The official video for "Devil" was finally put up today as it's posted now below:
I didn't realize, but it comes as very little surprise they used footage from the David Carradine short film Jimmy did (David Carradine's last work as it so happened to become as well), that was directed by Michael Maxxis who if I recall, directed some other videos for Ours and Jimmy's solo record?
Dark video, but still it captures the tune well. As far as the album, they keep releasing different versions of it (as Jimmy has said they would), most recently a 24-bit FLAC which I downloaded per the Pledemusic link, but haven't checked out. But some of the commnents on the fans forum are saying there's a distinct improvement in it sonically.
But, I guess I am still awaiting my package per the Pledgemusic campaign, but given I got the vinyl, they said it very likely would be 6-8 weeks, which probably means it'll not arrive until September sometime if not a little later. It also doesn't help the process the fact they are on tour right now as well. Too bad they aren't hitting my town, but I've known that a few months.
edit: there's an interview with Jimmy and Michael Maxxis posted just below the video that was linked in the latest newsletter.
I'll add more later, but the below portions of this interview add even more about this record and I would inmagine how Jimmy is feeling, reading some of the comments and reactions online about it.
He's rather outspoken and brutally honest, which I actually am glad to see. I just hope he's not feeling too hurt or overly sensitive. But the interview goes into that.
I do wish the question about the new version of "Murder" would have come up, but hopefully it will soon.
I did like how the interview asked about "more" music. I just hope the finances are feasible and if possible, the band won't require another fan-funding campaign. But that remains to be seen.
Link to a new, extensive interview with Jimmy Gnecco
This is probably worth adding, as it sheds more light or explanation about how the album is how it is. Credit the user Feverdown from the Fans Forum in the Topic about the album on pg 12
I get even more why the album is how it is.That being said, I have not played it too much over the last week and change just due to wanting to hear other stuff. Also I want to hear it on cd. They did just email the Pledgemusic backers FLAC version of the album, but I don't use an mp3 player of course. And burning the wav files seems kind of silly, But they may be worth checking out for now just to stream.
So I was listening to the boot of the Jimmy show at Mexicali Live from back in 2010 today, which I attended, and it has a long monologue where he talks about the next Ours record.
I've transcribed it below if anyone is interested. Maybe it will take the place of interviews right now :)
The TL;DR is that he says that when they made the record he wanted to go back to the feeling of being in the band during the Sour era. He also said that these were songs written for Velvet Revolver with the intention of making something that would sound like a follow up to Appetite for Destruction. I thought that was fascinating and I can't believe I forgot all about it.
I'm frankly, rather SHOCKED to see the enormous page-view count (850 this week?, LOL) for this entry. Where were all those google searches for Jimmy's solo record(s) the last few years?
Anyway, I could and should add more, but my posts this past week about this record I posted on the Ours fans forum are probably worth sharing for now.
1 thought could be Ballet the Boxer 2 could be THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE in terms of the style of songs and production. It might make for a nice contrast. Although if that does happen, I would think Jimmy and the band would say something soon about that.
But after putting it off all week given I just started a brand new job on Monday and listened to very little music until today, I finally got around to hearing this album with headphones.
I think some folks could be overreacting a little on this album. The production I'd say, for nearly every track varies from tolerable to at least acceptable. In fact I find a couple of songs reminding me of the production style of The Heart.
Songwriting-wise, this record maybe doesn't vary quite as much as Mercy or DL, but I think it does resemble much of Precious both approach and how the overall sound carries throughout.
My maybe biggest knock on it is there aren't many energetic/upbeat tunes. Sing and Get Em Out really are the only tracks that have a more uptempo feel. And they are towards the end.
That being the case, I think the best track or my favorite may end up being Falling Into My Hands. Very epic, much in the tradition of other Ours closing songs.
