This is my favorite playlist so far in this series…I am absolutely in love with it.

Starlight is probably my favorite female lead in a show at this point in time. I am always captivated by Erin Moriarty in each episode of The Boys. I think her portrayal is part of the reason I am so in love with the character. Some of the things you attribute to her are standard things, strength, heart, all that. But the amount of herself that she pours into every scene takes those to the next level. She’s sassy, she’s cunning, she’s genuine, and she knows just what she’s doing. The troubles that she endures through season one come to a culmination in season two, bringing out the absolute badass that she is. I can’t wait to see her in season three. Check out the playlist below!

Let me know what you think on twitter (@justmenat_)

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If you’re a fan of New Girl then you should completely understand why this playlist is necessary.

Nick Miller is known for his unique outlook on life, his fairly toxic self view, and the lovable odd ball sense of humor he brings to the show (which is complemented immensely by his counterpart Schmidt).

Now I did this playlist a little differently than the previous two, as all of the songs overlap in one way or another. I simply listened around to some spotify playlists and found some songs that made me think of Nick, I didn’t really think to dissect his character first and I am glad that I didn’t. I don’t think Nick needs explaining, he’s a fairly straight forward character to anyone who watches the show, but for those that don’t I will give an overview.

Slightly toxic, but means well

Nick has always had some…well…issues. Through his family life he had struggles with his father and those eventually came to light in the show. He has a low opinion of himself and struggles with confidence which is shown through his early struggles to make a clean break with his ex-girlfriend, his inability to be vulnerable, and his issues with well…people. However, he always comes to the rescue. He is always there to help his friends and at the end of many episodes he is the one who takes the short end of the stick to make sure his friends are okay.

Big Heart Little Trust

Nick Miller not only has a sever distrust in people, but a severe distrust in the world. He hates technology, prefers things the old fashioned way, and honestly is cynical of every modern thing. However, he’s always looking for ways to better the lives of his friends, even if that doesnt end up working out in the end. He cares so deeply for those in his life even though he doesnt always go about things in the right way.

Mature outlook with childlike behavior

Through the series, we see Nick grow into a mature and well rounded adult who isn’t going to let anyone tell him how to be. He understands the world but doesn’t really like it that much. When he becomes Ruth’s godfather in the last season we really see him blossom into who we all hoped he would be. He’s the fun uncle that everyone wants around, he has unconventional methods for things but they’re a bit more refined now than they were in the early seasons. He’s still the guy we all love, but we don’t have to constantly hope he grows up. Because we see that he has and he still hasn’t lost the parts of him that we love.

You can find the playlist right here and make sure to let me know your thoughts on it on twitter @/justmenat_ . What character should I do next?

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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.

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My hiatus is officially over! School is out, my jobs are started, I am still anxious but I am back nonetheless!

So I have taken to filling up my spare time with analyzing some of my favorite characters from shows and movies and creating soundtracks for them…because why not? I plan to keep doing this so if this one goes over well, I’ll post about the other ones that I do. So the first one I decided to make follows our favorite priorly brainwashed super soldier, Bucky Barnes. Let’s dive in.

So to start, you can find the playlist at this link

here.

This article is just to give some context to some of the songs I chose and certain scenes or aspects that connects Bucky to these songs.

Not having control of his mind:

A key concept of Bucky as a character is the time he spent under Hydras control. Even as he breaks free of the brainwashing, it haunts him. There were gaps in his captivity that allowed him to understand what was going on, making that 10x harder not only for him, but for audiences and comic book readers. The songs that speak to this are:

  1. Voices – Motionless In White
  2. Where Is My Mind – The Pixies
  3. The Wolf – SIAMES
  4. DEVIL – Shinedown

Regret:

So, after Bucky completely rids himself of the effect those dreaded words have over him, he is still left with the damage he caused. We see this through the Captain America and The Winter Soldier series (yes. im calling it that. nobody can stop me.) in which he tries to “make amends” with those he may have wronged or hurt. Obviously he puts more effort into some of these amends than others. The songs that speak to the regret he feels are:

