Sunday, July 30, 2006
Dear all marketing and publicity companies that send me e-mails: My bad. I realize I haven't checked my e-mails in a good long time. I have over 150 e-mails on one address, and over 60 at the other. That's alot of music. I didn't know quite where to begin, so I just started from the top of the pile. I've never heard of Ladyhawk, but apparently these guys have (they always beat me to the punch). Ladyhawk is from Vancouver, Canada (yes, that place right above us that seems to keep putting out better music than us despite being handicapped by snow and irrelevance). I came across three songs, all of which have been playing in my iTunes all day. I can sit here and say that these guys sound like Spoon (Ryan at Good Hodgkins described them as a blend of Neil Young, The Replacements, Okkervil River, and Wolf Parade) or some other band, but the truth is I can't put a finger on their sound. They seem to be more classic rock'n'roll then indie-pop, but, to be honest, they sound like a band that doesn't quite care. This is not a bad thing. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Their laid-back approach to production and (judging by their press photos) overall cleanliness makes for a dirty, interestingly unique sound. I recommend checking all these songs out, especially "War", whose beginning sounds eerily close to "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" by Sufjan, but then definitely goes in a different direction. Ladyhawk - War [highly rec'd] Ladyhawk - The Dugout Ladyhawk - My Old Jacknife [rec'd] Also check out their video for "My Old Jacknife", which just seems to be a clip of Kelly "not relevant anymore" Osbourne "dancing" and being interviewed at some club. Strange, but somehow fitting. -Zack PS: I have an opportunity to do an interview with Aberdeen City next week. I wouldn't mind doing it, and I dig their sound, but I want to know if any of you are interested in what they have to say. If you are, leave a note in the comments or feel free to e-mail some questions you want answered by the band to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be sure to pass them along.