Tracks of the Month: December

Hello everyone,

Now, as a rule I don’t usually upload these posts until later on in the month, nor do I generally do a Tracks of the Month in December as the airwaves are usually overtaken by Christmas songs. However, today I decided to squeeze it into my blogging schedule because I’ve been listening to these tracks non-stop recently.

One is edgy and aggressive, and the other is a delicate ballad, so they’re complete polar opposites – and undeniably a far cry from the seasonal ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas.’ 🙂

 

Bohnes – Middle Finger

After unveiling his solo project ‘Bohnes’ in 2015, ex-The Cab frontman Alex DeLeon has since dropped a couple of singles online to give audiences a glimpse of his newest venture. Premiered on YouTube almost a year ago, ‘Middle Finger’ is his second offering – and it’s a lot more ballsy than anything we’ve ever heard from him before.

Opening with an eerie two-note rhythm, the track has quite a dark, brooding theme running through it – as expected from its title. The verses carry on this simplistic accompaniment, which then allows the explosive chorus to take centre stage for maximum impact; with its swelling electro/hip-hop vibes and powerfully assertive lyrics, it hits you like a punch in the gut. DeLeon’s smooth and soulful vocals are stellar as always, further proving that he’s not one to be pigeon-holed into any genre.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t initially too keen on this song but, from time to time, the chorus would just pop into my head, so I decided to listen to it again and it’s grown on me in a big way. If there’s one thing that I’m still not the biggest fan of, it’s the recurring ‘la la la la’ refrain that crops up throughout but, with that being said, it’s not enough to put me off the song as a whole.

It’s intense, it’s aggressive and it’s totally badass. I love it and I’m intrigued to see/hear wear Bohnes is going to take this project in the future.

 

Favourite lyrics:

“I refuse to let you make me feel like I can’t fly / not only will I soar again, I’ll own the fuckin’ sky.”

“I’m done being your slave / my generation’s had enough / and you should be afraid”

“Ain’t got time for dying, I’m too busy diving / more than just surviving, heart is beating violent.”

 

I also did a, more in-depth, review of Bohnes’ debut single ‘Guns and Roses’, back when it released in November last year. If you want to check that one out too, click here.

 

 

Lianne Kaye – You

Following the release of her single ‘Clear’ this past July, singer-songwriter – and YouTuber – Lianne Kaye recently treated her vast online following to another original song. Unlike the electronic/pop-rock vibe of her previous offering, ‘You’ brings back the acoustic ballad sound that audiences are used to hearing from the 21 year old – albeit somewhat more refined.

The stripped back accompaniment really suits the romantic nature of the song and works to create something delicate and heartfelt. It also proves that there is beauty in simplicity; it doesn’t need gimmicks, it makes an impact as is. The love-song also showcases Kaye’s distinctively bold vocals brilliantly, with a sprinkling of higher notes throughout, adding dimension to the track.

Personally, I absolutely adore Kaye’s voice and I think that this song really captures her as an artist; I can’t wait to hear more originals from her. Listen to it once and you’ll find yourself wanting to hear it to again and again (and again, and again) trust me.


Favourite lyrics:

“Standing here without a guard / ‘coz you’re a light in the dark.”

“Nowhere left to run, ‘coz I’ll be here when all is done / if you ever need to hear something true, well all the cracks in the earth lead to you.”

If you’d also like to see my, more in-depth, review of Kaye’s previous single ‘Clear’, click here.

 

Another track that I’ve been listening to a lot over the last few weeks is, singer-songwriter – and beauty/lifestyle YouTuber – Talia Mar’s debut single ‘Stolen’. I haven’t included it in this post as I uploaded a review of it earlier in the month and didn’t want to repeat myself so, if you fancy having a read of that too, click here.

 

 

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Alex Marshall – Hurricane (Single Review)

Former member of pop-rock band The Cab drops chart-worthy debut single ‘Hurricane’.

