Monday, November 28, 2005

Living Things - Bom Bom Bom

(wanna watch the video instead? click here)
I'm not sure what I think of this band. "Bom Bom Bom" is a catchy song that has a sound to it that makes it seem destined for an iPod, car or beer commercial. There's a twist though - Living Things are supposedly a massively political band who initially tried to release an album titled "Black Skies in Broad Daylight" last year, but from what I understand couldn't get a real release on it in the US because of the Interscope/Dreamworks deal... and they were ripping up effigies of Bush onstage every night. The video and lyrics give some indication of this, but the song doesn't feel dangerous at all, and the video is bright enough that any intended message will probably fly over everyones heads. SPIN and even the reputable at that time were really high on this band, spouting out "next Nirvana" over and over again, when really they are so slick (despite being produced by Steve Albini) that they seem to be more along the lines of Danko Jones, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, or even... Jet. The newly released "Ahead of the Lions" is mostly material from the "Black Skies" sessions. Whether you like it or not I bet you're likely to be hearing this track everywhere soon enough.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The download URL seems to load the file download page fine but clicking 'download now' returns a 403 Forbidden error. Might have been frozen since its an MP3, try zipping it or using Ogg Vorbis or something.

Great song though, heard it on the radio, I'd buy it but I don't have a credit card and I can't find it locally.