2017 Music Reflection

2017 was a great year for rock and alternative music; there were many new albums released, artists, and sounds. To start, here was my year in review: Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 10.07.09 PM

First, I’ll start with albums.

In no particular order, here are three of my favorite albums from 2017:

1: Neck Deep-The Peace and the Panic

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I am a huge Neck Deep fan. I saw them play at Warped Tour this past summer and will be seeing them again in February and cannot wait. Their latest album, The Peace and the Panic, was powerful, emotional and perfectly captured pop-punk. Neck Deep gets better and better with each album, but this album was perfect. The context of the album illustrates the struggles of lead singer Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans and the loss of their fathers. These emotions are captured perfectly and really make the listener feel something. The songs “Nineteen-Seventy Something” and “Wish You Were Here” convey these emotions. Along with heart-wrenching emotions, this album also captures the political climate of the past year and a-half. With mixed feelings and divides, Neck Deep understands these mixed emotions and crafted songs reflecting these feelings. The songs “Don’t Wait” and “Happy Judgement Day” reflect the confusion and frustration of the political world globally today. Overall, this album was truly one of the best from Neck Deep and best of the year and I cannot wait to see them in February.

2. PVRIS-All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of HellPVRIS-All-We-Know-of-Heaven-All-We-Need-of-Hell-billboard-embed

PVRIS’s sophomore album, All We Know of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, is a beautifully crafted piece to follow their first album. This album, like the last, creates a haunting yet tranquil sound. Front woman Lynn Gunn has a powerful yet mellow voice that creates this haunting sound. The concept of the album conveys a message of growing and overcoming negativity which Gunn perfectly captures with her voice along with the instrumentals of the songs. “What’s Wrong”, “Heaven”, and “Anyone Else” are a few examples that capture the essence of the album. This album was a great follow up and nothing short of amazing. The rock sound is also consistent from PVRIS’s first album while creating a new album concept.

The Maine-Lovely, Little, Lonely 

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Before Lovely, Little, Lonely, I was not an avid listener of The Maine. I had listened to a few songs here and there but this was the album that actually made me start listening to them. Front man John O’Callaghan has an enticing, raspy voice that coincides with the album very well. The concept of the album is laid out nicely, where each of the songs leads into the next one. Each song is crafted carefully and emotionally as well with songs like “How Do You Feel” and “Taxi”. While being emotionally heavy at times, the album still maintains an upbeat sound that makes this album fresh. There is a nice balance between the more emotional songs and more upbeat songs such as “Bad Behavior” and “Black Butterflies and Deja Vu”. Overall, this was a great album and it has made me an avid listener of The Maine.

Overall Reflection

2017 was a great year for music all around, whether it was rock and alternative, or rap and pop. There were many breakthrough artists in many different genres who are already making an impact in the industry. Although 2017 was a great year for music, the rock scene took a bit of an emotional hit with the ending of the Van’s Warped Tour. As announced by Warped Tour’s founder, Kevin Lyman, Warped Tour will be completing its final cross country tour this upcoming summer. Warped Tour has been an amazing organization; it has helped many artists such as Paramore, Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and many more gain fame. It has been an outlet for many foundations and charities to set up tents and spread the word about what they do such as Keep a Breast, Music Saves Lives, and many more. Lastly, Warped Tour is a platform for many different people to come together and share their common interest. I am sad to see Warped Tour ending, but am forever grateful for the memories I have and have yet to create. 2018’s Warped is going to be the best one yet, and I cannot wait. To read more about Warped ending, visit http://vanswarpedtour.com/2017/finaltour/

Well, this is my reflection of this past year and I am so excited for the music to come in 2018. Happy New Year and lets make 2018 the best one yet!

 

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Little Us

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My favorite thing about blogging is connecting with bands and being able to help share their story and craft. One band I connected with is Little Us; a rising rock and alternative band from Connecticut created in 2012 which consists of five members. Guitar is played by Rithya Claude (who is also the vocalist) and Alex Pearson. Bass is played by Alec Iacovazzi and drums are played by Zak Fitzsimons. The last member of Little Us, Ethan Johnson, plays piano for the band, however, a few years ago, Johnson moved away from CT. Even though he moved, Johnson still comes back to play with the band and is still a member. Little Us have released three songs, “Change”, “Light of Day”, and “On and On”. When I started listening to the first song, “Change” I was already hooked before the vocals even started. Once the vocals started I was thinking this band posses something special. After listening to the other two songs, I realized this a band that clearly knows what kind of sound they are aiming for. There are prominent guitar riffs that reflect 80’s hair metal and early 90’s grunge. Little Us does an excellent job of taking 80’s and 90’s rock influences and making them modern while still keeping the nostalgia of classic 80’s sounds. When I was reflecting on what I had just listened to, I was thinking of who Little Us sounds like, and immediately, I thought of Def Leppard, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana. These are tough bands to compete with, but Little Us definitely reflects these bands and their sounds. The guitar and bass playing in all three songs are phenomenal and some of the best playing I have heard from a rising band. For fans of Sleeping With Sirens, Bring Me The Horizon, hair metal or grunge, you should absolutely check out Little Us. The three singles Little Us have currently released are a great representation of the band and they are headed in the right direction. This band has amazing potential and I hope to hear more from Little Us in the future! Below is the website for Little Us, where you can listen to their music. Also included is their Instagram and Twitter. Go give them a follow and support new music!

WEBSITE: http://www.littleusmusic.com/

INSTAGRAM: @littleus_official

TWITTER: @littleusmusic

 

 

The Montell Jordans

a2037575225_16Are you into pop-punk music and looking for a new band to listen to? Well, the Montell Jordans are definitely a band you should look up and start listening to. TMJ is a band from San Diego, CA. The band consists of four members: Tim Kilcourse, who is lead vocals and guitar, Ryan Baghai who plays the lead guitar, Brian Budnar who plays bass and Matt Price who plays the drums. TMJ is a talented rising rock band that features definite sounds of pop-punk and hardcore rock beats. TMJ’s debut album Sweater Puppies clearly reflects and captures these rock and punk roots especially in songs like “I’m Not Your Father, But You Can Call Me Daddy” and “Pain Don’t Hurt (Terrified)”. Along with their debut album, TMJ released a music video for “I’m Not Your Father, But You Can Call Me Daddy” which characterizes the punk and rock roots that TMJ are striving for. TMJ is the kind of band you would see at Vans Warped Tour and one day, you may just see them playing one of the stages. Some bands that I would say are similar to TMJ are Knuckle Puck and 2000’s era Fall Out Boy. The Montell Jordans are surely a band that you should keep an eye on if you are into the pop-punk or punk-rock music scene. These four men are very talented and they will surely grow as their musical career progresses. I know that I’ll be watching their progress and am excited to see where TMJ will go. Everyone should go and check out their music video and listen to Sweater Puppies which can be found on Spotify, The Montell Jordans website and on YouTube. Also go check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and go give them a like and a follow!  Here is the link to their new music video and the link to TMJ website.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEJX9Gk4KfI

WEBSITE: http://www.themontelljordans.com/