Alex Marshall Hurricane artwork

Singer-songwriter Alex Marshall, former member of Las Vegas pop-rock band The Cab, recently premiered the brand new video for his debut solo single ‘Hurricane’. Released on July 1st, Marshall has said via his social media that the track has been two years – plus “countless sleepless nights” – in the making; and it shows.

Over recent weeks there has definitely been some buzz around his newest offering, with Marshall holding ‘secret sessions’ in NYC as well as unveiling a host of online teasers in the run up to the full single release.

‘Hurricane’ has a definite pop-tinged, R’n’B sound, coupled with a slightly dark and brooding vibe. Having sang backing vocals throughout his time in The Cab, this is the first time (that I’m aware of) that we’ve been given more than a glimpse of Marshall’s vocals, and they don’t disappoint. Bold and strong, they’re a great fit for the R’n’B-esque vibe, with snippets of falsetto in certain places working to create a sense of delicateness amidst the powerful instrumental – adding another layer to the track.

On the whole, ‘Hurricane’ wouldn’t be out of place in the charts, on the radio, or on music channels, alongside many mainstream artists, and deservedly so. The quality of the song, as well as its accompanying music video, is undeniable; it’s polished, extremely well produced, and can definitely hang with many artists in the charts today. The amount of work that’s gone into this definitely shows, and I’m intrigued and excited to see what else Marshall has coming. If all the tracks are as well put together as this, bring on the album.

Favourite lyrics: “We’ve got water in our lungs and we’re getting too heavy to float.”
“Loving you is like a hurricane, every time the wind blows I can feel my world shake.”

 

*If you’ve read my blog before then you probably know that The Cab was/is one of my favourite bands, and has been for a number of years. I was actually lucky enough to meet Alex Marshall in London when he came to the UK with, his then bandmate, Alex Deleon. If you’re interested in checking out the blog from that, click here. I was also given the opportunity to interview The Cab via email back in 2012 following the release of their second album ‘Symphony Soldier’, click here to take a look at that.

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Artists You Should Know: The Cab (Music Is Love Throwback)

Hi everyone,

If you’ve ever come across my little corner of the internet before, then you’ll know that Las Vegas based rockers The Cab have been one of my favourite bands for years. I’ve posted numerous reviews of their music in the past, and I’ve met both Alex DeLeon and Alex Marshall; the former a number of times, which I have also relayed in blog posts.

Back in 2009 fans created an anniversary known as ‘The Cab Day’ to honour the release of the band’s debut album ‘Whisper War’, and next week – April 29th to be exact – marks the eighth anniversary of that same release. Over the years the band have undergone multiple line-up changes (vocalist Alex DeLeon being the only original member of the band left) and they’ve practically been silent on the music front since dropping their most recent EP, ‘Lock Me Up’, back in 2014. DeLeon has since premiered a brand new solo project under the moniker Bohnes, and there is a massive-question mark over the current status of the band, with no official statement having been released.

However, founding member Cash Colligan has expressed, via social media, that he’d be interested in a ten year reunion featuring the original line-up. Being that I’m from the UK and I’ve not had the chance to see the band live because they’ve never done a European tour, I’m in full support of this idea; and if they could bring it overseas to give fans like me the opportunity, not to just see them but the original line-up, that would be the icing on the cake.

So, in honour of ‘The Cab Day 2016’, I thought I’d share with you a short piece that I wrote on the band back in 2012, around the release of their second album Symphony Soldier. Originally this article was to feature on my other website, Music Is Love, as part of a university project. Since graduating MIL isn’t something I’ve continued with, as I already had this blog for three years by that point, so I thought it’d be cool to share the pieces, on this site, from time to time.

Enjoy.

