Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Elegant Simplicity

Ok, maybe elegant isn't the right word.  Maybe brutal is more accurate, but either way, "Wild International" by One Day as A Lion is another example of the supreme power of simplicity.  It's easy to create something that hides behind bells and whistles.  But the ability to create something that will hold up once the novelty wears off, listen after listen, and that is completely stripped down to its essential elements, that is the mark of true skill.  De la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age) combine their skill to produce a song that doesn't need complex structure, intricate fills, or even more than two instruments.  It's drums, a distorted keyboard, a voice, and raw power.

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Evan Jones is a painter, drummer, and avid music lover.