Lindsay Cates (Stinkweeds) on Span Phly, Labor Party, and Otro Mundo
Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, where Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local Phoenix artists. If you would like your songs to be considered for future Sound Off columns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week's guest is Lindsay Cates, who you've no doubt spotted behind the counter at Stinkweeds Records, and behind the bass at local clubs around town. We met on a busy afternoon at the record store, spinning three tracks from rapper Span Phly, Labor Party, and Otro Mundo, and discussed our thoughts on each song.
Cates will be performing with Fatigo on Saturday, October 1, at the Lost Leaf.
Phoenix-based rapper Span PHLY recently released a new album, Nothing Last Forever. For more information, visit his official site.
Lindsay Cates: I really liked it. I would totally listen to it. It caught me off guard when the samples changed, because they were drastically different, but it worked.
Up on the Sun: Are you much of a hip-hop person?
The more I dig into local hip-hop, the more I'm amazed by how much hip-hop is in Phoenix, and how much of it is great. The samples are very different, the rhythm of the song is funky. I thought that the lyrics were funny.
They were funny, and definitely tolerable. Lyrics, for me -- the lyrics make or break hip-hop. The samples just repeat the same beats over and over again, so it's up to the lyrics for me. I could dig what he was talking about.
I liked that he rapped about swallowing his pride because he needed to eat. That's a great image. Are you the same way about lyrics with pop and rock music: Are lyrics important to you all the way around?
Yeah. Every genre. I listen to a lot of instrumental music because of that. [laughs]
Because you generally don't like a lot of lyrics?
No, but cheesy lyrics can ruin a really great song. Depending on my mood, I would rather listen to instrumental music.
I guess it all depends. If a song is really good, I can easily overlook band lyrics. If there's a great melody.
Does he play out?
I would be interested in hearing more of his stuff.