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Hello again everyone! Welcome back to another written episode of “Songs That Remind Me Of…” which is a series that nobody asked for but that I started anyways. So here’s another companion article to a playlist I made. This week, we’re putting some noise to everyones (my) favorite awkward supe-exploding, Billy Joel fan, Hughie Campbell.

If you haven’t watched The Boys on Amazon, I highly recommend checking it out. I fell head over heels for all the protagonists in the show instantly and the amount of angsty attitude this show contains makes me a little too giddy at points. Not only is it intense, but super well written and acted by all parts. Seriously…check it out.

As for Hughie, played by one of my favorite actors Jack Quaid, we see a lot of different tropes and ideas. However there are some big character points that create a pretty nice soundtrack if I do say so myself, so let’s check those out.

Hesitant, and almost shy

From the moment we meet Hughie, we are met with a sense of social awkwardness. We see his incredibly brief interaction with his boss, where he instantly drops the topic when he feels dismissed. *SPOILERS* Next when we see Hughie with Robin…in that brief interaction as well…because…well… A-Train…anyway. We see him interact with Robin in another awkward way but this was is endearing and cute. We immediately love Hughie and so after the run-through we’re almost as heartbroken as he is. Through Hughie’s anxiety, awkwardness, and innocence, we are met with a character that we not only adore but might even see ourselves in. Hughie quickly became one of my comfort characters for this exact reason. Songs for this are as follows:

  1. In Over My Head by Grandson
  2. 98 Degrees by Arrested Youth
  3. Tickle Me Pink by Johnny Flynn
  4. I’m Just a Kid by Simple Plan
  5. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
  6. everything sucks by vaultboy (we see his transition to our next character attribute through this song)

Emotionally traumatized

So, after the events of A-Train and Robin, Hughie’s world is completely shattered. First, he lost a girl he loved very deeply and probably even planned a future with. That’s then followed by the fact that he was completely unaware of what “The Seven” were actually like. He believed in what they stood for, what they were portrayed to be. That was quickly ripped out from under him, causing even more heartbreak and confusion. This leads him to Butcher and The Boys, allowing for Hughie to get a more developed and almost harsh outlook on life, while still keeping a bit of the innocence (and a lot of the anxiety) that we saw from him first. Songs are:

  1. Come A Little Closer by Cage The Elephant
  2. Honesty by Billy Joel (I had to make sure we had Billy Joel)
  3. Capital M-E by Taking Back Sunday
  4. Real World by The All American Rejects

Growth

Hughie quickly realizes that he is going to have to become okay with doing things he never ever expected to do. He is met with tough ethical choices and has absolutely no help from Butcher on those. Oh Butcher…we love him dearly…most of the time. Anyway! Hughie begins to not only understand that his comfort zone no longer exists, but begins acting on that sporadically through the two seasons of the show. The songs that lend to this are:

  1. The Setting Sun by Broadside
  2. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (could have fit in the previous category, but I liked it better here.)
  3. New Generation by New Politics
  4. Apply Some Pressure by Maximo Park
  5. Burning Pile by Mother Mother (song that relates to the moment he knew he had to make some changes)

Anger/Intensity

By the end of season two of The Boys we have seen Hughie take on almost an entirely new persona. He has not only unalived a supe (a member of the seven nonetheless) but he’s manipulated Starlight/Annie into being their informant. However, we can’t hate him for it because he opens her eyes to the absolute shit-storm that is Vought. Through season two we see him sneaking around to talk with Annie and grows into his own enough to stand up to Butcher when he comes back on a whim. He is even able to keep secrets from the group he was hesitant to be a part of. Songs for this part of Hughie’s character are:

  1. All The Way Down by French Style Furs
  2. No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age
  3. One Engine by The Decemberists
  4. Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
  5. Where Will We Go by IAMDYNAMITE

What are your thoughts? How well did I do? Let me know on twitter and make sure to share this article and playlist with anyone who watches The Boys! You better watch it too if you haven’t…both seasons are available right now on Amazon…do it.

Stay entertained…

This past Sunday I spent the evening being a part of one of the coolest shows I have seen to date. As It Is announced their tour with support from Point North, Missouri natives Hold Close, and Sharptooth. If you also had the opportunity to experience this tour then you know just how cool it actually was.As It Is is a band that I have enjoyed and listened to for about four years now and was quick to jump at the chance to see them again. Especially when I found out that they were bringing Sharptooth out with them, as soon as that dropped Iknew it was something too unique to miss.

