Music reviews of bands and artists from Rockhaq
Blink 182 have returned from the darkness with their newest and seventh studio album called ‘California’. This album is still the same rock feeling and genre but it is the first to include their newest member vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio, who replaced former member Tom DeLonge. Fans were worried when Tom left the band but the other original members vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker calmed down the fans by saying that Matt Skiba can na-na-na-na as well to rival Billie Joe Armstrong – the singer from Green Day.
The Beatles’ sort of seventh album Revolver is one of the most important in the history of popular music. And on 5th August 2016, it turns fifty. After deviating from their usual sound in 1965 album Rubber Soul, Revolver marks a seismic shift in their style. Ditching live performances, the fab four set to utilise the studio to its full potential. Complete with a lot of drugs.
After the band’s previous album Sempiternal in 2013, the British rock band Bring Me The Horizon released their newest album That’s The Spirit in 2015. From the band’s previous genre, Metalcore, these tracks have turned a different direction from other albums. The genres on this album are alternative rock, pop rock, alternative metal, electronic rock and nu metal.
Kanye West debuted in 2004 with his album The College Dropout and since then he has never failed to make headlines with his ‘egotistical’ attitude and ‘controversial’ deeds. All the way from the well known ‘Imma let you finish’ moment at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when he defended Beyoncé at Taylor Swift’s cost, to some of his troublesome lyrics and his recent ‘Famous’ music video, Kanye West has built up quite a reputation which is vexing to some, amusing to others but inspiring to his millions and millions of followers.
English rock band Muse’s 2009 album The Resistance blew everyone’s heads off. It’s a masterclass in stadium shaking bombast. Every track makes me want to go to the houses of parliament and punch the nearest politician in the nose. How on earth they were going to top it was beyond anybody. So their sixth studio album,The 2nd Law (released in 2012), had a lot to live up to.
After a shaky start on Friday where the heavens decided to greet me with an insane downpour of rain, my dampened spirits needed to be amended immediately. Ever since Black Sabbath announced that Download would be their last UK festival date ever, I simply had to take the opportunity to see them, no matter how much Donington’s weather and mud baths tried to destroy me both physically and psychologically.
Back in 2006 the band Panic! at the Disco released it’s first ever studio album called A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. All of the songs on this album were a great hit and fans adored them. However there was one songs that stood out the most and is still Panic’s most classic and popular song and this song is called I Write Sins Not Tragedies.
Whenever anybody complains about pop music being all a load of rubbish, two bands pop (ha, see what I did there?) into my head to contradict that: Animal Collective and Miike Snow. Admittedly the former is probably only classified as pop (or experimental pop, rather) because they’re too weird to properly define, but the latter, Miike Snow, are without a doubt a pop band.
Lupe Fiasco is one of the best, releasing an absolute banger in 2007 called ‘Superstar’. Superstar featuring Matthew Santos is by far one my favourites. Well that’s not even the word, he seriously brought out hip-hop and alternative hip-hop. If you still think it isn’t amazing, mate, the song went platinum, which is really good for Lupe. His song went to number 10 in the charts, which I think is a little disappointing, as it’s way better and underestimated by the public.
Jay “Gumby” Watson is a multi-instrumentalist, touring member of the Australian neo-psychedelic band Tame Impala and a member of another Australian neo-psychedelic band, Pond. On his own, he goes by the fittingly bizarre moniker GUM. Glamorous Damage, released in November 2015, is his second solo album. What does it sound like? Imagine Daft Punk. On drugs.