Random bands have started to follow me on twitter and tumblr, and it does amazing things for my ego. In this segment, we talk about the bands that have followed me this week.
Song: "Glass In The Catfood", which can be downloaded for free here
Primarily, I'm confused. I'm confused by the clogged toilet used as the still for the video, I'm confused by the song, and I'm confused by the title. I sound really old saying this but is "glass in the cat food" some kind of saying that I should know to keep up with the hip young people in Brooklyn? I'm not digging the vocals, mostly during the eponymous line which is repeated over and over with some really unpleasant electronic editing. Not even unpleasant, uncomfortable. The music is solid, but the lyrics rely on a lot of cliches and one confusing slogan. This song could be very sweet, maybe not great, but sweet, if the eponymous line was removed.
Verdict: You're not going to be my underdog any time soon. And stay away from my cat food.
Standout track: Once a Villain Always a Villain. All music can be heard here.
I'm not a music person. I broke five recorders in elementary school and couldn't figure out how to use both hands at once when we learned piano in seventh grade.
So maybe it's just because I don't know how recording works, and maybe this is just a matter of how the tracks were made.
But the vocals
The music is fantastic. I'm into the fuzz. I'm always into the lo fi shit. That's great. The guitar and the bass and the drums and everything are great. In fact, the guitar is perfect. I'll listen to that on its own. I especially liked the guitar at the the beginning of Irony At It's Finest because it reminded me of old FOB, and at the end of Once a Villain Always a Villain and because it reminded me of old school MCR; these are some of the highest compliments I can possibly give. The lyrics are great too, not reliant on cliches that can become unavoidable in pop punk.
But the singing
this is me and my roommate singing outside of the shower
It's distractingly bad
which really detracts from the redeeming factors of the songs
I don't know
punk rock, I guess.
Verdict: Singing lessons and I would listen to this constantly.
Andrew Kinnecom of Motivational
Listen to "Retriever" and "Passion" here, and if you like what you hear, vote for them to play Van's Warped Tour
When I saw "ambient" in the band's about me page, I got worried. Because I'm not good with ambiance. If someone uses the word "ambiance" to describe a restaurant there is a 90% chance I will refuse to eat there because they probably only serve little non-vegan steaks in low lighting on square plates.
But holy shit.
Retriever is probably one of the best songs I've heard all year. It was a complete environment that I was living in for six minutes and some-odd seconds, a dark room with grey light and fog and this entire screaming heart coming beating through the walls.
Verdict: The total package, 10/10 would recommend.
Listen the the album 'The Gentleman's Guide to Keeping Away From People Like You" here
If you like what you hear, vote for the band to play Van's Warped Tour
Right off the bat you've got a really strong pop punk sound with something deeper beneath the surface. Vocals resemble Patrick Stump in the best possible way, not enough to be unpleasantly identical, enough to be a great transition for fans of Fall Out Boy. Something gloriously refreshing for a genre that's gotten predictable. Definitely a strong sound worth listening to. The vocals on Gentleman's Guide are incredible, and the guitar and drums on North Star are phenomenal. No self-indulgence, just good, solid music and lyrics. North Star is the standout track on this album, reminiscent of Fall Out Boy circa 2005.
Bonus, there's a Christmas song, and the Panic! at the Disco cover made my night.
Verdict: The EP drops in two days and I'm downloading it the second it happens
Just a preliminary thought: I don't speak French at all. Not a word. That's a lie, I can say "cheese" and "hello" but I don't know how helpful that's going to be. So yeah, let's review a french band.
Song: No Way To Go
Ignore the bikini girl in that video still, this is very straightforward punk, more Ramones than Blink 182. Not a standout for the genre or anything, but definitely a light, energizing punk sound that won't offend.
Verdict: A good passive listen, but no plans on pursuing further.