First I want to highlight the VIP option for this tour. It was well priced and easy to navigate. The sound check included the opportunity for a Q & A, the photos were taken professionally and you weren’t rushed during it. Also, I got a coloring book…how many bands do you guys know that give out their own COLORING BOOKS? None. As It Is. That’s it.

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Then the show overall was incredibly impressive. Starting with Point North who were super versatile in their sound and style. I really enjoyed their songs and their set. Overall I think that these guys have the potential to have a rise such as that of Movements, which is a pretty big feat. I truly enjoyed their stage presence and their sound and I will be adding them to my spotify for sure.

 

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Hold Close reminded me a lot of Cherry Pools. A very laid back and set with deep pink and purple tones in their lighting. They were a band that I might add to more of a laid back playlist, at least from what I saw at their live set. I think that they added a very unique feel to the tour and show in generaly by having such a different sound from all of the other bands on the bill. Overall, I enjoyed their set and I think that having them play before Sharptooth is probably the best way to describe the turns my music taste takes.

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Sharptooth were next and all I can say about their set, is wow. Look, when you have a girl who is shorter (I’m 5’4″) and thinner than me, with a vocal like this there really isn’t much else to say.

This band is a new take on hardcore and put on one of the most intense sets I have EVER been able to experience. If you are even slightly into hardcore I will highly recommend checking these guys out. I am so happy that I got the chance to actually witness their set, even though their bassist had me scared for my life when he jumped up on the barricade right in front of me.

Finally As It Is took the stage, and gave a perfect end to a perfect show. There was a family type bond between the members as they also had their own highlight moments. The environment was open and welcoming to everyone and there was a constant aura of support and love fromthe crowd and the band. The songs were energetic and pulled you in, in short, this show was something I wish everyone who has ever struggled with abuse, mental illness, addiction, anything of the sort, could have experienced. It was almost cathartic for me, and I wish everyone could have felt that. This tour gave the band a chance to shine and to make a mark on people that supporting sets may not allow for. Being able to see this band perform a headline set versus a support set gave me a whole new dimension to see them in and to see around them. I am incredibly impressed with them and definitely consider them one of the best live bands.

 

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Break is over and I am back. I decided to do this because while I do listen to a lot of Metalcore and harder rock, I have many other artists in my library that don’t really get enough recognition. So today I am going to give those artists some much-needed love by going through my songs on Spotify and talking about the first five songs that I stop on.

 

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1. “Friendly Enemies” by Jule Vera: As one of the more interestingly unique songs on this album, I truly do appreciate it. The entire album is a refreshing indie rock sound and I think vocally, Ansley Newman is incredible and deserves many props for her sound. This song is also much more of a rock song and therefore highlights the bands versatility which is always something to appreciate.

 

 

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2. “Too Young To Feel This Old” by You Me At Six: I enjoy the intro to this song a lot. I can picture experiencing it live and the stage lighting and that is always nice to have with a song. I also really enjoy the progression of the song through the verse, bridge, and chorus. It honestly reminds me of a hill, that sounds super dumb but if you listen to the song you will completely get it. The song is a part of Cavalier Youth and while the album as a whole is a masterpiece, this song is an incredible addition to it.

 

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3. “Hey Rachel” by As It Is: Writing a song about your sibling? I don’t know about you but this is the only song that I know with that subject matter. The band also does a really great job of making a really sad song sound super upbeat and happy. It definitely gets stuck in your head and gets your head bopping. Is it my favorite song by As It Is? No, but overall it is unique both technically and lyrically which can’t be overlooked.

 

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4. “Mad At Myself” by Issues: This was the first song by Issues that I ever heard when I looked them up in 2015and I loved it from the get go. While I don’t really listen to the band anymore, Tyler Carter still has one of the best voices out there in my opinion and this track highlights his talents extremely well. This song is on my list of favorite songs in general and I don’t think that it is going anywhere anytime soon.

 

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5. “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel: This song is a true treasure and I will always get super hyped up when it plays. Anyone who says that they can get through this song without singing or humming along is most definitely lying because it’s impossible. I also never dance and you really can’t help but want to jump around and dance with someone when this song plays.

