but I love some energetic and powerful music sometimes if only
to offset this acoustic rut the world seems to have fallen
into. I remember when the “unplugged” craze hit and
I remember cursing the musical gods with epithets which mostly
contained the phrase, “If God had wanted us to listen to
acoustic music all the time, he would not have invented
electric guitar and amplifiers!” And I meant it. I mean,
a lot of the bands which gave up stacks of Marshalls to sit on
stools or folding chairs barely made it behind the wall of
sound the amps created. Acoustically, their warts grew to
sci-fi proportions, the music barely passable if that. Nope,
give me electric most of the time and give it to me in
mountainous proportions. I want time changes and power and a
voice to string it together. I want rhythms which force you to
listen or leave--- that's right, I don't want the unadventurous
invading my space. Wait! That's it! Headslap! I want adventure!
And there are few
bands out there as adventurous as Ticktockman.
These guys are like anemones. Ideas fall onto them and they
digest them and somehow come up with culinary delights for the
ears way beyond most of the tripe passing for music these days.
Dare I call them progressive? What does that mean anymore? Hard
rock? They definitely have a hard edge but they don't play hard
rock, at least not the three chord blast-em-out version many of
us accept as such. Grunge? I still haven't quite figured out
what that is,
perhaps because I had lived through a couple of decades of rock
metamorphoses before it came along.
can tell you this. They are powerful. They are tight---
as my old drill sergeant used to say. They are adventurous,
grabbing influences wherever and whenever it strikes their
fancy. You don't hear jazzy guitar solos in the midst of tracks
Move Along! without
a sense of adventure.
can point out bands which also have that sense of adventure:
and that's only three, although three of my all-time favorites.
I'm sure there are others, though at the present I am amped up
on caffeine and don't really care. What I care about is getting
the word out about Ticktockman.
You should hear these guys, if only to give you fodder for your
next “Trash the Gutchman” rant. If only to prove me
right or wrong. If only to, in the best case scenario, find a
band to set you back on your heels.
There are a handful of bands out there you should be hearing!
Bands which are a step above, both musically and rhythmically.
These guys are one. Pick your instrument (and I don't mean the
fleugelhorn) and get set to be schooled. These guys are that