Enthused, He Is!

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We love going to shows. Granted, most of the time we’re playing in them, but when when all of us (Lindby) go to see other people perform, whether they’re local or big-name touring acts, there is a certain “Je ne sais quoi” about them. We spend hours and hours preparing material for our own shows and when we see other people get up in front of a crowd and show what they have spent hours and hours preparing, there is a certain appreciation that we feel watching them pour their soul out into music for others to enjoy the way that we do. That in turn inspires us to go back and revamp songs, rethink set lists, and rework a some musical elements that were maybe half-baked and waiting for the right moment to be reinvented in a better way.

But inspiration strikes everyone differently.

Enter Jordan Buford. He is the writer over at The Music Enthusiast concert review blog. Jordan writes superbly in-depth reviews of concerts in the DFW area and is a seasoned veteran, having been reviewing shows since 2006 (you can read his full bio HERE)! Where our friends over at Fort Live primarily cover Forth Worth shows and only dabble in Dallas happenings, Jordan is quite the opposite. He covers mostly Dallas shows (due his proximity to the city) and handles Fort Worth goings-on from time to time. Nevertheless, he is FANTASTIC at what he does! His style of reviews is in a “play-by-play” format, which gives the reader the most in-depth look at the concert he is covering. Not only that, but his posts are informative AND interesting-qualities that some blogs only half muster.

In addition to The Music Enthusiast blog, Jordan also does a podcast over at the Whiskeyboy Radio Network that you can (and should) subscribe to HERE. We have been featured on the podcast multiple times (including his LATEST EPISODE) and HIGHLY recommend it if you are looking to discover new music from the DFW area.

Lastly, but definitely not least-ly, Jordan was gracious enough to take time out of his crazy schedule to sit down, listen to Erikson, and do one of his play-by-play overviews of it (CHECK IT OUT HERE!!). And when I say “play-by-play,” I mean he literally give his take on each song on the album. Music Enthusiast? Most definitely! Jordan doesn’t write many album reviews because he is so insanely busy covering live shows and keeping track of who is playing where and all that business, so when we saw the coverage that he did of our album, we were astounded that he gave it such a close listen! Our collective hats are off to you, Mr. Buford. It is abundantly clear that you love what you do and your passion for music shines through in your work. Just like we are inspired to create music when we hear it, Jordan is inspired to write. And mighty fine writing it is!

If you want to connect with Jordan and follow what he’s doing online (which you DEFINITELY should!), here is where you can find him on the interwebs:

Official Site: The Music Enthusiast
Facebook (TME): TheMusicEnthusiast
Facebook (personal): Jordan Buford
Twitter: The Music Enthusiast
Reverbnation: The Music Enthusiast
Subscribe to Podcasts on iTunes HERE or listen to them on Whiskeyboy Radio HERE

Finding Fort Live

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Recently, we had the distinct privilege to sit down with Lyle Brooks, editor and writer over at FORT LIVE, and talk about Lindby, Erikson, Lindby’s band history, etc. We had a fantastic chat which ranged from Gregorian Chant, to Monty Python, Lord of the Rings, choir tours, the party antics of kids in Scandinavia (Lyle joked that the little hand-held recorder that recorded our conversation was actually broadcasting a radio show to kids in another country. It being Leif Erikson day, we suggested that naturally, the children of Northern Europe would be hearing tonight’s broadcast as they had been up partying all night celebrating the holiday), and topics beyond even those. Lyle was faithfully persistent and constantly roped us back in to talking about Lindby whenever we would digress too far off topic (which was, for better or worse, often), but more often than not, we just got to enjoy hanging out and shooting the breeze with Lyle on yet another fantastic Leif Erikson Day. To read his article on Lindby (an article inside an article? INCEPTION!!), head over to the 817 DAILY section of the Fort Live site. It really is amazing that he put together such a great article on us (which again, Thank you Lyle! You rock!), as we probably didn’t give him as much to work with as other bands probably do. But hey, we had fun!

CHECK IT OUT!

