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State Champs Release New Single “Dead and Gone”

At the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, I had the wonderful opportunity of discovering and seeing State Champs play live. I immediately fell in love with them and I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for them to release new music.

Yesterday afternoon, the band released the first single of their upcoming album, “Living Proof,” called “Dead and Gone.”

When I hit play on the song, it was that classic State Champs sound, which makes me extremely happy. A lot of bands are changing their sound nowadays and it’s refreshing to see a band stick to what they know.

The chorus is catchy and the backing instrumentals are pretty strong as well. I am very excited to see the other singles they release and the album itself.

“Living Proof” will be releasing on June 15th of this year. You will also be able to catch State Champs this year at the Vans Warped Tour.

Pre-order their album here. Listen to “Dead and Gone” on Spotify!

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Band Spotlight: Survival Kit

At the beginning of March, I received a Facebook message from a band that was informing me they were going to follow The Vans Warped Tour to promote their band and music. It has taken me some time to get there, but I finally got around to checking them out.

Survival Kit is an alternative rock band, pushing that pop punk genre boundary, from Atlanta, Georgia. They formed in 2016 and comprise of Travis Blake and Andrew Lynn.

They released their first single, “Wolf,” in January of 2016. Survival Kit released their first EP, “Hard Work + Dedication,” in October of 2016. The album covers topics such as vulnerability, addiction, loathing and taking a stand. In the summer of 2017, they released their latest single “Stranger Things.”

Their musical influences are The Story So Far, The Used, A Day to Remember and Four Year Strong. Survival Kit’s sound reminds me a lot of Four Year Strong, but obviously they put their own spin on it.

I am truly impressed with this band. When I hit play on spotify, I became speechless. For a band that has only been around for 2 years, they sure do not sound like it. They sound like they have been on the scene for years.

The music is impressive and truly fitting to the pop punk and alternative rock genre. The band, the vocals and the lyrics are amazing. I cannot wait for them to release an LP. I can see them being popular and mainstream in the future. They are just too good not to be.

All of their music can be found on their website and spotify! Check them out!

Album Review on Jukebox the Ghost’s “Off To The Races”

Around Halloween, a friend of mine told me he was going to this show called Halloqueen and I immediately was confused. He told me of this band, called Jukebox the Ghost, that dresses up like Queen every year on Halloween and covers some of their songs.

I looked up this band on Spotify and I was immediately hooked. Their Self-Titled album instantly became one of my favorites to listen to. What intrigued me most was the resemblance they have with Queen and the very catchy melodies they produce.

Jukebox the Ghost is a power pop band from the DC metro area consisting of Ben Thornewill (vocals and piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals and guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums). They have been up and running since 2003.

“Off To The Races” is the bands 5th studio album, an album fans have been anticipating for three and half years. Now let’s break it down!

“Jumpstarted”

  • At first, I was iffy about how I felt about this song, but now it has become one of my favorites.
  • This is a song that most resembles Queen, compared to any other song they have released.
  • Thornewill’s voice and those harmonies are the stars of the song.
  • It’s a song that is literally all over the place, but it really works and came out wonderful.
  • The guitar solo and instrument break is such an homage to the classics.
  • This song shows off the talent that is Thornewill’s voice.

“Everybody’s Lonely”

  • I love the transition of that solo piano to the full band at the beginning.
  • The chorus is very catchy and the rhythm is so upbeat and happy.
  • It reminds me of the songs that I fell in love with on their self-titled ablum.
  • My favorite part is when the song begins to slow down near the bridge and it leads to the harmonized chorus and a solo piano.
  • This is my favorite song from the album.

“People Go Home”

  • From the beginning of the track, it takes on a very different sound compared to other songs they have released.
  • Definitely relatable to those who just work and go home, aka me. I thought it was a cute, little song.

“Fred Astaire”

  • At the beginning of the song, I love the piano and guitar riff that leads into the crescendo of the full band and vocals.
  • The piano is the star of this song and is what makes the song so strong.
  • It is a memorable song lyrically, like most of their songs are.
  • One of my favorite moments in the song is when Thornewill showcases his voice at the bridge.

“Time and I”

  • The harmonizing vocals are a nice touch on this album, and in their music in general.
  • The shining stars of this track are the instrumentals tracks in the back.

“Diane”

  • I love the acoustic guitar in this song, and it isn’t something you find very often in their music.
  • A classic song named after a girl, and has that classic rock feel with an acoustic guitar.
  • This song really gave me John Mellencamp vibes with that mellow and acoustic sound.

