On January 16, 2015, Fall Out Boy released their sixth studio album, American Beauty/ American Pyscho. As a follow up to their comeback album, Save Rock And Roll, this has a different sound and feel to it than the alternative rock Fall Out Boy has always been known for. This one is more pop rock, and lyrically makes one stop and wonder a bit.
Many questions were raised in regard to some of the lyrics on this album. Such as how you can 'feel so LA' but 'look so Seattle', or why you would want someone to keep holding on to you until they feel numb when you feel nothing for them? Plenty of things to ask Fall Out Boy about with this album.
This is very far from Fall Out Boy's best album, but its not terrible. Its just highly different for them, will appeal to many. For us, however, it just doesn't appeal. That being said Save Rock And Roll took a while to grow on us too, so that could be subject to change.
Each song has its own things that are good, but over all the best song is the lead single, "Centuries." Music is immortal, and this song perfectly depicts that. Other stand out tracks though are, "Jet Pack Blues", "Twin Skeletons", and "Uma Thurman."
We're not sure what dancing like Uma Thurman has anything to do with moving mountains and working miracles but its a good song, none the less. "Jet Pack Blues" is very sweet, and "Twin Skeletons (Hotel in NYC) tells a very interesting story.
Its an interesting album to say the least, but not quite our cup of tea. Let us know what your thoughts on the album are and remember you can get the album now wherever music is sold.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Falling In Reverse is back and better than ever! On February 24, 2015, Falling In Reverse will be releasing their third studio album, Just Like You. The band decided to stream it prior to release, and had promised that this one was closer to their debut album, The Drug In Me Is You in sound. They stuck true to their word, and may have arguably made an album better than that even.
This entire album is incredible, filled with power, amusement, emotion, ect. You name it, this album has it. Its hard to claim a favorite, as its all wonderful, but we were able to pick a couple favorites.
"Sexy Drug", however is reminiscent of "Good Girls Like Bad Guys", as its catchy, sexual, and has a little bit of humor thrown in all at once. Considering the lyric, "Sexy girl, i just fell in love. You should try it, its a hell of a drug. Like O-M-G, you make me come-come- complete." Everyone knows where their brains went, and its a genius implication.
The title track, "Just Like You" is also highly unique as well. The intro for it sounds almost as if it s a cover of a Disney song. Except a Disney song would not be saying, "I am aware I'm an asshole. I really don't care about all that though. I am living my life the way that I want to, and you really can't deny that I'm just like you." Its a killer song, and probably will remind people that everyone is living their own lives. You are living your own life, not someone else's, and someone else doesn't have to like the way you live your life. Because its your life, not theirs.
Other tracks that greatly stood out for us were, "Chemical Prisoner", "Get Me Out" and the lead single, "God, If You Are Above."
Falling In Reverse has truly out done themselves -bravo, and congratulations! Remember that you can still pre-order the album, and that it will be out on February 24. You can listen to the entire thing now, and believe us -you will not be disappointed.
Deaf Rhino is an independent rock band from New Jersey that greatly embraces their includes from Foo Fighters, Weezer, Incubus and more.
They appear to be a great mix of many bands, so much so that its hard to pin point who they sound most like. That's the incredible thing about musicians -no two are exactly the same.
Deaf Rhino, while they might have a slightly strange name, the music isn't as out there as you'd expect. Its your run of the mill rock music, with something a little special that you can't quite place. Each track has its own feel to it, and they definitely impress.
The stand out tracks on this album are "Don't Believe What You Heard" and "Hey You." "Hey You" simply just had a cool vibe to it, and "Don't Believe What You Heard" appeared to be simply pointing out that listening to rumors isn't the best idea. "You want to know how the circus came to town, but just don't believe what you heard." This particular lyric was a great way to point out how crazy things can get. Life is a circus, just few think of it that way.
This is wonderfully unique album, Dirt, Rust, Chaos, officially will be released on May 5. Be sure to check them out on all their social medias to stay up to date with Deaf Rhino as they move along in their adventures.