As the title of this post is “Finding Fort Live,” we wanted to give an official shout-out to Fort Live and explain to everyone who maybe hasn’t heard of this magnificent resource exactly what they do. And here it is, in their own words:

“Launched on January 1, 2012, Fortlive.com has been serving up a tasty dish of Fort Worth Live Music News, Local Artist Interviews & Concert Dates of every venue/bar/concert hall in town. We have become the de-facto place to find the latest news & gossip relating to live music in Funkytown. Spread the word and thanks for visiting. For more info, contact us at calendar@fortlive.com”

These guys are the bee’s knees as far as live music coverage in Fort Worth is concerned. Lyle Brooks and Casey Mack work insanely hard at promoting local music and practically live in the music venues so that they can bring coverage to everyone in the metroplex about what’s going down in Funkytown. They have THE most extensive calendar of local live music dates in Fort Worth, and are constantly posting updates on their Facebook Page regarding lineup updates and where crazy-awesome shows are going to be next. Their heart is truly in what they do. I mean, have you ever tried to keep track of where all of your favorite bands are playing? All the places they’re going to be in the next week? Try multiplying that by about 100 and you’ve got what Fort Live keeps track of in about a day. Incredible.

So anyways, go give them some love on their website and their Facebook Page. They really do deserve it, and if you are taking the time to go out and see local musicians rock the house down, you do too.

Steve Neme Speaks Out

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Steve Neme, Ohio native, has a great blog about his adventures and misadventures in the great state of Texas. An avid musician and music lover himself, he jumped at the opportunity to write a few words about Lindby’s “Erikson.” You can read it directly on his blog HERE (which we definitely recommend) or just scroll on down and read it here. He is an up-and-coming writer (he’s majoring in it at college right now, for cryin’ out loud!), so we are very honored to have his words on our side! So without further ado, Steve Neme:

In the world of music there are two categories of bands: those who do, and those who do well. If you’re fortunate enough to belong in the camp of Lindby musicians, you fall into the latter category. On “Erikson”, the Arlington, Texas group’s first proper release, the eclectic amalgamation of forgotten genres seems tongue-in-cheek conceptually, but is executed in earnest. You can tell that these folks have been perusing the vinyl collections at resale record shops, and they have chosen their influences wisely.

The music of “Erikson” is jammed out in funky psychedelics and Lounge-pop with hints of Ska and the ever-present influences of The Flaming Lips and The Polyphonic Spree (one can even hear a little ELO in there at times!). For those of you unfamiliar with any of the genres or groups I’ve just mentioned, you should go look all of these things up immediately. If you do understand what I’m saying here, then you may have found an album worth the trouble of listening to. It’s pretty obvious that the Lindby folk have undergone some musical training, what with the Fugue near the end of the album and the multi-layered harmonies throughout the disc. That’s not to say that this album feels like homework, or the listening material of a grad student working on neo-classical pop rock; it’s more like those days in high school where your substitute teacher told you to stop reading Great Expectations and instead expounded on the genius of Ginsberg.

Lindby’s rhyme-scheme-rants are somehow familiar, like Shel Silverstein’s poetry, without the impending doom feeling. Like taunts in the schoolyard where children rhymed “dork” with “pork” and somehow made you feel like the worst kind of nerdy bacon, in the best possible way. When one hears simple rhyme-schemes found on “Erikson”, they may initially right the lyrics off and focus on the musical integrity – but as you go, you find that the rhymes are so brilliant because of their simplicity. It’s a return to the days when people didn’t craft lyrics with the intent of cerebral ambiguity, with the intent of being deemed a brilliantly damaged poet in a time of posers. Lindby says to hell with that and instead gives the listener the opportunity to sing along with the chorus after only hearing it once. It’s simplification at its best, and a tactic more bands probably ought to be looking into these days.

While a concept album, “Erikson” doesn’t follow the trajectory of storyline concept albums. Even though songs are loosely tied together, there is no story arc, there is no fundamentally flawed protagonist with a challenge to meet; instead there are loads of fun melodies and group vocals brought together by one name: Erikson. One can also tell that this concept album was created as much for the band as for the fans. There are inside jokes, and one can visualize the smiles of the members as they sing songs about friends and sneak looks at each other on stage as lyrics are improvised. “Erikson” is conceptual without being lofty; a panoramic shot feel-good landscape. If you feel that the album leaves something to be desired, that’s really more on you than Lindby, as they’ve provided you with an overview of what music has, and will sound like as genres continue to blend. These people know how they want to world to sound: cheery and sparkly, where everyone gets to have a good time, and everyone shares the name “Erikson”.

