Two new artists in Rock Band next week as Harmonix gives us a four-pack from Spoon and a single from christian group P.O.D.
Unrelated to the DLC at all, but it was the non-stop blaring of P.O.D.’s “Youth of the Nation” by my hideously discourteous neighbors that gave me the final shove I needed to run far, far away from my apartment and find my own house. So thanks for that, P.O.D.!
Seems no love for LEGO again this week which is weird because most all of these would sit perfectly well there, especially “Alive”. Maybe they just forgot to mark them.
First up, if you don’t know Spoon you really should. They’re probably one of the best – and more, one of the most consistently fantastic – indie bands out there. Do yourself a favour and go listen to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Gimme Fiction.
“Trouble Comes Running” is from their latest album Transference. It’s just a really catchy, hooky, solid rock song, bottom line.
“Don’t You Evah” is actually a cover (originally by The Natural History) but Spoon take the song and make it their own, turning it into something uncertain, kinda snarky and a little sexy. The song has a great depth to it, and who can’t love that slinky little bass groove?
“I Turn My Camera On” is Spoon at their minimal best, allowing Britt Daniel’s vocals to be the primary instrument while everything else just weaves a delicate net around song to hold it all in place. It’s a great song, but I have to admit that within the plastic realm I’m not sure how it would be to play; I can’t imagine it being a go-to song in the game for anyone but the vocalist. (Unless, of course, Keepon is visiting, then how could you pick anything else?)
Then there’s “Got Nuffin'”, which is a little odd for me in that it’s one of Spoon’s few songs that never quite grabbed me. It’s a darker and flatter song, which is only enhanced when you look at it within the context of this pack. It’s seemingly lacking that “it”, that thing that leaps out at you immediately and declares itself to be a great song. Instead it sounds like the broody cousin of shoegazing, with a bitter edge that makes it a little too self-aware. Still all that said, it stands out in the pack because it’s so different, and from that standpoint alone I think it’s a great inclusion, even if it wouldn’t have been my first choice.
Finally we have “Alive” by P.O.D. It’s almost comical to me that this is included alongside Spoon – going from a group that actively works to keep their sound to its minimal core to something that practically wallows in its own over-production. For me, this is a pass. It was hideously overplayed and just doesn’t stand the test of time very well in my opinion.