Posts Tagged ‘rock’

In anticipation of my two-day Anberlin binge next week – Sept 4 in Brisbane and Sept 5 (VIP!) on the Gold Coast – this song of the week takes us back to the early days of the band.

My favourite song from their second album ‘Never Take Friendship Personal’ – A Day Late. 

For whatever reason I only actually bought this album a couple of weeks ago, but I tell you what, it’s AMAZING. Can’t wait until the shows next week!

“Take away these lines, it’s making no sense to me but we don’t care, let’s see if I can change…”

This song of the week is a from an alternative rock band I have seen perform at least twice (maybe even three times) who hail from my hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

The band is Dead Letter Circus (affectionately known as DLC) and the song is called Lines which is without a doubt my favourite DLC song.

Dead Letter Circus was formed in late 2004, releasing one self-titled EP that was very well received. A number of singles made it to high rotation on radio station Triple J and they toured Australia extensively off the back of this EP. Their first full-length album This is the Warning was released on May 14, 2010. DLC began work on a new album to be titled The Catalyst Fire in early 2012. It was confirmed by the band last week on June 28 that this album is now complete (hooray!) and will be released on August 9, 2013.

Check out Lines and keep an eye out for The Catalyst Fire next month! I know I’m very keen to hear what they’ve been working on.

(Not the greatest video, but it was the best I could find)

“We all wanna feel something, we all wanna feel something, we all wanna feel something, but we don’t wanna change…” 

I haven’t really enjoyed anything The Killers have done since their first album Hot Fuss (2004) but they’re worth a song of the week post anyway.

I got into The Killers after their music was featured in teen drama The OC. The OC had a pretty big impact on my life, which sounds silly because it’s a tv show, but I was a teenager and we all have our little vices.

This song is called Mr Brightside and it’s still one of my favourites after all these years!

Hello everyone!

I have spent the last few weeks trying to motivate myself to get back to blogging and I think I finally have my mojo back. Thank goodness for that!

This song of the week is by a pretty awesome up-and-coming Australian band from Sydney called Strangers who recently played at SXSW – if you don’t know what that is, I suggest you check it out here – and did a little tour around America before heading home to start work on their second album. They couldn’t lock themselves away to write and record without a tour of home first, which is how I came to see them at Brisbane’s Crowbar on May 16.

But before I go on about that: the song!

It’s called Bred For Breeding and while it isn’t my favourite song from Strangers’ debut album Persona Non Grata (that you absolutely have to find and listen to) it’s still a damn good song.

Strangers just wrapped up their ‘Closer to Nowhere’ tour (their new single from the album which happens to be one of my favourites) and as I mentioned, I was lucky enough to catch them in Brisbane. It was the third time I have seen the band live and they have consistently put on a fantastic show. They’re a very tight live band who you know will at least reach, if not exceed your expectations every time. They give the same amount of time and effort to their performances whether they have a crowd of 500 or 50 – the latter of which would best describe the attendance on this particular night – which I think is an admirable quality. Many bands reach a point in their career where they believe it is beneath them to perform to a small crowd. but I don’t think Strangers will never be one of those bands. After the show the guys are always happy to have a chat to everyone and show their appreciation for those who have taken the time to come and watch them play.

I took a few photos on the night – iPhone only – and here is my favourite of lead singer Ben Britton:

Ben Britton. Brisbane, May 16, 2013.

Ben Britton. Brisbane, May 16, 2013.

I also got a set list, yay!

strangers set list

 

If you ever get the chance to catch a gig, do it. Even if you don’t leave as a new Strangers fan, I can promise that you will have witnessed one hell of a rock show. Oh and please check them out on Facebook, I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

Just for something a bit different, I have two songs of the week this week. The first is My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up), the debut single from Fall Out Boy’s fifth studio album Save Rock and Roll which was released in April this year. Check it out:

The second song of the week is also by Fall Out Boy and is the second single from Save Rock and Roll. This one is called The Phoenix. I felt obligated to share both of these videos with you because they follow on from each other – apparently all of the videos from this album will do the same. If you watched the first one, you have to watch this:

Fall Out Boy – consisting of Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley – formed in 2001 and released their first studio album Take This To Your Grave in 2003. (Just for a little side note, this album celebrated its 10th anniversary this week – pretty awesome stuff.) The album won several awards, achieved double platinum status and featured top ten singles Sugar We’re Goin’ Down and Dance, Dance. The band followed this success with the release of From Under the Cork Tree in 2005, Infinity on High in 2007 and Folie a Deux in 2008. In late 2009, they announced an indefinite hiatus, leaving fans worldwide wondering if they would ever hear from Fall Out Boy again.

Fast forward four years to February 4, 2013 and Fall Out Boy announced that they were back! I am yet to pick up a copy of Save Rock and Roll but from what I have heard so far, their new sound is fresh and very different to the Fall Out Boy of old – in a good way. I can’t wait to give it a good listen through and, of course, here’s hoping they make the trek down under again soon!

Just a quick post this week since I somehow managed to forget about my song of the week until Friday! No idea how that happened, but I assure you it won’t happen again.

This song is from another of my absolute favourite American pop-punk bands, Yellowcard. It’s called Ocean Avenue and it is probably their biggest hit to date, from their debut album of the same name (2003).  

I won’t give you all of the background and whatnot on these guys this time around (no doubt they will feature a song of the week again in the future) so I’ll just leave you a link to their website HERE and my insistence that you give them a chance because they are pretty special.

Have a good weekend everybody!

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!)