MusicDish e-Journal - December 11, 2019
MusicDish Advertising Network
» HOME » INSIDER SCOOP » CAREER TIPS » MUSIC SPOTLIGHT » MUSICDISH*CHINA
» INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS » NEWS BEAT » DIGITAL SKOOL » OPEN REVIEW » MUSICDISH EDELWEISS
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Tvfordogs: Barking up the right tree with Heavy Denver
By Mark Kirby
(more articles from this author)
2002-12-03
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

...they meld various styles into a distinctive sound earmarked by Neil Luckett's voice that recalls Guided By Voices' Bob Pollard and XTC's Andy Partridge, mixed with the sincere rock histrionics of Iggy Pop. His guitar is raw, noisy, and intense but also intricate, quiet and subtle (raw and cooked?), often in the same song.

So much is wrong with rock music today. Rap rock beer commercial soundtracks are the new grunge. And radio, I mean the Clear Channel network? Please. Never mind downloads, CD sales are down because of bad content. Image, sales, cross promotion - these are the watchwords of today's music. What about songs and emotion? Check out tvfordogs' "Heavy Denver."

Unlike most rock, which has all the depth of a one-trick pony, tvfordogs, like the best rock bands past and present, shift gears and blend the songs on the CD in a way that not only puts the individual songs in best relief, but take the listener on a journey, without being all over the map, helter skelter. How do they do it? First of all, they meld various styles into a distinctive sound earmarked by Neil Luckett's voice that recalls Guided By Voices' Bob Pollard and XTC's Andy Partridge, mixed with the sincere rock histrionics of Iggy Pop. His guitar is raw, noisy, and intense but also intricate, quiet and subtle (raw and cooked?), often in the same song. Secondly, the band plays tastefully and in service of the songs. Andres Luengo's drumming is especially noteworthy. His shifting beats, rolls, and accents propel the music, providing actual musical accompaniment, not unlike Ringo Starr (check whiplash inducing beat shifts on "Clouds"). Mark Horner's bass rocks the bottom end, but adds melodic counterpoint. Adding more distinct flava are the percussion, strings, guitar and noises of Sarah Freestone, tvfordogs' Brian Jones-like wild card. Her colorings shine on "Capsule Wardrobe," where her piano riff and metallic atmospherics provide the sound bed out of which the ever rising power ballad emerges, layer by layer. Mr. Luckett writes, "Among my favorite songwriters are the Beatles..." Indeed, it's touches like these and the string quartet on "Too Soon to Leave" that bear this out more so than the pop harmonies and deceptively complex song writing evidenced by the ought-to-be classic "Around," with its rising and falling vocal melodies that harmonically resolve in surprising yet logical ways.

MP3: "Capsule Wardrobe"

One thing that plagues of rock bands is that what can sound like a unified style on record, sounds like a one riff song played ad nauseam live in concert, i.e., they bore and disappoint (the Strokes). That's not a problem here. "When I first started... I was into punk. Now I write string quartets," states Luckett. Just like Bowie, Guided By Voices, and other rock musicians that still inspire and sell records, in defiance of the industry, this band proves that trendy "innocence" can't front on skill and experience. The depth and command of tvfordogs' musical palette must surely make for a cool live experience (seen Bowie live this year?).

Besides working with the usual forms - punk variants, power pop, the ubiquitous "emo" - tvfordogs reaches back, or forward, in the song "Emergent." In a nod to prog rock pioneers like King Crimson and Air, er, I mean Pink Floyd, this lovely instrumental of strings, synths, and percussion sounds floats on gentle variations of a sweet simple melody. Even the ancient grunge formula, in these talented hands, appears fresh. Witness the song "Keep it Coming." It starts with drums playing a subtle back beat and vibrating guitar over which ghostly vocals sail: "Keep it coming... My ears are singing and my fingers' drummin'/ give me time give me love give me something but keep it coming." Then the song crashes the loud chorus: "I'm not surprised it's come to this, it was always there, I won't deny I can't resist... don't turn me off or bring me 'round." This musical screed on raw desire takes a lyrical turn that has Kurt Cobain's head noddin', so to speak, in the afterlife: "Keep it coming... my skin is burning, walls still turning, guess that's something so keep it coming." Alas, while their sound is radio friendly, their intelligence and variety of songs will prevent them from obtaining corporate sponsorship, but we can enjoy them and be moved.

I engaged band leader Neil Luckett (NL) in the following witty repartee.

Q. Getting your music to the world is so tough. Why did you decide to make music in the first place?

NL: Getting music to the world is tough but I think of that as a separate issue to making the music in the first place. I have no real reasons for making music other than it's great fun and good therapy. I don't remember ever making any conscious decision to make music, I just bought a guitar as a lot of teenagers do. I messed around with it and enjoyed the sounds I could make, the people I would meet through playing, and the songs we would write.

Q. What are your earliest musical memories? Did your parents play music in the house?

NL: My earliest musical memories are of fairly serious music being played around the house... Mahler, Janacek and others, but a lot of lighter classical music, too. My parents took my brother and I to classical concerts when we were very young. I remember us both protesting strongly, but, in retrospect, I'm really glad for those early experiences.

Q. How has the media in England and the rest of Europe treated your band? I know the Brits can be persnickety (critical) and irreverent (takin' the piss outta you). When will tvfordogs, like the Beatles and Culture Club before you, conquer America?

NL: Strangely, we haven't got to the stage of engaging the media in England and the rest of Europe yet. America was our first port of call. Perhaps that was a decision subconsciously made to avoid persnicketiness and irreverence, but we'll let you know how we get on when we encounter them. Well, it's going to be hard to walk in the footsteps of those two giants, but we'll be coming over as soon as possible and who knows?

www.tvfordogs.com
www.mp3.com/tvfordogs_us


Home » Music Spotlight » Tvfordogs: Barking up the right tree with Heavy Denver
Permalink:http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=7147
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top


MusicDish Advertising Network

Music Spotlight

» Hollywood Heavyweights Launch New Christian Music Label

» Round Hill Music And Zync Sign Madge To Joint Venture

» YG PLUS and Gracenote to Bring K-POP to Fans around the World

» Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017

» HBC Fall Festival Celebrates 12 years of HBC Fest

Music Spotlight Directory



» [2018-09-16] Live Nation Electronic Asia Inks Deal With Budweiser For Creamfields Festivals; Together, Creamfields And Budweiser Will Focus On Building Entirely New Content For Dedicated Electronic Music Fans Throughout Asia

» [2018-08-23] Andy Ma Appointed Warner Music China CEO; Andy Ma Has Also Been Appointed EVP, Commercial And Business Development For Greater China

» [2018-08-23] IndieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain; IndieOn Is Confident Of Creating A "music Miner" Who Listens More And Grow Their Token Value

» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group

» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences

» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business

» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group

» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World

» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing

» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Png Z

» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR


Micayla De Ette, Star Of The Upcoming Film Hold On, Releases Her New Single And Music Video "Write A Song", Featuring Flavor Flav

AWOLNATION Brings Fans "The Best" / Announces Tour With Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Pianist Luo Tingyuan Actively Advocates Cultural Exchanges On Classical And New Music - A Review For 'Young Professionals On Stage' Recital Series

Deadline Looms For Musicians - The 16th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

C Z A R I N A Releases Samurai Music Film "BLAZE: Dances Of The Yokai"

Stephanie Ryann Releases Her Official Music Video For "Whiskey Regret"

New Jersey Rock Band Scores Endorsement And Big Shows



Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships