Monday, 14 October 2013

Little Comets // Violence Out Tonight - Lyrics

These lyrics, should mean so much to so many people. They carry a lot of meaning in a field of polluted lyrics:

So he offers her his coat
In return for her devotion
For he loves her like a boat
That he keeps out on the ocean
He says: I'll tell you lover
That I don't need no other's arms at all”
And as he fixes her a look
All the innocence that she mistook for charm
Dies in the vacuum of his startling deep emotion

There's violence out tonight
There's violence out tonight
There's violence out tonight, tonight
There's violence out tonight

As they step into the dark
Only moonlight hides his treason
And the shadows skip like sharks
Through the gasps of air between them
She says: Becalm your hands boy I thought
restraint was now your sentiment of choice?
But as his fingers strike her blouse
All the words that he espoused
Lie deftly scattered on the ground amidst
the buttons he's torn open

There's violence out tonight
There's violence out tonight, tonight
In every room, in every heart
In every moment you discard
There's violence out tonight, tonight

So she stalks the stolid streets debased
A tepid flickering of street-lights wipes the grief
Across her face
Since she wears upon her brow
The ragged gape of alienation
That will follow her around

And like for every victim
It seems the pain will not subtract or even calm
All this protracted by a state
In which the poor conviction rate for rape
Can often leave a woman feeling
More at blame than able

To talk about violence tonight
To talk about violence tonight, tonight
In every moment, every room
In every word that you consume
In every second, every chance
In every twisting of romance
In every momentary embrace
In every movement of your face
Is violence out tonight, tonight

Tell me something I don't know
Tell me something I can be proud of
Tell me something I don't know

Panic! At The Disco // Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! - Review

I have never been the biggest fan of Panic! All the palaver about removing the exclamation, and then readding it. Do I want to listen to a band that causes 'drama' over a simple grapheme?

Well, now I do. The two singles from their fourth album are absolutely atrociously catchy, and just cool. "This Is Gospel" kicks off the album with vocal prowess and lyrical genius: "This is gospel for the vagabonds, never-do-wells and insufferable bastards, confessing their apostasies, led away by imperfect impostors". And it doesn't stop there - the whole album is packed with memory lines. A marked improvement, as I feel they have been severely lacking in this area, in terms of going head to head with their record label owners band, Pete Wentz and Fall Out Boy.

After the two opening tracks, the previously mentioned "This Is Gospel" and the equally as good "Miss Jackson", the quality continues, for one more track. "Vegas Lights" is fantastically showbiz, with glitz right from the off and cliche fuelled bridges. In comparison, "Girl That You Love" is dreary, and Brendon just doesn't seem interested.

I hate writing reviews and just listing songs and saying "this is good, and this one, but not this one because of x", but this album needs it. "Nicotine" is, honestly, my song of the year so far. The bassist, his first appearance on their recordings, gives the funky beat to the bridge and chorus. "Life's a fucking drag", according to Brendon, but when you can come up songs and riffs like this, who cares?

"Girls/Girls/Boys" has a fantastically british synth to it. Garrish and appropriate at the same time. Which just about sums up this album. The opening to "Vegas Lights" features children chanting. Incredibly garrish, but it really does fit the song.

After all the band reshuffling, it is lovely to see them still going at it - and doing it wellllll.


H x

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Fall Out Boy // My Songs... - Video

I am sure it has been noted before, but FOB are much rockier live at the moment. See below. Their new album is pretty awesome too, it must be said.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

So, I may or may not be on the radio // University

I may soon be recording a "rock" show of sorts for "Burst" radio. I am definitely hugely excited for this, as I want to go in that direction as a career path: music journalism. If you couldn't tell yet.

Turns out they run a super simple and also awesome set up. Record at home, or in the studio, live or otherwise, and send it in. Done. So impressed, and also a tad unexpected. The face behind Burst, Paul, is also very down to earth and seems like the type of dude that will be great to work with.

Now, I just need to use my powers of conversation to find a producer. Shouldn't take too long, already eying up a couple of people.

I'll aim to play music similar to that of Xfm and NME, but that would be boring. Instead, you'll get a bit of that, but also music you most likely would never had heard before - unsigned, unseen, and awesome.

I'll post a link and the details here, most likely in the sidebar also, so watch this space.

H x

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Haim // Days Are Gone - Review

The long time coming effort from BBC does not need or require much talking about - they are after all one of the most hyped bands of the year. After their first EP "Forever" came out, it feels like we have been waiting since, er... forever for the full length debut. Now it is here in all it's shimmering pop goodness.

"Shimmering pop" is what I least expected to write after their lively, rocky shows. After a big time record deal, they have been slowly, but carefully, crafting what can only be described as a superb pop album. Pop in the sense of good music, and good production too. The now classic "Falling" makes them sound like this is of their fifth album, not their first. The chorus and hooks are a plenty, as is the 80s style guitar. The same goes for "The Wire", essentially their own "Pompei" moment before stardom. It is lavished with 90s pop similarities and it is spectacular.

However, "My Song 5" is the stand out track for me. It sounds like Timbalands successor has locked himself away and listened to 29 different genres and loaded up on cocaine before producing this stunner of a track. Layered layers and stunning bass and vocal work really help push this song to the forefront of music. This is special. Only criticism of this would be that Go Slow should be a part of "My Song 5", now that would make it very special indeed. "Let Me Go" builds on this rock sound further, and nearly as good too, with a sleuth of effects too.

There is traditional 80s pop fused with 2013 to be found on "If I Could Change Your Mind" and title track "Days Are Gone". I found the two recent singles "The Wire" and "Fallling" too similar to expect any sort of variety, but this album does deliver variety aplenty. Whether you're looking for rock and roll, or pop, you have it in front of your popping eyes.

Well done Haim, well done Pop.


H x