Tool guitarist Adam Jones has confirmed that the follow up to 2006′s 1o,000 Days is finally finished and will be released by the end of 2014. Read the article on Consequence of Sound here.
Jewel will be releasing a new album inspired by her albums Pieces of You to be released in 2015. Read the article on Billboard here.
Prince will debut his new song called “FUNKNROLL” on the American late night show Arsenio Hall tonight. “FUNKNROLL” will appear on Prince’s upcoming album. Read the article on Consequence of Sound here.
Indie rock band Real Estate is very good at what they do, almost too good. Their brand of indie rock is full of gleaming guitar riffs and open guitar chords that have remained largely unchanged for almost their entire career. Music fans that were hoping for something different on Real Estate’s newest album Atlas will be let down, as the record is nearly identical in sound to their last album Days. Forming in 2008, in Ridgewood, New Jersey Real Estate released their debut self titled album to critical acclaim. Days released in 2011, was a decent record with shimmering guitar riffs, and a quiet and relaxed sound that let their fans kick back and dream as the album lets you become immersed in the music. On Atlas, we get the same woozy pop music heard on their previous albums, but the one thing that has changed is the mood. Previously, we heard a band that had a happy attitude that seemed ready for a party at any moment. Now front man Martin Courtney is talking about things not being where they used to be, going to new places, and suburbia, a place that only adults would be interested in. If Atlas is a more grown up attempt at indie rock, it doesn’t work out to well, though there is a high points to this new release. The production on Atlas is beautiful. Produced by Tom Schick, he structures the sound to make sure the listener feels like they are in the same room with the band watching them perform, which makes the album a pleasing listen.
The opening track “Had To Hear” begins with Martin Courtney strumming open chords, along with drummer Jackson Pollis providing a solid beat without putting on a show. The breezy track will pull listeners in with its reflective sound, and at first we are excited to hear this incredible sounding album, but the sound remains largely intact throughout and offers nothing in the way of variety, making the album sound repetitive. “Crime”, half way through the record, has lyrics that revolve around anxiety and tossing and turning all night long. The narrator wants to bring someone along with him for the ride, perhaps his lover, before he crashes and burns. The song takes a somber turn lyrically, but the light and airy music doesn’t quite fit the lyrical content. At this point in the record, Atlas feels like one long jam, if that was the bands intent, we will never know. Recording the record live to tape was the way to go, as we get a sense of Real Estates tightness as a band, one of the more positive things about the planning of Atlas. “Navigator” the last song on the record is about opening the door to the future and in the case of Real Estate’s musical style the future looks bleak. While the band has the creation of great music down to a science, their lack of variety seems very blah and one dimensional.
You can stream the new song over at Stereogum here.
One night after Pharrell Williams performed his hit song “Happy” featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack at The Oscars, Williams released his new album G I R L. The album is full of catchy songs that sound grandiose and ambitious. G I R L is an album that you have to listen to several times before you appreciate the work that was put into it. On first listen, it sounded like Pharrell was trying to sound like Justin Timberlake with his album 20/20 Experience, which was a maze of different sounds and styles, while trying to get the public familiar with his music again. That is exactly what Pharrell is doing on G I R L, though Pharrell brings his own style and flair. Using his producing skills with his ear for composing, Pharrell has written a great pop record, proving that after a long absence he can still rise to the top. In the 1990’s, Pharrell formed the Neptunes, with friend Shay Haley performing R&B style music. Several years later, Pharrell and Shay began producing together earning their first number one hit with the Britney Spears song “I’m A Slave 4 U” in 2001, while producing several more albums from different artists over the next few years. Williams released his first solo album In My Mind in 2005, though the album sold poorly in the US. Eight years later, G I R L is fresh new material from Pharrell and overall it’s a great come back.
