This is a Mogwai - adorable creature from the hit Gremlins movies back in the 80's. Who would think that this cute wittle thing would turn into a murderous fanged/clawed monster if you fed it after midnight?!?
This is Mogwai - the legendary Scottish post-rock band. If you ever have an urge to melt your ears at a concert, just buy a ticket.
What's the connection other than the name? Well, the band did name themselves after the aformentioned fuzzy pets of filmdom, but guitarist Stuart Braithwaite has said that "it has no significant meaning and we always intended on getting a better one, but like a lot of other things we never got round to it."
Funny thing though... although the band has reinvented themselves on each and every record since forming over 20 years ago, Mogwai the band sounds a lot like what Mogwai the creatures are like: pleasant at the beginning, a whole lot of chaos until you expose them to sunlight or they stop playing.
"Please, do not call us leaders, we are merely numbers".
I would normally pursue this further, but when a burly man tells you this in a deep yet calm Germanic voice, you tend to listen.
That, and the fact that he, also known as ZWEI547262, is right.
Initially interpreted by the public as a cheap marketing gimmick, the 'numbers' that each member of Ein Zwei Drei go by are actually, according to the band, representative of the mentality of the common worker, and that we all merely numbers.
"It starts for most with their employee number, then their Social Employment/Insurance/Security numbers, banking numbers. Why is cybercrime one of the most nightmarish situations one could go through nowadays? Because we are all merely numbers on computer servers."
One thing Zwei and myself can agree on, however, is that their debut album, BINARY, kicks major Arsch (German for, well, you know...)
"We've combined the best elements of our favourite groups, Kraftwerk, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Skinny Puppy... and made our own sonic world from this combination. The live show reflects this too. We want to reduce our audience to basic cellular matter by the end of each concert. And yes, go away reflecting on the harsh reality of our over-technological times. If that's possible when you are mere protoplasm."
I'm not sure, but I'm still getting a front-row ticket.
I had heard the name Diarrhea Planet before, but passed it off as a ridiculous, gimmicky handle, much like Rainbow Butt Monkeys, where the name grabs you, but the music will make you regret you made the effort to take a listen.
As the French would say, 'au contraire, mon frère'. This six-piece band out of Nashville, Tennessee has depth in its songwriting mixed with melodies and hooks to keep most folks satisfied. Oh yeah, they can rock out too, with their FOUR-GUITAR attack...
If there is truly a Diarrhea Planet somewhere in the galaxy and it is anything close to this phenomenal, I'd like to colonize it.
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