The Algorithm (band)

Happy Wednesday!

Folks, I got something strange and wonderful for you today.  As a kid I was big time into old school metal(1) then something happened and I just kind of fell out of not only metal but like all music for years(2).  It wouldn’t be until 2013 when I moved into a house with 5 other guys in South City St Louis when I would rediscover some of the joys of what I had been missing in the metal world and The Algorithm is a big player in that scene for me.

I was first introduced to them via their concept album, an album that seeks to serve a bigger purpose or tell a story, think Ziggy Stardust or Joe’s Garage, Polymorphic Code is a mathcore album that has a unifying theme of a hacker or virus getting access to a system, causing some chaos, then the ensuing panic.  Some of my favourite tracks include tracks: 2. Bouncing Dot, 3. Trojans, and 4. Access Granted.

They have a couple more albums out now, Octopus4 and Brute Force, and are going on tour in Thursday 06 July 2017 at Newark, UK with The Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura, Aborted, Hacktivist,  and Ingested.  Tickets start at £10.00.

 

Footnotes:

  1. Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica were my four go to bands.
  2. Age 15 – 19, not particularly sure why or what caused the shift however thanks to the firefox stumble upon addon button, a mild internet addiction, and a seriously lacking social life while at my first University, I found Lunar and rekindled was my love for music.

Vitamin String Quartet (band)

Happy Wednesday!

This week’s chosen band is a reader recommendation, Vitamin String Quartet. They’re a string quartet, ergo the name, out of Los Angeles, California.  Most of the music they do are string tributes to genres and bands from the moderately popular (Tiger Army and Thirty Seconds to Mars) to classic rock (Rush and Iron Maiden) to top 40 music (Daft Punk and Skrillex).  They also have a few original songs off their album Per_Versions.

What I mostly like about their music is it works as an EXCELLENT ear worm cure particularly for songs that are on the radio all the time even if you like them they still get stuck in your head.  Sometimes I have trouble with ear worms because when  I try to listen to the song it self to “reset the track”, I end up getting it even more stuck in my head because now I remember the entire song.  Where as with string versions of these songs, I get the melody but because it’s missing the lyrics it gets unstuck.

And additional bonus to listening to this band publicly, as in out loud, is to the casual observer you sound like you have really classy music tastes before they recognize the tune.
classy

This is a band that I’ve found it’s best to listen to mixes of rather than specific albums and that way it kind of becomes a guessing game as to whether you know the song before tabbing back over to see what it is.

Here’s a list of mixes I really enjoyed:

Rock classics

The Study Mix

VSQ Remember’s the 80’s
If you have a band you’d like mentioned on here, leave a suggestion in the comments. I love getting new music recommendations.