Album Review: Close The Distance by Go Radio

go-radio-Close-The-Distance-2012-album-coverClose The Distance by Go Radio

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: pop/punk

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Songs: 11

Go Radio is a rock band from Tallahassee, Florida, formed by former Mayday Parade vocalist, guitarist and lyricist Jason Lancaster in April 2007. Go Radio has released two EPs-Welcome to Life and Do Overs and Second Chances and two albums-Lucky Street and Close The Distance. Current band members are-Jason Lancaster (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Alex Reed (guitar, vocals), Matt “Burns” Poulos (bass guitar, backing vocals), Steven Kopacz (drums, percussion).

(My Opinion)

Go Radio is still on the top of their game. Maybe not as high as they were with their first album, Lucky Street. But it’s the second album that either makes or breaks a band. And with Go Radio, Close The Distance definitely makes this band. They are going to make it big, maybe even bigger than bands that have been playing with each other for decades.

What I don’t like about this album are the things that are the most ‘in’ nowadays with music. It’s been around forever yet, it seems, everyone wants a piece of that, “Oh oh oh,” bit now. And when I say everyone, I really do mean everyone. For some bands and artists, it works (sometimes) but with Go Radio and their songs, Lost and Found, Go To Hell, and, I Won’t Lie the change of tune is sort of sudden and too hard to wrap my head around. Although I like these songs, I just can’t stand this about them at all.

I love the transitioning between the verses’ and chorus’ in all of the songs because they flow so smoothly together whether they speed up or slow down. Everything just fits and goes well together. Many of the songs have easily relatable lyric like, Close The Distance, Go To Hell, Things I don’t See, as well as, The Ending. These songs talk about romance and the old days that everyone can stop and remember about their own lives. This is another thing I love about this band. They can seamlessly relate to people in such a heart-felt way. In the song, Things I Don’t See, there’s a really cool guitar solo that not many bands seem to have. I also like that the band added the right amount of voices/sounds to their songs, Collide, I won’t Lie and Lost and Found that it doesn’t drown out the songs. Instead it makes the songs better rather than took away from them.

Close The Distance isn’t a huge success for me. I feel like the band takes two steps forward and one step back because they grew and matured with their experience and lyrics (sort of), yet, decided to go with a much more poppy sound. I’m not saying that all of the songs should have been edgier and angry like, Fight Fight Fight or Any Other Heart. But, it would have made the album a lot better if they stuck with some punk/rock tunes as well as pop tunes to keep all their fans happy.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album

1. I Won’t Lie-3:40

2. Baltimore-3:56

3. Collide-3:35

4. Go To Hell -3:31

5. Lost and Found-3:25

6. Close The Distance-4:02

7. What If You Don’t-3:45

8.  Things I Don’t See-3:53

9. The Ending-3:44

10. Over Me-3:53

11. Hear Me Out-4:56

Favourite Album Lyrics of The Week#3

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My favourite lyrics from the albums that I’ve listened to during the week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite lyrics are!

Appeal To Reason by Rise Against 

ATRFinal Favourite Lyrics:

1. A hero of war is that what they see

Just medals and scars, so damn proud of me

And I brought home that flag, now it gathers dust

But it’s a flag that I love, it’s the only flag I trust
(Taken from, Hero Of War)

2. 1000 miles away
There’s nothing left to say
But so much left that I don’t know
We never had a choice
This world is too much noise
It takes me under
It takes me under once again
I don’t hate you
I don’t hate you, no

(Taken from, Savior)

Close The Distance by Go Radio

go-radio-Close-The-Distance-2012-album-coverFavourite Lyrics:

1. And did you ever dream
You were something great
That you changed a life
Weren’t so afraid
That none of the colors we know fade

(Taken from, The Ending)

2. Go to hell if you’re reading this and I’m not here
Take your someone else and let me make this crystal clear that,
That I don’t need your help and I’m okay by myself
You can go to hell

(Taken from, Go To Hell)

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

images (1)Favourite Lyrics:

1. Love is a luxury
She said “I’d rather be in love than dead”
But now it’s her, oh God now it’s her
She’s the type of girl who makes love… hers

(Taken from, This Is The End)

2. She could be money, cars, fear of the dark
Your best friends are just strangers in bars
Where ever she is, who ever she may be
One things for sure,
You don’t have to worry
She could be rainy days, minimum wage
A book that ends with no last page
Who ever she is, who ever she may be
One things for sure,
You don’t have to worry

(Taken from, Whoever She Is)

3. I’m falling in love
But it’s falling apart
I need to find my way back to the start
When we were in love
Things were better than they are
Let me back into…
Into your arms.
Into your arms.

