Thursday, December 14, 2006


So I've been scouting an awful lot of indie bands lately. Since I've been given the title Lord Steamroller, it's been up to me to find these bands for our team to review. (great job people!) Anyway, I've been going out of my way finding bands, and have listened to many different styles, genres, etc, and I've started to have an understanding of a term I sometimes use to describe certain music. Let me paint a picture. Have you ever listened to an album by so and so, and felt claustrophobic while listening? Does anyone else know what I'm talking about or am I nuts? It's a hard feeling to describe, and it in know way implies whether or not I enjoy what I'm hearing. There are lots of bands I listen to that still give me that feeling after listening to them for years. I'm not sure if it has to do with the production or the writing itself or maybe a combination of the two, but it just gives me this feeling of the walls closing in. Here's an example that makes no sense to me. The Tragically Hip, Fully Completely album. I like the album, even though I'm not the biggest Hip fan. This album for some reason, years later, still makes me feel claustrophobic. Why? I'm not sure. It could be the incredibly monotonous snare drum sound, or maybe the awkward sounding guitars. Or maybe it's simply the captivating lyrics of Gord Downey. I can't put my finger on it. I hear music all the time that just makes me feel uncomfortable with no real explanation. It's irritating! Does anyone else experience this? Am I going insane for writing about this?

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