The Montreal band’s self-titled EP offers a diverse variety of rock sounds. A particular strength of this release is how it manages to convey a sense of live, uninhibited sound in a truly rare way. While Vidyarthi refers to Subject-Object as “digital blues,” drummer Stefan Jovanovich describes the sound as “deceptively heavy.” This label is particularly fitting for the first track, ‘Watergun,’ which features a driving blues energy, rough vocals akin to The White Stripes and heavy yet catchy riffs and jams. At times Subject-Object reminds me of Trail of Dead, but the album also features jazz and funk grooves, alt rock energy, skilled solos and solid drumming.
Jukebox The Ghost is a band that is heavy on sunshine and nostalgic influences. Produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) the trio is made up of guitarist/vocalist Tommy Siegel, pianist/vocalist Ben Thornewill and drummer Jesse Kristin. The group has a solid upbeat piano sound that makes an impression on the opener, “Schizophrenia,” with quick beats, playful synths and the contrasting lyrics “No I can’t, Yes I Can…” The album is tons of fun with expertly executed hooks in the bouncy “Half Crazy” and quirky lyrics of “Empire,” which sounds like a brilliant combination of Billy Joel and Field Music. The latter tune is a special highlight as the chorus just rings in your head and won’t let you go.
South Wales’ Piblokto call themselves “bass-driven modern post-punk,” but what I’m tempted to call them is the new Interpol, though I usually hate to draw comparisons. This isn’t entirely surprising because Joy Division is clearly an influence for both bands, and I would recommend Piblokto to fans of the more driven, rocking songs off Turn On The Bright Lights and Antics. The timing is good because if you’re tired of the music Interpol have been putting out (that has been getting stale) Piblokto could be for you; there is more energy and force here than the worn-out sounds of Interpol (based on several tracks I’ve heard from their upcoming fourth studio album.) This is Piblokto’s first release, so I don’t feel I can be quite as hard on them and in all fairness, it is catchy, possessing a forward momentum.
New York City summers consist of two things: unbearable heat, and cultural events. And while the first makes for some stinky subway rides, the latter provides an array of free concerts in our parks, and so many opportunities to see music you may not normally get a chance to experience live.
This summer in particular began with a splash, as the first in a series of events called, The Creators Project, kicked off in the meatpacking district of NYC. Hipsters from every path of life assembled for one day only in the Milk Studios office (turned party house) to celebrate a mosh pit of art, music, and technology. With partners such as Intel and VICE (one of my faves!) it was guaranteed to be a sweet time.