The Collective – Mixed Personalities CD 1 Review

On the 4th of August, The Collective released their latest album “Mixed Personalities”. In this post, I am going to review the first CD as there is a lot of songs so I would not be able to fit it all into one post.

1. Web Of Love- I am already familiar with this song as not too long ago I created the music video for it. I really like this song as it is lively and is the sort of tune that can stick in your head for days. I also like the fact the tune is a happy kind of tune. Some of my favourite parts of the song are the guitar parts in the middle of the verses as I feel they break up the song well.

2. Hooligan- I have heard the band perform this song live many times at their gigs however I feel that this version sounds quite different to when they perform it live. This version of the song sounds more like it is sung rather than spoke/ shouted like it is at gigs, this is a nice and interesting change to the song, also in this version, there are parts that are spoken that make it sound more interesting and different, some of these parts are quotes from famous politicians in interviews. I also like the way that the singing and the rap parts of the song mix together.

3. Disorder (Ft. Shane Cattermole)- I like this song as it is fast paced but also quite dramatic sounding in places. I feel that the beat of the song matches up well with the rap and what they are saying does a very good job of getting the point that they want to get across as well as being easy to understand. I feel that the guitar part of the song really grabs your attention before it starts and makes you want to listen.

4. Drag Me Down (Ft. Nuala)- This song has an acoustic sound to as well as being a slower sounding song. I like the way that the chorus music is different to the verse music so that it stands out more, the way the song is sung gives off a calming vibe even during the rap which surprises me as I did not expect the rap to fit in well with the style of the song. I also really enjoy the way that all members of the song join in for the last chorus it gives it an ending that feels fitting.

5. The Struggle- The main singer of this song is different to the other songs so far, this gives the song a different tone and makes it feel like the style has been changed and mixed up so it is enjoyable to listen to. The tune is lively and enjoyable to listen to I like the way that the verses are rapped and the chorus is sung. Towards the end of the song, the structure changes and it starts to sound slightly different.

6. Cold Outside (Live)-  This song is also a favourite for the band to perform live and that is why this version is a live version. I like the way that the music in this song is quite quiet but is also just loud enough to be able to hear the singing and the rapping. I also like the way each verse is taken by different people, it makes it sound interesting and you get to hear different peoples views.

7. Dreaming (Live)- This song is quite slow paced, this makes the lyrics easy to understand and listen to, the song is quite a positive song and gives off a quite positive message. The song was recorded live so this added to the song as the sound of the audience and the way the song sounded made you feel like you were there when they were recording it.

8. What Good (Live)- This song is acoustic and therefore there are not many instruments just a single guitar as well as only one singer. This song is quite different to the rest of the album so far, however, I like it a lot. This so is also very nice to listen and as the song is recorded live it sounds different to what it would sound like if it was recorded in a studio and I think that gives it a nice effect.

9. Appreciate- At the start of the song, there is no music this makes the words stand out even more than they would if there was music in the background. The lyrics to this song are very strong and they really show the point that they are trying to get across. The thing that I like most about this song is that when the music does start it starts off slowly and then gets louder and faster throughout.

10. Sax Man (Ft. Warren Ireland)- The music of the song is based on the sound of the saxophone, I also like the electronic noises that end up mixed with the saxophone noises. The tune of this song is lively and so is the rap to go along with it. The way the verses are sung at different speeds makes the song interesting to listen to as it keeps changing so you want to know what happens next.

11. Brainwashed (Ft. JDEE)- The start is slow with a piano tune, the words are spoken slowly and with meaning that fits with the title of the song. I like the way that the band introduce JDEE before his verse and how he has a solo verse to himself to show what he wants to say. The chorus of the song sounds almost trance like this also fits well with the title of the song as it is as if they are brainwashing you.