  1. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
  2. I’ll Be Good – Jaymes Young
  3. Sick of Me – Beartooth
  4. These Days R Mine – Johnny Goth
  5. Wired – Hands Like Houses
  6. Millennia – Crown The Empire
  7. Hurricane – I Prevail
  8. The Ocean – Tonight Alive
  9. Bleach – Hurtwave
  10. Perfect – Simple Plan
  11. Nightmare – Set It Off

Redemption:

Speaking of Bucky’s amends. Bucky starts his redemption arc during Captain America: Civil War when he is finally forced to confront Tony after years of living with the fact that well…Howard Stark was his doing. This is where we come to understand that those gaps in Bucky’s brainwashing not only allowed him to understand what he was being forced on him, but remember all the things that he did. As we follow him through the events of Infinity War, Endgame, and CATWS (series) we are truly shown the growth and acceptance Bucky has with this part of his life. The songs that fit this are:

  1. The Fire – Tonight Alive
  2. What I’ve Done – Linkin Park
  3. Flowers on the Grave – The Maine
  4. Healing Now – Sick Puppies
  5. Still Breathing – Green Day
  6. (Un)Lost – The Maine

Strength and Growth:

Finally, we grow to understand that Bucky has not only accepted his past, but is learning from it. He is taking what he has overcome and using it to push himself. We see the dynamic he forms with Sam Wilson and how he almost accepts himself as being a new and improved Bucky Barnes. The Winter Soldier will always be a part of Bucky, but that is no longer who he is. These songs are:

  1. Aftermath – Crown The Empire
  2. Throne – Bring Me The Horizon
  3. Don’t Back Down – Mammoth WVH
  4. The Other – Tonight Alive
  5. Unstoppable – Motionless In White
  6. Higher – The Score
  7. All My Life – Foo Fighters
  8. Glitter & Gold – Barns Courtney

What are some songs that remind you of Bucky? What character should I do next? Did you like the playlist? Let me know on twitter ( linked here 🙂 )!

Until next time,

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Bless SiriusXM’s Octane station for showing me this group, because WOW. VRSTY [pronounced varsity] is a group from New York that pack a big punch with vocals, riffs, and breakdowns. I alway love it when I get the chance to hear a new group and I am super happy that I was able to hear these guys when I did.

In terms of sound, I spent forever having a total brain fart as to who I was reminded of vocally. When I finally was able to figure out who I heard, I just kind of did that little head nod to myself, sort of like “yeah, I’m gonna stick with them for a long while”. With hints of Telle Smith from The Word Alive and Beau Bokan from Blessthefall, I was able to see why I loved this music from the moment I heard it.

“Massive” played on Octane during a recent drive and I was immediately following the flow of the song. I think it is structured really well dynamically and has one of the best breakdowns I have heard in a while. Plus this song gives me the best image of a call and respond type moment at a show. I seriously want to experience this song live.

After spending the past couple of days listening to the band, I found myself still in love with “Massive” but I am also a huge fan of “Shameless”, “You and I”, and “Stuck In My Brain”. There isn’t a song I have disliked yet, I really enjoy this band and their sound. Plus their videos are super cool to watch and I love the color schemes they use in them.

If you’re a fan of band like Blessthefall, The Word Alive, and/or Crown The Empire, I know you’ll love VRSTY. I already have them added to my playlists and if you’re smart you won’t sleep on them either. Check out their video for “Massive” below and make sure to follow their socials as well as mine. Until next time,

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Calum Hood and Luke Hemmings from 5SOS / Photo by me

Since 2015, I have attended at least 10 live music shows a year. February of 2018 I had five concerts planned with two the final week. I may have only ended up going to three of them but that is besides the point. At the beginning of 2020, I was feeling that this year might be a repeat of 2018. I was obviously very wrong. Live music has been a part of my life since before I was born. My parents were so immersed in the scene that my mother went to a Black Sabbath concert while she was pregnant with me. So when I say before I was born, I mean it literally. After my first concert in 2013, I knew live music would be my home and I would never let it go. I never expected that I would have to go an entire year without it.

Caleb Shomo from Beartooth / Photo by me

I started this year with Set It Off and the Motionless In White and Beartooth co-headline tour, I was set to follow that up with Bad Omens and Thousand Below in early March, which we all know is when everything came to a halt. I was shocked and incredibly saddened by the news that I wouldn’t be seeing Thousand Below again this year. That soon became that I wouldn’t be seeing any artist again this year. So I started some side projects to try to keep my mind off the issue. Yet, I was always thinking about how terrible I felt not being able to go to a concert. However, I have been racking my brain to find something positive to take from this year, find something that we could use to grow from. After a lot of considering, I think I have found it.

