Okay…if you’re here looking for Music Meme Monday, I should explain. I took off yesterday for the Holiday, so we’ll be Scoopin’ today instead. (I’ve got something special planned for tomorrow…hehehe.)
I said I’d be playing along with this Fiver, and I shall. I haven’t heard even one of these songs, nor do I know much of anything about the artists – they were sent over en masse by a PR bud of mine, and I put them all up together. And, incidentally, we should all thank this particular PR bud for pulling my tush out of the proverbial fire, because prior to the arrival of these songs, I had NOTHING ready! *fistbump for jh*
So. Away we go, as I click “play”…
Okay – I like it. I really liked the beginning – it grabbed me. I’m with Mari, though, on the falsetto. Kind of John Ondrasik-ish with a Five for Fighting vibe, which isn’t at all bad. Okay, wait – I’m kind of digging the swell of the music near the end. I’m going to keep listening to this to see if that falsetto grows on me, but otherwise, I really like it. Interested to hear more from these guys. Now, who are they?
Alpha Rev – New Morning
Okay, I’ve heard of these dudes! And, I just listened to more of their stuff – I like! (Okay, but seriously…the front guy actually LOOKS a bit like John Ondrasik. I’m freaking myself out.)
Okay, they did totally rip off Aha’s Take on Me in the beginning. And yes, Tiffani – I’m hearing some wish I was Robert Smith of the Cure in there. Ummmmmm…not my favorite. Although it might be fun to throw it in an ’80’s mix and watch to see how many people say they remember it from High School…;)
Living Days – Let’s Kiss
Wow – according to the press info, the lead singer Stephonik Youth is sort of an underground legend in the New Wave/Punk scene in Brooklyn. The band members all live together in a converted church. Now, this makes me giggle, but props to them for total immersion. I have to give them credit – they do seem to genuinely be “New Wave”.
Oh, crapsticks – more synth. It’s depressing me to think that a whole generation of kids probably don’t remember ’80’s music, and so they will LOVE this and think it’s totally original. (Not that they shouldn’t – it’s actually a good song. That’s not depressing me. It’s depressing me that I’m old enough for a genre to become NEW again. Can 4:30 dinners and getting my hair teased and set once a week be far off? *sigh*)
Ed Vallance – Black and White Light
There’s an artist pic that belies his sound – heh! I wonder what he’s like playing live? Evidently he’s been putting out music since 2006 and has a good following, both here and in his native England. Current EP is available on iTunes.
Now, that’s an unusual accent. This could be a good driving song. I think I’d have liked a different bridge – I dunno, something more unusual. I’m sort of indifferent about this one, although I wouldn’t leave it out of a playlist. Let’s just say it’s more B side than A side for me. I can’t help but wonder what Michael Stipe and REM would have done with this same song, though…
Commerce – Questions About California
Okay – these boys are from Tennessee…although that’s not the accent I’m hearing. And, after hearing more of their songs I’m going to say that I do see more talent than I gave them credit for at first blush. I think it might be interesting to keep them on the radar and see what happens with their new album release.
The beginning is the Cure again. It’s good to see that artists I love wield such influence. 😉 I like it – I would probably love it if I hadn’t lived through the ’80’s. I think it’s hard for me to listen objectively without comparing, y’know? The similarities are so strong.
Lights On – Red Lights Flashing
These San Diegans are known for their “reminiscent of the ’80s sound…with modern touches.” Apparently this is a whole new genre, and I am completely out of the loop. (Which happens a lot.) Given that sounding like the ’80s was sort of the intent, I listened again and I have to say – they DO bring more to it. I like them!