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Month: January, 2014

Drowners // Drowners Review

Drowners’ self-titled debut album Drowners has been described as a mix of the Strokes, the Smiths and the Vaccines, and really I couldn’t agree more with those comparisons, but despite this, I still see a noticeable unique quirkiness ridden in this album, particularly in such songs as ‘Unzip Your Harrington’ and ‘Bar Chat’, and a fair amount of wild excitement that just indicates how fantastic this band should be live (I can’t say if they are fantastic live, since I’ve never seen them so I have no evidence to back up this statement, but if their music is anything to go by, they should be able to bring the house down.)

There’s something about this album that excerpts such an infectious energy that makes the listener excited to be young, or perhaps wish they were, if they’re of an older age. Maybe it’s the upbeat guitar tunes that the majority of the songs are graced with, or the lyrics about the lyrics of happy memories that are featured in most of the tracks also-in particular, “Long Hair” with such lines as “barely nineteen I see you every night, whispering between us girls,” and “all the girls had long hair, and all the boys had long hair, and you were missing out.” If you want to get excited about life and youth and making a fantastic future, then this is the album to listen to.

Drowners // Drowners – 8.5/10

also if you fancy it, please check out my band’s first original song on soundcloud (it’s just a rough recording but go listen anyway if you want) (shameless self-advertisement right there)


Happy Tunes

Someone asked me recently my top three songs that make me happy, energetic, ready to go out, etc, and considering it’s mid-January which seems to be the most miserable time of the year for most of us, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite happy-energetic-getting-ready-to-go-out songs.

  • Rock N Roll Star//Oasis

A song completely devoted to being awesome and living the life of a rock star, Rock N Roll Star is the perfect song to listen to while you’re getting ready for a night out and get you pumped up.

“Tonight I’m a rock n roll star”

  • Shine On//The Kooks

I feel like it’s impossible to listen to this songs, or most Kooks songs for that matter, and not have a grin plastered across your face. An adorable love song to listen to when walking down the street on a sunny day that will undoubtably give you a spring in your step.

“Safety pins holding up the things that make you mine. About your hair, you needn’t care, you look beautiful all the time”

  • Better That That//Miles Kane

Most of Miles Kane’s music is pretty happy, especially tunes off his second album, but this one particularly makes me smile, especially when played live. Incredible to blast in the car with the windows down, or even with the windows up when it’s raining-it’ll make it feel like summer to you anyway. It will hype you up to no end.

“When Johnny and the Silver Beatles had your volume high I feel better than that”

  • Bassline//Reverend And The Makers

A song perfect to listen to before/during a party. It’s about forgetting about all the bad stuff that happened during the week, and just going mental and losing your mind to the music. You will want to dance.

“All the Monday spent waiting for Friday’s high, all the people want is b-b-bassline”

  • Follow Baby//Peace

Seeing this song live was one of the happiest musical moments of my life; it’s a proper belter and the crowd went mental. I was so ridiculously happy in that moment, and every time I listen to that song. You won’t be able to stop smiling when listening to this.

Follow baby we’re gonna live forever baby”

  • Dancing Shoes//Arctic Monkeys

An early Arctic Monkeys track, so it’s almost definitely going to be about the night life of Sheffield. This one in particularly is good at getting you psyched up to go out and have a good time.

“Get on your dancing shoes, you sexy little swine”

  • Diane Young//Vampire Weekend

This song was my 2013 summer tune, but I can listen to it in January and still get a rush of happiness and excitement. The other day I was in the car half way down the motorway, and it is pouring rain outside, and this song came on the radio and I was instantly happy.

“Irish and proud baby naturally, but you got the luck of a Kennedy”

  • Follow//Telegram

Every time I’ve gone out recently, this has been my “getting ready tune”. A proper lively song that’ll get you in a happy mood regardless of how you felt before.

“Follow follow there you go it’s just to let you know that there’s no turning around”

  • My Generation//The Who

The Who seemed to specialise in songs that make me undeniably happy. Along with My Generation there’s 5.15, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, The Kids Are Alright, the list goes on. But My Generation is the one that makes me happiest to go out and see people from, well, my own generation.

“People try to put us d-down just because we get around”

  • Friday I’m In Love//The Cure

You can’t talk about happy songs without mentioning this song. The king of happy songs, this song is, of course, the perfect song to celebrate the start of the weekend.

“I don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too. Thursday I don’t care about you, it’s Friday I’m in love.”

That’s where I’m going to end my list for now, but if you liked this post, I might do a part two at some point, so please let me know if you liked this. Also let me know your favourite happy, getting-ready songs. I’d be interested to hear.

“But why don’t you just get it on iTunes?”

Whenever I speak to someone who doesn’t have the same opinions as me regarding iTunes and buying physical copies of albums, they often leave the conversation thinking I’m some mental person who just wants to hand over their money for something they could get for free on illegal downloading sites or get for less money on iTunes.

What a lot of people don’t understand is how much I love owning the physical copy, flicking through the little book of photos and lyrics and that, putting the CD on my shelf with the others in alphabetical order (of course), and how buying something on iTunes, to me, just doesn’t have the same effect.

In reality, I’d love to buy vinyl and have a record player, but being a fifteen year old girl who buys too much music (pff, as if there’s such thing as too much music), there’s no way I’d be able to afford buying records over CDs, along with a record player. But if you buy records, or if you buy CDs, and you’re reading this, you know exactly what I mean when I say it’s a million times better than owning an MP3 download.

There’s the issue of CD shopping, too. Shops where you can buy physical copies of albums, whether it be in vinyl or CD form, are quickly going down the drain and this honestly saddens me more than I can even comprehend. My best friend and I used to go to a CD shop near us every Friday after school, but it shut down about a year ago, so we’ve started taking a forty-five minute bus ride as often as we can to go to a CD shop completely of our way. But it’s worth it.

It’s worth it because it’s exciting going into a shop and flicking through the CDs or vinyl, talking to the staff about music, having to choose which of the two albums you want more and can afford to buy, then when you go home, and listen to your new music. Whenever I buy things on iTunes nowadays, I feel as though I’m not appreciating it as much, I feel like I don’t connect with it enough. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that after I’ve gone to an effort to get my new music, I really want to just sit in the dark and listen to it with no distractions.

I understand why people illegally download or buy things on iTunes though. It is easier, and with illegally downloading, it costs nothing. I suppose it’s all about personal preference, but it still makes me really sad to see CD and record shops going down the drain.

But look where we are now-HMV in Oxford Street is shutting down after thirty years there. And although honestly, HMV isn’t really my CD shop of choice, it’s the biggest standing one in the world, and now that it’s shutting down in Oxford Street and has shut in many other locations, what does this mean for other music stores around the world? Will their revenue improve due to people needing an alternative to HMV, or does it mean that the future of physical copies of music is going down the drain for good?


By the way, sorry I haven’t posted for two weeks, I’ve been having exams and all that at school. But I hope you all had a happy new year, and I’m going to start trying to post on here every Wednesday from now on.