Review: Can’t Swim’s ‘Fail You Again’

Can’t swim are an upcoming rock band from New Jersey, and one that everyone should be excited about. Their first full-length album, Fail You Again, is the follow-up to EP Death Deserves A Name and will be released through Pure Noise Records. Death Deserves A Name was a record packed with energy from start to finish and thankfully that was not lost with this album. Fail You Again has an interesting mix of hard rock and pop punk elements much in the same way it’s predecessor did, yet this time around it sounds a little less confused and a little more polished. The past year has certainly seen an improvement in their sound as the band seem to be finding their feet. Continue reading Review: Can’t Swim’s ‘Fail You Again’

Review: Lower Than Atlantis ‘Safe in Sound’

Lower Than Atlantis have released their fifth studio album, Safe in Sound, and it is a damn good one. One point I’ll get out of the way right away is the inevitable comparison to their previous album – no, Safe in Sound isn’t better than Lower Than Atlantis. Isolating it from all previous LTA music however, it is definitely worth the listen and I reckon it’ll do pretty well on multiple charts. Continue reading Review: Lower Than Atlantis ‘Safe in Sound’

Blaming the Media

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

Muse – ‘New Kind of Kick’

Happy Halloween!! Nothing brightens up the day like Matt Bellamy in leather pants with Elvis hair….right? The Muse boys have come back for Halloween with a fun and funky cover of The Cramps’ ‘New Kind of Kick’. As if we needed another reason to love them, they never fail to surprise their fans in the most unexpected ways. It’s hardly a musical masterpiece but still worth checking out; at the very least, you’ll crack a grin.

The Problem with the Metal Community

We’re all a bunch of fucked up, can’t-fit-in misfits with a strong appreciation of quality music. We like to scream, we love to swear; we head bang and mosh like there’s no tomorrow. We dress in black, our hair is crazy, we’re probably pierced in weird places and tattooed in weirder. And above all that, we’re a community. We love each other like family. We fight for our music and our scene. We stay true to what matters and don’t sacrifice morals for artificial popularity. We are one.

The initial viewpoint of sixteen year old me discovering for the first time this truly mental scene was fantastic. The idea that there’s other people who listen to this kinda stuff, that there’s a world where you don’t have to pretend you don’t know what metal music is, is something that comes as a shock to many late comers. A world where it’s cool to be this different – where doing so is encouraged. It’s like a group of outcasts that have all banded together and collectively put up a massive middle finger at everyone else. Badass bands and artists that don’t require superficial awards to validate their talents, yet still encourage fans of those awards to at least see what our side has to offer. Everyone ultimately just wants to have a good time and appreciate good music. Unfortunately, this is only the case part of the time. Continue reading The Problem with the Metal Community

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘The Getaway’

Single #2 from Red Hot Chili Peppers has been released, and it’s as fun as the first! Opening with that familiar funky beat we all love, ‘The Getaway’ sets out to become yet another fan favourite from the new album.

The Chili Peppers have a real knack for making music that you just can’t help but dance to and ‘The Getaway’ is no exception. Despite  lyrics that don’t exactly scream ‘exciting’ in any way, Anthony Keidis’ chilled-out vocals combined with Klinghoffer’s cool guitar riff and backing vocals through the chorus allow this song to still exude that feel-good vibe that is so common with the Chili Peppers. The same can be said of Flea’s subtle but funky bass riff, which really keeps the song on its feet.

My only critique of ‘The Getaway’ has to be the song’s abrupt ending. The cutoff makes the song seem shorter than it should be, and even unfinished. Hopefully the album version sees a more gradual fade out. That said, I’m still a big fan of the song and can’t wait to hear what else they have to offer!

You can listen to the official audio of ‘The Getaway’ here.

 

Muse – ‘Aftermath’

A beautiful music video to match a beautiful song, Muse’s latest video for ‘Aftermath’ is a real tear-jerker. As if the lyrics for the song weren’t enough on their own, this video really encapsulates the whole meaning behind Drones. Muse’s constant appeal for peace and fighting the system – across most of their songs, not just their latest album – is truly inspirational. Even if you only listen for the music, you won’t be able to walk away having not taken at least part of their message with you. Another wonderful job, guys.

Panic! At The Disco – ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’

Check out Panic! At The Disco’s new music video for ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ off of their latest album Death of a Bachelor. Definitely a fan of this one – quirky and funny in true Brendon Urie fashion!