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Out of Your Mouth is a project of prolific Canadian band-creator and music maker, Jason Darr (we’ll have another Darr project in the O&D posts soon). The band released their debut, and only, album Draghdad in 2004. The album had minor success with a cover of Madonna’s “Music.” Creative differences, and members leaving left OOYM no more. Thankfully, they left Draghdad to remember them by.
It’s no surprise Draghdad didn’t have commercial success (aside from the one song already popularized by Madonna), it isn’t a commercial rock album. It isn’t all that radio friendly, it just isn’t. Laying somewhere between batshit mania and electro-industrial-alternative-to-the-alternative hard rock, Draghdad is a giant goddamn ball of fun. Radio would only ruin that, IMO. Even if radio was afraid of it, you shouldn’t be. You should grab it, put it on your preferred listening device, and crank the shit out of it.
Start with these;
OUT OF YOUR MOUTH – DRAGHDAD
02. Bla Bla Bla
03. Beautiful When You’re Mad
04. Thanks For Nothing
06. Crime Pays
07. I’m Ugly
10. Last Day Alive
12. The Dream
13. Hidden Track
One and Done is a collection of posts exploring the bands from my music library that have, for whatever reason, released only one album. This time we are going to take a look at 2004’s The Crash of ’47, the lone release of the band Atomship.
Back in 2005 or 2006 last.fm introduced me to Atomship and Crash.. via the “similar bands” function. I was hooked immediately. At the time P2P sharing was all the rage, and I thought I’d try to get in on some of that. No luck. Dead seeds, fakes, virus infested zip files, all thwarted my efforts to procure this fucking awesome album. Finally I broke down and bought it.
What set this record apart is that it was different than the cookie-cutter nu-metal flooding the zone at the time. The Crash of ’47 is emotionally charged, the music is heavy, and feels urgent, sometimes almost desperate, and its filled with super/para-normal references (it is after all, named after the famous Roswell crash).
I don’t know why Acroma or keddaH split after the one release, but I have a theory about Atomship. I think once they were done, and listening to the final product, the band members were all like, “well, we’re boned. there’s no way we’ll ever top that.” Could be, because it is nearly flawless. In reality? the band could never get, or stay, on the same page. Some members quit the biz, and others went on to other projects, including Papercut Massacre.
Though Atomship didn’t go on to create more music, they at least left us with The Crash of ’47, and for that I, for one, am damn grateful.
Here’s some sample listening (the 1st is my favorite track, and the 2nd is the promoted single from the album):
Atomship – The Crash of ’47:
1. Day of Daze
4. Pencil Fight
6. Agent Orange
7. Time for People
11. Plastic People
One thing that’s always fascinated me about some records is the fact that a few individuals, each bringing something uniquely their own, get together to create something magical. Such is the case with the band keddaH’s 2004 release al’keme. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of info on the band on the internets save for a myspace tribute page, and a very brief page at Encyclopaedia Metallum.
But these guys got together in the Arizona desert (probably), threw in bits and pieces of themselves, and created what, to me, is a brilliant album. I know that’s how almost all music is made, by groups of individuals. But al’keme is something special. The music is dense. There’s a lot to hear. I’ve listened to al’keme probably a hundred times, and still hear new things; a guitar riff I missed before, a drum fill, a vocal intonation, etc.. This music is not made, it is crafted. By very talented craftsmen.
Now, my love of this album is admittedly a result of life events when I first heard it. I was going through some tough times, and my mood was generally not good. That Encyclopaedia Metallum page lists the band’s lyrical theme(s) as “life” (that’s not too broad at all). No, this album is righteous anger is musical form. Social commentary, weariness of being fed meaningless, cliched advice, and “leave-me-the-fuck-alone” are the main points being made, I think. That’s why it caught my ear, anyway. Because I was angry, it moved me, helped me deal with what was happening in my life at the time. Even now it gives me chills, not because I’m angry any longer, but because it is finely crafted music. I’m glad they made al’keme, I just wish it wasn’t the only one.
Shove these in your ears, increase volume, and possibly praise some invisible hand that may have pushed these guys to make this music.
[ Symbiotic | 04:39 | 4.34mb | mp3 ]
[ So Called | 05:08 | 4.78mb | mp3 ]
KeddaH – Al’Keme:
01. The Hallmark
02. You Lied (Live, Peach Cover)
07. So Called
09. The River
[these are all the songs I have, whether or not it is the whole album, I don’t know. It has all the GooglePlay Music version tracks, sans the less-than-a-minute fillers, plus the Peach cover..]
Some of the best albums in my music collection come from bands that released a single album, then… nothing. For whatever reason, no releases followed the originals, and fans were left wanting more. Even though said bands didn’t create any new music, the music they left us with is great. That a few people got together and created this art is great in and of itself, and if they choose to regroup and release more in the future, I’ll be one of the first in line.
One such band is Acroma.
The band originally formed in the late 1990s under the name “No Release”. The band consisted of Jeremy Stanley on vocals, Brian Christensen on guitar, Tom Collins on bass and Joshua Zirbel on drums. Initially the band spent the late 1990s and early 2000s building up a local following in Salt Lake City, Utah. During this time, the band managed to self-release a three-song demo, and get a song on a local unsigned band compilation album. [..]
After signing with Universal Records, the band was renamed as “Acroma”. The band entered the studio with producer Sylvia Massy, producer of Tool’s first album Undertow in 1993. [..] The album, Orbitals, was delayed over a year due to issues with the record label, but was finally released on May 6, 2003. The released two songs as singles “Sun Rises Down” and “Wash Away (Some Desert Night)” to radio. They received National radio play on stations around the country, and on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Octane” station and charted on the Mediabase active rock chart peaking at No. 39. As a result of the lack of sales for the album, the band was dropped from their record label, and quietly broke up.
While one can hear the influence of Massy, and her previous work, Acroma’s Orbitals is a gem of an album, combining multiple genres to create an alt.rock album that is full of great music, meaningful lyrics, and an overall positive vibe.
Here’s a couple of tracks to tickle your earholes.
[ Sun Rises Down | 04:13 | 7mb | mp3 ]
[ Wash Away (Some Desert Night) | 04:40 | 7.5mb | mp3 ]
Acroma – Orbitals
Careless Ones (Intro)
Sun Rises Down
Wash Away (Some Desert Night)
Don’t Think Just Move
Big Karma Now
Distance [hidden track]
On That Day
Take the Pain
[ get it ]
I’ll post more single release bands from me collection soon.
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