Sunday, 20 October 2013

October Favourites.

Mayday Parade- Monsters In The Closet

Mayday Parade have been a band that I've been a fan of since I was around 14/15. And this month saw the release of their 4th full length, "Monsters In The Closet". Naturally I love it.
There's bluesy guitar riffs, stunning piano pieces, and powerful lyrics such as "if there were monsters in the closet, well I don’t think I would be surprised, I hear them call out from my window, they try to trick me to come outside" 
Songs like "Hold Onto Me” demonstrates just how far the band have came in musicianship from 2005. 
Lead singer, Derek Sanders, shows off his most impressive and passionate vocal performance so far. And Mayday's song-writing has come a long way since 2007's "A Lesson In Romantics" (their first full length) and have officially released a monster of an album.
"Monsters In The Closet" is a superb diverse pop-punk record, which shows exactly what Mayday Parade do best - straightforward catchy tracks with lots of energy. Over the past 7 years, the group have perfected their style and sound, and this album showcases it all. Every song is mesmerising, powerful, and creative, which is pretty rare to find on albums now. 
AbsolutePunk described this album as being "an album built for arenas." I've seen them live a few times, and believe me, they're right.

Personal Favourites: "Hold Onto Me", "12 Through 15", "Girls"
For Fans Of: All Time Low, Go Radio, You Me At Six and The Maine.

Tonight Alive- The Other Side

Tonight Alive are another band I've known for quite a while. 2011's "What Are you So Scared Of?" made me fall completely in love with them. "The Other Side" was released last month and for some unknown reason I only listened to it all the way through last week. And I'm not sure why I didn't do it sooner because it's been on repeat since.
The Australians latest release doesn't disappoint and shows a growth in maturity and confidence. And despite being known as a pop-punk band, this album is more rock than pop. It's slightly darker than their previous record,  and features a balance of aggression and vulnerability. 
That's not to say for the entirety of this album, "Come Home" is a straightforward pop song that's enjoyable and makes me want to dance, it's just not as dark as the other tracks. 
Drummer Matt Best does a fantastic job at creating tight, diverse rhythms which complement every song on the album. Lead singer Jenna McDougall has, quite possibly, one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. Plus her lyrics are so intensely honest and relatable.
 Already, they've been opening acts for the likes of Pierce The Veil and The Story So Far, therefore, gaining a  pretty strong following.
The five members of Tonight Alive are all individually incredibly talented, but when they come together they create something magical. I can't wait to watch these Aussie punks grow in success and popularity as more people discover their magic.
Personal Favourites: "The Ocean", "Don't Wish" "The Other Side"
For Fans Of: We Are The In Crowd, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens

P.s- I thought I'd put these two together because if you like one you're quite likely going to be into the other.
What are you listening to at the moment?

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