Discover: Up and Coming Artists to Watch – August

I decided I wanted to switch things up from simply reviews and make some more diverse content. I enjoyed reading a post like this by Evening Coffee about upcoming bands to look out for and I listen to a decent amount of smaller bands so I figured I would give them the spotlight that they deserve.

Broadside:

This is a band that has been getting a bit of attention lately, they are on the Warped Tour lineup this year, playing the Full Sail University stage. The release of their debut album, Old Bones, seems to be giving the band the popularity they have earned. The record is great all the way through, from track 1: “A Place to Lay Your Head” to the title and final track: “Old Bones.” They are an upcoming pop punk band that everyone who claims they defend the genre needs to check out.

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ROAM:

This band is another that is on Warped Tour this year so they have a following, similar to Broadside. They are known as good friends with another U.K band, As It Is and another high energy, pop punk band. They have released three EP’s since 2012 and have no released their debut album, Backbone. This album has some great stand out tracks like “Hopeless Case,” “Deadweight” and “Leaving Notice,” along with many others. The band stands out with fast tempo songs but still is able to slow things down for acoustic song, “Tracks.” Definitely give them a listen, whether pop punk’s your thing or not.

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3LsLtvejFXfP3sLT-5_O5w or through Hopeless: https://www.youtube.com/user/HopelessRecords

Forever Ends Here:

Now these boys are not on a label, unlike the previous bands, but that does not mean they have less talent by any means. They are a pop rock, Australian band and are no strangers to touring around their home country. In fact, they are joining Simple Plan in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne this September. They put out an EP, From Where I’d Rather Be, along with a good amount of singles and a couple covers. In addition, they announced their debut album, Imagine This, which comes out August 19. Some songs I recommend listening to are “Send Me Crazy,” “Oceans Away” and “Search the Night” to get a feel for what there newest album will sound like.

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A Story Told:

Turns out when you are searching for rock covers of songs, you find some pretty amazing bands. I found these guys from cover they did of “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber and it was that cover that made me listen to their originals, which are just as great. They’ve released two EPs, Fall Back and What Got Me Here in the First Place, and most recently their debut album, Keep Watch. They are more in the Alternative Rock genre, but do not let that scare you off if you are a fan of something completely different. All their releases have such catchy tracks, including “The Hardest Part” and “Whatever it Takes” from What Got Me Here… and “Where You Wanted to Be,” “All of You” and “Cold Blooded” from Keep Watch. There’s so much great music to be heard by this band and I am hoping they take off because they have the ability to be a band everyone in the scene knows about.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AStoryToldBand

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/astorytoldband/feed

“What Do You Mean?” Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U01kmJkiGF0

7 Minutes in Heaven:

This Alternative Rock trio from Chicago, Illinois have a unique sound that is shown through there three EPs, Get in the Van!, The Statement and Side Effects. The first one was created by 1/3 of the band, Timmy Rasmussen, but then met the other two members and they created the two latter records. Although they do not have their debut album yet, I am patiently hoping they will announce one soon since I am craving new music from them. They are familiar with touring out of van, since the band has been doing that since 2014, and are willing to work hard and make a name for themselves in the genre. I cannot even recommend any songs because I absolutely love them all and no matter what one you listen to you cannot go wrong.

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Chasing Morgan:

Out of all the bands I mentioned, Chasing Morgan are probably one of the least popular but they definitely are a hidden gem. Their pop punk sound is drawn from popular bands today but still their own (and even if you are not a fan of pop punk, you should still give them and the other pop punk bands a try, you might your new favorite band!) They have a variety of EPs so far, the newest one being Remember When, which is my favorite but they do have some stand out songs from their older EPs. “Harco,” “Runaway Letter” and “Pick Up the Phone” are my personal favorites.

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChasingmorganTV/featured

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this new feature I’ll be doing every once in a while! I enjoy discovering new artists and I am sure that other people do as well and this is a fun way of sharing them.

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All Time Low-Put Up or Shut Up review

In order to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the EP that helped them “Break out,” with the help of Hopeless Records, I revisited this iconic work of All Time Low art and explain why this EP is considered timeless. Put Up or Shut Up consists of seven fun and meaningful songs to show where one of the most popular bands in the pop rock scene began.

Some EP’s that I have listened to do not flow or have songs that seem like they all fit together. This does make sense since the point of an EP is to show of what the band can do without worrying about how cohesive the work is. However, this one surprised me because the songs do sound like they fit together, which in itself shows off the talent these boys  has.

