Ash and We Are Scientists recently covered a song called “Washington Parks” by Happy Monster (aka Robert Manning), a long time sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis. The collaboration was organised by Robert himself as part of an ongoing project, with the intention of raising awareness about MS, and raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, with all proceeds from sales going to them.
You can read Robert’s full post on the cover over here. It’s amazing to see so many people jumping on board this great cause.
Interestingly, as the collaboration is in stereo, each band gets one side: you can hear Ash through the left channel, and We Are Scientists through the right channel.
You can buy the track over here, and watch the video below.
The Walk Ons radiate a confidence that, despite their easy-going rock sensibilities, feels raw and unrestrained. Their EP, “We Did This On Purpose”, feel anthemic, yet there are a couple of tracks that feel like they lag behind.
The Walk Ons are without a doubt one of those “fun” bands. One of those bands where you can just imagine them having fun playing this stuff live. So after opener “Forget You” launches the EP into a brilliant start, to see it drop back a notch and let up in terms of pace is a small disappointment. Those agile lead guitar hooks just don’t return until “State of Affairs”, and they should probably have returned much earlier.
Not to say that the songs on the EP are a disappointment in themselves, but after getting so excited and pumped up from an opening track, it takes a bit of adjustment.
Luckily the EP does pick itself up in these respects. “State of Affairs” feels like it brings back this hooky energy, and closer “Ready to Leave” races to finish it all up, without feeling rushed.
All up, it’s a solid EP, despite what seems like a drop in “fun factor” on a couple of tracks. A lot of bands try to expand their sound and move it about, and often fail at doing so. The Walk Ons stick to their guns, and it shows. Their brand of unashamedly fun rock is strong, and they know what they’re doing and where they’re going. I feel like if they just pick up the pace on a couple of songs, and refine their style, they’ll have nailed something special. And I’m more than sure that this will come with time.
Grab a free download of “Forget You” here.
Talk about making my day!
I get home after a long week at school to be pleasantly surprised by an excellent new WAS song, and a new Gorillaz song which absolutely stomps all over Stylo, in my opinion.
“Rules Don’t Stop”
Might review them properly later, but suffice to say I think they’re both very good.
The 5th of April. New single “Rules” will be released from their new album “Barbara” (due out June).
I can’t wait. We Are Scientists hooked me with a few singles from their album “With Love and Squalor”, which is full of typical, yet brilliant indie-rock riffs and melodies. Refining their style with “Brain Thrust Mastery”, where they seemed to mature and branch out in their own direction whilst retaining the infectiousness inherent in their music, I can’t wait for this new album to drop.
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