Archive for March, 2013

I know I have missed a few Mondays, but I’m back and ready to share some more awesome music with you!

This song of the week is called Underdog and it’s by British rockers You Me at Six.

Like many bands now featured heavily in my music collection, I came across You Me at Six (I’ll call them YM@6 for short) quite by accident. I had heard of them, but never taken the time to listen to any of their music because for whatever silly reason I figured that I probably wouldn’t like them anyway. How wrong I was!

When YM@6 announced an Australian tour in mid-2011 with support by The Mission in Motion (who I have mention here before) I had to go. I hadn’t missed a single Mission show in Brisbane since late 2009 and I wasn’t about to start. I didn’t want to be that person standing at the back with no idea what was going on during the headline band, so finally I got a hold of some YM@6 and gave it a chance. I absolutely loved them! And for that matter, I still do.

According to lead singer Josh Franceschi’s twitter over the weekend, the band is back in the studio recording their next album. Very much looking forward to hearing what they’re working on in the not too distant future!

For more about the band, check out good old Wikipedia for what you need to know: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Me_at_Six 

(I know that it’s not the greatest source of reliable information, but for the most part it’s pretty useful!)

Home from Vietnam and busy working away on a post about my travels to share with you all!

Check back later for my song of the week – something I had stuck in my head for most of my trip for no apparent reason – and then tonight or tomorrow to read all about my holiday.

Just a quick post to let you all know that after my song of the week – which I will post shortly – you will not read anything from me again until March 25.

Why, you may ask?

I am heading over to Vietnam for a holiday with my Mum!

I know that I should have queued a couple of posts for you for while I am away, but you should know by now that I am certainly not that organised! I do apologise for my absence, but here is what you have to look forward to when I return…

> A few pictures and tidbits from my travels around Vietnam, just for fun!

> My review of Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

> My review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (this is definitely one to look forward to!)

I look forward to catching up on all of your posts when I get home also.

Happy reading, writing and whatever else takes you fancy!

This song of the week is brought to you by Periphery! It’s called Scarlet and it’s pretty awesome.

Are you Team Mustard or Team Ketchup? Give this video a watch and make your choice!

It’s kind of disturbing, but I admire the creativity.

Soundwave. One of the days I look forward to most every year. It’s a day of live music, crowds, moshing, dancing, craziness and fun. This year marked my fourth Soundwave festival and I arrived with high expectations – the past three years I had such an amazing time, so this year had to be the same, right? Wrong.

I’m not saying that I wish I didn’t go, or that I didn’t enjoy myself, because of course I am glad that I went and overall it was a good day. It just wasn’t the amazing day I have come to expect from Soundwave after my previous experiences.

I started the day at Dragonforce, who I had never heard of, but I was with a friend who wanted to see them. They were far from something I would usually listen to, but they were entertaining so it was a good start. Even that early I noticed that the crowd seemed thicker than usual but couldn’t figure out why when there are only a certain amount of tickets that can be sold. I realised on the walk across the grounds to see Periphery – who were absolutely fantastic, so I’m glad I made it to their set! – that it was because unlike previous years, the bars were not fenced off so that 18+ patrons who wanted to drink were secluded from the rest of the crowd. They could walk into a bar, buy drinks, then wander around from stage to stage drinking them. While I’m sure these people appreciated not being caged like animals, it took away from my experience because I was almost constantly surrounded by drunk people behaving like idiots.

From Periphery I ventured over to the main stages for Bullet For My Valentine – one of my must-see bands of the day. It was the third time I had seen them live and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They played more songs off their new album ‘Temper Temper’ than I expected, considering it only came out in Australia a week or two before the festival, but the crowd responded well. The big hits were there and the performance made me wish I had been able to afford to attend their sideshow the night before to see them play a headline set. I eagerly await their next tour down under.

I had a bit of time to kill before my next band so it was nice to wander around a little bit and see what was around. There were more little stores set up than I recall previously, so I looked around a bit, but it wasn’t really practical to buy anything – even if I had the money to – because you’d have to carry it around all day. I’m sure other people didn’t mind though. Eventually I made my way over to stage 2 for Billy Talent.

Billy Talent did a headline tour of Australia just last year, so I knew what to expect from their set. It was high-energy and a little wild, and they played all of the favourites. I hung back out of the mosh so I could just enjoy them and I think that was a good idea. They had played Soundwave back in 2009 and referenced this fact a couple of times. Hopefully they’ll be back sooner rather than later.

I left my festival buddy at stage 2 after Billy Talent and made a mad-dash across to the complete opposite side of the grounds for one of my other must-see bands: All Time Low. These guys get a lot of hate for being a ‘kiddy band’ but they’re fantastic pop-punkers and I adore them. At some point I had started feeling quite disheartened. Even though the bands I had seen were fantastic, I wasn’t enjoying the atmosphere and the whole day felt off from what I had expected. All Time Low basically saved my day. I decided that I had to cheer myself up, so I made my way right into the middle of the mosh, determined to have my mood improved and within a couple of songs I was feeling much better. I regretted the fact that I still haven’t bought their new album, but it didn’t matter too much. They played a few of my favourites and I had a great time.

From there I went back to stage 2 where I remained for the rest of the festival, apart from a brief visit to the main stage to see a bit of Metallica before heading home. I saw Paramore, who I have never been a huge fan of, but they played such a tight live set that I think I’ll have to give them another chance. Lead-singer Hayley hit every, single note and I was very impressed. After Paramore was Garbage, who I couldn’t recall actually having heard of before, but after a few songs I recognised I realised I did know them after all. They were surprisingly good – and when I mean incredibly good – so I’m glad I saw them, even if it wasn’t intentional. Next was my number one must-see band of the day: Blink 182.

The last time Blink 182 toured Australia I was 16-years-old and lucky enough to attend their Brisbane show. I have never forgotten that night and watching them perform again at Soundwave made me feel like I was 16 all over again. They played a few songs from their most recent album ‘Neighbourhoods’ which was awesome, and then they played all of their biggest hits. My favourites were there, my friends favourites were there; I’m pretty sure everyone in the crowd had an amazing time. There was a fair amount of online hate directed their way over the whole Travis not being able to come saga (you can read what I wrote about it here) but in the end I don’t think it really made any difference who their drummer was for the night. Obviously having Travis there would’ve been great, but they managed just fine without him.

The only band I regret missing was Linkin Park because I have heard nothing but good reviews. Overall it did end up being a good day, but it wasn’t a great day. I left on my Blink 182 high and I think I’m still coming down from that. Not sure when/if they’ll ever be back again, so I’ll be holding onto these feelings as long as possible!