 

What’s not to love about this Las Vegas based five piece?
Seriously, let us know if you find anything.

the cab pr shots

“The reason we are a band is the fans,” say Las Vegas based band The Cab. “Without them, we’d be sitting on the couch playing songs for each other. We still can’t believe it when people get tattoos or write letters about how the songs have helped them through hard times. It’s very humbling.” The pop/rock five piece, hailing from Las Vegas are, vocalist Alex DeLeon, guitarist/keyboardist Alex Marshall, bassist Joey Thunder, Chantry Johnson also on guitar and drummer Dave Briggs, and they’ve had their fair share of ups and downs over the years, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and it seems as though these boys are testament to that.

In 2008 the band, then a different line-up, released their debut album Whisper War through record label Fuelled by Ramen. The album is full of killer tracks, addictive choruses and an upbeat vibe that is more fun than a bathtub full of chocolate. But despite the pop-punk sound that would’ve been a perfect fit for the market of the time, and some collaborations with some pretty high profile artists in the rock world, namely, label mate, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump and Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope, the record failed to propel the boys to the heights of bands like Paramore.

Sadly the album didn’t get the exposure it deserved and the Cab remained pretty under the radar. When it came to making a second album, the guys took their sweet time. After a three year wait, during which time they went through multiple line-up changes and parted ways with Fuelled by Ramen. Symphony Soldier is an undoubtedly exceptional album, made by a band who wouldn’t compromise their artistic integrity at any cost, they persevered and after signing to new label Z-Entertainment records, in 2012 second album Symphony Soldier was released in both, the US and the UK.

“In the US, we were blown away with the initial response. We didn’t know what to expect really.” Say the band, “It’s amazing that people in countries we haven’t had the chance to visit yet are so passionate about the music. It’s support like that, that keeps us going. ” And the boys like to thank the fans for that in any way they can, like including things in Symphony Soldier pre-order packages like phone calls and handwritten lyrics. Still The Cab, and just as addictive as Whisper War, Symphony Soldier has less of the Fall Out Boy/Panic! At The Disco-esque influence, but still retains everything we’ve come to associate with The Cab; the lyrics are still as honest and beautiful, the melodies are still as catchy and dance-able, but there is definitely an increased air of maturity that shows how much the boys have grown. The guys also got to work with some well known artists in the industry for this record, such as Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Bruno Mars, and Pete Wentz (Ex-Fall Out Boy) some of whom, members of the band cite as major influences.

the cab press shots

Since the release, the band have been working hard to get their foot firmly on the ladder; releasing music videos for their first two singles ‘Bad’ and ‘Endlessly’, gaining national airplay in America and more recently on UK’s Capital FM, and after an intimate gig on The London Eye for a selection of competition winners, caught the attention of tabloid newspaper The Sun.

And it doesn’t stop there, the guys supported Maroon 5 on their ‘Overexposed’ tour in 2012, and are hard at work recording, as yet untitled, album number three. So despite all their struggles it seems that things are finally picking up speed. “We have had our fair share of obstacles as a band, but giving up was never an option. We love what we do.” This is a band that has everything: the polished sound, the amazing, meaningful, honest lyrics, and everything fits together complimenting each other. Each member is amazingly skilled at what they do, and they’re really nice guys …so why wouldn’t we love them?

But, being from the UK, the question on a lot of people’s lips is, are there any plans for a UK tour? “It’s been in the works for a long time, just need to have the right shows booked and make it all work. But it’s high on our priority. ” We’ll just have to keep everything crossed. But wherever you are in the world, if you can make it to a show I would. When asked what their live show is like, their cheeky reply will no doubt make you smile. “Joey may or may not be playing naked. You will just have to come and find out. ” So, that’s appreciative down-to-earth guys, amazing music and a possibly naked Joey Thunder… how can you resist that?

 

To see my review of The Cab’s most recent EP ‘Lock Me Up’, click here.

To see my interview with the band back in 2012 following the release of their second album ‘Symphony Soldier’, click here.

To see my ‘One to Watch’ on The Cab, click here.

To see my first ever (short) reviews of The Cab, click here.

