“New Music”: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes in Modern Ruin

School is over and I am getting into the swing of summer.  Time to load the trebuchet.

For fans of Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes is an English punk rock band formed in 2015 and are signed to International Death Cult.  Their second album Modern Ruin peaked at number 7 on the UK charts.  The group consists of frontman Frank Carter, Dean Richardson on guitar, Tom ‘Tank’ Barclay on bass, Gareth Grover on drums, and Thomas Mitchener who also produced the album on guitars and synth.

frank-carter-and-the-rattlesnakes-modern-ruinCarter was previously of English punk group Gallows (which I listened to back in the day), and English-American rock group Pure Love.  FCATR’s first album Blossom saw a return to the style of Gallows, something that had been departed from with Pure Love.  Modern Ruin see’s another departure from the aggressive vocals of Gallows to a more singable album that still moves at breakneck speed.

Guys.  I’m only slightly obsessed with this album.  Modern Ruin is full of hard-hitting riffs that are catchy as heck paired with catchy as heck choruses.  Carter’s vocals are heavily ‘verbed, adding an interesting, dream-like feel to the tracks.

There is a fantastic series on FCATR’s YouTube where Carter gives a short commentary for each track on Modern Ruin.  I would give all of them a watch, it is a very cool look into the album and the life of a performer.

Favourite tracks include Bluebelle, Lullaby, Snake Eyes, Vampires, Wild Flowers, God is My Friend, and Modern Ruin.

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Album Commentary:

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‘Coming Soon’: Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age

AHHHHH, my second favourite music duo is releasing their second album this June, QotSA are getting back in it with a follow up to …Like Clockwork, Balance and Composure are releasing a single for Record Store Day…I’m pretty excited about it, k?

Royal Blood are a UK duo of drums, bass, vocals.  The most important part of any live mix.  I loved their debut album in 2014, and I am giddy over this.  Check out the teaser below and the official video for the single ‘Lights Out’.

(The official video for ‘Lights Out’ is a strange milk bath rave.  So, I mean, if you want nightmares tonight…watch it?  You have been warned.)

Queens of the Stone Age.  Man.  I wasn’t sure about them the first time I listened to …Like Clockwork, but the riffs drive hard and the overall dryness to the records draw you in.  Lullabies to Paralyze is probably my favourite album of theirs, and it made me check out …Like Clockwork again.  We don’t have much info on the new album, but I’m hoping for a summer release.

You’ll be hearing from me when these bad boys drop.  See ya soon!

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‘New Music’: AS IT IS in okay.

Since it actually feels like summer, here’s a summery album that was released in January.

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this album, but I’m currently listening to it, and I figured I might as well.

If you want to be reminded of the 2000’s infatuation with pop punk, then AS IT IS is the band for you!  AII is pop punk from the UK.  Frontman Patty Walters is joined by guitarists Benjamin Biss and Andy Westhead, bassist Alistair Testo, and drummer Patrick Foley.

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I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to listen to this album, but it wasn’t pop punk.  In fact, I think I forgot that pop punk still exists.  This serves as a reminder that genre’s don’t cease to exist when I stop listening to them (I will never be rid of country music, will I?).  Their Spotify description compared them to early Taking Back Sunday which I find only slightly hilarious.

The tracks are appropriately catchy, reminding me of those awkward middle school years I try to forget about.  Pop music is called infectious for a reason; this album would be perfect as the background for a summer pool party.  In fact, if they don’t release a music video featuring such an event, I will be disappointed.  The album really brings to mind The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Boys Like Girls, and the like which I only listen to when I have to entertain the 11-15 age-range.

Why is Patty pointing so aggressively?  Why are they all so happy?  Why did they steal the dance theme from Back to the Future?  Why is he headbanging to a light pop riff?  These are the questions my friends.

Despite nostalgia, the title okay. pretty much sums up my feelings about the album.  It’s not bad, but it’s not something I am going to listen to probably ever again.  Sorry lads.

