We have been in a writing fury lately. Sorting through a sea of ideas, finding the gems and pieces to build a better mouse trap. With writing comes an issue though: the camel. It's been said that a camel is a horse built by committee and you run into this from time to time in writing. All these perspectives meet to form something that lacks all perspective entirely and turns into a mess.
A friend of ours put a challenge forth of writing a song every day and we've been doing our due diligence to ensure that occurs. We added our own rule on top of this: KISS (say it with me, "Keep it Simple Stupid"). There are 3 guitar players in this band and we have a tendency to get a little notey if left to our own devices. So we had to stipulate that these new songs would need to be good at the chord level, and the riffs could be added later.
So while we write, I've been diving into simple, dirty rock songs that capture this. Now it's easy to go back to the Beatles or Bob Dylan to find these incredibly impactful yet simple songs... but that's just no fun. So these are simplicity personified in the grungiest, darkest corners of the rock genre.
This is also the playlist i use when I'm getting ready for a show...
1. Rolling Stones - Doom and Gloom (Jeff Basker Mix)
2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Berlin
3. De Staat - I'm A Rat (Radio Edit)
4. Spinnerette - Ghetto Love
5. Eagles of Death Metal - Prissy Prancin'
6. Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing
Take Away Album: De Staat
Now this song isn't on the album I'm going to recommend but, I_Con by De Staat is one of the most interesting albums I've ever heard. It's by far one of my favorites and in my top 10 of all time due it's nasty nature, and interesting delivery.