mmmm i'm not even sure what point i'm trying to make here, I might have to return to the discussion when i've thought about it some more. If you know what i'm feeling or think i'm talking nonsense, then i'd love to know what you think, so please comment away!
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Info: Taken from the album "Curses" (2007).
Label: Too Pure
Comment: Another exciting young welsh band. These guys make some mean rocking tunes.
Info: Taken from album "Bring It On" (2007).
Comment: Wicked track from Belgium's finest. This version is available on the bonus 2nd Cd of the album.
Info: Taken from the E.P "Soko Not Sokute" (2007).
Label: Believe Digital
Info: Taken from the E.P "I Can't Relate" (2007).
Label: Currently unsigned.
Comment: This track is awesome!!! Can't believe the average age of this band is just 15! Exciting, looking forward to a full release.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Background: Hundred Reasons have been around for awhile now. Since 1999 to be exact. With new album "Quick The Word Sharp The Action", the band are now on album number 4. Previous releases have included the Gold selling debut LP "Ideas Above Our Station" (2002), "Shatterproof Is Not A Challenge" (2004), and "Kill Your Own" (2006). The current lineup of the band is Andy Bews (Drums), Colin Doran (Lead Vocals), Den Doyle (Guitar), Andy Gilmour (Bass), and Larry Hibbitt (Guitar and Vocals). Over the years this band has had to overcome adversity time and time again, ranging from being dropped from their label, to lead singer Colin Doran being threatened with career ending vocal problems. But they keep bouncing back and coming up with excellent albums, and this new one is no different.
Review: On first listening to the new album, I have to admit I wasn't blown away. But with each time I have since listened to it, its got better and better. This forth album see's the band maturing and growing in confidence to experiment with their sound. Theres the typical Hundred Reasons sound on first single "No Way Back", but on tracks such as "The Shredder" we see the band delving into previously unchartered territory with positive results. One of my favourite tracks so far is the final one "Out Of Time", which is so good it makes you want to listen to more, and so you press the play button again. That track combines a catchy chorus with heavy guitars and drums, and for me will be an instant favourite on the live scene. Which is where the band really come into their own, with an incredible energetic and inspring live performance which really does the faster songs justice, which sometimes the records don't.
You can catch Hundred Reasons supporting Enter Shikari throughout October and November, and the band have their own headline tour in January. Check the band's website for more information.
Monday, 22 October 2007
MP3: Akala - Where I'm From
Category: Hip Hop/Beats
Info: From album "Freedom Lasso" (2007)
Comment: This guy has serious talent! Also check out "Bit by Bit". Keep an eye on Akala, he will be huge!
MP3: Malakai - The Battle
Info: Taken from the recently released E.P, simply titled EP1
Comment: Bristol based duo, who make cool sounding beats and samples.
MP3: Jimmy Eat World - Big Casino
Info: Released as a single this week (22/10/2007)
Comment: Awesome track, first single off the new album "Chase This Light" (2007)
MP3: Dave Gahan - Kingdom (Digitalism Remix)
Info: Find on the original "Kingdom" release
Comment: Cool original track, but with the Digitalism input its a dance floor killer.
MP3: The Cribs - Our Bovine Public
Info: Find on the album "Mens Needs Womens Needs Whatever" (2007)
Comment: The Cribs, much like The Wombats, make music you can dance and be happy to.
MP3: Milburn - What Will You Do (When The Money Goes)
Info: From album "These Are The Facts" (2007)
Comment: Milburn are very talented, & for me better than that other Sheffield band
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Like with other Radiohead records, it takes time and a few listens to really appreciate the songs, ideas, and concepts. I've never been a huge fan of the band before, but as my musical tastes have matured over the years, i've been able to "get" what Radiohead are about more and more. I think this album is really accessible. Its not as guitar heavy as other releases and maybe thats a reason why. Thats not to say the guitars have been neglected. Listen to my current favourite track "Bodysnatchers" and this is instantly apparent. But there are slower, clearly Thom Yorke inspired tracks such as "All I need" which are really well produced and strike a real chord of honesty and musical integrity.
Friday, 12 October 2007
MP3: Hadouken! - Leap Of Faith
Info: From the forthcoming "usb" album "Not Here To Please You" released 12/11/07
Comment: Also check out the awesome video
MP3: My Chemical Romance - Mama
Info: Taken from the album "The Black Parade" (2006)
Comment: The whole album has grown on me, particuarly this track
MP3: British Sea Power - Atom
Info: Taken from E.P "Krankenhaus?" (2007)
Label: Rough Trade Records
Comment: Belting new track from a wicked band
MP3: The Editors - The Racing Rats
Info: Taken from the album "An End Has A Start" (2007)
Comment: Another strong track from impressive new album
MP3: Linkin Park - What I've Done
Info: Taken from the album "Minutes To Midnight" (2007)
Comment: Really impressed with how these guys have moved forward with this new album
MP3: Ministry - Roadhouse Blues
Info: Taken from album "Last Sucker" (2007)
Label: 13th Planet
Comment: Brutal track. Check this out!
Monday, 8 October 2007
Me Against Them formed in 2001 and come from London. The members are Marty on Vocals/Guitar, Arthur on Guitar/Vocals, Mathew on Bass/Vocals, Sonny on Drums, and Steve on Keys. They are a fusion of alternative Rock and Punk, mixing distorted guitars and powerful drums, with angst filled, but tuneful vocals. They released an E.P entitled "Do The Splits" which came out in 2002 on Shifty Disco records.
The debut self titled full length album was released in 2004 on Hot Teeth Records. It received much recognition, getting airplay from Radio 1 DJ's Mark and Lard, aswell as getting played on XFM. The band also recorded a couple of sessions for John Peel.
And thats where it seemingly ends for this band...
If anyone knows anymore then let me know! Also leave me a comment with your opinion on the band.
Checkout the bands Myspace.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Info: Track taken from debut album "Matinee" released next week (08/10/2007)
Label: XL Recordings
Comment: Looking forward to getting the album!
Info: Taken from album "One With The Sun" (2004)
Label: Wall Of Sound
Comment: UK tour thoughout October
Info: Track taken from self titled E.P
Comment: Wicked young Welsh band, on tour soon!
Info: Track taken from the album "Lose All Time" (2007)
Label: Fierce Panda
Comment: Currently on UK Tour