Thursday, 15 August 2019

NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: RUSH

THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC.  THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED.  WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS.  THESE ARE MINE.  SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.

RUSH


Rush were one of those bands I got into late, mainly because I just thought they were one of those bands my brother used to play that I would never understand like Pink Floyd (still don't get it!) and to a certain extent Led Zeppelin.  These reminded me of a kind of "university" music that only posh kids and "higher education" could really understand, to me the likes of overlong instrumental hippie stuff was boring as hell.  It pretty much opened my ears to a different kind of Rock music.  Sneaking into my brother's room playing gems on his much better stereo than mine when he was out, playing loud stuff like Thin Lizzy and the ultimate Rock introduction compilation, "Axe Attack"! I was hearing Rainbow, Iron Maiden, U.F.O and other giants.

When I heard "Closer To The Heart" and "Tom Sawyer" I thought this new Electronic styled Rock was amazing.  I started to appreciate the musicianship of Rock players and Rush were so dfferent to anything I had ever heard.  The music they made kind of filled the room and whizzed round your head in a wall of sound.  I never thought I would like this kind of music, being into the New Romantic, Synth Pop and mostly Pop styled genres of the 80s.  This was kind of a guilty pleasure.

Rush and Thin Lizzy were the basis of my more Rock orientated favourites.  Rush had the Electronics wizardry and Thin Lizzy had the glorious guitar combos.  I have listened to more and more Rush over the years, the futuristic concept-style album "2112" is most fans' and my favourite set.  Love older tracks like "The Trees", "Bastille Day", "Working Man", "Freewill" and "The Spirit Of Radio".

Geddy Lee's vocals are like Marmite, high pitched at times. I suppose like Axl Rose, you either love that style or you don't.  It took a lot of getting used to, but with Rush's sci-fi sound it works perfectly.  I have heard a lot of Rock since and there is nothing out there that sounds like the band, they are very unique and difficult to imitate I guess.  That's another thing that makes them special and a one-off.

Playing the band's music in headphones is a great experience, you hear every little pure sound and realise there is a lot going on than you thought.  It's like a live experience and sometimes like watching a movie as the song's mostly have a lyric like a story so you are imagining the imagery while listening.

It just shows that if you don't give something a listen you may miss out on something great, its worth the risk to find some great music.  That's why I look up new bands and singers, there is some awesome stuff out there that may be out of your comfort zone but you may get to love.  I listened to The Beatles albums, every one, from one of my friend's dad's collection.  Just to see what the fuss was about, it didn't work for me, I still did not get it, I found the songs simple and more boyband-ish than classic songwriting, but that's just me.  With Rush I found a new sound just by sneakily exploring my brother's record collection, I recommend it!



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