The first time I heard The 1975 on AltNation, it was their song Chocolate. I thought it was a catchy song in the beginning, but it really wasn't one that I liked all that much - or so I thought. A few listens later, and this band had me hooked with their energetic, catchy lyrics and upbeat danceable rhythm.
Further investigation led me to discover that I really like this group of talented men from England. Their music is upbeat and catchy, but with a sound that is varied enough to make it interesting, but cohesive enough to ensure you'll recognize their music and it does stand out. They lean heavily toward alt-pop but with mainstream appeal, and their music is pefect for summertime. The 1975 produces music that is edgy and full of energy, with upbeat guitar riffs, solid rhythm, and drums that just beg to be jammed out to. This band has some great modern punk appeal and really has something for everyone. I anticipate that this is a band we'll be hearing a lot from this summer, at parties, on the radio, and everywhere in between.
Last night, my blog host provider experienced a Denial of Service attack. This week's Souncheck on Bunbury is coming to you just a little late - but still is just as good. We'll be back to the regularly scheduled programming next week!
So, I cannot believe that we are another week closer to the Bunbury Festival. This past week was one of those that flew by, and it was also one full of loads of music. Choosing the (unofficial) Bunbury Soundcheck bands is one of the highlights of my week because well, I get to experience some new music! This week I had some difficulty choosing from the many awesome options available to me in the lineup, but who I picked ended up being really awesome.
Because the Bunbury Festival is one held along the Ohio river, this week I thought I would focus on two Ohio-based artists: The Lighthouse and the Whaler along with Lydia Loveless. While I have some passing familiarity with both, it wasn't until this week that I really took time out to listen to what they have to offer. They both offer up some folksy sounds with flair, and while Lydia Loveless leans a bit more to the country side of music, she is still alternative enough to rock my socks.
So The Lighthouse and the Whaler hail from Cleveland, and their sound is lightly folksy, lighthearted, upbeat, and dare I say soulful? I cannot place who they remind me of, but I can say that they add some quirky pep to my playlists. Their sound combines light but strong guitar riffs with xylophone, upbeat drum beats, and tambourine for music that is layered and complex as it sets a happy tone. The more I listen the more I love it, as it does set a great tone for the day and is a wonderful pick-me-up as I drive home in the evening. The vocals are emotionally driven and the lyrics just add to my like of this amazing, homegrown band. I imagine they put on quite the live performance, and can't wait to hear more from this great band.
Lydia Loveless is alt-country all the way. Hailing from Columbus Ohio, her sound is not what you think when you think country. Her music is grittier with a rock-and-roll edge as strong as her deep vocals, which are reminiscent of Jewel and Stevie Nicks. Lydia Loveless has some amazing talent and her music is made for dancing and enjoying. Normally I think of music as establishing a setting, and all I can think of when listening to her strong vocals, hefty lyrics, powerful guitars, and toe-tapping drum beats is to dance, and I caught myself more than once dancing around to her music as I made my way through the week. I am not a country music fan but this is one artist I definitely want to hear more of. Her music is surprising, strong, and will knock your socks off. If you like country or rock music, or you just want something different this is the singer you have been hunting for.
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.