“See You Soon”

  • The vocals in this are very calming.
  • Thornewill again shows of his pipes in this melodic chorus.
  • This song is relatable and cute lyrically. We all have people miss and wish to see.
  • One of my favorites on the album.

“Boring”

  • I know I have said that a lot of the songs are relatable, but this one spells out my life to a T.
  • The bass line leading throughout the song, leads it well.
  • “Boring” will definitely be one of those songs that gets stuck in your head because the chorus is that addicting.
  • The instrumental solos are amazing in this album, and it gives me rock and roll vibes instead of just power pop.

“Simple As 1 2 3”

  • They are very wise lyrically and write brilliant songs.
  • This song is more mellow and relaxing, reminding me of the tracks from their self-titled album.
  • Love the melodic chorus and the lyrics in it.

“Colorful”

  • Immediately when this song came on, I thought it was a song that had been made in the 1980s.
  • The beat is so different from what I have heard from them previously.
  • I love the 1980s synth and it is another one of my favorites on the album.

Jukebox the Ghost is very strong at telling a story through each song. This band is very talented lyrically and vocally, and they deserve to be received more.

I give this album a 4.5 out of 5 because I believe their self-titled is still their best, but this album is really great. I seriously recommend it. Get their new album here!

A Dream Come True: Seeing Your Favorite Band Live

Since I was 15 years old, I have been in love with Paramore. They will always be considered my favorite band and their music will always hold a special place in my heart.

Recently, my sister and I made it official and bought tickets to see them on their summer tour. I have been wanting to see them since I was a freshman in high school. The fact that I finally get to see them, at the ripe age of 25, hasn’t hit me just yet.

Maybe it is just me, but I believe when you get to see that one artist that you truly love, that is one of the most special moments in your life.

Paramore is so much more than a band to me. Their music has inspired me, healed me and made me happy when life likes to kick you around. They are the band that truly helped deepen my love of music.

They have been through so much as a group, and their adversity and perseverance is truly inspiring. In 2010, when the Farro brothers departed from Paramore, I really was afraid that was the end of a talented group of musicians. I actually think I cried because I was so worry to lose something special, at least to me.

Hayley Williams, the vocalist of the band and main songwriter, has been my idol since I was a young girl. There are not many female rock singers, especially in the emo and pop punk genres, who are present in the spotlight or not as successful as she has been. Seeing her thrive and succeed, especially in a male dominant industry, inspires me to dream and try to succeed on my own.

Paramore’s music is wonderful, in my opinion, but that is not what draws them to me. Their lyrics, specifically in their older pieces of work, are so relatable and have always captivated me.

My favorite song by them, even though I have many, is “Renegade.” It is not one of their biggest hits and it was released with a couple of other singles. “I’m a renegade, it’s in my blood.” These are words that have always resonated with me, so much that I had it tattooed on my wrist.

Those lyrics mean that no matter how hard life can get, it is in your nature to be a fighter and not give up. I try to live that by that motto every day. You have to fight for your dreams and fight through the hardships, just like Paramore had to.

I know that they will never read this and know how truly special they are to me as musicians, but I know there are others out there who have a band that they love so much. The fact that I finally get to see them play live, is a dream come true.

Current and Upcoming Tours

Sorry for the lack of posts this week princes and princesses, but I do have a whole lineup of posts to come. I just need to find the time. Hopefully I can get a couple of more pieces up this week.

Today we’ll do a short and sweet post on the upcoming tours that will hopefully make your summer one to remember. Seeing that I am from Michigan, I will be posting dates and locations in that state, but I will also think their website so you can find where they will play near you.

The Acacia Strain

Wednesday, April 4th at 6 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Dashboard Confessional

Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Pop Evil

Friday, April 6th at 6:30 pm at The Fillmore Detroit

We Came As Romans

Saturday, April 7th at 6 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

Moose Blood

Saturday, April 14th at 7 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Papa Roach

Thursday, April 19th at 6 pm at The Fillmore Detroit

Jukebox the Ghost

Friday, May 11th at 7 pm at Magic Stick

Sum 41

Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

New Found Glory

Friday, June 1st at 6:30 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

The Wonder Years

Tuesday, June 5th at 6 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Tuesday, June 12th at 6 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Paramore

Friday, June 29th at 7 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Weezer 

Friday, July 13th at 7:30 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Vans Warped Tour

Friday, July 20th at 11 am at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

It has been confirmed that I will be seeing Paramore and going to Vans Warped Tour, so I am very excited for those this summer. Hopefully you all find some good shows of your own!

