Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Old Sound : Suicidal Tendencies’ How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today

Appart from being one of my favourite bands, Suicidal Tendencies named their album with the mood I’m feeling nowadays. Since I have a shitty job that makes me feel miserable I have to hold myself on things that makes me feel better. First there’s the upcoming season of Snowboarding, the coming of X-Mas, movies, and music. This morning I finished IsisWavering Radiant and I was shuffling into my music and I found this album that I consider a masterpiece amongst the Crossover bands of the 1980’s.
Crossover, is the definition of those bands that were influenced by old Punk bands whilst including metal elements to their song structures. Suicidal Tendencies were a band that influenced deeply American Thrash metalers. While maintaining their Punk attitude and including funk jams into the whole it created one of the most unique sounding band of this era. ST was the band you had to see live to fully understand the reach of their music. Their shows were considered as the most violent and brutal happenings out there. Some even advanced that they were close to criminal organizations. Anyway, it doesn’t matter the music and the colourful lyrics of juvenile while social criticism of an era where institutions and the X generation (also called the wasted generation) were brilliantly transposed by ST.
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow... is my favourite release and I think it is because this is the time where the band reached maturity while keeping the thrashy edge they always extolled. The production is clean and simple and holds the time very well. The heaviness is always dosed at the perfect amount without taking themselves too seriously either. You have a feeling of liberty in the music and in the lyrics that is uncommon to today’s standards. The Crossover approach isn’t something that the band wanted to achieve or do. It always has been the case of playing music they like and use their mic the express ideas and concepts. The standards of today are tough for young bands because when you record an album you are immediately categorized and labelled. So to touch different styles of music and dressing with the kind of clothes ST used to dress, well you have seen the jacket of the album, isn’t something a young band will be able to recreate.

Also listen to: Anthrax, Crumbsuckers, Faith No More, D.R.I., Black Flag, Stormtroopers of Death, Minor Threat, Minutemen.

The Old Sound series will be a recurring feature where I will be presenting my favourite bands and one or many albums from their discography that I decide to priories.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Video Review: The Art of FLIGHT

The Art of FLIGHT (Curt Morgan, 2011)

The most anticipated movie of the year, The Art of FLIGHT meets the high expectations that its producers created with the tremendous teasers spread since this winter. Made with the colossal budgets of RedBull, the new BrainFarm release is a great follow up to the amazing precedent of That’s It That’s All released in 2008. While the earlier offering put the table for the latest, the formula is now exploited at its full potential.

First they introduce the star of the film, Travis Rice and his walk-in of Lib-Tech pro-models. Then the film takes us on a trip across the world at the craziest place on earth to snowboard: Alaska, Chili, Aspen, Patagonia, British Columbia, etc. Without forgetting to go where Rice calls home: Jackson Hole a superb mountain full of fresh powder and huge kickers.
As many have probably noticed, there is more freeriding and big mountains riding in The Art of FLIGHT than in That’s It That’s All. However, it is far from being dull or repetitive, the skills of the riders are so strong that it could have been only descents in powder that the movie would have been as good. The super slow-motion is also something worth the look, it blends with the High Definition shootings that should be watched on a 1080p television with the proper DVD or BluRay player. While That’s It That’s All was an evolution in snowboarding movies, The Art of FLIGHT is another step forward in the direction of artistic films shot with the qualities of a documentary. The visuals are blissful and the quality of the editing is more than admirable.
Plus, the soundtrack is amazing, the chosen songs give the appropriate emotion to the many effects expected and the current hits of The Naked and Famous, Deadmau5, Apparat, Blockhead, The Album Leaf, The Black Angels, M83, and many others. It delivers a solid pairings with the different parts and it demonstrates how the makers of the film are aware of the current underground bands of today and what it is listened in the moment.

All in all it is the snowboard movie of the year and even if you’re into rails, jibs, and street, you should watch the movie because it reminds to every rider out there what the sport really is and what made it what it is today. The Art of FLIGHT is like a love letter to snowboarding and it tells you that sky is the limit within this discipline.

Running Time: 80 minutes
Riders: Travis Rice, John Jackson, Mark Landvik, Scotty Lago, Jake Blauvelt, Nicolas Müller, Gigi Rüf, DCP, Pat Moore, Jeremy Jones, and Bjorn Leines.
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