Post your favourite bands
esuna Rock Bottom Join Date: 2003-04-03 Member: 15175Members, Constellation Posts: 5,578 Fully active user
and reasons why the hell we should listen to themWell since the other thread posted by some new guy is just a pointless spam thread, and music is actually something which interests me, here's an all new, spangly favourite bands thread.
First off, this isn't a spam post or a lists post. If you're just going to drop your last.fm profile or a short list of some random bands, don't bother posting, it's not contributing and, well, it's just thread ######ting. Keep your lists short, make it only bands you really would consider your favourite, not just a list of bands you might just like at the moment, and also post either a description of the band, why you like them, recommendations for listening and possibly comparisons between other bands so people can get a feel for what they're like if they've not heard them before.
Now, to start out.
The Aquabats: I think it was our own AllUrHive who put the bandname in my head before now, but they're a band that i fell in love with so quickly. The Aquabats, to put them as uninspiring and ill-fittingly as possible are a ska / punk band. That's not a very good description at all for The Aquabats, but it's the only one that's fairly consistant with them. Yes they play ska, yes they play punk, they also play a lot more stuff too. If i were to describe The Aquabats properly, the only term that would fit would be either "Serious Awesomeness" or "Super Rad." Ok, they're super heroes. They fight off nefarious villains like Powdered Milk Man, they never swear, they're almost always upbeat and they never, ever fail to make me smile. Recommended watching - Pool Party (On some kids' show, Yo Gabba Gabba that MC Bat Commander made) - Fashion Zombies - Super Rad.
Streetlight Manifesto: A little easier to pigeonhole this time, Streetlight are a ska band. Formed from the ashes of Catch 22 they skanked their way into my heart. The arrangements of their songs set them apart from most ska bands, it's a little more complex and they actually have a proper brass section that rather than playing boring little harmonies with keyboard or guitars, they actually have their own fully fledged part, something that more ska bands really need to do. They're maybe not the best ska band in the world (see: aquabats) but they are extremely competant and write absolutely amazing songs. Recommended watching - Point / Counterpoint - A Better Place, A Better Time (live) - A Moment Of Silence.
Gogol Bordello: This is a fairly recent obsession of mine. Gypsy punks through and through they make ridiculously offbeat punk that just really sets themselves apart with eastern european influences. It's like Borat had his very own band. I'm not going to ramble on about them, i'm not sure what else to say, just watch, appreciate and wonder what the hell is happening. Recommended watching - Start Wearing Purple - Not A Crime.
The Levellers: This is a band that's always stuck with me. My first ever live gig was to see The Levellers play. They're a bunch of activist, hippy ######s who are always trying to stick it to the man, but they write such great music to back up their ordeals. Some people have compared them to stuff like the Lemonheads or The Mission, but screw them, this is the Levellers, crusty alternative folk. Recommended watching: One Way Of Life - Carry Me - Julie (live) - Hope Street (live).
Anyway, i may add more lately, but get watching get appreciating music you may not have heard before.