 

 

Well those were my shuffles! I know it wasn’t much but I will most definitely get back into the habit of posting and keeping up with things! I hope you enjoyed it and keep coming back for more!

About a month ago I had the opportunity to see Blessthefall for the fifth time on their Hard Feelings tour. Through this tour, I was exposed to a band that I can now easily claim as one of my favorite bands to date. The line-up consisted of A War Within, Thousand Below, Ded, The Word Alive, and Blessthefall. All of the bands on this bill were phenomenal live but The Word Alive completely blew my mind.

When the tour got announced I was eager to listen to The Word Alive having heard great things about them but never getting around to listen to them. I was late to the party, but at least I got there, and I am very happy that I did. These guys bring so many amazing aspects to the table when it comes to being in music. Their sound, their persona, their connection, their live show, all of it comes together at once and hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. Only this time the bricks don’t hurt!snapchat-1686048024

In regards to their sound, these guys cover all the bases. The mix of clean and unclean vocals and how they meld together is impossible to find flaws in. Telle’s clean vocals take people to a different world entirely and then his screams yank them right back. You can find slower yet still hardcore songs or songs that have you banging your head the whole time. Put these songs into a live setting and you’ve got a true energy on your hands. This energy is obvious in the music but to see how the band connects to each other on stage gives you 110% and it’s a truly refreshing thing to witness and gives you an amazing feeling of togetherness, which is not something to overlook in a bands live performance.

Seeing The Word Alive was an experience that I will hold dear forever and hopefully get to experience many more times. From the moment their set started, which started with an extended intro to Red Clouds, it was building and building in suspense and intensity. That intensity remained through the entire set, and there was crowd interaction and involvement in almost every song. The emotion put forth with this band is something I can’t begin to express with words. Emotion is one of my core requirements to become a favorite band of mine, and needless to say they checked that box super quick.

I highly recommend checking these guys out NOW. They are fantastic in every way and bring all that you could want in a band for this scene.

If only I had known how crazy good this band was during Warped Tour. I just recently became exposed to With Confidence and I can say I am actually quite a fan. Very excited to see them live this winter on their co-headliner with Broadside! Tickets go on sale this Friday Aug. 31 so hopefully you can snag some tickets! For now though, lets talk about this album.

That Something This track while it isn’t my favorite on the album is quite catchy. This track opening the album confused me at first but gradually I came to the thought that maybe it was meant to show the bands overall devotion to the record and that they will be able to hold this record dear for years and that their fans will be able to as well.

Sing To Me- Okay, so at first the vocals remind me of Andy Leo from Crown The Empire. I think that my favorite part of this song is the chorus. I love the way that it flows. I think the song is incredibly cute and I also like the addition of the backing vocals. The breakdown into a harsher vocal and then instantly switching to lighter and then back to how it was at the beginning. I think that this is a solid tune and adds a nice softer hearted dimension to the album.

Moving Boxes- This song is always stuck in my head. I think this is also a great track to encompass the overall theme of the album, especially when you consider the music video. I feel that this track is one of the best on this album. It honestly reminds me of  Weezers Buddy Holly with the “These days I’ve been nothing but a burden” line and the progression of the first verse. This song also contrasts the last song and shows a more aggressive view.

The Turnaround- I think almost any album you find nowadays is going to have a track like this, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The track that provokes self reflection within its listeners. The lyrics focus on thinking of what one wants within themselves and why they want it. The upbeat and light flow of the song brings the feeling of ease within ones decision to make something better for themselves. I think that this song could do a lot of good for a lot of people.

Jaded- And again, here is a more aggressive side of the band. A very fast pace, driving beat, about a relationship situation. With the track opening with a strong and prominent bass line, it gives off a very pop-punk feel.  I especially love the acapella line at the tail end of the song, it ties the track back to the softer side the band has shown before.

Better- The band seems to be directly alternating between soft and hard sounds within their tracks as this one is a softer feeling in comparison to Jaded. This track is definitely one of the more emotional tracks on the album and I think that it can also be tied back to be the loathing counter to The Turnaround which could easily be seen as the love of oneself for taking on a positive mindset

Spinning- This is my second favorite track on the album. I love how each chorus closes with a single vocal line and how absolutely adorable the song is. I also love the bridge after the second verse. The backing Woo-hoo’s add an innocence to the song that is absolutely tied back into the first part of the records title. This song is one I listen to at least once a day and the romantic in me has not one ounce of shame in that.

