Australian Rock of the 1980s | A.L. Music on Bands Influenced by The Angels and Rose Tattoo

September 21, 2012

This post is one in a series of interviews about Aldo Leopardi and his music. In this edition, hear from Curt Sautter, independent music marketer and the founder of indie label Delirium Records.

 

Some U.S. audiences may not know why Aussies rocked the 1980s. What makes their sound distinct?

Australian rock from the 1980s and into the modern rock era has one constant: It’s fun. Australian rock doesn’t take itself too seriously. It knows that rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be sexy and joyful. Modern bands influenced by Rose Tattoo or The Angels come through on that promise.

So Australian rock isn’t just a regional taste?

I think it’s universal. Take AC/DC. I can go into a country bar and put on AC/DC, and people are going to smile and dance.

Sounds like a party. You mentioned The Angels, who have a similar tonality and vocal style to AC/DC.

But The Angels have more of a New Wave swagger than AC/DC. They’re jumpy and aggressive in their sound. They’re also lesser known outside of Australia, with the exception of rock ‘n’ roll fanatics.

How do you see The Angels and Rose Tattoo’s influence on Aldo’s band?

Much of Aldo Leopardi’s music has a blues base. Like [Australian blues rockers] Rose Tattoo, Aldo brings a youthful lyrical angst to a blues core. I get the same kind of “it’s my life, my rules” feeling from Aldo’s “My Parade” as I do from Rose Tattoo’s “Scarred for Life” or “We Can’t Be Beaten.”  To me it’s about the vibe and the message.

As for The Angels (aka Angel City), listen to their album, Face to Face. In particular, check out their song “Marseilles,” and then Aldo’s “Everyone’s Talking But Nothing’s Been Said.” On both, you hear driving rhythm guitar. They also share edgy vocal phrasing.

All three of these bands represent different identities and sounds when you look at them as a whole. The wonderful thing about Aldo’s music is that he pulls from a vast pool of influences, but he doesn’t become a carbon copy. His songs are uniquely him.

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Rock Doesn’t Die. It Reinvents: AL Music on Bands Influenced by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin

August 10, 2012

This post is one in a series of interviews about Aldo Leopardi and his music. Below, we hear from Curt Sautter, independent record producer and the founder of indie label Delirium Records.

Classic rock has had an impact on a lot of today’s music, but the term gets used in a lot of different ways. Settle the debate. What are we really talking about when we say “classic rock?”

Well, you can think about it in two ways. The first is the sound that came out of the 1960s and 1970s, when members of a lot of the modern era bands were growing up. These are bands influenced by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, among others.

The music that shows this classic rock influence has quality songwriting across multiple levels. The songs don’t just have good harmony or a raging guitar solo or any one particular thing, but they have all of them together.

And the second way to think about classic rock?

Complexity. If there’s a musical spectrum of basic to complex, music before classic rock was a simpler sound with more repetitive choruses. In classic rock, you see bands adding bridges, more complicated layers and patterns of sounds, and more complex ideas.

It isn’t as overwhelming a sound as jazz, but it requires more thought and consideration than what came before it. I hear these types of classic rock influences in Aldo’s music.

What specifically makes you think “classic rock” when you listen to Aldo Leopardi?

I mentioned bands influenced by Led Zeppelin and some of the others. Because of the complexity classic rock has, you may not immediately recognize what’s driving the emotion of a song—like a specific guitar melody or vocal harmony or vocal phrasing—but the more you listen, the more you find them and appreciate them. You’re not just done with it or bored of it after a few listens.

I see this sort of complexity and attention to detail in Aldo’s music. In addition to being technically on-point and rich in vocals, there’s an overall quality and sophistication in the songwriting. It’s going to keep you coming back to the songs to hear elements you might have missed. And if you want to lose yourself in the music, it’s great for listening, too.

