It’s been a while since my last post, but this summer has been full of music and I’m back! Recently, I have been discovering tons of new music from Spotify, Alternative Press, and bands I see on Instagram. However, last Sunday I discovered several bands whose music I have not stopped listening too since. Last Sunday, Vans Warped Tour was set up in Hartford, CT at the Xfinity Theater and it was amazing. Although some of my favorites were there such as Neck Deep and Andy Black, I walked away with some new favorites. After walking around and seeing all the different tents, the first band I saw was New Years Day. I have never been an avid of listener of New Years Day, but after watching them live and seeing the passion that front-woman, Ash Costello, sings with, I can now say I am a fan. The hard-rock sounds of New Years Day are thunderous and melodic, and watching them live is truly an experience. The band is extremely passionate and are a thrill to watch. The band also engages with the crowd which allows for a connection between the fans and the band. I could not sit still while watching New Years Day and am happy to have seen them live. The other band that truly left me wanting to discover more of their music was post-hardcore band Too Close To Touch. Some of my friends had been watching their set so naturally I joined them. Frontman Keaton Pierce was putting on quite the show and the entire crowd was engaged. After listening to a few of their songs I knew this was a band I needed to learn more about.At the end of the set, the band performed the first song off of their latest album, (“Sympathy” from Haven’t Been Myself, released in 2016). This song made me stop and really listen and needless to say, it moved me. Pierce’s tenor voice starts off soft and melodic progresses into hardcore screaming and perfectly captures post-hardcore vibes. Too Close To Touch is now one of my new favorite bands and I am happy to have stumbled upon their set. Warped Tour was an awesome tour, not just because of the music, but because of the people that are there. Everyone is there to enjoy the music and have a great time, and my experience was nothing short of that. Warped Tour 2017 was amazing and I cannot wait to go back next year!
Hello friends! Its been a while since my last post, but between buying a new computer and a busy summer, I am back. I am going to switch it up today and focus on a music genre I have not talked much about. And what genre is that? Metal. Many people are turned off by the metal genre, thinking it is scary or too loud. Indeed, it can be frightening to many music listeners; I myself was in that boat of not being into the metal scene, but after growing up a little and truly wanting to be emerged in the rock music scene I delved into the genre. I found what kind of sounds I like, and realized I like the harder vocals and chords. I especially like the sub-genres of metal core, post hardcore, and nu metal. I found bands whose lyrics had power, purpose, and emotion and one of those bands that I found possesses all of these qualities . This band is Arizona based band The Word Alive. The five piece band with frontman Telle Smith encompasses all of metal core and post hardcore qualities. I personally like a melody and harmony and not straight screaming. Smith mixes it up by not just screaming but also singing. It shows he is versatile and has different dimensions to his voice. Smith is accompanied by drummer Luke Holland, who is an extraordinary drummer and guitarists Zack Hansen, Tony Pizzuti, and bassist Daniel Shapiro. Not only does this band perfectly capture the instrumental aspect of metal core, but their lyrics are something to be commended as well. TWA’s lyrics are empowering and they want to let you know that if you are feeling down, having a rough day, or just need to to vent it out, they want you to know that you are not alone. They tell you through their lyrics that they are with you and can help you out. TWA’s lyrics are self-empowering and relatable. The lyrics plus the heavy instrumental equals the perfect post hardcore band that people should totally listen to. TWA is one of my favorite bands and if you follow the guys on social media, you can see that they are down to earth and fun. Their latest album Dark Matter which was released back in March is a great album and fully captures the message of what TWA is all about. If TWA sounds like a band you may like, you should check out their other albums and songs. A personal favorite of mine is “Life Cycles” from the Life Cycles album, released in 2012. If you are not sure if you would be into The Word Alive, then listen to this song and maybe your perception will change. In my suggested playlists tab, I will post a metal core playlist of some of my favorites. I’d love to know some of your favorites too! So leave a comment if you want, or not. It’s totally up to you.
The genre of metal is growing into a stronger and more popular genre; this means more bands and groups are forming. One band that surely captures the post-hardcore and metal genre is Eyes on Satellites. Eyes on Satellites is a post-hardcore band from Boston, Mass, and have released their EP, Explorations and a single, Swan Song. The band consists of five members; Dave Longval (vocals), Will Lopez (vocals, guitar), Andrew Webster (guitar), Mark Thompson (drums) and Danny Looney (bass). As Eyes on Satellites says on their website, they want listeners to feel “equal” and “have a voice”. The lyrics in these songs capture that mission and, if you read the lyrics, the words describe feelings that everyone can relate to. I do not know about you, but as a music enthusiast and avid listener, lyrics are a very important aspect to a song for me. I look for depth and meaning in lyrics, and there is clearly meaning in Eyes on Satellites lyrics. All of their songs have depth to them, especially “Dollhouse” and “Swan Song” Eyes on Satellites have also released a music video for their song, “Dollhouse”, which literally depicts dolls. This is a very creative concept and is also delivered well. On Eyes on Satellites YouTube page, there is an acoustic version of the song “Dollhouse” which shows that there is both a hardcore and soft side to Eyes on Satellites. If you are into metal and post-hardcore, I highly suggest you check out Eyes on Satellites. I would compare the sound of Eyes on Satellites to the post-hardcore bands of August Burns Red and We Came As Romans. Eyes on Satellites is a band to look out for and they have a bright future ahead for them.Below are the links for their website and YouTube channel and also check them out on Instagram and Twitter. You can also find their music on iTunes and Spotify.