Bruise- There are very few albums and I mean like, maybe three, where my favorite song is a sad song. There are now four. This was the first song I heard off the album and was the one that made me feel this album was worth a deeper look. I love everything about this song. It’s pure emotion, it’s beautifully executed and worded, it made me cry the first two times I heard it and it brings me close to tears even when I listen to it now. This is also, in my opinion, the loathing counter to the previous track. I could go on and on about how much I really love this song but I will spare you all from that. Just listen to it, if you won’t listen to the whole album at least listen to this song.

Pâquerette (Without Me)- Again, another softer take. Also, this song is incredibly adorableThis song is one that takes the ever present idea of having to watch someone you once loved become a better person than the one you were with. It shows that while relationships do end sometimes it was for the better and it is easier to accept that things change and people do too than to be bitter about something you may have lost. I think this song is very mature content wise and I respect it.

Icarus- I think this is the loathing counterpart to the previous track. I am beginning to see the theme within the title and its correlation to the album title. I like the idea that the band went with. This track however is my least favorite on the album, I think it is a little too edgy and angsty for me.

Dopamine- I like the sound and flow of the vocals in this song. The melody and all that is great too but I think the vocal work stands out in this one. I think it was a great break from the seemingly musically focused other songs. I enjoy the song in general but I think that it is definitely stronger lyrically and vocally than musically.

Tails- I wish that this song hadn’t been left to close the record. It is a fantastic song and actually my third favorite on the album, I just wish it would have been sooner in the album. I always find myself humming the chorus to this one. I think it is a very confident song and I think it also ties in with The Turnaround. This song seems to be a much more confident take on it.

Overall: Some of the songs on this track are softer and lighterhearted, symbolizing the feeling of love. Either the love of something, a feeling, or of someone. Then the other half of the tracks are easily seen as a loathing of all of the previously listed things. Then to have Tails close with “Think love and loathing is all I’ve got, sometimes I think it’s all I want” one could say that signifies that means that the feelings are either love or hate and that Jayden wants that changed but that he also is uncomfortable with the change. Or it could be literal, meaning that he poured is heart and soul into the album and deeply desires everyone who listens to love it as much as he does, because he feels its contents reflect all he is, therefore all he has.

Take the album how you will, but overall I give this album a 9/10. I think that it is by far one of the greatest albums the scene has gotten this year and will be a presence here for a while. Whether you like the band or not, the music is good, it’s REALLY good.

 

 

 

One of my favorite things about Warped Tour was the time limit on each set. It gives people time to see their favorite bands play but also gives them time to meet the people they want to meet. Never, in my last four summers of Warped Tours have I been UPSET with that time limit.

I had two chances to see Ice Nine Kills before this final warped tour run but somehow, something fell through each time. So when I found out they were going to be on the final Warped Tour stop in Bonner Springs,  I wasn’t letting anything stop me from seeing them.

From the moment they hit the stage I was hooked. Not to mention they played one of my favorite songs, “Nature Of The Beast”. Then they closed with “Me, Myself, and Hyde” which was absolutely outstanding, with the very slow and melodic introduction and the transition into the intense metal. They had me screaming every lyric at the top of my voice, jumping with all my might, and head banging as hard as I possibly could. For all the readers who know just how much I love Blessthefall, I had the same amount of neck pain from Ice Nine Kills set as I do after Blessthefall shows…that should really put it into perspective. As soon as the set was done I was left wanting so much more. I was for the first time in my life wishing the set time for Warped Tour was longer, but only so I could see more of these guys. I was already asking myself “When are they coming back? And please let them be headlining!” Then following their set I was lucky enough to be able to have my copy of Animal Farm signed by them. It was such an amazing experience involving these guys!

I truly hope that these guys come back to little old Kansas, because I am more than ready to see a full set from these guys and hardcore rock out!

Check out the bands video for their first single from their upcoming album The Silver Scream “The American Nightmare”! These guys also dropped their second single today called “Thank God It’s Friday” which you can take a listen to down below! Make sure to check them out all summer long on the Mutant Red Dawn stage at Warped Tour!

