4 Years Ago (2017)
Everything we do today is controlled, stored and read by a machine.
Yes they’re making lists of people interested in this
And anyone who speaks their mind is labelled anarchist
“Are You Interested?” By Cog
There is no doubt that technology rules our lives.
For how long our data will be stored will never be known. What security our data has and who controls it, will never be known.
Up here in space
I’m looking down on you
My lasers trace
Everything you do
You think you’ve private lives
Think nothing of the kind
There is no true escape
I’m watching all the time
“Electric Eye” by Judas Priest
My Spotify.me algorithm tells me I must be a traveller.
Did it make that assertion based on the length of my playlists or is it taking into account my location/s when I’m listening to music.
My “Maps” app on the iPhone tells me if there is a traffic incident every Monday to Friday on my route to work. It tells me before I even leave home.
Should I care that an AI knows what time I leave home for work and what time I get to work.
At the end of the day I know,
That we work all our lives to pay for a cage they own
It ain’t no coincidence that the whole world is caught in an endless debt
“Problem Reaction Solution” by Cog
It’s a mess.
Politicians introduce and pass Copyright bills and then refuse to pay the appropriate fees to use music in their ads.
And the Copyright industries, if they can’t get the politicians to pass new laws, they go to courts instead.
In the U.K, Copyright complaints take up most of the High Court’s time. The world is dealing with all forms of crime, but intellectual property crimes are more important.
When you look back to the 1986/87 period, the artists who had their biggest hits and sales during that period, never replicated those numbers again.
Bon Jovi never topped “Slippery When Wet”. Europe never topped “The Final Countdown”. White Lion never topped “Pride”. Whitesnake never topped their “self-titled” album. Guns N Roses never topped “Appetite For Destruction”. INXS never topped “Kick”. Joe Satriani never topped “Surfing With The Alien”. Def Leppard never topped “Hysteria”. U2 never topped “The Joshua Tree”. Stryper never topped “To Hell With The Devil”.
It was a good Release Day Friday playlist which included “This Is War” by Audrey Horne, “Beyond The Pale” by Machine Head, “Walk On Water” (Acoustic) by Thirty Seconds to Mars, “Miracle” by Story of the Year and “American Soul” by U2
You are rock and roll
You and I are rock and roll
You are rock and roll
I came here looking for American soul
The following albums came out;
- Y&T – Down For The Count
- Dokken – Under Lock and Key
- Twisted Sister – Come Out And Play
- W.A.S.P – The Last Command
In Australia, we had to wait. A geographical windowed release is the business name for it. And one of the main drivers of piracy was windowed releases. Fans of music in other parts of the world, wanted access to new music on the same day, U.S fans had access to it.
Check out my track by track breakdown.
8 Years Ago (2013)
It doesn’t matter how many times the labels tried to kill it, mainstream it or commercialize it,
Heavy Metal has remained consistent from when it began. Whenever pop music becomes pretentious, heavy metal would rise up as an alternative answer.
Heavy Metal is the answer to all things corrupt. It is the soundtrack.
The fan has the power as the fan could pick and choose what track they could listen too.
Alter Bridge released “One Day Remains” in 2004. “Open Your Eyes”, “Find the Real” and “Broken Wings” followed as promotional singles.
However it was the metal heavy “Metalingus” that the fans selected as the hits. On Spotify, “Metalingus” has 79 million streams and “In Loving Memory” has 25.37 million streams.
Metal and rock songs are always late bloomers. There is no formula as to why certain songs resonate more than others with fans.
In the end all artists need to do is create great music. The fans will latch onto it eventually.
Every band wanted to be like Bon Jovi in 1987 and by 1988 every band wanted to be like Guns N Roses and by 1989 every band wanted to be sober like Motley Crue and by 1991 every band wanted to be Metallica and by 1992 every band started to incorporate grunge influences.
I started thinking about the above, after listening to the song “Underbite” from Protest The Hero and watching the hilarious puppet clip.
The song “Underbite” has lyrics like “An understanding between you and I that the ground that you stand on is somehow less than mine” and “Now you comprehend our complex relationship—consumer/consumed, You’re just some stupid kid and I’m a megalomaniac.”
The part in the film clip where the fan goes to purchase the merchandise is so spot on. I could relate as it happens to me all the time.
First, the merchandise stand rarely has the size that I want.
Then the prices are ridiculous. So as the clip shows, you end up forking out a decent amount of cash for a band t-shirt that doesn’t fit or is too large.
“Let’s not repackage the same old performance, Original content is so much more rewarding.”
I don’t agree with the viewpoints put out by some artists, that there is no need to create new music.
Listen to the song. There are some hard truths in there and Protest The Hero try to cover them all.
After the success of their debut album “Kezia” back in 2005, Protest The Hero was expected to go into a more commercially viable and poppy influence.
So what did the band do?
They released “Fortress” in 2008, which was less poppy and more technical. As lead singer Rody Walker put it, “a natural progression into further obscurity.”
My favourite song on the “Volition” album is “Mist.”
The song is basically talking about Newfoundland and Rody Walker’s love for it.
And “Skies” is what progressive music should be.
As an artist you have the power to make your own choices. Make them and live by them. Protest The Hero have. They are a special band. Support them.
And that’s another wrap for another week.