bITS 'N CHUNKS
Well, while I'm trying to diversify my bonds on this blog, I was gathering up ideas and I realized one thing I almost never write about is music. It's absurd, because music inspires a good 90% of my writing. I'm not one of those people that is good at making playlists or anything, but there's a lot of times when I can read an old story and pinpoint either the movie I was ripping off or what was playing in the background.
I love sharing music, but I'm fully aware the majority of my friends don't listen to what I do and I also cop to falling into Tortured White Man or You've Probably Never Heard of Them genres. I won't tell you how long I've been listening to thrash or how I feel about postmodern punk, I would rather just show you and have a good ol' chat about guttural screams and writing. I dub this segment.... That's My JAM!
So, for this inaugural TMJ post, I want to bring up something I've been listening to off and on. This is Joel Grind's solo/side album, Equinox. Please check it out.
I said solo/side thing because Joel's main gig is Toxic Holocaust, a revival thrash/speed metal project that sounds like actual battery acid in your ears in the best way. Technically, it's a one man band so one could argue that it's a solo project as well. Regardless, Equinox appears to be Joel's home away from home. When I first heard it, I was pleasantly shocked. As Joel stated in the Facebook post that announced the album, Equinox is intended to capture the old school vibe of a giallo movie. It does exactly that. If you've seen my header lately, you might guess that I'm pretty into giallo. So of course this is right up my alley.
These songs are so eerie and they get me in the mood to either be sinister or write something really Hammer-esque. Because it's giallo, I hear foggy nights, neon lit interiors, a woman strangled with pearls, and sinew? If you're struggling with goth make up this will help you (although I wouldn't call it goth per se). I don't think I've poured out anything directly inspired by this album but as the days grow long and warm and I have stared listening to it again, I think I just...might.
So how was it? The first TMJ post! I hope there's more regularly haha.
Ia! If you've come this far, you're either looking for weird or you know you've found it...