To check out my countdown to the release of ‘Symphony Soldier’, known as ‘The Cab Week’, click here.

To check out my blog posts of the times I met Alex DeLeon and Alex Marshall, click here, here and here.

 

Happy The Cab Day 🙂

With a Little Help From My Friends (The Rise of Fan-Funding.)

Greetings readers,

I wrote this article a while ago to feature on my other website, Music Is Love, which was part of a university project. Since graduating MIL isn’t something I’ve continued with, as I already had this blog for three years by that point, so I thought it’d be cool to share the pieces, on this site, from time to time.

Enjoy.

 

In recent years technology like social media has been a big help in allowing musicians build a fan-base without the help of a record label.

In the music industry today, alongside the mega-stars like soulful crooner Adele and the extremely over-rated Rihanna, there are the smaller artists who have yet to get the superstar break, but work extremely hard making chart-worthy music and networking to build a fan-base. Yet these acts are constantly overlooked in the eyes of the mainstream. Unless you actively seek out these lesser known artists you may never get the chance to hear them, yet if you do you’d be floored by the camaraderie and sense of community among their fans.

There is an endearing quality in artists who remain grounded and humble, that don’t put themselves above their fans, and refuse to compromise their artistic integrity to fit somebody else’s vision.

R94 Tweet

This genuine attitude seems to elicit a loveable fierceness among fans who take these bands to their hearts, and want to help them succeed simply because they deserve it. Many take to popular social networking sites, like Twitter and Facebook, to create online communities for fans whether it be geographically specific or general.

For example, Versaemerge fan Gita helps to run the Twitter team for the band in Indonesia where she is from. After being approached by a friend who set up the profile, Gita has been helping to run the site for just over a year. They also have a Tumblr page and physically pass out flyers at shows, which has led to band member Blake Harnage offering to supply them with official flyers from their record label. Gita says, “pop-punk and alternative rock bands aren’t as famous as other mainstream pop bands and singers in my country and they are so overrated. We want people out there realize that there is loads of great music instead of mainstream music.” She says specifically of the street team,we made this street team for Indonesian VersaEmerge fans so we could talk as fan-base, share new updates and promote them.” She goes on to say that, “social media really helps us keep in touch and interact with the band… Blake and Sierra love to talk with fans via messages, and often also help if we need life advice or just someone to talk to.”

When asked why she feels so strongly about the band Gita replies, “they deserve loads of fans because they have such a great music.” She also says that part of the appeal is because they are so friendly, “it feels really good to know that the band we support is grateful and appreciate their fans, and if they do it just makes us love them more than ever. We are lucky, because Blake and Sierra appreciate us and treat us like friends.”

versa fan page

When asked how the band feel about these fan groups, one half of the Versaemerge duo, Blake Harnage answers, “it still amazes us to see our music reaching around the world to places like Brazil, Indonesia, Argentina and the Philippines to name a few, and we still have not been there.” Harnage continues, “I remember my friends always turning me onto new artists. Word-of-mouth, as well as social network sites, are both massive in helping new artists gain recognition. Both are driven by the fans.” Harnage says of their Versa Vultures – the affectionate pet name for Versaemerge fans – “Sierra and I are so privileged to have such a ridiculously amazing fan base. We’ve always tried the best that we can to connect with them by taking time to talk. It’s not always easy, but we know that going the extra mile helps to creates loyal, long-lasting fans. Also, we enjoy making so many new friends.” He concludes, “the fans will always be the most important part of the equation. Without them, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do on such a scale.”

Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage are Versaemerge

Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage are Versaemerge

Technology like social media has been a huge helping hand in allowing musicians get their work out there and build a fan-base without the help, or often disheartening hassle, of appealing to record labels and managers, even going back to the days of MySpace. This way of networking has become a lifeline for many aspiring or emerging talents, so much so that the fans have almost replaced the A&R division (the side of the record label that is responsible for sourcing new artists.) Though it could be said that this is part of the appeal, because a record label is not going to want to sign a band that isn’t generating any interest, however, if an artist already has an extensive and loyal fan-base they are seen as a valuable asset rather than a risk.