G I R L S opens with “Marilyn Monroe”, a bouncy pop track that opens with a grand string introduction that nods to Pharrell’s ambitions as an artist. The music that follows is a catchy and bouncy track, while being somewhat fluffy. Sounding like it has some early Michael Jackson influence throughout, “Marilyn Monroe” doesn’t quiet have the same flash as Michael’s songs, due to Jackson’s voice having more power. The disco influence gives the song a lot of pizzazz and would be perfect for a single. While “Marilyn Monroe” is only the opening track, it is clear even at this point on the record, that Pharrell is not that great of a storyteller. Pharrell has created a musically strong album that is great, but the stories in the songs don’t offer much of anything for the listener to relate too. “Marilyn Monroe” centers on envisioning the perfect woman, and while this concept is not new to pop music, on “Marilyn…” it ends up coming out incredibly shallow with lyrics like “This one goes out to all the lovers/What can we do? We’re helpless romantics/We cannot help who we’re attracted to/So let’s all dance, and elevate each other. Dear diary, it’s happenin’ again/This energy, like I’m ’bout to win/I just close my eyes and visions appear.”
Diaries and forty year old men don’t seem to mix well, unless you are trying to write bone dry lyrics to accompany your opening song. Thankfully, we get Pharrell’s great composing, singing and producing chops to make up for the corny lyrics. “Happy”, the albums lead single is a casual jam with a chorus you won’t soon forget. William’s vocals sound a bit like Bruno Mars, with his confident and charming falsetto. The track has a jazzy feel, with background vocalists crooning along with Pharrell. Williams should write more songs like “Happy” as it is a song that displays his talent beautifully. The songs light sound gives people a chance to really hear his voice and in the world of pop, chances like that are hard to come by due to the overpowering effect of the backing vocalists. The songs large presence commands that you listen to it, and the structure is well done. At the end, you will want to press repeat, as you will want to continue to revel in Williams and his lighthearted happiness. It is clear that Pharrell has a spring in his step as his sings, and his fans will too.
“Gust Of Wind” featuring DJ duo Daft Punk, is where we see Pharrel wanting to create a fantastic album and succeeding. Again, we hear a heavy disco influence with background strings that sounds that shows that Pharrell was determined to write his best album yet. While at age 40, Pharrell still has many more years of performing ahead of him, “Gust of Wind” sounds incredibly accomplished for a performer who is only on their second album. The song also shows Williams and his charm as “Gust of Wind” pulls the listener in, as they realize that Pharrell is more than just a producer behind some of pop music’s biggest hit. G I R L certainly has its flaws, but outside of the lyrical hurdles, Pharell is one of music’s most talented vocalists, and his earnestness will only let him write and produce even better songs.
The Story Changes have announced a short tour with JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights. Dates are below.
Sat. 3/1 – Richmond, VA @ Camel
Sun. 3/2 – Virginia Beach @ Hook Up
Fri. 3/7 – Louisville, KY @ Spinelli’s Downtown
Fri. 3/14 – Dayton, OH @ The Canal Public House
Sat. 3/15- Greenville, OH @ The Coffee Pot – *Mark acoustic set
Sun. 3/23 – Columbus, OH @ O’Sheckys
Fri. 3/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s ^
Sat. 3/29 – Girard, OH @ Crawlspace Concert Club
Sun. 3/30 – Jeannette, PA @ Keynote Cafe
You can watch the video for “Nicotine” here.
Hi everyone! Just wanted to announce that I will be heading to SXSW (South By Southwest) here in Austin, with a badge for the music portion of the festival starting March 11th to the 16th. I will be doing plenty of live show reviews, a lot of tweeting, and going to plenty of panels and parties. Are there any bands that you would like to see a review of? I will be seeing plenty of bands, both big and small, so I am down for any requests if y’all have any.
It is being speculated that that Taylor Swift will be heading more in the direction rock and roll on her next album. Read the article here.
