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So this week's Music of the Week is going to be one of the new bands who I discovered while surfing online. They're a new type of group with a fresh new sound that I think you'll all enjoy. From Portland, Oregon... I give you Ego and The Ids!
Boasting a sonic pallet of influences as diverse as the alchemical process the band defines as their own, Ego and the Ids count among their musical sires such alt-rock legends as Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Concrete Blonde, Leonard Cohen, Human Drama, The Misfits, Sisters of Mercy, NIN, The Cult, Joy Division, The Cure, Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and U2. According to project mastermind Gerald del Campo - a veteran of popular Portland alt-rockers Trick Sensei - Ego and the Ids' music is further "inspired by metaphysics, religion, the occult and the mystical chase of our idealized selves."
Named after jargon popularized by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the band describes their driving philosophy: "I think my musical aspirations have a lot to do with my feelings about being more than human. Oftentimes when someone does something terrible, we blow it off to human nature - as if there is nothing that could be done about it and that we simply need to accept it. And yet we fail to recognize that same human nature when humans create beauty for its own sake, or involve themselves in great acts of compassion at a heavy personal cost. Everyone notices when one does something wrong, but no one seems to notice when one does something right. I want to remind people of the things that are right within us. Music is a tool that can be used to speak to our fans' inner selves."
The group defines their sound as "melodic, orchestral and experimental." del Campo shares the band's broader creative ambitions in "using music to evoke mental images of life, death and everything in between, always taking the time to show the grandeur of the human experience. This project wasn't created to make money, but as an exercise in creation for its own sake. We would like to get our music into as many hands as possible - for free. If the feedback we receive from our efforts are positive, there will, of course, be more." As Ego and the Ids gets underway recording their debut LP, you can find Ids founder Gerald del Campo playing with Trick Sensei, who recently released Sessions: Notes from a free Cascadia in 2007. Trick Sensei are currently writing for their sophomore LP.
For more on Ego and The Ids, check out their MySpace and their website.
Well, that's it for me, so I'm signing off! This is the JSRevolution, and we're Shaping The Future With Music!