For non-Europeans Eurovision is a litle hard to explain, but imagine
a karoake contest where the electorate (and candidates) belong to
rival in-bred feuding families. That might certainly give you some
the feeling of the inter-nation friction, and for added confusion the
singers and bands cover such a broad range of music that direct
comparison is nigh-on impossible.
Despite this however there are clearcut winners, one is this year's entry from Finland, Lordi.
Ok, the contest is not until tomorrow night, but how can these guys fail to win? They ROCK!!
Well, I thought I had been here before, and heading back into the mists of blog-time I’ve found that I was raving (or was it ranting?) about them back in April 2003. As I still like and listen to the guys, I believe they are very worthy recipients of the band of the week award.
This week’s band are Swedish classic rockers Hoof. With hints of Deep Purple, Hendrix and a significant nod in the direction of the funky Paice, Ashton and Lord, Hoof are original and they’ve got a bundle of great tracks available for download on their website.
I’ll start with the oldest set of tracks, So Long. The slowest set of tracks, melodic, and almost Doors like (I’m a big Hammond organ fan), these three tracks from 2002 featured an early lineup of the band, the full history of the band being available on their excellent website. My favourite of this set being And You Are There the third track.
There’s also a third set of songs – Live In Replokal. These won’t win any awards for musical fidelity being unmixed and merely recorded on a single stereo microphone at Hoof’s rehearsal studios, but they prove that Hoof can actually play and are a tight and together band, rather than the product of some painstaking studio work piecing together samples.
Hoof are smart guys, they’re the only TPN Rock featured band I’ve seen so far using Last.fm to promote their music, surely this is an obvious route for small bands to get their music heard?
So, in summary, great band, superb tunes, stylish website, the only downside being they don’t seem to gig very often. Next time they play in Stockholm I’m very tempted to grab a cheap flight and beg some floor space from Gustaf for the night (in exchange for a few beers, natch).
Yet another top band, it’s going to be tough finding something for next week, or is it?
Can I solo artist be "band" of the week, sure, it's my
category, what I say goes!
Just to muddy the water further, Arthur's actually more of a song writer
than a full-on rock star, and he didn't even play on Cool Creek his most famous track to date, but
with a tune this good that really doesn't bother me, and it's an
admirable bit of ego-control by Arthur. Cool Creek appeared on TPN Rock 15
and can be downloaded (alomg with 9 other cracking tracks) from Arthur's weblog,
personally I'm really looking forward to hearing the other 11 tracks
recorded by the guys.
So here's part 1 of an irregular "band of the week" slot on
Feet up. Funnily enough most of my
choices will be pretty similar to the criteria for inclusion on
podcast, the band have to fit one or more of the three U's:
Under-appreciated, unsigned, and unknown. To which I'll add one
proviso; if the band doesn't have at least 2-3 downloadable mp3's
I'll probably not mention them, after all, how can I recommend someone you
can't listen to?
I'm going to start the series with a great Danish rock band, the
they've featured on TPN Rock a couple of times now, first on
and just last week on
with the very appropriately timed Apollo 13
- for those of you with heads in the sand, Nasa were having yet another
potential space disaster at the time the podcast aired...
Good stuff, I'd love to catch these guys live, good all-around
listening, not too heavy or dull and pretty varied to boot.