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Melodic rock band, Ionia hails from New York, and on Feburary 1 released Postcards From The Edge: Chapter 1. Delta 32. They are an interesting band with influences from Thrice, Deftones, Brand New, Bob Dylan, Alice In Chains, Tool, Nirvana, The Pixies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails and more.
Every track on this EP is very unique in their own way, and all sound beautiful. They are all very interesting as well. Especially "Idea" and "Spitting In The Eyes Of Defeat." Both tracks really get you to stop and think, all the while you may not really know what the song is about.
"Idea" sort of appears to be about seeing the world for what it is, and having the ideas to change it. To be sure, we'll just have to ask Ioina for their meaning. Something we loved about this track though was near the end, it gets all staticy -almost like its all too much, and then it suddenly just cuts out. We then hear nothing but the lyric, "Finally killed the pain", sung in a very passionate voice. That is something to admire in every song. If you can hear the passion, you know its good.
This is a very thought provoking EP and it is highly recommended that people check it out. You can get the EP now on iTunes!
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Bad Luck Glory is a 2012 release from Leaving Haven, a rock band from Orlando, FL. This is a band for fans of Framing Hanley, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Red, and more.
This is one of those albums that is just great and you don't really have an explanation as to why. Usually, its the lyrics that draw me in, but with this one its more so the music and the vocal style.
The entire album is great, but hands down the best track on the album is "Never Miss Me." Its incredibly sweet, but also slightly sad. "My biggest fear is they will never miss me." Many people have been concerned that they will be forgotten, and its a terrible thing to feel. That being said, rough feelings tend to be put into some of the best songs, and they did a great job of portraying that feeling in a beautiful way.
Just behind it though is, "Can't Commit." It appears to be about a girl who wouldn't give him the time of day he wanted to for a while. It eventually comes out that he did finally get what he wanted, but she couldn't commit to more than just something fun. . "I can't commit, not right now. Its too much for me. I'm some kind of lazy, and I just might forget. But last night...yeah, that works for me." That quote may be slightly paraphrased by mistake.
Its a great album, and you can check it out on the band's official website.
Where has An Honest Year Been hiding for so long? An Honest Year is an incredibly talented pop punk band from Phildephia, PA. They originally began in 2012, and the Horizons EP is their latest release. The EP came out in October 2014, and in this case of its discovery -its better late than never.
If you are a fan of pop punk at all, its highly recommended that you check out An Honest Year. This EP in particular has a little bit of everything. A song for those who have been facing the "friendzone", another for those spurred from a relationship that clearly ended on a sour note.
The best parts though are the final two tracks, which are great uplifting tracks. "Chin Up, Kid." is the perfect thing to remind people that the storms don't last forever, and that things will get better. It also is the perfect reminder that people are not just their struggles, they're much more to that. . "I'm more than this. I've tried and come so far. These days I miss, they're gone, but I'll hold on to who I am. While trying to get them back again." He's telling a personal story, all while reaching out to people. That's just about the best thing a musician can do.
"Don't let them bring you down, 'cause all the struggles you face come around."
He continues to tell stories on the final track, "Through The Night." Rather than explain, we'll just let the lyrics explain for themselves. "I thought to my future, and all its demons. A life long search for constant reason to get out of my bed. Listen to the voice inside my head, its trying to tell me to cope with all these different standards. Laying life to please the crowd, its hard to do when there's too much to handle. Hope to turn this life around."
Some of those lyrics may be wrong, as we were listening to it, not copying them down. You get the jest, regardless. It tells the story of struggling with the things people tell you, verses who you are and what you want to be. Sometimes is horribly discouraging, but you have to hold on to you, not what the others say. He says that perfectly as well. I'm more than this. I've tried and come so far. These days I miss, they're gone, but I'll hold on to who I am. While trying to get them back again."
This is an incredible EP, and surely the rest of their discography is just as great. You can find all their music on iTunes, and you can find them all over the internet. This includes their website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr.
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