All of my regular readers will know the drill by now: here’s my round-up of the best tracks released over the past month. I’ve covered a number of different genres, and tracks from both popular and more unknown bands, so hopefully you’ll discover something new and exciting in this round-up.
You Me At Six – Swear
I heard the first play of this track on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and I had to stop what I was doing and listen. The bassline of this song reminds me a little of Loverboy, but vocalist Josh’s voice and the rest of the band’s playing has definitely evolved since Sinners Never Sleep. I’m very excited to hear the rest of their next record, due to be released next January.
Bullet For My Valentine – Don’t Need You
Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a long time may remember the scathing and extremely negative review I gave to Bullet For My Valentine’s last album, Venom. Even though I disliked their last record, I thought it would be unfair if I didn’t give their latest single at least one listen, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Lyrically the track is less whiny and full of cliches than their previous record, and I thought the slow-burning introduction was excellent. Let’s hope their next releases carry on in the same vein!
Chapel – Caught Up
I’ve always been a fan of tracks with both rock and electronic influences, so this latest track by Chapel is a great one to listen to when I feel like listening to that sort of track. Plus, the music video for this song has a fab party vibe, and makes me wish I was back at university, going to house parties every weekend.
Taking Back Sunday – I Felt It Too
If you want a chilled out, more acoustic track with a slow-building crescendo and extremely emo lyrics, this is the song for you.
Light Up The Sky – Stop Me
Light Up The Sky are one of the more recent additions to Rise Records’ roster, and I think if they keep producing tracks along the lines of Stop Me, this band could be onto a winner.
Gone Is Gone – Gift
If you want to check out more music with a grungy, low-fi vibe, Gone Is Gone could be the band for you. I really enjoyed this track, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more from this band.
Dryjacket – Two Toasters
I really like the upbeat, indie vibe to this track. Plus, I’m a big fan of brass being featured in guitar-led tracks, so the rogue trumpet solos adds a nice touch to the song and make it a little more unpredictable.