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Jan hooked up with John Hibbard, currently joint first on the UK Wave Tour, to find out what he has been playing in his i-Pod recently.

PHOTO: John and Jan both looking rock & roll

 

     
     

 
Artists name:

Incubus

Album:

Light Grenades

Incubus is one of those bands that I, for some reason, unconsciously avoided even though I know on hearing snippets that I really should be more into them. They are the kind of band that is on that essential list of music for people “in the know”. I have just never got round to properly checking them out and turning the snippets into complete indulgence. Even when “Morning View” came out and all my friends (John included) were asking did I have it or had I listened to it or heard anything from it. Despite hearing snippets, all I could realistically and shamefully say was “no” and hang my head, shuffling away to the most recent self indulgent, introspective, super heavy metal album I was enjoying and thrashing out my own demons to it.

Anyway, opening “Light Grenades” is the melodic, evocative, echoy “Quicksand” that is followed by ‘A kiss to send them off” that has a strange familiarity to it and gets things rocking. I can only describe the rest of the album that follows as beautiful rock music. “Light Grenades” is a many faceted emotional ride of melodic, indie, guitar and rock with punk attitude.

     
     
Artists name:

Jimmy Eat World

Album:

Futures

Unlike Incubus, who I could at least claim to have listened to, Jimmy Eat World I had never heard anything by. But I had heard of them, and in my head they were like Jane’s Addiction, another band that I had completely missed yet who had a huge following.

So, on John’s recommendation I listened to Futures by Jimmy Eat World and I listened to it a lot, and then some more before I put finger to keyboard to try and review it. Even as I am typing now I still can’t find words to describe it. It was a sound that I just couldn’t categorize. Is it rock, is it pop, is it indie, is it alternative? Is it all of these and none of them? It kind of felt that it was a fusion of many types of rock, all blended together. When I had the volume lower it kind of merged into one flow of an album. I resorted to check the internet to try and discover what it was classified as and the one thing that seemed to be agreed was that it was “EMO”. Now I didn’t know a great deal about the Emo scene so checked out its history on Wikipedia and found that Jimmy Eat World are considered to be one of the pillars of the genre. Even now after many listens I can’t pull out a track that I can particularly remember but Futures is an album of music that if you play loud can become atmospheric, stirring your thoughts with the ability to become EMOtional.

 

     
     

 
Artists name:

Klay

Album:

Invitation to an accident

I was not surprised to hear that John had Klay on the top of his album list, as John is good friends with the band. He has organized the odd gig for them here and there including a great outdoor show at the Sunset Café, Gwithian during a UKWA wave event some years ago. I have followed their progress through John and now what is cool is this is their first CD release, well deserved after plenty of years of hard work. Their sound has matured since I saw them several years ago with John on the Isle of Wight during a wave event at Wight Air. I seem to remember them being a bit heavier before. Musically they are reminiscent of the Pixies or maybe Dinosaur Jr. – kind of hollow base with intricate guitar and anguished vocals. If you like indie guitar band then you’ll like Klay.

     
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