One of the bands that know all too well the importance and power of the internet, are upcoming Vancouver based pop-rockers Marianas Trench. Manager Jonathan Simkin says of their online presence, “this is one of the first bands that I have ever seen break first via online media.” He explains, “We built a fan base worldwide because of the band’s ability to connect with fans via social media; they were very good at creating funny clips and posting them online.” Simkin concludes, “social media and internet has been crucial to this band’s success.”

Marketing student Tracey also runs an online fan group; the UK online Street team for Las Vegas based band The Cab. She says of the platform, “it does help the fans connect with bands easier. Twitter is an amazing tool which helps us connect with fans and the band themselves. Without these platforms, it would be more difficult to communicate with people and getting the word out.” She explains, “social media is a given when it comes to promotion of bands. Free promotion is the best way of getting your message across; you can say what you want, give out the message you want and hopefully, it gets heard, people take note and listen.” Along with her friend Steph, they consider themselves two of the biggest fans in the UK. “We spend time, going into our own pockets to see, support and promote the band, we don’t get paid for running the Street Team – it’s completely voluntary. We do this out of our spare time and love and I would not change it for anything else in the world.”

The Cab fan page

And these girls are dedicated, both having travelled overseas to see and meet the band. “Personally, if you have so much love and passion for a band, it should be well known.” Tracey continues, “plus, having been lucky and met both Alex’s, they appreciate the work, effort and everything you do to promote them.” Speaking of appreciation, Tracey also says that she thinks mutuality is vital. “It gives a band their meaning, whether it’s a tweet saying Thank You or when meeting them a physical hug or photo – it doesn’t matter, if there is mutual love there it’s really worthwhile.” She concludes, “with The Cab, they are the most humble, nicest human beings on the planet and they deserve more recognition and that is why we are here.”

However, not all fans are as lucky when it comes to gratitude, as there are bands out there that forget where they started. Charlotte and Janine, who run a Twitter profile for You Me At Six fans, have experienced being taken for granted and say that it can affect a band’s appeal. “We think it’s extremely important that the bands are grateful and appreciative of their fans as without us they wouldn’t be where they are today. We’ve met bands who don’t really even look at you when you meet them and have no interest, it really put me off.” But luckily they’ve never received the same treatment from their idols. “We’ve met You Me At Six a few times, they’ve always been extremely grateful, talkative and genuinely interested in what we and other fans have to say.” So even though there are some rotten apples with delusions of grandeur, they’re not all bad.

You Me At Six

You Me At Six

Another way that fans can support musicians, particularly regarding the production of their albums, are fan-funding schemes like Pledge Music and Slicethepie. “We don’t see the fans as venture capitalists, who are investing in our records,” says Benji Rogers, founder of London-based Pledge Music. Instead, he wants listeners to feel “part of the process that gets a record into their hands.”

pledge

Pledge Music is an online platform, which helps artists fund their work, through fans pledging money towards the funding of an album or EP, in exchange for certain rewards decided by the band. In the past these have been known to include private living room gigs, song-writing sessions, and dinner-dates. “I believe, in their hearts, the fans want to do the right thing,” says Rogers. “We can’t convince teenagers to buy CDs. The quest for me is to give meaning to it, so they don’t want to steal it.”

Whether it’s due to being an emerging group, financial strain, lack of freedom or absence of a record label, many people join sites like these, including acts like rock group Madina lake, The Blackout and more recently, popular folk group The Lumineers. After parting ways with their record label, Welsh rockers The Blackout used Pledge to fund their third album Hope.

Welsh rockers The Blackout

Welsh rockers The Blackout

Guitarist James Davies says of this, “it definitely gave us a newfound drive, belief and momentum. The phenomenal response we had to the Pledge initiative really showed us how many people still cared about us.” He concludes, “without the people who pledged, this album literally would not have happened, so we can only thank everyone involved for helping us keep this band going.”

