I’d like to apologize to SPARK SPEAKER, their bestest fans, their management and principles of good practice for even publishing this damn post, which is now more than a week overdue and has been taunting me about it for days. What a jerk!
A funny thing happened yesterday when I was putting together my admission of a torrid new love affair with GANG PARADE: My phone had actually died overnight, taking all of my usual notifications with it, so I was relying on blind-ass luck yesterday (hence: one post). I missed this development! So, bonus, here are four more new songs off of the new album:
Well after that little burst of excitement last week, GANG PARADE went and did one of my favorite things of theirs — they dumped a handful of tracks off of the new album titled in a way that I’ll be punning on it for years, onto Soundcloud, because apparently T-Palette is down with that kind of thing. If you were on the fence about whether to get the album*, may these additional previews sway you!
… and you know what’s kind of weird? I think it’s commonly accepted that GANG PARADE is WACK’s experimental unit. Not in the sense that they’re going to do a noise set with Hijokaidan or even go for graceful art pop like a certain ancillarily connected unit, but in the sense that they’re the unit that WACK tries things with first, or plays around with new sounds. Europop? Denpa song? Weak-ass “post-idol,” for lack of a better word? Whatever the hell you want to call “GANG PARADE”? So basically, it should never be a surprise that GANG PARADE’s doing a different sound with each significant release, or moving a successful style in a new direction.
In this case, I feel like what they were going with was “way more synth pop, but also violence.” Seeing as how those are two of my very favorite things, you can imagine my excitement! Continue reading →
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. — Some jerk called King James
I wasn’t actually even asleep yet when the messages started coming. But did I ignore them? You bet! It was late as hell and I was trying to wind down, not get into some mess. So imagine my surprise then to wake up to a chorus of humans calling out that BiSH had just Beyonce-released a new album:
Well, first, shame the heck on me for completely forgetting about the GANG PARADE album that … I mean, I feel like I’ve been seeing references to it on an almost daily basis and it was still barely registering. Weird. But! Second, hey, did you know that GANG PARADE was putting out an album today? GANG PARADE takes themselves higher!!
Usually that means either drugs or evolution or transcendence. Based on the MV (which, self-titled track?), which do you think?