Friday, September 18, 2009


Many bands tread a fine line between derivation and simply being "influenced by" certain sounds, bands, scenes, etc.

This is one such song that reminds me of the phenomenon, even though such a link may not actually exist.

When I first heard the song on Sirius Alt Nation, my first instinct was ... catchy chorus, not much else going on. The chorus is happy, fun ... I instantly liked it, of course, but then after I heard it the second time I realized it reminded me of something.

Malajube's "Montreal -40c," to be precise.

One of my favorites of 2008; but for the fact that I can't speak French. Do you know how infuriating it is to have a favorite song to which you can't sing along?! Forget the fact that later in the year I overheard it in a Radioshack ad.


Anyway, these "The Features" guys are apparently the Kings of Leon's pet project; which is no surprise, since the lead singer sounds exactly like Leon's.

Thoughts? What is crossing the line of just plain derivative drivel and simply having a sound of a relative influential nature (The Decemberists & Neutral Milk Hotel being a good example of the latter ... at least in the earlier albums).


  1. PS Malajube's video is so much way cooler too.

  2. I love that Of Montreal song. And yeah...way similar. But it happens all the time. I mean, Interpol sounds like a direct rip off of Joy Division. And yet, I kinda dig them anyway. I don't think it's in any way intentional, it just happens.

    More to love I suppose?

  3. Sorry, not Of Montreal, Malajube. I was listening to Of Montreal not 30 minutes ago and had a brain fart while typing. :P