I have come to fucking love this band. In the midst of all the indie, electronic and frankly wussy music I listen to mostly, it’s nice to return to somewhat harder roots. However, even pop lovers will find something to like. What amazes me is that Torche is not necessarily “hard” and they don’t quite “shred” but instead keep a beautifully consistent speed and sound to flow to. This is of course supported by heavy/smooth vocals, catchy hooks and sprinkles of guitar solos, synth and feedback. A very energetic listen.
Here’s another band with a pretty night and day difference between their first and second albums. I found Does You Inspire You to be soothing and toned down, especially the girl’s vocals. This latest one, Something, rips a little more. It’s rapid and electronic. I really like the synth sounds that often show up in between verses and choruses, which are not like the generic ones you normally come across. They sortta theme the song.
Track: Wrong Opinion
I remember downloading Bear In Heaven’s album before this one, Beast Rest Forth Mouth. While I didn’t listen to it a lot, I liked what I heard from this latest one. I’m not super into shoegazey noise rock, but this band has just the right amount. In fact a lot of the tracks are rhythmic, almost danceable, while staying ambient. I don’t know why, but it reminds me of Thursday’s last album. Thursday mixed with Animal Collective. Cool.
Artist: Bear In Heaven
Album: I Love You, It's Cool
Track: Kiss Me Crazy
Here are the albums I’ve been listening to for March-May 2012. Linked albums go to posts with a small blurb and track.
Top five favorite albums for the season will be listed in sidebar music section.
- Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II - Earth
- Sweet Sour - Band Of Skulls
- Go Fly A Kite - Ben Kweller
- Something - Chairlift
- Attack On Memory - Cloud Nothings
- Django Django - Django Django
- Have Some Faith In Magic - Errors
- The Lion’s Roar - First Aid Kit
- Some Nights - Fun.
- Hospitality - Hospitality
- Feel The Sound - Imperial Teen
- Mr. M - Lambchop
- The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy - Nada Surf
- Paralytic Stalks - Of Montreal
- Strange Weekend - Porcelain Raft
- Reign Of Terror - Sleigh Bells
- Given To The Wild - The Maccabees
- On The Impossible Past - The Menzingers
- The Something Rain - Tindersticks
- The Clearing - Bowerbirds
- Start The Revolution Without Me - Kaiser Chiefs
- Anarchy, My Dear - Say Anything
- Love At The Bottom Of The Sea - The Magnetic Fields
- Open Your Heart - The Men
- Port Of Morrow - The Shins
- Acoustic Hymns And Stoner Fables - Todd Snider
- Milk Famous - White Rabbits
- Always - Xiu Xiu
- I Love You, It’s Cool - Bear In Heaven
- De Vermis Mysteriis - High On Fire
- No Gods - Sharks
- Noctourniquet - The Mars Volta
- Choreography - Weird Voices
- Europe - Allo Darlin’
- What Kind Of World - Brendan Benson
- Dead Set On Living - Cancer Bats
- The Money Store - Death Grips
- Blunderbuss - Jack White
- Electric Cables - Lightships
- A Wasteland Companion - M. Ward
- Heartbreaking Bravery - Moonface
- Sweet Heart Sweet Light - Spiritualized
- This Machine - The Dandy Warhols
- Harmonicraft - Torche
I don’t often run into pop punk albums anymore, much less ones that I like, but this one is really good. It has the fun catchiness and attitude of pop punk but with a pretty mature sound. Maybe like The Hold Steady meets The Used with a bit of Weezer in there. Oh, and they’re from Scranton, PA!
Artist: The Menzingers
Album: On The Impossible Past
Track: Sun Hotel