I’m Gonna Need Some Money

There’s always one problem when you have a very large amount of bands you listen to, and that’s that you most likely won’t have enough money when TWY decide to come out with something new. This is especially hard when, in my case, a lot of the bands I like are releasing something this year. Anytime I go on a music site I have the same reaction of “oh news about *insert band here* I wonder what…another album??”

You see, I don’t even have a job yet and so I have no money. This is always disappointing because among the other things I can’t purchase, if a band I like releases something, there’s little chance I’ll be getting it anytime soon. But either way, there are several bands coming out with something this year, and I thought I’d put in my favorites.

1st on the list is the pop punk/hardcore outfit A Day to Remember. I became a fan of them a little over a year ago, mainly in part to the latest release “What Separates Me From You” and the two covers they do of the The Fray and Kelly Clarkson. They plan on releasing something new this summer, and (technically) two songs have been shown before hand. The first track came out a while ago, entitled “Violence,” and is a very dark song with a lot of screaming in it. The second song has been leaked via someone recording said track when ADTR previewed the song among some record executives in studio. I can’t quite remember what the title is, I do know that I enjoyed it more than I did with Violence. I’m excited for the new record and I hope it is dropping soon.

The other band is….guess who-We Are The In Crowd. I’ve been psyched for their 2013 release but rather than seeing any actual music from the new album, I’ve seen many covers. Either way, I’m looking forward to the album. There ya go-short, sweet, and to the point.

I’ve heard other little gossips, such as blink 182 working on something, but that is very early in works. In local news, Cincinnati band Let it Happen has been working on a second album. I highly recommend listening to their first release “It Hurts But It’s Worth It,” it is very good and available on iTunes.

Anything you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Advertisements

Sneak peak of album

Quick update: I’m almost done with my ep that’s due out on June 4th. I’m thinking I may have to delay it another week but it will be out very soon, and today I wanted to show a little clip of one of the songs off the EP “Basement EP.” The song title for this clip is “Stupid Pretty Girl (At Least I Didn’t Drop Your Name” and I like the work I did on this one, I’m hoping for a good release in the coming weeks!

sneak peak

Return of the Eighties?

Trends and fashions always seem to return to society after they seem to I into a coma with little odds I coming out. In the 70’s, punk music was very popular and died down around the 80’s, only to make a tremendous return in the nineties after the disbandment of Nirvana. Decades always seem to make a return, and if I were a betting man, I would say that the 2010’s are bringing a return of the “me” generation, or a others may know it, the 80’s.

If anything gives it away, it’s the fact that the society of teenagers are obsessed with ourselves all over again. They focus on what they want to do, going off of what the majority of parents did as children. There are outrageous styles again, with the baggy pants and the flat bill hats, stuff that when we are adults, kids will see out photos and go “what were you thinking??”

But if there’s anything that I think signals a return of the 80’s, it’s the music. In the last few months alone, I have found oh so many albums with that synthy, poppy sound that a lot of eighties music had back in the day. These bands are straying from what they’ve been doing for the longest time and while I like the music and find I interesting, I wonder if it will take over society.

Some good examples I found were Paramore’s self titled release, the new Daft Punk album, and I also heard a single called “Sick of It,” off of Christian hard rock band Skillet’s upcoming release. Paramore has a new electronic influence reminiscent of a new wave album, and Daft Punk has a lot of old school house and electronic music in it. Skillet’s single even has a synthesizer solo in it. These are just some theories but I don’t think I’m in the wrong here, making suggestions like these.

Let me know what you think of a possible 80’s return; for me I hope it means better rap music than what we have now.

Covers: better, worse, or equal?

If you are well versed in the music industry, then you should know what a cover is, and how they are a big part of the culture. For those who truly don’t know (but how could you not…) a cover is when a band does a song by another band, usually throwing their own spin on it. I do many covers all the time; they are a very enjoyable experience and help me get better at my own work. One thing I always find surprising is when I go on YouTube to watch a video of a cover and I find the comments file with bitter arguments, all around the same question: who did it better?

This is always puzzling, and I come across it all the time, the world seems to split into the “it’s better than the original” group or “this is terrible” group. You have the occasional people who like both versions, and if you’re one of those people more than half the time, good on you, you’ve got common sense. What people never realize is that a cover is usually just for the bands pleasure; something they wanted to do. Sometimes a record company tells a band to make a cover for a compilation cd (punk goes pop by fearless records is a great example) and that’s where lines blur for me; I love some of those covers but others I can’t stand.

And so today, I’m going to list some covers that are worth listening to; prepare yourselves.

20130520-201911.jpg
Are my followers tired of me talking about We Are The In Crowd? If you answered yes, we’ll tough. They’ve technically done two covers over the past few months to hold people over until their second full album drops. The first was a cover with artist Alex Goot, where they covered Pink’s song (with the singer of Fun.,) “Just Give Me a Reason.” The cover stands fairly true I the original, with Alex singing Pinks part and Tay singing Nathan’s part. I really like the cover, there’s a good connection between the two vocalists and the music stays the same as the original, maybe just a little more “rockier.”

