Eliza and The Bear
Light it up EP
London-based indie rockers Eliza and the Bear recently released their new EP ’Light It Up’ through Mi Familia Music and we decided to give it a listen.
The abundance of emotions that will pass through you after your initial listen is something that you’ll not fully understand until hours later when your body barely survives the roller-coaster of emotions you’re just off. Whether you’re looking for that slightly more progressive and self-reflective song, embodied in ‘Talk’, easily the heaviest of the track-listing with short but powerful drums and climbing guitars for all your feels, or if you’re looking for that perfect song to play on a long, care-free drive with your best friends that would be the track-title, ‘Light It Up’, fast, upbeat and defiantly your new karaoke song. Or the new acoustic version of ‘It Gets Cold’, the original version released as a single earlier this year, to mellow yourself out with one hell of a chill song. Then finally, ‘Let Us Be Young’, which is one of songs that would be in the soundtrack of your life and you’d never get tired of hearing.
Individually all of these songs stand strong on their own and together they melt together in perfect harmony, a harmony that will leave you wanting more that is… maybe we’re a little biased but this EP is pure gold and for £1.99 on iTunes it is a steal.
- Sean Timlin
What an insane tour!Architects are finally going to be playing the UK and the rest of Europe again in February and March of next year.
To make their tour even more amazing, they’re bringing along blessthefall, Every Time I Die and Counterparts along with them!
Tickets go onsale tomorrow, make sure you get along to atleast one of the shows!
Mallory Knox have just announced their support for their upcoming UK tour!
Fort Hope, Moose Blood and none other than Frank Iero’s frnkiero andthe cellabration will be heading out with Mallory Knox!
Pretty exciting, huh? Make sure you get along to one of the dates.
09 Coventry Kasbah
10 Glasgow Garade
11 Newcastle Academy
12 Leeds Met University
14 Liverpool Academy
15 Manchester Academy II
16 Sheffield Leadmill
17 Peterborough Cresset
19 Northampton Roadmenders
20 Bristol Academy
21 Oxford Academy
22 Birmingham Institute
24 Brighton Concorde II
25 Portsmouth Pyramid
26 London Electric Ballroom
The Pierces // Creation
Due for release: September 1st 2014
It’s been three years since their last release, “You & I” but the musical sisters, The Pierces are back with their fifth full length album, "Creation". Keeping their almost trademark melodic, mesmerising and perfect harmonies, they’ve stepped away from their 60’s hippy aura sound to create something original and fresh.
The sisters, Allison and Catherine went to extreme lengths and enlisted themselves their own own shaman to guide them on a spiritual adventure in which they would take the hallucinogenic brew, Ayahuasca. The drink and guidance from their shaman allowed them to look into the hidden depths of their being and discover and give The Pierces a new profound creative experience.
"Creation" is an album filled with folk tinged songs that can completely chill you and take you to all new levels of relaxation. It also has mature pop songs that completely breaks away from the modern cheesy, over the top, generic pop that takes over the charts. Thankfully they released their singles in the summer as this has sun, sea and carefree written all over it.
"Kings" was the first track from the album to be released as a single. With thundering, war like drums and their haunting harmonies, the song gives you goosebumps, especially when the chorus bursts in.
Second single "Believe In Me" keeps the rythmic pounding of the drums that make you want to clap along. The song takes a detour from the drums and edgier sound to showcase their infectious intertwined harmonies show they are a harmonising force to be reckoned with.
"Come Alive" just has summer written all over it, you could imagine yourself soaking up the sun and fresh air in an open top car on a highway in California with this track blaring from the speakers. There is a more rockier approach to this song, sounding like a female duo version of Ryan Adams. Come Alive would work perfect as a single, it has a little of everything to suit all ages and music types.
If The Pierces haven’t proved already that they’ve got nothing but raw talent, "The One I Want" just has gentle drums and guitar backing their stunning vocals. It shows that they don’t need all the set up and an array of instruments to make them sound good, they could make a full accapella and it would still sound so full and rounded off.