12. Mixed Personalities (Ft. Hayden Gigner)- The scratchy guitar noises at the start of the song attract the listener’s attention. The song has very lively singing even the parts of the song that are rapped sound slightly more like they are being sung, I also like the way the rap parts and the singing fit together as I feel that it has been done well. I also like the way that the verses and the chorus sound very similar as it means it links together well.

13. Louis- This song does not have any music to it instead is just spoken I feel that this flows well as the words rhyme so it seems rhythmical. I like the way that the words echo after they have been spoken adding an effect to the song. This song is the shortest on this CD that I have found so far.

14. International Lyrics- The tune for this song is quite uplifting, at the beginning of the song I did not realise that the lyrics were not in English but after I did realise I found that this was a very interesting part of the song and feel like it shows a strong message. The rapping in the second verse is in English and is saying how music has the same meaning no matter what country you are from.

15. Change (Extended)- The start of this song is mainly piano but then as the song goes on more and more instruments are added until all instruments are present. There is a lot of echoing in this song this adds to the effect of what the singer is saying and what he means by it, phrases are also repeated meaning that the words stick in your head even more.

16. Harmony (Ft. Jean Howe)- The drums at the start of this song sound almost tribal and the singing and rap sound also goes along with this. I like the way that over the chorus there are lots of different voices making it sound really nice to listen to. As there are lots of different parts that overlap and blend together and sound really good.

17. Streetlights (Ft. Bittermace)- This song is very slow paced and also has very calming music in the background, I feel like this also adds to the effect of the song as it stays the same throughout so there are no shock changes however the song does get louder further into the song making it sound slightly different. I like the way that in parts of the song there are string noises added to add to the song.

18. The Unknown- There is no music at the start of this song, however, noises are the main beat and sound of the song, the majority of the song is slow however there are parts of the song that gets faster this keeps you focused on the song and wanting to listen to it more.

Mixed Personalities 1

Even though some of this album is not the sort of music that I would normally listen to I enjoyed most of the songs on the album and will definitely listen to it again many times as the songs are very catchy. I highly recommend that you give it a listen. I will review CD 2 very soon.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

 

 

Hyde Park, London- Green Day And Special Guests

On the 1st of July, I went to see Green Day in Hyde Park, this was a last-minute decision as we found out the day before that we had been lucky enough to get guest listed for the event. We left the at around 7:30 in the morning and travelled to London. Once arriving in London, we got a bus to Hyde park where we had to queue up to collect our tickets. After collecting our tickets, we went to queue up the entrance where we found that the queue was extremely long and thought that it would take forever to get through however once it started moving, even with all the security checks it did not take very long to get through. Once inside the venue/ area where the event was to take place we went to collect our wristbands that would let us into the guest area.

The first thing that we did was go and explore the festival area, inside we found lots of things including food stalls, fairground rides, things to try and there was also a special area for Barclaycard customers an area where you could go if you had a Barclaycard and inside was a play area with many things to do and take part in.

The music started around one and we went to watch Jesse Malin they were a lively band that had enjoyable and catchy music that everyone wanted to dance to. I found them very enjoyable and easy to watch and I feel that they were a good band to be on first on any stage not just a smaller stage in the background. Stiff Little Fingers started at around two and once Jesse Malin had finished this was who we went to watch, at this time many people were sitting down and watching bands instead of getting up and dancing, we went up to the railings originally to watch the band but I soon found that because I am quite small I could not see very well so we had to move back so that I could see better, as there was large screens all over the park this meant that I could see what was going on quite easily in most places.

SWMRS were the next band on the Barclaycard stage, I had seen this band before so I was very excited about seeing them as I had enjoyed watching them many times before. As I know lots of the bands songs I found them very enjoyable to watch as I could sing and dance along to their songs, at point during the bands set I was able to sit on people I knew shoulders so   that I could see over everyone and see the stage easily, one of the things that I enjoyed most about this set was the fact that as it was not the main stage you were never too far away from the front of the stage. I feel that this band perform well live meaning that I could thoroughly enjoy the show. During this bands set a lot of the audience were singing along to the songs making the show even more enjoyable.

