Monday, 19 November 2012

I don't care what you think, I'm falling back in love with Fall Out Boy

Yes, a very funny title, I know.

Anyhow, I have, as you have read in the title, fallen in love with this band. I love them to bits. Their style effortlessly shift around the genre that they hold like they created it. Patrick sings the lyrics as if he wrote them personally, when in fact it was Pete. Just scrolling through my iTunes, I came across their albums and played their first and second albums all the way through.

Now tell me this, is there a bad song? Secondly, are there any better song titles around too?

I highly doubt it.

Now, that does not in anyway represent the quality of the music, but the lyrics literally speak fr thm slvs:

"Am I more than you bargained for yet? I've been dying to tell you anything you want to hear
Cause that's just who I am this week"

"We're the new face of failure
Prettier and younger but not any better off
Bullet proof loneliness
At best, at best"

And this ones play on words are really creative: "champange for my real friends. real pain for my sham friends"

After Patrick's wedding, can we hope for a re-union? Yes. If I was a betting man (I must stress at this point that I am as far away from that title as the North Pole is from the South), I would say that next Spring a tour for US and a November tour for Europe. Seeing as I don't bet wrong, that will be wrong. Patrick is adamant they will only reform if it is for new music. That would push the Spring tour to November, and the European tour to February.

I'll see you on that tour, I'm sure of it.

Monday, 12 November 2012

The Shermans // Marina - EP Review

Before me I have a brand new EP from a band from Essex called "The Shermans." Knowing two of the people personally, I managed to nab a copy, and decided to review it track by track below for your eyes to delve on. This is a as-I-listen review, so all initial thoughts (whether negative or not!) are plain to see. Enjoy!

Wyatt's Green
The quick opening to this acts as a surprise and it has a nice melody. The lyrics are not as good as the rest of the EP, but a fabulous start to the proceeds nonetheless. 

The band chose to release this as a taster for the album earlier last week, and it was very impressive. The melodic opening is pitch perfect, and when the full band come in the song really gets into the swing of things. The voice sounds almost Strokesy in this one, but more laid back. Out of all the tracks, this is the most "band" sounding song, with the laid back rhythm and melody all merging together. The drums sound particularly loud in this one however, but otherwise good.

The Kick
This most definitely has a kick, and a good one at that. The excellent guitar really steals the show, just a shame once more the distorted vocals let it down. The melody just before the chorus is confident and the roar of the chorus wouldn't go out of place in a late night, sweaty, jump-until-you-drop gig in Camden.

Soho Blues
I love the structure of this, as opposed to Marina, where the chorus comes too late. This doesn't have one, and the guitar really is different. The variety of this EP is astonishing, in particular this one screams confidence and know-how.

The evidence is clear that this band should go on to achieve, I hope they do. A clean, polished sound from the off helps. If they can write catchier lyrics, that are more individual, then they will be off. But, they already are, all the best for 2013!


Monday, 5 November 2012

Inhaling "Inhaler" by Foals

They said expect the unexpected, which made the unexpected expected, which, confusingly (I know this sentence sounds confusing, but bear with) wasn't unexpected at all. I fully expected them to go heavier if anything. It was music to my ears however when Ed said on Radio 1 that this was the heaviest Holy Fire gets, and that the rest of the album is different.


They're back, and it sounds like a very Foalsy layered and developed track. It comes from a 27 minute jam they had recorded, and they cut it down and rerecorded in one take. With some post-production it sounds lovely and grungy. Definitely what the world and his best mate needed.

I for one can't wait for the rest, let's hope Holy Fire is just as godly good.

Friday, 2 November 2012

One night in November - my Little Comets Live review

What a bunch of melodic fun this lot are. I went to this gig expecting £11.50's worth of entertainment and got a lot more bang for my relatively low buck.

Unfortunately, I had an open day that was 4 hours away in Worcester. A nice uni, if you're interested, but my interest lies elsewhere. I arrived at the gig half-way through General Fiasco. I've heard about them being destined for big things, but that was 3 years ago, so it was bizarre to see them supporting a band who are also destined for great things.

The band themself worked relentlessly hard to get their album sound across live: and it worked. The high pitch kitchen sink-style guitar's worked effortlessly together like pen and paper. The vocals blended with the melody, and the lyrics as clear as they are clever. Needless to say, I was impressed.

Although I love the new album, either I am going deaf or Koko didn't have it loud enough, but it didn't sound loud enough to come across as well. No, it is not a particularly "loud" album, but I've really adored "Violence Out Tonight" and it sounded like the sound crew were out tonight instead. The subtle growing in sound guitar just didn't grow. A shame, as I was certain this would and will be a live favourite, but the crowd just swayed like it was that 9th track filer that you find on albums.

Favourites like "Adultery" and "Isles" came across fabulously, with the crowd knowing the songs word for word. It is always great for a relatively small band like Little Comets for them to hear people like me singing back line for line a song they had written. "One Night In October" was my favourite that night, and it certainly sounded like the crow agreed.

I for one agree it was a great, great night, and that they should go on to better and bigger things. Onwards and upwards!

Turns out I like other things // University

So, it turns out I like other things as well as English. Not that I didn't know that, but you might no of, from the concentrated title of my blog. So from now on I will try to blog on anything else remotely entertaining not just for you, but for myself. So, look forward to that. Or not.

And I've decided after my huge break from this that I just need to write. Any writing is better than no writing. It is what I want to do at university, after all, being a Journalist. From here on in, I will post as much as possible alongside my ridiculous studies. Feel free to follow me on twitter too @harrybarnes, as I usually am on there 24/7.