“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.

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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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‘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.

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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).

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‘New Music’: ONE OK ROCK in Ambitions

We are back!

Moving right along with January releases we see ONE OK ROCK grace the front page of iTunes.

Ambitions is ONE OK ROCK’s 8th Japanese release, or their second American release, depending on which version you have.  Their previous album 35xxxv was released in the same way.  This review will be on the American version and I will write up a separate review for the JP exclusives (sometime in the near distant future)

I highly recommend going to their Japanese site, allowing Google to translate the page for you, and compare that to their English site.  The translation differences are quite entertaining.

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ONE OK ROCK formed in 2005 when Toru Yamashita asked his high school friends to start a band.  ONE OK ROCK is comprised of Taka (vocals), Toru (guitars), Ryota (bass), and Tomoya (drums).  They released their first album Zeitakubyo in 2007.  Since then they’ve released Beam of Light (2008), Kanjo Effect (2008), Niche Syndrome (2010), Zankyo Reference (2011), JinseixBoku= (2013), 35xxxv (2015), and finally Ambitions (2017).

The only real stylistic difference this album has compared to their others is the lack of Japanese vocals on the international version.  The track “Jaded” features Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, and “Take What You Want” features 5 Seconds of Summer.  I’ve never been a fan of ATL (and I honestly can’t find Alex in that song), or 5SOS (but the vocals all mesh well, it’s a great addition to the song).  That sentence was never a complete thought…

Ambitions is an anthem from beginning to end.  The songs are catchy, bouncy, and engaging.  I imagine this album is what their concerts are like, lots of people jumping and having a good time, not minding that you spilled your beverage on them.  Anybody want to take me to Japan in May to see them?  No?  Shoot.

Favourite songs include “Bombs Away”, “Taking Off”, “American Girls”,0 “Start Again”, and “Take What You Want”

I’d give this album a 3.5 out of 5 for now (I’ll combine the scores when I listen to the Japanese version).  While it is a great album, it doesn’t get me in the same way that JinsexBoku= did.

This post will be updated (and probably combined) when I get around to the the other version but for now

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‘New Music’ Devin Shelton in Sensation

Welcome to NEW MUSIC 2017!  Goals for this year include coming up with a consistent standard for these posts.  I know!  It would be incredible.

Sensation, Devin Shelton’s second solo release, dropped on January 6th of this year, billed as an R&B, Soul album.  I honestly have no idea if this is accurate as I don’t make a habit of listening to R&B or Soul, but music genres are open to interpretation and therefore not relevant in this case (although if something is labeled as ‘country’ you can bet your bat-suit I ain’t listening to it).  You may recognize Shelton as former and present member of emohardcoremetalwhatever band Emery, his previous album being released during his absence from the group.

Compared to the 2014 release of Life and DeathSensation is seems to be an ‘acoustic’ version of this soul style Shelton has going for him.  Certain songs from his first album definitely have an ‘Emery’ feel to them that doesn’t exist in Sensation.  It will be interesting to see where Shelton’s third release ends up should that happen.

Sensation is a chill background album, but not so chill that you are unable to do anything (like Light We Made.  I put that album on and poof, 45 minutes have passed and I wake from my music coma wondering why the dog has an entire box of Cheerios on his bed).  It’s not a bad album, but there isn’t anything remarkable about Sensation, nothing that jumps out and grabs your attention.  My real motivation for checking this out is that Devin was/is a part of Emery, a band that I love listening too.  I wasn’t expecting this to sound like …In Shallow Seas or anything, but I was hoping for a little more (I’ve always preferred Toby’s voice, sorry Devin).

Favourite tracks on the album include: Tide, Dance Tonight, and Unexpected Things.  Also, take a gander at the video for title track Sensation below.

All in all, I give Sensation 4 out of 6 strings (cause guitars have 6 strings and Shelton used to play bass in Emery…my jokes are great). It’s a solid album, but doesn’t strike me as anything incredible.  I’d listen to it again, but probably just on Spotify (they still get the cash monies or something I swear).

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