Green Day Releases a new single “Bang Bang”

Green Day just released a BANGING new single!

It seems that I’ve finally crawled out from the void of summer long enough to write a litte track review of the latest Green Day single. It was released just a few days ago and I’m sure most of the diehard Green Day fans have heard it already, looked up the various interviews about the song and even heard about the new album. That’s right, Green Day finally has a new album coming out in October called Revolution Radio and I couldn’t be more excited to listen to it. If you haven’t heard about it then you can find the video for the song right below!

Part of this is due to the pretty awesome single that was released yesterday called Bang Bang. Now if you know me, I’ve been a huge Green Day fan since middle school. I love everything they have done (granted, it’s not always perfect) from 1,039 Smoothed out Slappy Hours all the way to Uno, Dos and Tre. You can say what you will about Green Day but these guys obviously aren’t going anywhere anytime soon with Revolution Radio being their 12th studio album.

But anyways, back to the single. Bang Bang is a fast paced song with lyrics that describe mass shootings from the POV of the shooter. It makes for an interesting (if not disturbing) look at the situation surrounding maniacs and gun control. The song should immediately resonate with old time Green Day fans just because of the energy, which feels like something that’s been missing since the Nimrod days. What’s even cooler is that the melodies and lyrics give off a very 21st Century Breakdown vibe. It’s almost as if they took the fast aspect of punk rock and combined it with some of the darker sounds that they’ve flirted with in the past. In my own opinion, it makes a perfect combination.

All in all, I think Bang Bang was a pretty great first single for Green Day to release. It got me pumped and excited for what is to come in the future. I’ve already preordered the new album! Thank you for giving this a read and as promised, the lyric video for Bang Bang is right below. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Bang Bang Lyric video

 

P.S

I actually really liked 21st Century Breakdown. Fight me.

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California Album Review

One of the biggest bands in pop punk is back…..

…….but this time with a slight twist in the line-up. For those of you who weren’t on the internet at all during 2015, Tom DeLonge was pretty much kicked out of Blink 182 and he is currently being replaced by Matt Skiba (frontman for Alkaline Trio). Now with Tom DeLonge on the sidelines, I can see why some people might be anxious about this new album and even angry that Blink 182 would go on without the famous UFO enthusiast. Let me assure you that DeLonge was not the only person that made Blink 182 what they are today (a band that knows how to put out a good tune) and this album proves it over and over again.

California will get all of the old Blink fans feeling nostalgic for earlier days with some recycled riffs and ridiculous songs such as ‘We Built This Pool’ and ‘Brohemian Rhapsody.’ Some people might not like the rehashed riffs and sounds, which is understandable, but I can see why this kind of album needed to be written in the first place. With a lot of people saying that Blink wasn’t Blink without Tom, I guess Mark wanted to show them that they’re wrong. Even with the recycled riffs and familiar sounds, you can’t deny that California is a great time. You’ll be singing along with the lyrics in no time, jumping like a madman whether you’re seeing them live or you’re listening to them in the car (on a side note, please don’t jump around like a madman while you’re in a car). I feel like Travis Barker always brings his best and California is no exception. Just the first song, ‘Cynical’ sees Travis going crazy with those sticks and it only goes uphill from there.

Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba are absolute beasts at the vocals, switching seamlessly and taking turns for different verses and choruses and it sounds great. It almost sounds like they’ve been playing together for years and they’ve only just now  created an album together. They don’t harmonize too much in the album, however, which is kinda different from the dynamic between Mark and Tom. I also believe that Matt’s influence on the album was a little lacking. I know he writes darker songs in general and he’s really only stepping in for now, but I feel like he could have helped push the band in new directions.

That’s probably the worst part of the album. It feels like the band is staying in the same place. I know I said just earlier that I understand why they re-hashed some riffs and sounds, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish they would experiment a bit more in the genre. There are a few songs that sound more progressive than others such as ‘Los Angeles’ and ‘Home is Such A Lonely Place’ but overall, this album is classic Blink. Some might not like it and some others might. All in all, California finds a comfortable middle for the band with plenty of room to grow.

