Violent Soho, have you heard of them yet? Cause all your favorite bands have, and we’re loving them too. The band just released a new album called Hungry Ghost through SideOneDummy and this is your chance to get on board.
We have a new feature surrounding the band today with members of The Menzingers, Superheaven, You Blew It!, Man Overboard, Modern Baseball, Restorations, Dresses, and Pup each sharing love for at least one song off of Hungry Ghost. Pick up the record here and check out what all of your favorite bands had to say about the record below!
1. Dope Calypso - TOM MAY / THE MENZINGERS
This song has everything I’ve ever fucking wanted from a song. The intro kicks you in the face, the groove is hypnotic, the guitar tones are perfect, the vocals sit right in your chest and of course culminate in a harmony laced, piss shivering medley to round the whole thing off. Man, what a tune.
2. Lowbrow - TAYLOR MADISON / SUPERHEAVEN
This is one of the first songs I heard from Violent Soho. I think it’s a great representation of the band: Fat, fuzzy guitars with Luke’s crazy, unique vocals over top. The vocal melodies are one of my favorite things about the band.
3. Covered In Chrome - TIMOTHY HELLER / DRESSES
This is genuinely the best song I’ve heard in a long time. It sounds like an old 90s classic to me which is amazing. We quite literally listened to it on repeat our entire last tour. I physically cannot resist head banging to it.
4. Saramona Said - BRENDEN LUKENS / MODERN BASEBALL
Violent Soho is just a cool band. Before I tell you why, did you know their “new” record Hungry Ghost, is certified GOLD in Australia?!? That’s wiley and Wikipedia is a crazy place. Anyway, Violent Soho is just a cool band. Hungry Ghost is literally hit after mega hit. Saramona Said is one of my favorites, a classic “everything and everyone is fucked anyway, so why should I care” kind of tune. True dat. I mean the first few lines in the song are so so good and just really set a tone for the whole thing.
The artist is a human being, not a product. Sure, the artist makes products that are for sale, but the artist is not forever in your debt because you may have purchased a product from them at some point.
When you buy an album from me, I receive money and you get music. It’s a fair and even exchange that begins and ends once I receive my money and you receive your product. If I don’t value myself as an artist — especially working in a market that has decided that recorded music is not worth spending money on — then who will?
A must read.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take a while. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
—Ira Glass’ (from This American Life)
“And just like James, I’ll be drinking Irish tonight and the memory of his last work week will be gone forever”
Hostage Calm are releasing Die On Stage on September 16th via Run For Cover. The album leaked early, which has caused the band to put it on Bandcamp for $5 early. Pick it up to support the band below.
Go buy this record. It’s amazing.
"People Like Me, We Just Don’t Play"
Music video: The Maine ‘Run’. I’ve loved watching these dudes grow up and continue to stretch their sound. They’ve turned into one of the better bands our scene has ever produced. Stoked to continue to see where they go.
15 years later, I still dig this band.
Damn, the new @HostageCalm tune is really fucking good!
July 16, 2014
by Bryne Yancey
By the time I was twelve years old—old enough to go and experience select things on my own, without parental supervision, but far too young to be out after 9 p.m. without it—I started getting a weekly allowance.
Great memories here. I used to clean up at Warped Tour. Fat used to sell 4 CDs for $5.
Short Music for Short People was the best!
Be the change you want to see in the world. (Credit: Yondr Studio)