NeedToBreathe’s latest EP Live At Austin City Limits, is the group’s latest release celebrate the group’s upcoming North America tour. The EP is free through album streaming web site Noisetrade, where fans can enter a contest to win VIP tickets to NeedToBreathe’s upcoming tour and meet the band by downloading the EP. NeedToBreathe was formed in 2002, in Seneca, South Carolina when brothers Bo and Bear Rineheart, who both play guitar, began performing at coffee shops around Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina while the brothers were enrolled in college. After graduation, the brothers teamed up with friend and former drummer Joe Stillwell and bassist Seth Bolt. After signing to both Atlantic Records and Christian record label Sparrow Records in 2006, the band traveled to the UK to record their first album Daylight. The band has since released four albums with their fifth album Rivers in the Wasteland set to be released in April of 2014. While the bands lyrics have Christian undertones throughout their songs, the bands folk rock songs can appeal to anyone, no matter your beliefs. With a sound similar to The Kings of Leon and The Avett Brothers, NeedToBreathe mix their southern roots with a rock and roll sound to create songs that will not let the listener go until the record is over.
Their EP Live At Austin City Limits has this same style. The opening song “Devil’s Been Talkin’” is an acoustic song with thick Southern vocals from guitarists Bo and Bear that lets the listener become emotionally engaged in the song. The song has a country sound, with vocals that are emotionally gripping, as Bo Rinehart talks about having negative emotions that aren’t far from the devil’s grasp. With well written lyrics and infectious harmonies, NeedToBreathe stands out from other bands in the folk and rock genres, as they write songs that have a charm to them. Songs like “Keep Your Eyes Open”, is a great ending for the EP, as it ties together everything that NeedToBreath is all about. With great lyrics and wonderful musicianship, NeedToBreathe is a wonderful asset to the pop rock genre.
Soundgarden will perform their album Superunknown in its entirety for its 20th anniversary at SXSW. The band will be playing on the third night of the iTunes Festival on March 13th in Austin, Texas.
Coldplay’s latest track “Midnight” off of their soon to be released sixth album was a complete surprise. Much like Beyonce, who released a full album completely out of the blue late last year, the band released the new track without an announcement. Yesterday, the video was put on the internet, and the song brings mixed opinions from everyone. While the band has tinkered with electronic sounds and tones in the past, this is the first time we have seen Coldplay take such a big leap with their sound. “Midnight” is completely electronic, and lead singer Chris Martin sounds a bit robotic while still sounding angelic. The sound of the vocals adds something extra to the track, as Martin sings quietly over glittering syths, drawing comparisons to Bon Iver. Fans are in for an interesting ride, if “Midnight” is a clue to what is to come on Coldplay’s sixth album.
Helios, the latest album from Denver rock band The Fray is another lackluster album that only diminishes The Fray’s star in the pop rock genre. Formed in 2002, the band released their first album How To Save A Life in 2005, which featured their hit “Over My Head (Cable Car)” reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Charts. A few years later in 2009, the band would release their second album The Fray, debuting at number 1, but with mixed reviews from critics. Their next album Scars and Stories in 2012 would also get another round of mixed reviews, describing the bands fourth album as “uninspired” and “nothing new”. Using a piano as the bands lead instrument has drawn comparisons to bands such as Coldplay, as they also write songs where pianos dominate, but unlike their peers, The Fray keeps releasing albums that feel lukewarm and syrupy, while rehashing the same sound that we’ve heard since 2005. Unfortunately, The Fray has not perfected playing good pop music, but music that mostly sounds the same with a need for immense change.
The album’s lead single “Love Don’t Die” starts out with an intro that holds a lot of emotion in while gradually growing, as front man Isaac Slade sings with passion as the song picks up speed. However, the rest of the song goes nowhere. While the bare bones rock track tries it’s very best to separate The Fray and their former sound, it fails hard. “Wherever This Goes” brings back the piano heavy songs the band has written previously, but part of the reason why The Fray has never been successful with critics is that the band is nothing to write home about, and Slade’s voice sounds so whiny it becomes a chore to listen to. Musically, the song is also a simplistic track that can’t stand on its own. “Give It Away”, is the album’s most daring song on the record, as it has a dance inspired vibe to an otherwise bland record. Out of The Fray’s entire catalogue, this is a song that people will love on its own merits, whether they are familiar with The Fray or not. With a groovy and solid guitar part paired with a thumping drum beat, “Give It Away” is three minutes of pop goodness that ends to soon.
