jack chuter Storm Static Sleep: a Pathway Through Post-Rock (Book, £9.25)label: Function
As grunge and Britpop ruled the airwaves in the early 90s, post-rock was a vital jolt of innovation. The intricate narratives and sonic cyclones of bands like Slint and Disco Inferno were a welcome antidote to the instant gratification of trad rock. Now, more than 20 years on, post-rock’s mark on the cultural landscape is significant. Dedicated festivals draw huge crowds and the music is a favourite for film soundtracks and adverts, unique in its compound of emotional sensitivity and visceral clout. Meanwhile, the audience has bloomed into an international community whose devotion borders on the obsessive. Storm Static Sleep unpicks the meaning of post-rock, travelling back to its origins to interrogate the journalists who championed it and the bands who renounced it. Featuring over 30 first-hand interviews with some of the most prominent names in post-rock – including Mogwai, Tortoise, Steve Albini, Mono, Isis, Slint and God Is An Astronaut – alongside analysis of key records that changed the face of music, Storm Static Sleep will open your eyes – and ears – to one of music’s most exciting genres. // “In some ways ‘post-rock’ is just a continuation of impulses that crop up within the progressive era, and then again with post-punk. Leaving behind rock, taking on outside influences, responding to the cutting edge of black music, etherealising to the point of losing the rhythmic pulse ” Simon Reynolds, Author/Journalist / “I was really into anti-guitar, anti-chops, anti-solos. I just wanted to fuck it up.” David Pajo, Slint / “We never had a discussion about it, just as we never talked about whether there should be vocals. It was just like, ‘okay – let’s try something’. I guess we were just interested in seeing what we could do with the resources we had available.” - John McEntire, Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol, Bastro / “I remember the first time someone asked about it [post-rock] and I had no idea what they were talking about.” Stuart Braithwaite, Mogwai.
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