NEWS/BRAND NEW: Johnny Foreigner – “(Don’t) Show Us Your Fangs”

Johnny Foreigner - (Don't) Show Us Yr Fangs

Our favourite Birmingham punks Johnny Foreigner made some big announcements today!

They now have a rather snazzy looking website over here for you to peruse. On top of that, JoFo announced the details for their new album, Johnny Foreigner vs Everything, due November the 7th on Alcopop. The band also announced a new promotional YouTube channel to put up snippets of songs and footage to sate our appetite until the release.

What else? Oh yeah, only a couple of brand new songs from them! In the form of a double-a-side single, you can listen to (Don’t) Show Us Your Fangs / The Hand That Slaps You Back over at BandCamp. There are a limited number of free downloads for “(Don’t) Show Us Your Fangs”, so get in quickly! But don’t forget to fork over a couple of dollars and buy them, ’cause the band will send you some skateboard stickers. I think I’m going to buy a skateboard just so I can use one of these properly.

There’s also yet-to-be-announced news regarding pre-order packages, and multiple album covers, so listen out for that too.

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MIXTAPE: On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

On The Tune Mixtape Vol. 5

It’s certainly been a while between mixtapes, but hopefully this is a triumphant return to form! We’ve got something for everyone with this one. Guitar-based songs, softer tracks, a Talking Heads cover, sample-based electronic songs, hip-hop mash-ups, acoustic ditties, and some post-rock to finish everything up.

Plus, it’s all completely legal. I asked every single artist or their management if I could use the tracks. No guilty conscience for anyone involved. It feels nice, doesn’t it?

Enough of my ramblings though. Feel free to peruse this fine tracklisting and download the mixtape at your leisure. Happy listening!

P.S. Cover art is by the incredibly handsome Michael “Sea Monkeys” Forrest.

And don’t forget to like On The Tune on Facebook!

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Size: 131.09 MB

Tracklist:

1. Winter Street – A Little More

2. The Moniters – Lights Go Down

3. The Panda Band – The Fix

4. The Deer Republic – Feel Like Dancing

5. Millions – Those Girls

6. Udays Tiger – Machine

7. Tim Fitz – Disposable Youth

8. The Dead Leaves – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)

9. Buckley Ward – So Pretend

10. Anton Franc – Letting Go

11. Air France – It Feels Good To Be Around You

12. Lion & the Lotus – Vistas De Oro

13. Gotye –  Somebody That I Used To Know (Phatchance Hip Hop Remix) Remixed by One Above

14. The Trouble With Templeton – Bleeders

15. Cheer Advisory Council – Coach

16. Solkyri – This Can’t Wait!

17. Tom Day – Home

Don’t know how to unzip stuff? Download 7zip here.
Don’t know which download link to click? I don’t know what .msi files are either. Do you use Windows? Try this one.

FEATURE: Is everyone getting ready to take back Sunday?

So I may be almost a month late with this, but the new single from Taking Back Sunday has been released. It’s called “Faith (When I Let You Down)”, and I’m pretty excited.

It sounds like one of the most anthemic songs I’ve heard from them, and for once some of the YouTube commenters have a point – some of it does sound 30-Seconds-to-Mars-esque, which is interesting for two reasons.

After returning to the 2001 lineup that crafted Tell All Your Friends, there was talk of the band returning to their “roots”, and moving away from some of the poppier sounds found on their latest LP New Again.

The first track to premiere from the new album was “El Paso”, and it certainly sounded much more raw and vicious, strengthening my belief this would be a completely new record.

But then “Faith (When I Let You Down)” changed that. I’m personally cool with both sides of the band, so this isn’t really bothering me, but it should be pretty obvious to anyone who listens that both tracks are very different.

Is it possible to get both worlds with this new release? I wouldn’t be complaining.

Take a listen yourself below. Taking Back Sunday’s fifth LP (which is self-titled by the way) comes out on the 28th of June.

BRAND NEW: Death Cab For Cutie – “You Are A Tourist (Phatchance Hip Hop Remix)”

You might have heard about Death Cab for Cutie’s new track “You Are A Tourist”. They did a film clip for it which was broadcast live on the internet (the first ever, I believe). It was a pretty impressive effort.

Well, Aussie hip-hop artist Phatchance recently stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to remix it. Throwing some amazing rhymes in-between Ben Gibbard’s lyrics, Chance manages to preserve the tone and themes of the original while putting a new spin on the song. The result? A remix that actually works incredibly well. As much as I love Death Cab, I think I find it a bit more interesting than the original. Sometimes Death Cab seem to have those spaces in songs where they just lose my attention a little bit, but this remix seems to take care of that altogether.

Take a listen below, download it, and share it around. It’s brilliant.


When SoundCloud runs out of downloads (which I’ve heard it will), you can grab the mp3 here.

If you like your music a bit less lossy, you can grab the wav here.

REVIEW: It’s Just Vanity – “Here’s What You Remember From A Coma”

It’s Just Vanity hail from the United States. They mix relaxing, ambient post-rock, with what sounds like early-wave emo guitar stylings, and their first full-length is going to be given away for free very soon.

Lyrically “Here’s What You Remember…” is nothing short of evocative. With an opening line like “And nothing is as sad as watching you lay latent, so desperate for a hand, and god, I hate this,” how could it be anything but? Moving between the subtler, softer lines, and the throaty emotional choruses, they paint a picture for anyone paying enough attention. Granted, it is easy to zone out at points, just letting it pass you buy, but if you pay attention to the poetic and sincere lyrics you’ll be drawn into something that’s difficult to let go of.

“You keep sucking me in, I feel the pull of a chicago wind. I’m not here to be there for you.”

“I want me to fix you, so you can fix me too.”

“In the future my life will be one sidewalk.”

It really is the massive contrast here that helps set the pace and keep the songs interesting. Instead of your traditional post-rock sound, one second the guitar melodies are floating along, and the next you’re being rushed at by a pounding vocal line and crushing guitars. It lends an air of excitement to the band. Instead of waiting for some crescendo to build up, waiting for beautiful orchestral string lines to explode and release the tension, you get something different. Something just as worthy, just as interesting, and just as musical, yet something different.

“Here’s What You Remember…” is definitely a refreshing change, and a different take on established styles. Though I won’t claim this type of music hasn’t been done before  (because it probably has), it’s certainly new to me. The lyricism, the tension, and the relaxing atmosphere blend together to create something that’s really pretty cool.

Verdict: Positive

You’ll be able to grab a free download of “Here’s What You Remember From A Coma” from here from the 2nd of July to the 8th of July. Make sure you give it a listen.

REVIEW: The Walk Ons – “We Did This On Purpose”

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.

Verdict: Positive.

Grab a free download of “Forget You” here.

REVIEW: You, Me, and Everyone We Know – double review

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