Tag: Music

18 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, S.S. Vendetta

 

S.S. Vendetta has a really short, pathetic Dragon*Con profile and also a ReverbNation profile (did you know that ReverbNation is based in Durham?  Neither did I.  I LOVE DURHAM).

So their Dragon*Con profile says the following: “Ska Punk was their core, but as they progressed further, they have become much more than that. S.S. Vendetta are serious about their music and have fun writing and playing it in the studio and at shows. They are currently writing their full length album using some from the old demos and also writing a batch of brand new songs with a completely new feel. They’re gonna try something that not a lot of people have heard. ”  I don’t understand what that last part means, that is such a broad, ambitious statement for such a short little profile.

Unnngh, time to listen to some music:

Oof.  Sounds like 6th grade.

And so does that.

I was hoping that this would be a remix of “Seize the Day” from Newsies, but no dice.  This is terrible and screamy.   I think we need to recover with some actual Newsies:

This counts for Dragon*Con because of Christian Bale amirite?

All right, talking points:

–Ska even though they say they aren’t

–Screamy ska

–Ska happened at my middle school dances y’all.

Two thumbs down, but mostly because I have a splitting headache and that music just exacerbated it.  Sorry, S.S. Vendetta.  Music is a situational thing.

 

19 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Peter Pepper

Peter Pepper is an adventure-punk.  On the website, this is what Peter Pepper writes: “Turn up the volume with your middle finger till the walls collapse. This is the Adventure Punk movement.”  I still don’t know what being an Adventure Punk means, but you can read the full manifesto at the bottom of the page.  It feels vaguely anarchistic so…yeah, punk.

Peter Pepper, according to his Dragon*Con profile, has a band of action-adventurers who sing to help those of us who suffer from the great whatever.  I’m going to assume that the great whatever is the general malaise and ennui that happens with every day life, but I could be wrong.

So we should listen to some music, yeah?

Oh, this might be a bit too hard for me maybe?  Jon would like it though.

Yeah, it is a little hard.  That isn’t necessarily terrible but, um, this video is sort of scary isn’t it?  It sort of feels like Korn.  You can decide whether or not that is a good thing.

Yep.  Whatever, I guess.

Talking points:

–Adventure punk!

–Sort of scary lead.  Also sort of like Korn.

–COMBAT THE ENNUI.

One thumb up.  I could take it or leave it in all honesty.

22 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Little Jen

We’re skipping Lips Down on Dixie because you should already know who they are and what they do, and if you don’t then I don’t want to know you.

…….That long pause that just occurred in my blogging was me researching the Raleigh Rocky Shadowcast WHICH I HAVE NEVER ATTENDED and figuring out when I should go and remedy that.  Okay.

Little Jen is a DJ Y’ALL.  I wanted to keep ALL THE DJS on one spot, this is messing up my organization and giving me some serious bad OCD juju y’all!

Little Jen’s background is SUPER INTERESTING and this is not at all an exaggeration.  She has a Master’s in music composition from Georgia State and has received composition commissions from all sorts of fancy people, including the principle trombonist from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  She’s a member of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), the American Music Center (AMC) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).  Her DJ career began in 1994, and since then she’s performed up and down the East coast, maintained a busy club schedule, and even performed some multi-media pieces (which sound awesome).  She also does electronica remixes of classical composers (even more awesome!)  Her Dragon*Con profile also says that she’ll even play Donna Summer, which is amazing because I really think that Dragon*Con is lacking a disco component (seriously).

Whyyyy are there no clips of her DJing on Youtube?  She sounds fun!

Talking points:

–Lady DJ

–CLASSICAL IMPRESARIO

–Electronica remixes of classical composers and DONNA SUMMERS.

Two thumbs up because she sounds fun!  I don’t know what her music sounds like though, so if anyone has any clips please post them in the comments!

23 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Megan Jean and the KFB

 

Megan Jean describes herself as a “hard-touring, foot-stompin’, guitar beatin, upright lickin, washboard scratchin,’ banjo pickin’ madness with a voice like the devil herself.”  Her band, Megan Jean and the KFB, is a Charleston-based duo that from their description probably falls into the “Steampunk” music category.  They play gypsy, circus, americana, and the avant-garde style music.   Their Dragon*Con profile offers a nice little summary of their journey: NYC refugees who fled the city to settle in the Southeast, where they are now part of Charleston’s burgeoning music scene (I need to visit Charleston for serious y’all).  At first listen, their music is a little bluesier than some of the other “Steampunk” stuff I’ve heard at Con/during this band profile journey:

That’s the song that’s going to be featured in the PBS documentary in which the band is involved.

Not sure I like that song quite as much as the first one.

Or that one, for that matter–for a bit I thought it was a man singing but then I realized that Megan Jean has a very k.d. lang voice.

Check out the stand-up bass!

So if Dragon*Con were to have a blues band I’d say this would be it.

Talking points:

–NYC refugees, fled to the south.

–Steampunk via the blues.

–Stand up bass!

No thumbs–honestly this band didn’t make much of an impression on me, and in terms of female-fronted Steampunk bands I think I prefer Frenchy and the Punk.

 

24 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, I: Scintilla

 

I:Scintilla is a Chicago based band who has played Dragon*Con before, and who fits into the gothy electronica vein of musical performances.  I:Scintilla combines metal-infused electronica with elements of synth pop, trip-hop, and indie electro to create their distinctive sound.  The band is comprised of  frontwoman Brittany Bindrim, Jim Cookas (guitar/programming), Vincent Grech (drums), and Brent Leitner (guitar/programming).  I:Scintilla also has a reputation for having a great live act.

I just want to say: YAY FOR TONS OF FRONTWOMEN AT DRAGON*CON.  Ladies keepin’ it real next to the menfolk, hooray for feminism in music!

Promotional photo from I:Scintilla
Promotional photo from I:Scintilla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bitch, please.

Anyways, at this point the bands at Dragon*Con fall into a few loose categories: gothy electronica/dance, Steampunky/vintage, and general folksy stuff, maybe with a Celtic flavor.  Maybe I’ll stumble into something different down the line?  We’ll see–in the meantime, here is some music courtesy of I:Scintilla:

Oh lordy, so gothy!  Jon really likes it, of course.  I actually like it too.

Look at all the strobe lights!  I want to break out some glow sticks and twirl them ferociously in front of my face.

That was fun.  In case you can’t tell, my tastes sort of run to gothy, dancy, dark electronica.

Talking points!

–Female lead singer (grrrrrl power!)

–Heavy electronica dancy gothy sound

–Good live show

Two thumbs up!  GLOW STICKS FOR EVERYONE.