The last time I posted was the day before leaving on a 2 week tour with the Rebound. I can name very little that has not changed since then. That is the reason for such a long hiatus. There has been a change in the band line up, in relationships, in where I live. There has been pain, but that pain has brought on the most growth that I’ve ever experienced.
So, back to business here. So many great things have bubbled onto the radar..or bubbled back onto the radar.
I’ve been a fan of Jesse Evans since I first layed onto her band the Vanishing in San Francisco in 2003. I bought up their albums and also bought her previous band, The Subtonix, on wax.
The Vanishing moved to Berlin several years back and are no longer a band. As much as i really loved the Subtonix and the Vanishing, something much more amazing has risen out of the ashes. Jesse’s solo album, Is This Fire? I’ve been listening to the tracks that have gone up on mySpace for a while and the album finally came out earlier this year. Admittedly, I only picked it up a couple months ago at Amoeba records as i was passing through SF. The thick juicy vinyl really turned on my record geek…
The influences are very afrobeat and latin and branch so much further than goth, punk, electronic that she had mastered so well.
“In primitive societies traditions have always been passed down through music and dancing. Music will always represent tradition but where are the real rituals in modern times? Sometimes though we feel the connection –no way to initiate being part of anything. I felt like I was reaching for somewhere warmer, but caught between worlds. Like a mermaid stranded on some beach, the sand is hot like coals of fire, I wanted to laugh and fall back into the sea but I felt trapped in the human form, unable to return to my origin. The title of the record “Is it fire? “ really just means “desire” ‘cos what is desire, but that which is red hot like the sun and always in the distance, pulling on you, tempting you to go further, go out of control. I wanted to make a joke of it ” Is it fire?? Ha ha, well, wait till u get burned.