Bruce Soord takes us on a journey to his home and past in his first solo release while the music looks forward as Soord develops and broadens his sound
Bruce Soord is the frontman of the progressive rock band The Pineapple Thief, a band which has always felt like a Bruce Soord solo project, much in the same way that the Eels is a project of “E” or Bright Eyes a project of Conor Oberst. Soord founded The Pineapple Thief in 1999 and the first three albums were recorded without the assistance of a band, but when 2003’s Variations on a Dream bought The Pineapple Thief to a wider audience, Soord assembled a group of musicians to join him.
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Welcome to The Squall everyone.
I’ve been prompted to write an introductory post of some kind because my first ever review here, of Devin Townsend’s Royal Albert Hall concert, was posted to Devin’s own Facebook page and I’m currently experiencing a large influx of visitors and there’s nothing else on show!
I started this blog to give me a place to write about alternative music, including reviews, features, interviews. The Devin review is the first, but I plan on publishing at least one post per week here, so please do come back and see what’s new. You can follow me on Twitter if you want to keep up to date.
Thanks for visiting!
The Royal Albert Hall, over the course of its 144-year history, has played host to some of the world’s leading artists and the day’s most famous figures. In May 1877, Richard Wagner conducted the first half of each of the eight concerts making up the Grand Wagner Festival. 14th September 1901 saw Sir Arthur Conan Doyle judge the first major bodybuilding competition. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Allen Ginsberg, and Jimi Hendrix all took centre stage in this illustrious venue throughout the 1960s. In 1995, Professor Steven Hawking became the second physicist to sell out the Royal Albert Hall when he spoke about his latest book Does God throw dice in black holes? (the first was Albert Einstein in 1933). And on 13th April 2015, Devin Townsend, in a century and a half’s cultural culmination, officially became The Royal Albert Hall’s first musician, in his own words, “to have a farting ball bag shriek across the stage”. Picture someone wearing an oversized fancy dress of a testicle crossed with the alien from Mars Attacks! and Iain Duncan Smith and you’re closer to understanding the ludicrousness of this spectacle.
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