The other week or day (or whenever it was) I wrote a bit about Fall Out Boy and how they utilize ther various methods of merchandizing. Today bassist Pete Wentz posted a picture of a new Fall Out Boy T-shirt, that I thought was quite funny:
Some people might think it's stupid, whilst others might think it's genius. In a way it shows Fall Out Boy's fanbase is divided between the bands old and new work.
I've realised I don't really write about me on this blog. For some reason I've decided to use this blog for mostly my music stuff. So this is basically jsut a qucik note to say, if you are interested in reading other posts from my real blog, go and read this.
I've realised it's been a week since i wrote the last one of these, so I thought I better write another. I'm not sure what I'm going to write about. So I'm just going to do it as I go along.
One band I know I want to talk about in this volume is a band called Midtown, a band from New Brunswick, New Jersey who recorded 3 albums and 2 EP's. The band were fronted by Gabe Saporta, who went on to form the Cobra Starship; who for the record are awful and I don't care if you think I'm a idiot or whatever for saying it. I'm allowed to have my own opinion.
Anyway here's a live version of a song called "Get It Together" from the album "Living Well is The Best Revenge".
Midtown split in 2004 but since there have been rumours of them reforming. As already stated lead vocalist and bassist Gabe Saporta went on to form Cobra Starship, Heath Saraceno joined Senses Fail, drummer Rob Hitt own's I Surrender Records with hosts band such as Valencia and Permanent Me and Tyler Rann sings in a band called Band of Thieves.
Next I'm going to talk about a band called The Movielife, a band that not nessceary a Pop-Punk band but nevertheless they are band that had Pop-Punk elements and have been an influence on bands today.
The Movielife formed in 1997 and were from Long Island, New York. One of the band's first major releases is "This Time Next Year" released in 2000 on Relevation Records. The band then releasd "The Movielife Has a Gambling Problem" an EP which featured "Walking on Glass".
The band's third and final release was "Forty Hour Train Back to Penn" in 2003.
Since then the band have gone on to do several projects, most notably Brandon Reilly who formed Nightmare of You and lead singer Vinnie Caruana formed I Am the Avalance and earlier this year performed a set of The Movielife songs with the band Set Your Goals.
Last night I was browsing the AP.net forums, when I came across a thread that questioned whether or not the music industry/"scene" is over-crowded with too many bands and/or genres?
I think the answer is more or less yes. I admit when it comes to defining a genre for some bands, it is hard, either because bands use many genres within their music (Enter Shikari being a easy example).
However there is a positive outcome of band's crossing genres and sounds and that is, it introduces the listener to something different and I personally think it's good if you like various genres of music. I don't see why people put themselves into a box and listen to one type of music but I have to admit, in this day and age I don't think many people do, and if they do they're probably pretending.
Nevertheless when it comes to a genre like Pop-Punk, there are now way to many bands, that either have the same look or sound or both. Take a band like Fall Out Boy for example, hugely successful and I would say they are now rather influential, why? Because there are other Fall Out Boys, with the same look and same style of songs, just look at bands like Every Avenue, The Maine, Mayday Parade, the list goes on.
Yes these bands have been influenced by Fall Out Boy etc but the problem is the lack creativity or do they? Are these bands forced into making that sound or having that look? Possibly because I think the problem is record labels; both independents and majors, mostly the latter, want success and they want to now.So they get them on the coolest tours and have the coolest clothing sponsor and have their banner on AP.net or featured on the frontpage of myspace or purevolume. All in all they all follow the same routine.
My problem is that alot of these bands are good but they do sound a lot like the other and it becomes difficult to differ one band from another. These type of bands do have talent and do write a few good songs, but thats just it, a few good songs. Maybe these bands do lack creativiety because most of these bands have about 4 or 5 good songs per album if that.
I mean no respect to these bands but most of them (or their management/record label) are just looking for a "quick buck", get the most of what you can from them before the next "in" thing comes round, just look at the whole nu-metal thing from 5 or so years ago. Fair enough some of those bands that were successful are still together, but you have to admit that they are not as successful as they were.
So here's a warning for all you myspace/buzznet/friends and enemies/'insert trendy social networking site here' users your "band of the week" want to be around forever. Why? because their music is the current sound and they have the current look.
I have to confess I do like these type of bands but I know they won't be around forever. For example I really like Hey Monday at the moment, but I know they won't last forever and I knew Blink 182 wouldn't be around forever.
