vocals- josef van de kieft
guitar-josef van de kieft
bass-josef van de kieft
drum programming-josef van de kieft
production\mixing- josef van de kieft
this is a concept album, the concept is for every song to be rock music or at least distorted guitar music
the area i live in doesnt even have a modern rock station
in order to get into the mindset of rock, because i felt out of touch with the modern rock scene i purposely looked up the active rock charts and later the alternative charts and listened to them all the way through like a top 50 countdown. in july 2015 and at the end of this marathon i realized that the mainstream rock scene was the same 80% interchangable power ballads scene that years earlier i had turned my back on... [when i wasnt indifferent to it already because i prefer old music.
dont worry i see the glass as 20% full and i was able to tolerate at least some modern active rock music. step 2 was practice some covers. also i did try to write an obligatory power ballad. [working title: obligatory power ballad] subgenre-wise its all over the place but i tried to hit certain points and keep on a certain pathway, its kind of less modern than i intended .
if you are interested in listening to more of me playing hard rock music and look up my other albums you're going to be disappointed and\or confused. the style i actually like to play is typically "genre-roulette [the genre]" and i'm also developing a new genre of music called bridge music: its "derivative" of rock music but also of electronic dance music and retro music in general and various other stuff to keep it weird until it catches on with a dash of anime music and a pinch of "hipster bubblegum" and its reactionary against modern rock [especially post-grunge]and modern hip hop. everyone has their own niche(s) and i kind of decided to cram all of mine together, and then pit my Frankenstein's monster against something.
in order to come up with generic sounding pop rock i listened to a number of bands whom play nothing but power ballads such as 3 days grace, life house, and breaking benjamin, whom are all ballad rock bands that claim to be grunge influenced even though the point of grunge was to rebel against 3rd wave glam which was ballad rock posing as heavy metal. [irony] i like ballad rock i just think it should be called ballad rock and not be called some trendy new name every 6 years to hide itself amongst a heavier genre. ... also ended up playing genre roulette anyway
also i decided that breaking Benjamin is the winger of this generation because i resent them the most but only for the name recognition and there were plenty of worse bands but i don't remember their names and i kept texting my frustration about how much the band sucked but i thought they were okay-ish at the end of the day, its just that i'm irritated when bands play only ballads, but its not my band and they can play what ever they want
its a surprisingly eclectic album, , the beginning section is more commercial with pop-punk and power ballad influences the middle section is heavy metal and the ending is mostly retro stuff that i put in the back because maybe i was uncomfortable with it being at the beginning but i dont know if that means its weird or just personal or both or just not as good
even though for the purpose of making this set of songs the idea was to listen to the songs that were on the active rock and rock and alternative charts such as highly suspect, breaking benjamin, elle king, awol nation, the pretty reckless , 3 days grace, halestorm, royal blood, beartooth, bring me the horizon, atreyu, kill it kid, amaranthe , slash, lamb of god, slipknot, tremonti, fallout boy,disturbed, zack brown featuring chris cornell, and buck cherry being some of the ones i tolerated the most...
the music i listen to for music enjoyment had at the same period of time been jackal and hyde, the weeknd, ozric tentacles, electric wizard, technotronic, Cinderella, sisters of mercy, real maccoy,la bousche, depesche mode, lords of acid, dave clark 5, the musical explosion, king crimson, black sabbath, tommy james the shondells, frankie vali and the four seasons the knack, clippings, and rush.. so usually i'm all over the place with pop and obscure stuff and oldies and classic rock, i'm consistently inconsistent
records music from his home with "amature" production, has musical A.D.D and must jump from genre to genre but grew up
listening to mostly pop music from the 60s, 80s, and early 90s, , has studied privately with instructors on guitar playing and has occassionally attempted to play various other instruments, I compensate for my "xtra lo fi-ness" with weirdness...more