“The Tempation of St. Anthony”

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From their upcoming April 2nd, release, My Shame is True,  Alkaline Trio just released their second single, “The Tempation of St. Anthony”.  Unlike their last full-length, This Addiction, “Tempation” leans more toward the dark and ironic, favoring a sound last heard on the bands fifth studio album, Crimson“Temptaion” starts off small and builds to a big chorus with haunting harmonies and Trio’s signature drum fills.  It’s all more of the same in many ways, but after the crazy detour that was This Addiction, more of the same is more than welcomed.  My personal favorite moment of “The Tempation of St. Anthony” comes in the nightmarish bridge; starting with a pensive bass solo that fades into singer Matt Skiba’s wailing, “You haven’t lived till you’ve seen suffering like this.”  It’s predictable, maybe, but ultimately, just perfect.

In a recent Billboard interview, here, Skiba talks about writing this and other songs, and suggests some of the bands’ best tunes write themselves.  That’s fine with me, really.  As long as they continue writing, I will be a pair of ears eager for listening.

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Some new tunes for your ears…

Sharing music is something that just truly makes me happy.  So, I’d like to share some with you.  Here are a few of the gems I’ve come across lately…

The Features, “This Disorder”

The Features have this eclectic sound that is really unlike anything I’ve ever heard in popular music.  This is the first single off their 3rd studio album, due out this spring.

Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

This song is going to be huge (i think it might be already).  Demi’s vocals are spot on as usual, and the production is just right.  The perfect song to jam in the car when no one’s looking.

Matt Hires, “Restless Heart”

I’m not sure where Matt Hires has been all my life, but “Restless Heart” is one of my new favorite songs.  His voice is unique in a familiar way, and there’s an honesty in his lyrics that just pulls me in.

Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”

They’re back!  I wasn’t sure what to make of this song at first, but I think that’s because I’ve been on such a Fall Out Boy withdraw I didn’t know how to process.  ❤

Alkaline Trio, “I Wanna Be A Warhol”

More of the same from Alkaline Trio on this one.  I’m of course excited for their new album, but not sure this would have been a single choice for me.  Nonetheless it’s catchy, and I love the irony.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “A Wake – feat. Evan Roman”

By now you’ve probably heard “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but “A Wake – feat. Evan Roman” has a more serious vibe while still managing to be sarcastic and about as far from trite as you can get.  Fave lyric: “our generation isn’t the best on safe sex/we forget the latex/becoming planned parenthood patients.”

 

Enjoy!

Deep Cuts 10.28.10

Here’s a few songs to get you inspired today.  Check out the links to videos and clips of songs and then head on over to your favorite online music vendor and pick up a copy for yourself.  Enjoy!

1.  “Don’t Move”–Butch Walker.

You may know Butch Walker as front man of 90’s one-hit-wonders Marvelous 3,  but there’s much more to him than glam rock and mullets.  Besides a huge cult following, Butch has produced and written songs for female pop sensations P!nk, Avril Lavigne, and Lindsay Lohan, and has released 7 full-length albums over the last 10 years.  “Don’t Move” comes from his 2004 release Letters, and is an epic mix of melody, emotion, and instrumentation, and according to Walker it’s, “what you say, when you have nothing left to say”. If you’re into big choruses and honest lyrics “Don’t Move” is the perfect way to start your day.

2.  “You’re Dead”–Alkaline Trio.

If you’ve been here before you know AudioIV is a huge fan of Chicago punk rockers Alkaline Trio. Featured on the album, From Here to Infirmary “You’re Dead” is packed full of emotion and is the perfect example of the band’s signature, bittersweet melodies.  Even though the songs starts out slowly, it builds subtly, and before you know it Skiba and friends are screaming at the top of their lungs… and if you’re cool, you’re screaming too.  Check it out here.

3.  “Time Bomb”–Iration

How about a little reggae in your day?!  Iration is a little band from the islands of Hawaii, bringing you a smooth version of reggae/pop all their own.  “Time Bomb” is the title track off their latest album and really gets a solid groove going.  Whether you’re looking to sing along or just move your body to the music, “Time Bomb” is a must listen for music lovers everywhere. Check out a video of the band playing live here.

