I’m torn between two things here. I like what a guitar can do when you crank it; the expressive sounds you can make when you’ve got a responsive guitar turned up. But I don’t enjoy listening to loud music. I love listening to music where you can bask in the sound.
I had a gig at the Hague Jazz festival recently and after we played we went to check out the other bands. All the bands I heard were pretty loud and there was an awful lot of heavy bass drum ‘boom, boom, boom’. The ones where the sound system wasn’t great, or the room acoustic wasn’t flattering were unlistenable.
The last band I heard did it differently though. Eefje De Visser’s band made a beautiful sound. They played really well together, the arrangement were really interesting, with unusual instruments/sounds, beautiful melodies, but the thing that I really warmed to was the volume was quiet. They were still having it, playing pop songs with gusto, but their sound felt like they wanted you to be drawn in.
Anyhow, here’s their album. I like it. Turn it up really loud :)