View Full Version : Artist of the Month, October '09: Mike And The Incompl
Alright, here's the next AotM! I don't want to make a too long thread title, so I'm just putting Mike And The Incompl up there even though it's actually Artist of the Month: Mike And The Incompl / Fireworks for Luna / Holzfutter / coke_a_holic himself. Enjoy!
Intro (history, etc.) - I've been afraid of people hearing me sing for years. Yeah, I know I'm still not a good singer. But I absolutely love it, and I'm not ashamed anymore; I love singing and screaming and yelling and just getting so into it that I can't help myself. And now, I've got music with the vocals that I never thought I'd be able to record without being just.... terrified that someone would hear it. It feels so good.
My first bands were, in order: Holzfutter (avant garde), The Capitalist Pigs (ska), The Incompl (laptop punk) and, now, Fireworks For Luna (post-hardcore? Maybe?). I have different zip files for most of these, but one zip file should suffice for music I'm not entirely ashamed of.
Musical Style - Whatever I can do to play something new. A lot of different styles, all based around punk, but dancing through indie and jazz and hardcore and metal and whatever fits.
Musical Background - At the age of 14, I picked up a guitar for the first time. I played Offspring songs and Green Day songs almost exclusively. By the age of 15, I was learning how to write music, and playing only unsettlingly-weird music. At 16, I was enrolled in a music theory program, writing symphonies on my computer (if you want to hear any of them, just let me know and I'll figure out a way to get them recorded.... but most of it is just prematurely ended because I would get bored). At 17, I was composing rocktronica songs on garageband.
And, now, at 18, I am doing complete and utter bullshit. Acoustic guitars, yelled vocals, overemotional lyrics. The works.
I have links for just songs that I've been working on recently:
*See Mike's first post in this thread*
Congratulations! You've put a real great effort in this thread and into your previous Your Band threads so I can only say: WELL DESERVED!:)
10-01-2009, 01:54 PM
<3 thanks for all this! I really just like making music and showing people. It feels good. I noticed that all the links in the first post didn't come through, so you can edit that out, ad8, and I'll post it right here!
This song didn't make it onto the mixtape, but I hope you enjoy it, as I think it's probably one of the best songs I ever wrote: Cat's Cradle (http://www.mediafire.com/?fyqmugqkmhb)
(The infamous) Smash cover that appeared on the mixtape! (http://www.mediafire.com/?wjundmjyy1q)
This is my newest song, this is only the first half, but the rest of it HAS been written, just not recorded:
What Big Teeth (http://www.mediafire.com/?nwyjidemz5y)
This song is blandly titled My Song 18 (http://www.mediafire.com/?13fuknmkxzo), but I think I'd refer to it as "Under Pressure (Not A Cover)". I never finished writing it, but I love listening to it. It was a sort of return to The Incompl that I had this summer. Oh yeah, you BET that's me trying to harmonize with myself in there. Fuck yeah.
One of my oldest songs, this is an excerpt from another, full song, featuring my friends on clarinet, sax, and trumpet, and me on acoustic guitar. I just love how it sounds. Errythang (http://www.mediafire.com/?jw34zrl1jtm)
Here's the first time I ever recorded What Big Teeth (http://www.mediafire.com/?vzzzcvim23n) to demo it to my band. Awesome.
Similarly, here's when I wrote In An Artery (http://www.mediafire.com/?wm3zyybzznn). I recorded it the first time I played the whole thing after I wrote it.
These songs don't belong to me, but belong to my band, Fireworks For Luna:
Maybe They Get Cold (http://www.mediafire.com/?xyy5q3gmedt)
This is my first recording as a demo to the band titled "It's Happening (http://www.mediafire.com/?zkmwj2g2y12)", we decided to change it a lot.
This zip contains all music I've made under the name The Incompl, plus some things that were released under my given name. It's actually good, promise: http://www.mediafire.com/?1zinmnzijjm
This one contains alternate versions of songs off that zip file, I think it's kind of interesting to hear how the songs used to sound, personally: http://www.mediafire.com/?5zkz2d4nmzn
I believe Free? declared listening to these as being "similar to a torture chamber." Being 15 and understanding how music can be unsettling is very dangerous, so be warned when downloading these.. they're not too good.