While The Fray are trying to stick with what they know when maintaining their piano heavy music, the band needs to do something soon when it comes to trying out different sounds and directions. Their career may soon be over, as their fans get another sour album and their critics throw up their hands and walk away.
The album from Maine one man rock band Jargon Party is a self titled album that takes heavy influence from The Beatles, the main inspiration for front man Zach Lewis. On the album, Zach plays guitar, vocals, and keyboards, while having his friend Dave Charboneau play drums. Lewis began pursuing music in the first grade when he became involved in the school choir, and from then on he was inspired to learn every instrument that he could-ranging from guitar, bass, and drums. Originally based in Richmond, Virginia, Lewis struggled to find musicians to form a band, and eventually moved to New York City in 2011. Upon his move to the Big Apple, Zach began Jargon Party as a six piece band until the group dwindled down to just Lewis after the rest of the band left due to jobs or other interests.
The albums first track, “Isabella” is a tune that sounds very similar to early tracks by The Beatles, and sounds like it would fit well into the 1960’s as it pays tribute to rock and roll beginnings while also incorporating surf style guitar riffs and Beatles like harmonies. The only complaint about the song is the vocals. It feels like Lewis is trying to sound too much like his idols, and does not bring enough of his own voice into the song. “Will You Space Tonight” is another rock tune that incorporates space like elements to compliment the slower vibe on the record. While the spacey sound effects adds a little something extra, “Will You Space Tonight”, has pockets where the sound and texture of the song sounds repetitious, particularly with the guitar since it does not have a lot of differentiation in the overall sound. “Under The Sun” has a guitar riff that sounds like something from a Buddy Holly record and the surf vibe is what makes the track one of the best songs on the album. Another nice moment is the guitar line in the middle of the song, with Lewis showing off his technique giving the tune a more colorful feel, while also making it feel complete.
There are some good songs on Jargon Party’s latest release and fans of The Beatles will enjoy Lewis’s tribute to the Fab Four, while being reminded of the music they grew up with. As Jargon Party matures on the musical front, expanding their sound would be a good thing as it would widen the gap between the oldies music they are replicating and the music of today.
5 Seconds of Summer released the music video for their latest single “She Looks So Perfect” earlier today. See the video here.
The debut album Working Out from British indie rock band Arthur Beatrice is an album that does not belong to one particular genre. While their music bridges pop and indie rock together, it is apparent that the band wants to extend their talents to create a style of their own. Forming in 2010, their existence has largely been shrouded in secrecy. Their first single named “Midland” was released by word of mouth in 2012, and through that unconventional publicity, word about the band’s music has grown substantially. The Arthur Beatrice lineup includes Orlando Leopard taking over guitar, vocals, organ, and keyboards, Ella Girardot on vocals, keyboards, and organ, and brothers Elliott and Hamish Barns on bass and drums. The opening track “Councillar” opens with quiet organs and pianos, making way for a simple guitar riff that opens the song perfectly. While Orlando does not have the same vocal capacity of his band mate Ella, the rest of the band who takes over backing vocals, makes Orlando voice sound good, even when he sounds very average on his own. Songs like “Carter (Cut), showcase Ella’s shimmering vocals, and is one of the best female vocalists that we’ve heard in a long time. Sounding a tad like K.D Lang with her wide vocal range, Ella’s vocal chops gives the record a splash of color without sounding overdone.