(Below you can find all the social media links)

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‘New Music’: Cloud Nothings in Life Without Sound

I found these guys while exploring Wikipedia’s list of new music for 2017.  I had been disapointed in the lack of new music I listened to in 2016 and now I have a spreadsheet with most of the new releases for this year (through February, it’s a lot of stuff, and I didn’t even bother with the rap or country and I’ll never be able listen to it all and March is almost over and, and, *cue overwhelmed flailing).  Thanks to Spotify Premium for students (#notsponsored but call me?), I’ve been able to listen to a good amount of new music, including this album.

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Cloud Nothings is an American indie-rock band from Cleveland Ohio formed by vocalist and guitarist Dylan Baldi in 2009.  Filling out the roster is Jayson Gerycz on drums, TJ Duke on bass, and Chris Brown on guitar.  The group has released 5 studio albums, Life Without Sound being the most recent release.

“Up to the Surface” is a great intro track, setting you up for the mood, laid back but full of energy.  The vocals are dark in colour and with the surrounding instrumentation the whole album has a warm feel to it.

My favourite tracks include “Up to the Surface”, “Things Are Right With You”, “Darkened Rings”, “Modern Act”, and “Sight Unseen”.

If you’ve ever heard of (and like) Eyeshine or Ellengarden, I’d highly recommend Cloud Nothings (and also those other two).  These three bands would make a great summery playlist for those sunny days that aren’t quite warm enough (like it has been off and on this March.  Stop teasing me, I just want to be outside).

Check these guys out on Spotify and at the links below.

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‘Coming Soon’: Joep Beving and Eyeshine

There are (at least) two albums I am very much looking forward to that will be released in April: Joep Beving’s sophomore album Prehension (April 7th), and Eyeshine’s final album Gone Tomorrow (April 1st).

Beving is a classical pianist, weaving gorgeous, haunting tunes.  Eyeshine is alternative rock with a hint of grunge featuring power anthems and upbeat music.  I reviewed the album Sidewalk Dreams and Chalk Dust back in 2015.  I will be reviewing both albums when they drop.  See ya soon!

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‘Books’: Robin McKinley in Rose Daughter

With Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters, I thought I’d revisit my favourite version of the story.

Robin McKinley in Rose Daughter, 1997Rose Daughter

“It is the heart of this place, and it is dying, says the Beast. And it is true; the center of the Beast’s palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes. But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken.

Twenty years ago, Robin McKinley dazzled readers with the power of her novel Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist returns to the story of Beauty and the Beast with a fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight. With Rose Daughter, she presents her finest and most deeply felt work–a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.”

I adore Robin McKinley books.  Her stories are so captivating and magical while maintaining realism with her down to earth heroines.  Rose Daughter is McKinley’s second re-telling of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, following Beauty and her two older sisters Lionheart and Jeweltongue as they adjust to their new life without wealth.  One of the things I love about this story is the depth of character that all three girls are given.  Despite their background roles in the over all story, Lionheart and Jeweltongue are interesting characters in their own right, not simply existing to further Beauty’s growth.  I would love to read about what Lionheart and Jeweltongue did while Beauty was tending roses in the Beast’s glasshouse.

Rose Daughter is probably my favourite version of Beauty and the Beast (yup, I like  it better than Disney.  Come. At. Me.), which is par for the course because I love McKinley versions.  Everything about the story flows naturally, the strength of our characters to step up to their circumstances is shown through their actions, and the theme of love in all its forms (romantic, familial, platonic) are expertly woven through the story.  Our leading ladies are clever, witty, engaging, and their growth is a joy a witness.

Can you tell I love this book?  Just wait until I do a write up on Spindle’s End.

Be sure to check out SurLaLune Fairy Tales, it is an incredible website with annotated fairy tales and includes versions of the tales from different cultures (I linked to their Beauty and the Beast page above).

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3.18.17 Book Haul and Other Stuff!

Spring break is almost over, I’ve accomplished nothing, and books are the reason why I will never have enough money for a tattoo.