AOL have article about Hey Monday, a female-fronted Pop-Rock band signed to Fueled By Ramen. The article states that they are about "to pop", in simplier terms about to get very big and/or "mainstream".
First time I heard this band, for some reason I didn't want to like them, but I have to admit I really like this band. They write fun songs that well-written and are very radio-friendly. I've been listening to their debut album "Hold On Tight" a lot since I first heard it 2 weeks ago.
I recommened if your a fan of other Fueled By Ramen bands or even Avril Lavigne (no I don't like Avril Lavigne) you should give this band a listen and if you have already heard this band, give them another listen because they are the type of band that grows on you.
Going back to the AOL article. Hey Monday might well 'pop' in 2009, as they have good songs and image.
I'll be writing an album review of "Hold On Tight" soon.
Ok I basically writing this because I sorta don't like those stupid threads where people list what they've been listening to etc. I much prefer it to stand out, much the like the chosen songs or artists I am about to listen. I don't know how often I'll do these but anyway here it goes.
So earlier tonight I came across a band called Death In The Park, Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit's new band. For the past hour I've had their 5-track EP on repeat. It's really good. I'd even say it's as good as HRC's "Sorry About Tomorrow" album.
Another EP I've been listening to a fair bit is Cash Cash's EP. A dancey, bouncy electro/pop-punk EP which is in the same vein as Forever The Sickest Kids. I'd recommend giving a listen to "Breakput" and "Party In Your Bedroom".
Sometimes it's strange that you have an album or a band, that perhaps a friend has recommended or your kept reading/hearing about ("a buzz band") on your iPod but you never get round to listening to them. However sometimes you end up listening to that band or album and you discover something great. This week I discovered Copeland, a band who for the past year I've had 2 of their albums on my iPod ("Beneth Medicine Tree" and "Eat, Sleep, Repeat"). So basically the past week I've been listening to alot of Copeland and I now have their other albums including the new one "You Are My Sunshine".
Ever since I've had my first iPod (a 5G 30gb December 2005 - October 2007) I've also made a "Current Favorites" Playlist. Basically this is a collection of song's that I'm really liking at the moment. Some songs stay on their for a few days, some for a weeks for example "Paper Planes" by MIA, "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon and "Dead To The World" by JamisonParker have been on their for a few weeks.
The past week I've added some to the playlist; "Yellow Angels" by Senses Fail, a song which I think starts off so nice with good imagery, "61" by The Kissaway Trail, now I have to admit I had never heard of this band or song untill I had started to play FIFA 09, sometimes songs on computer games can suck but you can always guarantee with a game like FIFA, that there is always going to be one or two good songs, with this being a fine example with "Kids" by MGMT also being both on FIFA 09 and my playlist. Oh and by the way, if you like Arcade Fire you will definetly love "61".
I also added "Always Attract" the long acoustic track from You Me At Six's debut album. The track has definetly grown on me.
"Deja Entendu" was Brand New's second album and The title is French, literally translating to "already heard," which is said to be at critics who claimed that the band sounded like every other group in the genre. The band's previous release 'Your Favorite Weapon' was seen as a more Pop-Punk record but with "emo" lyrics basically because Jesse Lacey's songwriting was more intelligent and more thought-out than the various Pop-Punk bands around at the time.
This basis of intelligent lyrics was expanded on"Deja Entendu" which was released in June 2003 on Triple Crown Records. The album weaves it way in with the slow and soothing opening track, "Tautou" before kicking into the bassline of single, "Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades". A song which is about a troubled relationship, where the boy is being pressured into sex by the girl; the opposite to what you would expect.
"I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light" starts off with Lacey strumming an acoustic guitar and singing about life on the road. Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't" is an egostical song with Lacey boasting about himself and hoping the song becomes more than him or the band before the song goes into a loud chorus with Lacey confessing he wants to be believe in the band's own ability.
"The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows" was the lead single for the album and it starts off with a quiet guitar before it kicks in. The chorus is a battle of words between Lacey and guitarist Vincent Accardi and then the breakdown see's Lacey saying he will lie only for the one he loves and that he is a good liar.
"The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" is mostly an acoustic song with a simple beat. "Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis" is a slow and dark affair which gives the image that Lacey is going to do something wrong to a girl. "Guernica" was written about Jesse's grandfather dying of cancer and this is shown throughout with lyrics such as
"Please use my body while I sleep My lungs are fresh and yours to keep, kept clean and they will let you breathe"
Despite the negative lyrical imagery of the track, the song itself is a loud and angry.
"Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die" I have to admit is a little depressing with the ear-screeching start and slow guitar and beat before a typical rock chorus is used. The remainder of the track see's the band showing it's musical talent.
"Play Crack The Sky" is the closing track and is an all-acoustic song. It see's Lacey telling a story of a ship being attacked by a fierce storm before stating "this is the end" with Lacey and his band members vocals making a near haunting sound, as with the backvocals being held on.
What Deja Entendu Means To Me?
Brand New are my favorite band and Jesse Lacey is a genius! There I said it, plain and simple. I knew very little about Brand New when I brought this album, I had already heard the 2 singles and vaguely remember seeing the video for "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" on TV. I remember useless pieces of information, in this case I remember I brought this on the day I went to see Blink 182 at Nottingham arena, my first ever gig. I also remember the promotional sticker on the front of the CD, the ones that have excerpts from reviews, saying it's brilliant and giving it 5 stars etc. In the case of this album, it was very true. This album is through and through amazing.
From the moment it starts it hooks you in with a band that know who they are and what they want. As I have stated numerous times throughout my review, Jesse Lacey's songwriting is 10 out of 10. Untill then I had never known an album where the song's were so intelligently written. There was just something about them that stood out.
I have to admit I can't really describe what this album means to me but I know it's important to me. It's influenced me as the person I am today. It's helped when I've been down or angry or when I need soemthing to lift me.
So why are Brand New my favorite band? Well I don't know what it is but they have that special something about them, maybe it's they have managed to distance themselves from all the other "emo" bands etc? maybe it's because they rarely do interviews and prefer to let the music do the talking for them? maybe it's because Jesse Lacey is a fucking lyrical genius? maybe it's all of these and more?
I highly recommend if you don't know who Brand New are or have never gave them a chance (then why havn't you?), then you should because you are missing out on something special.
I can't think of a good intoroduction for this volume. Basically this is going to be made up of the bands that never achieved mainstream success but still have influenced bands and wrote some classic Pop-Punk songs.
"San Dimas High School Football Rules" in my opinion is the essential Ataris song. It's fast paced and is a bitter love song. "San Dimas High School Football Rules" is taken from the fantastic 'Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits' which also features great songs such as "1*15*96" and "Your Boyfriend Suck".
The follow up album was 'End Is Forever' featued songs such as "Song for a Mix Tape" and "Teenage Riot".
After this The Ataris moved to a major label, Columbia Records, where they released "So Long, Astoria" with lead single 'In This Diary' giving the band more exposure.
"So Long, Astoria" also had songs such as "Unopened Letter to the World", "So Long, Astoria", "Looking Back on Today" and a cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer".
Recently the band, well Kris Roe; due to the band's constant line-up changes, have decided to move away from it's Punk Rock origins and their last album, "Welcome The Night" sounded a more indie-rock sound. However since the relase Roe has been playing the band's "Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits" acoustically and have promised the band's next album will return to this sound.
Fenix TX started out as Riverfenix who released their self-titled first album on Drive-Thru in 1997. The album caught the attention of MCA Records who signed the band, who by now had renamed theirselves Fenix TX. In 1999 the band re-recorded their debut and released "Fenix TX". The standout track was "All My Fault".
The band's next album would be "Lechuza" which gained the band more attention and featured songs such as "Katie W", "Abba Zabba" and the single "Threesome".
Unfortunatly the band broke up after "Luchuza". Singer and guitarist Will Salazar formed the band Denver Harbour. However in 2004 the band reunited for a few shows. A plan for a European tour were made but were later cancelled.
Rufio are a band I have never really listened to recent but I have always been a fan of the track 'Still', taken from "Perhaps, I Suppose".
The same goes for a song by Audio Karate called 'Nintendo 89'.
So this is Volume 3. I have to admit I forgot some bands from 'the Essentials' list, so for the most part this Volume will be those bands. Starting with... New Found Glory
New Found Glory or A New Found Glory; if you want to refer to the band's old name, are band that when I first heard of them were "a Blink 182 rip-off" but since then I've changed and I have discovered NFG are much more than that. Their 2nd album, simply called 'New Found Glory' contained many songs that have gone to be highlights of the band's live show for example "Hit or Miss" and "Dressed To Kill".
