MARIONEXXES – Indie Secret Admirer CD-R
Indie Secret Admirer ‚Äì Exclusive Promo: The Cabaret Rehearsal CD-R
A guy with an electric guitar recorded in a bedroom somewhere. This reminds me of a tape I found lying beside the road near my house many years ago. In it, a guy played guitar and sung in his bedroom, doing well-known Scorpions ballads, some terrible original tunes and basically goofing off in private. Pretty charming stuff to listen to but immediately disposable, not to be foisted upon the public at all cost (unless you are some sort of superhero singer-songwriter with names such as Nick Drake or Billy Bragg).
And so here I am listening to a CD-R which I think should have never been out of the owner’s bedroom. let alone calling it “Exclusive Promo” and sold for RM5/USD2. There are 5 tunes, badly recorded, all distorted indie/pop-punk/grunge, not very well played nor sung. However, the songs do have potential to be rendered with a full band but I’m not vouching that they’ll be good though. The second song (Indie Secret Admirer) is alright, mid-tempo pop-punk in low-fi mega-reverbed home-studio setting. The rest are tired and tiring.
Years back when I was doing the Blasting Concept column, there was a new and totally unknown band from Melaka (or is it Seremban) who sent me a fanzine about nothing BUT themselves. There was not much writing in it but loadsa pictures of the band members in various rock star poses. You know what? It was 8xA5 pages, badly photostated and they were selling this “zine” for RM7! And tragically, it was not a joke nor an art statement.
Yes Jim, people are strange.
(and he has 2484 friends, very the rajin one)