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!

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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

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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 🙂 )!

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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.

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!

So I put this one to a vote on instagram and it looks like you all are looking for some good songs to cry over. I was sitting in my journalism lecture the other day when we talked about how different types of media affected us as human beings. My professor then went around the lecture hall asking many people what their go to “cry” song was. That made me realize I have way too many to count, but I decided I would narrow it down to five. Lets get started.

5. Wish You Were Here – Neck Deep: This songs talks about losing a friend from high school and wishing you could go back and hear their voice again, see them again, anything like that. This song along with 19 Seventy Sumthin’ are incredibly moving and never fail to bring at least a couple tears to my eyes.

4. Tess-Timony – Ice Nine Kills: This song is based on the story of “Tess of the D’urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy. They story itself is incredibly heartbreaking and the song is nothing less. Ice Nine Kills does a fantastic job of capturing the despair felt within the story in the melody and dynamics of their song. I absolutely love this song and can’t help but get very emotional when I listen to it.

3. Therapy – All Time Low: If you claim to be an All Time Low fan and you didn’t cry the first 50 times you listened to this song, you’re lying. This song has a lot of significance to me and my emotional well being. Whenever I am feeling low about myself this is for sure a go to song. If you ever need to get the feeling that you aren’t alone in your struggles or your problems, I highly recommend this song!

2. Bruise – With Confidence: I talked about this song in my last post but it definitely deserves a spot on this list too. As with Tess-Timony  I get a little over emotional with this song. It brings up so many thoughts and emotions within the listeners and I can’t help but shed some tears with each listen.

Now I decided to add some honorable mentions to this list since I have, like I said earlier, way too many go to cry songs. Here are three that I was very torn over when trying to decide my top five! Maybe give one of them a listen if none of the others work for you or you have the time!

Honorable Mentions: 

Special – Shinedown

Forgive and Forget – A Day To Remember

Time Machine – State Champs

And my number one sad song, would have to be, 

1. Perfect – Simple Plan: Okay every time…literally EVERY time I listen to this song I cry. The raw emotions within the song, the begging for approval, all of it is so heart wrenching. The feeling of not being good enough is something I am sure we have all felt at some point in our lives and to have it displayed in such a pure way as it is in this song is absolutely something that could make anyone cry.

 

So those are my tear-jerkers, if you think of one that I didn’t add to the list tweet me with it @Natlindz ! (Also follow that twitter because I just did my very first ticket giveaway! I will be doing more in the future!) I am always down to have some new song suggestions! Thank y’all for reading!

 

 

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 adorable. This 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.

 

 

 

Since November 11th, 2016 Light Up The Sky have been one of my favorite artists. They are crazy good performers and some of the greatest dudes you could ever meet. They truly put everything into what they do. They never fail to impress with their sound and their performance, and their new single “Hard To Love” is no different.

The song starts off with faded vocals rocking guitars. By the verse the full vocals of Ray Luna come in to captivate listeners with a softer, smooth sound mixing with a then smooth guitar sound. Progress to the chorus and the vocals take a step up in tone and get harsher adding to the feeling behind the lyrics with the melody picking right back up to the beginning pace. Lyrically this song is incredible. With lines like “How do you know what it’s like to be me?” and “All your words make me a mess, You got me falling apart for you” mixed with the moving melody we can easily see Luna’s relation to the song and how personal it is. In my opinion at least, I like the fact that I can easily relate to the simple lines which seem to put words to what some might have trouble expressing. Musically it is obvious these dudes know how to mix up speeds and patterns within their playing as to fit everything together into something many will love and find easy and fun to listen to. I can easily see myself trying to sing the the backing music as well as the lyrics, because its just that easy to get lost in!

Overall this song is most definitely a 10/10. I have so much respect for these guys and truly think they are a band EVERYONE should know. They show promise in everything they do and the sky is limit for them.

So, give their new single “Hard To Love” a listen, and I am sure you will most likely become as big of a fan of them as I am.

PS. I interviewed Ray in June of 2017 and while I have already posted it, I will add the link below!

Hard To Love lyric video

Ray Luna interview

Before listening: I don’t think that I will be a big fan of this album, it seems too mainstream for me. I was and still am a huge fan of the older fall out boy and I know that this album is a pretty big shift from that. However, I feel that this album is probably a big step out of the bands comfort zone and I gain so much respect for artists who take such large leaps like this. So, I’m skeptical but interested, so lets get started.

Young and menace: I love the first line of this song, as well as the Nikki Sixx line. The chorus is so intense and delivers such a drive and brings the confusion factor that seems to be what this album was meant to bestow on its listeners. Then going from the intense chorus into the subtle verse…I can’t put my finger on one exact point in this song that sets it in for me, but I am honestly all for this side of fall out boy.