But it could be said that schemes like Pledge may not work for bands who are just starting out, true, bands like The Blackout are far from mainstream but they already had a solid fan-base who would follow them, would it work for an emerging artist? Elissa Franceschi is living proof of the answer, having surpassed her goal in just three months. When asked her thoughts on the idea behind Pledge and how it helps emerging artists like herself she responds, “it’s a fantastic platform and possibly the future of music making for under the radar artists, or those in-between deals.”

Rising talent Austin Nivarel also agrees, and says that he would consider doing a fan-funded campaign himself. “It’s a good alternative when you’re not on a label, and it’s a great way to get the fans involved in the process.” He also says that while he thinks it’s “really cool” that fans increasingly appear to be the propellant behind most musicians nowadays, he knows how dedicated the fans have to be to make an impact. “It’s very expensive for bands to tour and record,” he says, “so without a label backing them financially it’s important that the fans be extremely supportive and can go to the shows and/or buy merch/CDs.”

Judging by the passion and dedication shown by just the fans I’ve mentioned, support is never in doubt; if you look close enough you’ll always find it. And even if they’re not necessarily big mainstream artists with the help of all the behind-the-scenes forces, these bands are big to the people that know and love them, and even though it might take a little longer to break through that’s okay, because it’s more than just fans and bands, It’s a family.

 

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Bohnes – Guns and Roses (single review)

The Cab frontman Alex DeLeon steps out alone with new solo project ‘Bohnes’.

The Cab frontman Alex DeLeon unveiled the debut single from his new solo project, ‘Bohnes’, on Friday November 13th. Following the 2014 release of The Cab’s ‘Lock Me Up’ EP, ‘Guns and Roses’ is the first glimpse of the singer’s newest venture.

A world away from the pop/rock we’re used to from The Cab, ‘Guns and Roses’ favours a more synth based, pop/dance sound – giving it a slight 80’s flavour – with a club-worthy chorus that has major chart potential. Contrasting with the accompaniment, there are some darker undertones to the lyrics, giving the whole thing an overall edgier feel. Bohnes’ vocals are flawless as always, his soulful tone flitting between his smooth lower register and mesmerising falsetto, hitting both effortlessly.

It’s understandable that DeLeon chose to release this as a separate entity to The Cab, as it is so different, so if you’re hankering for anything that sounds like the band’s previous releases, you won’t find it here – but ‘Guns and Roses’ is proof that that needn’t be a bad thing. If this is any indication of what’s to come, I can’t wait to see what else Bohnes has in store.

Final verdict:

On first listen I wasn’t sure what to make of this track (I think in part because I’m such a big fan of DeLeon’s work in The Cab) but it has really grown on me. With a somewhat dark and edgy feel, and a chorus that’ll get stuck in your head for days, I could definitely see this getting airtime on MTV. If you go into it expecting The Cab, it may leave you cold, but if you give it a fair shot and take it for what it is without comparing it to what came before, you can’t go far wrong. I for one really like it.

Summer Playlist 2015

Hola readers,

Thanks for stopping by. If you live in the UK, you may not know it at the moment, but we are in the throes of early summer (I just wish the weather would start playing ball!) The sun has been trying to sneak through the clouds over these past few weeks with some successful (like today), and not so successful, attempts. But being that I’m definitely more of a summer person, I’m getting pretty pumped for some sea, sunshine and hot weather, so I thought I’d share my summer playlist with you.

As a rule, in these ‘Tracks I’m Loving’ / playlist-type posts, I usually include the music video and offer a little review of why I’ve chosen to mention that particular song. However, I’m not going to do that today, simply because my ‘Tracks I’m Loving’ posts are usually a lot shorter and as this list is coming in at 21 picks, if I were to add explanations, this post would be in danger of going on a bit longer than people might prefer.