Although there are not any themes that stood out to me, “The Girl’s a Straight Up Hustler” and “The Party Scene” both have references to a girl staying forever 17. “I’ll be waiting miles and miles away, leaving you forever 17,” from “The Girl’s…” and “Stay 17, the party scene has got the best of me and you,” from “The Party Scene.”

“Coffee Shop Soundtrack” is of course the lead single and first track on this EP and this song shows how timeless, not only this record is, but All Time Low as a whole. Even though the sound of this song is different than songs from their newest release, Future Hearts, listeners can still hear how the sound they have in Put Up or Shut Up still resonates in their records, 10 years later. It is a wonderful thing to be able to go back to older releases from bands and appreciate it as much as the newer ones.

“The Girl’s a Straight Up Hustler:” this song is a special one to All Time Low fans because the band calls their fans, “Hustlers.” It’s a term that really brings the band to closer to them. Musically, the bridge is my favorite part of this song, it’s so unique and allows listeners to prominently hear Jack Barakat’s, lead guitar and backup vocalist and Zack Merrick’s, bass guitar and backup vocalist, vocals alongside Alex Gaskarth’s, lead vocalist.

“Jasey Rae” has fast paced verses with a slower, drawn out chorus. Instead of keeping the consistent pacing, All Time Low switched things up to have Gaskarth singing more extended notes on certain parts while Barakat and Merrick continue the up tempo notes. Lyrically, this song is full of some of the best on the EP. For example the line, “I’ve never told a lie and that makes me a liar,” is one that stands out to me.

“Lullabies” is the most diverse song because it has so many different elements to it; there are acoustic parts, a slower chorus, a faster tempo before the second chorus and even a slight scream by Gaskarth. This song is the main one that shows off all the band’s talents and abilities instead of sticking to the same formula for each track. Lyrically there are great lines from the opening, “Make it a sweet goodbye, it could be for the last time and it’s not alright” to part of the chorus, “Sing me to sleep, I’ll see you in my dreams.” The “Sing me to sleep” line flows well with the name of the song, I enjoy how they made that work together.

This EP is so special to the fans and band alike because it is a demonstration of how far the band has come while staying true to the sound they believe is All Time Low. This band is breaking out, kicking and screaming and all the tracks on Put Up or Shut Up still stand out and hold the test of time. If you are an All Time Low fan and have not listened to this EP, I would recommend it. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a band’s newer releases, but there is something special about returning to the old favorites.

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With Confidence-Better Weather reivew

If you’re a fan of pop punk and have not heard of Aussie pop-rocker’s, With Confidence you need to look them up right now. Well, maybe you can spare some time to read this review of their debut album, Better Weather, first. They created their own unique sound during a time where pop punk is thriving and they created music that stands out and holds its own with bands like State Champs and Neck Deep.

The album contains multiple allusions to weather through many of their lyrics with alludes to the title, Better Weather. Like in song “We’ll Be Okay:” “I could be fire, I could be rain,” “Long Night:” “Oh how it’s raining” and in “Higher:” I’ll be the sun.” It was a fun idea to put those kind of lyrics in their songs to create a more cohesive album.

Better Weather is full of true catchy, simple pop punk tunes like “Voldemort,” “Keeper,” “We’ll Be Okay,” and “Higher.”

“Voldemort” is the perfect choice for the song to introduce their music and allow listeners to understand their sound. “Keeper” is similar to “Voldemort” because it is not complex lyrically or instrumentally but that is not bad at all.

Delving deeper, however; the album seems to increase in complexity as the album continues, which is something I can appreciate. Songs like “Archers” and “Gravity” hold ideas like not following the status quo and keeping away from normality. These kind of songs describe the band since this is their debut and they are being introduced to their career and what they have been working so hard towards. When the album hits song six, the ideas of the songs change to that of heartbreak. “Keys,” “Long Night,” “Dinner Bell” and “Waterfall” follow this theme.

“Archers” is my favorite song, it highlights choosing your own path and following your passions rather than doing what makes the most money or what everyone else wants you to do. The band knows what it is like to follow a path where no one seems to believe in you or in what you’re doing. This is a theme that sticks with me since I have been told that my career path gets you no where. Lyrics like, “We wanted more than a normal structure so live it up for the ones who told us to lead a live that we never wanted,” portray this song perfectly.

