Monday, January 26, 2009

Dusted's Destined

On Friday, Dusted Magazine, my favorite music e-zine, wrapped up their annual Destined feature.  The site selected 10 emerging artists to watch in 2009, including Bachelorette, Kurt Vile, and Aeroplane.  Dusted's track record is a strong indication that at least a couple of these artists are worth keeping an eye on: at various points in the last six years, Parts & Labor, Hot Chip, M.I.A., Deerhunter, and Fuck Buttons were each labeled "Destined" before their breakout releases.

If you missed the two-week feature, you can check out the in-depth articles for each artist here.

My personal favorite was Nate Knaebel's look at The Strange Boys, a Dallas-based garage rock band.

Here's an excerpt:

While the band’s musical scholarship is undeniable, one would be wise to avoid pinpointing a particular influence. “A band can make a whole career out of sounding like Radiohead, and no one says anything,” Sambol points out. “But when a band tries to go through someone that’s maybe easier to poke at – the Kinks or Dylan – people desperately want to reference it.” Touché.

While Sambol noted that he one day hopes to outgrow any influences, the band’s official debut full-length, The Strange Boys and Girls Club, already finds the band standing solidly on its own. It’s the sound of high school dances stomped out on gymnasium floors long since abandoned; cold nights and warm whiskey; bad decisions and trouble. The jangling guitars are punctuated with strategic bursts of fuzz; the drums provide a laconic shuffling rhythm that pushes the band along just so without ever rushing things. Sambol’s strained bleat sounds simultaneously desperate and elated. 

1 comment:

Tim DeMay said...

I always find articles like "Destined" so interesting in terms of how artists become recognized. You mention, for example, that a number of recognized bands have been hailed by Dusted. This seems to bring up a question that music ezines have really forefronted in aesthetic criticism: Does the very mention of a band as "up and coming" lend to its becoming "established?"

Of course, this doesn't downplay the contributions like Dusted's Destined or Pitchfork's Best New Music or Tinymixtapes Eureka, but I wonder how the bands/artists would have fared without the feature. On a larger scope, just how much does society/culture/fashion have to do with what artists are 'good?'

Thanks for the post, and a great song.