Montreal’s very own alternative, indie rock band, Das Blankout, just released their EP, Player 1, which features five songs, including “King of the World,” a track they previously released a music video for in April. The band is made up of three individuals, vocalist/guitarist, Matt Burghardt, his sister, Kim, on bass and backups, and their friend, Pat Bilodeau, on drums. Together, they created a really well-done album.
Kicking off the album is the single “King of the World” (which everyone should check out the music video for). While it may not be my favorite song from the album, I can tell why they chose this track to be the first released publically. It’s a fun, catchy, old-school sounding kind of song; some of the music from it sounds like it could be part of television commercials. The video is classy and fun, also interesting to watch, especially if you’re into burlesque.
Things slow down with “Fun and Games.” It’s a song that starts off noticeably less upbeat than the other songs on Player 1, but it does pick up the pace about one-third of the way through. I like the beginning; it has some simple, yet interesting, guitar parts. During some of the lyrics, “on your watch, I stand between your hands that go round and round and round, and round and round they go,” I envisioned someone standing on human hands, which were acting as the hands of a clock and they were going around really fast. Once the song picks up, it’s faster and, though it has the same tune, it’s more upbeat. The second half is a lot different, and that’s what makes it interesting. It’s almost like two different songs entirely, but at least they’re changing it up and preventing the music from being stale and boring.
One of my favorite songs is “Take Me To the Casino” because it has a faster tempo and more of a rock vibe to it. In my opinion, it’s one of the more enjoyable songs on the album. I feel like this is the track that would be appreciated by different audiences, because you can either dance to it or headbang, or do whatever floats your boat. It just has a universal beat I guess, which can be interpreted differently by everyone.
To sum things up, Player 1 has its ups and downs, but it’s worth checking out if you’re into rock or alternative music. Personally, I wasn’t keen on the slower song, “Player 2,” because I found it to be so slow that I just couldn’t listen to it completely. The only thing I enjoyed about it was actually being able to hear Kim’s vocals in it at some points, and it blends well with Matt’s. On the other hand, tracks like “Take Me To the Casino” were more enjoyable and made up for it.
Written by Shannon Fong
*edited by Danielle Kenedy