The top bands/artists i would love to play in for my dream goal (This includes dream bands/artists and bands i would enjoy playing for that could work out easier through networking):
These are just a few bands/artists that would be on my list of bands i would love to play with.
Rage against the machine is a rap metal band who influence funk into their songs too. The bands songs are usually highly critical of the domestic and foreign policies of current and previous US governments.
In the song ‘Know your enemy’ it clearly shows anger and you can tell in the vocals that they’re trying to make a point. The song is about breaking into the ‘capitalist system’ and start revolution. They make the point that the capitalist system in run by a few people to power many. So ‘Know your Enemy’ is about knowing your enemy so you can fight against their policies and routines that keep everyone in-line. It also says near the end of the song in the lyrics that the enemy are the people who taught you to fit into the system and not be yourself and who we should be, the people who made society this way.
In my opinion, this song its giving off the impression of anger towards politics and the amount of control the people high up have over everyone else and something must be changed. So this song is protesting towards this in their lyrics and also the way they play their songs. The guitar tone created a mechanical feel threw the solos and the heavy melody riffs the band come up with to create the songs they play. The bass guitar has a heavy funky bass tone. Also during the song when the bass is soloed, it uses a distorted sound to fill in for guitar and vocals and the normal drum beat. This give a fuller texture to the song and creates a great build up for the end of the song. But i the main reason ‘Rage against the machine’ write songs is to get their political protest out with expressing it through music.
One of the first main examples of distortion was in 1951 and has been said that it was the start of the distortion. This track is ‘Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats’ with the song ‘Rocket 88’.
Although the guitar hasn’t got much distortion, you can still hear the guitar buzzing more than other songs made that year. But people tried to get distortion by increasing the volume over the limit and increasing the gain which made the low quality amps buzz. But also some people even damaged the amps such as cutting the cone or just knocking about enough until they liked the sound. An example of a song that uses a damaged amp to specifically get that dirty tone is by ‘The Ventures’ called ‘The 2000 Pound Bee’ which was recorded in 1962.
The distorted sound became popular mainly during the 60s (e.g. Jimi Hendrix) and carried on through-out the century and played an important role in songs and in many genres. without distortion we wouldnt have many genres around today. But as distortion became more popular, it became easier to create the dirty sounds people wanted. so people gained their distortion from more powerful amps with built in distortion and pedals with all different types of distortion. Now people can have a wide variety of distortion sounds to choose from and adjust the levels to get the right sound. I Think its one of the most important things that was introduced to more modern music and effected the way music was written, performed, played and recorded.
Just quickly found an example of Metal song which are heavily influenced on using distortion, but played without distortion. It makes a big difference to how they make the song sound.
But distortion will carry on being used in many songs and will develop more with more sounds. this is all why i think i changed music…roughly.