Saturday, June 24, 2017

Suffering, nothing but suffering

Just when you thought Emo had run its course, the Belgian band Escape Clause releases their debut album Suffering, nothing but suffering. A very appropriate title for having to review this disc. It start and ends with two pretty bad covers, Joy Division's Love will tear us apart, and Bowie's Rock'n'roll suicide. And the ten self-penned songs in between are far worse. Granted that the whole genre does not hold much appeal for me, but even so I'd recommend you give this a miss.

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 Escape Clause. [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 (from 2014 onward: any part of a random quotation will do). The random quote that came up was by Jane Austen: One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering. [3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Seven layers, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Colonna MT 45 black and DirtyBakersDozen 50 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.

Copyright statement: image created by myself based on one of my photographs. Copyright Hennie Schaper.