You all can bet I was incredibly surprised when I was sitting in forensics class one Thursday and suddenly a notification popped up on my screen telling me that the one and only Panic! At the Disco would be playing in Lawrence the next day. I instantly took a screenshot of the notification and when the bell rang, ran to my moms classroom to tell her what was going on and figure out a way to get myself there.

The next day my friend, my sister and I showed up outside the Bottleneck in Lawrence and waited to get our tickets. How the line process went, was all the people with hopes of getting tickets condensed into a single file line once a worker came out and told us that we would be numbered off once we entered the venue. We walked in, got our numbers, stamps, wristbands, and tickets. Then we were able to, actually encouraged to leave the venue and come back later in the evening. When we did return we were told to get in line in numerical order, which everyone did. Once in the venue the real party began.

I was in such awe at the fact that I was seeing a band used to playing arenas, in a small bar in the middle of Kansas that my smile was permanent the whole night. Not to mention the fact that Brendon Urie really knows how to put on a show. He never stopped moving, he was interacting with the crowd, he was reading signs and shaking hands, he was truly there to put his heart and soul into the show. I was also incredibly delighted to get the chance to see new bassist Nicole Row early on in her time with the group. I think she added a great presence to the show and the group. It is not common to see female bassists in a scene like this. It was quite a breath of fresh air. The energy from this show was a surprise for me because I have seen arena shows before and I know they are much different from club/bar shows. However, I felt the energy radiating off of the performance and it felt just like the club shows that I love so dearly. I couldn’t have imagined that I would ever get the chance to see Panic! let alone see them in a small venue such as the Bottleneck. I am forever thankful for the experience however and I am excited to experience one of their shows again.

Panic! At the Disco will be making a stop at the Sprint Center in February of 2019, and I highly recommend snagging some tickets to that early! I’m sure you will not regret it! Get yours at the link below!

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Up until now I had been working on my project presentation and gradually adding to this post as I could. I presented yesterday and received a 95%! I am so happy with how everything turned out and I can’t wait to continue my blog for years to come. Now that my project is finished, I will be back to posting regularly!

If I have not shown it enough through my blog, I am a huge fan of Waterparks. When they released their new album I was expecting nothing but good things, and after listening to the album in all, I understand that good is a complete understatement.

 

“11:11”: This is one of my favorite songs on this album. I like how the first part of the verse is sort of choppy and then goes into a smooth progression of vocals. I enjoy the into/bridges between the chorus and the verses, the techno parts. I also really enjoy the chorus, it is something I find myself screaming at the top of my lungs each time I listen to this while driving to work. I also really like how the song ends on a softer note.

“Blonde”: Oh my guitars. I absolutely love the way that the guitars are featured in this song. I also really love the sound of the you’s in the choruses. I find this song getting stuck in my head quite frequently. I also want to take a second to highlight the part in this song where Awsten uses a harsher vocal, I think that it really adds to the punk vibe the song gives off.

“Peach (Lobotomy)”: The whistles at the beginning are really cute, and I think that the gradual addition of a harsher sound leading to the chorus is a really nice growth. I also like sound of the “let me go down” lines. I really enjoy this song.

“We Need to Talk”: I really think that this song is one of the most vulnerable ones that I have heard in a while. I think that the message behind it is strong and well thought out. I also like the softer sound and how it flows with the sound of the previous songs.

“Not Warriors”: This song really adds a story line to the album. I also find this song getting stuck in my head a lot. I like the chorus and how it has the backing vocals following the main vocals. I also like how the first verse was a softer feel and the second verse grows in intensity. I would definitely put this song on the same level as 11:11 for me. I also really enjoy the music video for this song as well!

“Lucky People”: When you mix this song with the video and the Awsten Knight puppy dog eyes, you’re lying if you say you don’t want to cry. I love the feel of this song and I also love the higher notes. I think that their soft feel does wonders for the song. I also love the progression of the acoustic guitar. I really like the “cupid sent me on a mission” line.

 

“Rare”: This song is 100% my favorite song on this album. I love the high notes in the chorus and the soft sound of the vocals mixed with the harsher sound of the guitars. I also really love the ending of the chorus. I really think it was a unique route to make the chorus sound softer and then end it with a harsher vocal. I think it definitely worked in the bands favor.