I gotta give this more time, but while this album may still end up being my least favorite or even least played over time, I am not having much issue with the production really. Really not much more than I might with Precious. A few moments the reverb is too hot, but at least very little to no cymbals seemed to clip which often with any production or mixing issues is my biggest concern for wanting or not wanting to listen to an album multiple times.
people may not be familiar with the progressive metal band Pain of Salvation, but for those who may, the production and mixing approach to this record almost reminds me of Pain of Salvation's "Road Salt 1" (or maybe "Road Salt 2" as well).
Intentionally stripped-down and organic.
Not that the analogy could and will be the same, but for the most part, the fans of Pain of Salvation hated Road Salt 1 and RS 2 as well. I'm not sure if that dramatic of a production/mixing approach to an album will be received too well.
But I sort of see this possibly like dredg's Chuckles record, I like it, it still sounds enough like them to not wonder, but it also is different enough to at least credit them for trying to do something different.
However, I also don't find it to be as good or addictive as any of their others. But I also don't question that the band will make more music that I love down the road.
I'm streaming some of it right now, and I follow many of the comments, although I'm not feeling the songs themselves are bad. They do sound much like Ours still in a lot of ways.
The production on the other hand, I guess I hope a better more cleanly mastered version becomes available either per download or on a hardcopy. Because if these are in fact the final versions, I almost wonder how or why Jimmy would be happy with them. Unless the low-fi grainy tone of them was intentional? Perhaps Jimmy wanted to have a different kind of production to this album compared to The Heart and Mercy? It still would be puzzling why that would be though.
This new album was sent to the people pledged at the level that included it. I'm just about to head out to see Steven Wilson, but I can't wait to hear this thing!
1 Pretty Pain 5:12
2 Emergency 2:29
3 Coming for You 4:01
4 Devil 4:24
5 Been Down 5:54
6 Stand 3:49
7 Boxer 4:33
8 Sing 3:20
9 Get Em Out 3:14
10 Falling Into My Hands 6:11
A bit of an update, mainly for the Pledgemusic Backers. It sounds like it won't be coming next week as originally planned, but likely sometime this Spring. If I had to guess, Mid-May, with some of the better tunes shared leading-up to it's release.
Good to get more info.
From the Backer Email Update:
Update for you. We are just about finished with the record, and it should be out to you real soon. There just hasn’t been enough time in the day to actually get it done by the original date that was projected, but we will have it out to you as soon as we think it’s great. We will also be streaming some songs before the release for you to get an early listen!
Again, we can’t thank you enough for your support on this.
Our love to you all.
Here's likely a song that will be included on Ballet the Boxer "Devil" (I don't believe it'll be titled "The Devil in Me" as the video says)
I'm sure a lot more details will be coming rather soon. But it was initially announced, this new record from Ours would be released, at least to the Pledgemusic Campaign supporters, around late March or the 1st week of April (April 1st/2nd?).
Now, some comments about that have shyed away a bit. A friend of mine of Facebook mentioned Jimmy Gnecco posted something about the record taking a little more time to finish than expected.
But, the fact the title was just announced, and that tour is coming up, it seems like a reasonable guess it'll be out pretty soon.
Can't friggin wait.
As far as the tour, unfortunately, no Minnesota, or Upper Midwest dates at all. But hopefully if not on this tour, sometime this Summer or Fall to support the new album.
latest Ours newsletter:
OURS Announce Upcoming Tour for their New Record 'Ballet the Boxer'
OURS will support select dates of PETER MURPHY'S Mr. Moonlight Tour Celebrating 35 Years of Bauhaus
5/4 U-Street Music Hall Washington DC
5/5 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
5/7 Webster Hall New York, NY
5/9 Trocadero Philadephia, PA
5/10 Lee's Palace Toronto, ONT
5/11 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
5/12 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
OURS HEADLINING SHOWS:
5/28 High Watt Nashville, TN
5/29 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
5/31 The Social Orlando, FL
6/3 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, FL
6/4 Milestone Charlotte, NC
6/6 DC9 Nightclub Washington DC
6/7 Milk Boy Philly Philadephia, PA
6/12 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
6/15 Nietzsche's Buffalo, NY
*OURS will support select dates of PETER MURPHY'S Mr. Moonlight Tour in July, stay tuned for details