|Recommendations #1: Something fast, something bouncy, and something acoustic
|I keep telling myself I'm going to write more about music. But that never happens. I really need to start sharing more than just the emotional bullshit. That gets beat down pretty quickly. So, in the spirit of that? You should probably give the following bands a spin...|
Counterpunch - Frenetic, technical, and melodic punk rock. Big hooks and lots of heart that would have fit perfectly with the EpiFat scene of the late nineties. Their new album sounds ridiculously huge.
For Fans Of: The Swellers, Heartsounds, A Wilhelm Scream, No Use For A Name
Transit - These dudes are from my town. Throaty, heartfelt music that walk the fine line between hardcore and "pop-punk." The singer has a great set of pipes, they kill it live, and they keep upping the songwriting with each release. Get on the train now.
For Fans Of: Polar Bear Club, Crime in Stereo, Fireworks
Jeff Rowe - Another "local" boy. Hailing from Allston, MA with an acoustic guitar and a Matt Pryor-esque vocal delivery this dude is more songs about booze and life than songs about girls and love, but he hits the mark every time. Solid debut release! Also? He's a dream boat. And he's buddies with the dudes in Smoke Or Fire. Just sayin'.
For Fans Of: Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids' voice, Frank Turner, Dashboard Confessional
|Tags: recommendations, counterpunch, transit, jeff rowe
|Recommendation: The Copyrights / The Dopamines
|The new split 7" from the Copyrights and the Dopamines--appropriately titled Songs About Fucking Up--is exactly what I needed to hear this week.|
The title just about sums up the lyrical content, but if you've never heard the bands before and you dig the "classic" pop-punk sound? Get on it. Both bands are very much in the vein of early Green Day, the Descendents, the Ergs!, Screeching Weasel, and/or MxPx.
It's smart, fast, fun punk rock with just as much melody as heart...
Sometime in history
I bet someone stood here and said,
"I tried and failed"
With that in mind
Please send me on my way
Pat me on the back and
Tell me it's okay
|Tags: the copyrights, the dopamines, recommendation
|Recommendation: Lipona's "Atlas"
This album had been off of my radar for a few months, but the mailman was gracious enough to deliver a copy in the mail the other day, and they just so happened to release a free E.P. today via the interweb (download that sucker right here) so I decided to give the full-length another spin. Which quickly turned into a second. Which turned into a third. And a fourth.
This is a stellar album that should appeal just as much to a fan of Set Your Goals or Four Year Strong as it would a fan of A Wilhelm Scream or the Swellers.
The band has all of the right ingredients and serves them up in a tasteful manner. Driving, aggressive music put through a pop filter but lacking in excessive breakdowns? Check. Vocal lines that beg for a sing-along despite lacking cheesy rhymes? Check. Technical guitar work to keep things interesting? Check. Lyrics that are relatively creative without being trite/cliche? Check. Gang vocals? Check.
Throw in a vocalist who reminds me of that dude from Marathon, great lyrics, and you have yourself a grossly under-looked record. Fifth spin for the day, here we go...
RIYL: Set Your Goals, A Wilhelm Scream, Ignite, the Swellers, Much the Same
|Tags: lipona, recommendation