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grayscale-change-reviewThe weekend is over and not it’s another five days of churning out previews for an unorganized editor, doing data entry for less than what Scientologist slaves make and waiting for Friday to roll back around. In between then and now I’m going to put down some words about a nice little pop rock record that came through, Grayscale’s Change. It wasn’t the greatest thing I’d ever heard, nor was it the worst. It just settled somewhere in the middle with its Cartel like songs about not ending up like your parents and a cover that has me wondering – were the Barenaked Ladies that cool?

The title track and “Say Something” were kind of playing on the same field for me. Starting out with “Change” and giving us a sort of mid-tempo, heartfelt song was good, but then the same came from “Say Something” and you had to assume the rest was going to play more or less the same. That thankfully wasn’t the case with “Bloom.” It came and brought some much needed grit. What I will say is that the lyrics were very well written. You can hear elements that are common in this genre, but they managed to create their own versions of situations without being cliche. With all that, we ended this ride with a cover of Barenaked Ladies’ “The Old Apartment.” If this had been “One Week” or that song that has the video with the diner, I would’ve known right away, but I did have to look up the original. It was definitely a bold choice but it paid off. Know one would likely know it was even a cover because – 1. I don’t think that was a huge hit for Ladies and 2. I don’t think anyone under 25 knows who that band is.

It’s still early out west, meaning Monday is still a burden I’m dealing with. To ease that, maybe I’ll give “Bloom” another spin and drown out the sounds of the cars flooding the 405 right outside. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of bands like The Starting Line or like I said earlier, Cartel – then check out Grayscale’s Change, out April 14 on Anchor Eighty Four.

the-woodsmans-babe-reviewFollowing your dreams instead of walking the line that’s paved with assurance is what you have to do sometimes. Joe Lengson was part of a successful band, toured the world, wrote a book and was then offered a steady gig being a host on MTVu. He turned that down, left the band and decided to do his own thing. He went from thrashing to metal to making coffee shop sounds but it’s all good because it’s what he wants to do, not has to do and with that his self-titled debut under the moniker The Woodsmans Babe is almost here.

Fear seems to loom over “Brain Damage” as lyrics of a has-been stick out. All the while one would never have guessed the William Beckett like vocals coming through were once attached to a metal band. While Joe sounds great, almost pretty there and in “Paranoia,” they fall in the background of “Everywhere Always” as this one has more of a sing-talk, folk vibe to it. With that said, you can still hear that indie essence. He proves to be more than a set of pipes with the instrumental piece, “Gasoline Rainbow” as he ends with a lighter note on “Red or White.” In the end the star of this one has to be “Faded.” It was the complete package; well sung and orchestrated musically.

The Woodsmans Babe is a record for indie lovers. Those who like to do some deep thinking with music that fits the mood in the background. If you like bands like Bright Eyes and Deathcab For Cutie, make sure to give The Woodsmans Babe a chance. Joe’s debut drops April 14th on CI Records.

gone-by-friday-quarter-life-crisis-reviewIt’s always funny when a record comes through at a time when it just needs to be in your life. While I wasn’t so big on the sound of Gone By Friday – it was a little too raw, too Sum-41 for me at times – I absolutely loved the lyrics. Almost 30 and still finding myself attaching to words about being a loser. Only instead of being one because of a lack of party invites, it’s being one due to sucking at this thing called life. That’s what Quarter Life Crisis is all about.

If you’re a fan of that pop punk that’s more like New Found Glory’s Nothing Gold Can Stay, then this is record for you – soundwise. It’s not perfect by any means, but that’s where the punk mentality comes in. Enough about that because that’s not what I liked at all. For me, it was all about the lyrics. “The Hadean’s” “I’m a wreck but I’m not done yet” and wasting time in “Poison Jam.” Those are words that stick out to me, especially after a temp agency basically said I was a waste of their time due to a lack of office experience last week. It wasn’t all pitch imperfect though. There was some sweet to this record with “600 Miles.” It started off making you think it was a full on acoustic gem, and while it sped up a bit – it was still something different that broke up the record in the middle of things. Sadly though “Say My Name” is not their rendition of a Destiny’s Child classic, but they end strong as hell with “The Story So Forgotten.” It’s one of those songs that you know will make for a great live sing-along.

While it wasn’t my cup of tea musically, it was a great listening experience nevertheless thanks to lyrics that aided me as I’m not feeling too hot in the job part of life. I mean, I’m happy blogging but it sucks when the outside world views you as a loser for it. It gets to you, but you have to remember to be like Taylor, shake it off and move on. Singing along to Gone By Friday helps with that. So if you’re a fan of pop punk and need something to help because you’re feeling low, check out Quarter Life Crisis, out March 31.