Brian Van B photographing Thousand Below / photo by me

Live music is not only a place for us, but a place for the artists, crew, and venue staff. We love concerts and we love the environment it allows us to be a part of. I think a lot of us failed to realize that we wouldn’t have our home without the crew and staff involved. When their lives and careers were ripped out from under them, we had to step up too. We’ve probably bought more merch than we ever have before, we’ve tuned into live stream shows and twitch streams, we’ve purchased music after years of focusing on streaming, we have even made donations to venue funds to keep places afloat. This year has made me and hopefully some others understand what it really means when we hear “music is a give and take”. As fans, it was often overlooked that we were meant to give too. We would go to shows and buy merchandise before but it was something we also got enjoyment out of. This year we had to step up and help the artists and crew that help us so much during normal times.

So, my hopes for live music in 2021? Well, I hope we can get back to seeing live music. I also hope that we tip a little bit more at merch, we don’t complain too much about some technical difficulties, we always show up early for the opener, we make friends with everyone around us (even if they may be tossing us around the pit later), and we never again take this experience for granted. Live music truly is a give and take, this year has taught us that. I hope that after we get back to some sense of normal, we are giving more than we have been before and doing it because we realize we need to.

James DeBerg from Thousand Below / photo by me

I miss live music more than anything in the entire world, I know we all do. So when we get back to jamming together in a crowded and dark venue I am sure we will all be screaming a little louder and buying a little more merch. Until then, we’ll keep making amazing friends on twitter who all want the same thing, keep buying merch and livestream tickets, and keep holding on for the day we get together again.

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I am so happy to finally be able to write this post, because that means this mess of a year is almost over. I decided to combine albums and EP’s because there were so so so many amazing EP’s that dropped this year. Most of these could be swapped around and still fit my opinions on them but I made myself rank them. Here are my releases of the year! I know Beartooth released the remastered version of Aggressive last night but I’m still not over how amazing it sounds to talk about it on this level.

*Honorable Mentions are not ranked in any particular order*

Honorable Mention: The Amity Affliction Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them

Songs: “Baltimore Rain” “Fever Dream” “Soak Me In Bleach”

  • It was really hard to not have this one as my third place album. This is such an emotional album and Amity is known for that. The breakdowns in these songs are amazing, the lyrics hit you in the gut, and I have always been a fan of Joel and Ahren’s vocals. This is a great album front to back and I will always enjoy it.

Honorable Mention: HAWK, Tolerance’s Paradox

Songs: “Alibi” “Clvrmfkr” “Milage”

  • I am a huge fan of Ice Nine Kills and Ricky is one hell of an entertaining person in general, so I have been a fan of HAWK since they started putting out music. This is such a well put together EP and these songs are all so intense, I am eager to finally get to see HAWK play live. I love this EP and cannot wait to hear more amazing tunes from the group.

Honorable Mention: Yungblud, Weird!

Song: “god save me, but don’t drown me out” “ice cream man” “charity”

  • I’ll link my review to this album right here, but it deserves a spot in the releases of the year for so many reasons. Yungblud is such an important artist and this album is incredibly genuine and true. I enjoyed it a lot and think it’s a solid and unique record. For more of my thoughts you can check out my review of it!

3rd Place: Boston Manor, Glue

Songs: “Brand New Kids” “Stuck In The Mud” “Monolith”

  • This album is absolutely incredible. Boston Manor has one of the most unique sounds in this scene of music and I wish more people knew about them. They create amazingly deep and interesting songs in tons of intriguing ways. This album has songs that are eerie, songs that are fast and harsh, and songs that make you want to sit in a corner and cry. Henry’s voice isn’t similar to anyone else’s in the scene right now and he knows how to make so many different vibes and sounds out of every song he creates. Plus they are amazing live so I am always eager to hear new music from them. I love it and I’m sure anyone who has listened to it does too.

