Beyond The Now
Subject to Change
It's hard to believe, but tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Woodstock 1999. Though organizers have done everything they can to protect the Woodstock brand since, distancing themselves from the fiery debacle in Rome, New York, if you ask me the event was a smashing success, as it really did accomplish the ambitious goal of defining a generation. Like it's two predecessors -- the hippie fest of '69 and the grunge showcase of '94 -- the '99 installment captured the zeitgeist of American pop music, as ugly as that zeitgeist was.
Starting off with a few cheesy electronic blips before a crush of guitars sets the tone, "Giving In" has the sort of standard low-slug post-grunge verse-chorus-verse structure that'd have Kurt Cobain rolling over in his grave (if he had a grave). The electronic frills and a single Linkin Park-style melodic howl about 2:45 in are the only things that suggest the song isn't at least 10 years old.
"Alone," the second song, starts off with a fantastic guitar riff that sounds a lot like something James Iha would have played in his prime but, unfortunately things slip downhill fast. Not so downhill that I couldn't imagine The Edge playing the song though -- especially since they're no longer interested in pushing such "edgy" "new" bands as Kings of Leon and The Killers. It's a catchy song -- at least as good as anything Staind (which it really reminds me of) has done since Break The Cycle.
"Cypress" continues the impressive guitar work -- the two guitarists, both named David, are the real strength of this band -- pairing a crunchy head-banger of a riff with some top-fret meandering that generates a nice effect.
All in all, Subject To Change is a polished effort that shows Beyond The Now is very good at what they do. What they do, however, really shouldn't be done anymore.
If you're a musician from the Phoenix metro area and would like to submit a CD for review, please send it in an envelope marked "YAFI" to:
You Asked For It
c/o Phoenix New Times
1201 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix , AZ 85032
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.