2014 has already proved an intensely somber year for Devo. In February, the band lost a key member when guitarist and keyboardist Bob Casale, known best as Bob 2, died from sudden heart failure. His abrupt passing was particularly difficult for Devo bassist Gerald Casale – who not only lost a bandmate, but also his brother.
Looking back, it’s a good thing those old sheets tore into pieces precisely when they did; it’s probable I’d have been inclined to ceremoniously trash them later anyhow.
Heavy Metal Machine
In Journalism 101, students are taught to use adjectives sparingly, as their overuse actually weakens a description. Parquet Courts, a band that’s been descriptively categorized by critics ad nauseam, might be particularly interested in recalling this oft-forgotten rule of thumb.
Since their 2010 debut, the Brooklynites have been frequently branded with variations of “slacker-rock ’90s revivalists.” While Parquet Courts’ music does bear a striking likeness to at least the spirit of golden-child ’90s bands like Pavement, the comparison really pisses them off.
Lydia Loveless is animalistic. She’s fickle and she’s wild. Sometimes, the Ohio-bred farm girl is charming and almost vulnerable — but that “purr” is almost always closely trailed by a razor-sharp hiss.
Her contradictions don’t end there; Loveless’ powerhouse voice and lyrical insight also defy her tender age.