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.
Consider Me Dead
I feel like the intonations on some of the words being sung are weird. Maybe it's a West Coast/ East Coast thing? I have dreams in Jersey accents so it's probably me. I like the mixture of electronic and rock, that the music doesn't just pull from the most done parts of the two genres. Both sides of the music are well considered, the keys keep the electronics rooted in rock and the mixture of spoken and screamed lyrics keep the rock from becoming stereotypical post punk. The breakdowns are worthy of hardcore and EDM simultaneously, which is a noteworthy accomplishment.
Verdict: This is music for a club I would actually go to.
We Are Forever
So this is a special review where I got a message from the lead singer of the band back in July and just learned recently there's a spam folder for Facebook messages. So.
This is solid pop punk across the board. This is music that isn't conceived from a pattern of tropes. The interplay of vocals is great, and the physical heaviness of the bass lines makes me feel like I'm in the room for a live performance. When you can feel the bass moving through your body, you're going to have a good time. The song Stars is a masterpiece of arrangement, a positioning of vocal melodies and guitars that is uncommon but absolutely magical.
Verdict: New favorite.
Austin Jones is a case of an unfortunate mixture of potential and poor execution. He seems really earnest, and has great influences, but this isn't good music. The lyrics are contrived, the music isn't inspired, and he doesn't seem to have a grip on how to best use his voice yet. If Austin was working with a band that could help him develop his songwriting and bring more power to the music, this might be working out better.
Verdict: Nine neins.