We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.
The new topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we continue this ongoing series with an entry from Jordan Brunk of Corsair.
I’ll preface this by mentioning that all three of these bands have the same line-up as Corsair, being dual guitar work, bass and drums. It’s a link that bonds us all while demonstrating the various directions the music can take.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that less an hour away from Charlottesville in Harrisonburg, Virginia, there was another Jordan Brunk living a parallel life to my own. You see, not only did we share the same name, but we both play bass in metal bands. We’re the same age, and to top it all off, even our fathers have the same name, Robert. Strange powers are at play here. Things went from strange to incredibly awesome when Corsair finally played a show with Earthling because I was thrilled by their furiously fast and angular playing. I also can’t leave out that Jordan Brunk has bad ass tattoos. The rest of the band is amazing, but not nearly amazing as the alternate dimension they represent to me and my life. Mind blown!
Sleep for the Nightlife
These giants from Toronto, Canada, swept down like a cold front upon Charlottesville bringing dreamily intertwined guitar lines and an incredibly intricate rhythm section. Much of their material is in compound meter, so those who enjoy some math while rocking out will love this. They artfully build crescendos with their clean guitar tones picking lovely patterns with such attention to song structure, transition, and progressive growth that I can bow down to their mastery of truly progressive composition.
I can’t say enough about these guys, especially about how nice and Canadian they are. I have to give a special mention to the incredible talent of Mitch Syrnyk, Sleep for the Nightlife’s drummer. One listen to any of their songs and you’ll hear what I hear. One of the best drummers to sit behind a kit. (
This band cuts very deep for me, as a musical brother band to The Nice Jenkins, the first musical project I was a part of. They were raw, edgy, and progressive with a touch of avant-garde in that they praised a mythical muse named “Trog” who vomited milk and honey, peed gasoline, and lead the blindly ignorant towards the light. Weird, I know, but that’s what you get with Truman Spark’s “Trog-Rock.” Their songs are ambitious and experimental, narrating mythical adventures, sometimes involving sperm whales. Sound familiar? (see Corsair’s “Orca”). Check out “Juan the Sperm Whale” to hear what I’m talking about.
Let’s just say that I remember way back when this band was named TRMN SPRX, until that glorious day when they finally mustered up a “vowel movement.” As some put it, they’re a “slacker’s prog rock.” Or if you prefer, imagine “Pavement playing King Crimson.” Let’s get weird!
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