The Verdict………….4.0 out of 5 

  • Great vocals
  • Some amazing drumming from Travis Barker
  • Re-hashed sounds and riffs
  • A whole lot of fun

But enough about what I think! What did you guys think about the album? Do you guys hope to see Matt Skiba become a full-time member of Blink or would you like to see the return of Tom? Leave a comment and let me know what you think! Thank you very much for giving this review a read and please like and share this if you liked it. Have a great day!

Six Bands you should check out right now

Hey guys!

How are all my readers? I know I haven’t updated this blog in awhile and I apologize for that. My attention has  been on other things these past couple of weeks and I let it slip under the rug. Anyways, I decided to compile a list of bands that I’ve been listening to quite a bit for the past couple of months. I hope that you can find at least one or two bands that you like. All of them are actually really talented. I’ve discovered the majority of these artists through spotify and you can have a listen to some of the tracks in the playlist below.

6. Made Violent

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Made Violent is a band that I had the privilege of discovering only a few weeks ago when I went to a concert. They were touring with a band called The Struts, who my brother was a big fan of. I took my brother to the show, not really expecting to enjoy it (I had heard the Struts before and although they were catchy, they just weren’t for me). The best thing that happened that night was finding this band. Made Violent played an hour long set and they killed it. They just had so much energy and you can tell they love what they do. I wondered if their energy translated into their recordings and guess what! They do! These guys have a beautiful blend of garage rock and punk and it really sticks with you. It sounds fresh and it is exciting. So check these guys out for sure. They have plenty of EPs out already and you can listen a small preview of ‘On My Own’ down below.

5. Wavves

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Wavves is a band that I found in Spotify (most of these bands are) a few months ago when I was on the prowl for some new music. Well I found this band, who had just released a new album titled V. The sound of Wavves can best be described as garage rock with some alternative noise and techno-pop influences sprinkled throughout. The singer is great and the songs are catchy. I actually have yet to check out the rest of their albums, but V is a great album and I recommend you check it out. Listen to a preview of ‘My Head Hurts’ off of the new album right here!

4. Coastbound

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This band goes out to all my readers that like a little punch in their music. Coastbound is a punk rock band that has a talent in creating some great punk anthems. They’re relatively new with one EP released and a cover of The Hills. Sometimes, the vocalist gets a little whinier than usual, but if you can get past those kind of vocals , this band might be worth your time. They’ll have you jumping around and screaming along to the lyrics in no time. You can listen to a preview of ‘Shar’s Car’ below in the playlist.

3. SWMRS

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This band actually features one of Billie Joe Armstrong’s sons, Joey Armstrong on the drums (not that that’s super relevant or anything, I jut thought it was a cool tidbit of info). SWMRS was originally known as Emily’s Army and was a pop punk band composed of four members. The band recently underwent some changes however and is now called SWMRS. The band has also changed their sound to a more upbeat garage sound. The band actually recently played a show very close to me and I regret not going to see them. Anyways, SWMRS are an excellent band that is bound to be huge at some point. SO if you start listening to them now, you can be that annoying guy that can tell your friends that you listened to them before they were cool. Check out their song, ‘Figuring it Out’ below.

2. The Mountain Goats

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I discovered the The Mountain Goats because of John Green (the famous writer) and I’m extremely happy that I did. If you have read any of John Green’s books or seen any of the movies that are based off of his books, you might be familiar with the band. The Mountain Goats are a folk band, composed of three members with a plethora of albums that have already been released. I think The Mountain Goats have some amazing songwriting capabilities and the lyrics are superb. You can listen a preview of their song, ‘This Year’ right down below.

1. Hotel Books 

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Hotel Books is a pretty different band and I mean that in a good way.They kind of remind me of Twenty One Pilots but with a full band instead of just two guys. The majority of the vocals are rapping with minimal singing by the back up vocals. Altogether though, this band can slay at writing music. The lyrics are absolutely wonderful and the melodies and beats ony accent the vocals. You can listen to their song, ‘Run Wild, Young Beauty’ right down below.

The Playlist

 

What do you think?