The one downfall I do have with the album is that a couple of tracks do sound similar but as a whole, the album does not disappoint. There is a song for every mood and melodies that will just warm your heart. It’s a light and breezy breath of fresh air album that could be the soundtrack to anyone’s summer.
Songs to check out: Kings, Believe In Me, Come Alive and The Devil Is A Lonely Night.
‘Creation’ is to be released on 1st September via Polydor. They will be touring the album throughout the UK, dates:
16-Sep-14 Edinburgh Queens Hall
17-Sep-14 Gateshead The Sage
19-Sep-14 Bristol Trinity Centre
20-Sep-14 Sheffield Leadmill
21-Sep-14 Manchester Academy 2
23-Sep-14 London Shepherds Bush Empire
24-Sep-14 Birmingham Glee Club
25-Sep-14 Cambridge Junction
27-Sep-14 Liverpool O2 Academy2
28-Sep-14 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Lonely The Brave // The Day’s War
Due for release: September 1st 2014
Lonley The Brave are one of the most talked about bands in the UK just now, the Cambridge five-piece are finally releasing their debut album, “The Day’s War”. After a wirlwind of a year supporting the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Deftones and playing some of the biggest festivals, it doesn’t seem to be quieting down anytime soon for the them. For a band just making their way up the success ladder, they’ve got one of the strongest and tightest sounding albums of 2014, there’s not a thing out of place. If you can imagine Biffy Clyro singing with an English accent and a wee bit of Elbow thrown in there, you’ve pretty much got Lonely The Brave.
“Intro" brings you into the record with a soft and calm approach as if you’re listening to the waves sliding up onto the shore but then for the seas to turn wild and have almighty waves come crashing down and work into the tune of "Trick Of The Light”.
The strongest track on the album would be “Islands”, it has everything you want, especially if you’re going to be catching this band live. You could easily envision Simon Neil and co belting this out in a stadium, this will be, by far, the main track that will set the whole venue off when Lonely The Brave play this live.
You would swear it was Guy Garvey of Elbow’s vocals on the track “Dinosaurs”, lead singer David Jakes’ vocals build up beautifully on this track. The running druming on the toms and the gentle guitar strums make the hairs on your arms stand up, it all works up to become a fuller sounding song. It’s one of the tamer songs of The Day’s War but it suits the band to have a slower sound. “Deserter" is a song that has a slower feel to it aswell but at the same time, it’s full of energy and the lyrics are sung with so much passion.
Title track “The Day’s War” is a completely stripped back acoustic track, David’s husky tones sit perfectly on top of the gentle picking of the guitar, giving the song a rugged edge. It’s a short little song but it works great and would’ve just been too forced if anything else was added.
Just like the start, it’s as if the tides have turned once more to give the winding down, haunting tones to play you out with their “Outro”.
Throughout the whole album you can tell the band have put absolutely everything into every aspect of The Day’s War. They’ve really worked hard on making this album be all it can be, it is an album that will transfer well to a live environment.
They’ve mastered how to write songs that are easy listening whilst keeping heavier elements, tracks that get stuck in your head and set you up for the day.
Lonely The Brave will be heading out on the Big Cheese’s tour this October with Marmozets and Allusondrugs. Head to their website for more info www.lonelythebrave.com
- Stacey Auld
frnkiero andthe cellabration // Stomachaches
Due for release: August 25th 2014.
One of the most anticipated albums for the year is inching closer and closer to being released, Frank Iero is back on the scene but this time it’s with his own debut album! “Stomachaches” was an album that was slightly made by accident, after turning his basementat home in New Jersey into a makeshift studio and recording some ideas, it all built up into something he never expected. Now without expectations and having to write songs to suit other members, Frank was now 100% completely in control of the content, playing all his own instruments with the exception of drums (fellow ex-My Chemical Romance drummer pitched in to help).
