I can’t quite recall exactly how I ended up on John Gold’s MySpace page. What I do remember is how fast his album The Eastside Shake grew on me. Well, the few tracks that were featured on his page, however. I wrote something to John about how much I enjoyed his songs, which led to him sending me a physical copy of the entire album. For free. Just like that. Those were the MySpace days, I tell you. Ever since his CD landed in my mailbox it’s been one of my favorites in my collection. Not necessarily because I think the album itself is one of the best I’ve heard, but rather thanks to the kindness of John, the memories of being 15 something and getting free records and last but not least the flawless album design.
Simple graphic design and materials. Isn’t it beautiful?
John Gold’s music on Spotify is split to two different artist pages. You can listen to The Eastside Shake here (Idea99 and There’s a (W)Hole are my favorites) and some other releases here.
John Gold currently has 14 224 listeners on Last.fm.
I know why I decided to check out Intohimo’s songs on MySpace.
1) Their band name is really cool.
2) Their first record is called Failures, Failures, Failures & Hope, which is a cool title.
3) The cover of that record looks cool.
Basically, I was merely a kid and everything about this band was cool. And of course I wanted to hear more from this cool band. I bought the Failures record back then, in 2007, and I still enjoy it a lot. It’s a record for people who like Underoath-y post hardcore stuff. I never really got into their later releases, but I usually play Failures quite a few times every autumn. Like now.
Here’s a two tracks for you all to embrace:
(“Burn the old for new things to come”. How beautiful is that?)
Oh, and by the way, these guys are from Sweden. Disbanded by now, though. However, you can check Intohimo out on Spotify if you’d like to.
Intohimo currently have 20 996 listeners on Last.fm.
Back in 2003 I started hanging out on MySpace. At the time, few people in Sweden did. I used the site frequently for about four or five years. It was such an amazing place to find new bands and artists. Some of those I found and started listening to have become quite famous within their scene. Others may not even be a band anymore.
In my new little section Findings from the Myspace era, I will share some of my favorite bands and artists from the MySpace days. Kind of nostalgic, at least for me. In this first part I will let you know about Dead City Riots. Saying they’re a band I found through MySpace is a lie, though. Here’s the story about how I started listening to them: my English teacher in upper secondary school had been to Scotland on vacation. When he came back he gave me a demo called Dead City Riots EP by the Glasgow based band Dead City Riots. (He knew I was very interested in new music, that’s why he gave me the EP.) From what I can remember, they had either been playing songs in the street or maybe just handed out CD:s for free. Not quite sure. It doesn’t really matter, either.
I couldn’t thank my English teacher enough for giving me that EP. It has a raw feeling to it, which I loved right from the start. I visited the band’s MySpace page and found out that they had released a whole record since that EP. After I had gotten in touch with the band (through MySpace) they sent me their album (for free) and for quite a few years I kept in touch with the bass player, Cameron. Dead City Riots’ album is called Always is Never the Same, and it’s still such a great collection of songs. I’ve lost touch with Cameron so I can’t be 100 % sure, but I think the band split. Or maybe they’ve done a blink-182 and are on an indefinite hiatus. However, I can’t find any new material from Dead City Riots. Sadly. It would’ve been interesting to see how their sound developed. And what is their sound, then? Well, post grunge could be a definition.
Dead City Riots – Something’s Got to Give
Dead City Riots – Car Crash
If you want to listen to Dead City Riots, you could start with the two songs above. They’re also on Spotify, but unfortunately enough their whole record isn’t there. Kind of sucks. But hey, it’s better than nothing!
Dead City Riots currently have 42 listeners on Last.fm.