This is perhaps one of the most unique Track by Tracks I have done in the 5 years that this blog existed. I will be reviewing an album made by a group of friends of mine. The Ominous made up of three of my school friends: Kieran, Liam (who I interviewed in my last post), Peter, and their bassist Ted (whom I have not met as of yet), have self-recorded and self-produced their debut album, Once Bitten.
It was 1966, The Beatles were the biggest group in the entire history of music. This group, having been around for 9 years at this point, were the biggest in the world. Beatlemania was the rage. Liverpool no longer was the New York of Europe, but ‘That city The Beatles come from’. In 1966, The Beatles were tired of touring, so after one last tour of America, they stopped. The group were tired of touring, they finished recording Revolver, and then two days later, out they went to Germany. Stopping touring allowed the group to focus on the music, and the final stage of a sound evolution which begun in 1964. Without touring, the band could put more layers in their music, they could create their masterpiece. And Sgt. Pepper was born.
Never thought I would remake this post, but there is a good reason for it. In 2014, I wrote a post sharing some Queen B-Sides and Demos which I felt could have been made into an album, which I called Goin’ Back (After the cover of the song sang by an early version of Queen, sans John Deacon). 3 years on, I went back and fulfilled the project, and now is the time I talked about it.
The Divine Comedy is one of my more recent favourite bands. In many ways, it makes sense that I like them. Neil Hannon; the singer and only consistent member of the group, did the music for Father Ted and The IT Crowd which are two of my favourite shows. In many ways, The Divine Comedy is a lot like ELO, in some ways. Both have one consistent member, with classical influences in their music, and both of them were big Beatles fans. It’s about time that The Divine Comedy got its own Track by Track.
Never thought I’d be reviewing a new David Bowie release in 2017. After his 2016 death (for which I wrote an obituary), it was thought Blackstar would be Bowie’s last release. But, from beyond the grave, we have one more release.