This album could not be any further from anything My Chemical Romance would release, it has punk, little parts of electronic and straight up hard hitting rock aswell as toned down tracks showing a more gentle side.
“All I Want is Nothing" kicks off the album and sets the tone for the majority of the album. With and old school punk vibe, it shows Frank is setting himself aside from the usual metalcore that is being produced just now.
It’s been a week since the release of the music video for the single, “Weighted”, the video shows Frank’s strong love for all things halloween and gore. The track has such a catchiness to it that will work well in a live setting. It has an anthemic feel and will be perfect for a crowd to shout their hearts out to at any of his shows. It’s the strongest song on the album and is by far the best choice for the first single.
A strong bassline runs through “Blood Infections”, it takes you back to the days that Rancid and The Distillers were taking over the rock music stations. Like many of the other songs, its fast paced, in your face, loud and clear.
Each song on this album gets catchier and catchier as it goes on, there’s not a bad track on this album. Stomachaches takes a full on re-route in “Stage 4 Fear Of Trying" and shows a completely stripped down version of Frank’s music. Just him and his guitar shows the more vulnerable, toned down side to Frank and his writing abilities. It gives the album a good breather, to just take a couple of minutes out from the rugged and hard songs that sound like punk rock classics. It shows his yearning to get back home in a beautiful, all cards on the table, short and sweet track.
Frank Iero has always had a way of communicating with today’s generation and people able to be the voice to teens and those in their early twenties. This is an album that they can listen to and completely relate to and learn to appreciate themselves for who they are.
It’s got some really great tracks on there and few surprise sounds too, it’s a far cry from his days in My Chemical Romance but this sound seems to suit Frank Iero more. It’s an album you can listen to from start to finish, great little punk album.
frnkiero andthe cellabrations - stomachaches tracklisting:
1. all i want is nothing.
3. blood infections.
4. she’s the prettiest girl at the party and she can prove it with a solid right hook.
7. stage 4 fear of trying.
10. smoke rings.
12. where do we belong? anywhere but here.
- Stacey Auld
Breaking away from music posts this morning…
It’s an incredibly sad day, the world has lost one of it’s greatest humans. Robin Williams was an immensely talented actor, comedian and all round entertainer who was one of the main sources of laughter growing up.
He was extremely diverse in his work ranging from a magical genie, a cross-dressing nanny, a psychopathic stalker and a lost boy. He was a true talent who could make anyone laugh in an instant.
It just shows that even the people who are forever cheering everyone else up, is struggling with inner demons. Depression is not something anyone should joke about, make fun of and certainly not fake. It’s a horrible thing that can take loved ones away from you and ruin people’s lives. If you are suffering, do not suffer in silence, speak to someone! Do not be ashamed or afraid to ask for help.
You will be sadly missed, Robin. Such a tragic, sad and devastating day.
Our thoughts and condolences go to the Williams family and friends.
R.I.P Robin Williams and thank you for giving us so many laughs!
We’re busy busy just now writing up reviews for both Frank Iero’s upcoming release frnkiero and the Cellabration’s Stomachaches and also Lonely The Brave’s “The Day’s War” which is out September 1st!
We’re also interview Frank Iero so keep an eye on that within the next couple of weeks!
The Gaslight Anthem // Get Hurt
It’s been a very long two year wait for The Gaslight Anthem to follow up from their hugely successful, “Handwritten”, but it has definitely been worth the wait.The band’s fifth album ‘Get Hurt’ digs deep into the gritty, dark and more heart felt part of The Gaslight Anthem to produce a mature and rockier album from their previous releases. There’s a part of lead singer Brian Fallon’s side project, The Horrible Crowes, creeping into some of the tone and lyrics of a couple of the songs.
