прывітанне і дабро запрашаем to the eleventh artist-curated episode of The Summer Jam 3: Electric Boogaloo! As you can (probably) guess from the greeting being written in Belarusian, we have a musician from that country as our guest today, and it’s none other than Andrew Parmon, guitarist of tech-death band Irreversible Mechanism. Take it away, Andrew!
‘At first I should say, that throughout the years, summer disappointed me a bit. But I think that changing attitudes about seasons are an inherent part of growing.
No matter in what part of the world we’re living, the differences between seasons always the same: weather, sunshine duration, holidays, and cultural specificities (same for family traditions, traditions among friends and some personal preferences and ‘rituals’). That means I should explain the way I see summer. I live in Eastern Europe. My summer has temperature from 10 to 35°C, oppressive heat (because of high humidity) with hailstorms, thunder, lightning. With not rare ‘autumn’ periods, when you don’t see the sun for days and understand that you shouldn’t to put your coat deep into the locker. A large number of different holidays and festivities. Large crowds of people, smells of food and alcohol (well, and as a consequence of that, a large number of well-fed and drunk people).
All this influenced my list in a certain way. ‘Cause I want to share not just music to listen in summer, but emotions that influenced through the years to the way I see summer right now. Maybe summer is good because of its dynamic. Same comes to music, from ‘explosion in the chest’ to deep melancholy.‘
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
It just so happens that first track of the album (“Farewell, Mona Lisa”) was on my alarm clock for a while (and if you listen to it, you will understand why). And because of that, I start to listen to this record from the 3rd track “Gold Teeth on a Bum” (after that I usually go back to the beginning, of course), so powerful, so energetic, so impertinent it sets the right mood for the listening. Then it becomes more emotional, more melodic, and more exciting and unpredictable. I still think that it’s one of the best records of the band.
Thirty Seconds To Mars – This Is War
Yeah yeah, I know what you think, but a ‘little girl’ inside me (bearded and hairy guy), still wants to singalong ‘ooooAAAAAoooo‘ with Jared under the summer rain. ‘Cause no matter how old we are, ‘we’re the kiiiings and queeeeeeens of promise‘. Silly, I know…anyway.
Animals As Leaders – Animals As Leaders
Don’t think that i should explain something about that. Just beautiful melodic instrumental music that made a huge impact on me, my playing and my taste. And of course it showed me the infinity of creativity.
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
Being a young and progressive music listener, I thought that every old band sounds the same (how stupid I was), until I’ve discovered LZ one summer. And they still sound so modern even though they’re from the 70’s. Still a huge fan, and I thank them for opening new part of the music world for me.
Necrophagist – Epitaph
Shame on me, but I’ve listened to this record maybe less than ten times through my life. But there was the moment one summer night when I got an instant feeling that I need to listen to it right now, and it was like an epiphany, like an opening of the third eye to see all the beauty of this album and metal music in general. I don’t think that I need to say some more about it, I guess everyone of you had the same feeling after listening to it for the first time (and every time after that).
As I Lay Dying – Awakened
I was so pleased of the news about their reunion. Don’t see anything against listening to whole discography again.
(Author’s note: We at EIN do not in any way, shape, or form endorse the return of AILD in their original line-up due to the many, many ethical implications that come with it, but we also believe that everybody is entitled to their own opinion on the matter.)
Muse – The Resistance
Maybe it’s the most ‘pop-sounding’ album of the band, but I’ve started my acquaintance with the band through it. Great produced, great composed and…come on…it’s Muse, one of the best bands of the beginning of the 21 century, imho.
The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
Like TDEP, this is one of those bands which you cannot listen to day by day; they require a special mood for listening. That makes them so great and so perfect to listen to in summer. Melodic. sometimes too chaotic, great drumming, great singing, great composing, so bright and very sensitive. Don’t know what else to say. Brilliant band, brilliant record.
Hiromi Uehara – Alive
It’s always time for a great jazz piano music. If you’re not familiar with it, maybe it’s time.
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Dave is a legend, no doubt. And I’d like to thank him for two things: FF and how he started drum part in “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. The great record to listen to in the car or trips. One of the best record of the band.
‘Don’t know that else to say, you have all the rights to disagree with me, cause there’s lots of controversial music in this list. Maybe too much for a guy who plays in a metal band, but that’s what makes more sense than listing all the metal bands I listen to, ’cause everything is not just about that music.‘
Can’t disagree with that logic, I guess! Thanks go out to Andrew for providing his list for this episode of The Summer Jam 3: Electric Boogaloo. You can follow his band Irreversible Mechanism on Facebook, and go check out their music here. Come back next week for one final musician-picked list of recommendations before the feature’s grande finale!