August 6th, 2013
There are a lot of fake bands on Figment, but a lot of them have been abandoned by players who either got tired of developing them or simply popped in to try their hands at creating a band and lost interest soon after. Regardless, there are some hidden treasures buried among these bands, and we aim to cast a spotlight on them and their creators in “Lost and Found”.
ksoard is the focus of this installment of “Lost and Found.” She hasn’t been on the site in almost four and a half years, and yet the two bands she created could just as easily be found on the charts now as they were then. Better yet, both bands couldn’t be more different stylistically. Vestige is clearly an alternative rock band with dark overtones while Felt Tip Marker evoke a clear indie pop/rock feel.
With little or no band description ksoard is able to provide her bands with a clear identity purely through her use of appropriate images and font choices. Take Vestige’s “Of Flesh and Blood” for instance, one look and you know this is a band whose sound is heavy and certainly not mainstream fare. Could the font choice be a bit better? Maybe, but even the font gives it a alternative indie feel in my opinion, and when you combine it with the cover image you don’t need visuals of gore to feel the doom that lies within.
Felt Tip Marker on the other hand, give off a much lighter, fun, indie pop sensibility. Again, the band description is minimal to say the least, but the band’s album covers, album and song titles (“This Song is NOT About You, Maybe”), and even its name give you a clear picture of what the band is all about.
Judging from these two bands and her Figment album collection, I can only surmise that ksoard’s taste in music runs the gamut, and because of that it’s a shame she didn’t continue to play our game. I can only imagine what other types of bands she might have formed and how much her album cover designs, etc. would have progressed.
Regardless, we can get a pretty clear picture of her musical tastes in these two bands, and that’s why I for one still remember them. Hopefully, you’ll take the time to acquaint or reacquaint yourself with them as well.
April 17th, 2013
There are a lot of fake bands on Figment, 2,377 at the time of this post, but a lot of them have been abandoned by players who either got tired of developing them or simply popped in to try their hands at creating a band and lost interest soon after. Regardless, there are some hidden treasures buried among these bands, and we aim to cast a spotlight on them and their creators in a new feature we call “Lost and Found”.
To kick off the first “Lost and Found” we’d like to spotlight Figment player Subversyve. While Subversyve hasn’t been on the site in almost 5 years he did create some great fake bands in his short stint on Figment. Whether it was the chronic reggae sounds of Ganja Elation Nation, the meat-head country of Dewett Clintock, the conspiracy theory rantings of Lazlo Fletcher or the Guatemalan Deathcore of Pushmower, Subversyve’s output was small but incredibly diverse. He was never the best designer, although his album covers are good, but his writing was spot on and helped to make his bands believable.
Take Lazlo Fletcher for instance, the conspiracy theorist host of AM 1040’s “The Lazlo Fletcher Show”. To this day I’ve yet to see anyone else on Figment create a spoken word album like “The Global Takeover Files Vol. 1” , but Subversyve did. Check out the detail in Lazlo’s bio, the great band image and the hysterical journey into “the dark heart of the International Neo-Con Cabals” that is “The Global Takeover Files Vol. 1”.
Once you’ve taken that journey, take a spin into the xenophobic, misogynistic world of Dewett Clintock, whose “love it or leave it” brand of country has a comic bite that takes definite aim at flag-waving rednecks. Dewett’s bio is funny, his lone album “Respect The Lady” is classic, but it’s the level of depth that Subversyve put into Dewett’s “Band News” that really fleshes out the Clintock legend. So check out Dewett with your tongue firmly in cheek.
MC Ratty Fireye (get it?), is the leader of Subversyve’s reggae band Ganja Elation Nation, and while this is probably the least original of Subversyve’s figments, he has created a reggae band that is believable. I especially like the album cover for the band’s lone release “Sea of Green.”
And then there’s Subversyve’s magnum opus, Pushmower. Who else could create a Guatemalan Deathcore band? Better yet one with an expired work visa!? I won’t even bother waxing poetic about this band, just do yourself a favor and check ’em out!
While all of Subversyve’s figments are clearly meant to entertain, they still have an air of reality to them. They are believable even though they are funny, which is, for lack of a better way of saying it, Subversyve to say the least!