Champion: Slow intro, softer sound then right into harsh vocals. Very empowering. Overall there is something about this song that I feel is missing musically. Maybe it’s that it just doesn’t really go anywhere. Many of the bands songs are somewhat unpredictable, where as this one is not. I feel that this song could have been made a lot more than it is, but it isn’t my song to create or perform. This song is very lyrically driven however.

Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea: Okay um…weird title, but what else is new with Fall Out Boy? I like the intro, it’s dark and cool. I like the bridge a LOT. Again, this seems like a much more simple melody than what you would expect from them, but this song holds a lot of lyrical value and Patrick is taking a new road with his vocals, which is working well for him!

HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T: Okay, alright, this is different. Dark lyrics and a  lighter sound, and I have always been a fan of that kind of contradiction. I like the whistles and marimba and snapping a lot, I think it adds to the “dreamy” feel that the song seems to entail. The chorus is nice as well.

The Last Of The Real Ones: Nice light piano, the bridge in this song stands out to me vocally. I really really like this chorus. I think this might be one of my favorite songs on this album. I like the tunnel vision line and I like the speed up on the last of the real ones.

Wilson (Expensive Mistakes): I like the songs when Patrick stays in his lower range and I actually really enjoy the lyrics in this song. I like the “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color” line. This song is brutally honest and I respect that a lot, i think this song is lyrically my favorite on the album, I’m not a big fan of the sound of it however.

Church: Ha, the church music intro, I get it. I feel that this song is missing something as well. I think that again, vocally this one is great but I feel that it lacks lyrically and musically. This one really doesn’t impress me.

Heaven’s Gate: I LOVE THE SLOWER VIBE. The slow swing vibe is one of my favorite sounds and then mixing it with Patricks unique vocals is a combination that is so much more beautiful than one might expect. This is a unique take on a love song in this scene and I really like it. I really like the choruses in this song and the slide in heaven’s during the chorus. This one is definitely one of my favorites on the album.

Sunshine Riptide: Yeah, I’m really not a fan of this song either. I like the chorus but everything leading up to it is too simple and basic for my taste.

Bishops Knife Trick: I like the softer tone. I also notice the subtle guitar during the verses. I really like the chorus though, it’s nice. I think this is one of the better songs on the album, and it is lyrically very developed.

 

After listening: I will say, I liked it more than I thought I would. Is it my favorite? Oh no, absolutely not. I think that Fall Out Boy saw their opportunity to take a new route and so they took it. They did really well taking that route, and they created really developed songs and some really unique sounds. This album wasn’t really my style though, so as a review I will have to say I wasn’t entirely in love. I felt that some of the songs were too simple and that had they maybe had a little bit more vocal variety or a melodic variety I would have liked it a lot more.

Fall Out Boy is heading out on tour this year! You can get tickets right here! https://falloutboy.com/tour/

Hey guys, so I thought it might be fun to go through my spotify discover playlist and highlight and rate some new artist for me and for you guys!

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1. Deaf Havana – Everybody’s Dancing And I Want To Die: I first noticed the odd intro. As I listened I was reminded of Mallory Knox, which I’m assuming is why they were on my discover playlist. There is kind of an odd rhythm in the chorus, but overall I like the vocals a lot and the lyrics are sad but make you want to sing along. 6/10

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2. Sink Your Teeth Into This – Conquer Divide ft Denis Stoff: I like the oh’s in the beginning and the screams remind me of Ice Nine Kills. However, the female vocals remind me of Haley Williams but a little, overall she sounds very unique. I really like these guys and will definitely be looking into them! 9/10

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3. Hopeless Case – ROAM: I really like the guitar in the intro and I now know why these guys toured with As It Is. They sound like a mix of As It Is and Neck Deep and give off a very modern punk vibe, I really enjoy this song. 7/10

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4. Familiar Ground – Exit: These guys remind me of State Champs and the vocalist has a slight resemblance to Jeremy McKinnon in certain spots. I like the guitar transitions in the second verse.  At fist I wasn’t sure how I felt about the song, but it grew on me as I listened to it. 6/10

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5. In The Mouth of Madness – Nightmares featuring Tyler Carter: I love intros like this one, ones that go from softer vocals into a guitar, then into screams, those intro’s get me every time. This band reminds me of Crown The Empire and I really like the chorus in this song. The vocals from the beginning are fantastic and then Tyler Carter really just adds to this already amazing song. I will definitely be adding these guys to my playlist ASAP! 10/10