‘I couldn’t relate to prog rock. We never had any wizards in my neighbourhood. We had ’58 Chevys and good-looking girls’
One of the very first punk bands, the Ramones (1974 – 1996) distilled the core of rock and roll and pop music that came before them in short, fast, loud songs two minutes or less in length. Armed with a distinctive visual style and trademark musical approach, they changed the history of rock and pop.
I’ve been walking over and over a question in my mind for a few weeks now. I’m stuck on it. Here’s how I got there: My favorite genre of music is, obviously, heavy metal in all, well, most, of its forms.
A technical death metal band started by a drummer who grew up in Oak Bay, has received a Juno nomination for metal/hard music album of the year.
These days, metal has more subgenres than you can shake a stick at. As the form continues to splinter and hybridize in a million different directions, the old ways are being kept alive by a rising vanguard of true believers: The classic blues-based riffs and distorted guitars; the soaring melodic vocals and fantasy or sci-fi based lyrics; the occasional galloping bass line. You’ll probably even hear a twin guitar harmony or ten.
The beginnings of punk rock are often furiously debated. This is partially because everyone has a different definition of punk rock, and partially because its foundation stones are found in several places.
You know the feeling. You’re tired, fed-up, and feeling like you’re ready to quit. Your bones are aching. Your muscles are fatigued. You need something to unlock that extra mile; to spur you through one more rep.
For those fond of middle-aged men in short trousers belting out double entendres, there is joyful news. AC/DC flew in this week for five dates taking in London, Dublin, Manchester and the home of heavy metal itself, Birmingham.
Let’s face it, at some point in our lives we’ve turned to music to help reduce stress – and the internet knows it. Simply search for words such as ‘chill’ or ‘relax’ on Spotify, and you will find a rich digital library of playlists devoted to our wellbeing and precious downtime.