Posted by: Phil | October 10, 2009

An Unlikely Release, This Week in Philly and a Mini Spotlight

That band that has that one song in Guitar Hero 3 that sucks to play because it has no hammer-ons? Yeah, that band has been doing quite a bit since the release of the post-hardcore song off their breakthrough album “Doppelganger.” The release of that album created a rift in the pantheon of Fall of Troy fans, it split the base into the camp that liked the crazier hardcore stuff off of the Self-Titled album and the majority of the songs off of Doppelganger and the casual fans who had heard F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X and wanted a more pop-punk feel. The band did nothing to stop this alienation with their release of “Manipulator”, an album that mixed pop-punk ballads with the frenetic math rock from their original albums. It didn’t help that “Ex-Creations” was one of the band’s heaviest singles. After their bassist, Tim Ward, left the band and the band recruited Frank Ene of “…Of Stalwart Fads,” the band decided to release a re-recording of one of their early Eps with Phantom on the Horizon taking the concept behind the Ghostship demo and expanding upon it. This gave the band yet another polarizing dimension to their music by making an album to be digested as one whole piece rather than separate parts.
The 6th marked their first proper release since Manipulator with In the Unlikely Event. The album seems like a return to the bands pop sense with songs like “Panic Attack!” and “Single.” However, this album has more of a sense of wanting to do everything that the band has done before all at once. If you’ve been looking for a post-hardcore release that does not rely so heavily on metalcore like so many bands today, check itout as it’s just $10 from amazon.com in either CD or MP3 download form.
Also, tomorrow at the Electric Factory, one of my favorite bands, the Mars Volta, are playing at 8 PM in support of their new album Octahedron. I’ll be going to the show so hopefully I’ll some pictures and a report of the show later that day or Sunday. This is the first time I’ll see them live and it’ll be interesting as they’ve been touring without theirwind performer Adrián Terrazas-González or their secondary guitarist/sound manipulator Paul Hinojos. This is probably to create a tighter and simpler sound similar to that on Octahedron which was comparatively less complex to the band’s other offerings. However, according to a review of show in boston done by boston.com’s Scott McLennan, they’ve been doing just fine without them. Look for full coverage tomorrow and a review of the concert itself.
As just a little mini-aside, I’m glad Portugal. the Man is finally getting the attention they deserve. After their set at Bonnaroo, they’ve been interviewed all over the place and have been selling out their shows with Drug Rug (including the one I wanted to go to at the Bowery Ballroom in New York). Rollingstone.com did a profile on the band after they played two reportedly great sets at a Lollapalooza at Bonaroo earlier this year. Spin had some choice words for the band’s performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago back in August. “Though the band members barely moved, the music never sat still. The brainy Alaskans can sometimes sound like they’re trying to stuff more into a song than the music can hold, but at a festival, where the possibility of hearing another, better band is always present, Portugal’s zany, unpredictable mash-ups had the wonderfully counter-intuitive effect of keeping the listener rapt.” (Spin.com’s “Best & Worst of Lollapalooza: Day 3” by David Marchese.)
The band’s new album, The Satanic Satanist, has all the inner wrappings of a poppy Beatles album with the indie sense that’s always kept the band so interesting. Ever since the band’s first release with “Waiter: You Vultures!” in 2006 the band has consistently put out solid albums, all with a different feel to them while still remaining distinct to Portugal’s (The band) style. With four full length albums already under the belt over the past 3 years with styles ranging from post-hardcore to folk, they are a band that anyone can get into. Check out their music video for Do You off their new album below and give their constantly updated site a look at http://www.portugaltheman.net.
Thomas Erak of the Fall of Troy at the Vault 350 in Long Beach, California. Picture taken by mjambriz.

Thomas Erak of the Fall of Troy at the Vault 350 in Long Beach, California. Picture taken by mjambriz.

