Wednesday 23 Jul

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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Wolf pact

Brotherly love — both literal and figurative — helps To Speak of Wolves leap over its fellow metalcore acts.

Joshua Boydston February 2nd, 2011

To Speak of Wolves with Harp & Lyre, Before There Was Rosalyn, Facing Giants and more
6 p.m. Friday
The Conservatory
8911 N. Western
$8 advance, $10 door

It’s not who you know, but how you know them. Phil Chamberlain, drummer for North Carolina metalcore quintet To Speak of Wolves, knows that as well as anyone, and he has an impressive in with the scene: His brother fronts the revered Christian metal band Underoath — not that he and his fellow Wolves have chosen to exploit that fact.

Other than brief tours together and brother’s guest vocals on Wolves’ full-length debut, “Myself < Letting Go,” there’s little mention of the connection, and the omission is purposeful.

“We want to make our own name,” Chamberlain said. “We want this band to stand on its own. Obviously, we’d like to do tons of things with Underoath, but we want to do it because we feel like we belong there and not because of the relationship there.”

True to its name — not to mention a certain Duran Duran lyric — the group is hungry like the wolf, and in being so, has fought for audiences with inspiring ferocity. The five-piece has toured relentlessly since forming from the shells of other abandoned bands in mid-2007, taking breaks to record and little else in the years since.

It’s led to some burnout, including a lead vocalist switch just weeks before the launch of this national tour that includes an appearance Friday night at The Conservatory. All splits have been amicable and for the better; it just takes a certain type of guy to spend 75 percent of his life at the never-ending sausage fest that is touring.

“It’s tough and takes a certain personality type to do it, to be around a small group of four or five dudes 24 hours a day, every day,” Chamberlain said. “There were some members who thought they could do this all the time, but then got out there and realized they really couldn’t. It’s been an ever-evolving machine, but I think we have all the right pieces. It’s five dudes all on the same page now.”

It’s darker, more mature — all the other cliché things bands say.

—Phil Chamberlain

The changes and exhaustive trips haven’t been for naught; To Speak of Wolves has earned the right to have its name alongside Underoath’s through its own merits. The band garnered its own following in the admirably difficult manner it choose for itself, and looks to hook even more with the new album it has in the works, which came easier than expected.

“Playing the same set every night for a year or so, when it gets to the point where you get to write again, it comes out really quickly. You find yourself writing a lot faster than you might think. It’s darker, more mature — all the other cliché things bands say,” Chamberlain said with a laugh. “But we are really happy with where it’s going.”

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