 

“TANTRUM”: This is one of the most unique Waterparks tunes I have ever heard, hell maybe one of the most unique songs I have ever heard, and I truly love it. I absolutely love the “We don’t know you, you don’t know we” line. I think that this song was incredibly pertinent to the band and I respect that immensely. I think that the idea with this song is incredible and the band put it together wonderfully. It is intense, it is raw, and it is fantastic.

“Crybaby”: This song is also incredibly unique and while it may not be my favorite song ever, this song proves just how good of a band Waterparks truly is. These guys know how to show diversity in their sound and that is something I think takes a band from just a band, to an artist.

“Sleep Alone”: I think I might get this one stuck in my head the most. I really enjoy the “You’re the blue print to my stupid sounds” line. I also really enjoy the flow from that to the chorus. Overall, I think that this song was a great way to end an album. It is a mix between the happy sound brought by tunes like Blonde and Peach, and the harsh sounds brought by songs like 11:11 and TANTRUM.

 

Album Rate: 9/10

  • I think that this album was incredibly well produced and thought out. I truly enjoy at least one part of each song, if not every song. I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of this album and I cannot wait to see some of these tunes performed live. If any of you have the chance to go to Warped tour this summer, take some time to catch these guys, and trust me you won’t regret it!

 

On Feb. 24 I had the pleasure of witnessing New Politics Lost in Translation tour with Dreamers and The Wrecks. This was my fourth time seeing New Politics, my third seeing The Wrecks, and my first seeing Dreamers.

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The Wrecks opened the show with the signature fire and energy they always have. These guys are one of the greatest bands I have ever experienced in my life. They perform with such passion and energy, their songs are so catchy and well written, and they blend so well on stage. They are surely a driving force in the music scene and I know the sky is the limit for them. Every chance I get to see them, I am more thrilled than I was the last time. I never know what exactly to expect, other than a damn good performance.

The Wrecks were followed by a band called Dreamers. They had a similar vibe to The Wrecks but they weren’t as energetic on stage. They gained some momentum however when the lead singer came out into the crowd. Overall the sound was good and many of their songs had well developed lyrics, they just weren’t really my type. I definitely respect them as artists however.

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Finally, New Politics took the stage. I was excited to see them headline for the first time and I was definitely not disappointed. They put together the perfect set list to keep the energy going at all times, the vocals were exceptionally good, and they encompassed songs from each of their albums. I always enjoy a show that brings new and old songs together. It was also a great feeling to see so many people there to support these guys. I saw them for the first time in 2014 when they played Kansas City’s Red White and Boom festival with Fall Out Boy. They completely captivated me, however many of the people there were not paying much attention to them. Then to see them now, with a pretty big crowd and so many people singing along, it was such a heartwarming feeling. I will always recommend people to see New Politics any chance that they get.

Overall, I really enjoyed this show. I felt that it was a great show for The Wrecks, who are a band that is gaining momentum each day in this scene and deservedly so. I also felt that it was a great show put on by New Politics and that they are also gaining fans by the day, and I truly hope that all the bands on this tour continue in their artistic ventures, because they are truly great musicians.

Okay, I am sure you all realize by now that I am a HUGE fan of The Wrecks. However, I will say that I am never one to claim a band is just SO fantastic unless I truly believe it. So, when I first found out that the band was releasing new music, I was beyond excited. Hearing it in full, I am absolutely in love with it. Let’s get into this…

 

Figure This Out – First off, I rarely if ever like songs with the subject matter of this one. This song however is open and raw, mix that with the melody that is just so catchy and damn am I hooked. I have this habit of imagining songs being played live and you better believe I can see this song being played to a crowd with everyone jumping and singing at the top of their lungs. You get to the end of the song and the consistent drum just sets it all in, and then the very last line of the song going to the softer tone ties the ribbon on the perfect gift.

 

James Dean – The guitar and the way the vocals in the first verse are shorter and choppy adds to vintage feel of this song. Follow that into the harsher chorus that is still sort of choppy at first, this whole song screams teenage rebellion and I love it. Not to mention that these guys know how to stretch and mess with their sound, therefore adding to the diversity of their music especially in this song. Solid 10/10 for this song.

 

Way With Words – Back to the ability to completely change their sound and vibe between songs, wow. This song is much softer than the first two, but as I have seen this song live two times now, I know just how into it the crowds get. Having songs like this that still bring energy to a crowd add to the greatness this band has. I also want to highlight the vocals in this song, Nick Anderson has one of the most unique voices I have heard and he demonstrates his how diverse his voice is in this song and as someone who also sings, I have so much respect for him.