A few favorite tracks: “Jing Ling Tam Blues”, “King of Condiments”, “Gee! Sharp Diminished Over Bee”

Key elements: crunchy guitars, moog, group vocals, jazz piano

Check out Lindby on bandcamp
Or grab a record at any of their upcoming shows!

-Steve Neme

“Erikson” reviewed by the Fort Worth Weekly

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“Erikson” was reviewed by the local Fort Worth newspaper The Fort Worth Weekly! The article, by Anthony Mariani, really speaks for itself, so I’ll stop jabbering and let you get right to it!

HERE is the direct link to the two-part article on “Erikson” and the latest EP by the DFW band Oil Boom entitled “Gold Yeller.” I would definitely recommend using the link because the FW Weekly site has so much to offer, but if you’re impatient (or have a lousy internet connection), just scroll on down and enjoy!

Lindby’s Erikson

Listened to Erikson. Here’s what we know. Some young, seemingly normal Arlingtonians harbor a perverse fascination with people (real or imagined) sharing the surname Erikson. The first track off Lindby’s long-time-in-the-making debut album is “Erikson, Leif,” and “Erikson, Sheldon,” “Erikson, Jon,” “Erikson, Tom,” “Erikson, J.S.,” and “Erikson, Jam” are the titles of assorted interludes. […]

And then there’s the music, a weird mélange of occasionally blustery electric guitar riffs mixed with horns and weird synths, smart sing-songy melodies, and choral vocals reminiscent of The Polyphonic Spree. (Sadly, any band with more than two people singing either in harmony or unison draws comparisons with the Spree, the biggest band to popularize the form.)

You could call Erikson a concept album. Most of the lyrics are silly and fabulist (“The King of Condiments,” anyone?), and the 15-track work is often visited by the melodic reprisal “Erikson / Whoah-oh-oh, my Erikson.”

Home-recorded and self-released, the album captures a band whose aspirations far outstrip its cashflow for Grade-A recording technology and knowhow. You can only imagine what producer Jim Guercio would have done with this stuff back in his heyday in the late 1960s with Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears. The raggedness here kind of cheapens the genuine expansiveness of the melodies and arrangements, rendering the compositions sloppy rather than raw, organic, and unpretentious, the effects that Lindby was probably going for –– “probably” because the people in the band are crazy.

Not that there’s anything remotely pretentious about this oddball opus. (Paging Dr. Demento.) Next to The Doors’ “Shaman’s Blues,” Lindby’s “The Shaman” is probably the best song about aboriginal medicine men you’re ever going to hear. It’s an early-’80s-inspired dance-rock hit revolving around a groovy, twinkling synth figure and a huge, glorious superhero-theme-song chorus. “Jing Ling-Tam Blues,” undoubtedly named after the professor of vocal studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, is a rocker built around a soaring choral vocal refrain and crunchy guitarwork, and “Piece of Reese” is scandalous and catchy.

Erikson could be a lark, but all of the songs are professionally performed and sprinkled with moments of auditory glee. Not quite Viking-caliber but killer nonetheless. –– Anthony Mariani

There you have it! Stay tuned for more Lindby reviews and news coming soon!

Features in Places!

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Lindby has been featured in two different places on the world wide web in the past week. Both are places you might enjoy, so check ’em out and see what you think! Here they are:

The first is a blog called Unsigned Corner. They feature unsigned bands, tell a little about them, and give their takeaway on the group. In addition to Lindby being featured there, there are some awesome acts from all around the USA and beyond. Check it out “HERE”

The second is a podcast by Jordan Buford called “The Music Enthusiast.” In Episode 31 he features Lindby alongside some other great DFW acts such as Moonlight Social, The Will Callers, and Rainchild. It’s a great podcast in which he plays tunes from each band and talks a little about them and their upcoming shows.

Here are links to “THE PODCAST” and “THE MUSIC ENTHUSIAST BLOG”

That’s all for now! But stay tuned, more Lindby features and updates are very soon to come!