ROGER WATERS – SMELL THE ROSES
It’s been 25 years since Roger Waters has released an album of fresh rock music, and while I respect the man’s desire to dabble in operas, this new single is exactly what we want from Roger.
Pink Floyd fans will feel right at home in the first 10 seconds of “Smell the Roses.” The riffs, the prominent bass, and of course the lyrical themes of war, capitalism and corruption give this one all the right ingredients. Here’s hoping there’s a lot more of this on his upcoming album, “Is This The Life We Really Want?” It’s out May 19th, and Waters hits the road in support of it later this year.
SPOON – HOT THOUGHTS
Austin, Texas indie-rockers Spoon are back with their ninth album, and it’s an intriguing journey through familiar territory with some new twists. Their brand of catchy indie is nicely complimented by some electronic elements that mix in seamlessly.
The sheer danceability of many of these tracks will make their stop in Montreal with The New Pornographers this July a can’t-miss.
NEWS & NOTES:
KORN’S NEW 12-YEAR-OLD BASSIST
Korn’s tour rider suddenly includes a lot more candy and cartoons. Bass player Fieldy was unable to join the 90s nu-metal rockers on their current tour due to “unforeseen circumstances,” and they’ve enlisted none other than the 12-year-old son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo to fill in. By all accounts, Tye Trujillo is killing it. I just hope he has his own dressing room away from all the…usual tour stuff.
BLUR’S SONG 2 TURNS 20
Ready to feel old? The song that’s played at countless sporting events and dive bars is now old enough to be in college. It came out in April of 1997, and still has people involuntarily shouting WOO-HOO to this day. Damon Albarn, the man who shouts the iconic words, is back with a new album and tour with his other famous band, Gorillaz. Their tour sees them stop at the Festival d’Ete du Quebec in Quebec City.