Random Musings: We Are All Different, Not

Posted: January 25, 2011 in music, Random Musings
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Rock music is partly about being different, distinctive, isn’t it? Trawling through new releases, I came across three successive songs from different bands, all of which used the same approach to vocal dynamics: Sing the slow parts melodically, scream the loud parts as though you’re trying to blow your lungs out through your larynx, a techique developed by such old, established bands as Linkin Park.

The songs are as follows:

  • Weight of the Sun (or the Post-Modern Prometheus) – And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  • “Learn to Live” – Architects
  • “The Light” – Decoder

Perhaps I find this similarity more grating because I never really did like that dynamic device. In fairness, Architects sound most like a straight-up rock band, despite the vocal contrivance. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead deserve a special award for having a combined song title and band name that nearly requires vinyl just to hold the print. But overall, the similarities put me too much in mind a scene from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”.

In the scene, Brian awakes one morning to find his followers assembled below his bedroom window. As part of his efforts to dissuade people from following him, he at one point calls down to the crowd.

Brian: You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re all individuals!
Crowd (in unison): Yes! We’re all individuals!
Brian: You’re all different!
Crowd: [in unison] Yes, we are all different!
Lone voice: I’m not.
Crowd: Shhhh!

Forget the crowd, listen to your inner voice. More individuals please.


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