Today I finally got round to sitting down and reviewing the much-talked about 'Daisy' by Brand New.
I did it to the best of my ability and not from a fans perspective. If as a fan of the band, I won't over-hype this album, as it dosn't really deserve it.
I'm going to assume people on this site will jump and defend this album to death. That's fine by me. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that.
However I also assume alot of these people are "fanboys (or girls)", who will defend a band no matter what they do. In their eyes the can do no wrong. But people have to realise no one or no band is perfect.
Check out our interview with Josh from Four Year Strong, who talked about making of the bands 90's cover record, 'Explains It All', bands upcoming appearance on the Eastpak Tour with Alexisonfire, Anti-Flag and The Ghost of A Thousand and more.
We also have an interview with 3OH!3's Nathaniel, who spoke to Alter The Press! about the group's success in such a short amount of time, playing the UK, criticism towards the group, the new single 'Starstrukk' with Katy Perry and more.
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After causing much hysteria Stateside, All Time Low's much anticipated new album, 'Nothing Personal' gets its UK release. For fans of the bands previous work, you'll especially enjoy this, with its slick production and sing-a-long choruses are spread throughout .
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Last week I did an e-mail interview with LAB Records. An independent label based in Manchester, UK. I'll admit I'm a fan of the label, they've got some good bands on their roster (The Autuer, MiMi Soya, The Honeymoon Suite) and I'm guessing they are a fan of AlterThePress.com (and why wouldn't they be?)
Anyway I decided to do an interview with LAB, as over the last few months they've grown as a label and I thought it'd be a good idea to find out the story behind the label and its growth. In addition to this, I thought it would be something different to the usual interviews I do.
Thankfully it turned out really well and I'm pleased with the results, as I find it interesting to see how a label copes with the constant changes and challenges it has, within the music industry.
I am hoping to do more label-related interviews soon.
You Me At Six - Finders Keepers
Francesqa - A Little Closer
Four Year Strong - Roll To Me
Say Anything - Hate Everyone
Brand New - Gasoline
Set Your Goals - The Few that Remain
Pompeii - Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads
Pompeii - Rabbit Ears
Pheonix - Lisztomania
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Imogen Heap - First Train Home
Joanna Newsome - Bridges And Balloons
Regina Spektor - Us
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
Moneen - Believe
Foo Fighters - Everlong (DiscoTech Remix)
Moving Mountains - Lights and Shapes (RAC Maury Mix)
The Deer Hunter - Red Hands
Andrew spoke to Alter The Press! about the upcoming 'Dear Jack' documentary, the reason why it took the band so long to get to play the UK, the possibility of a Something Corporate reunion, working on new material, playing this year's Reading/Leeds Festival, his upcoming US solo tour and more.
Since leaking at the weekend and causing a bit of a stir on several music forums, Brand New's 4th full-length, 'Daisy' has caused much discussion and split opinion.
After a few listens (about 4/5), it can be said Brand New continue to progress and be a somewhat, innovative band. At first 'Daisy' is uneasy to listen to, with Jesse Lacey's screaming and shouting, on top of what seems a messy record.
However on further listens, you get used to it but it is not a record that flows easily. Tracks like 'Gasoline', 'Vices' and 'Bought a Bride' become favourable, whilst 'Bed' and 'You Stole' could be skipped.
As a fan of Brand New, I won't be a 'fanboy' and say its "record of the year" or their "greatest album". Far from it, 'Daisy' at times to unaccesiable and it may, dare I say it, alienate fans.
It is a record that needs time to grow, and may not be to everyone's liking. This is basically because Brand New are the type of band, that don't make an album for the fans, they take the 'selfish' route and have made an album for themselves.
(expect a full review on AlterThePress.com in a few weeks)