Song of the Week (Revamped) #3-Bad Day by Darwin Deez

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Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

Darwin Deez is an American indie band from New York City signed to music label Lucky Number.

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t love the first time I heard Bad Day. But it has been since the second. ‘Cuz everyday ought to be a bad day for you’ this song is spiteful, a true ‘fuck you’ song but with a happier beat. And wishing that the last page of their 800 paged novel went missing is my ultimate ‘fuck yourself’.

My Favourite part:

I hope that the last page of your 800 paged novel is missing. […]

Maybe you should wonder why your apartment is always so empty

I hope you get locked out of that apartment and have to call Jenny
Ohhhh!

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here.

Song of the Week (Revamped) #2-Fading Through by Wafia Ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic

song of the week revamped

Song of the Week is a weekly meme of some of my current favourite songs or songs that I can’t get out of my head. Leave your favourite songs and I’ll be sure to check them out.

With a unique, versatile voice combined with lyrics that possess a powerful, universal quality that ensures audiences catch their breath, Wafia is a nineteen year old music-maker, heart-warmer and soul-pleaser. Her ability to hold a crowd and keep them captivated is attributed to her delicate and emotive stage presence; think descended hush, endemic goosebumps and a collective sigh of musical gratification.

If you’re a fan of Birdy and Daughter, well then Fading Through is definitely for you. The vocals all around from both bands are hauntingly beautiful and paint a lovely picture of romance. It’s an extremely slow song yet build ups are done to the fullest force. Easily one of my favourite songs of the year.

Favourite Part:

I’d climb on rooftops
To catch a glimpse of the moon
A fading trail of you
A mountain of effort
And a wall of prayer
But this war is to the death

Listen to the song here.

Lyrics are here. 

Album Review: Rose by The Front Bottoms

download (8)Rose by The Front Bottoms

Record Label: Bar None records

Genre: Pop punk

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Songs: 6
good good

 The Front Bottoms are an American acoustic-indie-punk band originating from New Jersey that formed in 2006. The duo have since released two albums: The Front Bottoms and Talon of the Hawk. As well as one EP: Rose. Band members are: Brian Sella (Vocals, Guitar) and Mathew Uychich (Drums, Bullhorn, Megaphone).

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The Front Bottoms truly grow on you. I remember listening to them for the first time at a friend’s house and I hated them. Their music was too strange for me, especially the singing which killed it all. Luckily, I couldn’t get one of their songs out of my head and I decided to search them up. This band might take time to love but no matter how long, love always goes their way. Rose seems to be a tribute to the old times, and to the fans. It’s obviously something that they’re proud of and happy to release and although I wouldn’t recommend starting with this EP, it’s still fairly great.

The beginning of Lipstick Covered Magnet is not properly done. Sella’s voice isn’t the greatest but the singing is worse than usual. He holds the notes longer to give them a sing-song texture and it doesn’t work in his favour.I hate to say it but it’s annoying. Same with  Awkward Conversations is only a repetition of the same group of words with nothing new to bring after the first minute.

Moving onto the good stuff, the first track starts off very strong. It has a steady beat and strange with great lyrics and a chorus of voices singing along.  I love the trumpet piece displayed in Twelve Feet Deep. I also love how this song is so easy to picture, the room-mate sleeping, the skipping of class (who hasn’t done that?), and most importantly, the stupid shit that make up the good times. Moreover, Jim Bogart has a sweet duet and a soft guitar piece that doesn’t distract from the vocals. There’s a great build up which leads to a few seconds of hardcore drumming.

Overall, This album is a tribute and I do like it. But then again, I think I’d like anything they release because of their relatable lyrics, smooth beats and even smoother tempos, but most importantly the vocals. It took me a very long time to get over the out of key singing but I get it now and I think that everyone will get it sooner or later. Favourite songs are Flying Model Rockets, Twelve Feet Deep and, Jim Bogart.

4 Awesome Treble Clefs
4 Awesome Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Flying Model Rockets-3:14

2. Lipstick Covered Magnet-2:34

3. Twelve Feet Deep-3:45

4. Jim Bogart-3:18

5. Be Nice to Me-2:47

6. Awkward Conversations-2:46

Album Review: Unearth by John Bassett

Unearth-Album-CoverUnearth by John Bassett

Record Label: Stereohead Records

Genre: Folk/ Alternative Rock

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Songs: 10

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John Bassett is a multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, producer primarily known for writing the music and producing the critically acclaimed albums of Progressive Rock act “KingBathmat”. He has so far released seven albums since 2003 and self released them through the record label Stereohead Records. This winter 2013/2014 will see the first release of an acoustic themed album under his own name.

