Record Heat: Regular Punk Bands by Brad Dwyer

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Brad Dwyer
I was trying to describe the excellent new album by The Men, Open Your Heart, to a friend the other day.

"It's sort of post-punky, with some elements of alt-country, but there's also this hardcore element," I stammered. I realized I was kind of being kind of an idiot: Open Your Heart is a rock album, plain and simple, not too far removed from the kind of big-hearted, melodically inclined stuff that The Foo Fighters do.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not one of those guys who thinks genres or honest descriptions are useless, but I do think that half the time we answer the question "What does that sound like?" with too much cred-scrounging, overwrought pretension.

The answer to the question shouldn't always be "rock 'n' roll," or punk rock, or avant-electro-core with touches of EDM and black metal atmospherics, for that matter. I'm all for music that can't be easily categorized -- it can be the best thing ever -- but sometimes it can be nice to cut straight to the core of -- to paraphrase Raymond Carver -- what the hell we're talking about when we talk about music.

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1051 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

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joe.distort
joe.distort

hahaha, a girl asked what kind of show i was going to;i told her a heavy post hardcore/noise influenced touring band and i forgot that most people just know 'rock, hard rock, rap, country and dance'. she looked at me like i farted on her lap

Jason P. Woodbury
Jason P. Woodbury

Hahaha. The highly neglected Comment of the Day award goes to you.

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