Obviously the music on this list won’t pertain to everyone out there but these bands are just a few that I’ve found over the past year. What bands have you been listening to? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

Misadventures Album Review

It’s been FOUR STINKING years since Pierce the Veil released their last album, Collide With The Sky and it’s a given that fans have been dying to hear some new music. Misadventures is the 4th album by the band released May 13 of this year. A little history on my love for Pierce the Veil: the first song I heard by them was King for a Day and I was hooked. I soon bought their album, Collide with The Sky and listened to it on repeat for a few weeks. I also listened to their older albums and I just really fell in love with them. They just seemed pretty different to me, even for a postcore band. So now, after four years in the shadows, how does Pierce the Veil sound in their new album?

Awesome. They just sound awesome in this new album. It was definitely worth the four year wait to get our hands on some new music. Pierce the Veil has honestly taken it up a notch in terms of writing music. I’ve already hit repeat on this album 4 times.

The album opens with the song, ‘Dive In’, which starts off pretty slow but goes from 0 to 100 real quick. You can tell immediately from this song that Pierce the Veil is still Pierce the Veil, with their melancholy tunes and sick breakdowns. The breakdown in ‘Dive In’ is just brilliant and the rest of the breakdowns in this album follow the same formula. They all sound so groovy, like I’m serious, they all just flow really well. You don’t just want to headbang and jump around like a crazy person, you can just nod in appreciation to how it sounds (but I’ll headbang like a crazy person anyways). So yes the breakdowns are impressive and they are among some of the best I’ve heard. Besides the breakdowns, Pierce the Veil keeps the melancholy melodies that they’re so good at. Vic’s vocals match the music really well, as always and his screams are exceptional. I feel as if Pierce the Veil has struck such a great balance between brutality and melody which makes for a great listening experience. If this album has shown anything, it’s that a band can still sound just as new and refreshing when playing with the same formula.

I have a few gripes however (I know, I know). Sometimes I would be listening to the music and there were a few parts in the album (I don’t remember on which songs right now) that seemed a little forced and a little awkward. It kind of disrupted the flow of the album which is only a minor grievance.

All in all, Misadventures is a great album and was honestly worth the four year wait. Pierce the Veil has obviously still got it and they’re tearing it up with some great tunes.

The Verdict…………….4.0 out of 5

  • great breakdowns
  • excellent vocals
  • very original sounding music
  • some awkward/forced parts

Thank you guys for giving this review a read! Be sure and give this a like and a share if you liked it! Also, feel free to check out my other reviews and such on the sidebar to the left. What did you think of Misadventures? Comment below and let me know! Have a terrific week!

Blink 182 premieres new song ‘Bored to Death’

Happy Thursday ladies and gentleman!

So for those of you who might not have heard, Blink 182 released a new single yesterday evening. The song, titled Bored to Death was personally a huge hit with me (I listened to it like 20 times last night). Bored to Death is the first song that Blink has released since 2012 when they released the EP, Dogs eating Dogs (I believe I’m correct with that) and the first song that Blink has ever released without Tom Delonge. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of Blink, I honestly recommend that you give it a listen down below.

Bored to Death 

 

Along with the release of the new single, Blink has finally announced their upcoming album, California, which will be hitting the record stores on July 1st. This will also be their first album release without Tom.

What do I think about the track? Well as I already said above, I absolutely love it. I’m not the biggest fan of Blink 182, I haven’t listened to every song that they’ve ever released, but this song is ridiculously good. Sorry Tom, you missed out. Not only does this single have the significant sound to it that is Blink 182, but the lyrics also feel like classic Blink. I saw a comment on this video that said something along the lines of, “This is like a wine well aged.” I wholly agree with that. All in all I thought this was a great single for the upcoming album and I am pretty excited to get to hear the rest of this one.

What did you guys think of the single? Did you like it or hate it? Let me know! Have a great day.

A message from Just Alice

Hey guys!

