Somehow, it seems we’ve ripped the pages
out of 21 calendars since Braid roared out of Champaign, Ill., with a
Post Punk/Emo sound that deftly combined dissonance and melodicism,
thundering heaviness and lightning heat, stuttering time signatures and
If fame and fortune were merely
by-products of well-placed connections, Blues guitarist Patrick Sweany
would have a kidney-shaped pool filled with Dom Pérignon and he’d be
ducking the paparazzi every time he walked out the front door.
As the music recording business continues
to shrink, the music merchandising business continues to grow. In the
last few years, one of the most unusual burgeoning merch trends has been
bands attaching themselves to alcoholic beverages.
There is a very particular bit of artist-centric evidence that determines the ostensible success of an album. Everybody’s Feelin’ Real,
the new release from Cincinnati Funktronica legend Freekbass, is packed
like a Kardashian’s overstuffed suitcase with that specific proof.
“Feel the Chill,” the first song on Blitzen Trapper’s latest, 2013’s succinctly titled VII, finds the Portland, Ore., outfit in new territory — it sounds like Kid Rock doing Mellow Gold-era
Beck covers, its funky beats, harmonica flourishes and Southern-fried
guitar lines almost enough to inspire dance-floor movement.
Supergroups are problematic in that egos
and talent levels tend to cancel each other out, and musical
combinations that sound good in theory often implode in the execution
phase. The other musical construct that can be fraught with its own
particular series of pitfalls is the
musician-carrying-on-the-family-name scenario. Royal Southern Brotherhood would seem to
be flying in the face of a boatload of potential negatives as their
lineup reflects both situations.
Matt Pryor maintains a creative pace that
would give the most hyperactive Type A personality an inferiority
complex. The vocalist/guitarist started off in the Ska/Punk band Secret
Decoder Ring two decades ago. When that band dissolved in 1995, he
formed The Get Up Kids with the Pope brothers and Jim Suptic from fellow
Kansas City locals Kingpin.