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, Stereohead Records for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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John Bassett has such a creepy voice. It’s smack in the middle of Patrick Watson and Copeland with his soft yet strong voice that reaches those high notes. Unearth starts off with such a unique style that, at first, might make listeners do a double take (I know I did!) and really listen to what music is playing around them. Nonetheless, I like this album. It’s great on its own but it also would be great in tv shows to give that emotional edge that Comedian has.

However, nothing is more disappointing than when an intense feeling starts to wear off. I love the haunting feel that comes during the beginning of each song, but somewhere in the middle, that effect wears off fairly quickly especially in Survival Rate, Tv is God, and Keep Dear. After this, the songs get a bit boring and repetitive.  Another thing that I have a problem with is that although all the songs are well done and go together nicely to make a coherent album, the songs sound a little too similar at times and makes it hard to distinguish each song from the other.

Still, I really like this record. Stay Away From the Dark reminds me so much of Kiss from a Rose by Seal just with the medial sound and the mood . Unearth is perfect. I absolutely love the overlapping vocals that give off an echoing effect as well as the creepy lyrics about sacrifices. I also love the guitar riffs, they’re simplistic yet memorizing in Unearth, Comedian, and Nothing Sacred. For an instrumental, Kylerhea is very well done. The guitar is brought out nicely but still doesn’t overpower the rest of the instruments like the soothing drums. The mood is so relaxing in this song, like a beautiful spring day.

Unearth should be called Unearthly haunting because I feel the need to watch as many beautifully done horror movies and tv shows as possible. Like Hannibal. Or something equally as elegant and odd. Off of this album, my favourite songs are: Stay Away from the Dark, Unearth, Kylerhea, and Comedian. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys folk and alternative rock as well as some Patrick Watson.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Since this album isn’t out yet you can listen to Stay Away from the Dark as well as a the album trailer here.)

1. Stay Away from the Dark-4:35

2. Survival Rate

3. Nothing is Sacred

4. Unearth

5. Pantomime

6. Kylerhea

7. Tv is God

8. Keep Dear

9. Something that’s More Worthwhile

10. Comedian

Album Review: Made for More by Skylight

wpid-Skylight-Cover.jpgMade for More by Skylight

Record Label: Independent

Genre: Indie Pop

Release Date: May 25, 2013

Songs: 10
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Skylight’s roots can be traced back to 2009 when three like-minded musos – Greg Jorden (vocals and guitar), Peter Klein (bass) and Bradley Cumming (drums) and later Wesley Ayliffe (guitar and back-up vocals) – joined forces after performing at a music event. The trio soon began writing music together, the chemistry instantaneous, and their individual visions started to take form.

In 2010, their song Always Enough became an instant hit, and it wasn’t long before the track secured them a spot on the “Joburg Day” line-up, performing in front of 18 000 people. Early 2013, Skylight released their first single Give It Up, a taster of what they have to offer and it only gets better. This summer the band introduces the catchy hooks of Born To Love You, taking their fans into 2014 with a smile.

First of all, I would like to thank the publicist, Genevieve Vieira for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Skylight plays with a few different sounds on Made for More. They try out the indie rock band, the super steamy sex kittens, and then finally the hopeless romantics which really works for them. I’m a real sucker for hopeless romantics (probably because my best friend is one) especially the ones that can talentedly stir up emotions that pull at my heartstrings. Although right now they sound to be on the same road as early Parachute and This Century but with more creativity and experience with their sound in the right direction, skylight can be just as great maybe even better than them.

For me, when it comes to any type of media I expect it to be flowing and relaxed, I don’t like it feeling contrived or awkward in any way and the problem with Give it Up is that it’s too sexy and too much for the band that they just don’t know what to do with it. Never Empty is similar because Skylight try out the hardcore indie rock band which I find awkward and poorly executed. Another problem I have with this album are the vocals. Skylight knows how to seamlessly strum together a few chords and make up a beautifully enchanting melody full of rich textures. The problems are the uncontrollable high notes for the vocalist that sound misplaced and odd in songs Made for More, Smile and Always Enough. The guitar solos in Made for More and Our Dreams Were Everything are really good it’s just sad that they’re at the very end of the songs and it’s really short but if they were longer than it could be better. And leave listeners with a more finished feel. Most songs on Made for More seem to have the same song structure of albeit lovely, typical melodic guitar notes. It would have been better if they decided to switch things up with the different structure once in a while to make it easier to distinguish the songs.