The Hives were next to perform on the main stage, I had not heard music from this band before but I had heard a lot about them and I knew that a lot of people enjoyed their music. They were a lively and cheerful band, they had a theme of black and white, the backdrop to their show was a picture in black and white, they also wore black and white suits that were opposite to each other for example one half of the legs were white the other black and then the jacket was the opposite way around. I found The Hives show fun to watch and I felt like the band had a very large stage presence. After the Hives performance, we visited the guest area for the first time and had some dinner (The Best Macaroni Cheese I Have Ever Tasted), inside there was food stalls, a seating area and some bean bags. Whilst having dinner we did not realise that we had unfortunately missed Gogol Bordello but after sitting down for about an hour we were more than ready for Rancid and Green Day.

Rancid were on stage first as they were the band that have been supporting Green Day for the length of their current tour, the band play ska punk music but it is edging more towards the punk side than the ska side. Rancid have also recently released a new album so they played quite a few songs from that along with a lot of there more popular songs, there music was extremely enjoyable and got everyone very hyped up and ready for Green Day.

Once Rancid had finished it was getting towards the time that everyone had been waiting for, the area that people were standing in started to fill up rapidly and so therefore got very hot, about half an hour before Green Day came on the security guards were passing around water as it was very hot. Finally, it got to the point that everyone had been waiting for and “Bohemian Rhapsody” started to play, everyone sang along to all the words and we all knew that this meant that they would be coming on soon. Next up was “Blitzkrieg Bop” and running on came a person dressed up as pink bunny rabbit who got the crowd cheering and ready. Then the moment everyone had been waiting for, Green Day burst onto the stage with “Know Your Enemy” and everyone was singing along and jumping around at this point I decided that it would be a good idea to move back as I was very small so I was getting shoved around a lot and nearly fell over many times, once further back I decided that it was a better place to stand anyway as it meant that I could actually see the stage, towards the end of know your enemy Billie invited someone on stage to sing with him. This was then followed by two songs from the bands most recent album “Revolution Radio” and “Bang, Bang” this excited everyone in the crowd. Next up was “Holiday” at this point a very kind man who I still do not know the name of let me sit on his shoulders so that I could see easily and see over everyone’s head, he let me stay up there for quite a few songs and I am very thankful to him for this. The band then played more songs new and old before playing “Longview where they again invited a member of the crowd onstage to sing. There was a very lively atmosphere throughout the show, in around the middle of the show the band performed a cover of “Knowledge” by Operation Ivy and at this point they invited a member of the audience to play the guitar on stage with them, unfortunately the first person that they invited on stage was unable to perform the song, however she was allowed to play the tambourine with Tre at the back, the next person invited up was able to play the song and therefore at the end she was allowed to keep the guitar. Something that Green Day are known for doing is when they perform “King for A Day” they mix it with other songs on this day it seemed to be quite a few familiar songs, in fact they mixed it with 5 other songs these where “Shout”, “Always Look On The Brightside”, “Teenage Kicks”, “satisfaction” and “Hey Jude” all of these songs are quite popular so everyone k new the words. The band finished their main set with the song “Forever Now” however then went on to do two encores. The first encore they performed “American Idiot” and “Jesus OF Suburbia” which also included about a minute of Billie standing as if he was on a cross. The second encore was slowed down and acoustic and included an acoustic version of “21 Guns” which I extremely enjoyed. The band finished the show with “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” and then all members came back on stage to take one final bow and confetti was blown everywhere.

I can honestly say that this was one of the best concerts that I have been to in my life and I would go to something like this again.

Thanks for reading, Annie.

