Re: Best band you were surprised to discover you liked
Hmm, bored with classic rock eons ago but still listen to it occassionally - so I'm always lookin' for new bands that are worthwhile (tough).
Despite their pouty, almost artificial teenagey looks (they have an image problem considering their target audience), "Ambulance Ltd." has really suprised me - very talented young men from New York - any band that so cleverly involves Velvet Underground influences with bands like Ride, World Party and the psychedlic era Beatles, gets my ear. Now if they could just "find themselves" and their sound....
I never thought I'd like the "Doves" as much as I do either, most people here in the states don't really care for them, I don't know why, they are my new U2 (since U2 went downhill big time with their last CD). They have a nice spin on classic rock and musicianship I appreciate, and their new CD "Some Cities" is an excellent example of their evolution. And they are a treat live.
As for a band I cannot seem to get into at all that are so popular in my circles - Modest Mouse - tolerable but quite boring - kind of like Franz Ferdinand and the White Stripes - one trick pony bands that lack creativity and will always sound the same in their own sort of hokey way, and will probably never evolve or expand their talents.