I was reading today's Questionable Content, thinking: "Ugh, I hate it when Jeph Jacques lampshades silly things about his comic." And then after that, I immediately went back to work on this joke that lampshades a silly thing about my comic. Looks like you win this time, Jacques. Cassie's hair is reversed whenever she turns around so that her face is never covered up to the reader. And luckily, it's just one of those things that doesn't need to be make logical sense in good ol' comic land. Like my continually disappearing tattoo. Or my jokes.
For today's musical recommendation, I bring you a brand new rock band from New Zealand called Rival State. Their debut album and its singles topped the Kiwi charts last year, and after listening to the music, it is no surprise why. An entire album of radio friendly hits, that perfectly blend modern rock, grunge, and pop into a style which I lovingly call "radio rock." These guys do mainstream right: their songs are instantly accessible and likable, whether you're a fan of rock, pop, or anything in between, and they do so without sounding generic or manufactured. After listening to the album, it was hard for me to decide which songs to play for you guys, since each one sounded like it could be a radio single. But I've narrowed it down to these two for you: their lead single "Sleep Talker," and the riff-tastic "Scarlet Fever." (Be the first to leave a comment. You know you want to. But if you write "First," you deserve to be mugged in a Tibetan alley.) You can get their album on their Bandcamp page, since the iTunes version is not available outside of New Zealand! (what an intelligent marketing tactic!) I'd like to extend a huge big thanks to Mikaela from New Zealand for introducing me to this band. You are awesome Mikaela! See you guys on Friday!