Hi altrocklifers, and welcome to my first update on a Wednesday, thanks to my new schedule. Now you’ll have even less time to wait in between updates: lucky you! It’s nearly the end of the month, so you all know what that means – today I’ll be looking back through April and sharing the best new tracks released this month.
Tonight Alive – World Away
Tonight Alive’s previous record, Limitless, had a more pop-rock feel to their first two albums. To me it sounds like World Away is a return to the band’s more punk-pop/alternative rock roots, and that’s definitely no bad thing.
Paramore – Hard Times
This track is probably the most pop-inspired track ever put out by Paramore, and the electronic influences and music video have a serious 80s vibe. This is a very upbeat and summery track, and whilst some Paramore fans are against the new sound, I really like it! I’m excited to hear the rest of their upcoming record, After Laughter.
Obey The Brave – On Our Own
Sometimes you just really need some new metalcore tracks in your life, and Obey The Brave’s latest offering really scratched that itch.
Royal Blood – Lights Out
For the past year or so, I’ve been wondering when Brighton duo Royal Blood would return with new music for their eager fans. Thankfully the band returned earlier this month with the first single from their upcoming second album, How Did We Get So Dark?, and it’s a real banger.
Have Mercy – Good Christian Man
I reviewed Have Mercy’s latest record, Make The Best Of It, on Sunday, and this track was one of my highlights from the album. You can read the full review here.
New Found Glory – Party On Apocalypse
New Found Glory are one of those bands who have stuck to the same sound for years, and their consistency makes them one of the best pop-punk bands around.
Of Mice & Men – Unbreakable
Unbreakable is the first track released by Of Mice & Men since previous lead vocalist Austin Carlile had to leave the band due to ongoing health issues. When it was announced that the band would be continuing as a four piece, fans were concerned as to whether vocalist and bass player Aaron Pauley would step up and sing both clean and harsh vocals on their new tracks. This track answers that question with a definite yes: Pauley is more than capable of filling Carlile’s shoes, and I can’t wait to hear more from the group.
Papa Roach – American Dreams
This latest track from Papa Roach sounds like the band are harking back to their earlier days, especially throughout the verses. I can always appreciate a band who takes elements of their old sound and bring them up to date, so I can’t wait to hear their upcoming record, Crooked Teeth.
Blondie – Long Time
My Mum is a massive fan of Blondie, so I’ve been listening to the classic voice of Debbie Harry since I was a kid. Long Time proves that the band have still got what it takes to put out great sounding tracks.