Honestly the first impression I get of Radiosurgery (which I promise I will type "Radiosugary" a hundred times in the next few months) is that it reminds me of Self-Titled. I think that may be the production/mixing coming through -- but I hear it in the song writing a little bit as well. I think the single's the weak link and "Summer Fling, Don't Mean a Thing" the highlight (the hook is what pop-punk should be). At this point these guys are as close to a sure thing as I can think of in the genre. They are exactly what they are, they do it damn well, and that's all there is to it. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for this band, I've been listening to them for fricking years, and they're one of a handful of bands yonder that I still love to listen to -- and have massive amounts of respect for. With all the band drama these days, all the bands breaking up and changing members and throwing hissy fits ... these guys are a model to emulate.
"What did you say as I walked out the door, awooaooh, did you want me back?"
Have you checked out Neon Trees yet? I may have been whoring them out a little bit in the recent weeks, and when I was asked to put together a feature for "the new class" (yes, the reference was intentional) - they were easily the first band I thought of to highlight. Catchy, full of layers, a little 80's influence ... you can't go wrong. When looking at the music scene in front of us ... this is the kind of band I hope rises to the top. Check them out.
There aren't many bands that conjure the attention that Brand New does; and whether it's the haters or fanboys -- it seems everyone has something to say. Even little 'ol me.
So what are my thoughts on the album? It's a testament to a band when they can release, arguably, another classic in their collection. A band that can continually redefine themselves while still maintaining the form that fans expect. Bringing us something old, something new - and, always, something fresh. The end result is an album full of energy. It starts, quite literally, with the hardest song the band has ever written ... and it doesn't let go of its vice grip until the final note. What you want from me is to know if it's good -- right? What you don't want is for me to spoil it. Trust me. What you want is to sit down with this album for the first time ... and be shocked, awed, maybe even confused by what is coming out of your speakers. Because then you'll truly appreciate what the band crafted. You'll spend hours pouring over the songs ... and by the 5th or 6th listen ... you'll fall in love. It's good. It's really good. That's what you want to know.
Was listening to those infamous Brand New demos from a few years back last night. Part of me wonders what a straight up pop album from those guys would sound like ... Demo 2 seems very Viva Hate like, I think an album with verses/choruses like that and "Archers.." would be really good. Almost U2 like. Not that I don't like the direction they're going in ... just a thought.
We will be exclusively announcing the new Brand New album title and release date this Sunday, July 12th. Get ready - it should be a fun day around the website. I can already see a massive discussion about the title taking place ... it's ... interesting.
Who should my spotlight be on tomorrow? NFG? Seems like a pretty safe one. I want to do one on The Gaslight Anthem at some point -- however, with NFG doing a site takeover tomorrow, it would be really fitting to squeeze them in now. Plus, those guys deserve all the press.
Interesting night. We'll see what comes out of it. We did a lot of checking to make sure the screen caps were legit (multiple sources, verified, of being in the chat - that it was David's account, etc.) ... and I emailed literally everyone I know in the Blink camp (no response yet). So ... we'll see. Covered our bases as best we could ... but felt we had enough to run with the story we did (seeing as what we posted is as true as any other story). Now we sit back and wait.
PS: Sorry to the band if we ruined any announcement or anything ... you know I love you. So much. Shoot David, not little messenger me.
If anyone is wondering why I haven't posted anything about the internet rumored March release date for Brand New ... it's because I checked with management and found out, "march will not be the time for a new release from BN, they are looking at more like summer although beginning middle or end is still to be determined."
Just so you don't think I'm slipping or anything -- I've got my ear to the ground.
Well, Steve from New Found Glory reads my blog (siqbrag). And I read his (those cool images I post every once in a while -- like the stormtrooper one below -- I totally jacked from his blog), but that's beside the point. Anyway - he noticed my "first impressions" about the new NFG album and my comments about the volume level on my advance. Well, he was pretty sure I got a crappy copy - so he hooked me up with a new version. Seriously. What a great dude. How incredible is that?
And he was right - the new version sounds fantastic. The production sounds 100x better and I'm a big fan. I already knew I loved the album (so many plays already tossed the band in my top 10 of all time), but now I can crank it. I am sure the neighbors are pleased. Plus, I gotta hear the b-side "I'm the Fool" - and, in true NFG fashion, it's damn good. Dare I say better than a few tracks on the album? Maybe.
The new New Found Glory is an interesting album. It sounds a lot like their Self-Titled album, a more raw production with straight to the point - in your face - pop-punk. If anything, it reminds me of when I first listened to Less Than Jake's GNVFLA album. It's an album that is a "return to form" from a band I loved in high-school, basically sounding like it would have if released when I was in high-school. So it's a strange feeling - it's very nostalgic, but at the same time I definitely enjoy the album. I would recommend it to any pop-punk fan - especially a NFG fan. There's no reason it shouldn't be in your collection.
My only complaints are on my copy the sound is low. I have to crank my CD player 5 to 10 points higher on my stereo to get the same volume level as my other music. I don't know if that's just a weird thing with the CD, or that I am just used to very loud NFG.
Fans of the band's Self-Titled album should love this release. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of their later releases (it sounds even more raw to me than FTSTYS2) - and is straight forward, raw, pop-punk. And the truth is they still do it better than almost every one else. I think "47" is my favorite song - the verse and pre-chorus melody is awesome. Expect all kinds of love for this album around the website - it's NFG - it's me - that's just how it goes.
I ended 2007 on a massive low note and hoped for better in 2008, and the year sped by ... however, lessons were learned and who I am today is not who I was then. I think that's basically all you can ask for in a good year: growth. I can only hope for as much this year.