In the opening track, ‘Stay Vicious’, they’ve stuck with tradition and added a little nod to some of their favourite songs. “Singing la la la la” from Iggy Pop’s anthemic “Passenger” gets a little tribute. The track opens with Benny Horowitz pounding heavy on the drums to open up with a massive guitar intro showing signs of a heavier sound from The Gaslight Anthem. The verses make you think of Kurt Cobain and sounds like something Nirvana could’ve released. There is a strong grungier feel to the band in this track but at the bridge/chorus the band can completely change it up and go soft and gentle which brings nice mellow moments.
Get Hurt, is pure Rock n’ Roll and it’s as if the band are trying to steer away from any comparison they had with Springsteen. The band as a whole seem to be getting to put in their influences and make a sound that is grittier but still has an old school Gaslight Anthem feel.
The track of the whole album has got to be “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”, the very first chord of the guitar sounds like they’re going to go into a “Blue Orchid” cover but it becomes the song that will take over “Handwritten”. As much as it’s a different album altogether from what they usually write, “Break Your Heart” takes you back to the “National Anthem” days, when they break away from their faster paced tracks and take a more acoustic approach. When Brian takes on those type of songs it proves that he has a diverse vocal range, being able to go from the powerful rock songs to the more gentle songs.
Title track, Get Hurt, is one of the bands more dramatic and intense singles that is also accompanied by an equally as dramatic and intense video. It shows off the darker and more vulnerable side to Fallon, it also shows more of a song of heartbreak rather than their usual songs of love.
1000 Years is a nice light break from all the rough and and harsh tones and sounds from the rest of the album. It keeps with some of the same 80’s style rock riffs but it skips along and gives you one of the more anthemic songs from Get Hurt.
There is a song from every emotion on this great album from one of the hardest working bands in the industry. It does take some getting used to as it is quite far from anything else they’ve ever released. Get Hurt is the perfect crossover of The Gaslight Anthem and The Horrible Crowes. It opens up the band to show a more mature and vulnerable side but also keep the tough and solid sound that we are all used to hearing from The Gaslight Anthem.
It might not be as catchy and will most likely not have the same commercial success that Handwritten or American Slang has had but it feels like an album where every member has had their chance to add their influence. They’re finally breaking out of the “Sounds like Springsteen” shadow and making an original sound for themselves.
Top tracks: Stay Vicious, 1000 Years, Rollin’ and Tumblin and Dark Places.
- Stacey Auld
The band are heading out on tour in support of the new album, make sure you get to one of their shows! All dates are Here!
Vanna are back with an absolute beast of a track titled “Digging”.
It’s been two years since we last saw the Boston post-hardcore band when we popped over to Canada for Warped Tour.. but the great news is that they’re finally going to be back on British soil near the end of the year!
Check out their tour dates: Here.
Their new album VOID was released on June 16th 2014 through Pure Noise. Make sure you pick it up!
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, Reading and Leeds Festival is right around the corner!! The annual festival will be taking place August 22-24 in Richfield Avenue in Reading and in Bramham Park in Leeds.
Reading and Leeds is one of the greatest festivals in the UK bringing some of the biggest and best bands aswell as some of the newest acts around for a weekend of fun and amazing live music. With bands from an aray of genres showcasing their talent to thousands of music fans that have travelled from all over, it’s a weekend you do not want to miss.
To try and make your weekend of planning a little easier, we’ve picked some of our favourites that are playing the weekend that we think you should check out! With any luck they won’t clash! So, if you have the chance, wrap your ears around these bands at the festival…and if you’re not going then look them up just to give you some awesome music to listen to and make yourself an RandL soundtrack. Since our photographer Luke is hopefully heading along to Reading, we’ll give our Reading rundown!
Queens Of The Stoneage: QOTSA are back gracing the UK shores once more! One of the most popular bands around, their live shows are usually impossibly to get tickets to. With their hits like “No One Knows” and “Go With The Flow” there will be plenty to sing along to.
