July Playlist

As I have not posted a playlist for a while I felt that it was about time to post another one. So here are some of the songs that I have been listening to recently.

1. King For A Day – Green Day – Nimrod, 1997

This song was released in 1997 and Green Day are well known for playing this at most of their concerts however they normally will mix it with at least one song, which is usually “Shout” by Lulu they also sometimes include songs such as “Always Look On The Brightside Of Life”, “Teenage Kicks” and “Hey Jude”. After watching the band perform the song at Hyde Park I wanted to listen to it more and recently has become one of my most played songs. One thing about when the band play the song live is that fact that the audience always knows that it is going to be played as Billie will put a crown on.

2. Lose It –  SWMRS – Drive North, 2016

This song is my favourite song from the SWMRS album, I like how it starts slowly and then speeds up throughout the song, I also like how it gets more upbeat throughout. It is not one of the bands most popular songs but I find it very enjoyable to listen to and I think it is a song that people should listen to if they like the band.

3. If You Wanna – The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, 2011 

This song is the third song off of the band’s album and I remember listening to it when I was younger in the car and that is why I still enjoy it.  Even though the song was released as a single it did not chart very high in the UK even though it was used in several adverts. I like this song as I feel it is very lively and an enjoyable song to listen to at this time of year.

4. Bless This Acid House – Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud, 2017

I have been listening to this song a lot as it is a new release from Kasabian’s new album and therefore has been played a lot on the radio, I have been listening to a lot of Kasabian recently as I will be going to see them in August and am very excited. This is one of my favourite songs off of their new album.

5. Don’t Matter Now – George Ezra – 2017

This is George Ezra’s Most recently released single which means that a lot of people are assuming that he will soon be releasing a new album. This is the first single he has released since “Wanted On Voyage” came out in 2015. I find that I always seem to enjoy the happy feeling that George Ezra’s songs give off and I find them extremely enjoyable to listen to. George played this song at several UK festivals this year and it was received very well.

6. Brick By Boring Brick – Paramore – brand new eyes, 2009 

Brick By Boring Brick was the second single off of “brand new eyes”. I really have liked listening to Paramore recently and have found that I prefer a lot of their older albums to their newer ones, particularly “brand new eyes”, this song, in particular, is one that I have listened to a lot. The video for the song was nominated for a Kerrang Award for best video and also reached number 2 on the US Rock Chart.

7. Heart And Soul – Twin Atlantic – The Great Divide, 2014

I have only recently started listening to Twin Atlantic and out of all of the songs that I have listened to by them I have to say that I have enjoyed this one the most. I have found that recently I have been listening to a lot more lively music, I tend to do this in the summer as it is nicer to listen to this type of music when the sun is out. This song was an experimental song with lots of different layers that was released as the first single on “The Great Divide”.

8. Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines – The Libertines, 2004

This song was released over 10 years ago now but I still find it very enjoyable to listen to. The song was nominated for an NME Best Track Award and also managed to reach Number 2 in the UK singles chart, the song has been featured in man y compilation albums over the past years since it has been released. I have gone backwards and forwards from listening to this song for quite some time but when I do listen to it I thoroughly enjoy it.

9. Feeling This – blink-182 – blink-182, 2003 

In some ways, this song is different to other Blink songs as it has many parts that are spoken throughout instead of just music and singing. When I went to see Blink in Nottingham this is the first song that they played when they came on stage and for some reason, I realised that I had not heard it for a while which shocked me as it used to be one of my favourite blink songs. The song was first played by the band at Reading And Leeds Festival in 2003.

10. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer – Sixpence None The Richer, 1997 

This is the original version of the song that was released on 1997 however in the past it has been covered by many bands, the first time I heard this song was not this version but instead was the version by New Found Glory, after listening to that I went and found the original version and found that I enjoyed that just as much. The song managed to reach number 4 in the UK singles chart.

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.

Paramore: After Laughter Review

As you may or may not know Paramore have recently released a new album “After Laughter” along with this they have released tickets for a tour to go along with the album. This post is going to be my review and also my first impressions of the album I hope you enjoy.

