When a member of The Aquabats! gives you free backstage passes to one of their shows just to give you a signed copy of his book, you know that he really feels strongly about the message contained therein, and that’s exactly what happened with A Sound Salvation: Rock N’ Roll As A Religion by Ian Fowles. As soon as he handed it to me, I opened it up to a random page and saw a large section on The Hold Steady, and knew I was going to love it. The basic premise of the book is that traditional religions in the United States, such as Christianity, have steadily declined over the last century, especially among young people, and that, for many, Rock N’ Roll has taken its place. Fowles argues that Rock N’ Roll is not just a past-time; for some, it functions precisely in the way religion does for its adherents.
This is not a new idea. Most scenies, hipsters, and people in the musical community are aware that some approach Rock N’ Roll religiously, devoting their time and energy to it and hailing its saints as more than human. Fowles’ book is unique in that it makes a point-by-point argument for this idea, using the definition of religion from the Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Eliade. Though I was skeptical at first, his entertaining and easy-to-read book had me fully convinced by the end, with one crucial qualification, noted below. Interested readers and fans of Ian Fowles might want to know that the first run of 300 copies are all hand-numbered and signed by the author. The link to get a copy is at the bottom of this review. Continue reading “A Sound Salvation: Rock and Roll As A Religion by Ian Fowles book review”→
Hey loyal Linescratchers readers. Nate Hamon of Mayan Fox has just let me know that from now until Valentine’s Day ALL income generated by the sales of their album Outfoxed will go to flood relief in Australia. As most of you have read all over the news, the recent flooding in Australia has cost lives, property, and livelihoods, and has covered a massive area.
Outfoxed has just been awarded the 2010 Linescratchers Staff Pick Award, and so if you were on the fence about buying it, hopefully this will convince you. It goes to a good cause, and it’s a great album. Thanks for all your help and enjoy the album! You can purchase it on their website HERE.
Just before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to listen to the Vestiges EP from Arson Car. In the madness around the holidays, it should have been easy to just forget this completely… but I didn’t. There is something both catchy and calming about their music, and it stuck in my head.
Vestiges is not your typical gigging band. They are comprised of 4 members, 3 “thirty-somethings” and a “twenty-something”. They haven’t played live in 7 years and they have a fragmented existence as a band due to the challenges of balancing families, jobs, and school with their music. The Vestiges EP was a project 5 years in the making, with tracking starting in 2004 and being finished in 2009. Continue reading “Arson Car – Vestiges EP review”→
April Meservy knows a thing or two about playing music to a Mormon audience. She has been featured on EFY soundtracks and has received five Pearl Awards. But April is a seasoned indie songwriter, has been writing music for over twelve years. More recently, she has released an indie singer-songwriter album called Somewhere Between Sunsets, and is now on tour with Ukrainian songwriter Nikki Forova. Before she left on tour, she did an interview with us about her upbringing, her album, and her career in music. Interested readers can find links to her website and music in the interview. Continue reading “April Meservy”→