The Friday list comes on during Saturday again. I blame it on the migraine - which has slowly been killing me over the past years. Migraines aside, in this week's list, we go a bit spiritual (I think) - since it's Lent, and something in my Catholic upbringing thinks this is going to be fun.
Today, our featured artists will be ones that have songs that have a Christian bent or have that unique Christian influence. But don't let that turn you off though - these artists are more than your run-of-the-mill Christian bands. First of all, they don't sing ska, and second, they produce songs that some of you might think, can't be related to anything Christian at all. Here now is my top five artists that have answered that calling to spread the good news through music...in their own odd-sounding way -
1. Good News for the Pus Pickers by Danielson
Your eccentric Christian band list would not be complete without including the Danielson Famile on the list. Their unique brand of caterwauling and screechy vocals might make you cringe, but that won't stop you from listening - it'll make you curious all the more. They may not be singing praise yous or allelujah's, yet it's seeing their whole live act that makes you feel like wanting to go to mass the next day.
A picture above is good ole Daniel Smith himself - the band's founder, dressed in his tree costume in one of their live shows. If you're a devout Christian, you might be able to recognize the significance of the nine different fruits on the tree as representing the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, you can always dismiss Bro. Daniel as a complete whack-job. Crazy or not, no-one who's seen them perform can deny that this is a group who is dedicated to their calling - a calling to spread the good news via their avant garde music. The group originally composed of the Smiths siblings, were raised in a very religious environment - their dad a composer of praise music (some of his work you might even find in your Sunday hymn books). What started out as a thesis project for the eldest Smith sibling evolved into a family band and the indie icons that they are today. To fully appreciate the Danielson sound - I highly recommend watching the documentary "Danielson: A Family Movie" - which to me, is one of the best and most entertaining band documentaries I've seen in a while. Check out the end of the trailer where a couple recalls 'clapping for Jesus' in one of their concerts and realizing how awkward it was because they were Jewish.
In honor of the release of the new Scott Pilgrim movie trailer, our video of the week is of the song that started it all. It's 1997 all over again with Halifax all-girl band Plumtree and their single Scott Pilgrim. To those who don't know it yet, the popular graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O'Malley was inspired by this little old Plumtree song.
Of course this post wouldn't be complete without the trailer for the upcoming movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World that you can check out after the jump -
In this week's edition of Fresh from the Post, we sample a bit of Manila electropop with Techy Romantics. We caught up with the Techy Romantic's Dondi Virrey and asked him a few things about his group's brand of music...
Some people really can't appreciate the authenticity of kid-drawn robots.
In any case, if you were one of the few who did, I extend to you my warmest and deepest thanks. Otherwise, face the wrath of Cat-robot. Feel his evil death stare upon you, his fierce hell claws just waiting to pounce. You might want to watch your back. I kid you not.
Here is the recap -