Moving on to the better, more likeable parts of this record, I really love the southern tang that’s lightly dashed into their music to help fans feel more welcomed. More than Ever and Fire both have great bass parts that smoothly carry the songs from verse to chorus and then back again. The drumming however a little slow, delivers a well done beat that compliments each song and emphasises the lyrics. Lyrics really can make or break a band and I swear, the words that Skylight have fabricated into each song are absolute perfection, a masterpiece within a masterpiece.

Made for More is a remarkable effort of a debut album. Fans of anything sweet, meaningful, and smooth will adore this record and probably everything Skylight releases afterwards. Off of the album, Born to Love You, More than Ever, Our dreams were Everything, and Fire are the most touching songs that easily became favourites for me. The band goes through a few mishaps and missteps during Made for More but I’m happy they start and end it on a warm, love-filled note.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1.Born to Love You-2:32
2. Give it Up-3:29
3. More than Ever
4.  Made for More
5. Smile
6. Our Dreams Were Everything
7. Always Enough
8. Never Empty
9. Overwhelmed
10. Fire

Album Review: South of the Mountain by Bears and Company

mnt treeSouth of the Mountain by Bears and Company

Record Label: Independent

Genre: Indie Rock

Release Date: April 27, 2013

Songs: 10
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Bears and Company is a progressive/indie rock band out of Kansas City, Missouri. Each member comes from different musical backgrounds and collectively they craft a unique taste for those with open mouths. They are a band that share a story worth listening to, and paint a constant raging tone to illustrate such. This quintuplet is a band that gets in your face and will have you screaming every word in company. They create sound for honest connection, and work restlessly to break any and all resistance. The Bears started when songwriters, Alexander McClain (Guitar/Vocals) and Logan Tyler (Vocals/Bass) got together in the winter of their first and last year of college and began working on the songs and ideas of Bears and Company. Not long after McClain’s long time friend and past bandmate, Allan Latini (Drums) joined the band out of great desire to be a part of a hard hitting project. As a Trio the band played multiple shows, wrote, and recorded an unreleased E.P. and in time decided that it was time to step up their song direction and guitar section. Zach Knoll (Guitar) became the missing piece of the puzzle after a couple sessions. Charisma came completely natural for the four piece and things took off immediately. They began writing their full length record titled, South of the Mountain, in the fall of 2011 and started tracking it in the birth of the new year with producer Aaron Crawford (The Beautiful Bodies, We Are Voices, Flee the Seen, Now Now Sleepyhead). After a long summer of touring and hard work they returned to the studio to record their debut album “South of The Mountain”.

First of all, I would like to thank the band, Bears and Company for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Bears and Company have a unique sound for a genre like Indie Rock. It’s too dark for indie, but then it’s too light for rock. It’s mysterious but oh so enchanting and saying that these guys are great would be an understatement. But I’m at a loss of words for how to explain them well. Still, I think everyone should check them out. Good music is getting harder and harder to find these days and Bears and Company portray their experience and love for music well on this work of art.

Unfortunately, When the Sky Opened and Moskstraumen are both quiet but fast songs that hold listeners’ attention and I do like them but I don’t like the bridges because they both don’t go well with the song, it sounds too out of place and upbeat for what the band is trying to accomplish with the songs.

South of the Mountain shows their talent and skills creating memorable lyrics and even more so choruses. The guitar solos in Occurrence in the Wildwood and After the Quake are great They really create a mood that goes well with the lyrics.. The vocals in Susannah and the Elders and Carroll A. Deering have a lovely range that’s really strong. Carroll A. Deering is also a slow song but it’s a lot more calm with a smooth build-up and transition that I barely noticed until the ending of the song that the tempo changes. Something that I’m learning to appreciate more and more in music and in bands are the drums. Although they’re not as unnoticed, they still tend to get overlooked. I’m still reeling over the drumming in South Side of the Mountain is super tight and skilled.

