Worse than the first, better than the second. If you haven’t: read the books first.
On Friday night I went to the Silent Disco and danced away until 4 am. On the whole I think it was excellent. I think it (or some progression of it) might well be the future of night clubs. It was £10 entry, which might seem a little expensive, but is really no more than the entry to a lot of clubs in Edinburgh. The music was also quite mainstream, and not the hardcore dance I was expecting, which is good because I think his sort of thing is a lot more fun when you can shout along with the words. Especially when you can take of your headphones and watch everyone dancing away without there being any apparent music.
Then on Saturday I drove through to Dunbar with Helen and Dougal to attend a ceilidh for our friend Matt’s sister, who is leaving the country. What the hell was I doing there? I was invited mostly for my Y chromosome, since it was thought there would be a near overwhelming majority of female types present. This never in fact materialised, leaving me feeling that I was massively intruding (situations like this bring out the English in me to an alarming extent… I feel as though I can’t say “please”, “thank you” and of course “sorry” nearly enough). I had a really good time though, and enjoyed the dancing a lot… even though it’s the only ceilidh I have clear memories of participating in. Luckily I had a good impromptu dance teacher and I don’t think I embarrassed myself too much.
I stayed in Dunbar at Helen’s parent’s house on Saturday night and then went for long (well… more mid length) walk around the town the next morning, after a truly fantastic breakfast. Then I was invited to have lunch with Dougal and his parents, which was very pleasant. Still don’t feel I said those three magical phrases enough at any of those places, but all in all it made for a most enjoyable weekend.
Yesterday, though, I woke up and could barely walk. I seem to have strained both my calves, which really isn’t ideal. I suspect that I over used them during the weekend and know the muscles are trying to build themselves up. I have hyper-tense muscles in my legs (I think that’s the phrase the physio used), which on the one hand sometimes means that they resemble steel cables (which is nice), but I can’t even come close to touching my toes with my legs straight. I suspect this is a participating factor.
As a result of this I’ve been doing some work from home, as I suspect driving isn’t such a great idea just now. I could catch the bus in to the University… but… well… I just don’t want to. Writing up ahoy!
Here’s a bit more Swedish music for you, this time of a much more melodic nature:
Nevertheless, this is the same singer who appears on “Dead End” by In Flames, which is from the exact opposite end of the musical spectrum.
So in my last (none film review) blog entry I posted a video by a Swedish goth metal band called “Beseech” and then mentioned that they’d split to form two other bands.
I was bored waiting for code to run today and did a little digging. Seems there’s a bit more too it than that. The female singer joined formed another band called The Mary Major, which also has a male singer.
The male singer from Beseech is called Erik. He has a beard and long hair.
The male singer from The Mary Major is also called Erik and also has a beard, but has short hair and wears a hat.
But I am not fooled! Though he dons a disguise, my eyes do not lie! For it is he, the same Penniless Sitar Player! Wait… no… that’s not right…
Anyway. In my opinion they aren’t very good. They do have one song I like, though. It’s called “Split” and you can find it on their myspace page, here:
Others members of Beseech formed a band called Those We Don’t Speak Of (TWDSO, henceforth), and their story is a little more interesting. Also, their music is better. Among the musicians who also joined the band was singer Sara Löfgren, an established singer songwriter. That interests me because it pretty much never happens here. Their home page seems to be down (I’ll try and shed some light on that in a moment), but you can find some music here:
I quite like it. Not a lot of subtlety to be found, no, but there’s a propulsive quality to the music I enjoy very much. Also I’m a complete sucker for a powerful female voice over the top of a driving heavy rhythm.
But wait… there’s more. It seems Sara Löfgren left the band due to pregnancy and was replaced by another established solo artist. This time one Emma Varg, and you can listen to her here:
She also has a (mostly) working home page, here:
…which says she is looking for new members to join her band… and that was circa February 2008. Also, no mention of TWDSO and a lot of media links are broken on the site. Confusing, no? I’ll come back to that, because first I want to talk about her music. Again, I like it, for much the same reasons as previously mentioned. There’s also a brazen quality to her lyrics I like… and the closest we get to that in the UK is the Sugar Babes singing “..who do you want me to be, to make you sleep with me…”
I find I really want to listen to this new band, but am a little starved of information. Emma Varg’s MySpace says that she’s taking over on a temporary basis until she gets her new band members, but another interview suggested she was a permanent replacement. I almost suspect this new band will have a different name, that would explain the missing / broken home pages.
I also learned a new Swedish music related word today: Melodeath. I have resolved to find out more about it.