“I love rock-n-roll. I think it’s an exciting art form. It’s revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock-n-roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music.”
True enough Mr. Nick Cave, yet once in awhile isn’t it refreshing to find a bit of gold tinfoil among the rubbish? It’s these precious and new-found artifacts that remind me why I fell in love with The Beatles, Billy Joel, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, KISS, Neil Young, and so many more. Just the other day I was having a conversation with a friend who was complaining about the annoying number of part-time musicians in the Twin Cities who create a lot of clutter (or rubbish?) for all the full-time musicians to wade through. It’s hard for any object to stand out in a pile of rubbish, but if the music is shiny enough, just maybe it’ll be plucked and taken home.
Take, for example, The 757’s new album Last Laugh. I’ve been listening to The 757’s for some time now. I like their straight up and no nonsense approach to rock and roll – guitar heavy, drum heavy, and not too lyrically cumbersome! While I consider myself a fan of the lyrically esoteric Thom Yorke, most of the time I want what The 757’s hit me with. “There’s no truth like the whole truth, there’s no news (and) the last laugh is on me and you.” Simple, but something you can easily take to the memory bank!
I’m such a sucker for the hooks, and hooks will be had on this record. That’s the beauty of Last Laugh. The 757’s have here established a new pop foundation, dealing us the bare-knuckle rock and roll at each opening note, but following it up with sweet melodies less apparent on 2009’s Freeway Surrender. A sort of “put ‘er there, pal” as the band hoists you from the ground. They clearly want us to know and feel this from the opening tune “Sarah Saw It Coming” and onward.
Speaking of, here is “Sarah Saw It Coming” just for you, and hey 89.3 The Current, how about some love for this song? We want it!
“Sarah Saw It Coming” by: The 757’s
Last Laugh went on sale yesterday. Pick up your gold tinfoil HERE, or even better, swing into the CD Release show this Friday night at Sauce! Music starts at 8PM, and The 757’s will be supported by Porcupine and Con Queso. I expect copies of Last Laugh will be on hand.
The 757’s – Website / Myspace / Facebook
posted May 5th, 2010 at 12:23 pm
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