Drunk Dive: The Mudbloods

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So I was gonna write an explanation when I was sober nfuibut fuck uit. I have done many a drunk but after this paraghraph I go BAAAACK IN TRIIIIIIIME BEFOREthe drinky. Point is I listened tol the entire musddbloods discography bar the liv album liver l;ive live album and took a shot of firewhisey whiskey every three songs. Why? Because, apologies to Whomping Willows, The Mudbloods mosty sound like wizard rock band that you want to get drunk to. And I was right. And I really needed to familiarize myself with the mudbloods canon and this seemed like fun a fun and entertaining way to do so.! Okay enough of drunk now me now go to past sober me:

Here we go!

Shot 1

It’s weird, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually listened to “Cho Chang” all the way through. But I HAVE heard the Blibbering Humdingers’ parody many times, and it took me a while to figure out why this sounded weird. I even checked to make sure this was the original, and not a new recording for The Complete Potion, before I realized I was expecting the sounds of the Blibs. While I appreciate the hell out of the point being made by the parody, the basics of the original are all really solid. Catchy, fun to sing along with, and a super groovy breakdown. For the first song on their first album, it quickly established The Mudbloods as a new and unique voice to pay attention to.

I got a whole can of toffee peanuts for 2 bucks at the supermarket. They are quite yummy!

Holy shit, “Daytrip to Hogsmeade” starts off fucking bizarrely. “I like candies!” Whoever says that does a very good creepy child voice. I’ve always been fond of wizard rock songs that mimick the bar song soundscape. The Quaffle Kids did a good one about the Common Welsh Green Dragon, and I think Catchlove did one about Dumbledore on his EP of the Month Club disc? I would find out for sure but I’m distracted by the line “I like candy, I like drugs”. I rewound to make sure I heard that correctly. …Was that it? Very little lyrical content in this song, but it succeeds as a soundscape and evoking a real sense of place. Certainly not a song to jam out to, but if you had it on in the background on a roadtrip while having a really good conversation with your roadtrip partner, it wouldn’t offend. The “WHEW!” at the end is fun.

Really digging the piano in “Ginny and Me”. Oh come on you can’t okay nevermind I thought he rhymed “today” with “me” but it was an ABAB rhyme scheme. I mean, he still rhymed “me” with “me”, but okay whatevs. So far the instrumentation is the best part of this song – driving and fun. The drum fill at approximately 2:35 is nice. And then it stops all pretenses and goes to another extended musical break, which is quite nice. The bit afterwards is cymbal overload though. The HOLY SHIT THIS IS THE ONE “TURN MY HEAD SO CLOSE TO SEE A SMALL LIGHT KISS UPON MY CHEEK” THIS IS THE BIT IN THE WROCKSTOCK NAME THAT SONG CONTEST THING I NEVER GOT BUT I HEARD THAT LINE SPED UP AND CHIPMUNKED SO MANY TIMES JEGUS KRISTOS I’M SO ANGRY.

I’m glad I made it a shot every 3 songs, because drink whenever there’s an extended musical break would be a fucking lethal Mudbloods drinking game.

Shot 2

“Ode to Broom or I Want to Tell You I Love You But Don’t Know How” is the first of the Mudbloods oh dammit i got dill mustard on my desk gimme a second I gotta clean this up. Okay yeah anyway it’s the first song to show their penchant for humorously long names. I should do an article where I pit their titles against Whompy’s titles because he’s had some of the best as well. This title is good, but it’s definitely no “Fang, Stop Peeing On My Trunk”. I like how simple the piano is after the interesting keys work in “Ginny and Me”. Rounds are a lot better in person or in church, so the first half isn’t great on mp3, but sounds like it’d be a lot of fun live. But holy shit the sudden “LET’S GO” and switch from very very simple instrumentation to electric guitar is amazing. It captures the feel of the firebolt nearly as well as that hilarious freezeframe at the end of the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. And then going back to the simple round version to bring it home, with the best harmonizing of the song. I officially dig this song. It’s been Officially Dug By The Wrock Snob. Totally would love to hear it live, though.

“Voldemort: A Love Song” has some things to prove, since it’s far from the first to do a Voldy love song – heck, Tom Riddle and Friends made their entire career off of Voldemort love songs! Well, actually, since this album came out in 2006, this might actually have been the first Voldy love song, but since I’m famously super late to the Mudbloods party, it’s new to me. So how does it hold up? Okay. I super appreciate that it’s a jazz standard lounge song – lack of genre diversity is a huge problem I have with wizard rock, and this joins Celestina Warbeck’s work as one of the very few songs to fit this style. The Mudbloods pull it off a lot better too – the whole “Go ahead and bring in that guitar now” is some great emulation of the genre. And the guitar solo is nice and totally totally fits with the slight buzz I have going on. It really made me feel like I was in a smokey club with a couple friends (but not best friends) nodding my head appreciatively and trying to ignore the fact that I have work/a big test tomorrow. Unfortunately, Adam’s voice is much better suited to harmonies and just can’t quite pull this experiment off.

“Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. No sentence, just “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. That is a title. “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. I think that “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron” is a good title. An example of a humorously long title is “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. It’s interesting to see someone besides the obvious use “bah bah bahs”, and in a much slower, less counterpointy way. Speaking of patronuses, fuck that Pottermore listicle about animagi and their relationships with patroni. Like, there’s things I like about new Pottermore, but the listicle bullshit is not one of those things. “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. I hate that it ends with the tease about Dumbledore being an animagus it’s super bullshit. By it I meant the Pottermore listicle, not “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron”. Unfortunately, the most interesting thing about “Concerning The Dementors On The Shore of the Black Lake or If The Dementors Should Take Me in My Sleep Give My Invisibility Cloak to Ron” is its title, though I do like the weird synthesizy stuff in the later half.

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