I have finished marching in my towns Memorial Day parade. I am sitting outside my house, on my porch, in my rocking chair, currently do two things: waiting for my friend to deliver a microphone to me, and enjoying the weather given to my town on this beautiful Monday afternoon. And while I sniffle due to my allergies and the lack of me taking a Zyrtec, I can’t help but admire *sniff* the space around me. As I sit here, I can only imagine what the summer before my senior year will bring to me.
I know time has now passed since I started writing, but this day has made me think about what summer will be like. For those who don’t know, my first music project, a self titles album known as “the basement EP,” will be out in June and my hope is to play some coffee shops over the summer to promote it. I have a lot of friends graduating this year who I’ve got I see before they head off. This will be a busy summer for me, and hopefully it will be the best one yet.
My challenge to all out there: go out and enjoy your free time. Find some good music and let those songs preserve the memories that you will make. It sounds cheesy, I know, but hey I think it’s some good advice. This isn’t really a music post but I felt like I needed to say something about this great day. Also to sell myself out-the basement EP will be available for streaming on soundcloud, YouTube, and if I can do so I will post it for free download on bandcamp.com-there sellout done.
I live in Ohio, where we go through day to day life wondering what the weather will bring. The weather is predictable once summer rolls around, but Ohio doesn’t seem to have spring in our cycle of seasons. That being said, warm weather is starting to return here in good ol’ Cincinnati, and I have started to listen to a brand of music that always seems to put me in a good mood.
The genre I have been obsessing over for a long time is known as pop punk; it’s fast paced and in most cases, generally happy sounding. Now with the weather slowly returning to warm and sunny, I find that my pandora stations are being invaded with various pop punk bands that make my walks between classes more enjoyable. Music usually gives me a problem to relate to when it’s winter time, but recently I’ve been busting out these songs and find myself to be a happier person.
So what I thought I’d do today is just list some not so well known bands in case you may want to see just exactly what it is I’ve hyped about the last two paragraphs.
First one is a band on the poppier side of things, We Are The In Crowd. I discovered these guys about half a year ago, with their latest release known as “Best Intentions.” They are lead by two vocalists, Taylor Jardine and Jordan Eckes. I love the guy and girl singing aspect of it all, and they offer up some great songs that are incredibly catchy in my own opinion. I suggest checking out their first release, “Guaranteed to Disagree.”
Next up is a group that takes their name from a classic tv sitcom; ladies as gentlemen, The Wonder Years. My friend introduced me to this band in the winter, but I haven’t truly gotten into them until now. On my pandora radio I listen to them most often now, mainly cause they provide fast paced punk rock with lyrics about being a teenager in suburbia. All of their work sounds really good and amazing for fair weather and driving, but I’d suggest their album “The Upsides.”
There are so many other bands out there and I won’t take the time to name them all, but they’re perfect since spring is here and summer will be here before you know it. So take the time to relax and enjoy some good driving music.