Dave and Treg have created the world's first rock club--like a book club except we share rock music. We met for the first time last Saturday night in the Rock Room at Treg's house in Southern California. Our friends Michael and Brentt joined us as the other founding members. Everyone agreed to bring something to share--either music by a newly-discovered artist, a fresh rock & roll story, or a unique perspective on a beloved classic.
Brentt started us off by teaching us a college course on the Beatles and their hit, "All My Loving." He jammed on the piano to demonstrate the unique chord progression then we listened to the song on the stereo at full blast to get an appreciation of the bass line and other elements. Later Brentt shared the story about recording and engineering the "Let It Be" album. Apparently Paul McCartney wasn't thrilled with the strings and other elements that Phil Spector added, so the Beatles later released a stripped down version entitled "Let it Be Naked." We listened to "Let It Be" and "The Long and Winding Road" from the album and loved exploring these variations on the classic Beatles tunes.
Dave talked about Tom Morello's guitar solo at the end of "Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the Machine. Then we cranked the stereo and listened to the song. Check out Dave's podcast on the song in the Podcast Archive, Episode No. 71. Dave then introduced us to Rival Sons, a hard-rockin' blues rock outfit from Long Beach, California. We blasted "Open My Eyes" and raved about the similarity to Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks."
Treg played two bass-heavy cuts from Royal Blood--a two-piece from Britain with a modern garage band sound--"Out of the Black" and "Ten Tonne Skeleton." He apologizes to his neighbors for the rattling windows. Treg also played "Scumbag Blues" by Them Crooked Vultures and "Family System" by Chevelle, to further share his passion for bass-driven rock.
Michael told us about Liturgy, a black-metal band from Brooklyn, New York, which he learned about on a Radio Lab podcast about nihilism. We listened to a sample from "High Gold," which can only be described as a cacophony of funky sounds.
We encourage everyone to get together with their rock buddies to form their own rock clubs to share new discoveries and the passion for rock music. Please tell us about your experience by commenting on this blog or on our Facebook page. If you're in the Southern California area and would like to join the RTH Rock Club, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rock On!