Touring

New Songs for Old People: “Voices of a Traveler” by Souvenir Driver

Portland shoegazers take a page from eighties anthems for new release.

I hear a lot of older people say they don’t have time to discover new music anymore. Allow me to remedy this issue with a series of blogs that I will be doing most Fridays. I will pull up something brand new and liken it to something older that people will remember from when they used to discover music on their own.

If you like The Cure or any track on the Pretty in Pink movie soundtrack, you may enjoy the new song called “Voices of a Traveler” from a band called Souvenir Driver.

With “New Songs for Old People,” individuals can get into a new song that sounds similar to something old that they liked. It won’t be scary or weird or unlikeable to listen to new music, because it will just feel like a sequel to music they already know and enjoy.

For instance, if you like the sadness of The Cure as well as the hopeful teenage sound of the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, including the infectious “If You Leave” by the unpronounceable Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark, you may enjoy “Voices of a Traveler” by Souvenir Driver.

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Eighties babes like Andrew McCarthy grace the cover of the Pretty in Pink soundtrack in vinyl along with The Cars Greatest Hits, also in vinyl, and a guitar for no reason at all.

There also seems to be a nod to David Robinson, drummer for The Cars, not to be confused with the David Robinson of “Mr. Robinson” fame, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs.

On top, for flavor, is a sprinkling of Midnight Oil and early REM.

Put ‘em all in a blender circa the late eighties, mix until smooth, and freeze until 2017. Voila, friends.

Listen to “Voices of a Traveler” from Souvenir Driver on SoundCloud Now

This small connection to an ever-changing cultural landscape will be especially helpful when people go on Tinder dates. They will want to seem hip and know about current music, but in reality, they have no idea where to start.

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You can have the song playing in your car and they’ll be like, “Great song, where did you hear about it?”

And you can shrug and be like, “Some music blog.”

You can read even more about the band Souvenir Driver in this Atwood Magazine article. However, don’t appear to know too much about the band or the song, or really anything though. It is important to make life look effortless so your Tinder date doesn’t think you have too much baggage.

3 Basic Things to Know About Souvenir Driver:

  • They are from Portland, Oregon.
  • They don’t like that guy USA chose for President that terrible day in 11/16
  • “Voices of a Traveler” is their first single off the new record

PRO TIP: Going to a show is a great date idea. You don’t have to talk very much and you can react to a shared experience. Have dinner first so you don’t get hangry, though.

You Can See Souvenir Driver LIVE at:

Uhhhh, I’m not sure since they don’t have any tour dates listed on their website. Maybe you can ask them: souvenirdriver@gmail.com

Tell ‘em Large Marge sent ya!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-Pdlxd_rro

New Songs for Old People is a music blog episode series specifically designed to ease older Millenials and Gen Xers into new music in a way that is simple and non-threatening. Building from familiar cultural references, New Songs for Old People helps restore relevancy to aging populations with fun and rewarding content.

P.S. – I ain’t pickin on ya, Souvenir Driver. Just trying a little satire to get people out of their bubbles and listening to new music.

P.P.S. – I’ll change the repetitive intro once we get this episodic column feeling solid, with a regular flow of readers…or something.

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Tequila Tuesdays: TSA Stands for What?

It was the shortest airport security line I had ever seen. That should have been my clue that something was amiss.

There have been a few airline incidents lately where passengers, or in some case, potential passengers, have been treated less-than-stellar. With that in mind, I will share a fun anecdote from a recent flight of mine.

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I was going through security, minding my own business when something truly unexpected happened. After setting off the nuclear-radiation, full-body molecular scan sensor, I was herded over to a giant man who growled something indistinguishable.

Suddenly a lady appeared and groped my crotchal area noting that my pants were “saggy.”

“Well, you took my belt,” I offered helpfully.

She asked if I wanted to go someplace private. I figured the genital exam would go much faster, with fewer liberties taken, if I allowed them to perform it in the middle of the concourse. It reminded me of my last trip to Vegas – minus the cocktails.

By the time my clothing and personal effects were returned to me in plastic bins, I wandered unsatisfied to a bar for two shots of Patron (not enough). I also ate nachos and my wife and I posed with matching sweatshirts in front of a Minnesota Twins sign for an impromptu selfie. A girl striding by this red carpet experience took pity on our contortionist routine as we struggled for the perfect shot and offered to snap our picture.

Some time after that we boarded a plane.

Oh, and TSA stands for Tequila Somewhere Ahead. Just remember that.

Tequila Tuesdays: I’ll tell you a story, often involving tequila. You can drink.

 

P.P.S – I usually post stuff European time because they get up earlier. Go figure! LOL 🙂

3 Bands to Watch from SXSW

Midland, Temples, and Ocean Park Standoff draw crowds at Texas fest.

Most Likely to Succeed: Midland

If the crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) TuneIn Studios Big Machine Label Group Showcase on March 17 was any indication, Midland is going to do great things.

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Midland appears as part of the SXSW Big Machine Label Group Showcase at Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden.

