For The National, alternative rock heroes formed in Cincinnati, life is good! They have just come off of a Grammy Nomination for their newest album Trouble Will Find Me. Now i’m partial to Nine Inch Nails so i can’t say that they should have won over the gents at Vampire Weekend, but if NIN (My favorite Band) wasn’t nominated i definitely would have gone for them. Crisp choruses, beautiful melodies, Post-Punk Glory, Lead Vocalist Matt croons like the scruffy American offspring of Ian Curtis.
“Don’t Swallow the Cap” and “Sea of Love” are my favorites from the album and they will both get you into the band pretty quick. Some say this is rock for dads and I say those would be some pretty cool dads…
-Anthony Day Grandin
“You can’t start a fire, sittin’ ’round cryin’ over a broken heart
This gun’s for hire even if we’re just dancing in the dark
You can’t start a fire, worryin’ about your little world falling apart
This gun’s for hire even if we’re just dancing in the dark”
Possible one of the greatest songs of all time, in the top 100 at least. Bruce Springsteen has released some moving songs but this is just simple fun. Plus this song has been stuck in my head all week!
You won’t find a good song here, just early 80s Hardcore that had a lot to say politically. Controversial Hardcore Punk band Reagan Youth who drew criticism…well it’s kind of obvious because of the name! But also, they were on the same level as Dead Kennedy’s with what they were saying.
Most of their songs aren’t anything amazingly special. If you want the best Hardcore punk i’d still recommend Black Flag or Bad Brains, but Reagan Youth have their moments and this is one.
If you are a real punk you’ve heard of Reagan Youth, and if you are a 21st Century Punk who wears a hundred dollar skinny jeans, you probably think that Sleeping with Sirens is punk because they say so! Well young man or young lady, stop right there. You’ve got no class!
When you say Keane you think of soft piano rock, but on their sophomore album Keane went very Dark. Under the Iron Sea is one of beast albums of the last thirteen years. It’s really brilliant, it’s a lovelorn nightmare that absolutely pushes the limits of alternative rock with crazy storytelling, wildly imaginative lyrics and songs that were both catchy and intricate.
Let it Slide was a B-Side to Under the Iron Sea that took a back sea to “Is It Any Wonder’ which had considerable amounts of success in the United States. Both Let It Slide and Is It any Wonder are vicious piano and synth assaults that are lightened by Tom Chaplin’s vocals.
Let It Slide was one of the first songs i heard from Keane and it made me finally find my first favorite band. It became one of my favorite songs for the lengthy instrumental that dominates the second half of the song. it dominates your ears and while the song lacks the brilliant lyrics that most Keane songs are known for, the music is there.
This is easily Keane’s best least known song, and it gets no play. I love Keane so much, and as their greatest hits album comes out it might be the death of a dream for them to continue making records for years! But everything has to come to and end and hopefully on their final tour Keane will bring that end to a proper close!
I’m sorry, its the song of the day for the second time! “I’m holding onto the joy of desire” as Harry McVeigh sings in the lead single to the White Lies highly anticipated new album Big TV.
I think that more people have to hear this song and please comment below what you think, because this song is bloody brilliant. It’s really that good, its Goth Disco, Post Punk Dance, Alternative Rock Heaven.
Check it out, and it’s amazing video inspired by a Bollywood Film! WOOT
Enjoy the Folk Punk vibes of Frank Turner, Solo artist who used to be in Hardcore Band Million Dead. Frank Turner hails from England but you probably would figure that out if you listened to even one of his songs. He is expressive about his emotions, his country and love without losing the alternative rock/punk vibe that makes him so likeable. I had the chance to go see him with my friend Nick but sadly i decided to go and see Nine Inch Nails instead (Tickets run at $180 Each. NEW YORK NEW YORK BABY!)
Something tells me that both shows will be brilliant, as Frank Turner has created song that the audience can sing along to as if they are in the pub sipping on a brew and shouting along to an old classic. The songs have a classic vibe to them, even his new album features some gems that feel like they have been sung for the last 100 years. Frank Turner is a true artist, and to share his magic with others is truly a gift.
Edgy Ice Cold Post Punk that catches a nerve in all the right places. Dreary Lyrics and Paul Bank’s prized voice carries this song to absolute gothic melancholia. Great Song from a great album, Interpol blasted off onto the scene in the 2000s and led the American side of the Post Punk Revival movement. They made black suits and thin ties cool again, in fact they became very cool. A rivalry with the fans of Editors was created but to be honest i’d like nothing more then for Paul Banks and Tom Smith to come together and perform a depressed lovelorn ballad. Enjoy Pace is the Trick from the album Our Love to Admire