Jack Beats is typically out there and very creative but ‘Elevator Music’ just takes that vibe to the next level with all sorts of new and innovative tones. If you listen closely towards the end you’ll even notice the stroke of some pots and pans thrown in the mix. This one is definitely a shoe in for the Friday List and should get your blood flowing for some intense Raging. Thanks to Cheap Thrills Records you can gladly download the track off their soundcloud page.
Remember Drive Thru Records? Label of amazing comps and the cool roster in the early 00s. Something Corporate, Allister, The Early November, Fenix, TX, New Found Glory, The Starting Line – hundreds of high school band’s hopes and dreams hinged on getting that golden arrow slapped on the back of their CD. Unfortunately, they took a nosedive in recent years, and dragged a lot of good bands down in the wreckage of tangled contracts, unfulfilled expectations, and generally miserable business practices.
The last group they had a significant hand in launching was HelloGoodbye, an emo/pop hybrid that served as the hyperkinetic protozoa Owl City would eventually grow from. They had a hit a few years ago – “Here In Your Arms” – that was almost tolerable, but Forest Kline’s unbearably nasally vocals and cheeseball lyrics put a kibosh to that.
After they moved God knows how many units for Drive Thru on the back of that single, the band pretty much vanished. Every once in a while, there’d be talk of a follow up, a b-side would leak, or an interview would be posted, but otherwise, the group seemed pretty much done. The attention I paid to all this was somewhere between “Oh look, it’s raining out,” and “Hey, a bird.”
This is where we’ll stop and take stock of my bad assumptions for a second: HelloGoodbye is a bad band, a dead band, a one-trick pony on a busted carousel. All wrong. So, so wrong.
Would It Kill You, their first release in four years – and on their own label, Wasted Summer – is an illustration of a band in the middle of creating something new. By shedding the (literal) bells, whistles and AIM alert noises from their sound, the group has placed a spotlight on their songwriting chops and come out looking sharp. Tracks like “You Sleep Alone,” come closest to falling backwards, but the dedication to trying clever new acoustic instrumentation elevates what could otherwise be a bleating electronic mess into a legitimately interesting pop song.
“You Sleep Alone”
In general, the production and arrangements on the album seem to take cues from Motown and 50s rock records with washy cymbals and reverb-laced geetars. Kline’s voice is still not launching any ships, but someone’s been practicing and it pays off.
I think it all comes together best on the last track “Something You Misplaced,” where the band takes a second to slow it down and really play with a unique melody. The drums are still spastic, but the quiet, languid performance on top of them suggests an interesting new direction.
Lou McMahon is a Clare born Singer/Songwriter. She has recently finished recording her debut EP Delicate Dancer, produced by and featuring the legendary Terry Woods. In the run up to releasing Delicate Dancer, Lou has been on a National tour, performing as a support act to critically acclaimed artists such as; Mundy, Jack
L, Mary Coughlan, David Kitt and many more. Lou’s Folk/Rock style is most commonly compared to that of Kate Bush and her passionate, quirky performances make her highly endearing to watch live.
Photograph taken by Des Canon. Live @ Whelan's, Dublin.
We featured this Wichita band a couple months ago and they’ve recently released a new acoustic single named “Hollywood.” Check it below and as always you can find more information about Clarensau as well as keep with band news at their facebook page.
This is a really dope remix from Dj Juls. I’m not sure where the sample on the hook came from but it’s sick. Dot‘s flow fits perfectly over the beat too. It’s a madd chill mix with a sick vibe. A+ remix to a classic song.
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