Good News and Good Music

Christmas has come and gone, over a month of preparation and shopping for 24 hours of gift giving and celebration. Not surprisingly I received numerous CDs, some I wanted or knew about, others I had never heard of. This means I now have a lot of albums to review. So far I have listened to:

Slow Club – Yeah So
Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls
Wye Oak – Civilian
Summer Camp – Welcome to Condale


There is also more that I haven’t listened to and can’t remember the names of. I will try to write reviews for them as soon as possible. As well as the reviews, I am starting to think about my albums of 2011 and I will write them out over the next week.

The good news is that I now don’t have people visiting, leaving me with much more time to listen to music and write words for you to read.

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Veronica Falls: Worth Killing Yourself For

Before I start writing properly I just thought I should point out I am not encouraging you to kill yourself, the title just refers to the song that this post is about.

I recently stumbled upon a band called ‘Veronica Falls’ to find that the rest of the world had found them before me. This surprised me as I normally regard myself as having my finger on the pulse of indie music, and on a few times of high self confidence I thought I may be part of the pulse due to the amount of gigs I was going to and the amount of interviews I was doing, but it seems like on this occasion I had taken my finger off the pulse for a little bit. I am finding more and more that I may not actually know as much about new music as I had previously thought.

In the past I haven’t known anyone, apart from the rest of my family, who liked good indie music but now I have joined Twitter and I have been speaking to people who also like the music I like. I am so happy with all the bands I am being recommended but more and more I am thinking that I may not be quite as on the pulse I had previously thought. Now I have sworn to try and find good bands for myself before NME and the rest of the indie music media recommends them. This is quite a challenge seeing that I am still in school and have no means of transport. I also live in one of the least musical areas of the UK but that won’t stop me.

Back to the band, I have only had a proper listen to one song but they sound very good. The song that I am addicted to is called ‘Beachy Head’, a place well known for people ending their drab and miserable lives by jumping off the cliff. I am rather sure that this song would have made their lives better. It is a face paced guitar driven song with rather repetitive but catchy lyrics. They have a good harmony and all the four band members seem to do the harmonising resulting in a nicely layered song. This is then topped off by a beat you can tap your foot to and a good underlying snare drum sound. I just wonder how long I will be addicted to it for. Have a listen to the song and let me know what you think. I will try and find some new bands for next time.

Dancing Today

I really like a band called ‘Those Dancing Days’. I was only introduced to them yesterday and already sort of obsessed. I have a problem that I think most music lovers have; when I like a band I play them to the death, non-stop repeat of the song or album. I get this problem all the time and it is really annoying because I can never think of what to listen to apart from three or four bands that I am obsessed with. I know that ‘Those Dancing Days’ will be the next band that I will listen to all the time.

The song I have posted below is called “Fuckarias” and it awesome. The guitar sound reminds me of ‘Wolfmother’ and their music is really energizing. It is like drinking three cans of Relentless and then prancing around your room like a nutter, or maybe that just me. They are a five piece indie rock girl band, with a cool synthy sound and an insane drummer. It is impossible not to tap your foot along. I’m sorry if I get you addicted to them, but they are really good.

 

One last note while I am still writing. During the course of writing this post I started to listen to a band called ‘Evening Hymns’. They sound good; I wouldn’t be surprised if my next post is about them. The only song of theirs I have heard so far is ‘Dead Dear’, check it out.

New Blog, First Post: Wye Oak

Hi Everyone, I’m Jacob, you can read more about me in the about page at the top, and this is my new blog. Watch this space and subscribe at the bottom to keep up with my various rambles about music. I will try and keep the site regularly updated.

Now for my first post, to start off my blog I thought I would write about someone that is quite new to me, so I picked a band called Wye Oak. They are from Baltimore and are sort indie rock with a bit of folk and pop mixed in. To put it simply they are awesome.

I first found out about them while watching a 2:54 video on YouTube and one of their songs popped up in the corner, it was love at first sight, if you don’t mind me using a cliché. I really like the song I have posted bellow called ‘Holy Holy’; it reminds me of Blood Red Shoes and The Joy Formidable, both amazing bands. They played in London last night and they will be supporting The National and Local Natives these coming weeks.

You may of heard them before as one of their songs called ‘Civilian’ was featured in the advert for ‘The Walking Dead’, an American TV series about zombies that I won’t claim to have watched. I can’t really think of anything else to write, I can only emphasise the fact that they are immense, so I will stop writing now. Check one of their songs out below.