On June 10, 2014, Beartooth released their first full length album, Disgusting. This album does not live up to its title though, as it is far from disgusting.
Anyone who is a fan of hardcore punk music will love this album. It is heavier, and the lyrics are incredible. Through out the entire album, lyrics speak of being trapped inside your own head, and rough situations. Those tend to make some of the best lyrics, as they tend to stick in people's heads for various reasons.
For us, a couple of the stand out tracks were, "Beaten In Lips", "Bodybag", and "In Between."
"Beaten In Lips" is actually a call out to children of abusive parents. Bullying is a common topic these days on the internet, and is starting to become more apparent in music, but for some reason abuse is not overly so. They brought light to this situation in a very catchy way, and you can't help but respect, and even enjoy it. The chorus and pre-chorus of this song could not be more perfect, or inspiring. "As if life isn't hard already, add it to the list of things to forget. With one chance to define ourselves, we're gonna keep on living. Keep on living. This is for the kids with the beaten in lips, whose parents try to shut them up using their fists. Keep living loud and proud. They never can hold you down."
Another one that stood out greatly was, "Bodybag." With a name like that, you would assume it would be anything but what it is. One line in particular stands out and is the perfect message to those who feel like giving up. "One life and one decision. Make sure it ends with you still living."
This album is highly worth your time, even if you just choose to look up the lyrics. You can listen to it now through Red Bull Records, or purchase it through iTunes.
Anyone who is a fan of pop punk needs to give As It Is a chance. As It Is is a pop punk band from Brighton, England that is fronted by YouTuber Patty Walters. Their first full length album, Never Happily, Ever After was released on April 21, 2015 and it surely will not disappoint the pop punk fans out there.
Throughout the album, it speaks of self doubts, lonesome feelings, brighter days, and many other things. While some may write that off as 'emo', it could possibly be relatable to many and it is important to point out that most music is 'emotional'.
For us, the stand out tracks include, "Cheap Shots & Setbacks", "Concrete", and "Drowning Deep In Doubt."
"Cheap Shots & Setbacks" stands out because it points out that everything can be wrong, but yet, you can still have everything under control. "We're the kids who are dead inside, but we're the ones who feel alive. We dream because we don't sleep. We'll never get rest, but we got this."
That lyric also sounds a bit like a nod to an internet reference, "Internet kids never sleep." Some may understand why that stands out.
This entire album is the epitome of pop punk and is proof that As It Is will definitely be a huge hit.
You can catch them all summer long on the 2015 Vans Warped tour, and get all their music, including EPs released prior to this album on iTunes.
On May 19, Madus will be releasing a brand new EP called All The Way, and we got the chance to hear it just before its release. This is their debut EP under this name, as they were formerly known as Tangent Transmission. They are now an alternative rock band, and are based out of Los Angeles, Califorina. This is our take on their debut EP, All The Way.
The EP shows great potential, and fans of bands like Muse, Maroon 5, may just love it. Its a decent EP, but our main draw is generally lyrics. In this instance, we actually felt as though the music stood out more, and sort of drowned out the vocals. Perhaps that is just our ears, of course.
They show a lot of talent, none the less, and the EP is a great debut. If pressed to choose a favorite, we would have to say "You Could Never Feel" or "Just To Live" stand out the most.
They're off to a good start and you can hear their debut, All The Way on May 16.
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