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ALBUM OF WEEK 35: TOUGH LOVE

A random winter morning of Sunday early this year, I was forwarded a list of albums I had to review for a Spanish rock magazine, my all time favorite one, Popular 1 Rock. Even though I had already noticed its years of glory were long gone, it had been one of the most important rock reference when I started in this terrific side of music, so writing something for it was kind of honor and pleasure. My first live show reviews, Justin Townes Earle and My Morning Jacket gigs in Stockholm, had been published, and reviewing some albums gave the chance to collaborate and have my words truly published on paper.

Reviewing albums is one of the most unfair, cold and music killer thing to do. You have to sum up the work of a band into 300 words, and you barely listen to the tracks 2-3 times. At the end of the day your perception is subjective and unreal, and depending on the popularity you enjoy, you might influence your readers a lot. What if you have to write about a death metal album? I’m not into death metal, in fact I hate that style, but sometimes you do what you gotta do and don’t complain. Again, it’s not fair.

When I write about the album of the week here, not distinguishing among new releases and old stuff, I don’t intend to write a review, but what the albums mean to me and the impact they have in my life. if I can convince to give them a try, I feel rewarded.

That Sunday afternoon, affected by massive hangover, after having lunch and sleeping siesta, I was more or less ready to start my task, and fortunately I decided to start with this Tough Love, second work recorded by a band from Leeds with a weird and interesting name: Pulled Apart By Horses.

I couldn’t have foreseen the explosion of this album right into my face, and had to listen to it the 5 times damn Spotify allowed me to simply put in order my ideas. So much energy is spread in each song, the first listenings of Tough Love are exhausting.

V.E.N.O.M, Wolf Hand and Shake off the Curse, the starters, are simply devastating. The intensity of the songs never low, but mayhem seems somehow eased a bit in Epic Myth and Give Me a Reason.

What’s their secret? Powerful riffs, repetitive chorus, a heavy rhythmic section, and the unique voice of Tom Hudson, histrionic and  screeching. Such combination, with an outstanding  and impressive live performances, make the career of these guys from Leeds absolute promising.

One of this latest generation of hardly to label bands, which have been absorbing metal, punk rock, hardcore, alternative styles and even experimental waves to eventually deliver their own proposal. It’s impossible not to think of At The Drive-In, AFI, Fugazi or Biffy Clyro, a band they’ve been tour supporting already.

It’s been more than 6 months since I had to write the review of Tough Love, I rated 7/10. My opinion has slightly changed, bearing in mind it was worth attending one of their live shows. If I had to rate it again, I’d rise the mark to 8-8,5 honest. Songs which blew my mind then, have been substituted by others I enjoy more. You know how it works, it all depends on your emotional state, not only music, but anything you have to perceive with your senses. Your mood is essential for assimilating everything, thus, I insist, I wouldn’t trust proper album reviews at the time to judge an album. Better to check what current people might have to say, and of course, now that we have sources to listen to albums before purchasing them, the best you can do is give them a try, better said, several tries, yourself.

Once this said I might not be trustworthy any longer, just to convince you Tough Love is a good album worth listening, I’ll confess I purchased my own copy months ago. 😉

THE FREAKEST MONTH IS DONE

I remember when my granny used to tell me that, the older I got, the faster time would pass by. She, as in many other things, was completely right, and sometimes I do feel very scared, as I see my life slipping out my control.

Some day very soon, I will tell you about one of last inspirations, Bill Hicks, the stand-up comedian, but in the meantime, I will quote a sentence that is coming to my mind almost on a daily basis: “I’m running out of time”.

Remember a couple of weeks ago I told you people were inquiring after my sleeping routine, sounding a bit worried about my heath ? Have you realized it happened as I predicted?  Eventually, I knew I was gonna crush, and that’s what happened last week…human body is a perfect engine after all, don’t you think?

Perhaps because my inactivity was so remarkable due to flu killing effects on me, and now that I’m getting back in business, this week comments and inquiries are related to my proactivity. Yes dears, apparently I’m a very active person, however I disagree, my constant feeling is that I’m great at wasting my time, which could be better optimized.

I don’t know whether I’m being conceit right now, nor how to call this exercise, but since I did it last month, I feel like repeating writing a list of the most remarkable achievements and activities done these last 29 days.

February, the shortest month of the year, however a tough one, still carrying the heavy burden of Xmas, and some of you of sales, on our backs, it’s not a very funny month.

1. Amsterdam and Rich Robinson. Truth is not all months you can start enjoying a flash trip to an European city with the major purposes of visiting a friend and attending a show of one f the core members of The Black Crowes. I feel very pleased and grateful to Sofia first, and to Rich Robinson  too. On the other hand, I’m actually quite proud of writing and then  transcribing visits and memories of those days to this blog, in order to share such moments with you.  And finally, the opportunity to collaborate with Popular 1 Rock Magazine by reviewing the show is, once again, an honor.

2. Considering I’m terrible at special occasions in terms of outfitting, I’m also glad that, thanks to my new fashion expert counselor, Eulàlia, I already got the perfect dress for my friend Artemio’s wedding. Cannot reveal the outfit yet, because he might peep, and it’s a surprise. You might wonder this has to be taken as a surprise. Well, believe me when I say I’d never looked so feminine in my entire life, so yes, we can make of this the event of the year. And hey! I dig, I look fine 🙂

Also, we also have the wedding present ready, and it’s a very special and amazing one, but again, it cannot yet be posted, or the surprise, and this is to be a surprise, would be ruined. What I can advance is that it’s exclusive and unique, as Artie and Mayra are, and that we, Kiko, Agnès and I, have thought of it with utmost love and tenderness.

I know you ain¡t suffering from panic attacks, but from here, you’ll be duly acquainted with The Rock n’ Roll Wedding.

3. I’m super glad and excited for being confirmed, while I was in Amsterdam, of an appointment I’ve got with Miss Arianna Settembrino in Rome, at Swan Song Tattoo, in mid April, to get one of her incredible pieces inked. I already talked about her super pro work. Positive she’s one of the current best tattoo artists in Europe. I really can’t wait to see the piece on my right forearm. It’s not that I’m wealthy all of a sudden, but referring to the subject I started this post with, time’s running and we have to take the chances as they come. We’ll worry about money afterwards.

4. Dj’n Session @ Psycho R’n’R Club. Can’t add anything to what I’ve already said about these sessions. First, I can play my own music out loud  in a bar, get free drinks, I’m surrounded by friends and people in party and dancing mood, and in this case, Psycho boys, who always make me feel at home…Can’t get enough of dj’n!

5. Very proud about being invited to write for Norma Jean Magazine. First assignment was a review on Shame, Steve McQueen’s controversial film, featuring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Hopefully more posts to come.

Even though I don’t think this fact has to be added to the list, I’d like to remark that it’s been 6 weeks since I quitted smoking, not yielding. To be honest, I don’t feel better nor worse, I don’t miss smoking most of time, but I’m still sleeping weird.

Hopefully I will add a new activity I finished February carrying out, next month. I’ve recovered my rollerskates, so I can refresh my poor knowledge of inline skating, and improve my skills. Now that Spring is almost here, and weather is smothering, it’s time to hit the road, and start enjoying some activities outdoors, once and for all.

And yes, I also purchased my blog domain so Since My Baby Left Me has now its own identity. Really glad about it!

Such has been February to me, a bit shaken by flu last week, but a good month after all. how ‘s been your February?