I just felt like saying a few words about our band, Just Alice, this morning. I just wanted to kind of explain where we were at with the EP and why it is taking so long to release it. First of all, I want everyone to know that every song on this EP is ORIGINAL. I mean, I won’t deny that we like playing covers but we wouldn’t sell our covers. So to all you kids making fun of us because you think that we’re making an EP of covers: you couldn’t be more wrong. By the way, we know of only one name who has been making fun of us and you sir….. you’re getting a free copy of the EP because I want you more than anyone to hear it. We have all the songs written and everything. We have found a contact who can record us sometime in the near future hopefully. These past few weeks we’ve been hard at work, trying to perfect the songs, making sure everything is perfect before we start the recording. We have put a pause on writing songs for now, because our main focus right now is to perfect our current songs and record them. If I were to give a release window for it, I would want to say somewhere in April more than likely. Being in this band is honestly just an awesome experience. I get to play and write music with my two closest friends in the world. Not every practice is a great one, but we make the best of every single one. Sometimes we just sit and talk for hours about music. It’s awesome. I know that we might seem lame to you. I know some of you will tell us that you read this and you’re very excited for the EP, but you’re not. Frankly, we don’t care. If you like us, that’s great, if you don’t that’s great too. Just don’t flip flop back and forth. Lastly, I just want you guys to know that we are very very VERY appreciative of all of the feedback and support. We hope that this EP will live up to expectations for you guys! Have a great Friday and a great weekend! Stay safe guys!

Sincerely,

Colby Farr, lead singer/lead guitar of Just Alice

P.S. 2016 WILL BE OUR YEAR!

Death of a Bachelor Album Review

This album sees Panic! At the Disco being as charismatic as possible

I’ve listened to Panic’s new album, Death of a Bachelor a few times now and I still don’t know what it is that makes it so likable. I’m serious. I don’t think I’ve found a song on here that I don’t like. I wouldn’t call this album ambitious at all, and yet it is still able to pull you in, which is a great experience. When you break it down in fact, it is simply a well-written, well-executed work of art, all done by a man nearly as charismatic and charming as the album itself. I’m actually going to challenge you to listen to this album and not dance or want to sing along at some point. This album is honestly genius….

The Lyrics/Vocals

In terms of the lyrics, I think people will get what they’ve always expected from Brendon Urie. They can be very weird at some points and even comical (take the song, “Don’t Threaten me With a Good Time” for example) but overall they are very excellent. I love the song, Death of a Bachelor because of the message behind it. That same feeling goes for many of the lyrics in this album. Brendon Urie is a very creative person in terms of lyrics and they always flow so well. The lyrics in this album flow more smoothly in this album than I’ve ever heard from him (that could be because of the music too however). 

Brendon’s vocals. Oh my. That will be your reaction from this album if you have any sense. I’ve always known Brendon Urie for having that wide, but beautiful range of vocals and in this album he really shows that. He has a one of a kind voice. He’ll start a lot of the songs with some low vocals, and then as the song swells, so does his voice. Finally he bursts onto the chorus with a high but catchy voice. Before you know it, you’ll be singing along with him (or trying to) enjoying every sound of it. The combination of lyrics and vocals on this album make it worth listening to. But wait, THERE’S MORE!

The Music/Sound

The singles that were released in prologue to this album, prepared people for total Brendon Urie. TOTAL. BRENDON. URIE. This album was completely written and recorded by Brendon Urie who is now the last remaining original member of Panic! At the Disco. That means he wrote a part for every instrument on every song on this record. Good for you Brendon. You talented boy, you. That means what you’re hearing on Death of a Batchelor is all out of Urie’s mind. This guy who is majorly influenced by swing legends such as Frank Sinatra, incorporates a new sound into the music. Most of the songs on this album have an undertone of smooth jazz. From Crazy=Genius to Impossible Year all have a very Frank SInatra vibe, but with a twist of Brendon Urie. The sound and feel of this album actually make it one of the most unique experiences that I’ve ever heard. Frankly, it’s just a lot of fun. You know what that is right?

The Verdict………5.0 out of 5

  • It has a cool jazz feel to it
  • Brendon’s voice
  • creativity at it’s finest
  • catchy and a whole lot of fun

Thank you!

Hey! Thank you for taking the time to read this little review. Yes I know that it took awhile, but I really wanted to hear this album (I mean listen to it a lot) before I went off and wrote a totally positive review for it. SOmetimes I feel like I judge too quickly and that can be a problem. So yeah….. That’s why I took so long with this one. We still friends? Cool. Well then why don’t you just click that subscribe button way over there to the left, and the share button below? Can you do that one last favor for me? Thanks. I really appreciate it. Have a great day! Or a good night! Oh and please do check out my other reviews! Thank you!

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