Nearly every music fan I know has a definitive answer when asked about their favorite bands.
But what makes a band stand out above all others to become a favorite?
What aspect of the band and its music reaches out and grabs you, claiming its place in your world as the top?
For me, it's a few things. My favorite bands have these qualities in common: Passionate performance, interesting vocals and thought provoking lyrics. A band that's not afraid to explore interesting time signatures and good driving riffs doesn't hurt, either.
My favorite bands are Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, and TOOL. For as different as they appear to be on the surface, they have a lot of things in common. All three bands have songs that thematically explore death and rebirth, question of faith and balance in the world, and the struggle to find a place as an individual in a sea of sameness.
All three bands have front men that are either multi-instrumentalists, or have explored other creative mediums outside of music.
Each band had captured my attention, and I remain a devoted fan to each.
What are some of your favorite bands, and why?