I’ve been listening to things in a new way recently. Not only have I been introduced to a lot of new music and been reminded of some stuff I’d forgotten about but I feel I have been encouraged to listen a little deeper to what’s going on. Even beyond listening to the production and the drum sounds used I’m trying to get more into the attitude of the music.
I don’t normally plug things on this blog but I have to give a shout out to The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project. It’s a podcast that I started listening to and I absolutely love it. They go behind the music and have awoken a new attitude in me so I can’t thank them enough.
On a podcast I listened to recently they were talking about a band called The Replacements. Now pardon my ignorance but I had never heard of them before, but as they’re talking I thought I’d better check them out. I’m quite glad I did. They’re not breaking into my top bands of all time but having had the background information from the podcast I feel I enjoyed and understood it more than I would have. Even on the first listen I got the performance but if you pull it a part to the standards we hear most of the time on the radio/tv, it isn’t polished, his vocal isn’t very good and the sound is raw. But its great. It has energy and they mean every bit of it.
Compare this with what is pushed into the mainstream these days, how much can you honestly say has that bite and drive and passion? I think there’s a lot to be said for the throw it on the tape and leave it there mentality. It’s a different mindset to me, I’ve grown up musically, for better or worse, in the ‘we’ll do another take’ or in the last 10 or so years, ‘we’ll fix it in pro tools’ camps. But what if we just left it? Just do one take, leave it all in, warts and all and let people hear it. Is that something you’d like to hear from us or do you like the approach we take now?