Paramore: There’s no denying that Paramore are one of the biggest acts in music just now. With the departure of some members, it usually destroys a band but if anything it has made Paramore a stronger and more determined band. Hayley Williams has became an idol to many females and lusted over by many male fans. With the voice and stage presence she has, it’s no wonder the band gets bigger and better with every release. With poppier new songs like “Still Into You” and “Ain’t It Fun?” you’ll get a good dance to break out all your cheesy dance moves to. You’ll also be hit with some teenage nostaligia if they play some of their oldies like “Misery Business” and “Ignorance”.
Jimmy Eat World: The one thing I, personally, love about Jimmy Eat World is that there’s no over the top “Look at me!!” attitude about them. They get out there, play their music and get on with their jobs. They’ve written the soundtrack to my generation, writing about things that everyone from any age group can relate to. It’s great to see them be part of the main stage and let more people out there appreciate a band that has lasted and still remained true to their roots.
Deaf Havana: Deaf Havana is one of the best bands to come out of the UK! A band that has lost a member, had a reshuffle and then added more members, they’ve still kept an element of Deaf Havana that they started with. With lead singer James Veck-Gilodi bringing in his brother Matthew and friend Max Britton, they’ve strengthened their already strong and catchy sound and became a must see band.
NME / BBC Radio 1 Stage
Warpaint: Warpaint are by far one of the most unique and original bands around. They’ve been a band for a decade and they’re now finally getting the recognition they deserve. It’s great to see a female band that actually have talent and don’t just have success because of their looks. Another band that has had a shuffle with members but thankfully they’ve stuck at it and continue to release some beautiful and powerful music. Disco / Very will have you dancing and be stuck in your head for days!
Other bands to check out: Mallory Knox, Twin Atlantic, Gerard Way.
Lock Up Stage
Brody Dalle: Brody Dalle is finally back in the UK since releasing her debut solo album, Diploid Love. She’s one of my childhood heroes and she never fails at releasing hard, rough and gritty punk songs. Brody gives all the guys a run for their money and shows what a real frontwoman is capable of. With her success in The Distillers and Spinerette, she certainly doesn’t lack in absolute classic songs.
Arctic Monkeys: One of the UK’s success stories is hands down, Arctic Monkeys. They’ve had massive success not only in Britain but around the world and they seem to have stolen the hearts of alot of American girls inparticular. Everyone knows atleast “I Bet You Look Good (on the dancefloor).” Even if they’re not your cup of tea, they put on a good live show and they do have a run of super catchy songs. They’re the poster boys for UK music just now and they’ll certainly put on a cracker of a set at Reading and Leeds.
Jake Bugg: One of the younger talents at this years festival. He’s like the new Bob Dylan, being the voice of his generation, writing songs that every teenager can relate to. With his laid back and slightly cocky attitude he pulls in massive crowds everywhere he goes. With a list of celebrity fans as long as his arm, you could possibly become a new fan or a bigger fan than you already are when you see him and the reaction he gets from the crowd.
Imagine Dragons: Since releasing their hit track “Radioactive”, Imagine Dragons just seems to have blown up throughout the music industry. Being headliners at festivals all around the world, they’re main stagers again at RandL 2014. They’ve gathered up a very large and loyal fanbase very quickly. They have a unique live show that has been talked about all over, be sure to check them out.
NME / BBC Radio 1 Stage
Chvrches: Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Chvrches seem to have become an overnight success, their name being all over the place. The electronic/synth-pop trio have worked their backsides off touring up and down the country showing exactly why they’re being talked about. With their electronic style it gives you a bit of a break from the rockier genres of the weekend.
Don Broco: Such a fun live band that everyone must see. With the band encouraging the crowd to dance along with them to their insanely catchy songs, you’ll find youself grinning like a cheshire cat while seeing them. Even if you’re not keen on their music, you will have a great time seeing them. Very fun and carefree band that’s here to just have a good time, you have to see them just to break loose for a wee bit.
Lower Than Atlantis: Another great band to come out of the UK, Lower Than Atlantis are back with their new album and wanting the world to hear it. Mike Duce can make absolutely anything rhyme and write a song that will instantly get stuck in your head! They’ve worked hard doing both headline tours and support for some big names like All Time Low. They’re a band you will not want to miss.
