New video from our tour of China

 

We're so excited to reveal a new video that we produced that chronicles our recent tour of China: "The Strangest Places: The Angry Neighbors In China". Please check it out on You Tube at the following link:
https://youtu.be/vIcm1vXGmYc

 

Appearance on John Michael's RockBox

Rock and Roll in China

 

The U.S. has created the greatest genre of music ever: rock and roll!  Don’t worry America, your most treasured export is in good hands with us.  We will represent.  We will rock China’s socks off! 

 

The Sad Truth

 

The sad truth may be that people don't really care about good songs anymore.

 

Music Emissions feature and album review!

 

Randy has been featured in this month's Music Emssions.  You can check out both the feature and a review of the new album "Overdose" at the links below.

 

http://www.musicemissions.com/artists/index.php?artist_id=11402

 

http://www.musicemissions.com/artists/albums/index.php?album_id=18632

 

Angry Neighbors television debut

 

Set your DVRs! That's right Randy Hansen and the Angry Neighbors are making their television debut. They'll be playing at the West Coast Songwriters Association (WCSA) Songwriters Showcase in Palo Alto, CA this Friday, November 13th at 7:30PM. The show will be broadcast live on local television in the San Francisco, CA Bay Area on Comcast Channel 75 and on AT&T Universe Channel 99. For those of you outside of the Bay Area you can also watch the event via live while its steaming at midpenmedia.org/stream (choose 75). 

Check the band out and let them know how what you thought of the performance.

 

The truth (set to music) shall set you free

 

I host a monthly songwriting critique session.  Every few months a person will attend and before their song is played they will ask for everyone to listen closely and notice if their melody has already been used in a previously released song, so that they can go back to the drawing board and come up with something “original”.  Before they play one note I tell them, that the answer is “yes, that melody has already been used”.  By the default of simple math, there is a finite amount of notes in a musical scale.  Since thousands and thousands of songs have been released, all of the melodies have been used.  The good melodies (the ones that are pleasing to the ear) have been used over and over again.

So what to do then?  Never write another song?  It’s all been done after all.  Well, yes that is true, but that doesn’t mean people should not continue to write songs.  Writers can use what’s already been done and put their own stamp on it, or a twist.  They can still express themselves in a meaningful way, even if it’s derivative. 

Even if you can’t be original, you can be honest.  If you write something that is genuine and from your soul, heart, gut or sexual organs it will come through and be appreciated by listeners, even if it is set to a tried and true melody.  People have bullshit detectors.  That’s why people like B.B. King and Johnny Cash, could sing simple songs using the same old chord progressions and it still sounded great.  People simply believed them.

In my opinion that’s what a lot of popular music has always lacked.  A lot of it I don’t believe for one minute.  They are contrived and calculated.  Though they may all be mildly entertaining on some levels they are ultimately just product.  None represent anyone’s dream.  None say anything that should be said.  They are not works of any artistic imagination, they are strictly commercial endeavors, executed for the sole purpose of making revenue.  Nothing wrong, with making money from your craft per se, but could you at least put a little heart into it?

 

DIY Rock Star!

 

I was recently asked by a friend how recent technology has shaped the music scene for unsigned artists. I think the better question would be how hasn’t it?  With computers and the internet, it is extremely easy to get exposure for your music.  The problem of course is that so can everyone else, which means there is a veritable wall of white noise out there oversaturating things.  When I was growing up, you couldn’t just make an album on your own.  There were gatekeepers who decided who would have the opportunity to do that, but not now.  We live in an era of the do-it-yourself rock star, where you can record everything at home on your computer, have the album manufactured by a service and put right on the internet.  Though there still a music business per se, artists can bypass it all together.  You don’t need one of the suits deciding who gets to go into a studio to record, who gets to produce and album or whose work gets marketed or played to the public. 

 

Now, I’m not complaining because I have benefited from this myself, but I’m just pointing out that there are pitfalls with it too.  I always say: The good thing is that now anyone can do it and the bad thing is that now anyone can do it.

 

I know a lot of people mourn the death of the music industry, but I think that’s hyperbole.  The industry is still going strong, there’s just not people making obscene amounts of money from records. Well maybe it shouldn’t have been that way in the first place. Who says you should be able to buy a swimming pool just because you wrote a three-chord song? 

 

 

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