312: New Favorite
   

My brain was a little too preoccupied to come up with an actual joke today, so I kinda just wrote down the way I feel about this band.  And then wouldn't you know it, five minutes after finishing this comic I came up with a joke I could have used.  Maybe tomorrow.  Instead, I used this comic as a test run of my sketching abilities; every panel was done in a single try.  Except, surprisingly, the last one.  For some reason I couldn't get those hands right.

But now about The Union, who are a fantastic new blues and rock band from the UK.  I'm not kidding when I say they are one of my new favorite bands; The Answer still outrank them a bit, but anyone who even comes close to The Answer is fucking incredible.  And that's what The Union is.  Their music blends blues and rock so expertly that you sometimes can't decide which one you would label it as, and their debut album shown above is one of the best albums I've listened to all year.  It has so many ups and down, going from absolutely amazing hard rock, straight to the best new blues song I've ever heard.  And if you search the MUSIC pages you'll find several other songs from the album that I've posted here before.  If I seriously had to choose just one album for people to listen to this whole year, I would choose this one.  Everyone who's a fan of rock and blues should get their hands on The Union (2010).  And their second album, Siren's Song, is amazing too, though not quite as much as the first.  That one can be downloaded via Amazon.  By the way: I first found out about The Union because they had gone on a tour with The Answer last year.  Now THAT's what I call serendipity.

Hey, do you guys like podcasts?  Do you guys like podcasts about rock and metal?  Well then you should check out the guys over at Super Heavy, the podcast devoted to bringing you up-to-date news and current events for the world of rock and metal!  Created by Chris Marrow and Don Shull, the latter of which I got to hear from, and who is a really freaking awesome guy.  Listen to their most recent episodes right here, or browse all their older episodes via their blog.  Enjoy!

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