Bay Area post _____ folk rocksters Two Gallants have been slinging the musical goodness for years but this old song (what was 2005 even LIKE, man) is still my favorite of theirs. It's one of the best murder ballads this (alive) side of J. Cash. See them Friday at The Observatory or die tryin'.
Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring do their cold melodic thing at Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday. Also (as of this writing) their hometown hockey team the Edmonton Oilers are in dead last place in the NHL at a cooooool 8 wins and 14 losses.
I guess it's possible to have a miserable time at a chk chk chk (!!!) show but it's not likely. I'd play the odds on this one. Sunday. Echoplex. Be there. Or, don't. I don't care. I just want you to be #happy
Last year Haybaby played 27 shows that we listed. They probably played a bunch more that we didn't list for whatever reason let's not read into the listing vs. not listing thing too much let's just have fun and talk about good music. This year, as of this writing, (9:36 AM in the Year That I'm Writing This A.D.) Haybaby has played 26 shows that we've listed. Why didn't we list the other ones they probably played? I don't know, maybe because Rockness is only two people we do our best and sometimes it might not be good enough but we try real hard and GET OFF OUR BACK.
These real music stats expertly researched by me proves that Haybaby has been out there (since 2011) and they've been working hard and that's why they now sound so good. That's the way it works, right? Practice = good. I hear talent plays a factor too. Luckily, Haybaby doesn't have to choose between the two. They have both.
So you wanna know what kind of sound these three peeps (Leslie! Sam! Jeremy!) are slinging? No need to answer I'm going to tell you anyway so put your thinking caps on. Think rock. Think punk. Think sludge. Think math. Think pop. Think heavy meets pretty. Think of a time you were really happy. Think of the best meal you've ever had. Think about those you love. Think whatever you want. Just keep thinking. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.
If listening is more your thing, Haybaby has released several different sound offerings over the span of their existence and you can find and blast them all right here. The convenience of the World Wide Inter Face is amazing. But let's focus on the band's very fine debut album which was recently released by the very fine record label, Tiny Engines (home to: Beach Slang + The Hotelier + Somos + Annabel + Cayetana + Mannequin Pussy + a bunch more bands I like feel free to like them too). You can stream it directly below these words. You don't even have to leave this page you can just play and repeat and stay on Oh My Rockness forever if you want.
(I never update these band profiles since there are no rear view mirrors here at Oh My Rockness but I promise you I will return to this page in 2016 and fill you in on how many shows Haybaby played that year. This is my solemn music blob vow.)
I've listened to a lot of new music this year and most of it was fine. Not great. Not terrible. Fine. Some music I listened to sucked, for sure. But I just turned those songs off. No big deal. No harm. No foul.
And then there were the songs I listened to that I loved. I'd like to talk to you about those songs now.
The following are my 15 favorite jams of 2015. They are listed in no particular order. I love them all equally. They are all my songs.
This almost six minute song from this very fine Connecticut band has everything, man. Emo. Punk. Math Rock. Pop. It's all here. Here what you're gonna hear. Dueling male/female vocals soar over pretty melodies that (spoiler) soon shall explode. I'm not going to tell you when. Just wait for it. Wait for it all. There are so many moving parts to this song you're going to have to just see how it plays out and when it's all said and done I bet you feel something and isn't it nice you can still do that? Also (and you can totally quote me on this) “January 10, 2014" is the best song based on a This American Life podcast EVER.