With that being said, I might offer a few sentences here and there, and if I’ve featured the track before I’ll be sure to link it so you can read my review if you’d like to. Just know that all the songs in this list scream summer to me whenever I hear them; whether that be just chilling on warm days, evenings out with friends or a BBQ or bonfire night on the beach. So, without any more rambling from me, let’s get into it:

 

#1 Robin Schulz ft. Jasmine Thompson – Sun Goes Down

This track is definitely my current favourite – the combination of the beat, voice and lyrics give it major summer night out vibes. I can’t stop listening to it at the moment.

 

#2 The Pierces – Kings

To see my review of this track, click here.

 

#3 Young Kato – Drink, Dance, Play

To see my review of this track, click here.

 

#4 Daft Punk – Get Lucky

The soundtrack to summer 2014 – I couldn’t not include this! To see my review of this track, click here.

 

#5 Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love

To see my review of this track, click here.

 

#6 Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne – Rather Be

To see my review of this track, click here.

 

#7 Charli XCX – Boom Clap

 

#8 Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance

I became aware of this song a few weeks back and, I don’t want to say too much about it because I plan to include it in my June ‘Tracks Of The Month’, but it’s a whirlwind of synths and major dancing vibes that is no doubt going to be huge on the festival circuit this year.

 

#9 Bruno Mars ft. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

I feel like this track fits with almost any occasion really, but the 80’s, Prince-esque sound makes it a perfect summer jam. To see my previous review, click here.

 

#10 Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

The dreamy kind of quality at play here is just perfect for this time of year.

 

#11 Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me

 

#12 Cee Lo Green – Forget You

This song is just fun to belt out in the majority of situations, driving along singing this at the top of your lungs in the car with friends is always a sure-fire way to have some laughs.

 

#13 The Cab – Stand Up

 

#14 The Summer Set – Lightning In a Bottle

Ok so, it took me so damn long to narrow it down to just one offering from this pop/rock five-piece. You can’t go far wrong with this band (if their name didn’t already give it away) in terms of summer vibes. ‘Someone Like You’ would also work well, as would ‘Boomerang’, ‘Young’, ‘Chelsea’…I just gravitated more towards this one because, I feel that the picture painted in the lyrics could describe a summer evenings antics.

 

#15 Robbie Coles – Hey Summer

The title says it all really. To see my review of this track, click here.

 

#16 Room 94 – Chasing the Summer

Again: the title, the lyrics – great summer anthem. To see my previous review of this song, click here.

 

#17 Parachute – She (For Liz)

 

#18 Feeder – Buck Rogers

Major festival vibes.

 

#19 Blake Shelton ft. The Pistol Annies and Friends – Boys Round Here

The country lilt to this track makes it a great choice to blast in the sun.

 

#20 Andy Jordan – A Whole Lot of Water

Again, not going to say too much about this one right now as I have a ‘One To Watch’ on Andy Jordan planned for… the future. But there’s a real, almost, reggae-esque feel to this song. The acoustic instrumental also creates quite a chilled-out vibe which I think is perfect for a lazy day on the beach, and a great fit for the season.

 

#21 Pharrell Williams – Happy

Again, I feel like this song was the soundtrack to last summer. I think it’s amazing no matter what time of year it is, but everything about it just lends its self perfectly to this time of year (because sunshine just makes everyone that bit happier!) To see my previous review, click here.

If you got this far, thank you for reading and I hope I’ve got you a bit more psyched for summer. Now I put it to you, what do you think of my choices? Do you think there are any other songs I should’ve included? Let me know!

This Ain’t A Love Song: My Top 10 Anti-Love Songs

Hey everyone,

Now, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may already know this, but I’d like to address why this post seems to have come out nowhere. Originally I planned to post this on February 15th – the day after Valentine’s Day – to follow my ‘Top 8 Love Songs’, as an antidote of sorts to all the lovey-dovey stuff everywhere.

