I would say that ‘pop’ is not something that catches a lot of my interest, however Blondie’s 80’s single “Heart of Glass” is everything that’s right about this genre of music. It’s upbeat, catchy, and well produced. Her smooth high pitched vocals are deliciously combined with melodious instrumentals and a peppy background beat. Everything about it screams 1980 (in a good way). I can assure any listener that it is impossible to not tap your foot and/or nod your head while listening to this tune. Blondie is and will always remain a total babe, and “Heart of Glass” is a truly great song that demonstrates her striking talent.
Yet again, The SOCC brought an awesome band to campus. I would be really bummed if I hadn’t made it to the You Me & Apollo concert on Thursday night in Shove Chapel. You Me & Apollo is a band based in Fort Collins, CO, started and now led by the talented singer/songwriter Brent Cowles, a Colorado Springs native. With great variety in their musical repertoire, their songs range from country-ish, almost folky music, to a more mellow bluesy vibe. Only half-way into the first song, CC students couldn’t resist getting up and rushing the stage to dance along with the band. While listening, I was trying to place who Cowles sounded like from other bands I know. Finally, I figured it out. His voice and overall vibe was a mixture between Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids, and even Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes (because, lets face it, we all thought that her voice was a man’s the first time we heard it). Great combination if you ask me. They seamlessly interacted with the audience which I always appreciate, because what’s worse than awkward interactions between band members and their audience? They especially appreciated the animated dance moves of the students and called attention to them more than once.
The band released an album entitled Cards for Cheats back in 2011 which I highly recommend. They are expected to release their second album on May 9, so be sure to keep an ear out.
Alpenglow /alp?n?gl?/ – “the rosy light of the setting or rising sun seen on high mountains”
Vermont-based band Alpenglow, formed at Middlebury College a few years back, released their debut EP “Solitude” this past October. Their atmospheric sound paired with the soaring vocals of Graeme Daubert place this band in a ripe spot for future success in today’s indie folk-rock scene.
I had the good fortune of seeing Alpenglow this past summer at a small music festival in Burlington, and I came away with one word: POLISHED. Although this band is in its beginning stages, they have a definitive, artful sound. The songs on this EP will inspire you to go bask in the glorious wilderness of Colorado and perhaps find that rosy glow on the snow-capped mountaintops.
On the title track, the fiddle and three-part harmonies contrast heavily with the amplified sound of the rest of the band, creating a country vs. city dynamic, also present in the lyrics: “If I wanted my solitude, I’d move to the city.”
The band bends these genres and images together with a delicious result.
When I first heard Brian Jonestown Massacre I didn’t like them at all. Their grungy disorganized sound, a style that I normally love, just didn’t do it for me. I confessed my underwhelmed feelings to my friend James who had recommend them, and after sensing some disappointment from him I decided to try them out again. I put on “In My Life” while cleaning my room, the first song he had told me to listen to. After the first listen I still could not decide how I felt about it, so I listened to it again…and again… and again. I was sure that I didn’t love it, but for some reason I didn’t want to stop listening. Weird. I still am sort of unsure of how I feel about the band, but take a listen and form your own opinions.
This song is anthem material right now. Today, the world unites under the cause of OCCUPY “Capitalism, democracy, wall street, whatever” across the globe, in solidarity with the growing movement in the States. I’m thrilled to bring you this music today, because this band is gonna be big, and big for the right reasons, because they have some important sH*t to say.
WU LYF, pronounced “woo life” which stands for World Unite, Lucifer Youth Foundation is a shadowed group from Manchester, UK that have cleverly avoiding the spotlight since their conception, I assume to finish their recently released LP, “Go Tell Fire to the Mountain.” Before the release, all you could find from them is a few singles on their apocalyptic website, http://www.wulyf.org, including the song HEAVY POP which has had me gritting my teeth in a woozy tribal dance for months.
The music is unstable post-rock at a marching pace, with singingly clear guitar riffs, haunting organ chords and reverberating drums to make your head bangarang. The singer makes the music with his powerful but distant vocals and halfscreams, launching cryptic lines of discontent at you like a bucket of paint. Lines like “I love you forever” and “no matter what they said, DOLLA is not your friend” instantly endear these guys to listeners.
Make your own judgements on what this band stands for, they seem to contradict themselves all over the place. My interpretation is that these youths from Manchester are feelin’ pretty alive but with no place to live, longing for a world where they could live for free. In their interviews they seem unwilling to express an specific political/social sentiments, but when one watches this video, and listens to the accusatory bellow of singer Ellery James Roberts, you feel the dissatisfaction of a disinherited generation, and the power of youth gone cold. Thankfully, it seems like WU LYF is finally here to stay, and their timing couldn’t be better. Lets hope this band stands up with what their name implies, and causes some serious movement together with all the revolutionary spirits coming out to play around the world.