The album saw NFG reach a new audience and the follow up, 'Sticks and Stones' which opened with the band reacting to it's new found fame on the track "Understatement". The album also had the typical Pop-punk song theme of being heartbroken and being a teenager. "My Friends Over You" is a fine example of this (and it had a funny video too).
The band's next album, 'Catalyst' saw the band performing slightly faster but with the Pop-punk sentiments still there. My favorites from this album include "Intro" a 37 second crazy track with added shoutng group vocals and the album's lead off single "All Downhill From Here". 'Catalyst' also saw the band writing a ballad called "I Don't Wanna Know".
This more slower, somewaht radio-friendly sound of NFG would continue with 2006's 'Coming Home' album. This has been an album that has split opinion with NFG fans, some like, some don't. I do. I admit it isn't the band's best work but I would call it an underrated album. A theme I got from listening to this album was the theme of 'being in love', songs such as "On My Mind", "Hold My Hand", "Too Good To Be" and the single "It's Not Your Fault" which also showed a couple of young lovers.
Since 'Coming Home' the band have released it's 2nd collection of covers made up of songs from movies, which saw the band having various guest vocalists from more recent bands such as Dashboard Confessional, Say Anything and Taking Back Sunday. Even more recently the band have returned to it's Punk/Hardcore roots and released an EP on Bridge 9 records.
Unfortunatly the band's old record label Geffen decided to release a Best Of collection after the band left the label. I'm not going to blame Drive-Thru for this; for those who don't know when Geffen dealed with Drive-Thru they basically took over Drive-Thru's biggest acts like NFG and Something Corporate and eventually they were treated quite poorly by Geffen, which would make Drive-Thru leave the deal as soon as they could.
Anyway NFG are now signed to permanent label, Epitaph. A label which in recent years has transformed itself from being a Punk Rock label to being a sub-genre label with bands and artists ranging from Politcal Rapper Sage Francis to Indie band The Weakerthans. I for one is eager to hear a new record from NFG in Febuary 2009.
Fall Out Boy
Ok let me put this straight for anyone who thinks the following: Fall Out Boy are NOT an "emo" band, they never have and never will be. They are a Pop-Punk through and through.
Present day Fall Out Boy are a very different band to what they were in their origins. Back in 2003 FOB released "Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend" an album which the band, for some reason, now ignore to an extent. This was quickly followed up by the band's Fueled By Ramen debut, "Take This To Your Grave", a collection of 12 songs, some of which have gone on to be considered the band's best work, for example "Dead On Arrival", "Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy" and "Saturday".
The follow up came in 2005 and just a few months after then-Pop-Punk kings Blink 182 had split up. So the mainstream Pop-Punk needed a heir and the band's 2005 album "From Under The Cork Tree". This album pushed the band to another level with it's radio-friendly song and clever lyrics by Pete Wentz, saw the band given much more exposure with 'Sugar, We're Going Down' receiving wide airplay in many countries.
The band use of clever and culture-refrenced lyrics continued with "Infinity On High" with the album's first single, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", seeing the band confronting the state of the so-called "emo scene" which has built up in recent years and the album musically saw the band develop a more pop sound then punk. This looks set to continue with the forthcoming "Folie ŗ Deux" album.
The change in Fall Out Boy's sound has and will continue to divide listeners. However you have to give credit to them and Wentz especially for the clever ways in which the band continues to promote itself and their work, just look at the recent Viral Marketing campaign, which slowly led to the band revealing details of their new album.
It could be considered Fall Out Boy are more a product of consumerism; they have their own dolls, more than a Pop-Punk band? Because with Fall Out Boy, you don't just have your album and your regular merchandise etc. You have a social networking site, you have a blog, you have a clothing line and much more. Is it clever marketing or just plainly over the top? Nevertheless Fall Out Boy have influenced many bands, that have came out over the last year or so.
You buy a book and you can never be bothered to finish it?
A few months ago I came across a book called 'Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo' which is written by Andy Greenwald and published in 2003. It basically tells the story of how "emo" music has evolved and developed from it's origins to it's mainstream state in summer 2003.
It documents band's such as Minor Threat and Rites Of Spring to 90's band such as Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate and The Promise Ring (who have an album which the book is named after) to major 2003 bands, Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional, which is heavily featured in the book, as it was the period in which Dashboard Confessional brokethrough to the mainstream.
So why havn't I finished it? Well I've got to the point where Greenwald has joined Dashboard Confessional on their US supporting, I might be wrong but I think they were supporting Weezer on this tour. But anyway I've got to the point where the book is dragging and I just don't feel like reading it, even though I should really finish it. What's the point buying a book and not finishing it?
