So, I’m not sure how I feel about some new music. I want to like them, but I am not that into them. For both, there is just something missing. They are both decent rock, but to me, something is lacking.
First, Jack White’s new song, “High Ball Stepper.” No lyrics, which threw me off at first as it seems to me its just one giant intro to a song that never comes. Much more rock than his last stuff, very….Jack White and eccentric, but to me something is just missing. I’ll be interested to hear the rest of the album. You never really know with him.
Second, a band I heard on the radio. I know, the actual radio. A two piece British rock band. I like the drums, not a huge fan of the vocals. Again, I want to like it, but to me, there’s just something missing…and its not the bass. There are some good riffs, but I’m not a fan of the slow/mellow verse. I checked out some of their other stuff and its not bad. Again, I want to like it, but the vocals don’t do it for me. It reminds me of Muse, who I am also not a fan of. The vocals need more…..more force, more singing from the diaphragm. Again, I think the drummer is good and gives it a good driving force, while also having that good dragging beat. Oh, the band is Royal Blood, here is the song I heard on the radio “Out of the black.”
You know, while I’m at it, how about a third. A metal supergroup I read about last night. Members of Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura, Mastodon and the Mars Volta. They came together to form Killer be Killed. This one is a bit heavier than the last two. As with the other two, I wanted to like this, and there are some catchy parts to it. But, something is missing. I like the bassist from Mastodon’s vocals (the first you hear), and I like the catchy part (I think its the guy from the Dillinger Escape Plan), but some of it seems forced. Trying too hard. It is surprising, given the heaviness of the respective bands (the Mars Volta aside) how catchy these songs are (there’s two in this clip).
So, there you go. At least there is some guitar driven music, but it still leaves me wanting something more. Would I spend my money on any of these? Probably not. I’ll listen to them on youtube until the novelty wears off. Enjoy.