The best thing about this band is their confidence in themselves and their talent. All their songs are easy to distinguish with their slight differences that keep everything new and fresh. Their transitions between verses and choruses are close to flawless with lyrics holding so much meaning. Even more so in We Were Brothers and the short monologue that’s captivating and lyrically beautiful. Choosing my top three songs for an album as wonderful as South of the Mountain is pretty tough. Nonetheless, I have to go with Carroll A. Deering, After the Quake, and We Were Brothers. But actually, everyone, go give this album a listen, it’s so worth it.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. I Dreamt I Destroyed the World-3:55

2. Occurrence in the Wildwood-4:21

3. Susannah and the Elders-4:26

4. Carroll A. Deering-4:50

5. When the Sky Opened-5:00

6. Return of the Hunters-4:28

7. After the Quake-3:02

8. South of the Mountain-2:11

9. We Were Brothers-4:22

10. Moskstraumen-5:20

Album Review: Summer Death by Marietta

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Summer Death by Marietta

Record Label: Big Footprints

Genre: pop punk

Release Date: October 21, 2013

Songs: 8
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Philadelphia’s own Marietta have released their debut LP “Summer Death” which will be released on vinyl via Soft Speak Records, a charity based label where 100% of profits gained will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

After acquiring a strong fan base in the ever-growing Philly music scene, the 90’s emo-indie-pop punk hybrid have proven that they can write much more than just a strong EP. Prior to “Summer Death” Marietta had released a three track Demo, where the track “God Bless Eric Taylor” was originally released; and a split EP with fellow Philly punks Modern Baseball (Run For Cover Records) titled “Couples Therapy”. Now, Marietta has put together an album that perfectly captures their style and sound. Passionate and somewhat poignant–“Summer Death” mixes the musical styling of 90’s emo with the lyrical honesty that is loved in pop punk today.

First of all, I would like to thank the record label, Big Footprints for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Marietta’s biggest problem is their confidence  level and need to make their sound more unique and personal. The similarities between The World Is and Marietta are almost identical. And although this is a fairly good album, Summer Death lacks the creativity to make it theirs. However I still found myself enjoying the songs and even more so the song titles.

Just like The World is a Beautiful Place, vocals by Marietta in cinco de Mayo Shit Show, Deck Wine,  and Ever is a Long Time (Ever is No Time At All are a lot shakier than they should be and make the songs sound really panicked. Another problem that I have is with God Bless Eric Taylor because the intro is pretty messy and confusing but the chorus saves the song.

Summer Death has some awesomely smooth bass parts that give the whole album a nice feel. The female backup singer in Cinco de Mayo Shit Show has such a lovely voice that if quieter, could have rocked it. You’ve Got the Map Backwards, Matt is a very personal song with a soft, enchanting intro and a beautiful build-up that isn’t rushed. The drumming and guitar riffs are quite well done throughout the album. But, by far, Fuck, Dantooine is Big is their best song. The song is very raw with the bass, guitar and vocals all complimenting each other in the best way possible.

Overall, Summer Death is a solid album that I think will gain the band a lot of followers. In my opinion, their best songs are …So They Left Me at a Gas Station, You’ve Got the Map Backwards, Matt, and  Fuck, Dantooine is Big. Their passion and inspiration are very strong and intense which are the reason why I can’t wait for Marietta to come out with something else. Their next album will be nothing but great.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. …so they left me at a gas station

2. cinco de mayo shit show

3. you’ve got the map backwards, matt

4. deck wine

5. god bless eric taylor

6. ever is a long time (ever is no time at all)

7. chase, i hardly know ya

8. fuck, dantooine is big

Album Review: Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club

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download (6)Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club 

Record Label: Rise Records

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date: November 19, 2013

Songs: 10
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Polar Bear Club are an American punk rock band from Rochester and Syracuse, upstate New York. Formed in 2005, the band has released four albums-Sometimes Things Just Disappear, Clash Battle, Guilt Pride, and Death Chorus. They have also released one EP called The Redder, the Better. Current members are vocalist Jimmy Stadt, lead guitarist Chris Browne, Patrick Benson, Tyler Smith, and drummer Steve Port.

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Polar Bear Club are roughly a new band to me. Their music is so pop punk/punk rock that it’s a bit scary. Normally, bands like these usually end up starting in pop punk but then change their sound years later whether if it’s for the best or the worst. Polar Bear Club’s dedication towards pop punk is respectable and encouraging, and Death Chorus is proof of that.

These days, I’m a real stickler when it comes down to vocals. In Death Chorus, vocals are very strong, don’t get me wrong, but I would have loved some songs to have a darker tone to them. But other than that, my biggest problem with this album is the middle where songs start to sound the same without any of them being easily distinguished.

Before the middle, the choruses in the beginning are really tight and smooth like in Blood Balloon and So I Buy. WLWYCD has a tremendous build-up with the drums and guitar slowly coming back in. The drumming is awesome to the extreme in So I Buy as well as For Show. Siouxsie Jeanne is one of the softer songs on the album and it’s sadder and of course about love, but I still love it.