Lock Up / The Pit
Of Mice & Men: We’ve been following OM&M throughout their career and they’re a band that have just got stronger and better with every new album. They’ve had to reshuffle their camp and with Austin’s health problems they’ve faced alot in their fairly short career but they’ve never let anything get in their way. With their newest release “Restoring Force” the band have proven yet again why they’re still here and why they’re one of the biggest metalcore bands around. Of Mice & Men put on a non stop performance from beginning to end and the band appreciate every person that takes the time out to check out their music.
Architects: Personally, my absolute favourite band to come out of the UK. The Brighton four piece have had massive success especially in Britain and America but as their fan funded One Hundred Days DVD showed that they have a massive fan base going all around the world. Their hard and heavy sound with the constant showmanship from lead man, Sam Carter, their live show proves that Architects are a force to be reckoned with. Lost Forever // Lost Together is the band’s latest album and definitely one of their best. If you’re looking to get alot of your rage out, get along to Architects set, you will not regret it.
Crosses: Crosses have produced some of the most original and beautiful music and more people need to hear it. They Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has teamed up with Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom to grace the world with the greatness that is Crosses. Crosses seems like it would be the follow up to Moreno’s old side-project, Team Sleep. With the soft yet often powerful vocals of Chino, they can put you into a psychedelic daze. A must hear and must see band, do not pass up the opportunity to see them.
other bands to see: Issues and While She Sleeps.
Blink-182: The pop-punk kings are finally back in the UK to give a perfect ending to the Reading weekend. For over two decades they’ve influenced a huge majority of today’s bands and they’re one of the main reasons alot of people picked up instruments, gathered a few of their friends and made a band. At one point we all thought there was no return for Blink-182 but due to drummer Travis Barker’s tragic plane crash, the band put their differences aside and got back to writing. From “All The Small Things” right through to their more mellowed out “I Miss You” there’s a song for everyone and they’ll make you feel like you’re back in your early teens loving life and having a good time with your friends.
You Me At Six: They’ve supported some massive bands and also headlined their own huge shows including Wembley Stadium. YMAS are another of the UK’s big success stories and there are no signs of them letting up. Still promoting their latest release Cavalier Youth, you’ll most likely have heard their newest singles online but think it’ll be their older songs that will draw in the crowds.
A Day To Remember: ADTR are a band that seems to not put a foot out of place. They have an fiercly loyal fanbase that help push they band to bigger and better heights. With their unsual metalcore / pop-punk crossover, what should sound abit crazy has allowed them to step out and be that little bit more original. Still riding high on the release of their 2013 release Common Courtesy, A Day To Remember will be a highlight to your weekend.
Sleeping With Sirens: Slightly surprised that SWS have made main stage but they do deserve it after working non stop over the years. Releasing three albums and and an acoustic album they’ve always provided their fans with what they’ve asked for. They put on an energetic set with songs like “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn” and “If You Can’t Hang” you can sing your hearts out and have a great time while doing it.
NME Stage: the 1975 and The Neighbourhood
letlive.: By far one of the most exciting bands you’ll ever see live. They seem to thrive in smaller settings. Jason Aalon Butler is such an extreme lead singer, going to different heights than most to put on a great show for his fans. With their soul punks sound, they’ve got something original but full of energy and originality. You will be in absolute awe every second of their performance, they don’t stop for a minute. Casino Columbus, Muther and Banshee will be the highlights of the weekend to name just a few. They’ve not got one bad track in their discography. A must see band!
Other bands to see: Every Time I Die and Neck Deep.
BBC Radio 1 Extra
Bad Rabbits: Something abit different from the rest of the bands mentioned. They’ve got an old funk sound mixed with modern hip hop and rockier sounds. It’s completely unique to anything else around and something you can just forget your troubles to and have a bit of fun with. If you’re wanting to break away from the heavy rock influence over the weekend, Bad Rabbits is the band for you!
