Thursday, September 22, 2016

Homer Marrs and the Excellent Adventure - Equinox Party

Homer comes from a very similar place I did in our musical development and to my ears, there are a lot of influences I hear in his performance. Whether it's Evan Dando or Shannon Hoon or Gordon Gano or John Flansburgh, there is a deep rooted sense of history and reverence to Homer's delivery. I've talked before how Homer could be perceived as more of a comedic act but he's so much more than that. The manner in which his music is wrapped in this very approachable blanket of smiles and humor makes it a much easier delivery system for the deeper messages he's putting into the universe.

He says this song isn't mastered yet and I don't want it to be changed. I think it's raw and it's honest. It's pulling from experiences that I think all of us felt at some point in high school and turned to the angsty, honest alternative music and it's got a very nostalgic feel to it. The guitar is crunchy and the drums just drive you forward as you just get lost. It makes me think of my "Jordan Catalano" but I was never Angela. I was always more of a combination of Brian and Rayanne but I really wanted to be Ricky. So Homer has successfully tapped into this small primal place of remembrance that is fuelled by a ton of "could haves" but it's not all bad. Life wasn't a bad place back then. There was plenty of good and even though we never hung out with the "cool kids", I think it all turned out all right.

He's one of the coolest dudes making music today because it's all on his terms and he's doing things unlike so many other people out there. I'm a fan and will be for all time. I feel like I'm a teenager discovering that my voice has been amplified and given weight and value by musicians I will never meet but they know me better than I know myself.

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