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The Listener is a spoken word and indie rock band belonging to the Fayetteville, Arkansas. Many critics are of the opinion that the band cannot be associated with one specific genre because they can’t just fit it into any. Most of the songs are personal poems written by the poet Dan Smith which he turned into lyrics and sang out. The band was formed by Smith with Christin Nelson (the composer) in 2002 and has been actively releasing albums and touring since then. If you wish to catch this unique band’s live show you can now book The Listener tickets today.
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Spoken word form of performance art includes experimentation and collaboration of different forms of art such as theater, music and dancing. Usually a spoken word performance includes poetry or storytelling. The history of this form of arts goes as far as ancient Greek era. They used poetry spoken word in the Olympic Games. Modern form of it came into existence in the 1960s’ blues and in the poetry of Harlem Renaissance. In music, this genre is usually used in forms of lyrics and often rap and hip hop is mixed with it to give it a voice in the music industry.
The Listener’s style of music has been described by the fans and critics as a genre that includes heavy vocals that are neither spoken nor sung. The words are more like rants in the form of poetry; hence, it is often included in the "rap" genre. When the band released the concept album named "Ozark Empire" they embarked on the "Tour of Homes" which turned out to be a success and won them a huge fan base. The tour included home to home traveling all across the United States in ‘grassroots’ style. Apart from performing in proper venues, basic aim of this tour was to perform at common coffee shops, pubs and even houses.
The Listener’s album Ozark Empire narrates the story of a man who is a father, a salesman as well as a husband. He is a drunkard, a liar and cheats on his wife. He also often fantasizes that he is beating her. His basic problem is that he never gets happy with what he has and always gets into trouble which includes heavy debts. Smith’s personal remarks on the album were that he wanted people to get to know the story of this man and find traces of his miserable life in their own lives and get rid of them.
The Listener’s very first album was "Whispermoon" which was released through Mush Records in 2003. The album managed to earn the band reputation as a mature band. It begins with preconception of its outset and ends with rather satisfactory conclusions. The vocalist Smith is known to have conveyed the lyrics with a conceptual balance even though his voice tends to sound a little awkward and dry at times. Despite the fact that the album had its down points, being the very first experimentation by the band, it doesn’t cease to entertain its listeners in many ways which kind of portrays the talent of the artists.
The Listener’s latest album "Wooden Heart" was released in July of 2010. Unlike in the early years, the critics are of the opinion that Smith has finally succeeded in turning his poems into spoken word lyrics in the right way. The album starts with the inspiring track You Have Never Lived, Because You Have Never Died. The lead song Wooden Heart itself is highly inspiring with its starting line "we’re all born to broken people…" If you want to have a spoken word experience by one of the bests in the field, The Listener tickets are now up for grabs for you to book your share!