Oh well. I'll put it on my to do list.
However the book has introduced to some good bands such as Jawbreaker, The Promise Ring, Mineral, Texas Is The Reason and Jets To Brazil.
Ok so here's Volume 2. This list will basically be the essential bands, the ones that introduced me to the genre. (As always videos can be seen on my own blog: http://seanreidsblog.blogspot.com/)
If you don't know who this band are, then where have you've been?
Blink were one of the bands that introduced me to Pop-Punk, with the band's breakthrough album, 'Enema of The State'. That album featured the band's biggest hit 'All The Small Things', however I've opted to choose 'What's My Age Again?' as one of the essential Blink 182 song.
Of course I'm not going to be a fool and ignore Blink's pre-'Enema of The State' period. The following track is 'Dammit', from the band's 'Dude Ranch' album.
I'd also like to include the following Blink 182 songs:
Pathetic (from Dude Ranch)
Anthem (from Enema of the State)
Going Away To College (from Enema of the State)
Mutt (from Enema of the State)
Story of a Lonely Guy (from Take Off Your Pants and Jacket)
Stay Together For The Kids (from Take Off Your Pants and Jacket)
Reckless Abandon (from Take Off Your Pants and Jacket)
Please Take Me Home (from Take Off Your Pants and Jacket)
Feeling This (from untitled/self-titled)
Go (from untitled/self-titled)
All of This (from untitled/self-titled)
Unfortunatly in Febuary 2005 Blink 182 split-up and of course there has been various rumours of the band getting back together but personally I prefer if they didn't.
Before this band turned into a rip-off Green Day/Blink 182 band (see last year's 'Underclass Hero' album for details), they were a mainstay in the Pop-Punk community. The band's breakthrough album, 'All Killer, No Filler' was a fun record with metal riffs. The album's biggest single was, of course, Fat Lip with the essential funny music video.
Sum 41-Fat Lip
The album also had other great singles; 'Motivation' and 'In Too Deep'.
It's also worth checking out this song
Sum 41- Makes No Difference (From Half Hour of Power)
Unfortuantly the band has not yet managed to reach the same level success as 'All Killer, No Filler', despite having some decent songs for example 'Hell Song(from 'Does This Look Infected?'), the ballad-like song 'Piecies' (from 'Chuck') and 'With Me' (from Underclass Hero).
No personally I don't consider Green Day as a Pop-Punk band, I consider them simply as a Punk band. However I guess you could say they are an influence on various bands that are labelled 'Pop-Punk'.
I'll try and keep this brief, so I won't talk about 'American Idiot' and probably 'Warning'. Anyway I guest I have to start with 'Basket Case' from the mega-selling album, 'Dookie'.
I'd also recommened these Green Day songs:
Brain Stew/Jaded (from 'Insomniac)
Nice Guy's Finish Last (From 'Nimrod')
Hitchin' A Ride (From 'Nimrod')
Redundant (From 'Nimrod')
Longview (From 'Dookie')
Welcome To Paradise (From 'Dookie')
When I Come Around (From 'Dookie')
Volume 3 is coming soon.
Feedback/Suggestions are welcomed as always.
The title says it plain and simple.
Here are the first bunch of my personal favorite Pop-Punk songs (ever!)
EDIT: Ok so I thought I'd expand on this post and give reason for posting this. Basically I am; with some guilt, a huge Pop-Punk fan (even though my favorite 3 bands arn't Pop-Punk bands, weird). It's my favorite genre of music. Some may describe it as Pop music but with guitars. I would have to agree to an extent, for the most part Pop-Punk is harmless music; it's fast but not to heavy, it can be emotional not entirely emo, it can be fun but it's not over the top.
For me this type of music can brighten up my day. If I feel down, still a song on that is bouncy and fast paced and I'll feel good. It's also a good way to get me out of bed in the morning; having my iPod next to my bed is very handy, stick a good tune on and it'll wake me up.
The Starting Line- Best of Me
I first heard this band on a TV channel we used to have in the UK called P-Rock, unfortuately it didn't last very long. However at the time the channel expose me to some great bands like The Starting Line, Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. As well as the following two bands, Allister and Home Grown.
