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Bands To Watch #53 – You Me at Six

 
By on Tuesday, 9th December 2008 at 6:48 pm
 

With the recent release of their new album, Take off Your Colours, You Me at Six has been grabbing the attention of many. Originating from Surrey, the band has been compared with the greats of pop punk like Taking Back Sunday and Panic! At The Disco which really isn’t surprising when you listen to the quality of music these guys produce.

This quality has earned them support slots with Chicago’s big hitters “The Audition” but in a year’s time or so it is easy to imagine reviewing the next wave of pop punk bands that have managed to get a support slot with You Me at Six. Explosive tracks like “Save it for the bedroom” display the characteristics of the band so well including catchy riffs and melodies alongside chorus chants and pounding bass lines while the track “The Rumour” shows off the bands epic sound with a slightly slower tempo.

The pop punk scene has been accused of getting saturated of bands that are carbon copies of others but if you are looking for originality, depth and variety, just check out the bands inventive cover of Rhianna’s Umbrella. At the moment the U.K’s big rock outfits tend to have a classic British sound but it is rare that they can set both the U.S and U.K charts alight. You Me at Six however have a sound that has all the style and sheer craft to take on the top of both charts.

 

Bands to Watch #43: Escape The Fate

 
By on Tuesday, 18th November 2008 at 6:15 pm
 

They look scary and have as many tattoos as a Hells Angels annual gathering but if you have ever wondered what My Chemical Romance and Avenged Sevenfold sound like smashed together, just listen to Nevada punks Escape the Fate. It’s either emo with a set of balls or a castrated metal act, but whatever you say about these guys, you have to award credit for the sublime guitar solos, catchy choruses and generally awesome tracks that feature on the new album “This War is Ours.” They bring together big metal-riffed intros, melodic verses and double-bass breakdowns covered in Cookie Monster shouts. It sounds great.

The band met through MySpace and alright, I have never really been an Escape the Fate “fan” but I’d heard a few songs I liked such as Dying is your latest fashion & Situations. I never really cared to listen to the rest of their music though. However, every song is pure genius on the album This War Is Ours (The Guillotine II) which sounds a lot more commercial than the first record.

I will say that I think the band still haven’t peaked and there should be a lot more to come from these guys but at the moment the songs don’t sound like big hits, they still sound like a support act and not the big thing yet. Having said this, there is a bit of me that believes the next album could be the big breakthrough.

See what you think on their MySpace and be sure to check out the track “We won’t back down”.

 

Album Review: Four Year Strong/ Rise Or Die Trying

 
By on Thursday, 6th November 2008 at 3:16 pm
 

With influeneces that span from hardcore originators Gorilla Biscuits, to Florida’s pop punks New Found Glory, this Massachusetts five-piece have taken thier favourite sounds from pop punk harmonies to hardcore riffing and melded them into one hell of a bruising music formula.

The band are definitely for fans of Fall Out Boy and in fact Four Year Strong are signed to Pete Wentz’s record label, Decaydance. The songs on the latest album are all worthy of high chart positions in my mind and the one that stands out has to be “Bada Bing Wit’ A Pipe”. Its catchy vocals are hard to dislike and the up tempo melodies add fantastic spice to the track.

It must be noted that the band members have a great range of talent with a tremendous range of sounds. Some of their tunes are poptastic while others like “Beatdown in the Key of Happy” thrive with heavy guitar riffs that could fit in with a Trivium track. The album never pauses, not even for a second. The slowest song is “Catastrophe,” and even on that song, the band has only taken the speed down about half a notch.

Listening to Four Year Strong makes me tired. You might think that’s a negative thing to say about a band. In this case however, it’s a compliment. I get tired because I imagine all the mosh pits, gang choruses, and synchronized handclaps that a Four Year Strong show must be full of.

Head over to thier myspace and have your ears perplexed!

 

Album Review: The Bronx/The Bronx (III)

 
By on Monday, 3rd November 2008 at 6:06 pm
 

The Bronx Tone UpWith the release of The Bronx’s third album (thoughtfully entitled “The Bronx III”) the punk scene definitely has a new titan on the block. The hardcore sound produced by growling guitar riffs and vocals full of aggression has actually seen the band tone down. Earlier records produced by the band were truly wild while this latest addition has an element of control to it.

Of course, there’s still plenty of aggressive punk to be found on the disk. The majority of the record still carries most of the raw intensity of their debut album, and songs like “Digital Leash” show that the band still contains the same energy that drove them the first time around. Other tracks such as “Young Bloods” almost sound like pop compared to more blunt tunes like “Inveigh”.

The album definitely fits the classic Bronx sound but at the same time the guys seemed to have matured their approach with great variety. Singer Matt Caughthran’s trademark gruff yell is sometimes replaced with a mellow croon which brings a nice depth and break from the bands typical sound. The album seems to be a genuine improvement for the band but it also seems that the LA punks can develop even more for their next release. The more commercial sound should turn a lot of heads but it is not one to play to your grandmothers.

The big question is where does the band go from here?

See details on their MySpace for a free track to download!

 

Album Review: Farewell / Isn’t this supposed to be fun?

 
By on Monday, 13th October 2008 at 9:24 pm
 

Punchy melodies coupled with infectious lyrics are bound to make Farewell a hit in the UK; especially with fans of Cute Is What We Aim For and Say Anything. Originating from North Carolina, Farewell are here to take the UK by storm with their debut tour, supporting none other than YouMeAtSix.

The tour will also help to promote their first album: “Isn’t This Supposed To Be Fun?” released earlier this year. The album contains 13 full length tracks of power pop goodness. It bears reminiscence to Motion City Soundtrack with the occasional negativity in the lyrics; but when coupled with the lively guitar and keyboard melodies, it turns it into what every screaming teenage girl loves: a fabulous collection of catchy tunes they can sing along to.

The album opens with “Start it Up”, a song that’s guaranteed to push away any flickers of doubts about the band, and pull in every power pop lover to listen further. Lead singer, Marshall Davies, brings this song, along with the others, the right edge to match the lyrics to the catchy tunes bound to make every teenager want to get up and move.

Stand out tracks on the album include “War”, “September Brought the Fall”, “Hey Heather” and up-coming single “Eighty-Eights” released 20th October.

This 5 piece band from America are definitely a band to keep your eye on, and in for big things over here if they can give as good a performance on stage as they do on their record.

You can catch Farewell supporting YouMeAtSix at the below tour dates:

Wednesday 15th October – Middlesbrough Empire
Thursday 16th October – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 17th October – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Saturday 18th October – Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Sunday 19th October – Northampton Roadmender
Tuesday 21st October – Leeds Met University
Wednesday 22nd October – Glasgow ABC1
Thursday 23rd October – Manchester Academy 2
Friday 24th October – Liverpool Carling Academy
Saturday 25th October – Southampton University
Sunday 26th October – Oxford Carling Academy
Monday 27th October – London Astoria
Tuesday 28th October – Cardiff Solus
Wednesday 29th October – Brighton Komedia
Thursday 30th October – Exeter Phoenix

 
 
 

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