By Staff on April 9, 2012
2012 marks FILTER Magazine‘s tenth year in print. To celebrate, we are looking back at some of our favorite magazine features, from July 2002’s Issue #1 all the way up to this coming November’s Issue #50.
Getting To Know is a section in the magazine that serves as a good gauge for our predictions of greatness. In FILTER Issue #10, released Spring 2004, we introduced Auf der Maur, Secret Machines, Snow Patrol, Devendra Banhart and Muse. Here is a brief look at those artists, then and now.
Stay tuned for Issue #10's complete "Meet the Real Polly Jean Harvey" cover story to be posted later this week.
Getting To Know Recap
ISSUE 10: Spring 2004
Band: Auf der Maur
Where She Was Then: After surviving her tenure with Hole and trying her hand at being the “Prince of Darkness,” Auf der Maur decided to risk it all with her first self-titled solo release.
Where She Is Now: Once a sideman, always a sideman, Auf der Maur humbly lent her musical talents to Fountains of Wayne and the musical project Neverending White Lights before finally returning to the studio in 2010 to record her second solo album, Out of Our Minds.
She Said: “I'm totally living out my music dreams,” she muses. “I never would have known what I was capable of had I not taken this risk”
FILTER Said: Melissa Auf de Maur is, legs down, the sweetest rock star in the solar system
Band: Secret Machines
Where They Were Then: With their full-length debut, Now Here is Nowhere, the Secret Machines were mashing up Neu! electro-soundscapes with Pink Floyd psychedelia and stomping them out with a kick drum sound that would've made John Bonham rush out for bigger shoes.
Where They Are Now: Although guitarist Benjamin Curtis left the band to his brother Brandon after their third full-length release, the Secret Machines have enlisted the help of a couple qualified musicians and are still alive and kicking behind Josh Garza's 50 foot bass drum.
They Said: “Our philosophy of recording was if we can get the kick drum the way we want it to sound on record—which is the way it actually sounds when you're standing right next to it—then everything else will fall into place.”
FILTER Said: The Secret Machines take this low-end assault and use it as the foundation to anchor a colorful landscape that combines the precision and abandon of “Down By The River”-era Neil Young and with the ambient leanings of classic Pink Floyd.
Photo by Kal Regan
Band: Snow Patrol
Where They Were Then: After their major label debut, Final Straw, the band was upturning the scene’s ears with their driving rhythms and sing-a-long sensibility.
Where They Are Now: Somewhere in between founding a publishing company and rescuing an Irish football club, Snow Patrol still finds time to keep themselves on everyone’s radar with four full-length releases since 2003's Final Straw.
They Said: “We try to make as much time as possible to get out and meet the people of a particular country or city. We're not the kind of band who'll just sit in the hotel.”
FILTER Said: …lyrically, the [Snow Patrol’s] vision’s always been clear: girls, heartbreak and the various points where the two intersect.
Photo by Alissa Anderson
Band: Devendra Banhart
Where He Was Then: With stars in his beard, Devendra Banhart was freaking out the folk scene with songs that sounded like Caetano Veloso playing Tyrannosaurus Rex inside of a kaleidoscope.
Where He Is Now: After several records and a couple label changes, Devendra Banhart's Persian rug has landed at Warner where the psychedelic folk singer is still making music that sounds like burning sage.
He Said: “The music I'm drawn to hasn't been made into pillows and T-shirts and shit. And it hasn’t inundated the world via every form of communication.”
FILTER Said: So much music these days is drowning in crassness and posturing, you have to give up to Banhart for being brave enough to take off his shoes, grow out his beard, and sort of roll with the psych-folk vibe (a nod to an earlier age, no?) which can repel some as quickly as it attracts others.
Where The Band Was Then: With the 21st Century still sopping in the afterbirth, Muse's Absolution was helping the boys from Teignmouth, Devon establish themselves as one of the greatest bands of the new century.
Where The Band Is Now: The operatic leanings of their last full-length release, The Resistance (2009) demonstrates that Muse continues to create music on an exclusively epic scale.
Band Said: “I think the absolution in the album is exposing yourself for who you really are or being whatever your art form intends you to be. But also, the idea of things coming to an end and how you deal with that.”
FILTER Said: But if Muse is “sacrificing” anything, it's the fear of baring too much soul. In fact, emotional honesty is what's kept them hungry for continued artistic growth all these years.
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