7-Day Mixtape: Vol. 54 – GOODNIGHT, SUNRISE
We took the month of March off – but never fear, the 7-Day Mixtape lives!
Don’t let any older press indicating their drummer-less status fool you, GOODNIGHT, SUNRISE (or GNSR for short) the Toronto rock quartet comprised of Andrew Charters, David Kochberg, Vanessa Vakharia, and Paul Weaver have been busy carving out a niche for their lively stage antics around the GTA as of late.
Riding the cusp of their three-track debut EP Fragments back in November – which you can conveniently download FOR FREE over on Bandcamp – the four-piece just showcased at their first festival gig for Canadian Music Week 2012 in March and are planning a plethora of shows throughout the summer in Toronto (with perhaps a foray over to the Ottawa/Montreal area in the works) ahead of the release of their freshman full length LP later in 2012.
We caught up with The iM’s April 2012 Featured Artist and guitarist/vocalist David Kochberg gladly weighed in with some of his favourite tunes at the moment – hit up GOODNIGHT, SUNRISE at the following links, and check out some of the stuff they’re currently into in the stream below.
HEARTLESS BASTARDS – Marathon
This tune builds so effortlessly – it feels like swinging in a hammock. The song structure is pretty simple but it’s so carefully orchestrated; everything comes in without haste and the instruments swell to a sprint finish, woven together by the commanding vocal melody.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – Readymade
Drummer Chad Smith’s ability to flip a beat over is way-cool and here he does it in every single verse line. And Frusciante is a modern guitar god – the Chili Willies just aren’t the same without him. Maybe not his best solo but it shreds and this tune’s got a deep groove. And cowbell.
THE FEATURES – Rambo
Found this band/album by randomly looking through Bandcamp for new discoveries: SUCCESS!
WEEZER – El Scorcho
Because sometimes, dammit, you just want a feel-good sing-along with Rivers.
HEY ROSETTA! – Holy Shit (What A Relief)
Another band that has mastered the art of dynamics. Even without knowing specifically what he’s talking about: you can feel it, you can relate to him, you are relieved. And then after this tender four-minute crescendo – BOOM: time-change instrumental resolution.
THE DECEMBERISTS – The Wanting Comes in Waves
Not having listened to the entire concept album that contains this song, I have no clue what it’s about. But I’ve listened to their previous concept album The Crane Wife a million times and have no clue what that one’s about so I’m content to just accept that Colin Meloy writes beautiful poetry that I don’t need to understand. This band also manages to cross genre boundaries seamlessly, often within the same song: folk, funk, prog – nothing is off limits but it never feels forced, just another tool to tell another story. And the pipes on that woman!
CLOUD NOTHINGS – Wasted Days
Deceptively epic, and the lyrics (and delivery) haunting: “I thought … I would … be more … than this …”. Regret, disappointment, anger without focus – that’s what I hear. Not to get all sociological, but this tune makes me think about the extent to which popular music reflects its audience. (And the crowd in the mosh pit when they played this song at Canadian Music Week definitely fit the bill…) Apathy and disconnect have often been lyrical and sonic influences in indie music for the last couple years, but this dude is saying it like he really means it: like he actually wants to change something, even if he doesn’t seem to know what that is. The whole album is all over the place in style and content, which makes it confusing, interesting, and damn fun to listen to. (The drummer is also an alien robot: see Youtube.)
Bonus: THE WHO – A Quick One (While He’s Away)
It just feels wrong not to include a classic rock track. This is Pete Townsend’s first experiment with the rock opera – they couldn’t afford a cello section as planned so they just sang “cello cello cello…” A brilliantly silly tune from one of the most fascinating and game-changing bands, ever. The video of them doing this live on the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was for me, without exaggeration, life-altering.