Band: The Servant
Album: The Servant
When the trailer for Sin City came out, a couple thoughts crossed my mind. 1) This looks fantastic. 2) What is that song? The tune pulsed with the noir-ish tension evoked in the trailer. It oozed with cool. I had to find out more.
That’s how I, and most likely countless film and comic book nerds, discovered The Servant. That song, “Cells,” struck a nerve at the right time and place. Yet, for some reason the band and music were unattainable. The band was from London, and their self-titled album seemed impossible to find. At the time, I still dabbled in illegal downloads, so I nabbed the two singles from the album: The aforementioned “Cells” and a light pop ditty called “Liquefy,” which made it onto just about every mix I made for people for a solid year.
Despite thoroughly enjoying these two songs, I never got the album. In ‘07, I even managed to see the band at a little nightclub in London. And yet, when I asked singer Dan Black for a copy of the album, he said they were plumb out.
Fast-forward to 2010, and I find The Servant in a cheap, used bin at a Reckless Records. I hadn’t thought of the band in quite sometime, but seeing a copy of that album in my hands momentarily took me back to a time when I prized such an item (and yet, never went out of my way to own a copy). Sure, the front of the case was cracked, but the 99 cent price was right.
For all the quasi-nostalgia I may feel for The Servant, I must admit the album quickly became lost in a sea of music. Yes, “Cells” still pops as it did back when I first heard the song, and “Liquefy” is as dynamic as ever. But, for the most part, the album seems a bit flat. The next-next-best tune on the record, “Orchestra,” is hampered by some daft lyrical content that could have killed the song entirely. And the rest of The Servant? It may be best to just focus on the things that originally attracted me to the record.
The Servant broke up in late 2007. And that wasn’t even a blip on my radar. After all, the music is still there, and for about a buck, I’ve finally got all of it at my fingertips.