He also makes it a very upbeat, yet muffled, background that suggests a feel good, fun song. Riding the lines between genres has been Moonspell’s forte for a very long time. The deep growling vocals have been a trait of death metal music.
One of the most creative minds active in the modern music scene, Todd Fink hails from Omaha, Nebraska, where he presently awaits my phone call. A shy and slow speaking voice answers the phone.
“Funeral March” serves as a prime example. It begins sounding very much like a hardcore song, in the style of bands like Most Precious Blood. It shifts seamlessly into deathcore, despite the lack of breakdown. The song maintains that hardcore pacing, but takes the heaviness and riffing of death metal. When the breakdown finally arrives, it’s almost the end of the song. The listener has been taken through hardcore, death metal and strong melodies, making it more satisfying. The breakdown itself is thematically appropriate, as it has the strict, marked beat of a march.
Jett, who started out alongside Lita Ford in the Runaways, is probably best known for her huge 80’s hit “I Love Rock N’ Roll.” But music fans will also remember “Bad Reputation”, “I Hate Myself For Loving You”, “Little Liar” and awesome covers such as Gary Glitter’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)”, Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Crimson and Clover”, The Modern Lovers’ “Roadrunner” and AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds.” Jett also starred in the movie “Light of Day” with Michael J. Fox in 1987, with the title song written by Bruce Springsteen.
There’s a film being made – that I have had the privilege to work on – about the scene back in the day, called When We Ruled H-Town. It’s still in production but there was a show in February to preview the first part of the film and reunite several of the bands. Over 600 people showed up at Fitzgerald’s during yet another of our infamous icestorms. J. Schneider and Brent Himes are doing the film and bands are coming out of the wordwork to be a part of it.
It seemed like it was a little bit of a dig at electronic music but at the same time it is what it is. It’s fun to have an instrument where you just press a button. Knowing what to press and when is kind of a neat job.
TS: (laughs) All of it was true, but there was some tricky editing. We went to the label jokingly and asked for a drink budget for the video and somehow, we got it. It gave us a chance to get trashed and roam around Vegas. But in reality, we had a blast in Vegas- but it was filmed all night on a Monday- totally dead night there. It was a lot of fun but it wasn’t as crazy as the video seemed. I see videos as this necessary evil and you’ve gotta have a movie sized budget in order to make a real killer video.
Nevertheless there is a growing outlet for bands who are still “exotic” or add new textures into darkened sounds. I am thinking of Katatonia as the best example, their crowd is really strong and their songs are not really conventional. Anyway, that diversity came from two things: the want for originality and the fact we just like a lot of music and our influences are diverse and one wants to catch everything in the moment.
The Midwest Meltdown US Tour will begin on Sept. 16 and the next night will be in St. Louis at Fubar. The full list of tour dates is available here. Their debut album will be available on Oct. 4.