From Aural Fixation

The Concert Curse

I never started going to shows until probably 2009. I went to a few here and there if they didn’t require me to leave town. It wasn’t until I had been to at least a dozen or so that i realized I was cursed.
I went to Kings of Leon with my ex, who for all intents and purposes is about 60% responsible for my current musical tastes. But, about 90% responsible for my concert experiences. We went to see them, and it was great. So much so, in fact, we went the next year and took a couple of our friends. Another great time, I even photo-bombed a girl taking photos with Taco Bell mascots.

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Photo-Bombing Responsibly

The next year however, the band didn’t tour through Indiana. they didn’t again for 3-4 years. I was disappointed, but I dealt with it. Bands need time to record new music so I can listen to it while drunk in a field. I understand.
Then, I saw Wild Beasts (another favorite) at Lollapalooza. It was great. I stood propped against a rail in the front row for hours and loved it. A few years later we were standing in another Wild Beast music festival performance. This time Coachella, frying our asses off. It was even better. It sounded like deviant choral music.

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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts is a UK band, so catching them on tour was a bit difficult. I even had a discussion one night at the campsite with a drunken Irish guy about how amazing they were and how difficult it was to see them live.
So, imagine my disappointment when I found out the band was dis-banding in 2017. I then thought back to other acts I had seen over the years. I had joked before that I must be cursed. Each time I found a band I truly wanted to see live more than once some form of Fate intervened.

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Keyboardist from Foxy Shazam

The quick list is as follows: Killswitch Engage (singer left, replaced by previous singer), Foxy Shazam (no idea just haven’t seen them touring nearby), Beats Antique, The XX, Black Keys, and I am sure there are more.
I am afraid to get too excited about following bands now. I don’t want to bear the burden of them breaking up, or dying mid-flight with Ritchie Valens & Big Bopper.

Is it a curse? Or maybe the bands are Ghosting me?

They don’t want some out-of-place mid-life crisis mulatto with aching joints front and center while they try to whip the crowd into a frenzy.

Aural Fixation: Mansionair

It began in 2014 when singer Jack Froggatt, accepted an invitation to top-line a suite of production beats by producer/guitarist Lachlan Bostock and drummer/producer Alex Nicholls. ‘Hold Me Down,’ a m√©lange of ethereal falsetto and ambient-synth-pop brought together the individual talents of each musician and solidified the formation of the band now known as Mansionair.

To be fair there isn’t a whole lot of selection from the band, but what songs they have¬†sound great. What songs are available are great ambient tunes. Astronaut(Something About Your Love) is a personal favorite. Easier has a definite sultry rhythm with melancholy (yet a bit hopeful) lyrics. Violet City is the current single with a lot of mainstream exposure and what got me interested.

The videos themselves reflect the bands sound. Minimal but meaningful. There is no doubt the trio are all tried & true musicians. The sound, visuals, and lyrics do have the feel of thought out branding. It isn’t a bad thing, but it is a trap artists eventually find themselves in upon successive releases. Though I hope for their sake (and my own) they continue to evolve musically so I can add to my future playlists.
Until we find out I suggest we sit back, relax and enjoy.