Pale Young Gentlemen
Every once in a while, I just absolutely cannot resist listening to some tortured soul rock. Pale Young Gentlemen is my perfect fix. These Wisconsin natives play old Western saloon music for the 21st century: it's all a little on the honky tonk side of things, piano-drive ballads, and wailing vocals galore. And yeah, like I said: I can't resist.
These days, rock seems to connote a very broad range of styles and sounds, a side effect of the genre's stratification (either you're hardcore into rock or working 100% against the grain, the way I see it). I know that PYG -- along with groups like the Veils, the Arcade Fire, Guillemots, and many others -- are ushering in a new genre in itself. All the bands stress instrumental aptitude and skill, more classical and baroque arrangements, and, most importantly, a sort of symphonic development and climax. These are not rock songs, but that's all I can call 'em right now. (Hell, PYG have a cellist in their band!)
Anyway. Check out the two MP3s below and buy the wonderful debut, too! Help these guys out in quitting their days jobs and hittin' the road!