Tuesday Six – King Giant – 1/10/2012

 Ok, so it’s actually a Tuesday Five this week. This week we get into the musical mind of the members of King Giant. January 2012 is looking to be a big month in the KG camp. A new music video on the way, the big CD Release show at Jaxx on 1/21, and finally, the release of Dismal Hollow, the long awaited follow-up to the heralded 2009 release Southern Darkness. The sound of Dismal Hollow is far and above anything KG has done yet, and…well, I won’t spoil it just yet. I will have a full review very soon, and you will get to hear the new tracks live for yourself in 1.5 weeks. In the meantime, check out some of the music that the guys in KG tick.

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Dave Hammerly (vocals): William Elliott Whitmore- Cold and Dead

My choice would be “Cold and Dead” by William Elliott Whitmore. It’s a hymn for the dead. Hence, the album title, “Hymns for the Hopeless”. It’s a fantastic piece of truly American music. This guys got the voice That makes you believe. Part hurt animal, part exhausted preacher. His songs are emotional without apology. As much as I love instruments, this is just his voice to get the point across. It’s heavy and powerful without volume.

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Brooks (drums): Red Fang- Prehistoric Dog

Liked these guys for quite awhile- saw them open for Mastodon recently and was really impressed by their live sound. Great band!

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Floyd (bass): Mastodon – The Creature Lives

Off the new record the Hunter. That song has stuck in my mind the most, since I purchased the record. Especially after the 930 club show, when Red Fang came up and sang on the Creature Lives. Red Fang is my new favorite band that I have been listening to.

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T.I.(lead guitar): Marilyn Manson – Coma White

It’s easy to write off Marilyn as the guy that sang “Beautiful People,” dressed outrageously and ripped up Bibles. But he really did much more than that. He actually brought ROCK back in many ways during the 90s.

The world of rock always needs a David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust spirit around and I see a lot of that in this particular Marilyn Manson album, Mechanical Animals. That’s why it’s one of my favorites. Marilyn really matured as a song writer on this one and laid down a real deal ROCK album.

I really dig the track Coma White because it does what any good rock song should do – evoke a deep emotional response using mood, dynamics, lyrics and a simple but effective song structure. Even the single note guitar work is choice. It’s not some blazing solo but it pushes the song forward and its creepy use of phasing really is effective in furthering the mood.

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David K (rhythm guitar): Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life

 …. Because it’s on my baby Sophie’s playlist and now it always reminds me of her.

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Dismal Hollow is out on January 31, and can be preordered here.

Don’t miss KG’s CD Release show at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on Saturday, 1/21. Joining them will be Borracho, The Crimson Electric, and Auroboros. You will also be able to purchase Dismal Hollow at the show, 10 days before the release date. Get your tickets here, and don’t miss this one!

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