New Band Alert: Hinds (AKA Deers)

Watch out for the Spanish indie four-piece girl band straight from Madrid. These ladies are called “Hinds”. They used to be called “Deers” but after legal issues they were asked to change their name due to a small confusion with another band, hence why they are now called Hinds. You might know them, you might not, they’re only a few months old, so they are quite new to the scene. Their music sounds very good, laid back, happy and a bit dreamy. They’ve actually made it on NME’s top-ten to watch for 2015, so we better keep an eye on these Spaniard ladies.

You should check out their Soundcloud for some cool tunes.

This song’s a good example of the good stuff that they do, it’s very lighthearted and even fun to listen to. It sends off the good fuzzy vibes that we all want every morning before work/school after a chilled weekend.

Album Review: Hateful of Hollow- The Smiths (10/10)

I never really got those Smiths vibes until I fully listened to them in their album “Hateful of Hollow”, it’s not their only amazing album of course, it was just the first one that I was able to find which had songs I had heard previously (Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, Handsome Devil and This Charming Man).

As I dug deeper into this album, each song stood for something making some kind of statement even if some of the songs could be perceived as vague. Songs like “Girl Afraid”, “What Difference Does It Make”, and “William It Was Really Nothing”. These songs are unique in their own way , Johnny Marr’s riffs are outstanding and this is one of the main things that drove me into falling in love with the Smiths primarily. Also, Morrissey’s lyrics have gained a special place in my heart in general, every song has this impressive set of lyrics that are a masterpiece. People need to know how good the Smiths are in general!
Morrissey always teaches me different lessons of life with his raw lyrics, not only in this album but in the majority of his albums and Smiths’ albums. He has this tendency of making his lyrics humorous, ironic and tragic with a slight touch of hope, and it all depends on how you’re feeling when you listen to his romantically flowing voice. It’s important to consider the actual greatness of “This Charming Man” because I find the lyrics to be so significant, touching upon the subject of homosexuality in a very non-pushy manner, which can be complicated to achieve. I really enjoy the fact that the song can be seen in more than just that light, you can look at it as a coming-of-identification song or just self-exploration (whichever suits you best). I appreciate how Morrissey describes the protagonist of the song as being a ‘charming’ man, but a charming man that is confused and lost. There is a clear story within this song and it’s beautiful with a bit of sadness instilled into it, just like reality! If anything Morrissey is a poet, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce are those talented musicians that back up those delicate lyrics with their sound. Indeed a match made in heaven.

Below you can check out their album on a youtube playlist:

The joy in listening to The Doors’ self-titled debut record- that’s right, RECORD!

The Doors just like many any other great bands from the 60s, are quite an enlightening band that have gone down to history, becoming memorable and well known for their psychedelic and rock n’ roll tunes. It is quite an honour to own a record of the The Doors’ self-titled debut, because it’s quite amazing. This is a perfect example of the early days when the band was working together successfully, unlike in their later record “Soft Parade” which wasn’t that popular to the fans, and Jim Morrison was having a bit of a tough time in general to put his entire focus onto that record. In contrast their first record was a popular success, it was what won the crowds over and got the girls screaming over Jim Morrison’s Grecian God-like face and curls.

In fact, I have the vinyl record which I religiously play like some kind of ritual every now and then. It is for this matter that I encourage those who are fans of The Doors to also listen to the vinyl record version of it, because it emits a kind of rawness that a random downloaded MP3 version of it could not (just like many other records as you’ll find with vinyls), it’s this emotion that each lyric can impose on you, something like a trance. It also feels as if you are suddenly in that artist/band’s world and you suddenly make sense of everything, you get vibes that feel almost godly-like and obviously out of this world. All this probably differs from person to person depending on how you initially view music, however I can assure you that listening to the record version has a more raw factor to it. With The Doors’ self-titled debut record I can feel the words Jim Morrison is singing as they echo to Ray Manzarek’s keyboard playing and come back through the speakers enlightening your mind into different parts that you never knew you had.I believe this experience to be powerful in terms of music, not to mention Jim Morrison’s outstanding lyrics, turning poetry into a simple rock n’ roll song .
The best part is “The End”, and I always save myself for that last track on the record. The lyrics always get me, they roll with the music and therefore compliment it along with Jim Morrison’s monologue feel that it has. Robby Krieger’s guitar plucking at the beginning enchants you into the song, flying you into the world where Jim Morrison’s words are, and throughout the song you get past those words by going through a journey of relationships, self-encounter and isolation.

Sure, one could argue that listening to it on loud speakers on an iPod could provide with the same groovy feeling, but that’s not the entire truth, because it all lies in its beautiful rawness. It’s even the ritual of putting the record into the player, and then handling the needle down gently, which makes records even more ‘ritualist’, making music feel like a religion. The Doors are a great band to indulge deep into this experience, both lyrically and instrumentally, but I suppose it’s all about what the record means to you personally as well.