Okay, so I like pop-rock/pop-punk music in the same style as Fall Out Boy (some of their stuff anyway), Taking Back Sunday, etc. Phew, it’s out there. I don’t care, I think simple power-chords are catchy.
Anyway, here’s a quick review of two EP’s by a band I found on Last FM and another site one day, before I go off to do my Extension English assessment.
You, Me, and Everyone We Know are pretty catchy, and some of their songs use some pretty stock-standard techniques and sound similar to other stuff I’ve heard. There’s a few differences however.
1. Both discs I’m reviewing actually have some varying styles of songs, they aren’t all the same. They manage to develop nice hooks and create songs with different vibes.
2. Both of these discs have been released for free. Which is very nice of the band.
I highly recommend checking out these guys. Seriously. Even if you hate bands like Fall Out Boy because they’re the idols of screaming scene kids everywhere, these guys have a relatively small following, and they sound just as good, if not better. And considering it’s all for free, what’ve you got to lose?
Download "Party For The Grown And Sexy" here.
Download "So Young, So Insane" here. Scroll down a bit for the Mediafire link.
Overall score for both EP’s: 7/10
Restrict me from doing anything too major here. No flashy pictures, but just some free music. From one of my usual sources.
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Haven’t heard these guys before, but it’s kinda grown on me. I like the drums and the string sections, and the vocalists vocals are good. Good, good, good, here I go again. It’s all good. Pretty cool song, I might have to try some more of their stuff. The chorus is particularly faster and catchier.
Broken Records – Until The Earth Begins To Part
Starts as a slow piano… song. Chords and stuff. Soft horns in the background. The vocals are flexible, and this song is really mellow and cool. When the extra horns/violins/whatever come in and the soft guitar/string-thing comes in, it sounds pretty good too. Relaxing track.
Download them here, NAO. But it’s worth mentioning you have to remove the </br> tag from the Camera Obscura link, otherwise it won’t work. Someone made a little mistake with the coding. Enjoy.
Woah. This song sounds really cool. It’s like got catchy, fast vocals, and a cool simple guitar hook. Pretty nice guitar fills too. A good song. Seriously. I can’t think of anything else to add.
Photo found on MySpace page, couldn’t find anyone to credit it to.
Goodnight Owl are a pop/electronic duo from Melbourne, Australia, and I’ve gotta say, this music kinda blew me away. It’s just so different from what you normally hear.
“Maps And Compasses” starts off with a repeating subtle synth line, before the distant sounding vocals come in. The drum line starts, and it sounds really nice on a low level. The different layers of this song that weave in and out sound really delicate, and though they’re noticeable they blend in brilliantly.
triple j Unearthed page. Download their stuff here.
Photo found on triple j Unearthed page, couldn’t find who to credit it to, sorry.
Their MySpace page calls them “Post punk/Ambient”, their triple j Unearthed profile calls them “Indie, Pop”. I dunno which is correct, but I do know one thing. They sound good.
This four-piece band hailing from Brisbane, Australia, have recently been given an Artist Spotlight at triple j Unearthed, and they deserve it.
“Whales”, one of the songs found online, features a deep bass riff, mixed with great vocals that seems to fit both the louder chorus and the more rhythmic verses. The rolling drums in the verse are well implemented and work with the bass line. Alistar Richardson’s vocals really stand out on this track at least, and hopefully they’ll be put to the same use on subsequent tracks. They’ve managed to create a catchy chorus with subtle backing vocals and catchy, ambient guitar riffs.
“Fear Of Madness” features a longer introduction than I expected, but once again highlights their talents in using basslines effectively without getting boring. Using a few handclaps in at the start, they manage to get the slow verse moving a bit more. Some (what I assume are) synthesizers are used in the chorus to build it up slightly and separate sections. It builds up quite nicely to a guitar driven section, heavier on the vocals, and is one of those tracks that’s worth listening to all the way through before dismissing. Whilst not being as catchy as “Whales”, “Fear Of Madness” is still a stellar track from such a new band.
With “Lost At Sea” (their EP) scheduled for release on the 16th of May, we have something to look forward to from The Cairos.
While we wait, check out their MySpace (which features both tracks mentioned): The Cairos – Myspace
Also worth a look is their triple j Unearthed page, at which you can download “Whales” for free: The Cairos – triple j Unearthed
Photo found on MySpace page and triple j Unearthed page, no specific artist credited.