Hooked on this cover right here. It’s been on repeat for days now. Kina’s voice is sweet and Hoodie is amazing as usual during his rap but also quite adorable when he sings along with her. One of the best covers I’ve heard in a long time.
Spring Fever Tour Status: I’m Cured
Here’s my overdue recap of Spring Fever Tour when they stopped in NYC back in April…
So I had a bad case of the spring fever since January when I bought my ticket and I couldn’t wait until show day when I’d finally be cured. It was worth every single day I waited. Maybe that’s why it’s taken me this long to write about it but better late than never, right?
So after waiting for a solid five hours in line, I was more than ready for the first band to come out. With the four band lineup, it was either Mayday Parade or You Me At Six who’d be opening but I wasn’t sure which one would at the time. Then the lights dimmed and I saw someone with a red plaid collar peeking out from underneath a leather jacket walk out onto stage; it was Josh Franceschi looking all good in his usual attire. The rest of the gang took the stage and before I could even gather the butterflies full of intense anticipation in my stomach, the crowd literally shifted feet to the right and I lost my balance and then Dan Flint started on the drums and I don’t clearly remember their first moment on stage but it was insane and amazing all at the same time. They played a really, really good set even though it was short. Nonetheless, it was the highlight of my summer so far and I can’t wait to see them when they play the States again in the fall!!
Mayday Parade was next and I’ve never actually seen them live except from afar (afar meaning I couldn’t even see the stage or hear anything but rather faint instrumentals) at Warped one year so I wouldn’t even count it. They are pretty good live except for the fact that either their mics weren’t turned up high enough or the crowd was just screaming over every word, maybe even a combination of both, because I could rarely hear Derek. His vocals are so much louder on recordings but, as annoying as it was, it was actually really nice. Every other verse and every chorus on every single song was sang by the crowd- word for word and note for note- as if this crowd wrote the lyrics themselves. That feeling of hearing an entire room full of people who blast these same songs I do on any given day, it’s an indescribable feeling. It feels like you’re a part of something as corny as that sounds but when you’re standing in that big room and singing along to your favorite songs with these well, merely strangers, it’s almost surreal. Nothing beats that feeling.
Pierce The Veil was next and I haven’t listened to any of their stuff up until a few weeks ago just in preparation for their set. They have a much heavier sound than what I usually listen to but lately I’ve been into it and now, have certainly become a fan. At the time though, I didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of the rowdy crowd when they played so I watched from afar but still felt like I was in the middle of that sea of devoted fans.
And finally, my four favorite pop-punkers All Time Low finally took the stage. I had just seen them in London and now had to catch a train back to NJ so I wasn’t able to stay and watch their whole set like I wish I could’ve but just from the six songs I did stay for was well worth it. They’re the first pop-punk band I truly listened to and were pretty much the band who got me really into music and the entire genre when I was younger. I owe alot to them. Seeing them live again was amazing- they definitley belong on that stage.
The Spring Fever Tour is almost over now and it’s bittersweet. It’s not all the time you actually love the entire lineup of a tour and can make the show nearby so I’m beyond happy that was the case this time around. It was a mind-blowing show and with that, my spring fever is cured.
My Day Just Got Better: Thanks Jimmy Eat World
Yes, yes, yes! They’re back with their signature sound and I could not be any happier. The release of their new single, “I Will Steal You Back” has actually made my day. Plus the fact that it sounds like something that could have been on “Chase This Light” which is by far one of my favorite albums, makes it even better. For some bands, I hope they take a different direction and switch things up from album to album but not in this case and not- never- for Jimmy Eat World. There is nothing more reassuring in life than when one of your favorite bands come back after a few years with their signature sound. That’s when you know you can count on a band. So thank you Jimmy Eat World.
Well I’ve done the pre-order for my most anticipated album of the year, “Damages”, but seriously, hurry up June 11th. I have high hopes for it and I CAN NOT WAIT.
“And I See Colors When I Hear Your Voice…”
Everything about literally everything just got sooooo much better as of the last few minutes. Why you might ask? Well because I just listened to the latest song from one of my favorites, Andrew McMahon, that was recently leaked. It’s called “Synesthesia”. It’s pretty damn amazing and if you don’t go listen to it after you read this, well, then you’re an idiot. While it is more similar to Jack’s Mannequin than Something Corporate, it has the classic sound which is essentially just the brilliant result that happens when the one and only McMahon plays an instrument and sings.
I woke up this morning with no expectations or high hopes much of anything, and then I find out about this song and click play (then repeat a thousand times) and everything just starts to seem better. That’s what music can do; just one of the many reasons why I love it. You don’t know when a song is going to be released, or presumably leaked in this case, but then in just a few clicks you find out about it and everything changes. Just like that, one new song can alter so much. It’s just comforting to know that there will always, always be music coming out.
But back to McMahon, I love hearing his voice even if it is in this newfound although really similar sound and it makes me wonder what exactly the rest of the songs under this new chapter in his musical journey will sound like. While I am loving “Synesthesia”, I do think he has more in him, especially after making a point about breaking away from the JM and SoCo identities but we’ll see. If “Synesthesia” is the indicator of it his new EP though, I for one can not wait! I hope there’ll be more songs released (well leaked would be fine by me too) because although this song will hold me over for a while, it won’t be long until I’m craving for more new tunes from the musical mastermind that is Andrew McMahon. Pre-Orderfor the new EP was just announced for tomorrow at noon…I can’t wait!
Augustana - Sweet And Low (by augustanaVEVO)
I wish I could “like” this song a thousand times. Every time I listen to this song or to Dan Layus’s voice, something pops out and grows crazily inside of me. I can’t describe what it is, but it overwhelms me, and my heart just melts.