Monday, April 26, 2010

Like the last eight

Apparently Dajiang are considered to be one of the best rock bands of China of the last ten years, and judging from their ninth album, which was released last week, quite deservedly so. You can't deny that this trio has a good sense of humour as well, given the title of this release. And it must be said, there is not a change of direction whatsoever here, based on snippets of their earlier work on YouTube. Straightforward rock, guitar dominated songs of under 4 minutes, sung in accent-free English. Not very original maybe, but a great listen and definitely preferable to a lot of garbage that scores higher on the charts in the West. Try them.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Dajiang.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by Barack Obama: We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Five in a row, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Andreas Pen MF Bold 60 White and Chinese Takeaway 60 black, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.