“More Scraps”, begins with a subtle drum beat and Ella singing against a delicate piano. Crafting a great pop song is something Arthur Beatrice does well, and after listening to “More Scraps” listeners will hope that the band never loses sight of the sound that makes them so great- a pop band that creates a musical style all their own and sticking to it throughout their career. Another thing that will surprise listeners the most is how the band has managed to stay virtually undiscovered until now, with only word of mouth promotion to help them grow.
The last track on the album titled “Ornament and Safeguard” is a quiet song that is a perfect ending to the album. While the album stays with the same time signature throughout, “Ornament..” picks up the timing slightly, with Orlando once again taking the reins vocally, with Ella making an appearance in the background. The big sweeping synths and harmonies round out the album beautifully. While fans will want Arthur Beatrice to stay their little secret forever, with Working Out, the group will expand even more, and word of mouth promotional tactics will only give way to more conventional methods as the band becomes more well known. Arthur Beatrice certainly deserves it.
Travis Barker, drummer of Blink 182, will release his biography Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums on July 24th from William Morrow publishing. Here is the description from Amazon: Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.
After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.
In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.
The long running iTunes Festival held every year in London, England will be debuting in American during the SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, TX from March 11th-15th. The event can be streamed online, and if you have a music badge for SXSW you can enter a drawing to win a pass for the festival’s run. Some of the bands that will be performing are: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, and Austin’s own Willie Nelson.
On their latest album Voices, Phantogram has written a more unified and musical album that is more mature sounding than their debut album Eyelid Movies. While the Greenwich, New York duo comprised of Sarah Barthel (vocals and keyboards) and Josh Carter (guitar and vocals), have maintained the same electronic presence that we heard on the last album, Voices feels more put together since it doesn’t feel like certain sounds were thrown together at random. The group also toys with a more rock and roll sound allowing them to explore another genre. The band was formed in Greenwich, New York in 2007. Shortly before the two began writing together, Sarah was pursuing a visual arts degree but was dissatisfied with her decision, and her future band mate Josh was living in New York City playing in an experimental rock band with his older brother. Bored with their chosen life paths, the pair decided to move back to their hometown and start a band. They decided on the name Charlie Everywhere, eventually renaming themselves Phantogram, named after an illusion where two-dimensional objects appear to be three dimensional. They released five EP’s before releasing their debut album in 2009 titled Eyelid Movies.
The album’s first single “Fall In Love” captures the bands new sound, with Barthel’s silky vocals being the song’s biggest highlight. The nice thing about the band’s music is that is has the potential to appeal to everyone even if you aren’t fond of electronic music since they try their best to make their genre sound accessible through rich vocals and a tight command of their instruments, and on Voices they succeed beautifully. “Never Going Home” the album’s fourth track is an acoustic cut that has a trancelike quality with both Josh and Sarah providing vocals, which gels together well with the tunes softer feel. “The Day You Died” has Josh playing electric guitar, and while that would not normally fit into this type of music, Josh’s guitar is gritty enough to where the tune has a sound that is similar to indie rock band The Strokes, giving the band the ability to saddle both genres with confidence.
Overall, there is nothing bad about Voices and fans will be delighted over the bands new music, and new fans will keep Voices on repeat.
A chef in Detroit is taking inspiration from the Radiohead album Kid A and creating a menu where each course will go along with each song on the record (10 songs total.) Dinner will be served in three seatings of 12 people at Elizabeth Theatre at the Park Bar. Tickets are $125 each. In addition to a Radiohead inspired meal, the chef behind the dinners will be hosting a monthly series of pairing dinners with different albums. Read the original article from The Huffington Post here.
