the white stripes

July 27, 2016 7:15 pm

Have you ever watched The Music Man? A brilliant film from the era of great musicals. The soundtrack is inspirational and it is quite the timeless movie. The main characters, Harold Hill and Marian Paroo, are a wonderful duo and bring a lot of life to the movie. Production artist Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol are huge fans of The Music Man and took the main characters’ names for their electronic and R&B duo band calling it Marian Hill.

The sound that comes from songs like Lips and One Time may sound very generic at first, almost bland, but if given time to really soak in, the are many surprises. There is a lot of talent here between the two and the also often get the help from their jazz friend Steve Davit.  There is something really special here.

It is not special because of the powerful lyrics or good beats alone, it comes from the beautiful mix of them together. Gongol has a sweet voice that give the appearance of innocence, while piercing the ears with deep emotion that surpasses the normal filters and can mean so much more if carefully listened too. Lloyd compliments her perfectly. His production capabilities rivals OK Go and Flume in my opinion, simple and creative on level that only those who carry music in their blood can wield.  

I can’t stress enough how bland I thought their music was at first, I listened to it in the background of my other work and playing games and was totally unimpressed. BUT after listening to it more, the true beauty and power manifested itself. Their debut album ACT ONE is a demonstration to the world what true creativity can and should be, like the master duos The White Stripes and Matt and Kim, creativity is their most powerful tool.

I highly recommend “I Want You,” “Lips” and “I Know Why” to really see these two at work. I hope you’ll enjoy their music because I know I’ll be listening to it for the rest of the year. Here is “Down,” another great example of their stunningly amazing talent.

February 24, 2016 12:05 am

I have a playlist of songs that I’d listen to if I were ever on the front lines of a war. I’m pretty sure most of today’s soldiers blast music under their helmets, and I always wonder what I would want pumping through my ears in the heat of battle. What would push me to succeed? To fight harder or smarter or better. What if it was the last thing I ever heard?

So I made a war playlist, and Wolfmother was the first thing on it. Sprinkle in some MuseRATM, and the like and you got yourself something real, something awesome. I listen to it on the highway or while doing a particularly aggressive load of laundry. Every so often I add a song here and there, but not until Wolfmother’s new album, Victorious, did I consider adding all 10 songs from the album at once, but I seriously might.

Just check out the title track, a screaming headbanger, a triumphant, anthemic force of energy. Creative genius Andrew Stockdale (and whoever is playing around him these days) is back to the “rollicking, galloping beats and big riffs” that Wolfmother is known for. Many of these tracks could be your new favorite pump-up song. The notable exception is called Pretty Peggy, an acoustic ballad reminiscent of their previous “love-song,” Vagabond.

It’s as if Stockdale took all his most popular songs and rewrote them with different words and music, but the same look and feel. Like when you go to the west coast and realize their mayonnaise has a different name. Sure it feels a little off, but you still slather it around your sandwiches and whip it into your deviled eggs. New look, same great taste!

The most amazing thing about Wolfmother through the years is how they consistently sound like fifteen different bands all at once. Everyone from Black Sabbath to The White Stripes, Zeppelin to Jet, Kings Of Leon to Queens of the Stone Age. And somehow–despite numerous lineup changes and artistic bullshit–they maintain the same generic timelessness we’ve come to expect, even after a decade or so of aggressive, high-octane awesomeness. Impressive.

Wolfmother is currently on tour to support the album, stopping by NYC’s Webster Hall on March 4th. They’ll continue throughout the US and Canada until April 1st, play in Europe for 6 weeks, and then finish the tour in NJ at the end of May. See them before they go back down under!