I’m tired… here are some songs to wake me (and you) up [single reviews]
The End of the Ocean – “bravado”: This the single from The End of the Ocean I have been waiting for. One of the very first bands we at Tuned Up ever interviewed make their label debut on Equal Vision Records in the very near future. This song has punk sensibilities that are very danceable, yet it still carries the storytelling vibe the band is known for. It ends too soon, but that’s a good problem to have. They pack an awful lot into a short period of time. [band photo credit – Bee Gats]
After the Calm – “Stuck on Repeat” : If you’re looking for a song straight out of “the scene” to sing and scream along to, this will be it. It stays in its lane yet walks in a space between pop-punk and metal. I was about to write something cliche like “this song pulls no punches,” but then I thought “wait, they actually pull a lot of punches.” Mosh and sing along, even if the topic matter might not be cheery. This single was produced by Matt Good, who has worked with Asking Alexandria and The Word Alive.
Humans Etcetera – “Eavesdropper”: Layered post-rock from a one man band with ukelele as the main instrument? Count me in! If you’re into live looping, this is your jam. Heck, even if you’re not, it might be your jam. There’s a decent bit of electronic sampling and synth sprinkled in for all you synth heads out there—just in time for Halloween too. Not quite analog synth, but close!
Fine Lines – “Stranger”: And now, for a different kind of loud track than what we’ve been discussing above! Fine Lines seem to draw inspiration from bands like The Strokes and The Vines in this driving song. The time signature change in the bridge-like interlude is a particularly enjoyable moment. I feel like this would have been a good summer rocker, and I’m discovering it a bit late. Oh well. You know the saying… better late than never! I hope to hear more from these Nashville rockers in the future!
Rising – “White Heat”: Good old fashioned guitar driven metal is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. Especially when there’s a pensive bit of melody undercutting the groove. I use the word “undercut” because it pierces through in an unexpected way. Yet, it feels entirely appropriate. So, if you like songs that are 90% straightforward with a side dish a little left of center, here ya go! The band’s new album, Sword and Scythe, is out today!