A Season of Songs, Day 69: Ad Infinitum

A Season of Songs is a type of Fun-A-Day project that I plan to do throughout this spring.  I’ll hit shuffle on the ol’ iPod and see what comes up.  I’ll then write a bit about that song, the band, the record, whatever.  Enjoy!

Today’s song is “Ad Infinitum” by Pittsburgh band Harangue from their 2007 demo.

I feel like normally when you first hear or see a band for the first time, there is usually some sense of a hopping off point for where that band developed their sound. “Oh, these guys must listen to a lot of DC hardcore.”,  “These guys must listen to a lot of pop punk”, etc.  Occasionally you stumble upon a band that just leaves you a bit mystified.  What sound is this band going for?  What was their starting point for when they first began writing these songs?  Harangue was that sort of band for me.

I think at points in the past I have described Harangue as fucked-up circus music indie rock.  I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way.  Consisting of keyboards, guitar and drums, it doesn’t really seem like it would be anything out of the ordinary.  Yet somehow they managed to take this simple lineup and make some strange tunes.  At the core of their sound was the keyboard – instead of being moody or dark, the keyboard parts were very bright and with a tone which to me, as suggested, is reminiscent of circus or carousel music.  Mix that up with some noisy, hectic drumming, some piercing guitar bits and Matt’s rambling, slightly operatic/yodel-y vocal method and you’ve got something unlike you’ve likely ever heard.

When they were on, their songs were pretty golden.  Other times it was a bit much.  “Ad Infinitum” is a 6:46 minute long track.  I feel like it starts off strong and perhaps they rock out the second portion of the song a bit longer than necessary.  Still an interesting listen.  This song (though i’m not sure if it is the same version) appears on a 7″ the band put out.

I put a track of their’s, “Autumn Lull“, on the “Revolved Back to Failure” tape compilation my label Hardtravelin’ released in 2005.

Couldn’t find today’s track available online, but their 12″ they put out can be listened to here.

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