Went to watch Minus the Bear tonight based on my love of the 2002 album ‘Highly Refined Pirates’, an album that’s accompanied me for a good 8 years and never failed to disappoint.
The band sounded fantastic, it’s almost like watching clockwork as they all work perfectly together and whilst it was a real treat to hear a few tracks I love plus a few of the newer ones I quite like, there was something a bit ‘off’ with the whole event.
My friend who came with me summed it up perfectly when he said in reference to the ape-like blokes in front of us drunkenly shouting random noises and complaining about the songs, “It’s like they thought they were coming to see the Klaxons.”
Sadly the band also picked up on the poor vibe throughout the venue but luckily a few dedicated fans at the front managed to lift the mood towards the end and help the band finish on a high….
…Until lead singer Jake Snider said ‘Imagine what it could have been like if it was like this the whole time.’
Am I Wry? No - Mew
Mew brings me back to the days when I was obsessed with rock bands like Brand New, Circa Survive, and Cursive. Those were the days where I would rock out and revel in the coalescence of shoegaze guitars, bass, progressive drums, and borderline emo lyrics. Mew and other bands like them will always have a play in my heart and iPod.
“I know you and I know you’re not afraid.”
OneRepublic - Native
I’m really pleased that this album is as excellent as it is. I was a hugely unexpectant fan of previous 2009 release ‘Waking Up’ but it forced its way into my life a few years ago, becoming my album of choice in the evenings as I tried to drift off to sleep.
Native has picked up from where ‘Waking Up’ left off and whilst isn’t groundbreaking, it’s still really bloody good!
My favourite track at the moment is ‘I Lived’, due to the fact I particularly like some of the lyrics, they’re incredibly uplifting and take a view on life I passionately agree with;
“Hoping you take that jump,
But don’t fear the fall.
Hope when the water rises,
You built a wall.
Hoping the crowd screams out,
Screaming your name.
Hope if everybody runs,
You chose to stay.
Hope that you fall in love,
And it hurts so bad.
The only way you can know,
Is give it all you have.
And I hope that you don’t suffer,
But take the pain.
Hope when the moment comes,
I, I did it all.
I, I did it all.
I owned every second,
That this world could give,
I saw so many places,
And things that I did,
Of every broken bone,
I swear I lived.”
There is another verse and interlude and all sorts of lovely electronic drum fills but I think you get the picture…!
-N.B - Here’s a link to that post I wrote in January 2010 about previous album ‘Waking Up’.
“Don’t Swallow the Cap” by The National // Trouble Will Find Me (Out 5.21.13 via 4AD)
The National are one of the best bands in the world. It seems like an easy fact to process in my brain at this point. I cannot remember ever being disappointed in the band’s creative output, live shows, or general all around solid vibe. “Trouble Will Find Me” is set to drop in a little over a month, but the band was good enough to release a second single today over at Youtube, for the track “Don’t Swallow the Cap”. Once again, the song finds the band pushing a driving beat as orchestral flourishes swell up around Matt Berninger’s soulful croon. It’s familiar territory, but it’s also a sound that the band does better than everyone else. A melancholic confessional that somehow leaves you feeling oddly triumphant in your normalcy. Berninger is a brilliant lyricist and it’s on full display here. Just press play. It’s a stunning track.
Hurts - Evelyn
For some reason this great song has been in my head all day long and it’s only now I’ve finally got round to listening to it.
And it was worth the wait.
This takes me back too…fucking loved this band.
I remember the first time I saw this video - I was hooked!
Spent a lot of money buying all their special edition merch and traveled to London twice to see them.
Great live band who at one stage really were huge…I thought they’d be around a hell of a lot longer than they were too.
**I know they are ‘still around’ as was pointed out, but what I meant was as in ‘in the public eye’ because I can tell you now that the majority of people I know who did at once stage like this band wouldn’t even know they brought out ‘Vices and Virtues’ yet alone are still actually a performing act!
I said I was going to listen to a certain group of bands over the next few weeks pretty exclusively but a slight confession is that certain bands like All-American Rejects and Jimmy Eat World never really left my playlists of choice and I would often listen to the odd track here and there.
BUT Fall Out Boy I’d somehow convinced myself were a bit shit and that I was never really a big fan. That, however, is actually one big silly lie. The truth is I used to love that band…I remember walking to and from lectures every day listening to ‘From Under the Cork Tree’ and I remember how excited I was to see them live.
I stand by my judgement that their later music was definitely lacking something and never did it for me as much as their older stuff. ‘Folie a Deux’ and parts of ‘Inifinity on High’ all blur into one big generic piece of blahhhh…
But ‘Take This to Your Grave’ is one pretty damned good piece of poppunk.
Anways - I realised I’m waffling about not much so I’ll get to my point.
I hope their new album is fresh and exciting but I have serious doubts as to whether it will be…which would be a real shame.
Also their new single samples Plan B?! Did not see that coming!
Jimmy Eat World - Invented
God I really enjoyed listening through this, Futures and Bleed American in their entirety today.
I’m not going to stop on this current binge of my 2005/2006 music taste.
Bring on Fall Out Boy, Panic!, AAR, MCR, Sum 41, CIWWAF, The Academy Is and whoever else I can think of!
I’m currently on a path of rediscovery.
Today I remembered how I listened to this band for a lot of 2006, 2007 and 2008 and really haven’t paid them any attention for a long time.
Welcome back into my life the fantastic Mew.
30 Seconds to Mars - Up in the Air
The new 30STM song which sounds like Will.I.Am took a big dump all over.
Up in the Air, the new offering from 30 Seconds to Mars is yet another piece of music I’ve had this week which I’ve been unable to decide if a)I like it b)it’s actually any good…
In this case it does kind of feel like Will.I.Am has taken a big shit all over a 30STM song…it also reminds me of a later sounding Good Charlotte too!
This new direction isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I liked both Linkin Park and Muse as their sound slowly absorbed more and more electronic sounding music and so I’m sure I’ll come round to this properly soon.
Still undecided on ‘Sempiternal’ the new album from Bring Me The Horizon…needs more listens.
The artwork however, is great.
Yung Rupunxel, the new song from Azelia Banks. Needs to be turned up loud.
S’alright this innit….
Source: SoundCloud / Azealia Banks