The end of August is nigh, so you know what that means? Yes, it’s time for ‘Tracks Of The Month’, and I thought I’d share them with you a few days early :). This is because I’m planning on taking a break over the next few weeks while I sort out other general life things that require my attention, but I’ll be back in mid-late September with more musical musings. So, for now, here are some mini reviews of the tracks that I’ve been addicted to this month.
Neck Deep – Gold Steps
I’m kicking off the post with this song because it’s a great slice of pop-punk, full of energy and positive vibes. The lyrics are brimming with optimism – the message being that everyone goes through hard times, but it’s how you deal with them and turn things around. It’s mega inspirational, and just might be able to give a whole new perspective on a situation… After all, “life’s not out to get you, despite the things you’ve been through.”
Also, when I first heard this I thought to myself that it wasn’t too dissimilar to The Story So Far’s sound, so I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you liked this. 🙂
Dance Gavin Dance – Lemon Meringue Tie
This track is a total re-discovery for me; I first fell in love with it back in 2010, and it recently came on shuffle on my ITunes and instantly reminded me why I liked it in the first place. I love the guitar work in the intro and I’m a huge fan of the pop/punk/screamo sound – the mix of soulful vocals and raw screams gives a great effect, mixing things up and ensuring the track has a sting in its tail.
Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman (acoustic)
I mentioned this track in my VMAs blog post a few weeks back (confession time: I hadn’t heard it before then! *gasp) and, in true Fall Out Boy style, it’s infectious and fun. It samples – 1960’s television series – The Munster’s theme song, giving it a sound that you might associate with surfer dudes in movies (or an Austin Powers villain.) However, this stripped back version gives the song a whole new feel. The arrangement works beautifully and compliments Stump’s smooth, yet powerful, rock-tinged soul vocals – reiterating what an amazing singer he is, ya’know in case you forgot. Flawless.
I’ve also been listening to Rogue Re Vera’s official EP ‘Don’t Bet On It, Kid’, a lot after being sent a copy by the band (see my vlog on that here.) But, as it’s not just one track, I’ll be doing a full review on that when I’m back after my break – I’ve got so many blog posts that I’m super excited to write.
Have you heard, or do you like, any of the songs that I’ve mentioned here? If not, I hope I inspired you to give them a listen. What songs have you been obsessed with this month? I’m always on the lookout for new music so feel free to let me know in a comment. 🙂