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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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!