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.
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
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).
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.
Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)
Sinai Vessel is: Caleb Cordes (vocals/guitar), Daniel Hernandez (bass), and Joshua Herron (drums). They are from Charlotte, NC / Chattanooga, TN and formed in 2009.
One night after his band Sinai Vesselhad finished playing a set, a newly won fan came up to Caleb Cordes and described his band as “punk for sissies.” For some reason, it’s stuck. “I don’t know why that’s resonated with me so much,” he laughs, “but it really has.”
Really, Sinai Vessel isn’t as sissy as they seem. After all, their 2013 EP Profanity is full of honest, overwrought moments—verses that climb into clamoring melodies, trickling lows interrupted by turbulent and gushing highs. It happens on “Cuckhold,” where veering chords crash into each chorus, and on “Drown Around,” as Cordes’s husky voice floats on whirling guitars before they shatter, becoming jagged, jangling shards above which he must roar.
First of all, I would like to thank the publicist, Colin Czerwinski for giving me a copy of this album to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
It’s a funny thing the way the mind interprets sounds. It’s all just noise at first, you can’t decipher anything and then somehow, with some effort (or a lot, depending on what you’re listening to) everything starts to make sense little by little until it’s not just noise anymore. It’s art. It’s music and it’s amazing. Profanity is an example of this. It starts off as just noise with nothing making sense at all but Sinai Vessel quickly organizes themselves and throughout the album, it shows that they understand their music yet are still trying new things and will hopefully work on a few of their flaws. Overall, I am definitely digging this album.
What bugs me the most might have to be a part in my favourite song, Cats at about the bridge where it’s so soft and quiet and then it stops just to start-up again in a very rushed, sloppily done way. Changing from slow and quiet to fast and loud in roughly two beats is always tricky to do and almost never works out well and it really doesn’t here. Another problem that sticks out is the screaming and how raspy it is. I’m all for mixing clean vocals with rough vocals however in Drown Around it’s all over the place. It’s obvious that the vocalist, Caleb Cordes isn’t very comfortable with his range and this needs to be worked on as well the weaving in and out of both clean and rough vocals in a way that they’re smooth without any disjunct motions.
Nonetheless, I love Cats and I’m not saying that just because I have one. The song in general is slow but builds up well, they prolong it as long as possible and I really like that, I also love the volume of the vocals, how it starts off quietly, barely louder than a whisper all the way to half yelling half singing. Daniel Hernandez does a great number on this track as well, with the bass riffs sticking out at just the right time to add that really nice deep sound. Cuckhold is different from the rest because it has a rougher feel to it and this element will reside well with many listeners as well as the fast pacing drumming from Joshua Herron that’s steady. Moreover, my favourite thing about Flannery is the lyrics. They’re simple and catchy, light yet dark at the same time, I always love songs that have double meanings because the meaning can change every time you listen to it. The lyrics that are stuck in my head are: “Just good country people with bad city hearts/white wool for our charm and a wolf’s bite marks .” There are a few ways to interpret this phrase and it’s one of my favourite lyrics this year.
Profanity is a great EP for fans to gets used to and prepare for great things to come which is pretty much all that should be expected from a band that understand the power in quick drumming and beautiful lyrics that somehow ties everything together with a nice ribbon on top. My favourite songs are Cats, Cuckold, and Flannery although listeners will pretty much love this whole EP. If you’re a fan of Citizen, Weatherbox, or Dear and the Headlights, then Sinai Vessel is a band to check out.
Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)
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).
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.
Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)
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).
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.
Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)
The Masquerade is a Pop Punk band from Erie, Pennsylvania formed in 2013. The band is composed of Geo Martinez, Brandon Eaton, TJ Hess and Dakota Valerio.
First of all, I would like to thank the Publicist, Umusicians for giving me a copy of this cd to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
The Masquerades are a tricky band to talk about since this is their début and I’d hate to believe that this is the best music they can produce. I can see that they have a lot of potential and enthusiasm for what they do. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I feel more than admiration for them when I listen to this album that displays everything boring with pop punk and why it’s so hard to stay in this type of genre. At no point could I fully or even partially connect with this band on a personal level which plays a huge part on how I rate their product.
The lyrics are all so generic and simple. I couldn’t relate to them nor did they seem special for the band either, they just sound like the same songs that have been played over and over again but other bands only with a different band name. With song titles that are extremely straight up and sum up the lyrics like for Best Day of my Life, the Weekend, and All my Life, it’s no wonder that I couldn’t bring myself to like them. I also don’t like the guitar bits and riffs because they sound a bit too strong for the songs and feel odd.
With what I said before, I admire their dedication and their enthusiasm but I just wished that it was put to better use and worked on their sound, making it smoother and a lot more relatable.
Overall, Home is Where You Make it is an album I was expecting a lot more from. I think that they have a very long way to go and that they need to take a few steps out f the generically produced music pool and start coming out with songs that actually hold meaning without so much repetition and sameness. Still, I’ll be looking out for this band and hoping that they come out with something a lot smoother and well finished than this debut. After all, EPs are not the same as albums for a reason.
This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Day except each week there will be a different ‘edition’ and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: Get Up and Dance! Who doesn’t love dancing? Even if it’s bad dancing, sometimes you just feel under a spell when a certain song comes on and it takes hold of you. Well, this song will do just that! With such an upbeat sound and fun guitar riffs and blues-like vocals that will at least have you bobbing your head.
LA based Indie-pop duo WE ARE TWIN is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and producer Nicolas Balachandran and singer/songwriter Gabi Christine. As the story goes, the two met at a songwriting session in 2009 and instantly clicked – songwriting synergy at first sight, you might say.
First time I listened to this song, I was dancing. I couldn’t help myself! I just love the poppy beat and the smooth lyrics that seep into my body everytime I listen to this!
My favourite part is:
You got me on a hook, from the moment you said baby
If I faint from overheating, call the Marshall Mr. Davy
I’m running out of breath, I feel it in my head
I can’t go without you boy
Let’s hit the road to live!
If you would be my hero, then I would be your girl
You could have me anytime you want, even in the morning sun