Hard Times- This tune is extremely catchy and sticks in your head, I heard this song when it was released as a single before the album was released and from the moment I heard it, it has been stuck in my head. The song is slightly different to what you would normally expect from Paramore how ever it is a very good feel good song like most of there songs and was extremely enjoyable to listen to.I really enjoyed the bit where the song slows down as it catches your attention and makes you listen to the song more. There are robotic tones at the end of the song that sound different to the rest of the song but somehow also fit with the overall tone of the song. Overall I would give this song 7/10

Rose Coloured Boy- The shouting at the start of the song makes it recognisable as it is the same phrase repeated, of all of the songs on this album I feel that this is one that is most similar to songs that Paramore have released before and is similar to songs they have made before however is still significantly different. Through the song they have used the techno beat again this seems to be a common thing that is emerging throughout the album. Towards the end the song slows down as if it is going to end and then speeds up again with a chorus right before the end. Overall I would give this song 8/10

Told You So- This song is quite similar to a lot of the music that is in the charts at the moment, this isn’t necessarily what you would expect Paramore’s music to be like and you would not necessarily know that this song was by them if it was not for Hayley’s distinctive voice. There are parts in the song where the tone changes this catches the listeners attention as it sounds significantly different in some parts. At the end of the song lots of different song parts overlap making the ending sound different to the rest of the song. Overall I would give this song 5/10

Forgiveness- This song has a slower start than the other songs on the album so far however uses the same tones as the rest of the songs on the album. The song has a slower style of singing the song is almost love song style, after a while the song starts to get slightly more upbeat but still is steady, calm and a lot more chilled out compared to the start of the album. The ending of the song is different to the rest of the song.  Overall I would give this song 7/10

Fake Happy- The beginning of the song is acoustic which is different to the rest of the songs on the album has been as to begin with it sounds calm and quiet. The song does however get faster and begins to sound more like the rest of the album, in the background there is a twinkling noise that makes the song seem calm even when the song speeds up. The song then begins to sound slightly more pop like than you would expect however still has a different edge to it. In the middle of the song there is a slow piano piece that stands out compared to the tone of the rest of the song. Overall I would give this song 8/10

26- This is an acoustic song so is very calm and relaxed, there is an effect that has been used over the top of the guitar that makes the song even more calming than it already was. Even though the tone and style of the song seems quite sad it is also quite an uplifting song, this is done mainly by the lyrics as if you did not listen to them the song would probably sound quite sad. Overall I would give this song a 6/10.

Pool- This song has a very long intro, the song has some pretty sounds and some of the singing parts sound as if they have multiple singers singing different parts even though it is only one person. The chorus to this song is extremely catchy that sounds different and stands out compared to the rest of the song, the echoing idea that is used when there seem to be several voices at once is used throughout the song and gives parts of it more sound than there would be if you could only hear the main singer singing. Overall I would give this song 7/10

Grudges- The verses of this song are very upbeat however the song seems to always slow down after the chorus. The rest of the songs on this album are usually mainly based on the guitar however a lot of this song is made up by the drums and there beat instead, this makes it sound different to the rest of the songs on the album. In the middle of the song the style changes slightly for a short while. Towards the end the song does fade out slightly but it still has a quite abrupt ending and feels like it should go on for slightly longer. Overall I would give this song 8/10

Caught In The Middle- This song has a slightly more rock style to it than the rest of the songs on the album. The song gets faster throughout and then starts to slow towards the end. The guitar in this song sounds different to how it sounds on the rest of the album so that makes this song stand out as it almost sounds completely different. Overall I would give this song 9/10

Idle Worship- The words in this song are usually in short and snappy sentences and do not always fit with the beat of the song this makes the song and the words stand out as your brain notices that they do not completely fit together. Towards the end of the song they tune and the lyrics start to fit together and become more consistent. Overall I would give this song 7/10

No Friend- This song confused me slightly as was not what I was expecting at all, throughout the whole song a guitar is playing the same four notes at the same speed whilst there is some very quiet speaking by a male voice over the top, there is no singing in the song and it is completely the opposite to the rest of the album. Overall I would give this song 3/10

Tell Me How- This song is mainly played on a piano so is different to the electronic noise of most of the rest of the album, the song is slow and peaceful, the song does get slightly more upbeat but is still slow throughout. The song has several piano solo parts to break up the song and also right towards the end does start to feature a quiet guitar tune. Overall I would give this song 7/10

Overall I enjoyed listening to this album and will definitely be listening to it again over the next few weeks and months, it was not quite what I expected however I still thought it was good and it was nice to hear something slightly different, I would highly recommend listening to it.