In music, nearly every musician writes about love in some form. Here are the top 50 love songs to listen to whether your in a relationship or single. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hotel Valentine, by New York band Cibo Matto (meaning “crazy food” in Italian), are back after a 15 year hiatus with a concept album about a ghost roaming around a hotel. The bands beginnings is an interesting one, as their appeal and popularity is rather small most likely due to their offbeat lyrical themes and creative approach to music. Forming in New York City in 1994 by two Japanese expatriates named Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori; they released two albums before their break up in 2002. Their first album Cibo Matto ,had songs that were entirely about food with titles such as “Beef Jerky”, “Birthday Cake” and “Know Your Chicken” which were probably inspired by Yuka’s former career as a food writer. The duo’s music caught the eye of Warner Brothers Records who signed the group, releasing their next album Viva! La Woman in 1996. Their EP Super Relax (1997) would expand to wider lyrical content as well as seeing the addition of Sean Lennon to the group. The group would go on to release one more album titled Stereo ★ Type A, which would go on to be well received by critics. In 2002, the band disbanded though the two women would keep playing music, often collaborating with each other on various projects.
While the new subject matter isn’t deep on Hotel Valentine, it certainly makes for a fun and entertaining album that will pique the interest of anyone who enjoys more unusual music. The opening song appropriately titled “Check In” is a song fused with electronic and pop elements with light and delicate vocals from both Honda and Haturi. On first listen we hear that Cibo Matto is unique enough to not pigeonhole them into one particular genre and that labeling them as such would be too confining. “10th Floor Ghost Girl” brings the groups pop sound to the surface, as we see a little bit of Bjork within the song, given the Icelandic vocalists pop tendencies. As the album progresses, the songs sound and lyrics get a tad eerie as the band writes about being watched in the song “Empty Pool”, with lyrics like “in the empty pool I was swimming alone, but I felt someone watching me/In the empty pool I was standing alone, but I felt someone touching me”, backed against creepy sounding strings and a sound effect that sounds like something going bump in the night. The albums horror like essence makes for an amusing listen, as it is one of the most different albums to come out in a long time.
The music of Cibo Matto is not for everyone, but if you are willing to take a chance with their offbeat music and lyrical themes you will enjoy their music wholeheartedly, but for everyone else they may seem like nothing more than a gimmick.
Morrissey will heading out on a tour of the US from May to June. Dates are below.
May 7 San Jose CA City National Civic Auditorium
May 10 Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Sports Arena
May 13 El Paso TX Plaza Theater
May 14 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theater
May 16 Salt Lake City UT Kingsbury Hall
May 17 Denver CO Ellie Caulkins Opera House
May 19 Lincoln NE Rococo Theatre
May 20 Lawrence KS Liberty Hall
May 22 Dallas TX Majestic Theatre
May 24 Austin TX Austin Music Hall
May 25 Beaumont TX Julie Rogers Theatre
May 27 Memphis TN Orpheum Theatre
May 28 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium
May 30 St Petersburg FL Mahaffey Theater
May 31 Miami FL Knight Concert Hall
June 4 Atlanta GA Cobb Energy Center
June 6 Atlantic City NJ Revel Ovation Hall
June 7 Boston MA Boston Opera House
June 10 Baltimore MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
June 13 Chicago IL Civic Opera House
June 14 Flint MI James Whiting Auditorium
June 16 Lewiston NY Artpark Main Stage Theater
June 17 Wilmington DE Grand Opera House
June 19 Hershey PA Hershey Theatre
June 21 New York NY Barclays Center Arena
Dead By April’s latest album Let The World Know is a metalcore album that brings everything in the genre together- crunchy guitars, screams, and some clean vocals, though the thing that stands out about Dead By April is their melodic approach to music. Being compared to 90’s boy band The Backstreet Boys for their pop sounding vocals on past albums probably isn’t the most flattering comment for a band that is trying to melt faces with their intense brand of metal. The Backstreet Boys comparison is an interesting one, as instead of trying to sound soulful and harmonious, Let The World Know presents a different angle to their music, which is staying connected to their roots, while also trying out different styles. Like their peers in Of Mice and Men, who catered to different genres on their latest album Restoring The Force, we see an artistic side to Dead By April that is very musical.
