It’s Monday Night and that means 4 sets of [3 x (1 minute HARD/1 minute easy + 4 minutes MOD tempo)].
The good news is that I have one last …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead album to listen to, ‘Madonna‘.
I guess I’ve kind of been working through the bands catalog of albums more or less backwards, because this is their 2nd album released in 1999.
This album from these Austin noisemakers drifts from mind-sweeping tranquillity to cathartic cacophony, sometimes in the course of a single song. It all pushes toward overload by the end (much like my intervals) – many of the songs follow the same formula of a slow build to a glorious breakdown – but the band’s mix of guitar simplicity and sonic ambition works to construct a tower of super sound. The distortion, too, plays a part on ‘Madonna‘; it serves as both primal instrument and harmonic distracter.
Thanks Christ (or Madonna, or whatever) that this workout is done as I’m not sure how many more weeks of indoor riding I can stomach. I’ve got the itch now to be outdoors and Daisy is calling my name from her basement mount. I’m hoping then that these strength building intervals that I’ve been doing week over week are going to pay off by the time I roll her out onto the road come April.