Transform

Monday, 30 June 2003

Powerman 5000‘s latest LP, Transform, marks a transition for the band from gothic space-rock to a niche between n?-metal and standard hardcore. Its not as good as it used to be, but at least it ain’t Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit.

If it is anything, Transform is one of the strangest calls to arms I’ve ever come across. It is a much blunter explication of PM5K’s anti-establishment oeuvre than they usually spit out.

Tonight the Stars Revolt! was a metallic barrage with a distinctive Ziggy Stardust spaceman feel. Transform, is literally more down to earth. Spider One, is decidely in just about everyone’s face: the government, corporate bureaucracy, and especially silicon breasted, boyband marionettes who pass themselves off as artists instead of entertainers. At the same time he wants “hands up to misfits, the ones that don’t fit.” Granted, not the most eloquent of verse, but the point is clear enough.

The misfit mustering songs don’t really do much for me lyrically, and on the whole, while the bluntness is appreciated, and the drooling invective in songs like “That’s Entertainment” makes me grin and sing along with infernal delight, the music is what makes the album.

Nothing in particular is outstandingly original here either. The first eight true songs all rock, but the album kinda ends flatfooted. None of the songs are overly long, most are pretty catchy, and good to rock out to, but without the ‘space-vibe’ it misses something. This will definitely be an album I take with me on long car trips. It really isn’t something I just want to sit back and listen to, it does not demand that much attention.

This is a good transition album for PM5K. They effectively changed their sound, but avoided becoming a n?-metal clich? by appealing to action from their angst-filled demographic instead of commiserating with puling whine-songs. Hopefully their next album will complete the transformation. Knowing Spider One’s meticulous and demanding ethic to be a different kind of rock force, this is likely to be the case.

Recommended songs: That’s Entertainment, A is for Apathy, Sterotype.
Rated: 6.5/10.

Concerts as of 2002

Friday, 15 February 2002

mom is showing up today for Junior Parents’ Weekend. I hope this is a great experience. We have pornstar seating at table 1 and table 6 for the meals. i’m not getting any work done this weekend, i can already tell you. concerts i have been to: The Beach Boys: I think I was 8. All I remember was that there was a huge column right in front of me that said “I (heart) Summer.” Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: Freshman in High School. I went with some guys from Kmart. Totally awesome concert. They played all the best Zeppelin (but not Stairway dammit) and stuff from their newest album. My seats were in the nosebleed section and I had a contact buzz from all the ganja smoke which made me crave White Castles after the concert. Anything that makes you want to eat White Castles is a very dangerous substance. The Smashing Pumpkins: Saw them for the first time at Purdue with my buddies Brian and Phil. During their Machina tour. It blew me away. I just wish it hadn’t been in an auditorium so I could have jumped around all crazylike. MayDay 2000: The 2nd best twenty dollars I have ever spent. Papa Roach, Three Doors Down, Bloodhound Gang and Godsmack. All day. Papa Roach sucked, 3DD was ok, I saw so many breasts when Bloodhound Gang came on because they were promoting their “Hooray for Boobies” album. Godsmack was CRAZY. It rained just enough to make it interesting and we ripped up the sod from the lawn and were throwing it all over. A sea of moshing. it rocked. Summer Sanitarium Tour: System of a Down. Poweman 5000, Kidrock, Korn and Metallica. Another all day thing. It got kinda old because I only wanted to see PM5K and Metallica. PM5K kicked a whole lotta ass. Metallica was…interesting. Hetfield had fucked up his back and wasn’t there, so Jason did the singing, and the guitarist from System of a Down played with them. Kidrock even busted out the turntables. Once in a lifetime event. I still don’t know whether I liked it or not… Metallica: They gave a free concert since James wasn’t there. THIS WAS TOTAL METAL. I got an extra ticket and took my friend Brian with me. Our seat were in the balcony directly across from the stage. The speakers tried to take off my head it was so loud. I think my ears bled and I ruptured my spleen. I loved it. The Smashing Pumpkins: I saw their 2nd to last concert ever! Total transcendence. Touching, moving, existential bliss. Crappy seats though. The Toadies: The best 20 dollars I have ever spent. I wanted to get to Bogart’s early so we could get in good position. We did. I spent the whole concert holding on to the grate and singing along at the top of my lungs. Afterward, I made us go around back and get their autographs. It was well worth it seeing as they broke up a month later. Xfest 2k1: I don’t remember all of the bands but here is a good list… Linkin Park, Static X, nonpoint, Live, Rammstein, Our Lady Peace, and a bunch of others. Static X was intense as was nonpoint, Live is always good. I was in the mosh pit so long that i was soaked with my sweat and the sweat of others by the time I left. I got kicked in the head four times, protected a hot chick from getting trampled, and helped some strippers over the fence because they probably wanted to go get it on with the bands backstage. Live brought me back from the dead. I was exhausted by the end, but that was well worth it.