Posts Tagged ‘All Time Low’

Random song post, Volume 10

June 16, 2010

Had a little extra time on my hands.  Reviewed a few extra songs.  Here ya go.

All Time Low – “Lost In Stereo” (Nothing Personal, Hopeless, 2009): Fun, exciting rock from a band that could very well be sliding into Fall Out Boy and blink182’s shoes at this very moment.  With similarities to most of Cartel and New Found Glory’s respective catalogs of music, it’s a solid entry into the pop/punk genre.

The Spill Canvas – “Our Song” (Realities EP, Sire, 2010): Despite a noticeable gap since their last full-length, South Dakota’s The Spill Canvas have managed to tide us over with the recent release of two EPs, Abnormalities and Realities, the latter of which boasts the single, “Our Song, ” easily the epitome of everything this band stands for when it comes to music and a fine representation of their sound.  Frontman Nick Thomas’ distinctive, somewhat aggressive voice drives the song, while the rest of the band follows along nicely with appropriate guitars and drums.

Weezer – “I’m Your Daddy” (Raditude, DGC/Interscope, 2009): On Weezer’s seventh full-length Raditude, these emo/powerpop pioneers took their already diverse musical history into yet another direction, best indicated on songs like the singles, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, ” and, “I’m Your Daddy.  ”  It’s the latter of the two songs that sees frontman Rivers Cuomo in prime shape, bringing back a voice not heard since most of the 90s and a band that seems to remember how they used to sound.  With a fantastic mix of drum machines, synthesizer, and Weezer’s trademark over-the-top guitars, “I’m Your Daddy, ” stands as a great example of how far Weezer has come, and what they’re still capable of.

Silversun Pickups – “The Royal We” (Swoon, Dangerbird, 2009): Awesome.  Just awesome.  Hard to believe such a thunderous sound (especially during the chorus) could come from a bunch of shoegazers like the Silversun Pickups.  Touches of string instruments add to the tension ever present throughout the song, and frontman Brian Aubert’s voice sounds just as good as ever.

Random song post, Volume 3

February 25, 2010

A few recently added songs to my iPod:

Ace Enders And A Million Different People – “Bittersweet Symphony” (2008): As guessed, this is a cover of the 1997 classic by The Verve (which itself borrowed heavily from an orchestral version of a Rolling Stones song).  However, in the hands of the uber-talented Ace Enders and a slew of guest artists (including Mark Hoppus, All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, Relient K’s Matt Thiessen and many more), this song captures the exuberance of the original while breathing new life into it at the same time.  Easily the finest cover you’ll ever hear of The Verve’s best song.

Death Cab for Cutie – “Cath…  ”   (Narrow Stairs, Atlantic/Barsuk, 2008): A bit of a departure from Narrow Stairs’ somewhat darker mood, “Cath…  ”   serves a reminder of good ol’ pre-O.  C.   Death Cab with it’s bouncy drums and quick, punchy guitar riffs.  The chorus is nothing short of classic Death Cab, and the lyrics, which revolve around a woman in love with a man who’s watching her own wedding ceremony, fit frontman Ben Gibbard’s voice perfectly.  When Gibbard utters, “Soon everybody will ask what became of you, ” during the chorus, the music instantly soars up to a level from which it never comes down.  A true Death Cab masterpiece.

Songs I’d forgotten about, or overlooked, but now can’t stop listening to:

Cheap Trick – “Dream Police” (Dream Police, Epic, 1979): A powerpop anthem that, along with groups like The Cars, would eventually influence modern-day powerpop artists like Motion City Soundtrack and Do You Feel-era Rocket Summer.  The greatest asset to “Dream Police, ” is the synthesizer, which drives the song, however Bun E.   Carlos’ drums have never sounded better and frontman Robin Zander’s voice successfully carries the unusual lyrics.  For a real treat, dig up a recording of the band performing live at Alpine Valley in 1982, which boasts an astounding version of, “Dream Police, ” that clocks in at just shy of eleven minutes.