Against The Current deserve to be… current!

It’s rare to find a decent female-fronted band these days, so when I came across Against The Current, I was curious to see if they’d be worth my time. I’ve only listened to a couple of songs so far but I’m already convinced!

The band will be releasing their debut album, In Our Bones, on 20 May through Fueled By Ramen. Apart from the fact that this label is responsible for many of my favourites like Paramore, Fall Out Boy and twenty one pilots, Against The Current’s new single is all the proof one needs.

Running With The Wild Things is dynamic and fun, while frontwoman Chrissy Costanza sounds like a beautiful cross between Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Flyleaf’s Lacey Sturm; which can only mean great music! For something even more inspiring check out an older gem, Outsiders.

So watch this space and “open the gates, open the gates”!

P.S. I just love Costanza’s style – sometimes a little goth goes a long way…

Waterparks have released a new EP and I’ve just realised they exist!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything for my Bands I Know Nothing About section and I figured this would be a good time to do so.

Once more, I feel ashamed for not having discovered a band earlier; then again, Waterparks are not that old, from what I understand! – I still haven’t found exactly when they were formed, so shout out if you know.

The band’s new EP, Cluster, is produced by Courtney Ballard and Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden, which is sort of how the boys caught my eye in the first place. – If you pay attention, you will see them in GC’s latest clip, Makeshift Love.

This is how I decided to listen to some of their older tracks, like Silver and I’m A Natural Blue, and of course some songs off Cluster, like Crave and Mad All The Time. It seems to me that even though pop punk is clearly an integral part of their essence, Waterparks are mixing it up with their unique musical identity, a stronger force that could not be contained in a narrow pop-punk box.

That’s exactly what the scene needs right now. So stay tuned, there are probably many more exciting things to come from the band!

* You can stream the entire Cluster EP here, or buy it via iTunes.

Listening to London Grammar while mastering the art of turning right

As I’ve said in a previous post, this has definitely not been my year; or even more so, my summer. Naively, though, I thought for a second that this could be my fall. A time of action, the moment to leave the past behind and make some serious decisions.

But how am I supposed to find a balance in life when even my head physically refuses to do so? If you’re not familiar with the concept of vertigo, it’s this ‘very pleasant’ feeling that the room is spinning while you’re standing perfectly still. Luckily, in my case, it’s much less severe, as I mostly experience it lying in bed, moving from one side to the other.

So after many sleepless nights when I’ve been trying to sleep the way, I imagine, Count Dracula would inside his coffin (you know, on my back, constantly facing the ceiling), I’ve decided to not let it bother me. Of course, it’s not like I’m standing totally straight, either, given the general daily dizziness that follows my nightly ‘sways’.

But that’s ok. I’m always up for meetings with friends and doing something other than trying to test if the room will spin again once I lie down and turn right. See, I’ve already mastered the left turn so I guess I’m halfway there…

As interesting as I’m sure my vertigo story sounds to you, it is not the main point of this post. During this whole dizzy time, I’ve decided that I needed the kind of music that would calm me down. As much as I love My Chemical Romance (and played The World Is Ugly like a 100 times because it pretty much sums it all up), I wanted a sense of peacefulness for a change.

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Birdy – artist to watch

The Fault in Our Stars is out and I don’t want to see it. It’s not that I won’t like it, because I’m sure I will, I just don’t want to keep on crying for the rest of the month!

Instead, I prefer listening to its (also sad) soundtrack. Birdy recently released the music video for Not About Angels, featured in the movie’s OST which includes two more of her songs (Tee Shirt and Best Shot with Jaymes Young). This single is a nice ballad that perfectly fits the film’s concept and Birdy’s beautiful voice is at its best.

Wings was, however, the first song that introduced me to Birdy several months ago. I adored the lyrics right from the start and this was expected, since it’s written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and Birdy herself. When I watched its music video, I was surprised she looked that young even though her voice sounded so deep. But it makes sense; apparently, the 18 year old now singer won the Open Mic UK competition in 2008, at the age of 12! So she’s been around for some time now!

She seems so calm and down to earth and it’s always nice to see talented singers, who are not full of themselves; especially with this kind of wisdom you rarely encounter in the lyrics of teen artists. Let’s hope she doesn’t turn to Miley Cyrus later on… Although, what are the chances of that happening?

The Pretty Reckless release ‘Messed Up World’ music video

For those who don’t know, Taylor Momsen, aka Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey, is not only an actress but also the front-woman of The Pretty Reckless. I keep seeing this band everywhere for the last couple of years, so I thought it was about time I listened to their music and see what they’re all about.

I clearly remember my sister telling me about how The Pretty Reckless was not good live and how Momsen would just scream pointlessly or how their music was not that interesting. Truth be told, I think she was right.

I listened to some of their songs and although Momsen’s voice has this dark tone that I like, I can’t say I am really excited with the music. Apart from Make Me Wanna Die, which I enjoyed, I don’t see how this band is any different from others of its kind. Plus, the panda-eyed, goth image of Momsen seems a bit fake to me…

However, all of this is just my point of view and it seems that the band’s fan base is growing bigger. The Pretty Reckless have now unveiled the music video for Messed Up World (F’d Up World) off their Going to Hell album and it’s really one f***ed up situation! Don’t let the hippie beach setting fool you because there’s nothing innocent about that.

At least Momsen got rid of the heavy make-up for once. Who knows what’s next…

Daphne Guinness is apparently ‘with band’…

This is one of those days (ok, nights) when I get to write something for my Bands I know nothing about category, without actually having the decency to sit down and explore unknown territories! (Because sometimes, weird stuff appears out of the blue.)

So my choice for today is Daphne Guinness and her band. I can’t believe how I missed her first track, which apparently came out last June! But no one can really blame me, if you think about it. The woman is technically not a singer and well… she’s not been around that much as such.

Guinness is famous for her eccentric fashion sense, her dramatic wardrobe, which has inspired lots of artists like Lady Gaga, and her general involvement in art, fashion and design. The only thing she probably hadn’t tried up until some months ago was singing; and honestly, maybe for a good reason.

Listening to her first single, Fatal Flaw, I realised this might actually be her fatal flaw! A woman looking so beautiful and uniquely fashionable in her forties, being a true inspiration thanks to her special identity, is already a great achievement. So I really don’t understand why she too had to become a singer!

And yes, the music video of the track is artistic enough to suit her wild, creative nature, but the song did not impress me at all. I found her voice sort of boring and frankly, she could do with less imagination next time and stick to what she knows; even if she considers ‘no imagination’ to be a fatal flaw! (I’m sure now, this is what heroes die of.)

5 Seconds of Summer unleash their superhero moves (or not)

Apparently, 5 Seconds of Summer are the latest trend, but sadly I’m not feeling it. The Australian band which was formed in 2011 is practically everywhere these days, so I decided to give it a go for the sake of my Bands I know nothing about category…

Apart from the fact that all the members are too young and they sort of sound (and look) like a rock-ier version of One Direction, there’s really not much to comment on the music… The singer’s voice is actually nice and they’ve got that pop-punk vibe going on, only in its sillier form (kind of like early McFly); but then, those are characteristics of other bands too.

So why the fuss? MTV seems pretty keen on promoting them and I’ll never know why… Either way, 5 Seconds of Summer revealed the music video for their new single, Don’t Stop, just today, so you can take a look. It’s actually funny, which makes the song interesting; even if it’s not, really…

(Also, with 30 Seconds to Mars around, who would name their band 5 Seconds of Summer?)