I have had the song "Aviation High" by Semi Precious Weapons stuck in my head for a good chunk of the week. I've been streaming their EP at every opportunity I can, and tonight caught myself dancing around the kitchen to their music as I tidied up from dinner. Their self-titled album is due out in just one week and I am exceptionally eager to see what is to come from this incredibly talented group, as I am hooked on their Aviation EP.
This music reminds me of Billy Idol, with a twist. It's new glam rock with an alternative edge and it is wonderful. This group has chemistry that comes out in their songs and lyrics, and leaves me bopping along in the car, drumming on the steering wheel, and dancing around the house. It's motivating for workouts but is all-around fun music. When I originally heard their EP the first word that came to mind was "confidence," as it is the type of music I listen to when I need a confidence boost or just to feel good. I can totally see playing this music on a day I need to rock out in the living room, or for an impromptu mid-week dance party with friends. It's almost addictive as far as music comes, exciting and standing out from a lot of the other music I've been listening to lately, all while fitting in with the alt-rock and glam-rock genres. I foresee a good long summer of their EP and album on repeat in my car, at the gym, and in the house.
This week, for one of the (unofficial) Bunbury soundcheck bands, I decided to go a little closer to home, and a little less-known, along with a longer and more well-known band that's been around for a few years, but it just now picking up speed on the radio.
Lamps & Voids
For starters, I want to look at Lamps & Voids, a newer band from the Cincinnati area with solid alt sound. They have a small catalogue of music and plans to release an album later in the year, but their sound is upbeat and different. Hearing one of their songs, "Dust (Reprise)," got me hooked, with a sound the combines everything I like about the bands Switchfoot, Mumford and Sons, with a hint of Gavin DeGraw. The band's Facebook and Twitter pages show that this is a group who is guided by their faith, which definitely influences their songwriting, but like Flyleaf, they have potential to be popular in many arenas. I am really eager to see what is to come from this talented group of young artists, and hope they bring great energy to the festival this summer.
I also decided it was time to really give a listen to Morning Parade. We used one of their songs, "Under the Stars," in our wedding-day soundtrack and it's since become one of my favorites (with a lot of good memories of dancing under garden lights into the evening). They make music that is heartfelt, catchy, and really touching. The song "Headlights" was one that really provided a good background for my winter, and made some of the endlessly snowy days a little brighter, and their recent release, "Alienation," is a song that just keeps my attention while I'm making the early morning drive to work. I don't think of Morning Parade as being the type of music I would listen to or hear in a coffee shop, but it would fit their, as it would almost anywhere. Their music, oddly, makes me think of how the sunlight falls in late-spring in my hometown, when the grass is dewy, and it makes me nostalgic as much as it makes me drum on the steering wheel when stuck in rush-hour traffic. It's the type of music you listen to when you want to feel good or think, spend time with friends or enjoy the outdoors. It's just all-around that good, and I think if you like alt-rock music and haven't given them a listen, you should check them out.
THUMPERS is a group from England with a catchy and upbeat sound that fits the modern indie "sound" perfectly. I will be the first to admit that both me and Allen thought they sounded a lot like Walk the Moon the first time we heard their music on the radio, but after checking out their full album, Galore, I can honestly say that there are similarities, but the differences make them a band all unto their own.
THUMPERS has an alt-pop sound that is rather similar to Walk the Moon, but there are also hints of sounds similar to Youngblood Hawke, eighties pop and early alt-rock all within the music. It's the type of upbeat music I can see myself singing along to with the windows down and a car packed full of friends. The album is a solid collection of songs good for dancing, hanging out with friends, or hanging out around the house. Like much of the music I've been listening to lately, it's music that is appropriate for spring and summer - upbeat and fun. Based on the popularity of the alt-pop sound, I can see THUMPERS going far.