The opening song, "Where is my Skeleton?" starts off full of energy and excitement with singer Asher Rogers screaming (what I think) "she was my friend/she was my creation/destroy her! where is my skeleton?". Other songs worth checking out is "Purple Coyote" and "Tiny Teeth", mostly for the guitar-playing on these songs.
Like most good punk/metal bands, these guys are really meant to be experience live for their energy. Be sure to check them out on tour (I may check them out at SXSW):
02/28/09 K STREET w/ Born Empty Tullahoma, Tennessee
03/03/09 THE HIDEAWAY w/ Do Not Resuscitate Johnson City, Tennessee
03/04/09 THE RED AND THE BLACK w/ March of Us, Me Monster DC, Washington DC
03/05/09 THE KHYBER w/Parlor Mob, American Buffalo, Heavy Hand, Action Park Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
03/06/09 ALL CALL INN Ewing, New Jersey
03/08/09 THE CHARLESTON w/ Champions of Justice, Backseat Gentlemen, Looking Glass Wars Brooklyn, New York
03/09/09 TBA Albany, New York
03/10/09 LEE’S PALACE - CMW PARTY Toronto, Ontario
03/11/09 HELP! Toronto, Ontario
03/12/09 Bovine Sex Club (Canadian Music Week) Toronto, Ontario
03/13/09 HELP! Toronto, Ontario
03/14/09 THE BELMONT Hamtramck, Michigan
03/15/09 REGGIES ROCK CLUB w/ Asteria Chicago, Illinois
03/16/09 LEMP - MARKS B-DAY PARTY w/ Br’er, Sine Nomine St. Luis, Missouri
03/17/09 HELP!! Little Rock, Arkansas
03/18/09 HELP Dallas, Texas
03/19/09 SPIRO’S SXSW Austin, Texas
03/20/09 SXSW 2009 Austin, Texas
03/21/09 SXSW 2009 Austin, Texas
03/22/09 SXSW 2009 Austin, Texas
03/23/09 HELP Houston, Texas
03/24/09 HELP ????, Louisiana
03/25/09 Meridian Underground Music Meridian, Mississippi
The first release from Warner is last year's Angels UnderCover, a brief four track EP showcasing some of this very young singer/songer's brand new songs. His singing and music writing reminds me of Coldplay, but with piano.
Since these are all original songs, there references to his own life and struggle. For instance on "This Cigar", he sings about his school drop out and straight-edginess: "Cause I'm a man now. I can drive a car, and I'm a drop-out. I'm nobody so far, but I don't mess with cigarettes and alcohol."
I thought "To Run" is the best song on this EP. It's not overly produced and really shows off Leming's singing. If Leming is putting out music like this at 17/18 years old, I am interested in seeing what he does when he gets to the prime of his life!
I believe Leming's debut album is actually "in the can", as they say, but there seems to be some delay in releasing the album to the world. In the meantime, you can get his EP for $5 with his autograph via WB Store. There's also always iTunes. Hey, also, you can keep track of him via myspace.
knoxbronson.com ♥ myspace.com
From what I've gathered, Knox Bronson is really a collaboration between Andy Crisp and Shoji Kameda. They produce these electronic, relaxing, loungey music.
To even break The Seasons into four parts would actually not be fair since I felt that The Seasons is just one long experimental music progression. Yet, at the same time, you can jump into a middle of a song and can still experience it the same way if you start from the beginning.
Since, here in Minneapolis, we're undergoing a six-inch snow storm, I thought it would be appropriate to leave you with an excerpt of their Winter song called "Winter Blue"... so if you want to sleep in, these songs would be perfect for your CD player.
They are offering some free downloads of their music, and you can pick up The Seasons on iTunes and CD Baby.
skypicnicmusic.com ♥ myspace.com
The five-track EP, although a few songs, they display some interesting direction. Pop/rock songs like "Half the Queen's Face", features Sherman doing most of the singing with Cinnamon (is that her real name? er, sweet...), harmonizing backup vocals. Songs like "Moons of Jupiter" are mostly showing off Sherman's skilled guitar-playing (and also their mixer who's mixing in some interesting space noise background).
The best song on the EP is easily "Tea Break", which Chris Sherman sings on. It's rock music, but what's that sitar doing in the song?
Cinnamon also sings on the epic "Sequence IV" which a very long song that takes you on an interesting musical journey.
The 60s-sounding Synesthesia EP can be yours for $5 of your earth dollars, more details on the official website.
SUBURBAN KIDS WITH BIBLICAL NAMES
labrador.se/skwbn ♥ myspace.com
While the one Swedish-language song "Studenter på flak" is lost on me, the English songs made up for it. The two suburban kids are Peter Gunnarson and Johan Hedberg, but with this EP, they have a guest woman singer on two of the songs ("World Music" and "1999", the latter is available as a free download). I don't know who the guest is, I usually find these things reading liner notes - but this was a digital promo so I have no idea.
If you like lo-fi Swedish pop, I reckon you'll like this. Read more about SKWBN on W♥M. Look for a new album (probably called something annoying like #5) sometime this year, according to their record label. Currently I think you can only get the downloads or CD via Labrador Records.
thenotebookmovie.com ♥ imdb.com
The five songs are themes played throughout the movie and will only interest you if you like sweeping orchestras. To be honest, I think they all sound the same to me, with the exception of "Allie Returns" which have different shifts in music directions in the middle.
I can't say that I absolutely love the movie, but it's a real tear jerker and I did end up picking up the boxset as I think it's a great deal for what you get: the movie, soundtrack sampler, postcards, pictures, booklets, etc. I'm sure it made loads of money, as it was released just prior to Valentine's to maximize sales.