Punk http://blog.stingray.com/punk en Always Ascending by Franz Ferdinand http://blog.stingray.com/review-always-ascending-franz-ferdinand <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Always Ascending by Franz Ferdinand</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/65" lang="" about="/user/65" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Noémi</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/13/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Instagram:</strong> <strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/franz_ferdinand/?hl=en" target="_blank">@franz_ferdinand</a> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/Franz_Ferdinand" target="_blank">@Franz_Ferdinand</a> Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/officialfranzferdinand/" target="_blank">@officialfranzferdinand</a></strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>“I want to make music that will make the blood surge in your veins, music that will get people up and dance.”</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>- Alex Kapranos</strong></p> <h3><strong>A memorable + entertaining fifth album</strong></h3> <p>The noughties were the years of the great British indie debut: The Libertines, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys – and Franz Ferdinand. Franz were the post-punk indie titans that forced the world to view Britain as a melting-pot for anthemic and literary rock. Their 2004 self-titled debut is still, to this day, regarded as one of the defining albums of a generation.</p> <p>Five years since their last album (<em>Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action)</em>, <em>Always Ascending</em> gushes with characteristic lurching tempo changes, scream-along choruses, and glossy hooks. Don’t worry Franz fans; you’ll be delighted by Alex Kapranos’s signature approach to songwriting: clever analogies, hilarious observations, and wry humor.</p> <h3><strong>Franz wants you to dance! (And you will.)</strong></h3> <p>The opener "Always Ascending" is quintessential Franz – a blend of jagged guitar riffs supported by a seductive Kapranos’s cynical and poetic lyricism. It’s a defiant icebreaker that conveys a stark message (you’ll see) – this is Franz back doing what they do best. Such a funnnn track.</p> <p>The second track "Lazy Boy" is Franz’s dark take on dance-rock, propelled by funky-groovy guitar licks, and showcases the band’s mastery of walking the fine line between pop and rock.</p> <h3><strong>Four albums into 1</strong></h3> <p>Lyrically and thematically the album takes and merges the best elements of all four previous albums. Kapranos’s sharp inspired imagery and lyrical witticisms have never been better, whether he’s mocking the Tinder generation on “Glimpse of Love”: “I need love, so someone better bring me a photographer,” or using a lazy boy as a metaphor for the redundancy of pop.</p> <p>Album highlight "Huck and Jim" is the most poignant track. It’s a rare moment displaying the Franz lead singer at his most political. It starts slowly with Kapranos’ contemplative vocal riding alongside a warped guitar-line before the tempo pitches forwards for the chorus: “We're going to America yeah / We're gonna tell them about the NHS / When we get there we'll all hang out / Sipping Buckie with the boys”</p> <p>Alex explained it best during a Rolling Stones interview: “This the most American thing we've ever done sonically. We love the NHS and it's being dismantled in the U.K., and it's what I talk about with a lot of my American friends, the idea of healthcare and the idea that it's the heart of civilization. And then I wanted to pick a character from history or literature or my experience that sums up America and the first figure that popped in my head was Huckleberry [Finn] – and then I realized that, 'Well, that book's not just about him, but it's about him and Jim.' Yeah, those two figures sum up America in quite a few ways.”</p> <p><em>Always Ascending </em>is a staggering return to form for the quartet, the sound of Franz Ferdinand coming home after a five-year-long absence – with the right words and the right music. They’re <em>always ascending</em>.  Love you forever, guys.</p> <p><b>Best tracks: </b></p> <ul><li>Always Ascending</li> <li>Lazy Boy</li> <li>Finally</li> <li>Lois Lane</li> <li>Huck and Jim</li> </ul><p><strong>Franz it up on <a href="https://music.stingray.com/mobile-music-streaming?utm_source=referral&amp;utm_medium=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_content=album-review-franz-ferdinand" target="_blank"><em>Stingray Music</em></a>: </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most important stories in music. 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Let’s get halloweird.</p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="motley crue shout at the devil" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f180caea-26dc-4786-b303-b70d0066af80" height="252" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/motley-crue-shout-at-the-devil_0.jpg" width="253" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>10. “Shout at the Devil” by Mötley Crüe </strong></h3> <p>End the night with the Crüe that out-rocked and out-partied everybody. What’s better than fist-pounding hard rock/pop-metal? That’s a rhetorical question, FYI. Jump and shout to hellish guitar riffs, hard-hitting drumming, and punk screams. Halloween’s not over yet.