Hannah Golightly

Fuck The Dream. Marry for the love and not the money.

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Fuck The Dream. Let’s do what the hell we want.
by Hannah Golightly

Is it me or has The Dream become a stale old rock commodity? Is the SxSW industry festival just the end of the production line? Am I right in thinking that all The Dream amounts to is the rock’n’roll cliché of teenage bedroom dreams and legends written up by clever music PRs from the 60s onwards to crystallise the bands they heralded as the new dawn of music in the collective, mass media, consciousness?

So I am gonna suggest that we all Fuck The Dream and start once again to go in search of true love – the reality that is being created in the kitchens, bathrooms, lounges and bedrooms of the most exciting bands to emerge in recent times: yeah, bands. Those groups of musical artists who once upon a time came up with music to satisfy the pleasure button in our brains and, if we were lucky, give us a fresh view of this world and maybe even something to believe in. All wannabes, Pop Idol/American Idol/X Factor contestants and the so-called ‘bands’ that belong on these shows can fuck right off with their desperation for stardom and exposure and soft spots for covering … ho hum, I mean, er, taking inspiration from – the bands that went before them. I am only gonna put out for the real deal.

Here’s the music that’s been setting my world alight.

A Love Letter to Warpaint.
For the past few years I have been wandering in the musical wilderness scanning the listings at the Brixton Academy, occasionally venturing to poke my nose between the pages of the NME and Kerrang! magazine, racking my brains among the racks of music in HMV and feeling pretty much lost and in need of a muse or, better yet, some inspiring music to broaden my horizons with. My favourite band of all time is Hole – possibly the most prolific of all the girl bands. But Hole sort of sputtered to a halt amid Courtney Love’s latest crisis and the music suffered from her poetry-curbing prescription pills. What I needed was a band to come into my life and fill that hole.

You know when you meet a guy (or girl, whatever, that’s your business) for the first time and you fall in love and you start talking about yadda yadda yadda, “I wish I’d met you years ago”? That’s how I feel about Warpaint – especially since I found out that they’ve been going for seven years! They are so special that I actually turned around and looked at the radio when I heard them for the first time. I stopped what I was doing and fell right into their world for approx 3:33.

Their sound is like nothing else I’d ever heard, but at the same time it was cool, lo-fi, bored-wistful sounding, elegantly sky-scraping and luminous. It was psychedelic without any of the usual clichés. Lyrically, it’s poetic and straight talking, sweet and casually tough. It is the sound of girls who rock. It’s the sound of girls who don’t care if you like it or not. When I eventually found out more about Warpaint, the first thing that hit me with delight was that they were girls. This is still a rare thing. The other thing that hit me was that the music was so incredible that their being girls didn’t seem in any way to  describe them. The music said everything that needs to be said. When I finally got to see one of their music videos, I knew that it was love. With the dual vocals, cohesive band (think of The Beatles’ model in terms of unity, rather than the Stones’ Mick Jagger centre piece), beautiful and cool imagery, I was taken off this dull planet and right smack bang into the trippy firecracker world of the Warpaint dreamscape.

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13 Responses to Fuck The Dream. Marry for the love and not the money.

  1. Lucy Cage March 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Brilliant stuff: I’m joining you at the Reillusioned party. And thank you for posting that lovely Cults video: they’re just so damn huggable!

  2. Everett True March 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Completely agreed on Cults. They’re my Song of the Day tomorrow.

  3. katie March 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    “go in search of true love – the reality that is being created in the kitchens, bathrooms, lounges and bedrooms of the most exciting bands to emerge in recent times” sounds good to me ; ) xx

  4. hannah golightly March 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks. I think everyone with any taste needs a bit of Cults in their lives… and Warpaint- Love them! Plus beyond the music, I’d like to sleep with Andrew from MGMT.

  5. Emma March 22, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Thanks for linking me to your writing Han, I really enjoyed reading it and completely agree. A really well written piece too. Looking forward to reading more 🙂

  6. Princess Stomper March 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I quite like Warpaint (Cults aren’t so much my “thing”), but I love how you express it: that is exactly how I feel about Foetus! I remember complaining that the CD’s jewel case wasn’t plush so I couldn’t pick it up and hug it – but, dammit!, I tried anyway. I could give Sufjan Stevens a big tonguey snog for that last record, too. 😀

  7. hannah golightly March 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Thanks Em.

    I will have to check out Foetus and Sufjan Stevens if you recommend them Princess Stomper and see if it’s for me.

    By the way apparently in the UK 70% of music sales still come from CDs, despite the MP3 being everywhere. I LOVE getting CDs and the next one I get will be Cults’ album. I have Warpaint and MGMT already. I love having something to hold and pour over while listening to a band. I am not into the whole ‘shuffling’ idea, unless it’s at a house party. I like tangible albums… I may not cuddle them at night in bed or do any tongue-related rude things to them, but suffice to say I really like having them around.

    The Warpaint video here is amazing visually, but they have progressed musically since this track and I prefer the songs on the Fool. My favourite one is Undertow.

  8. Princess Stomper March 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    @ Hannah, the Sufjan Stevens album I’m in love with is The Age of Adz, though given by your post I think you might prefer some of his less bombastic earlier stuff. As for Foetus, a lot of people regard it as an impenetrable din, but you might like the Love and Flow albums.

  9. Princess Stomper March 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    P.S. I’ve never snogged (kissed) the Sufjan Stevens album – or any other for that matter. I do need to set the record (*cough*) straight on that, after talking to a Cubanate fan once who confessed to having sexual relations with the Antimatter CD. Marc and I did actually wonder how that was physically possible, but thought in the end that it was best not to speculate.

    Elephants is my favourite Warpaint song.

  10. Hannah Golightly March 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Sufjan Stevens is great! Thanks for that Princess. I like the song Too Much. I think it’s the sort of thing to listen to when you’re in the mood for something a bit more challenging than a pure pop melody… when you want something to sink your teeth into and experience. It reminds me of the Flying Lizards as well as the music I refer to in the article as Apache. I’m not the biggest fan of his voice, but it is fine and his music in general is where the buzz is happening for me rather than his voice. It is a bit like Pop Levi’s more recent stuff only less commercial (even though Pop L isn’t what most would describe as commercial)… anyway a cool suggestion. Will check out Foetus next. I take my time with it so I can give it my full attention while I’m in a receptive mood… will get back to you about it.

  11. Everett True March 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    (from Facebook)

    Shaun Prescott
    have you heard this?

    Rene Schaefer
    Excellent sentiment. Lame music. I’m torn.

    Rene Schaefer ‎
    …not that it matters what an old hack like me thinks. Passion = good.

  12. Hannah Golightly March 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks to Shaun for the tip off about Ariel Pink. I’ve heard them before and I just took a listen to the track you recommended, but for me I have to say it is still not a life changing band for me. I am sooooooooooo picky. Although Ariel Pink have some elements to their music that I clearly like, it just doesn’t come together as an exciting package to me. It’s a bit like if Warpaint were an 80s band doing the soundtrack for the Breakfast Club. Where these new bands like Cults and Best Coast have a surf element mixed in, Ariel Pink supplants this with Tropical Lounge music sounds… maybe if I didn’t think that Blondie were musically rather over-rated to a second generation listener like myself, then I would like Ariel Pink more.

  13. hannah golightly June 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

    p.s. I have since found out that Ariel Pink is a guy not a band. A friend put some of his music on my ipod a few years ago and so I heard it with no info.

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