20130520-202002.jpg
Second song they’ve covered is of Brand New’s “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades.” The song surprised me at first, with Brand New being a rather unknown band to cover, but I can see the influence BN had on WATIC, and so the cover makes sense. The song is very good, the bassline is kicking just like in the original, and the addition of a female to the trade off vocals is astounding. The only real difference between the two songs is a lack of screaming (though Jordan’s yelling of the last line “die young and save yourself” gives me more chills than BN’s) and the female vocal addition; overall it’s a great cover.

20130520-202146.jpg
The last mention I will give is an older cover by Green Day. On the deluxe edition of their 2009 effort “21st Century Breakdown,” is the second cover of The Who that the band has done in their career. The cover is of The Who’s first rock opera, “A Quick One While He’s Away,” which clocks in at over 8 minutes long.

A quick one? I think not.

Although, the song is almost a perfect replica of the original, only sounding more produced than the other. I say almost because they add their own little lines here and there that were not in the original. I may like the cover cause of the fact that the School of Rock I’m enrolled in did the song this past weekend, but it’s still a good cover.

Any covers you like? Feel free to leave a comment below, but take away this from what I write: a cover is usually done cause the band wants to, so the changes are not for you, there’s no need to argue how good or bad a cover is.

Foreign Bands Surprise Me

If you haven’t figured it out yet, my favorite genre of music is pop punk, with a little bit of hardcore mixed in. Most of these bands hail from the west and Californian coastlines, with the occasional one originating from New York or Brooklyn. But what I’ve been finding lately is that the pop punk/hardcore scene reaches not just on the coastlines, but out past the borders of the country and in stranger places.

I know foreign bands are not some new thing, I know music spreads all throughout the world. I just always have a predisposition that most famous bands I listen to either come from here, Britain or Canada. But recently I found bands in my genre that have surprised me.

20130505-012621.jpg
First one is a new band I have been obsessing over, and that’s the quintet Tonight Alive. This group is lead by vocalist Jenna Mcdougall, and with her voice,the crew makes some very great music. I like their new song entitled “breakdown” and as I explored the videos of the song being played acoustically, I found a video where Jenna speaks, and the accent through me off. I did some research to find that the group is from Australia. Australia isn’t unusual to find musicians in, but to find a pop punk band hailing from there is surprising.

20130505-012906.jpg
What’s even more surprising then that is finding a hardcore outfit that comes from a country not well known for “heavy” music. I am referring to a French band that not only has an unusual country of origin, but quite possibly the weirdest band name I have ever found. What is this name you may ask? Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! It’s hard sometimes to find a name that unusual. But the band isn’t all that bad for those into the genre. If I could describe their sound, it’d be a mix of A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong, and The Wonder Years. If those bands interest you give the band a listen.

Bands come from all over the world, and it’s always nice and surprising to find a band that comes from outside your own country. For anyone out there reading this, what’s a band you found that originates from a different country that you found surprising?

Why a “Good” Music Review is Hard to Find

20130429-093445.jpg

Have you ever bought an album you were looking forward to, and it didn’t live up to your expectations? Perhaps before you bought that album, you went and checked Rolling Stone for their review? You check, and the big name website/magazine gives the album an excellent review. What is the problem? Do you just have a bad ear for music, or are the major magazines the one at fault? This has happened to me before, and I’m starting to look into the truth.

This has happened to me on numerous occasions, and most of the problem comes from the fact that I don’t just visit major sites for reviews. The site I visit most is a user site known as Sputnik music, and I find it filled with hipsters who will condemn any album that is looked by the mainstream media as good. They praise bands like Neutral Milk Hotel and The Flaming Lips, and strike down the major pop stars like Justin Bieber and, most recently, Will.i.am. who released a new (and awful) album this past week. For me, the bands I like have changed their sound recently and are belittled by Sputnik and its users.

There are points some of the reviewers make, and after I take those into account, I visit Rolling Stone to find them giving praise and critical acclaim for an album that I honestly just find decent; I like the album, but it doesn’t deserve a 3.5 or 4 out of 5. I looked at the recent reviews of RS and found that there have been no reviews below a 2 in the 2013 year, and that’s a load of crap.

I’ve done thinking, and come to a realization: Rolling Stone and other major sites are “Brand loyal.”

You can see it anywhere on RS. Any popular band that has been around a while never has a bad review. Rolling Stone just isn’t a reliable source because they have a brand loyalty to the artists people have loved for years; they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Unfortunately, there is rarely any middle ground between user sites and major sites. You either have hipsters who hate mainstream who tear albums to shreds, or you go with overly hyped brand loyalty. You may find that occasional review that actually is well written and gives a good and honest opinion. But those are hard to find. Sadly, middle ground will always be difficult to see.

20130429-093630.jpg

Psy video banned in South Korea

It’s strange, but South Korean sensation Psy has had the video for his latest music video banned in his country of origin. “Why’s this” you may ask? In the opening sequence we see Psy knock over a traffic cone.

In South Korea, traffic cones are public property, and therefore it is a public offense to kick one over. Due to the violation Psy commits in the video, South Korea has banned the k-pop stars video from being aired in the country. It’s quite strange to think about, but apparently videos have been pulled from SK for less.

Quick little post, hope you enjoyed it.