Singer Mark Wystrach hit all the right notes as the audience actively appreciated the band’s first single “Drinkin’ Problem.” Fans of outlaw country, take note (and a shot of whiskey). Midland joins the Soul2Soul tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill this summer.

Top Import: Temples

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Temples performs “Shelter Song” from their first record, Sun Structures at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center.

UK band Temples is making its debut across the pond and should be a shoe-in for summer playlists with their latest effort, Volcano. Busy industry folks floated into the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center on March 15, wooed by the voice of lead singer, James Bagshaw. Though they’re playing all over Europe, only a handful of (mostly southern) dates stateside will have to suffice – for now.

Best Earworm: “Good News” by Ocean Park Standoff

“Good News” wins the fest on catchiness alone. Amidst a turbulent political climate and a long winter, this sunny track is just what the doctor ordered.

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Ethan Thompson, Pete Nappi, and Samantha Ronson of Ocean Park Standoff soundcheck at the Steampunk Saloon, Austin, TX as a part of the Mix 94.7 West of the Fest event.

“I need some good news baby, feels like the world’s gone crazy,” singer Ethan Thompson implores, while Samantha Ronson and Pete Nappi provide a healthy helping of keys and beats. Their EP is out now and you can catch them on tour with Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups.

All photos and content copyright © 2017 Melany Joy Beck, all rights reserved.

On the Road with Hunter Valentine

MELANY JOY BECK & JANELLE BECK

Hunter Valentine are touring and will play 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on March 16, 2016.

“It’s about a girl who comes back to kill her rapist,” explains Hunter Valentine frontwoman Kiyomi McCloskey about the controversial track, “Revenge” from their album Lessons from the Late Night.

“Unfortunately I have a friend who was taken advantage of, and it kind of messed with my head for a very long time. Writing this song was the best way I could get it all out and process it,” McCloskey shrugs and leans forward on the stone ledge in front of the 400 Bar in Minneapolis. “I guess a girl took things into her own hands.”

Hunter Valentine has also done a fair job of taking matters into their own hands. In their seven years as a band, they have weathered the ups and downs of the music industry.

Releasing The Impatient Romantic in 2007, an eponymous EP in 2009, and their most recent effort Lessons from the Late Night, with the support of Tommy Boy Entertainment (released in May, 2010), the ladies of Hunter Valentine have logged the miles and paid their dues.

Currently traveling the country with Sick of Sarah and Vanity Theft on the Lady Killer Tour, Hunter Valentine shows no sign of slowing down.

“It’s going to be crazy,” drummer Laura Petracca says. “All three bands are extremely professional, but we all like to undo our top buttons as well, so to speak, so we have no idea what’s going to happen.”

Petracca glances up at her tourmates sharing cigarettes and loading gear into the club. “We’re all very different,” she says. “Vanity Theft is poppy. They are one of the better choices to get the party started. You want to rip your clothes off and get naked and start dancing. Sick of Sarah falls in between us. Pop-punky. Emotional.”

Touring almost non-stop for the majority of their careers, it’s clear they love what they do. Even the most rigorous aspects of the job become routine.

“Getting to a new city every single day is an amazing thing to do when you’re doing it with your best friends [who are also] in your band. And then with these other two groups,” McCloskey says. “I’ve started to not really feel normal when I go home now. So I prefer to be on the road.”

For these girls, the road is their home; and close quarters definitely lead to really getting to know your band mates.

“Vanity Theft is poppy. They are one of the better choices to get the party started if you want to rip your clothes off and get naked and start dancing.” – Laura Petracca of Hunter Valentine

“I’m actually an accidental cupper. I’ll cup in my sleep,” laughs Petracca of her nocturnal tendency to crotch-grab. “I’ve shared a bed with a woman, with women, and it’s just automatic. Sometimes I’ll go for the boob, but most of the time I’ll go for the gold,” she admits. “I’m a cupper.”

Playing as a three piece is another thing that separates Hunter Valentine from the pack.

“For a while we had the idea that we had to be the perfect four,” McKloskey says, “As we continued as a three piece, it sort of evolved and became really strong and tight. It became clear that adding someone else to the mix was going to be really difficult.”

Having perfect musical chemistry is important when spending every waking (and sleeping) moment together, and is critical to the live performance.

“I think it’s a really honest rock show. I don’t think we plan things out. We write things and our emotions are on our sleeves. It’s a great show because it’s at a time when we’re at our most creative and vulnerable points,” McKloskey says.

Finishing up touring for Lessons from the Late Night in September, the girls are set to head home and start writing for their next effort.

That is, if they can manage to stay home long enough.

EDITOR’S NOTE: PORTIONS OF THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED AS PART OF THE CURVE MAGAZINE BLOG, SHE’S ELECTRIC IN OCTOBER OF 2011.

About the Authors:

Melany Joy Beck and Janelle Beck are writers and filmmakers. Their short documentary Bring It 2 Peter was awarded Special Jury Prize at the Nevada Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Central Wisconsin Film Festival, and Official Selection honors at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. They can also be heard in vocal harmony on the Delavan song, Pistols Blazing.

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