Overall, Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club is an album that pop punk lovers will enjoy. They seem to have a solid reputation and release very solid album, and I can’t wait to hear more from them.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Blood Balloon-3:12

2. Graph Paper Glory Days-2:50

3. So I Buy-2:50

4. For Show-4:09

5. Siouxsie Jeanne-2:24

6. WLWYCD (Why Live When You Can Die)-3:14

7. Chicago Springs-3:27

8. When We Were College Kids-2:41

9. Twang (Blister to Burn)-3:15

10. Upstate Mosquito-5:40

Album Review: Imaginary Numbers by The Maine

I use the plagiarism checker at Grammarly.com because like a poutine with shredded cheese, it’s not as good as the original!

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Record Label: Independent/8123

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date: December 10, 2013

Songs: 5
good good

The Maine  is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). The Maine have five EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year,  In Darkness And In Light, Good Love and Imaginary Numbers. And 4 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White,  Pioneer and Forever Halloween. Members of the band are: John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).

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2013 is coming to a close (finally), and The Maine knows just how to end it–with a sad, mopey love song that listeners will love. I know for a fact that I love it, and this band never cease to amaze me with every piece of music that they manage to come out with.

Even after all this time (always! haha! Sorry, I’m reading HP) The Maine are still getting comfortable with their new sound. This shows in, Raining in Paris, where high notes are uncertain things for the vocalist, hence the shakiness of those few notes. Perfectly out of Key is a song that I have a hard time understanding and even liking. It’s weird in the sense of how stable it is. I do like the lyrics, their admirable and unique and the piano part is too sweet that I can’t even but once again, the vocals totally throw me off. John, Bro,

Moving on to the good parts, The Maines’ guitarists probably have some of the best riffs ever. Mostly in Room With No Windows and Visions where there’s a spot light to show off just how awesome they are. Also, Room With No Windows has a xylophone part! Do you understand how awesome that is? Super awesome! Visions has a nice bass as well that’s actually really prominent (finally, Garrett). The EP ends with Lovely Sad, which is a slow, very sweet ballad that has a beautiful piano solo.

Imaginary Numbers is an EP that, for the most part, is really solid. My favourite songs are Room With No Windows and Visions for sure. But I believe that The Maine can only go up from here.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Raining in Paris-3:47

2. Room With No Window-3:51

3. Perfectly out of Kay-3:51

4. Visions-4:22

5. Lovely Sad-6:25

Album Review: Devil B-Side by Lydia

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Record Label: Independent

Genre: Indie Rock/pop

Release Date: Oct 15, 2013

Songs: 6
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Lydia is an indie rock pop band from Gilbert, Arizona that was formed in 2003. In 2010, the band took a year-long hiatus. Lydia has released five albums-This December, it’s one more and I’m free, Illuminate, Assailants, Paint it golden, and Devil.  Current band members are-Leighton Antelman (Vocals),  Justin Camacho (Guitar) Matt Keller (Keyboard), and Craig Taylor (drums, percussions).

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It’s times like these that I remember why Lydia is one of my favourite bands. They produce such great music and have such high energy. Earlier this year, they released their fifth album, Devil (which is an amazing album) this B-Side is just as good. Honestly, this EP has been replayed all of these last few weeks. I just can’t enough!

The EP starts off with We’ll Never Die which is an okay song, but it gets tarnished by the background music which is way too loud when the vocalist is singing. In Do You Remember, there’s an intense sense of panic that makes everything, especially the guitar parts sound very rushed. Lydia ends the EP with two acoustic versions of their most famous songs on their album, The Exit and Devil. Unfortunately, these acoustic versions don’t do the originals any justice. They both sound contrived rather than their signature relaxed mood.

However, What’s the Worst that Could Happen? is probably the song that best describes Lydia’s music now and that’s really comfortable and very light. The song is actually pretty slow and starts off quiet with great drumming and lovely lyrics. I feel like Wish You Well could be the second part of Back to Bed because it’s also just as sweet. All of the “oh ah oh oh’s” don’t bother me, they feel perfect and go well with the song.

Devil B-Side is a lovely EP that I recommend to everyone. My favourite songs are What’s the Worst that Could happen? And Wish You Well but all songs are fairly good minus their few flaws. They’re all good for remembering the good old summer days and summer loves. Two things Lydia does well.

4 awesome Treble Clefs
4 awesome Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. We’ll Never Die-3:01

2. Do You Remember-3:21

3.  What’s the Worst That Could Happen?-3:20

4. Wish You Well-3:51

5. The Exit (acoustic)-2:50

6. Devil (acoustic)-3:25