Living With Lions, Make Your Mark

Living With Lions, Make Your Mark

What do you get when you mix pure punk attitude with viral energy, in-your-face lyrics, and raw vocals? How about when you put five punk rockers in a Vancouver pad nick named the Dude Manor, mix with alcohol and serve cold to the masses? In this case, the result is a no frills LP, courtesy of Canadian punks Living With Lions.

The band’s first full-length release, Make Your Mark sounds like a combination of Rise Against, circa Siren Song of the Counter Culture, and more recent releases by The Bouncing Souls. There are just enough snare-filled verses, and anti-authority lyrics to classify these guys as a punk band, but occasionally, LWL unleashes a catchy hook or two, showing off a more refined sound than was present on their debut EP, Dude Manor. Make Your Mark’s opener, “She’s A Hack,” sets the tone for the record with strong choruses, and lead single, “A Bottle of Charades” is one of the most commercial friendly tunes the guys have ever penned. LWL taps into influences like Hot Water Music with the track, “Cold Coffee,” which sounds like a mosh pit to the face, and slows things down a bit with a softer chorus on “Hotel: Part Seven,” but never skimps on the energy. Make Your Mark closes with “Dude Manor (R.I.P.),” a tribute to the band’s old crib and then a short “Outro,” which gives a nod to old school punk acts, swelling from one simple note into a whirlwind of screeching guitars and intricate drum fills before fading out just under the two-minute mark.

There’s no denying Make Your Mark draws on some strong influences, but the bulk of the record is incredibly original, and full of potential. As a freshman LP, Mark makes a strong statement as an honest punk record by five guys who just happen to love playing music together. For a first attempt it’ll do, and it will be interesting to see how Living With Lions evolves. So, if you’re looking for a more melodically driven record, Make Your Mark may not be for you. But, if you’re at all a fan of bands like the Bouncing Souls, Green Day, Hot Water Music, Lifetime, Rancid, or Bad Religion definitely give Living With Lions a listen.

Rise Against Inspire Crowd, Re-Connect With Hometown Fans

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Local favorites Alkaline Trio and Rise Against packed the Congress Theatre Saturday Night with fellow rockers Thrice and The Gaslight Anthem.  

To warm up the incoming crowd The Gaslight Anthem started things off with a decent set complete with an oldschool cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”.  By 8 p.m. more than 250 people filled the floor level of the theatre.  Front man Brian Fallon delivered a solid performance, but the energy required to inspire the crowd just wasn’t there.  

Thrice was up next, finally bringing life to the audience.  Also a decent set…the contents of which escapes me.  

Alkaline Trio finally graced the stage, and the crowd went absolutely wild.  Fists in the air, screaming their lungs out in anticipation of what the Chicago-bred rockers were about to offer them.  In true form Trio did not disappoint.  They played a short, but grade-A set complete with old favorites like Private Eye and a Misfits cover everyone seemed to love.  Of course the band focused on new material, playing “Calling All Skeletons,” “In Vein,” and “I Found A Way.”  Frontman Matt Skiba was nothing short of amazing, and completely on point vocally.  Dan rocked it out, and Derek was as talented as ever behind those drums.  When the set was over, the crowd screamed for an encore, but none was given…I hear that’s standard practice for Trio.

After about a half an hour of waiting, the house lights were dimmed and Rise Against in all their glory stepped onto the stage.  Their first song of the night came in the form of the Appeal To Reason’s first track “Collapse-Post Amerika” which brought down the house, and set the tone for the remainder of the show.  I was absolutely blown away by Tim McIlrath’s performance.  Not once did he falter, and with a voice that would be expectedly sub-par live, he completely overcame that expectation.  For an hour and a half Rise Against punched the audience in the face with their energetic, passionate set full of anti-government/anti-war songs that inspire so many young people across the world.  

As an avid listener and fan I was so happy to see both bands (Trio/Rise) perform so solidly live, especially in an era where live performances have taken a backseat to commerciality.  Thanks Trio/Rise for re-inspiring me and allowing me to reconnect with music I love so much.  

If you didn’t get a chance to catch Rise Against with Alkaline Trio, The Gaslight Anthem, and Thrice, you missed the best rock show of 2008!  Unfortunately the bands are off to the UK for now.  Hopefully more U.S. dates will be added in the spring.  One can only hope.