“Dude’s got like one black shoe and one white shoe on and I’m like ‘yo, dude, you got some weird fashion thing going on’ and then he was so embarrassed. I dunno, he’s weird.”—Jordan Grace (who else, really?)
One of my favourites at last night’s show at the Biltmore. They are one of those bands where you see them live and want to go home and listen to them all night. Conversely, Emily Haines’ solo show in ‘07 made me NEVER WANT TO LISTEN TO HER ALBUM EVER AGAIN.
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dive’s bleary, guitar-driven pop has plenty of comforting surface appeal, but “How Long Have You Known?” is the first time that the Brooklyn band separates itself from the reverb-soaked, borough-specific pack. They manage to find commonalities between dream-pop’s pure aesthetic appeal and Krautrock’s concision, understanding that a ear-turning riff can make a three-minute song every bit as engrossing as one that’s twice as long while singer Zachary Cole Smith foregrounds the title melody amidst an arrangement that’s more of a full-bodied gust than a breeze. So “How Long Have You Known?” becomes Dive’s first great song, because Smith negotiates the difficult task of standing out within a sonic template that sublimates individuality by definition.
Something I came across which I enjoyed. We work often with #6, and it gives me great pride (and joy) to be able to correctly pronounce it, because as you can see - it sounds nothing like it looks (not to mention the colons that were omitted to make it easier for us western folk).