Allister- Somewhere On Fullerton
Home Grown- You're Not Alone
All Time Low- Coffee Shop Soundtrack
All Time Low are one of the many of a new crop of Pop-Punk bands. I first came across this band after hearing them on a Warped Tour Compilation a few years back, it was this track. Since this song, which was released on the band's 2006 Put Up or Shut Up EP, the band have gone on to find greater success with the band's recent release 'So Wrong, It's Right'.
Ok so a few days ago I had an idea of doing a 'classic' album review. My aim is to try and make these different to my normal album reviews. Not only will I review the album but I'll also talk about the effect the album had on me and how I discovered the album in question.
'Bleed American' was Jimmy Eat World's fourth album and was released on July 18th 2001. It has been well-documented in the band's history that 'Bleed American' was recorded without a record and paid for by the band themselves and the record's producer, Mark Trombino, produced the album for free. In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the album was re-released and re-titled simply called 'Jimmy Eat World'.
The album contains the so-called 'breakthrough hit single', 'The Middle', which was the second single taken from the album, which was preceded by first single, 'Bleed American' (later re-titled Salt Sweat Sugar), a song which opens the album with a thumping beat and distinictive guitar riff.
The album's 2nd track is a personal favorite of mine and was the first Jimmy Eat World track I ever heard (on a free Kerrang magazine CD). The song in question is 'A Praise Chorus', a song which contains a fast rocking guitar and lead singer Jim Adkins asking a series of questions and then stateing he "wants to fall in love tonight." One of the highlights of the song is the closing verse which contains the lyrics:
Over, And over.
Our house in the middle of the street
Why did we ever meet?
Started my rock 'n roll fantasy.
Don't let's start.
Why did we ever part?
Kick start my rock 'n rollen heart.
Iím on my feet Iím on the floor Iím good to go.
So come on Davey sing me something that I know.
I wanna always feel like part of this,
The album's hit single is next with a radio-friendly chorus and heavily played music video, which saw the band playing a High School party surrounded by young people in their underwear. 'Your House' includes a charming acoustic guitar playing and "emo" lyrics with Atkins asking his lover if they still ove him and to tell him now. The song builds up to a point where the full band plays with nice harmonised back vocals.
'Sweetness' is an anthemic affiar with emphaisised "woah-ohs" with added commerical shine.'Hear You Me' pulls at the heart strings, alot. With a slow acoustic guitar and sad lyrics built around guitar-picked chours, which eventually see's female back vocals coming in to provide one of the album's many highlights.
'If You Don't Don't' see's band bouncing again with Atkins' lyrics being based around a girl he misses. 'Get It Faster' starts off dark with muted guitar strumming and astmopheric drum beats and Atkins' vocals being slow untill the song kicks with the band rebelling and realising that cheating gets 'it' faster and Atkins is careless.
'Cautioners' see's the band going back into ballad mode with lyrics that reminisce about a former love and the song being structured around a running piano melody and finishing with angel-like harmonys. 'The Authority Song' is again a radio-friendly rock song and the album closer 'My Sundown' is a slow sombre yet beautiful affiar with Atkins committing to better himself ("I'm gonna be so much more than this ") and ends with the band bidding fairwell.
What Does 'Bleed American' Mean To Me?
I discovered 'Bleed American' in January 2002 when I was 14, after months of having trouble finding it, simply because my town didn't have a major record store. By this time the record had been re-released under it's new title and 'The Middle' was receiving major airplay. At the time I had only heard the 2 singles and 'A Praise Chorus' songs I had enjoyed very much.
So I got the album one Saturday when I was with my skateboarding friends, who knew little about the band or basically disapproved of them; this was the time when 'Nu-Metal' was the 'in thing' and Jimmy Eat World didn't fit into that genre. I remeber vividly I listened to the album repeatly that Saturday night and I simply thought it was one of the best albums I had ever heard. For me at the time it was different, it was rock with emotion and pop-like lyrics. It had those fast paced songs but inbetween in had these calm and sweet songs like 'Hear You Me'.
Also this album helped me in a very difficult period of my life. At the time I was bullied alot at school and I didn't fit in with any kliqs or anything. I was just that skinny kid who hung around with the 'greebo's' even though they probably didn't want him to and had a short bad temper, wo used to throw chairs. At the time this album calmed me down and it made me forget about my problems I was having. I know this sounds stupid but I felt I had a connection with the band and 'Bleed American' helped me have a more positive outlook on life.
In conclusion last April at the Give It A Name festival in Birmingham. I finally got to see Jimmy Eat World live and later on in the evening I met Jim Atkins, much to my delight. Here's the proof: