I used to get such a kick out of that salutation because how can you be offended when someone addresses you so kindly? Miss Manners would kick the crap out of someone with her verbal hatchet, but hey, you’re a gentle reader, so you can’t go bat shit, right? That being said, Gentle Readers, I have a surprise for you. Shockwave Magazine is opening the flood gates and letting ALL the good music rush in. I know we’ve been genre specific for decades, but you I’ll bet somewhere buried in your classic rock collection is a Depeche Mode album. Or maybe you secretly like Garth Brooks. You thought Lady Gaga was alright with Metallica? There’s a kink in your armor, I just know it.
In that vein, I’d like to introduce you to a little alt rock gem that hit my desk today. The Communters have released their video for “Before I Was Born” and I think it’s worth checking out, or tuning in and dropping out to. With some esoteric visuals and lyrics about the intersection of birth and death, it’s deep enough for thoughtful introspection and light enough for peaceful contemplation. Hope you enjoy, and please give us some feedback on Facebook about what you like, or what you’d like to see more of in the future!
Press Release:Frontman Zeeshan Zaidi told Impose Magazine, “The video was born out of a very personal moment – the passing of my grandmother last summer, just a few months before my wife and I were expecting our second child.” The contrasting emotions inspired an emotional song and a mesmerizing video. Created by indie filmmaker Mount Emult (Fountains of Wayne, Pixies, Panda Bear) and featuring bright blue kaleidoscopic graphics and animation, the visuals focus on the connecting piece between two of the most important people in Zaidi’s life: “We tried to explore the cycle of life—birth and death and the places they intersect.”The Commuters, consisting of Zaidi (vocals,guitar/keyboard), Uri Djemal (guitar/keyboard), Ben Zwerin (bass), and Paul Amorese (drums), might hail from New York, but their kinetic, personal anthems capture an alt-rock essence that aspires toward worldwide appeal. Their 2012 debut, Rescue, earned the band accolades and exposure from outlets as wide-reaching and influential as college radio, mtvU, PureVolume and Guitar World. But more importantly, it spoke to listeners in a direct, uncomplicated way that created a devoted worldwide audience thanks to the band’s songs being equal parts melody and honesty.The support of that worldwide audience was evident from Before I Was Born’s release – The project debuted at #34 on the Billboard Alternative New Artist Album Chart and hit #13 on the FMQB Submodern Radio chart this past month.