It’s weird how everything comes full circle…
Today I bought a Zune Pass. Thought I’d give it a try. First thing I downloaded was the soundtrack to “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” by Ennio Morricone. I don’t know what it is, but his work is amazing!
Then I started browsing the Top 100 to see what’s new and worth listening to. I learned a few things from that. It’s full of shit, and music today all sounds the same/sounds like shit.
Then I decided to look up “Dynamite Hack”. I’m not sure why. I’ve looked them up for the last 11 years, hoping to find something new but to no avail. So why try again today? Who knows. But I did, and was pleasantly surprised.
Their new album “How To Break Up A Band” finally came out. It only took 9 years. And I’m thoroughly pleased.
To give you a background, It’s 2000. I’ve listened to the RHCP’s “Californication” album to death. I see an album called “Superfast” by Dynamite Hack. It seems familiar, yet not. I pick it up. I realize where I know them from. They came out with that shitty cover of “Boyz N Tha Hood” by Eazy E. “Great, there goes wasted money” I thought. But I decided to give the album a spin anyway, and I was thorougly impressed. The rest of the album was REALLY good, it was just that stupid song that sucked, which is ironic because it got the most radio play and people hated it. Weird how that works.
2001 I find their website and they have a shit ton of demos and B-sides on it. Stuff that didn’t make the cut or would be on the album. Very rough, unfinished stuff. I downloaded every last crappy recording and played them incessantly, waiting to hear the polished, finished versions on their next, new album in 2002.
But 2002 came and went, and nothing, Not a blip. Then in 2003, their site was taken down. Then in 2004 I found out that their label dropped them. Every year, I would check up on them via a Google search with nothing new.
And now, 9 years later, the shit quality demos I’ve been listening to finally have that polished sound. Of course the sound seems dated. Not the quality, but the influence, but I like it. It takes me back.
It’s not for everyone. It’s clearly an alternative rock sound. These guys toured with Weezer and Marvelous 3 back in the day. But if you’re feeling up to it, and have a Zune Pass, check them out.
To me, the most noteworthy songs are: Ross’s Plea, Communication Problems, and Planet Cleaner.