Onur Andic (pronounced ‘anditch’) is visionary singer/songwriter for Istanbul’s most exciting new group, Saigon Traffic. Andic spoke to Sean Bw Parker about the Turkish independent music scene, protest music, ponchos, and more
Your trajectory has taken you through such Istanbul indie luminaries as Hard Elastic, Alpaca Approach and now Saigon Traffic. Why all the chopping and changing?
I have a deep respect for the levels of fandom that lovers of music portray. There are bands we like, we’ll listen to them once in a while, maybe catch them live if life permits it. Then there are bands we love. We listen to them often and usually make a point to catch them when they come around. Then there are the bands we put in the fanboy/girl category. We own their complete discography, and know it word for word and note for note. We adjust all other life situations when they come to town no matter what, and if it was necessary, would probably take a bullet for them. Three days ago, Steven Wilson fell into the second category, but in the last two nights, he and the brilliant musicians playing with him on his Raven that Refused to Sing Tour made a firm argument for me putting them into the latter, never before has an artist stock gone up so high in my book in just two nights.
I first heard about Istanbul punk-blues-rock band The Ringo Jets from reading Anthony H. Wolfstadt’s review of a little-known band at Peyote. His description of an eardrum-rupturing live experience of power and cool left me unprepared for the dynamism and sheer surprise of their show at Istanbul’s leading live music venue Babylon this evening.
Having recently completed a tour of Germany, and after releasing their debut EP, The Ringo Jets are an impressively unified stage experience, two guitars, drums, three vocals and no bass combining to form an utterly convincing channeling of 20th and 21st century popular music history into a magnetic hour-plus of rock and roll. The Dead Weather, The Black Keys, Beastie Boys (particularly in their matching boiler suits) and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion collide to produce a raw, unpretentious, super sexy sound unsurpassed in my eight years in this bejewelled city.
I have been introducing you to the the members of Alpha Flood and today I am finishing up with the talented keyboardist Richard West.
Any fans of Threshold are well aware the band produces some pretty aggressive guitar riffs and solos. However, what is often over-looked is the contributions that keyboardist Richard West offers. Threshold has never used keyboards in abundance, but when West does jump in front of the parade, it’s a welcome and refreshing change that enhances the song each and every time.
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Alpha Flood – Richard West (League of Lights) / I’m Alive
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The previous vocalist of Secret Sphere, Roberto Messina and I have been trying to set up an interview and hopefully we’ll do it this Thursday for your pleasure. I know you have loads of questions in mind as yours truly does. Well I can tell you this much: he is back with another band: 6008 Days
The band is Roberto Messina on vocals, Valerio Bulzoni on guitars, John Macca on bass guitars and Marco Lazzarini on drums. Since I am going to interview the man soon I thought I’d start you off with their release and this impressive clip!
Part 4 of the introductions to the members of Alpha Flood brings us to the gee-tars, and Simon Andersson. At 22 years old (and just, as of a month ago), this kid has a pretty impressive resume under his belt already. He took over the bass duties for Pain of Salvation after Gildenlow’s departure, and performed on the live album/DVD The Second Death of Pain of Salvation. However, it’s his playing on Darkwater’s Where Stories End that we want to focus on today.
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Alpha Flood – Simon Andersson (Darkwater) / A Fools Utopia
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Alpha Flood is one of my most anticipated releases of 2013 – just a few short months away. Last year (which was only a couple of weeks ago), we started with introductions to Dec Burke (guitars/vocals) and Kris Gildenlow (bass). Continuing on with this 5-part overview to all the members, let’s complete the rhythm section with Dutch drummer Collin Leijenaar.
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Alpha Flood- Affector (Collin Leijenaar)/Harmagedon
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I’m gonna take a break from my stretch of posts regarding Alpha Flood, for some Christmas spirit. There’s only one band that I listen to at Christmas time, and it’s the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I was never a Savatage fan, but once I got a listen to TSO, I fell instantly in love. I’ve seen the TSO tour every year since 2007, and it is something to behold, a visual and sonic feast for the senses. If you’ve never seen them, I highly recommend doing so if you ever have the chance. Their three Christmas inspired albums (Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, and The Lost Christmas Eve) are in constant rotation in the Jingle household this time of year, and this is one of my favorites. Ironically, while this bootleg clip is from my locale (Toronto), this was before I was a fan, and not a show that I attended.
Kris Gildenlow is no stranger to ladyobscure.com. He’s been a regular around here. Contributing to such projects as Samuel Arkan’s Epysode (along with wife Liselotte Hegt; review here) and Ian Parry’s Consortium Project V (review here). And of course the prog world probably knows him best from Pain of Salvation. However, his contributions go far and wide, mostly for obscure acts such as Arcana, Dial and Dark Suns. Today, let’s talk about Shadow Theory.
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Alpha Flood – Shadow Theory (Kris Gildenlow)/A Symphony of Shadows
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Jingle.boy back here for you folks. I’ve been a little absent lately, but am going to take the mantel of owning/reviving the Mini Posts part of the webzine starting in January. But, don’t hold me to 7 songs a week, it might only be a few. These are gonna be short hits, hopefully a 60 or 90 second read and a variety of songs… some old, some new, some prog, some metal – I could end up all over the map on this. We’ll see how it goes.