[The quarterly posts series: B.t.C.O. Parts 1-4 were originally received as an email from my friend Scott during our Peace Corps service in Macedonia. He gave me permission to publish them here. Hope you enjoy!]
Maybe you won’t like all of these bands, but hopefully you get turned to a few of them. I’m sure you’ve heard of a few of these bands. I like talking about music with people, and you’re one of the few people here in the Peace Corps I feel like I can talk about music with. Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe there’s more, but some people has a passion for music, especially live music, and for some it’s just whatever happens to be playing on the radio or whatever.
Heavy or garage rock/punk
Dead Moon: Veteran three-piece Portland punk outfit with husband and wife on vocals. Better live than on albums. Honest, brutal, stripped down, heart-felt songs of loss and love. Now they perform as Pierced Arrows with a different drummer. Here’s a taste.
Modern Lovers: Boston punk pioneers from the early 1970s that I played at Igor’s house a few weeks ago. Slow, but distinct vocals about awkwardness with dating and relationships. Cool, simple logo ta boot.
Bad Brains: Hardcore DC act from the late 70s/early 1980s with a touch of reggae.
Minor Threat: Hardcore pioneers also from the DC area. Super fast, short songs (most are under 2 minutes), but bursting with passion, energy and anger. The complete discography is fantastic. Disbanded in 1983, but lead singer Ian MacKaye formed the equally high integrity and acclaimed band Fugazi, which is also worth checking out. Different sound than Minor Threat, but cool unique punk with substance.
Titus Andronicus: Heavy rocking straight forward indie punk sound. Here’s one album that I’ve listened to and enjoyed. The Civil War is sort of a theme for the album I think. At least that’s what the song titles and some lyrics conjure up images of. A friend who’s music taste I respect, said they played amazing live show in Missoula.
The Black Angels: Didn’t know much about these guys except I heard they were coming to Missoula for a small show in 2010. I kept seeing a TV ad for some video game set in like the Revolutionary War or something. The song they used for the ad hooked me. Very solid show. Heavy psychedelic guitar sound. The song, Young Men Dead, was used for True Detectives end credits. Heavy 60s sound with like Jim Morrison as a lead singer.
Blitzen Trapper: Portland band with a cool, head-bobbin’ sound. Not too heavy, definitely not soft indie rock. They have sort of a 70s classic rock sound without the grandiose lyrics and theatrics. Saw them once in Missoula. Solid show. Here’s a sample.
OK, I could probably keep going, but hopefully this opened you to some new music that you like.
“Edited” by Emily