A Very Busy Weekend

The Shrives- Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

On Friday 16th of June I went to voodoo lounge in Stamford, this was a venue that I had never been to before, it was a small venue and the actual stage was underground in a quite confined space, I felt that this gave the venue more atmosphere and made it more exciting and interesting than it may have been at a different venue. The event has two support acts, The Exton’s and The Talk, the bands played lively and fun music to get the crowd in the mood for the gig. The Shrives came on around 10 o’clock and mainly played songs from there album “Back in The Morrow” but also played some others that were not on the album, the songs got everyone dancing and jumping around, this made the venue very hot but that didn’t mean that people didn’t have fun. During the show, there was a lot of audience participation and lots of the band coming into the crowd whilst playing the songs. At the end of the bands set they did a ska mashup of many different songs and then finally they did a cover of a Beatles song and finished the gig. The show was fun and very enjoyable to watch.

Royal Blood- Hippodrome, Kingston Upon Thames

On the Saturday, I went to an album release show of Royal Blood’s new album “How Did We Get So Dark?”, the band had no support as the gig was mainly about their album release so they were the only Royal Blood. The band played most of the songs on their new album, the songs were lively and even though most people did not know the songs they were the sort that you could recognise, enjoy and dance to. The songs on the album were catchy and you could tell that they were by Royal Blood because of the style. During the gig, they did play some of their old songs and these were the ones that got the most reaction from the audience and most people knew them word for word and sang along. The band were very talented and at points seemed as if they were putting in hardly any effort but still coming out with these amazing songs and sounds. As the event was an album release party everyone that went got a free copy of the CD included in their ticket price. During the show, there was lots of jumping around and crowd surfing even from band member Ben Thatcher who climbed on the crowd during one of the songs before swiftly returning to his drum kit.

Paramore- The Royal Albert Hall, London

Finally, on Monday 19th of June I went to watch Paramore at the Royal Albert Hall, the band are currently touring Europe in support of their new album “After Laughter” I was very excited to see this band as I extremely enjoy their music and wanted to see what they were like live. In the venue, our seats were very high up so I was worried that we may not be able to see however I quickly found out that this would not be the case and that I would be able to see fine. The support act was a band called Bleached this band were a grungy rock band who took their inspiration from bands like Nirvana you could tell this by the type of music that they were playing. The whole show seemed to be running half an hour late this was disappointing as people felt like they were being kept waiting and if it hadn’t have started when it did I think that people would have started to get annoyed. When Paramore finally came on they came on with a very lively tune from there new album, one that everybody knew so that they could sing along. The band performed lots of songs old and new and even though their old songs got more of a reaction the new songs still brought joy and fun to the audience. Whilst there I had a very fun and enjoyable evening with lots of singing along to songs and dancing the only disappointing part was the fact that they did not play “Ignorance” which is one of my favourite Paramore songs.

Waterfront, Norwich- Emma Blackery

On Friday the 2nd of June I went to Norwich to see Emma Blackery. Emma is a Youtuber that has been releasing music for quite some time and has recently released a new EP entitled “Magnetised”. When I got to the location of the event I went to what looked like the queue to get in however I later found out that this entrance was not the general admissions entrance and was for VIP’s only so at this point I had to move to the other queue, as I did this it started to pour it down with rain and finally when the doors opened everyone that was in the queue breathed a sigh of relief.

Emma had two support acts who were performing before her, the first one of these was The Valeras, this was a band of five musicians who played strong but yet quite dark and grungy music with deep vocals to add to the effect. The songs that the band played where not necessarily the sort that you would dance to but they where nice to listen to and would make you want to listen to them again.

The next band to play were called Rusty Clayton they were an American band whose songs had a very strong Pop-Punk vibe to them for most of the act however towards the end the lead singer played some slow romantic songs  even though they were sweet and heartfelt at some points they felt a bit long and as if they were dragging out, but after a brief interlude of slow songs they went back to the pop-punk style that they had started with and got everyone very hyped up for when Emma came out.