 

Band Spotlight: What You Can’t See

The greatest thing about this website, is getting into contact with up and coming bands, and just discovering new bands in general.

What You Can’t See contacted me through twitter and asked me to check them out, which I recommend other small bands or bands in general to do. I love checking out new music and helping an unknown band get some publicity, even if it is small.

What You Can’t See is a pop punk band from Southwest England. WYCS is comprised of Grace (singer), Tyler (guitar) and Zack (bass and drums).

The band started out writing songs and members came together to help record the songs they had written. When they realized they were all passionate about the idea, they decided to make things official and become a band.

WYCS states that their musical influences are We Are the in Crowd, State Champs and Neck Deep. They define their sound as pop punk mixed with alternative rock with a smidgen of indie influence.

All of their music, for now, can be found on their Facebook page. You will find some great acoustic covers and a couple of original songs. I really love their acoustic sound and the singer has a great indie sound to his voice.

I am very curious to see what they will sound like with some light drums and a piano; to hear that pop punk and indie sound fused together.

Make sure to check out their Facebook page. I cannot wait to see this band begin to grow and see what they really have to show everyone.

Album Review on Moose Blood’s “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore”

It has been awhile since I have done an album review, but I use to do them all the time. The first one featured on this blog will be Moose Blood’s “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore.”

This is my first time listening to their music, so I am going in completely blind. I should make note that this entire post is my opinion and I know not everyone will agree with said opinion. I am no expert, but I do listen to a lot of music, especially in this genre. With that being said, let’s get to the album review.

Moose Blood is an English emo band from Canterbury, Kent. They formed in 2012 and are currently signed with Hopeless Records. Moose Blood comprises of four gents: Eddy Brewerton (vocals and guitar), Mark E. Osburne (guitar), Kyle Todd (bass) and Lee Munday (drums).

“I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore” is the band’s third studio album. An overall opinion, is that the music has that typical mellow, emo feel but Brewerton’s voice is unique to the standard emo genre sound.

I would recommend this album to those who need a cure or perspective on heartbreak and missing the ones that you loved. Now I will go track by track and give small notes, which will be normal for my album reviews.

“Have I Told You Enough”

  • Definitely projects that pop punk sound with very emo lyrics.
  • This song is about a guy saying all the things a girl dreams and wants to hear, speaking from experience.
  • “Haven’t I told you, you’re where I’m meant to be.”
  • This song would fit very well on romantic dramas currently on television.

“Talk In Your Sleep”

  • This has a very similar sound to the first track on the album.
  • About a man missing his girl and how seeing her is still painful.
  • The moment where the guitar fades and the drums intensifies is the best element in the song.
  • Another song that would fit perfectly on a teen romance drama, like One Tree Hill. It just sounded like it would fit very well if that show was still around.

“Just Outside”

  • The drummer really pushes the song along, which I am a sucker for a great drum beat.
  • The light screaming vocals in the chorus is a really nice touch to the song. It encompasses the pain and anger of the lyrics.

“You Left In The Worst Way”

  • The main guitar riff throughout the song reminds me of “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
  • I think the guitar and bass really carry this song along, and are the strongest aspects of the song.
  • It is a shorter song and was repetitive.

“All The Time”

  • The vocals that Brewerton projects in the song are probably the best in this entire album.
  • I love that he is matching his tone with the guitar riff in the song.
  • Brewerton really shows his vocal range in this song, compared to the first few tracks.
  • The guitar riff before the bridge is my favorite. I love little unique quirks and moments in songs.

“Can We Stay Like This”

  • I loved the upbeat beginning, because a majority of the album has started off slow. It is a completely different start compared to the beginning of the album.
  • This is another song where he is showing off his vocal range, which is so unique, in my opinion.
  • The bass riffs are the star of this song.
  • The bridge and the acapella part before the start of the last chorus are the best parts of the song.
  • This is one of my favorite tracks on this album.

“Pull Me From The Floor”

  • Beginning beat reminds me of a classic emo song.
  • The contrasting vocal ranges in the chorus are a nice touch.
  • Drums are also very strong in this song.
  • The riffs and drum beat at the end of the song are really cool.

“Walk All Day With You”

  • This is an acoustic track that really shows the vulnerability in his voice, and it really gives Brewerton’s voice a chance to shine.
  • There is only light guitar and his voice, which is all you really need.
  • The part in the song where he says “thank you,” near the end of the track, was very sweet and full of emotion.

