Hailing from Portugal, not a country we usually associate with badassery of the musical kind, comes a gem that has been firmly placed in my “Music to relax to” bank of my iTunes library for some time now. Anyone who knows me will be ready to discount my music taste as whale music, or repetitive. Explain that to the baby Jesus you uncultured heathens!
Before I introduce these conquistadorian geniuses I would like to explain a little about their music. A friend once told me he has no interest in Post-Rock because he doesn’t like the idea that for in order for there to be a post anything the previous has to be extinct,
and that isn’t a world he wants to imagine. It’s such a shame that the music might have that kind of stigma, a feeling that only the pretencious will enjoy it, or you have to love obscure french cinema to be the type of person. Doohickey. Post-Rock is an immensely imaginitive genre. It possibly has more in common with classical music (not Classical, but classical) but with “rock” instruments.
But most of all I love it because it is different, because after listening to large amounts of nordic mythology in metal form I need something to bring me down, something to make the world seem beautiful. The All Star Project do just that. Their music is very similar to acts such as Explosions in the Sky or Do Make Say Think (minus the electronic samples) but with a few chunks of movie text or obscure quotes thrown in.
“Your Reward… a Bullet” is the only album by TASP I own and I’m not going to lie to you and tell you its the best thing since sliced Faith No More. However there a few musical gems in there. One track alone makes me love them, but more on that in a bit.
Their opener puts me in a good mood right off the mark “Riding the Bullet” begins with a very true and slightly sarcastic line: “Don’t worry about that… Right where would rock and roll be without feedback!?” Then fades in the music. Although the song itself is more of the same tremolo notes and delay we see in every other piece of post-rock it serves as a strong begining.
On to the penultimate and by far best track “Lasers Go Through Monkeys” again it is the quotes in the track that really make it. An almost yorkshire accent tells us of the importance of Diamonds and Monkey Lasering, which just seems to really calm me down.
There isn’t much more for me to say than to tell you to go and hunt down at least a few tracks, maybe if your in Portugal go and visit a show, take a visit to iTunes and buy the two tracks I have mentioned if nothing else. This band at least deserves a moment of your time.