The Wall [Re­dux] MAG­NETIC EYE

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Riff-wield­ers flock to Pink Floyd’s rock opera

Pink floyd’s Rock opera about the life and times of an in­creas­ingly ag­i­tated, ir­ri­tated and iso­la­tion­ist rock star has con­nected with au­di­ences since its 1979 re­lease to the tune of its sales eclips­ing an in­con­ceiv­able 23 times plat­inum. Its story of an in­di­vid­ual’s slow break­down, and even­tual self-im­posed re­moval from the tri­als and drama of ev­ery­day liv­ing res­onate to this day. Con­sider the in­flux of in­for­ma­tion as­sault­ing us at a non-stop pace, over­crowd­ing, con­stant con­flicts about the mas­sive and minis­cule and the re­sul­tant in­crease in men­tal health is­sues plagu­ing ev­ery arm of so­ci­ety. Un­sur­pris­ingly, peo­ple want to co­coon and iso­late from life and so­ci­ety, but the ex­pec­ta­tion is that we al­ways en­gage. The Wall [Re­dux] sees mem­bers of heavy/stoner/doom/psych sub­gen­res cel­e­brat­ing the mu­si­cal source ma­te­rial with the likes of par­tic­i­pants like Mark Lane­gan, Scott Reeder, ASG and Mos Gen­er­a­tor per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally re­lat­ing to the marginal­i­sa­tion theme. As well, it’s a safe bet that all of the 26 in­volved artists have nabbed some amount of in­flu­ence from Pink Floyd. Unavoid­ably, some of the con­tri­bu­tions are mere cov­ers of Roger Waters’ min­i­mal­ist in­dul­gences – Sergeant Thun­der­hoof, Blue Heron and Sun­flo’er do­ing The Hap­pi­est Days Of Our Lives, Stop and the es­pe­cially am­bi­ent Bring The Boys Back Home, re­spec­tively – that leave a short­changed, lack of devel­op­ment feel­ing be­hind. On the other hand, ir­rev­er­ent stamps are put on ma­te­rial with Red Mars Sky in­ject­ing Com­fort­ably Numb with mas­sive stoner doom, Pall­bearer mak­ing Run Like Hell sta­dium-ready, Church Of The Cos­mic Skull giv­ing The Trial a lit­tle Bo­hemian Rhap­sody flair and the al­ways shape-shift­ing Melvins mak­ing In The Flesh sound equally mas­sive and ten­der. There’s a lot to ex­plore here, and while it may have been mu­si­cally up­dated by vet­eran and new­comer artists,

The Wall [Re­dux] shows that where we’re at in the world has re­mained the same.

FOR FANS OF: Pink Floyd, Melvins, Pall­bearer


Pall­bearer of­fer some con­struc­tive com­men­tary on to­day’s so­ci­ety

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