I hadn’t pre-written the post and – as became a regular occurrence when I was doing ‘Journaling In January’ – I stayed up quite late in a bid to finish it and have it posted on the 15th. However, in my sleepy state I thought I’d pressed ‘publish’ when in actual fact I’d pressed ‘save’ – so the post hadn’t actually gone out. I realised a few weeks later when, when posting my ‘Track of The Month’, I saw that it was still sat in my reader as a draft. *Facepalm.

I’d hoped to have it posted sooner but I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks and simply haven’t had the time, but it seems a shame to discard the post, so I thought I’d post it now seeing as I’ve been struck down with a cold.

A lot of these songs are fun, upbeat, empowering and just generally a massive middle finger up to THAT ex.

 

#10 Contagious Chemistry – You Me At Six

‘Dearest enemy, you should have never trusted me, you bitch.’ – Enough said.

 

#9 F**k You Over – The Summer Set

This track has such a fun, playful tone (with a sing-along ‘la la’ refrain to boot!) It couldn’t get further away from a love-song if it tried. “I didn’t mean to fuck you over, I just want to have some fun, we can rock the world tonight but no it doesn’t have to be love.”

 

#8 Forget You – Cee Lo Green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc0mxOXbWIU

Another one that has such a great vibe – it’s impossible not to smile, sing, and maybe even dance, when you hear it. (If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that singing along to the explicit version at the top of your lungs is quite fun too.)

 

#7 Wasting All These Tears – Cassadee Pope

The first single from The Voice USA winner Cassadee Pope (ex-Hey Monday) is a powerful ballad full of emotion that hits you like a punch in the gut. It opens with a poignant – almost somber – feel to it, allowing the pent-up emotion to crash through and add a sense of bite to the chorus. ‘Oh, finally I’m through, wasting all these tears on you.’

 

#6 Another Me – The Cab

Whether we want to admit it, we’ve all got at least one ex who was a bit of (or a lot of) a tool. We constantly made excuses for them because we loved them, even though deep down we knew something wasn’t quite right. This scathing track from The Cab is the musical embodiment of that realisation. Opening with dark, gritty guitars, followed by an explosive chorus proclaiming ‘I gave you everything you ever wanted, and you gave me nothing but grief.’ Good luck finding another me? Too right.

 

#5 Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

‘Doesn’t mean I’m over, because you’re gone.’ (And it never should.)

 

#4 Really Don’t Care – Demi Lovato

This is a song that puts a positive spin on a bad situation – instead of pining over the end of a relationship it’s almost a relief. The rose coloured glasses have come off and you realise that things weren’t as perfect as you thought. It’s infectious from beginning to end, with a ballsy, carefree vibe running though it – “you can take your words and all your lies, I really don’t care.”

 

#3 Wrong Song – Nashville OST

Taken from the popular US TV show Nashville, this country/pop-rock crossover track – sang by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere – is, in no uncertain terms, two fingers up to that ex who wronged you and then begged you to take them back. ‘If you’re looking for one more chance, a little Stand by Your Man, you’ve got the Wrong Song coming through your speakers.’

 

#2 What A Waste of Time (That Boy Can Be) – Orchard Hill


This song is an empowering whirlwind of colour with a healthy dose of sassiness. It’s assertive and doesn’t pull any punches – like you’ve finally realised you weren’t the one to blame, he was just…a waste of time.

 

#1 Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back) – Eamonn

Anyone who grew up during the early 2000’s may remember this gem of a break-up song. This profanity-laced throwback reached number one in over 10 countries including the UK and Australia, and prompted the short-lived ‘answer-back’ craze. It is the perfect antithesis to the love song, and seeing as it was the first song that popped into my head when I thought about compiling this list, I couldn’t not include it.

 

Thanks for reading my Top 10 Anti-Love Songs, had you heard any of these songs before? Are there any songs you think I should’ve included? Feel free to let me know in a comment.