(Taken from, Into Your Arms)

Devil by Lydia

Lydia-Devil-200x200Favourite Lyrics:

1. I really do hate that place
Because I think about her all my days
I’ve got to laugh it all off, laugh it off, baby.
She says, “Darling just shave your face, so we can be on our way.”
I might go my own way

(Taken from, Holidays)

2. She, she hates winter and apologies.
I found her swimming out in the sea.
You know, yeah, you know what I mean.
La da da da da da da.
But oh, I know where you’re going,
and no, no it’s not too slowly.
But you gotta tell me,
what’s it gonna be? Hey.

And she looked right at me, and said,
“God, I love how you say that.
Sounds so epic.”
She says, “all your friends will be waiting,
so just come back, back to bed.”

(Taken from, Back To Bed)

3. So if you have to think about it?
Just think about it real slow
We’re on a mission for the devil,
Even if it breaks some bones
It’s blue and red as far as I can see
I know you’re going to find that devil
But you’ll need some company

Happy are we, in our own world
Happy are we, bare bones my girl

(Taken from, Devil)

Song Of The Day#11-Death And All His Friends By Jesse Denaro

Can I actually say that it was fate that made me not be a lazy ass and search this song on youtube because Bandcamp wasn’t working for me? Because that is how I found this beautiful song. Just go buy it. Just go, its cheap beg your parents or whoever and buy this song/album because its great. I also really like ‘Better Now’.

Jesse Denaro is an Indie/Acoustic artist from Orange County, NY. He has two EPs out, Speed Of Light and All My Friends Are Dead. He’s been playing music since he was in middle school (when he learned how to play the guitar). Jesse Denaro will be touring this winter nation-wide so go buy tickets and listen to him because he’s amazing.

Death And All His Friends is a song that is about finding romance when you think you’ve truly given up. It’s about trusting people and living for the people who care about you and not letting Death come and take you away. This song is so sad which to me, makes it even better because this song is so heartfelt and just…perfect. His voice reminds of Jason Lancaster from Go Radio (and recently from Mayday Parade) which is great because I love Jason Lancaster. I think they should a song together becuase it would be like the indie world and the punk world colliding which would be fucking awesome.

My favourite part is:

I hear death and his friends
They’re knocking, they’re knocking
And I wont let them in tonight (x3)
I’m like a soldier with sin
I’m fighting, I’m fighting
For my God fearing life tonight

you can listen to Death And All His Friends Here. 

You can buy the song and/or read the lyrics Here.

Song Of The Day#5-Hold On By Go Radio

If you listen to Mayday Parade (another band) and you compare their albums, A Lesson In Romantics and Anywhere But Here, you’ll notice that in A Lesson In Romantics there are two lead singers. In Anywhere but here there is only one. I found out about Go Radio from checking out their Wiki page where it told me Jason Lancaster (one of the lead singers in MP) left Mayday Parade because of some issues with them and started his own band, Go Radio.

Hold On is off of Go Radio’s first full length album called Lucky Street. They’re recording their second album now called Close The Distance due out September 18th of this year.

The song, Hold On is just that. It’s about how tough life is and how we should be grateful for what we have no matter what because, in fact, we all are very lucky. Jason Lancaster is one of those guys who can write an amazing song full of meaning and about his life yet make it easy for other people to relate to as well.

My favourite part is :

Things in life well they could’ve been easier
And let’s make sure we fought for all that we leave with
And lessons we’re taught make sure we believe them
And promises kept all turn into secrets we’ll keep to our graves
Get down on your knees when
You feel sure the path ahead is about to end
You can never stop or you don’t exist
If you’ve walked your shoes away
Then just stop here awhile and just sit here with me and just hold on

You can listen to Hold On By Go Radio Here

Lyrics are Here