When Emma finally got on stage after what everyone seemed to feel like was forever, she started off with very energetic songs that filled the room with positivity and got everyone dancing. Throughout her whole act she seemed to make the audience feel how she was feeling when singing her songs and even if you did not know the songs you felt like you could sing along and join in. This gig was quite different to a lot that I have been to as because of the fact that Emma has been vlogging for so many years she brought some of that into her show and was able to interact with the audience really well. At one point in the show Emma brought up the Manchester attack and told everyone how brave they were for not letting it stop them coming out and enjoying live music. Towards the end of the show Emma introduced her band however this was not in the conventional way that you would introduce a band, instead she decided to give them all nicknames and by the end of the night she had the whole audience chanting out the nicknames of the people in the band. The show seemed to go a lot faster than any of us had wanted it to and even though no one wanted it to end the finale was amazingly energetic and almost seemed as if she was coming on for the first time as she performed with so much energy.

The show was a very different experience to the sort of gig that I would usually go to but I had a really good time and would definitely go to something like this again.

Thanks for reading, Annie

Witham Fields, North Hykeham – Mega May Music Day

On Saturday the 27th of May I attended Mega May Music Day in North Hykeham. The event was in aid of the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and involved a lot of local music acts. Even though the event was in aid of Air Ambulance, you did not have to pay to get in, rather most stalls were taking donations and there were people walking around with buckets collecting money from people. Unlike some people I was not there all day but just for the evening.

Spot On were the first band to play, who started at around six o’clock, and like most of the bands that I saw this band were a covers band from the local area. The band played lots of popular songs and family favourites which meant that the crowd enjoyed listening to them as they knew most of the songs so could dance and sing along. The band had a lively and happy atmosphere about them which made everyone else happy as well so it seemed that most people enjoyed listening to them. The band also picked quite a lot of sing along songs which was a good choice for the audience as it made the whole experience more enjoyable. During the bands set the Air Ambulance had to take off to go see to an incident, and this helped to show people what they were raising money for and made the purpose of the event clearer.

Punch A Monkey were the second band and were also a covers band who played popular well known songs, but they also played some songs that were not as well known so the people that did know them really enjoyed listening to them. This meant that there was some music for everyone in this set. As the night went on the audience started to enjoy the music more and a lot more people were dancing and singing.

The next band was The Collective, this band was not a cover band and instead performed a lot of their own songs. The band performed a wide variation of music that meant that there was something for everyone to enjoy and listen to. The band performed a variation of songs that were all similar but also different from each other they also covered Killing In The Name by Rage, Against The Machine and Control by Chase and Status. The band gave off a lively atmosphere that had a lot of people jumping/dancing around and singing.

The final band that I saw was Public Gallery – Active. I did not get to see much of this band however what I did see I found fun and enjoyable.

Overall the event was enjoyable and exciting and hopefully raised a lot of money for East Midland’s Air Ambulance; a good cause.

Thanks for reading, Annie

The Black Dog, Grantham – The Voice Auditions

On Sunday the 21st of May I attended the local auditions of the voice at The Black Dog Pub in Grantham, the event has been organised by Tarn Oxley, Trevor Bunn and Ian Parker. The event started around 7 and local talent showed up in large volumes including acts that you may have heard of before and some that you may not have, all sorts of songs where performed from classics to songs written and performed by the acts.

Considering how small the venue was the event had a large turn out, this had its problems however as sometimes the noise from the other people in the venue got so loud that you where unable to hear the acts and it was also hard for the acts to concentrate on what they where singing. Fortunately though with the amount of people that attended meant that all of the acts had a lot of support and encouragement throughout the evening making it a nicer environment to perform in than if it had been an empty venue.

The singers all sang to there best ability and everybody that was involved seemed to enjoy the experience. The event helped people realise the talent that is in Grantham that might not have been noticed if events like these did not happen.

I found the night was extremely enjoyable even though it was very hot and busy throughout. Well done to everyone that took part.

Thanks for reading, Annie