Tag Archives: Punk/Hardcore

THE FALL OFF TROY IS BACK. !!

If you need, yes need, some hard, high energy, exceptional, technical high quality Rock, but are just too fed up with the death, dwarfs and dragons, blood and swords of heavy metal, what you are looking for is “The Fall Of Troy”

“Battleship Graveyard”, from : “In the Unlikely Event” 2009

The Fall of Troy is a trio formed by Thomas Erak (guitars, vocals, keyboards), Andrew Forsman (drums, percussion) and Tim Ward (bass, screamed vocals), In 2008 Tim Ward had a break down due to stress and was replaced by Frank Ene

“F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” from Doppelgänger 2004

In December 2013, the original lineup reunited, playing three shows in Texas, every night performing one of the pre 2008 albums, in full. New show is scheduled for Seattle, February 22. 2014.

“Caught Up” , from Manipulator 2007

The Fall of Troy has developed a new concept of local fan based user friendly approach. They will use only fan based merchandise for the shows (fan’s get paid no worries). They will use only local bands for warm up. Rumors even say they have told fans at the liveshows, that the next albums will be downloadable for free.

“Mouths Like Sidewinder Missiles”, from The Fall of Troy 2003

At the three reunion shows, they sold VIP passes : “provides you entry to all 3 shows, an exclusive production day, where you get to hear the band warm-up, play a special 5 song set, answer your questions, a limited edition silk-screen printed poster of the show; numbered and signed, entry for all 3 shows an hour early through a separate entrance so you don’t have to wait in line with all the other lollygaggers and you get the best/closest view”, after VIP guests had arrived, the concerts, was filled up for free.

Bo Diddley – a song

“Bo Diddley” is a rhythm and blues/rock and roll song first recorded and sung by Bo Diddley in 1955, the song has no chord change. It became an immediate hit. It was Bo Diddley’s first recording and his first hit single. The Bo Diddley beat, which is essentially African, was to become a backbone in Rock n Roll.

In “The Animals” “story of Bo Diddley” (1964). Eric Burdon tells the story about this Rhythm, and how it developed into Rock n Roll, from Bo Diddley to Beatles and Stones.

It was used again by Punk Hardcore band “Husker Dü” on “Hare Krsna” from their 1984 album Zen Arcade, the same song as Bo Diddely, but with different lyrics, and played with a wild acid punk flavor.

Another version of the song can be heard on “Aksak Maboul”s “Un Peu De L’Ame Des Bandits” (1979), Aksak Maboul was a Belgian Avant-Garde band founded in 1977 by Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis. In this version the track is called “A Modern Lesson [Bo Diddley]”, it transforms from the Bo Diddley rhythm, into jazz inspired avant-garde.

2013 –“break up” of the year.

No doubt the artistically most interesting “break up” of the year, for me, was Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez.
They have worked together since 1996 first in one of the most influential post hardcore band “At the Drive-In”. From 2001 in the Mars Volta. The Mars Volta played a very varied progressive heavy, inspired by a lot of bands and styles, many from the 70’s (King Crimson, Pink Floyd; Led Zeppelin, and many more)

The Mars Volta made 6 studio albums, most interesting to me, the debut “De-Loused in the Comatorium” (2003), Frances the Mute (2005), The Bedlam in Goliath 2008, The Bedlam album was the highest charting of all TMV albums, and won a Grammy “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the single “Wax Simulacra”. Retrospectively it is a bit surprising, as “The Bedlam” seems to me, the hardest TMV album, to get into.

On January 23, 2013, Cedric Bixler-Zavala revealed on Twitter, that he was no longer a part of The Mars Volta. Due to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez increasing focus on his side project, Bosnian Rainbows.
Cedric is now working on a new band Zavalaz, expected to debut with ”All Those Nights We Never Met” in 2014.