Musical Discovery: ‘Hard Times’ by Paramore

There’s certainly been some ‘hard times’ for Hayley Williams and the rock band Paramore over the years, what with the departure of some of its members in the past. Now, as the current trio return with a new pop hit, it’s an upbeat musical style which contrasts all this, and sees the band move away from their grittier sound.

Instead, this is their offering in a pop scene dominated with plucky guitars and tropical vibes, even when it feels a little flat. A marimba opening and heavy riffs certainly keep the listener interested, but there’s nothing particularly fruitful in the verses to maintain our attention (the repetitive melody here is more annoying than catchy). It’s the funky groovy chorus which we have to thank for injecting some originality into this track, with lyrics that actually are memorable.

It’s the first single from the upcoming album, After Laughter, and whilst a daring change of direction for a band is to be respected, hopefully the record will see some more rocky tracks as well.

Musical Discovery: ‘Some Other Dude’ by Everywhere

It didn’t surprise me when I noticed that the alternative rock band Everywhere have worked with the American producer Mark Needham – who has worked with big groups such as The 1975, The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Now, as Everywhere release their new single, Some Other Dude, there’s wonderful similarities between them and Matt Healy’s band.

At the heart of the song is a pulsing bass guitar riff and a memorable chant-like chorus. Both of these elements combine to form a vibrant funk-pop anthem which really stands out in a heavily dominated alternative/pop scene.

There’s always something exciting about witnessing an up-and-coming band hitting the mainstream music scene. Already, Everywhere have supported The Kaiser Chiefs and appeared at the NME Awards in 2013. As with every Musical Discovery, finding a track you love is amazing, but finding a new band to listen to is even better.

Three years ago, they released their debut EP, American Grandeur, so you can expect some songs from that release making an appearance on the blog very soon. Alongside Some Other DudeShades at Night is another track I’ve been listening to lately, and would definitely recommend.

If you like this track, then you may be interested to know that you can download Some Other Dude for free by signing up to a newsletter here.

What do you think of Some Other Dude? Are you a fan of Everywhere? Comment below!

Liam

Musical Discovery: ‘It Gets Cold’ by Eliza and the Bear

It was a while back that I first heard this song on the radio. If I remember rightly, it was on my journey up to Lincolnshire for the next semester of university. I had previously heard Friends by Eliza and the Bear when I noticed it on a recent Bulmers advert. But now, It Gets Cold is this week’s Musical Discovery.

Despite the song’s title, It Gets Cold begins with an upbeat guitar melody which belongs more on a summery, The 1975-style track. Although, that certainly isn’t a bad thing and – combined with lead singer James Kellegher’s chanting vocals – it makes the perfect feel-good song. Similarly, and very much like Friends, the drum beat is strong in It Gets Cold, only adding to the sense that this song is a brilliant, euphoric anthem. Then, finally, towards the end of the song, there’s a massive rock instrumental break, before ending on a chant-like verse. On the whole, Eliza and the Bear really do have a way of creating atmospheric and emotional songs.

What do you think of It Gets Cold? Comment below!

Liam

Musical REdiscovery: ‘After the Fall’ by Kodaline

So this is going to be different to the normal “Musical Discovery” posts. On this occasion, I thought I would talk about a song that was released a while back, and now I have “rediscovered”.

After the Fall, by Kodaline, was released back in 2013. In particular, I found it after it was promoted by iTunes as their “Free Song of the Week”. I then liked the preview, and got the song!

So the song itself combines a fast tempo with relaxed piano melodies and a powerful drum rhythm. The vocal talents of the singer also add to the overall soul of the song.

The reason for my rediscovery is that recently I have used the song as a warm-up for when I have a drum practice. The quick drum fill at the end of every bar in the chorus, along with stylistic development in the verses, mean that I can practice a range of techniques before starting on my grade pieces.

I’ve now realised how great the song is as a whole, as well as for drumming practice. But what do you think? Comment below!

Liam

Coldplay release music video for new track, ‘Midnight’ | The Tuesday Article

Coldplay have today posted on Facebook and Twitter the video for their new track, entitled, Midnight.

With the video being in negatives, as well as the song itself only having a small amount of drums and more synthesised under-layers, the track sees the band take a new musical direction.

Chris Martin’s vocals have had a harmonic effect added to them which implies that this song is a more relaxed and calm track when compared to previous singles such as Paradise.

The song itself is yet to be released as a single, and it is uncertain whether or not this will feature in Coldplay’s eagerly anticipated new album.

The video was directed by Mary Wigmore and is available to watch here.

Liam