Monday, July 12, 2010

Summon up the blood

You need to be well versed in the relatively new Slovakian rock scene to appreciate why this album is such a hype in Eastern Europe. SRBY is an absolute supergroup drawing upon four of the most successful Slovakian rock bands of the past decade: led by singer Peter Schuster (The Nitra), with Jan Razus (Samo) on guitar, Ivan Bernolak (More Avia) on bass and Josef Ydrisnky (Tuka) on drums. The music is straightforward rock, sixteen new songs, all under 4 minutes each, and as a bonus track their live cover of Still loving you. An essential document of Eastern Europe rock.

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 SRBY.
[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 William Shakespeare: In peace there's nothing so becomes a man - As modest stillness and humility - But when the blast of war blows in our ears - Then imitate the action of the tiger - Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Darty abstraction, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Baskerville Old Face 65 Red and Refluxed 85 White, 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.