Thanks for voting for me as AoTM, you guys! I'll update later with a couple more-finished versions of songs that I posted.
10-01-2009, 02:12 PM
What can be more indie than having your own monthly sticky on offspring forums, next step - world domination! Thanks to Mike for shitting my head with disgusting noise and tasteless screaming so much that nowadays I actually feel like some of good music I used to listen to sounds too simple, boring and pretty embarrassing. Duhhh!
But even deaf can't disagree that some of your songs are pretty fucking awesome.
I confirm that Somewhat Listenable Noise will most likely make you agonize and go total nuts, so, unless you are sure about your mental health DON'T LISTON TO IT, ITSA FUCKEN TORCHERCHEMBAR! But there are some sexy Offspring covers like Beheaded and Out On Patrol.
Hell, the rest of his music is not any better actually, it may sound a bit more poppy and mainstreamradiofriendleyier, but it's not and can cause an irreversible damage to your logical thinking and apathy towards good music you're used to like!
Now you are warned. But I'll be happy to see any new masochists like me in Mike's.... see the tag!
10-01-2009, 03:42 PM
Congratulations! The first of many big successes :D
Now it's time for a large scale world tour...
10-01-2009, 06:54 PM
Congrats, my IRL BFF! Can't wait to sink my teeth into the stuff posted in this thread.
10-01-2009, 09:22 PM
Good shit, I'll make sure to download this stuff and listen to it when I'm not busy one of these days...
WORLD TOUR 2010!~!14@
10-03-2009, 12:13 AM
Word up for world tour!
So, I've got a lot of songs that just need to be recorded. Hopefully I will be able to do this next week or the week after! No, like, seriously... There are, like, 8-9 songs that are written but not recorded between me and my band.
I'm workin' on it! Until then, enjoy what's up there! I'll be posting updated versions of some of those along with the new stuff, whenever that's done.
<3 u guyz I just love makin' musics and I hope you guys enjoy listening to them because it's really just what I like to do.
10-11-2009, 12:45 AM
Fireworks For Luna's FIRST real demo! We cut this TODAY using my laptop, two microphones, a direct-in, and a whole lotta work. I just finished mixing it 20 seconds ago, so get it while it's HOTHOTHOT.
Fireworks For Luna - It's Happening (this song is also known as Shit's Crappening, depending on who you talk to)
10-11-2009, 10:51 PM
For those who don't want to download foreign shit, I've got it up on the myspace now, too:
I think it turned out pretty well, even if the levels are a little screwy in some places.
10-15-2009, 01:32 AM
Aaaannnnd it's been remixed... if anyone's interested. Plus, I set up a bandcamp account and that means you can watch Flowers grow while you listen, which is surprisingly super awesome. Any other thoughts? Like... uh, any at all... really.
10-17-2009, 03:10 PM
Uh, lyrics please! Very touching, diy, garage and stuff but difficult to perceive the great idea.
10-18-2009, 12:24 AM
I actually didn't write these lyrics, but according to the man who did, they are inspired directly by NASA's proposed bombing of the moon. And the after effects.
Lyrics to It's Happening:
At least I can still close my eyes
So stomachs can turn and be justified;
And the illusion is bare feet sucking on wet pavement
(Ultrasounds of us all prior to the moment)
She told me it was pouring, so I let go of my tongue,
I coughed the empathetic blasphemy that you've been taping to my lungs.
Tapping your foot,
Nodding your head with my heart!
Everyone is people,
But I'm component parts!
Grass juliennes my toes;
We're being orbited by (vultures and) crows.
This is a dying curiosity,
Starving ourselves, eating jigsaw philosophies.
What a rush this has brought
(It's livened up this town for sure),
Sucking pills off of our fingers,
In response to lack of cures:
Ideally a comfortable Fahrenheit,
It's snowing in my house I guess we got it right.
The early morning hours,
Spoons of regolith,
And I ate ten.
I ate, I ate, I ate, I ate ten.
You can kind of work your way through his metaphors, and, for help, the "ate ten" bit is a joke on the fact that they were going to bomb the moon, originally on August 10th, then changed it, oddly, to October 8th (8/10 to 10/8), and finally settled on October 9th, effectively ruining the joke that he had employed.
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