Barnes and Noble is one of my happy places, a relaxing journey through endless rows of possibilities (provided I stay away from the Teen Fiction section).  Today I was lucky enough to be serenaded by Tina Guo’s cello re-imagining of all your favourite themes while I browsed.

Patrick Rothfus in The Name of the Wind, 2007

The Name of the Wind

“Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.”

This book came recommended by a B&N employee listing that our hero uses ‘music, magic, and muscle’.  I’ve read Song of the Beast by Carol Berg which uses music as a vehicle for the story (which is fantastic btw), and I’m a bit of a musician myself so it immediately caught my eye.

Nagabe in The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, 2016the girl from hte other side

“In a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” Although the two are forbidden to touch, they seem to share a bond that transcends their disparate appearances. But when Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, the secret behind her mysterious living arrangement comes to light.”

What immediately struck me about this book was how gorgeous the art is.  It reminds me of Mateusz Skutnik’s Morfołaki, featuring beautifully atmospheric black and white art.  I am definitely looking forward to digging into this little beauty.  The subtitle Siúil, a Rún comes from an Irish folk song, and translates roughly to ‘Go, my love’.

Stephen King in The Gunslinger, 1982               The Gunslinger

“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).”

I’ve never read a Stephen King book, and while I know he has written things other than horror, but I didn’t realize that Stephen King writes books other than horror.  Unless of course this turns out to be a western-horror, which I would be okay with.  My only real exposure to SK is the film The Shinning which I watched recently while suffering from a head cold.  I grabbed this based on the title, which made me think of Trigun and everyone’s favourite pacifist.

Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett in F*ck Love, 2017F.ck Love

“From the brilliant New York Times bestselling authors of the “refreshingly blunt” (Harper’s Bazaar) F*ck Feelings—this seriously irreverent roadmap reveals the essentials to look for when you’re done being suckered by the promise of true love and want help seeking a real, lasting relationship.

Many people have opinions on the subject of romantic relationships—why they’re so hard to find, so difficult to maintain, so easily analogized to planets and pets—but the real source of trouble isn’t too complicated: it’s that we are choosing our partners based on love, excitement, lust, attraction, neediness…on feelings.

Instead of helping readers find true love (also known as “total bullshit”), Dr. Michael Bennett and his comedy-writing daughter Sarah reveal the practical, commonsense criteria for good partnerships that will allow real love to develop, even after the romance has died down or been buried completely. Finding a good partner involves losing preconceived notions about who your dream date might be, so the Bennetts helpfully appraise the pros and cons of eight traits people most commonly seek: charisma, beauty, chemistry, communication, sense of humor, family stability, intelligence, and wealth. They suggest you’ll have better luck finding a partner in a bar, online, or on a date arranged by your chiropractor if you focus on ideas like mutual attraction and respect and common interests and common goals. With helpful quizzes, case studies inspired by Dr. Bennett’s practice, and unscientific flow charts, F*ck Love is packed with enough advice and wisdom to help you avoid the relationship nightmares that led you to this book in the first place.”

Yes, yes, this title is (as admitted by the book its self)  catchy andprofane, but it caught my attention as it was intended to do and whether or not you agree with it’s language, it is a good marketing ploy.  This book just seems like a fun, satirical take on romance, while still being helpful.  It was just so eye catching I couldn’t not pick it up.

Other stuff that has happened includes these journals I made from old notebooks.  I used yarn to hold them together , but turns out my mom has nice hemp cord, so I’m re-tying them.  Not quite sure what I’ll use these for, but they are so pretty now x33.20170317_163956 (1)

Also, my dad looked like Tom Hanks 23 years ago (what both of them looked like 23 years ago).

Whelp, I will eventually have some more posts, I’ve been listening to exorbitant amounts of music thanks to Spotify Premium for students (#notsponsored) and I have an exorbitant amount of books I haven’t read yet.  Sooooo yah.

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[Synopses and book covers from Goodreads.com | Featured Image from Pexels.com]