“Gravity” takes this further by vocalist, Jayden Seeley explaining that instead of following what his father did and was successful with, he wanted to forge his own path for himself. “Could’ve been a tradesman, I’d work a 6 till 3, follow my father’s footsteps,” are lyrics that vividly shows what he has most likely been told to do his whole life.

Then the songs change gears to the theme of heartbreak, another concept that many people at my age can relate to at least one point in their lives. “Long Night” is the perfect song on Better Weather that describes exactly how heartbreak feels. The song is beautiful, the piano is lovely and the previous song, “Keys ” is a successful transition into this one. The lyrics, “but now it’s just me and I lie awake and I toss and I turn and I see your face when I wake from a dream it won’t go away,” describes what it’s like to have someone on your mind and not being able to shake those memories, not even to fall asleep. It’s a real song that hits home.

“Waterfall” is the most unique song on this record, I can’t describe what makes it that way but I know it’s a special song .The lyrics are incredibly vivid and as someone who really enjoys that kind of thing, I appreciate it greatly. However, the coolest part of the song is the ending. It ends with an automated voice saying , “You may now hang up to send your message…” and then the click of a phone turning off. Since “Waterfall” is the last song, the band is trying to get across that the whole album is representative of the thing they want to say to someone but cannot. That’s such a powerful way to end this record and it shows With Confidence’s talent in creatively as well.

Better Weather is formatted surprisingly well for the band’s debut and it shows off that the boys have a lot of special music and talent to be offered to those who want to listen to it. This song is not only a perfect record for the summer, but any season and any weather.

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The Summer Set-Stories for Monday Review

Being a fan of The Summer Set, when I heard about the new album, Stories for Monday, I was thrilled. I haven’t heard anything new since the additional songs to their previous release, Legendary, and just listening to songs like “Accidental Billionaire” and “Slip Away” I could tell their sound was changing and growing more mature.

So this leads us to Stories for Monday, which is crafted wonderfully, it is the prime example of how albums are supposed to be listened to. From Track 1 to the end, telling a story the whole way through. I love how The Summer Set, well, set this one up. All eleven songs take place over the course of a weekend (my perspective is from Friday night to Sunday night/Monday morning.) In addition to that, they all, in their own way, are memories of the band’s teenage years. This shows how much the band has maturated and like they have stated, it took this record to realize their potential and question their break up. Which, if you’re a fan like me, then that was news you were quite happy to hear.

This is my breakdown of the songs and how I think they fit into the “weekend” theme. “Figure Me Out” doesn’t necessarily fit in the weekend to me, but describes the overall vibe of the album and the message they are trying to send.

Friday Night:

  • “The Night is Young,” “All My Friends” and possibly “Change Your Mind.

Saturday:

  • “All Downhill From Here,” “All In” and “Wonder Years.” I think “Change Your Mind could go here too.”

Sunday:

  • “When the Party Ends” and “Wasted.”

“Figure Me Out” is the perfect song to introduce the band back to old fans and especially act as a gateway to link new fans to them. The message they send through this song is something I love because listeners can tell they found their sound. They know what they want now and have figured themselves out in order to achieve it.

One of my favorite songs is, “Change Your Mind,” because it reminds me of Legendary era The Summer Set but with the new sound they discovered mixed into it. The part that instantly hooked me is the techno beat in the beginning of the song that spans during the rest and how it blends with the piano and guitars, especially.

“All Downhill From Here” sends a message to me that might be my own thinking but maybe it is shared by others. It seems at this point, people could be doubting the band and this is their response to that. They “feel fine” doing things the way they want to and feel comfortable doing. Examples like not breaking up and making this album all on their own supports my thinking in this aspect.

Listeners who crave that classic feeling of The Summer Set are bound to enjoy “All In,” it is about as fun and feel-good as songs can get. It’s a really nice throwback to have that ‘party’ song that most of their previous albums are comprised of. And it’s definitely catchy as hell, especially the bridge. One listen to it and I already felt myself dancing and shouting the lyrics. If anyone needs a song to lift your spirits, I guarantee this one will do the trick.

The best transition song on the album is for sure, “Wonder Years,” the mood is toned down and the music is less upbeat. It brings out the most mature side of the band and can be really appreciated. This song also holds some of my favorite lyrics of the album, “Promise you’ll remember, don’t you ever change your colors…forever, no surrender, yeah we’re only getting younger always in our wonder years.” In addition, the use of the techno is beautiful; it creates an image of sitting under the stars with someone you love or someone you care about enjoying their presence. It is the epitome of living for the moment and captures that perfectly.

