I wrote this on Thursday, demo'd it on Friday, and finished and posted today. I am not a great guitar soloist by any stretch of the imagination (I prefer to write specific solos and stick to them, or at least use them as guides when improvising) but I liked the feel (however sloppy) because it was unhinged, like the song itself, which is about the the seeming lack of imagination in humanity and our various cultures. It is a (sometimes) frightening and stifling world, and that is what I tried to convey with this piece. It basically tells the listener to fight back against the encroachment of bland, ignorant stupidity. Nothing is inevitable if you dare to think for yourself, and dream.
Rumtoad- Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Percussion.
Crushed Velvet Heart by Rumtoad
Definitive interests and influences include the usual suspects:
The Beatles, Early Stones (through 1975), Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Who, etc,
Prog - Genesis/Gabriel/Hackett, Emerson,ELP/The Nice, etc
Canterbury - Hatfield, Softs, Caravan, Gong,etc
Zeuhl - Can, Magma, Neu!, etc
R.I.O - Henry Cow, Aqsac Maboul, Muffins, etc
Bop and Free Jazz - too many to list, but Miles, Shepp, Pharoh, McCoy, Threadgill, AACM, etc..
Fusion - Return to Forever, McLaughlin, etc
And so on. You get the picture. I also love 70s and 80's Southern Cali punk, and British Proto-Punk (the Jam, and did I mention XTC?) through a lot of the good new wave from the 80's (Japan,Prefab Sprout, etc)
Classical - Schoenburg, Eisler, Messiaen, etc
I was also a fan of the 45. Two songs, approximately 7-10 total minutes to state your case. Nice...