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="cranberries no need to argue" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ed773d5d-2abe-4839-8d62-cb1ab7e5d72b" height="248" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/cranberries-no-need-to-argue_0.jpg" width="248" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>9. “Zombie” by The Cranberries </strong></h3> <p>Alternative rock at its best with undertones of underground rock. Take a break from your candy binge and feast your ears with “Zombie”: an amalgam of distorted guitar, psychedelia, goth-rock, and angst-ridden lyrics sung by unique Dolores O’Riordan.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="rolling stones beggars banquet" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4b54ab58-ff23-4052-b429-92bd2e58ef59" height="222" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/rolling-stones-beggars-banquet_0.jpg" width="248" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>8. “Sympathy For The Devil” by The Rolling Stones </strong></h3> <p>This song stirred up so much controversy about Satan worshipping, satanic cults, and occult signs. Even if The Rolling Stones aren’t agents of Lucifer, “Sympathy For The Devil” is a Halloween rockin’ classic that may or may not summon the Devil himself. That being said, if he shows up in your living room, say hi for me? Thanks.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="rosemarys baby soundtrack" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d756b82f-effe-4604-af82-d5a661e0e885" height="235" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/rosemarys-baby-album_0.jpg" width="235" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>7. “Theme from “Rosemary’s Baby” Robert J. Walsh </strong></h3> <p>Roman Polanski’s 1968 Rosemary’s Baby is – hands down – one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. Filled with unconceivable danger, it’s a must-see eerily macabre suspense. Composer Robert J. Walsh elicits genuine haunting sounds and melodies that’ll make your skin crawl.  </p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="beetlejuice danny elfman" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="afc85424-776a-4c9a-a922-e5e2908b06ce" height="231" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/beetlejuice-soundtrack_0.jpg" width="231" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>6. “Beetlejuice” composed by Danny Elfman</strong></h3> <p>Michael Keaton the cantankerous demon. A black and white striped suit. Rotting skin. Lines like: “I’m a ghost with the most, babe”, “Dead. Dead, dead, deadski”, and “Go ahead, make my millennium”. Take a trip down memory lane with the opening credits song from Tim Burton’s gothic cartoonish classic.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="eagles" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c5265524-bc78-4a8c-b309-4ca47cc8c1e8" height="228" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/The_Eagles_-_The_Eagles_0.jpg" width="226" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>5. “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles </strong></h3> <p>Besides being Elaine’s suggestion to her boyfriend for a song they could share on a <em>Seinfeld</em> episode, “Witchy Woman” is an unadulterated rock ’n’ roll song with gritty chants that you’ll love. What are you waiting for? Invite a few witches to your party, even if they’re known to <em>fly off the handle</em> every now and then.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="thriller michael jackson" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="faed53f9-a16e-48f6-bc59-40fe67b1151b" height="224" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/thriller-michael-jackson_1.jpg" width="224" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson </strong></h3> <p>Does this even require a description? Fact: Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. Fact: His 1982’s <em>Thriller</em> shattered every music record on the books. This classic encompasses beautifully simple, yet sneakily complex melodies that make it an absolute thrill to listen to time and time again. (Feel like watching the clip? It’s featured on <a href="https://videostars.stingray.com/" target="_blank"><em>Stingray Retro</em></a> ?)</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="talking book stevie wonder" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="850c89e6-b549-41f6-9711-f54c5fcaf962" height="222" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/talking-book-stevie-wonder_1.jpg" width="222" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>3. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder </strong></h3> <p>Don’t walk under a ladder or cross paths with a black cat! Wonder explores the dangers of superstition and creates the best clavinet melodies you’ll ever come across. The opening drum line literally drips with groove and feels. Beware! Listening to this classic = 7 years of bad luck.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="highway to hell ac/dc" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1333f68e-f2eb-4f77-8bfd-fdae591cc806" height="199" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/highway-to-hell-ac-dc_2.jpg" width="218" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>2. “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC </strong></h3> <p>“Livin’ easy, livin’ free, season ticket on a one-way ride”: that first line still sends chills down my spine. Infectious + crunchy guitar chords, oh-so deliciously crisp hi-hat, and Bon Scott’s high-pitched turbocharged voice are the perfect combination for a powerfully high voltage Halloween party.