That band that has that one song in Guitar Hero 3 that sucks to play because it has no hammer-ons? Yeah, that band has been doing quite a bit since the release of the post-hardcore song off their breakthrough album Doppelganger. The release of that album created a rift in the pantheon of “The Fall of Troy” fans. It split the base into the camp that liked the crazier hardcore stuff off of the Self-Titled album and the majority of the songs off of Doppelganger, and the casual fans who had heard F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X and wanted a more pop-punk feel. The band did nothing to stop this alienation with their release of Manipulator, an album that mixed pop-punk ballads with the frenetic math rock from their original albums. It didn’t help that “Ex-Creations” was one of the band’s heaviest singles either. After their bassist, Tim Ward, left the band and the band recruited Frank Ene of “…Of Stalwart Fads,” the band decided to release a re-recording of one of their early Eps with Phantom on the Horizon taking the concept behind the Ghostship EP, which leaked onto the internet in 2004, and expanding upon it. The album was a single song split into five “chapters” telling the story of a Spanish galleon meeting with a ghost ship from another dimension (No, I’m not making that up).

The Fall of Troy's new CD, In the Unlikely Event.

The Fall of Troy's new CD, In the Unlikely Event.

The 6th marked their first proper release since Manipulator with In the Unlikely Event. The album seems like a return to the band’s pop sense with songs like “Panic Attack!” and “Single.” However, this album has more of a sense of wanting to do everything that the band has done before all at once. If you’ve been looking for a post-hardcore release that does not rely so heavily on metalcore like so many bands today, check itout as it’s just $10 from amazon.com in either CD or MP3 download form. You can sample the first single, “Panic Attack!” below.

The Fall of Troy – Panic Attack! by equalvision

The Mars Volta at Somerset House, London.  Picture taken by Pix Gremlin.
The Mars Volta at Somerset House, London. Picture taken by Pix Gremlin.

Also, tomorrow at the Electric Factory, one of my favorite bands, the Mars Voltaare playing at 8 PM in support of their new album Octahedron. I’ll be going to the show so hopefully I’ll some pictures and a report of the show later that day or Sunday. This is the first time I’ll see them live and it’ll be interesting as they’ve been touring without their wind performer Adrián Terrazas-González or their secondary guitarist/sound manipulator Paul Hinojos. This is probably to create a tighter and simpler sound similar to that on Octahedron which was comparatively less complex to the band’s other offerings. However, according to a review of show in boston done by boston.com’s Scott McLennan, they’ve been doing just fine without them. Look for full coverage tomorrow and a review of the concert itself.

Portugal. the Man at Chain Reaction. Picture taken by Danielle Supola.

Portugal. the Man at Chain Reaction. Picture taken by Danielle Supola.

As just a little mini-aside, I’m glad Portugal. the Man is finally getting the attention they deserve. After their set at Bonnaroo, they’ve been interviewed all over the place and have been selling out their shows with Drug Rug (including the one I wanted to go to at the Bowery Ballroom in New York). Rollingstone.com did a profile on the band after they played two reportedly great sets at a Lollapalooza at Bonaroo earlier this year. Spin had some choice words for the band’s performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago back in August. “Though the band members barely moved, the music never sat still. The brainy Alaskans can sometimes sound like they’re trying to stuff more into a song than the music can hold, but at a festival, where the possibility of hearing another, better band is always present, Portugal’s zany, unpredictable mash-ups had the wonderfully counter-intuitive effect of keeping the listener rapt.” (Spin.com’s “Best & Worst of Lollapalooza: Day 3” by David Marchese.)

Portugal. the Man's new album, The Satanic Satanist.

Portugal. the Man's new album, The Satanic Satanist.

The band’s new album, The Satanic Satanist, has all the inner workings of a poppy Beatles album with the indie sense that’s always kept the band so interesting. Ever since the band’s first release Waiter: You Vultures! in 2006 the band has consistently put out solid albums, all with a different feel to them while still remaining distinct to Portugal’s (The band) style. With four full length albums already under the belt over the past 3 years with styles ranging from post-hardcore to folk, they are a band that anyone can get into. Check out their music video for Do You off their new album below and give their constantly updated site a look at portugaltheman.net.

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