Over the weekend I channelled my inner hardcore kid and went to Soundwave, the one and only Australian metal festival. I’ve only just recovered from my sunburn and bruises which has finally allowed me to write about the amazing time I had.
Between running back and forth from stage to stage, I witnessed people covered in scary amounts of fake blood (thanks, Gwar), crying fangirls, failed crowdsurfs, brutal moshing, people covered in scary amounts of real blood, painfully overpriced food, and bright red skin reminiscent of a lobster/beetroot/tomato sauce lovechild. But that’s what it’s all about, right?
In the ridiculously quick-moving 12 hours I spent exploring Bonython Park with my tiny little legs and big studded boots, I managed to fall in love with new bands (hello Amon Amarth, Mutemath, and The Ghost Inside) and somehow let go of the obsessions once held by 12-year-old me (goodbye Panic at the Disco and Green Day). I welcomed this change with open arms because let’s face it, who wants to be stuck holding onto pre-teen obsessions? Not me.
As much as $185 seems like an insane amount of money to spend on a ticket, it was completely worth it. Although I had my doubts leading up to it, I couldn’t be happier that I decided to go. Beginning my day witnessing Amon Amarth’s Swedish Viking Metal is something I’ve never done before and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s my favourite thing to have for breakfast.
It was really refreshing to see Mutemath in all their quirky glory with three to a drumkit, keytar solos and countless offbeat dance moves. I don’t think a band has ever made me smile so wide, but hey, I’m not complaining.
Finally, front row for The Ghost Inside had me enjoying every second regardless of the pushy girl behind me who decided her elbows had a reserved space in front of my face. If I can still enjoy a band as much as I did with occasional jabs to the head, then they’ve surpassed the true test and I can confidently declare that they now have a secure place on my iPhone. Well done!
After the day was done, and although I came home starving, filthy, bruised, tired, and sunburnt, with a broken voice and a dust-filled nose, I can confidently say that it was the best day I’ve had in a very long time. I’ll definitely be seeing the same stages this time next year. Soundwave, you’re my baby. I love you.
Frank Ocean premiered three new songs at a recent concert in Munich and this is one of them - my favourite. I can’t get enough of the incredible pairing of his smooth vocal melodies and the calmly strumming guitar in the background. It’s so simple yet so enchanting and that’s what I love about it.
If this is anything to go by in regards to his current project, which I’m hoping is a near-future LP, it’s going to feel as though I’ve died and gone to heaven once I get my hands on it. A huge and much deserved ‘well done’ to Mr. Ocean - he’s truly a master.
The two other songs can be found here and here. Enjoy!
"Bitch I’m back out my coma" - Kanye West, 2013. Or should I say Yeezus?
I’ve been listening to this album on repeat about three times over and I’m really starting to fall in like with it with the exception of love for a couple of songs. ‘Black Skinhead’ has really caught my attention, so has ‘New Slaves’ which I’d originally heard during Kanye’s globally projected publicity event which can be seen here.
The album is heavily laden with racial politics, anti-consumerism (which makes Kanye a bit of a walking contradiction, no?), and his blatant penchant for words that would horrify Jesus, but not Yeezus.
I feel like this album has some serious potential to steal the spot as my #1 favourite for 2013, especially if I put more effort in to delve deeper into the lyrics and their underlying meanings. I love me some good rap, and this definitely classifies as just that.
October is going to be one hell of a month and my levels of excitement are hardly doing it justice. The Amity Affliction just announced their ‘Brothers in Arms’ tour and I CAN HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF. I mean, ahem, one of my all time favourite bands, no big deal. Not at all.
But in all seriousness this has made my day, week, month, year, etc. A big thank you to the universe for it’s giant ‘happy birthday’ month, even though it’s a bit belated, I’m considering this a present because let’s be honest, how could anything get better than that?
P.s. I have tickets to see Bring Me the Horizon in the same month. It just got better and I suggest you join me in these absolute splendours.
So I went to see Northlane play live for the third time on Saturday, and this was by far the best they’ve been. Ever. I’ve been a fan ever since I heard the opening riff to their song ‘Dispossession' which may just be the most memorable intro to be embedded in my mind. Their Singularity tour (and album) has been kicking some serious ass and I'm so far beyond glad I secured some tickets to their sold out Fowler's Live show.
I first saw them on their ‘sorry for missing Parkway’ show in Adelaide, then at Soundwave, which brings us up to date. Their Singularity album is all kinds of awesome and Adrian’s vocals (both clean and unclean) have progressed an incredible amount which makes me feel proud, most of all. I can’t wait to see how their Europe/USA ventures treat them in the near future, but I honestly believe it’ll work some serious magic in their favour. In my opinion, this is just the beginning of their soon-to-be global success.
Oh, Dallas Green - you’ve done it again.
The Hurry and the Harm is beyond the confines of the word ‘amazing’ yet I can’t pinpoint exactly how perfect I think it is because I’m not quite sure the English language allows me to do so. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for quite some time and I still can’t stop myself from wanting to hear his soothing, all-knowing, emotion-driven lyrics. I don’t quite understand how a single person is capable of producing such an incredible work of heart and soul, but I am 100% okay with this and will forever continue to be.
You should do yourself a favour and check out the City and Colour YouTube artist page and do yourself an even bigger favour by buying The Hurry and The Harm (or any of his albums ever). Trust me, you will not be disappointed.