“Such A Shame”

  • The chorus with the screaming is the best touch in the song. I wish it was in more of the tracks on this album.
  • Two instrument breaks were my favorite touches.

“Promise Me”

  • The drums beat and guitar start off strong and get it off to a good start.
  • This song actually has a more upbeat feel than the rest of the songs on the album.
  • It makes them sound very comparable to Imagine Dragons, when they aren’t singing pop songs.
  • Bridge and the quiet singing that transitions into an instrumental break is great.
  • This is my favorite song on the entire album.

“It’s Too Much”

  • This is a very different song compared to the others.
  • I love the guitar mellowness and this is definitely a song to listen to on a hard day.
  • The lyrics are powerful and relatable to so many who listen to music as a way to have some sort of escape. They are by far the best and strongest lyrics on the album.
  • We’ve all been there. Where we think we’ve had enough. This song touches base on exactly that.

This is a very emo album and really fits into that subgenre. It is my first time listening to Moose Blood, so I bet they have other great songs.

“I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore” is very one note, but it really did have its strong moments. The lyrics are harsh, realistic and relatable to so many people out there. I would give this album a rating of 3 out of 5.

Again, this is all based on my opinion. I hope you all enjoyed the album. I can’t wait to review more albums and really see what is out there. You can find there album here.

Album Releases Coming in March

After a busy weekend at work, I have found the time to finally post and I am so happy. Today will be a short and to the point post.

The best thing about a new month, is all the music that is going to be released. March is not as busy with album releases as future months, but we got some good ones coming out. Here they are:

March 9th

Three Days GraceOutsider

March 23rd

blessthefallHard Feelings

March 27th

BronnieGet a Grip

March 30th

Escape the FateI Am Human

Jukebox the GhostOff to the Races

The two I am most looking forward to are Outsider and Off to the Races. I listened to the single that was released from Outsider and it was pretty good. It’s hard to get use to a different voice as the lead of Three Days Grace, but I think this is going to be a decent album for them.

Off to the Races is an album release I have looking forward to all month. Jukebox the Ghost have released a couple of singles, “Everybody’s Lonely” and “Jumpstarted”, and I just love them so much.

Keep these dates in mind and hopefully your favorite band is releasing something this month! Here is a look at Off to the Races.

2018 Vans Warped Tour Lineup Reaction

On March 1st, Kevin Lyman and his team released the final Vans Warped Tour lineup. A couple of weeks ago, I made a list of potential lineup picks and was not disappointed in the lineup that was announced.

The bands and artists chosen for this year are pretty strong, compared to last year’s lineup. It is very disappointing to see some bigger named bands not attending, especially since this tour was how a lot of them got their careers started. They do have the opportunity to be one of the tour’s special guests that have not been announced yet, according to Lyman’s twitter.

Lineup Disappointments:

  • I was really hoping to see Sum 41 and Falling in Reverse, but again they are not coming to Michigan this year.
  • So much excitement came over me when I saw All Time Low and Taking Back Sunday on the lineup, but saddened that they were not coming to Michigan.
  • This lineup seemed to be a lot smaller than previous years, but that could just be me. It also might be because not all of the bands have been announced yet.
  • I really thought that some bigger named bands would be on the lineup, like A Day to Remember and Sleeping With Sirens, so not seeing them was a little bit saddening.
  • Paramore. Not. Being. On. The. Lineup. *Cries internally*

Lineup Triumphs:

  • Two of my favorite bands, State Champs and Mayday Parade, will be making a return to the tour.
  • Simple Plan will be making a return and it will be nice to see them again after 7 years.
  • This year’s lineup has a lot of pop punk acts and I am so excited to discover some new artists at the owly.fm stage.
  • The announcement that excited me the most was learning that With Confidence would be leaving their hiatus to be at Warped. I cannot wait to see them perform.

With this being the last Vans Warped Tour, I really thought that the lineup would be announced like it was in 2016, where they showed clips of that bands as they announced the lineup.

Every Warped that I have attended, I have made a goal of seeing a new band and discovering new music. Here are some of the acts that I cannot wait to discover:

I do like the element of surprise that Lyman is setting up for the fans. We need to look out for other possible special guests and you never know who might be showing up at your tour date.

I believe that Lyman and his team are going to give the fans a Warped Tour that they will never forget, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store.

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