The Gaslight Anthem have certainly spoilt us this week, two videos from them! First video was the more mellowed out “Get Hurt”, which definitely had a hint of Brian Fallon’s side project, Horrible Crows.
The latest one to be released is “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” which is faster paced and more like the tracks The Gaslight Anthem have previously released.
We cannot wait for their new album Get Hurt, it is due for release on August 11! They’re a band that never gets old and are forever delivering some of the best music around.
We’ve not gone anywhere!
Sorry for the lack of new things lately. With it being the summer holiday’s we’ve all had a lot going on and with gigs in Glasgow coming to a stand still due to the Common Wealth Games, I haven’t been able to get to any giggs either. BUT! We’ve already got plenty things planned for the next few months, all exciting stuff with some of our favourite bands!
Also, I’m in the middle of sorting out a new section which should be live within the next month or so… just building up the content just now.
There will be a Reading Festival preview online soon aswell, since here at MBU we’re super excited that RandL is just right around the corner.
Keep an eye out for a bunch of awesome stuff coming soon!
Rise Against – The Black Market 4/5
After a three year wait with the release of Endgame back in 2011, Chicago Punk band Rise Against are back with their highly anticipated album The Black Market.
There is no mistaking who this album is by, fast lyrics and faster bass lines provide the standout Rise Against sound that has made them so unique, though this time around they are sounding more mature and fine-tuned. The Black Market does not have the same aggressiveness as previous albums such as The Sufferer and The Witness or Appeal To Reason but it has kept its punk back roots with Tim’s deeply heartfelt passion flowing through the lyrics of each song as it always has.
Tim’s opening lyrics of ”There’s a fire on the boarders and it’s burning down the walls that you build high” instantly shows that this album, just like the previous six, is going to be full of political passion.
“I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” is the second track on the album and is the song which offers the signature Rise Against sound, there’s the familiar song structure and extended vocals from Tim on the bridges that will get you tapping your foot and nodding your head along from the opening.. It is one of the more anger-filled songs on the album which is easily felt through the lyrics.
After this the album takes a bit of an unexpected turn with “Tragedy+Time”. The tone suddenly turns more to pop-punk rather than the more serious, heavy riffs we are used to hearing from this band. I couldn’t help but think would be more suited to a band such as Deaf Havana.
The title track “The Black Market” is filled with chugging bass lines and guitar neck slides which take the album back on track to the sound we know and love. This track also has some of the most compelling lyrics on the album, exploring people’s struggles in the world and how hard it can be to see the light of escape.
“The Eco-Terrorist In Me” will be the song to open up the mosh pits on this album, immediately opening with the fast paced riffs that make you want to move. Influenced by post-911 America’s attitude toward terrorism and The Green Scare, where the government have included environmentalists under the same bracket. The band are well known for their campaigning and Tim’s “eco-terrorist” passion is clearly flowing through with the delivery of his lyrics.”.
“People Live Here” brings a multitude of musical layers including acoustic guitar, beautiful layers of violins and slow heavy bass drum which in turn produce one of the most emotionally hard hitting songs Rise Against have written to date.”. In 4 minutes and 8 seconds the song sweeps over religion, war, climate change and the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, shining light on a world of suffering brought by America’s love and tolerance of guns.
The Black Market is a great example of bands maturing and expanding their sound without moving away from their roots and what they stand for. On the first listen through the album some of these changes did throw me off a little but listening all the way through again it does work to produce an easy flowing record. Overall I felt like this was a great album, lots of varied tracks which help to produce an overall easy listening album and although long time fans may find it hard not to be a little disappointed by the lack of aggression that Rise Against usually bring it’s a welcome addition to the bands long list of albums and a step forward into maturity for the band as a whole.
The Black Market is due for release on July 14th 2014
- Charlotte Davidson
I’m not too sure, would be great but maybe our next giveaway will involve another band.