Guardian Angel

May 10, 2014 10:07 AM

Here's an old song from Sredni Vashtar, revamped, restructured and recorded at rehearsal a few weeks ago

We took a long-standing live favourite and gave it a bit of a drone-y, contemporary kick. Yes, there's the odd bum note but that's a problem with our current one-take aesthetic. Throw in a couple of Caustic generated loops (triggered by a footswitch and/or Roland SPD-S) and some on-the-fly guitar loops and enjoy the noise...

posted by srednivashtar (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Another good one! What are you're guys influences? It reminds me of the feeling I first got when I listened to Sunny Day Real Estate or maybe Mineral. Not that it's like either of those exactly but it gives me the same kind of feeling if that makes sense.
posted by cicadaverse at 2:29 AM on May 11, 2014


Well, I always feel that our influences are a bit obvious - vaguely leftfield guitar music from c1981 onwards - but we try not to make music that's too obviously a homage. The people who encouraged me to pick up a guitar were Robert Smith, Mascis, Ranaldo and Moore and Kevin Shields. I will have to check out those two bands.
posted by srednivashtar at 8:28 AM on May 11, 2014


Well, if you check out Sunny day real estate, it was really mostly their first album, diary, I was talking about:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziNJ_lZTrR4

It came out in 1994 and it blew me away as I just never heard anyone play quite like that before. It's pretty essential stuff and I think you'd dig it.

Mineral's first LP and their most potent, The Power of Failing, is still very core to my being. I think this was 1997. I believe this album was recorded mostly live so probably in similar philosophy as you guys:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLzSr-YUjtc

While both of these albums will probably be categorised as Emo, this was really before the emo thing had become popularised as a fashion statement and kids cutting themselves as a trend. They would be Emo in the same way The Cure would be "Gothic", which is to say, they were more than just their genre.
posted by cicadaverse at 6:37 AM on May 14, 2014


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