</p> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-flex"> <div class="column-flex third"> <p><img alt="we" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="72488968-9371-41b6-b612-2104aa21674e" height="220" hspace="2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/welcome-to-my-nightmare-alice-cooper_1.jpg" width="220" class="align-left" /></p> </div> <div class="column-flex 2-third"> <h3><strong>1. “Welcome to My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper </strong></h3> <p>It is impossible to not include Alice Cooper for a Halloween Top 10. His music not only perfectly embodies mayhem and horror, but the long-time rocker’s intensity has taken guitar riffs and pop-metal to a whole other level over the last 20 years. “Welcome to My Nightmare” shuffles disco and hard rock in a matter of five minutes. 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Cain plays his instrument in such a creative way, both looking back on punk’s history while redefining its sound.</p> <p>And then there’s singer <strong>Mike Patton</strong>, famous for the album <em>Mondo Cane</em>.  Patton continuously pushes boundaries through collaborations with Fantômas, John Zorn (check out the album <em>Moonchild</em>), and Rahzel. I’m a fan of his and have followed his career from the Faith No More days to Mr. Bungle.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>So much for the band, but what about the music? </strong></p> <p><em>Dead Cross</em> will probably be the loudest, craziest, and angriest record you’ll hear this year. It’s punk hardcore at its best.</p> <p>The band is tight, uncompromising, and incredibly effective; the perfect trifecta of old school punk, hardcore, and mathcore. Every song has intricate musical patterns that are rounded off by Patton’s searing vocals. His voice brings something uncommon to a hardcore album beyond an incredible range. Hearing him pull off vocal acrobatics that grazes the operatic (half-singing and half-shrieking) is different for a record of this kind. In the words of Dave Lombardo: “It’s his harmonies which I enjoy the most.”</p> <p>Dave, Justin, and Michael drive the music, while Patton makes sure everything derails more than strictly necessary. The band stays in harmony throughout the album’s 28 minutes (to put things in perspective, Slayer’s <em>Reign in Blood</em> lasted 29 minutes.) That is not to say that Dave or his bandmates are returning to their roots. Throughout each of these musicians’ career, they’ve had punk in their blood, and this album is living proof.</p> <h3>Listen to <a href="https://deadcross.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">Dead Cross</a> on <a href="https://music.stingray.com/" target="_blank"><em>Stingray Music</em></a></h3> <p><a class="button link" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0093" target="_blank">Best Metal of the Year</a></p> <p><a class="button link" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0094">It Might Get Loud</a></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most important stories in music. 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Here are his favorite punk songs.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Ramones – Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World</strong></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z6Xae9jsqxU?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Thundering through this track like a bull, Marky Ramone takes a cue from early Art Blakey circa “Holiday for Skins”. The quartet also takes a turn for the unexpected with, not only a rhythm change, but a whole new theme bringing its 2 chord approach to 4.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Minor Threat – It’s in my Eye</strong></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D6to2A4kbJs?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>As per jazz’s great divide between East and West, Minor Threat could not have been formed on the golden shores of the Pacific. This sense of righteous urgency was the driving force behind bebop, where straight edge counterbalances Birdland’s strict “no dancing” rule.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Fidlar – White on White</strong></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LaDAl5q4llQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>The psychedelic and repetitive approach of Fidlar on this seminal self-titled album should’ve come out on CTI records in 1972. We’re talking VSOP/Freddie Hubbard slap-in-the-face-and-make-me-listen music.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Devo – Gut Feeling</strong></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cwx_Qq56YTA?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Devo came on the scene, ushering in new wave like Grover Washington with smooth jazz. A whole new genre was born and people could dance in clubs without the fear of getting hurt by crashing into studded jackets.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lightning Bolt – Assassins</strong></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1Rha2EeCSu0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Jazz took a turn for the weird in the ‘60s with Ayler, Coleman, and ultimately Coltrane. The music became a vehicle for one’s cosmic spirituality, an international, transcendental language everyone could tune in to. Raw, intense, dangerous, bewitching: Lightning Bolt.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/punk" hreflang="en">Punk</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/discover" hreflang="en">Discover</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2017-06/maelle-ramsay-195040.jpg" width="4897" height="3265" alt="Maelle Ramsay&#039; picture" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:03:41 +0000 Pierre-Jean 96 at http://blog.stingray.com