“When the Party Ends,” is when drummer, Jess Bowen really shines. By using less techno effects in this song and letting the rhythm of the drums be shown off was a really smart move.

“Wasted” shows how the album pulled a 180, from “The Night is Young” and the parties of the weekend, to Monday morning. Nothing emphasizes this quite like the bridge. “Turn the lights on, party’s over, maybe someday we’ll never get older.” The band knows what point they are at, they know that their youth wasn’t wasted. They lived how they wanted to and this song shows they are at the level of maturity in their music that they can turn the page on the party life and begin the new chapter in their careers.

Listen after listen, I discover new parts of the songs I missed the times before and each one gets better and better. After thinking that nothing could be better than Legendary, I was pleasantly surprised that this was. This record is so important not only because they found their sound but because it kept a band with so much talent and potential together. This album shows that this is only the beginning for The Summer Set.

The Ready Set-The Bad and the Better Review

I have listened to the Ready Set since 2010 and the evolution of his music and songwriting is unbelievable. Hearing the growth of his voice, lyrics and overall talent is a rewarding experience.This album demonstrates that he can keep up with other artists in the pop rock game. In order to celebrate the soon release of his new album, I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love on April 8, and recent signing to Hopeless Records, this is my review of his most recent full length, The Bad and the Better.

This album can be broken down into three major themes, not every song on the album fits each one but for the most part they do. Love, heartbreak and loving yourself are the three that stood out to me the most.

Most of the songs fit into the love category and this comes at no surprise to seasoned listeners of the Ready Set, many of his older records are for the most part about love. Songs like “Luxury,” “More Than This” and “Bitter and the Sweetness” are the ideal songs for this theme.

Out of these songs, “More Than This” is definitely a favorite. Once I heard the beginning I knew I was going to love this song and the lyrics represent love perfectly. “I wanna be more than this/ I got it bad for you” and “I would do anything but let go.” They are a bit cliche but it’s the upbeat background with cheesy love lyrics that makes me love this song so much.

Another song that fits into the love category is “Freakin’ Me Out,” although not as much as the previous tracks. The lyrics are not what really shine in this song, what does is the
get up and dance vibe it gives off. This vibe is precisely what keeps fans coming back to the Ready Set. I love the way he shows off his lows and highs that blend so well with the electronic sound.

Heartbreak is the second theme that the Ready Set uses in his songs and “Don’t You Need Me,” “Bleeding” and “Carry Me Home” are the three that stand out with heartbreak on this record. “Carry Me Home” has multiple parts that remind me of the Ready Set’s previous release, I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming. The verses and the bridge have a dreamy beat behind them and even the simple “la da da” parts remind me so much of 2010 Witzigreuter.

The last theme is loving yourself (no I’m not talking about Justin Bieber). “Castaway” and “Fangz” are the only two that stuck out to me for this topic but I’m sure there are hidden messages in the songs that I didn’t uncover.

Lyrically, “Castaway” is my favorite song on the whole album. The lyrics really speak and when put behind Witzigreuter’s voice and musical talent, they really shine. “Do you feel you’re not enough?/and impossible to love/…well I’ll be with you in the dark, and give you light when you’re afraid/…Everyone is a castaway.” This song isn’t a stereotypical ‘You’re worth it’ song and is delivered better than those. Witzigreuter isn’t saying that everyone who feels worthless is perfect like other songs, but that “Everyone is a castaway.” This means that everyone feels lost and like an outcast but they are strong enough to overcome it.

“Fangz” is much different than “Castaway” but still sends a similar message. The two things that I got out of it were to never let fears stop you and know that you have the power to take control of your life. He exhibits this through lyrics of “Stack up your fears, that s*** you’ll never need.” and “Don’t let go, you are in control and you’re ready/Take what’s yours.” It’s a more ‘in your face’ song since it is very electronically based and feels like something you would hear in a club which seems different than the typical electronic beats that the Ready Set usually uses. But still give it a couple listens because even if you don’t like it at first, it really does grow on you.

After putting out EP after EP for the past four or so years, the delivery of a full length that doesn’t disappoint shows how much Witzigreuter has grown and that he is meant to create music. I love that he isn’t afraid to try new techniques in order to further him and his song with songs like “Fangz” and “Terrible Things.” His lyrics are definitely one of his strengths, and the fact that it’s practically impossible for him to craft a song that’s not catchy and a blast to listen to over and over again.