Surprisingly, this isn’t being written with the NFL on in the other room. No, I’m sitting here at midnight as my boyfriend sleeps with Arrow on in the background, going in and out of Summer Wars’ latest EP. It sucks that this CW show is one you really have to pay attention to because Better Days was just as captivating as the drama going on in Starling City with it’s infectious pop punk verses and intricate thoughts.
Sometimes a record from a band falling into the pop punk realm is fun, but it’s like a hook up – in that I don’t take it too serious and come back to it whenever I need a fix. Better Days was more like a friend with benefits situation; fun, but an attachment definitely blossomed. That’s pretty impressive seeing as this was a quick EP. “Effortless” was something you’d hear on an All Time Low record with lines of sinking ships and heartbreak. It was simple and not too empowering, but then came “Weight Of The World” with its journal-entry like lyrics that sung more like well-constructed thoughts instead of random occurrences of being lost. After that the title track really balanced everything out with a track that’s for the realists out there.
With Oliver Queen signing off for the night, I’m a little lost but nevertheless have found a musical something something with Summer Wars’ latest. If you like pop punk that’s lyrically evolved but still knows how to have fun, check out Better Days, out now.
An ode to a television show this is not. Those who watched that football drama don’t just like it, they are downright obsessed. I can’t say the same for the band Friday Night Lites because this is my first time hearing them, but from what I heard on Wherever You May Be – they may be a rising name in the pop punk scene over the next year, popping up on tours with bands like The Story So Far, State Champs or Real Friends. Predictions aside, let’s what I know for sure.
“Neck Deep” starts out nice and then as it played on, the grizzly sounds came into play and from that point on you knew it was going to be more of that Wonder Years type pop punk rather than the nasel drip ways of a New Found Glory. Lyrically “Bases Loaded,” “We’ve Got Something For Ya” and “Glass” were on top of their game with sentiments of growing up and reality strewn in between the lines. Standing out for the musical approach though was the acoustic trip “The Blind Side” and a true blue would-be-great-for-a-Warped-Tour-mixtape, “Call It A Day.”
The television drama is a show I will probably never watch, but Friday Night Lites’ Wherever You May Be is an album I’d toss on again. I personally would lean more towards the songs where the words were stellar, but I think for others they’d go with the acoustics and Warped staple. If you’re a pop punk fanatic, make sure to check out Wherever You May Be, out November 20.
It’s more than likely that everyone has one or two songs that make them instantly sad. For my uncle it’s “I Will Always Love You” thanks to it being the main song of my grandpa’s funeral, for me it’s Coldplay’s “Trouble.” It holds no personal meaning, nor does it mark a time in my life – just listen to it – does it not sound like the end of a life? If my grandpa has passed in 2000, I would’ve requested this as the theme song of the day. Like always, these personal anecdotes were brought about by this week’s review choice. I thought Adir L.C. was going to be this chilled listen, but instead he took me down a Coldplay like path on Oceanside Cities.
“Half Right” opened the record and tricked my mind. I rarely read the words that make the press release, as I want to form my own opinions about things – so I thought from this song that it was going to be similar to Jason Mraz in the middle of his career. I was wrong. While the music would still be a favorite on Vh1, “Creature” and “Goldmund” presented a different front. They had a depth to them that really sung loud and gave way to a pristine way of thinking. They had a very somber tone to them, but it wasn’t all serious business on Oceanside Cities. No, “Dinosaurs” was very upbeat as “Believers” and “Same Big Ring” played around musically to deliver unique takes that really made me want to hit repeat.
When Adir L.C.’s record started, I was taken to a place of relaxation, then sadness but then the music did a turnaround and in the end every emotion was tapped. I guess that’s what a good record should do. It should take you on a ride and not let up. That’s what Adir L.C. has managed to do with this one. So if you like Chris Martin and Co. but like every side of them, not just the “Trouble,” check out Oceanside Cities, out now.