The band was formed in 2007 when singer Jimmie Strimell decided to collaborate with songwriter Pontus Hjelm. While the duo never released any early songs on social media, they let their friends listen to their new project and soon after, two songs named “Lost” and “Stronger” spread rapidly over many peer-to-peer file sharing networks. By 2009, the band was playing around their native country of Sweden, playing frequently in their hometown of Gothenburg. Opening song “Beautiful Nightmare” opens with a soft piano part, giving way to an intro that paints a darker image of the band with double bass drums and a jarring guitar solo. The vocals switch between being high pitched and melodic, introducing the lighter side of the band. The group plays both genre’s well, and the impression is a good one.
Tracks such as “Done With Broken Hearts” is a rollicking tune is surely to gets its fans rocking, as the band’s drummer Alexander Svenningsson plays an alternative rock beat that ditches the groups metal label, while ultimately pointing them down a new path for future records. “Replace You” is the only slow song the record, and while its tempo and feel are entirely different from the rest of the tracks, it’s nice to know that the group is not afraid to slow things down. While there no mushy songs similar to the Backstreet Boys on Let The World Know, the music is heavy enough to lump itself into the metal genre, but the styles that the band incorporates into their latest effort can help the bands fan base reach a more mainstream crowd.
San Diego rock band Augustana have signed to Washington Square Music. Their next album will be released in April. They have also announced a new tour kicking off on April 19th in Nashville, TN with Twin Forks featuring Chris Carrabba as the opening bands. Tickets go on sale February 14th. Dates are below.
April 18 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
April 19 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
April 21 – Dallas, TX – Trees
April 22 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
April 23 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
April 25 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
April 26 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
April 27 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
April 28 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
April 30 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
May 2 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
May 3 – Vancouver, B.C. – Venue
May 4 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
May 7 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
May 9 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
May 10 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
May 12 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
May 13 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
May 16 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
May 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
May 19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Bombay Bicycle Club has reached number 1 in the UK with their new album So Long, See You Tomorrow. You can read the bands statement about the achievement on their Facebook page.
The debut album Sun Structures from British indie rock band Temples is a blend of psychedelic rock and pop that mimics past British bands such as The Beatles with their simplistic rock style coupled with atmospheric tendencies. While The Beatles released strong music at the beginning of their career, Temples does not seem to be off to a good start like their ancestors were. Often times, it feels like Temples is trying too hard to be like their hero’s in everything they do including their sound, look, and the kaleidoscope of colors the band has used in their music videos to represent the 1960’s. While the band tries to come off as original and new, all they are is a carbon copy of the past.
The band formed in 2012 in Kettering, Northhamptonshire, as a home studio project by guitarist and singer James Bagshaw and bassist Thomas Warmsley, who had previously worked together in the rock band The Moons. After the duo uploaded videos of their songs onto Youtube, Heavenly Records founder Jeff Barrett took a liking to the band and agreed to release their first single which would be “Shelter Song” off of Sun Structures. While the group has a decent handle on their instruments, the overall sound feels muddy, bland, and a sound that drags on until the last song.
Songs like “Keep In The Dark” has a marching backbeat, with the intention of keeping listeners focused on the myriad of sounds. Bragshaw ultimately delivers a sour and boring vocal performance, sounding like he would rather be somewhere else than singing with his band. The rest of the band seems to be in a daze, giving off the impression that that they aren’t passionate about the songs they have written. “Move With The Season” is a dreamy ballad that has decent guitar lines but the melody plods along offering no excitement during its five minute duration.
By the middle of the record, we hear a lot of the same sounds, and the level of musicianship begins to sound deflated due to the similarities in each song. “Colors To Life” is the second single, but its heavy reliance on synths doesn’t add the zip it needs to be played on the radio. Trying to recreate the sound of the 60’s does not work for Temples. Instead of paying a tribute to their idols, Temples comes off as cheesy and boxy, due to the limited range of ideas in their genre. Before the band releases another record, they may consider redefining their sound, as the garage rock style they are trying to recreate isn’t bringing back any nostalgia.
Watch the video here!