disco — a subterranean examination of what happens when a ride through the tunnel of love turns . . . strange.”
The album Fresh Flesh was recorded by Jonny and his band in just two days at Rick Rubin’s Shangri La Studios, and features special guest appearances from Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees), and Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), so you probably want to pick that up. Enjoy!
Happy New Year and welcome to the first Video Clip of The Week for 2018, which we are getting back to with great enthusiasm after taking an extended break over the Christmas holidays. I hope everybody had a good one. This week’s Sunday Jam comes from LA progressive rockers Perfect Beings, who offer up a curious but engaging animated clip for their song, “Mysteries, Not Answers.”
Fitting snugly in the cerebral twilight time between consciousness and sleep, “Mysteries Not Answers” is a soothing, minor chord lullaby that recalls Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson at his best. Visually, the story of an anthropomorphic Fox who falls asleep in front of the TV and dreams himself into a state of suburban fugue strikes the perfect balance of amusement and disquiet.
“Mysteries, Not Answers” can be found on Perfect Beings’ third full length release, Vier — a double album which is split into 4 distinct compositions (so prog), due out via Inside Out/Sony Music on January 19th, 2018. Enjoy!