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Simply Awesome: AL Music Looks at Bands Influenced by The Cars, Icehouse, and the Power Pop / New Wave Revolution

August 10, 2012

This post is one in a series of interviews about Aldo Leopardi and his music. This time, we talk with Curt Sautter, independent record producer and the founder of indie label Delirium Records.

 

Curt, do you think pop and new wave still have a place in modern rock?

Absolutely. I think it’s easy to argue that bands influenced by classic rock in the 60s and 70s were also bands influenced by The Cars and Billy Idol in the 80s. It’s history, it’s culture, and so if you’re a musician growing up on that sound, you’re likely going to carry it with you into the modern era.

And these are distinct sounds from classic rock?

New wave and pop, which came after classic rock, simplified music and brought back some of the repetition and catchy choruses that had come before. These were great tunes that you could just enjoy without getting lost in complexity.

New wave and pop also distinguished themselves because the late 70s and the 80s were the era where synthesizers made their impact. Bands used keyboards and electric pianos before that, but the development of the microchip helped you go from huge instruments to something that was much more portable and affordable.

You saw genres grow out of these changes, like synth pop. There was also high-energy punk rock, which was less abrasive and more pop-oriented than other punk rock. Each was different from classic rock.

What do you hear in Aldo Leopardi’s music that makes you think, “Yeah, power pop and new wave are getting represented here”?

On Aldo’s initial self-titled record, you notice these influences. For example, some of his songs make use of a synth intro, and the music has a little “jump” to it. It’s uplifting, put-a-smile-on-your-face kind of music in the pop style.

In that album, Aldo sounds like one of those bands influenced by The Cars and others from the 80s because the songs have an energetic rhythm, keep a solid tempo, and don’t become erratic or noisy. Take a listen to “You’re All I Got Tonight” by The Cars and compare it to Aldo’s “Nowhere To Run” and “Everyone’s Talking But Nothing’s Been Said” and you can see this similarity.

It’s interesting that Aldo’s got these American influences since his career started in Australia. What about Australian influences?

 

Aldo sounds like one of the modern bands influenced by Icehouse and other great Australian rockers from the 80s. His vocal melody is in the style of Iva Davies, something you hear when you listen to “Charles Sky” or “Touch the Fire.” Compare those Icehouse songs to Aldo’s “Kings and Queens” and you’ll recognize that while they’re artists with distinct identities, they’ve got these similar sounds.

So you think Aldo’s modern music retains those 1980s sensibilities?

Definitely, but the modern rock sound in his more recent albums show how Aldo’s band has grown. You get all of these influences of the pop and new wave era, and you also get to follow his progression as the band discovers its identity. It’s great to experience.

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“Not Enough” Aldo Leopardi on the Radio – News Update

September 30, 2011

Greetings Villains & Heroes!

 

We have some exciting news as well as a few updates that we wanted to pass along to you! The first is that Aldo’s song “Not Enough” is being played on a couple of radio stations in Colorado! KSPN in Aspen and KFMU in Steamboat Springs are both playing the song. If you would like to request “Not Enough” at either KSPN or KFMU, you can do so by using the request line information below and be sure to listen to both stations online:

KSPN FM “The Valley’s Quality Rock”
97.3/98.3/103.1/100.1/107.5 FM
Request line: 970-925-1997
listen online at http://alwaysmountaintime.com/kspn

KFMU FM “Colorado’s Finest”
104.1 and 105.5 FM
Request line: 970-879-5368
listen online at http://alwaysmountaintime.com/kfmu

We also want to remind everyone that we’re entering the final stages of the “My Parade” video contest. The end date for video submissions is October 16th, so you have just over two weeks to get a video posted on Youtube and linked Aldo’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AldoLeopardiMusic. Please visit the Facebook page to see and comment on the contest entries so far.
Complete details and contest rules can be found at AldoLeopardiMusic.com.

We are also continuing to offer a free mp3 download of the song “Love” from Villains & Heroes to anyone that signs up for Aldo’s mailing list, so if your friends haven’t signed up yet make sure they know about this special offer!

More coming soon!

– Your friends at Backslash Records