 

Panic Vertigo – I really enjoy the chorus of this song, and I also enjoy how the bass and drums are more prominent in this song. Overall I think this song is something that the band put a lot of thought into and I respect that greatly. Falling back to the vocals once again, Anderson demonstrates his amazing range. The feel of frustration that I feel this song is trying to express really manifests itself in the ending bridge with the “What the hell do I know?” line. Overall this song is definitely one I think many people will appreciate in the time to come.

 

Revolution – This song definitely started off differently than I would have expected. I love the softer sound in the beginning but we can feel the raw emotion coming in the closer to the chorus we get. It all comes into full effect in the chorus and it really is empowering. This one also makes me think of what a crowd would be like if this song was being played. I can imagine everyone screaming this song at the top of their lungs just due to the energy it gives off. This song isn’t my favorite ever, but I am still a fan

It was definitely a night to remember at the A Day To Remember concert. I was so thrilled to get the chance to see these guys in concert, as the last six times I had the opportunity to see them complications made that impossible.

The show opened with a band called The Devil Wears Prada, I had never heard them before. I wasn’t a huge fan of their sound, it might have been the acoustics being slightly off, but they did have a great energy on stage.

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They were followed by Falling In Reverse. This was my second time seeing them and I enjoyed this set much more than the first time I saw them live. The first time, the set was at warped tour in 2016, so therefor was short and felt incredibly rushed. This set allowed them to take more time with their songs and they had much more of a presence at this show. I really enjoyed seeing the band own the stage. Their sound was also incredibly raw and well rounded. I will definitely see these guys any chance that I get.

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Falling in reverse were followed by the icons Papa Roach. I listened to Papa Roach when I was younger, and knew two of the songs on their set only because I hadn’t listened to them for years. Man do I regret that, I was entranced by their set. Jacoby Shadix is one of the BEST performers I have ever seen in my life. The energy he brought to the set was astounding and I really liked many of the new songs they performed. It was also really cool to see a band that my mother had seen years ago, still have such a devoted fanbase now.

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Finally, A Day To Remember took the stage. Seeing them perform finally was definitely worth the wait. I felt the energy soar to a new height with the first song the band performed. They threw beach balls on the crowd, had people on top of crowd surfers, and there was not a stationary body in the room at any point during their set. I sang, I screamed, and when they played “I remember” I broke down into tears. The set did a great job of encompassing all that the band had accomplished in their 15 years and I am sure that anyone who experienced this tour feels the same way.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend that any fan of A Day To Remember, new or old, see this tour. It is definitely worth the time and money spent for the show. I am confident that a tour like this will never occur again and I truly feel terrible for any who don’t get to experience this tour.

Hey baby, here are those songs we wanted from Blessthefall! These guys are back with a powerful punch and I am definitely digging it!

When I caught news of the band switching to Rise records, I was eager to see what was coming next. Then one could say we were ‘Blessed’ with a release date for their next album “Hard Feelings” arriving on March 23, 2018, and a killer new song by the name of Melodramatic. All this only to be followed by ANOTHER killer tune titled Wishful Sinking! And what is that followed by? The band announcing they will be supporting Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria on the second leg of their US tour!

Melodramatic is a song that gives the feeling of a Blessthefall show right through your speakers. The riffs and the driving chorus already have me headbanging harder than usual. The video for this song, gives a slight show of the neon theme that we can see on the album cover as well. Breaking stuff is also a large part of this video. Speaking of Riffs Wishful Sinking fulfills every guitar players dire need. The theme for this video seems to also allude to the broken harshness of the album, even playing off the melodramatic video, (highlighting broken glass and spiders, along with some live show scenes). I would also like to point out that this song would be a killer song to open a show with, I can just imagine that intro and the lights coming up on those guitar riffs. I get chills just thinking about it!

Then these guys embark on the massive “Defy” tour with Of Mice & Men. Playing huge shows each night won’t stop there however, as these guys will also be heading out this spring with Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria. Hey Midwest readers, they’re hitting Wichita May 10th, don’t miss out!

Overall, I am SO excited to hear the rest of “Hard Feelings” and see these guys on tour. I can’t wait to see what all they have up their sleeves.

 

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