Misery Is a Butterfly. Share On Facebook. The band revisited its early days in with the Numero Group box set Masculin Feminin, which collected Blonde Redhead and La Mia Vita Violenta along with demos, singles, and radio performances from that era. Magic Mountain. Jazz Latin New Age. Even a comparison to Sixpence None the Richer is not out of place, with rich melodies and textures throughout the album.
Blonde Redhead have long been maligned as self-consciously artsy, drawing facile comparisons to Sonic Youth and a host of No-Wave Blonde Redhead have long been maligned as self-consciously artsy, drawing facile comparisons to Sonic Youth and a host of No-Wave acts-- references that owe as much to their bandname's tribute to a DNA song as to Blonde Redhead's often discordant noise-rock. That rhetoric, of course, should've been shelved after the release of Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons. I only felt I should mention it again because, apparently, many of their party-line detractors never got the memo. By Melody , much of Blonde Redhead's feedback-laced art-rock had given way to brittle pop and arm's-length romanticism, yet somehow they still caught flak for the sound they had already largely outgrown. Just saying, is all: What used to be true is now tired, and, with the release of Misery Is a Butterfly , such knee-jerk dismissals can finally be considered irrelevant.
The band's earliest albums were noted for their noise rock influences, though their sound evolved by the early s with the releases of Misery is a Butterfly and 23 , which both incorporated elements of dream pop , shoegaze and other genres. After earning Bachelor's degrees , they entered the New York City underground music scene. Blonde Redhead formed in New York in after Amedeo and Simone met Kazu Makino, an art student at the time, by chance at a local Italian restaurant. Blonde Redhead's self-titled debut album was released in Yasuda played on the band's second album La Mia Vita Violenta also released in The band continued as a trio.