Meet Lydia. If you frequent AP.net and keep up with our news, you've probably heard of them. Well, their upcoming album Illuminate, to be released tomorrow, March 18, is streaming right now on their AP.net profile. Check out the tunes, and if you like them enough, pick up their album on Tuesday. I listened to about half the album after deciding I'd give the hardcopy a chance. I 'pre-ordered' it (a day before it drops, hah) on Merchnow, a website I've used twice already, but cannot remember hearing about before this year. Since I see paying shipping as a waste if I only pick up one album, I also added Rory's Rory Always Right as in We Are and Rory We're Up to No Good, We're Up to No Good for good measure. I remember hearing good things about the band from some users on AP.net, so I'll try 'em out. After their breakup, lead singer Jeremy Menard joined The Scenic, a nice band of fellas, after their lead singer moved onto other endeavors. The new The Scenic currently have some new demos up on their Myspace page, so just a little shout out for them - I dig "The American Way," especially Jeremy's vocals as he belts out, "And I knoooooooooow." I like them even more in this studio video (about the 2:40 mark):
Ah, studio vocals. Gotta love them.
Guess what else drops tomorrow? Oh, I don't know, just some album by one of my favorite bands:
To be honest, I don't know if I'll enjoy The Matches' A Band in Hope more than Decomposer, because I've had a hell of a lot of replay value out of that last album. Decomposer hits a kind of quirky pop punk/rock I can listen to for a long time before having to switch it out for something new. But I don't think of myself as someone who pigeonholes my bands and expects the same album rehashed every couple of years. I hear A Band in Hope doesn't have the intensity of Decomposer, but if the music is good, that's all that matters. I'm also not someone obsessed with leaks (is waiting really that tough?), so I'm be going into The Matches' new album with fresh ears. Either way, I'll let you guys know what I think of both albums. I'm pretty sure you'll find them in my recommendations somewhere down the road.
Oh well, it's about eight in the morn, and maybe I'll grab some breakfast. You know who the coolest people on this site are? The ones who read this blog. Lies are a comfort I blanket myself with, hah. Be good.
Here are a couple blurbs I wrote for two of my most anticipated releases of 2008. There are plenty of other releases which deserve attention, but I thought I'd shine some light on two that may go under appreciated. Keep these in mind.
Ace Enders has been a busy man since the collapse of The Early November. With fans of the band still mourning their loss, Enders has been a part of two music projects (Ace Enders and a Million Different People, King for Queens), started a record label called Regular Music, and built a studio dubbed Pink Space Recording. But the most intriguing news has been the announcement that Enders is heading back into the studio to record a new album due out next summer. Even if he's stayed busy enough to keep the attention of fans, it's anyone's guess at this point which direction Enders will take his sound. Will he step again into the acoustic territory he's so familiar with? Will he continue where he left off with The Path, the original disc which tells a young man's story through an assortment of musical genres? Whatever he chooses, The Early November faithful are listening closely to hear what develops.
The Matches are a fine mix of pop, rock, energy, and style. Decomposer found the band exploring their creativity with their slow, cascading single "Salty Eyes" but keeping their crunchy guitar work and the high-pitched yelps of lead singer Shawn Harris close at hand. If anything, with Decomposer The Matches became more interesting in their multi-producer approach and their desire to remodel themselves. Ready for that next step, the band has finished tracking their new album A Band in Hope - read it out loud to hear what the title really mean - and is ready to spread more of their creativity in early 2008. Harris also alluded to an upcoming DVD that could be coming soon, so fans who are too slow to keep up with the band's live show can safely view the action from home.