2nd Place: Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man

Songs: “Today Is The End” “All My Life” “Goodbye”

  • I think this album is a great culmination of the sounds that Ozzy is capable of. I was very close to putting this album in the number one spot, as it could easily fit there as well. These songs are true to Ozzy and his character. The fact that he is still wanting to tour and still putting out music after everything he has gone through in his life, this album being as amazing as it is creates a true sense of who he really is. There are songs on here that remind me of No Rest For The Wicked and others that take me back to Black Sabbath days. Ozzy is one of, if not the most influential rock musician still with us today. The fact that we are still getting amazing music from him is truly a gift. I will always take it and will always appreciate it.

1st Place: All Time Low, Wake Up, Sunshine

Songs: “Melancholy Kaleidoscope” “Glitter and Crimson” “January Gloom”

  • This is the one album this year that I fully love every single song on. I found absolutely no flaws in this album and the songs stuck with me both musically and lyrically. This album dropped at a very rough point in my life, and “Melancholy Kaleidoscope” was the first song that I really connected to and my connection to it and the rest of the album has only grown stronger over time. “Can’t be 100 if you’re only giving 95” was something very simple, very obvious to most, but it hit me like a truck. It was a big wake up call for me. Musically, this album is flawless, all the songs are well constructed and get stuck in your head instantly. I will always love this album and I will always stand by the statement that this is the best album the band has put out to date.

What are your releases of the year? Let me know on twitter @/justmenat_ and if you want to hear all of my albums of the year in one place (even the ones that didn’t make the list) check out this spotify playlist!

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The album starts off a little slower…but only for a couple verses and then we know Yungblud is here and he has a lot to say.

Yungblud has proven through his activism, lyricism, and vocal techniques to be one of the most influential up and coming artists of all time and a key figure in shaping this generation of musicians and fans. His connection to his fanbase is unbreakable and true, with many songs on “Weird!” coming directly from experiences with fans and his fanbase as a whole. Musically, this album covers all sounds and genres while simultaneously never conforming to a solid definition of one. There are twists and turns in every song and through the track list listeners are taken on a journey through emotions, be those happy, sad, loving, or “I want to flail around in a punk pit RIGHT. NOW.”

This album is one of the most raw and real records I have ever heard. In my entire life. It is an open book into the struggles within yourself, within those around you, and within life itself. Songs like “cotton candy” and “strawberry lipstick” are anthems for self-expression and acceptance. Yungblud is very open about his sexuality and expression which is something incredibly valuable. His fans are able to see themselves in him and begin to feel more comfortable with themselves through his music, especially these tunes. “mars”, “teresa” and “love song” are moments more than a song, to which we can hold onto and find comfort in. “quiet in beverly hills” gives us all a real look into Yungblud as a person and what he values in his art and himself. This is vital and incredibly refreshing to see from an artist these days.

“god save me, but don’t drown me out” knocked the wind out of me. Life has not been easy for anyone recently, myself included. This song was a perfect way to sum up everything I think I have been needing to hear and I definitely had a bit of a breakdown over it. I can tell that this song will always have a place with me and I am certain it will always have a place with all that listen to it.

This album front to back is creative, authentic, loving, and thorough. Not to mention musically intricate, vast, and enticing. Yungblud has become a voice for people in this generation who are finding themselves and looking for a new way to be who they want to be. His music and his artistry is impeccable and uniquely his own. “Weird!” as an album is a calling card to all people struggling with their feelings, but in a full spectrum of the good, the bad, and well, the “weird”. Overall, I think this may be one of my favorite records of all time, and it is definitely one of my favorites of 2020. If anything made this hell of a year livable, it’s this album.

So I had this idea a couple months ago to do this sort of series of underrated songs by different bands. I go into my Spotify and shuffle and the artist that comes up first is the artist that I highlight songs from. It looks like we’re starting with All Time Low!

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DISCLAIMER: My choices for these are NOT based on Spotify rankings, they are the songs that I fell in love with that do not get as much recognition from the band’s fanbase.

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5. “Take Cover” from Straight To DVD II

  • Favorite lyric/phrase: “Nobody’s gonna believe / When you say you’re turning the page / ‘Cause you never put up a real fight / So shut up and make it right”
    • Honestly, the intro and the faded distortion of the vocals in the phrases are super unique and pull you into the song instantly. I also think this might be one of Alex’s best songs vocally. It’s pretty simple but highlights his smoother vocals along with his raspy vocals in a very collective way.

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4. “Chemistry” from Last Young Renegade (B-side track)

  • Favorite lyric/phrase: I believe in the way you call to me / like a dance-hall choir / singing out in broken revelry
    • Alright but this song is so cute? I think it may be one of my favorite love songs in existence and that says something because I am a real sucker for a love song (as much as I hate to admit it).

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3. “Come One, Come All” from So Wrong, It’s Right

  • Favorite lyric/phrase: “Don’t call the doctors, I don’t need no medication / I just need one more vacation and make it last”
    • I will stand by the fact that this song can easily be the definition of teen angst. Plus with it being one of the band’s earlier songs, it has the choppy guitar riffs in the beginning that every punk fan falls in love with.

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2. “Painting Flowers” released as a single and on the Alice In Wonderland soundtrack

  • Favorite lyric/phrase: “When I wake up / The dream isn’t done / I want to see your face and know I’ve made it home”
    • I have been head over heels for this song since I first heard it in 2016. “Painting Flowers” has never gotten enough attention and I will promote it until the day that I die. They made such an amazing and interesting song off of one little detail of Alice In Wonderland and I adore that.

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1. “Dancing With a Wolf” from Future Hearts

  • Favorite lyric/phrase: ” So don’t you call my name / I will take you down / Should’ve known that you’ve been dancing with a wolf / So don’t you call my name / I will take you down / I’m not your friend, you burned a bridge / I’ll chew you up and spit you out”
    • This song is one of the most intense ones that the band has both lyrically and musically. There are very few times that an All Time Low song makes you want to punch someone in the face, and this one does which is why I love it so much. It’s confident and sassy and so well executed. I love it.

 

Do you have some songs that you feel don’t get enough attention? Tweet me @Natlindz and let me hear your favorite underrated songs!

 

Until next time…

 

Hey guys! I hope all your holiday events went well and lots of love was shared! Back to your regularly scheduled posting!

Everyone has the albums that made their year and the albums that made their decade. While that was originally what I had planned to make this post, I decided that there were certain songs, artists, albums, and aspects that should be highlighted as big parts of the decade for me as well…and why not have some fun with it?
All Time Low: My first concert in the alt-rock/lesser-known rock scene and my first GA show. The guys in All Time Low and the music they provided are so important to my musical preferences and my life today.


Breakdowns: This decade has brought us SO MANY amazing breakdowns, here are some of my favorites.

  • A Day To Remember “Resentment” (2:35)
  • Bring Me The Horizon “House Of Wolves” (1:47)
  • Ice Nine Kills “Thank God It’s Friday” (2:39) and “Me Myself and Hyde” (2:54)
  • Beartooth “Used and Abused” (2:18) and “Censored” (2:34)
  • I Prevail “Deadweight” (2:14) and “Come And Get It” (2:13)
  • Motionless in White “Thoughts & Prayers” (2:22) , “Disguise” (2:22) , and “Soft” (2:07)

Covers: Who DOESN’T love a good helping of Punk Goes Pop? Some of the most memorable covers include…

  • Beartooth “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones
  • A Day To Remember “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
  • Ice Nine Kills “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day
  • I Prevail “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
  • Hands Like Houses “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

Disease: When Beartooth dropped this record it sort of solidified them as my favorite band of all time. The raw emotion, the intensity of the tunes, the heart, and soul that Caleb Shomo poured into every song, makes for one of the best and most important albums of the decade in general. This album is also one of the most important albums to me personally as well. If anyone needs some music to relate to during hard times, give Disease a listen.


Entertainment: “Rare”, “11:11”, “Crybaby”, “Not Warriors”, LITERALLY the entire album is beautifully written and produced. These songs create a feeling of true love and heartbreak and even make you wanna punch some people in a pit…and by that I mean “Tantrum”…its a bop.

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Features: There are few things cooler than hearing an artist that you love chime in on a song from another artist that you love. Here are my favorites from this decade

  • Tonight Alive ft. Corey Taylor, “My Underworld”
  • All Time Low ft. Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, “Bail Me Out”
  • Simple Plan ft. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, “Freaking Me Out”
  • Pierce The Veil ft. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, “Caraphernelia” (This one is better than “King For A Day” and I will argue that to my dying day.)
  • Neck Deep ft. Sam Carter of Architects, “Don’t Wait”
  • Ice Nine Kills ft. JR. Wasilewski and Buddy Schaub of Less than Jake and Will Salazar of Finix TX, “IT Is The End”

Gone In Your Wake: Thousand Below is one of the best up and coming bands out there right now and this record solidifies that. The songs are catchy, intense and all-around amazing.

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Headspace: I am not really a fan of issues anymore, but this album will always be a 10/10 record. The bass is so fun on it and Tyler Carter really shines on the vocals in many of the songs. It’s a fun listen for sure.

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Ice Nine Kills: This band is one of the most, if not THE most, creative bands in existence. If you guys know of a band that can put together an entire record based on books and then follow that up with an entire record based on movies and then put on the same intense shows that these guys do…please inform me of them.

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Justified”: When A Day To Remember released Bad Vibrations, I knew the album would have its place in history. It is easily the most diverse and well put together album that the band has created and it brings in EVERY aspect of them as a group. “Justified” makes that album what it is. It’s intense, it’s emotional, it’s really the backbone of the record.

Keep Your American Dream”: I really don’t have anything to say about this song, other than it is probably the best song on Disgusting and I seriously want to mosh to it. I never mosh. It’s that good.

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Lyrical genius: There are so many songs that I could highlight for this but this decade brought some of the most emotional and well-written songs. From tunes like “Clever” by Beartooth to songs like “And The Snakes Start To Sing” by Bring Me The Horizon, listeners were able to hear wordsmithing at it’s peak. The intense music behind the words was great too.
Motionless In White: Motionless In White OWNED 2019. They put out the album of the year and did extensive touring before the album even dropped, then they booked a co-headline with Beartooth to kickoff 2020. Plus they put on amazing shows throughout the decade and totally made themselves icons of the scene.


Neck Deep: The Peace and The Panic was easily one of the best albums of the decade and this bad seriously reinvigorated pop-punk. I sadly haven’t had the chance to see them yet but they’re on my list and very high on it too.

Overthinking”: Coming from the band’s most recent record “Anon.”, this song is easily one of the most important songs of the decade and creates such a unique mix of Jazz and Blues sounding guitar riffs with musical techniques that tie the song to this scene of Rock. It truly is a masterpiece.
Photography: I have been able to grow tremendously in my photography skills this decade and most of that growth has come from this past year. I had the opportunities to photograph The Wrecks, Thousand Below and Waterparks professionally this decade and had so many other great shots taken straight from my phone. Anyone can achieve great shots, all you have to do is try!

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Quitting: I couldn’t think of a word for Q and I know that while many members didn’t necessarily “quit” their bands, this decade had a lot of hiatuses and switching of members. Most recently My Chemical Romance ended their hiatus and Black Veil Brides parted ways with bassist Ashley Purdy. There were many others but I won’t list them all!
Revolution Radio: This solidifies that Green Day wins this decade. It was never debated that this group of guys weren’t afraid to make a statement when there was one to be made. Revolution Radio is just the statement that this decade needed and deserved. Plus the album is full of absolute bangers and the tour was INSANE.

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Set It Off: This decade brought me to one of my favorite bands of all time. Set It Off has been a huge part of my life for the last five years and I have made so many good memories with them and appreciate them and their music dearly.


Tours: I was able to experience SO many good tours this year and I am certain that they all did well.

  • Shinedown “Attention Attention” tour with Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria
  • Papa Roach “Who Do You Trust?” tour with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves
  • Set It Off “Midnight World Tour pt 2” with Emarosa, Broadside, and Selfish Things
  • A Day To Remember “Degenerates” tour with I Prevail, Beartooth, and Can’t Swim
  • Green Day “Revolution Radio” tour with Catfish and The Bottlemen
  • The Rolling Stones “Zipcode” tour with Ed Sheeran

Unopened Windows”: Cody Carson seems to know how to write a song that gets me right in the feels no matter how many times I listen to it. This song means so much to me and it has gotten me through so many rough nights and continues to do so. My heart goes out to Cody and the boys in Set It Off, as it always does.

Vessel: This album is easily the best album Twenty One Pilots have put out to date. Songs on the album are iconic and all-around amazing. House of Gold and Trees are the two that stick out to me most. My favorite, however, would have to be Guns For Hands.

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Warped Tour: There is no denying that the ending of Warped Tour was a defining moment in music for this decade. Warped Tour was the biggest platform for exposure that this scene had and it allowed for thousands to be brought together in one place for a day of acceptance and fun. This tour was a huge relief for kids and will be missed dearly.

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X: Okay so does anyone ever have anything for “X” when they do this stuff? No? Cool, because neither do I.

Youngblood: 5 Seconds Of Summer have been a part of my life for almost the entire decade. So when I finally found my way back to them with this album I was thrilled with the way it sounded and the new sides it brought out. I absolutely adore this album and this band!

Zero”: When Crown The Empire dropped Retrograde, saying I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. This is easily the best song on that album and I will always love it.

Not that these guys need any sort of introduction now, but I recently had the chance to see them again, and I feel that talking about them is pretty necessary.

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In 2013 I was totally head over heels for One Direction, but what 13-year-old girl wasn’t at that time? I was lucky enough to have a set of tickets for their Take Me Home tour with 5 Seconds of Summer as the opener. I did what any person does (or at least should do) and looked into them since I would be seeing them live. I was immediately hooked. I ended up being a bigger fan of them than I was of One Direction by the time the show rolled around. I’ve had a place for them in my heart and playlists since.

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When looking at the band from 2013 to now, it is honestly crazy to me to see how they’ve grown. First off, they had such a garage pop-punk vibe when they first started. It was almost like Luke wanted to BE Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low. They were energetic and young and new on the scene, but that didn’t slow them down one bit. Not much has changed in 2019, they’re still the energetic and fun-loving dudes that they were before but with slightly less heavy accents. They’ve also found their new sound and have become probably a staple fusion of pop and rock. While I am someone who tends to enjoy heavier music, I can easily say that there isn’t a song 5SOS have that I can’t enjoy. Seeing the band live again was something I never thought I would get to do. I was in the very back of the arena in 2013 and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to truly enjoy the performance from that far away. They proved me wrong. I was drawn into their performance then and I was drawn into it the same way when I was right in front of them this time.

 

When I got the chance to go to this show, it was really eye-opening for me. I sat back and considered all that this band has done for me. I wouldn’t be in the position that I am without the music that I listen to, and I wouldn’t have found the music that I listen to without 5SOS. When they wrote with Alex from All Time Low, I looked into All Time Low. They did a song with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil, and so on and so forth with features on songs. That was the spiral into music. It all started with a small group of dudes from Australia, and I couldn’t be more thankful for them.

 

Until next time…

 

While I may listen to mostly metal, Waterparks have a special place in my heart. I was able to take photos of them this time and while that was an experience in itself this was the biggest headline that I have seen them play and I absolutely loved everything about it. This post will be a bit heavier on the photos but if you want to see all the photos I took head to my Flickr which can be found on my home page menu!

First, the show opened with D’Wayne Jackson, who has toured with the band previously. I absolutely love the energy that D’Wayne gives the crowd and he truly puts his all into performing. He has a very bright future in performing. Plus, damn can this man DANCE!

Then Kitten took the stage and absolutely CRUSHED it. From the stage to the barricade, to securities shoulders and finally, to the rafters, Chloe Chaidez was an absolute firecracker. With energetic songs and even covers, they covered Sk8r Girl…come on…they win, Kitten knows how to party. I can easily say that Chloe is one of the best lead singers out there right now and I am so glad that I got introduced to them through their live show first.

Finally, we have Waterparks. They always put on a fun show and are some of the nicest guys around. They always know how to create a tour that is fun for everyone and interact with the crowd so much. This was also the first show that I saw them where they had a video wall and their production/packages for that were mesmerizing. For the band themselves, Awsten is definitely a character and I have never left a show without laughing at least 12 times. Plus the band’s chemistry is absolutely adorable and you can tell that they really are the best of friends, no matter what they say about each other in Q&A’s. They’re close with each other and with their fans, which makes for an experience and atmosphere that can only be found at their shows and should be experienced by everyone.

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More photos are up on my Flickr if you are interested in looking further!

 

Until next time…