In light of the new year (albeit a month in), I’d like to revisit one of the main fads that have of course always been popular, but really blew up in 2016. Blaming the media for all of our problems. Because, you see, the media is the cause of all of our deep-rooted insecurities, the reason why ‘undeserving’ celebrities are bigger than they should be, and – staying true to the theme of this blog – the reason why genuinely good music isn’t given the exposure it deserves. This article is especially for those who feel this way. So, let’s put a face to this hellish beast that ruins everything. Who is in control of this so-called ‘media’? Continue reading Blaming the Media
On a day that will be known for years to come as perhaps the most farcical, yet utterly depressing, day in 2017 – and possibly history? – it came as a delightful shock when Gorillaz of all bands released new music. ‘Hallelujah Money’ came down from the Heavens as though to say ‘even on this darkest of days there is still something to be happy about’. And so, with a big smile and bigger excitement I sat down and hit play, ready to be encircled with a sound that would restore some life in this bleak day.
To be blunt, the aforementioned darkness and gloom has only intensified, accompanied by the droning vocals of a man that sings as though he hates life itself. ‘Hallelujah Money’ is the most depressing thing I’ve heard in a while and whilst it may throw back to the sounds of some of Gorillaz’s older music, that does not by any means make it good.
Whilst I appreciate the political intent behind the song, I would have rather they had just put out a passionate tweet like everyone else.
Code Orange have kicked off 2017 with new album Forever, which has led to endless talk about them in the last week. Admittedly, I knew very little of the band prior to this release so it was a lot of fun delving head-first into this record. I was not disappointed. Continue reading Review: Code Orange’s ‘Forever’
Just over three years ago, sixteen year-old me had discovered Avenged Sevenfold for the first time and was immediately anxious to see them live. This year that wait was finally over, and what better way for it to be fulfilled than in a massive arena following the release of a surprise album that’s still being talked about. A night of incredible performances, crazy stage productions and a massive crowd marked one of the best live performances I’ve been to. But I’m getting ahead of myself; first the supports. Continue reading Live Review: Avenged Sevenfold (Birmingham Genting, January 13th)