It's unusual to introduce yourself just as you're headed out, but stay close for a second: my name's David Bevan and in addition to being a member of Team FADER, I have spent the past year and change editing an older, smaller, scruffier and more temperamental website named The Tripwire. It was and is totally dedicated to what's happening in and around "rock" music, even if that meant/means saying a few words about bands you wouldn't normally expect. As of last week, it's going to be occupying a guest room at this web address, all in the form of a weekly column much more clever and enriching than this, its first installment.
Maybe you're a music nerd already familiar with the site and you're wondering what will happen to all of the TW content that's come to be over the past ten years. The answer: every Tripwire post leading up to the move can be found in the archives here, just as it was the first time it made you piss your jeans, be it from laughter, frustration or bewildered incontinence. What exactly this column will become in the coming months isn't very clear right now but that's really exciting. It's a lot like a baby in that way.
To both open the floor for my successors and ease your pain, I thought I'd sign off with a Tripwire TV segment instead of a passionate lecture on PEARL JAM. The last we filmed, it's an afternoon in the studio with Love as Laughter, a fantastic band from Brooklyn that's been grinding since before having a band in Brooklyn (or Manhattan before it) carried any kind of weight or stigma: the '90s! They were conceived by one Sam Jayne, formerly of Lync, an Olympia-based trio whose clatter influenced Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse in the same way Mudhoney lassoed the ears of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in the same region not that much earlier.
Reason I bring the latter up is because just like Mudhoney before them, Lync seem to have become a bullet point for nerds, despite the many efforts of the famous people they inspired. (Love As Laughter is now on Brock's Glacial Pace label.) Hopefully, as the Tripwire continues to evolve, it'll illuminate the work of songwriters like Jayne just as enthusiastically as Jack White, as presciently as any number of new waves. I've heard people at work talk about rock music these days being boring more often than not. But any time I hear Love As Laughter or Lync, it's hard for me to agree. Some music always sounds fresh, even if the Internet ate it a few days earlier. There's so much to listen to, so much to explore and as you'll see, so so much to riff on. I can't wait to read all about it.