Zach Frost-“Death Wish”: Zach Frost is one of those musicians that does not put out bad music. Everything he has released thus far has been fantastic. Why? Well, he is a storyteller and very relatable. The songs that he writes are about life and the struggles that we all go through. And with “Death Wish” he continues that. Zach is one that has always understood the idea of a catchy chorus. Here however it’s going to stay with you because of the lyrical content. He tells us that this is how his story will be told. The bridge is also important; it goes, “its okay to get help, its okay to get better, its okay to talk about your problems, and not blame it on the weather.” Right now in these times, it’s good to remember that. So thank you for that, Zach Frost.
Howling Commandos-“Who’s the Boss?”: First thing that jumped out at me was the “W” in Howling. Upon first glance I thought of the old WWF logo. Then, I of course noticed the black and yellow. Okay could it be? Once I started playing the song, I hard, “hard times” mentioned, which reminded me of a wrestler. As the song continued, there was a sound bite near the end, and it was from said wrestler, Dusty Rhodes!!!!!! So I was not losing my mind at the beginning. Anyways, besides all the cool wrestling stuff, this is a very fun song. It reminds a little of Fight Paris, a party band from the early 2000s. This is punk rock at its very core, and I’m here for it. I can’t wait to witness these guys live when all this is over.
Emery-“This Town”: Fifteen years into their career and not much has changed with Emery. Yeah some member changes here and there, but their familiar has remained the same. And that is partly why they have lasted, and so many of their peers have not. “This Town” is your typical Emery song. It’s soft and then in your face. And both are outstanding. It does feel a little different: the soft is a tad bit more epic, and it works. It just feels right. I hope they continue doing what they have been doing. Emery, please don’t change, ever!!!!
Dashboard Confessional-“Circles”: At first I wasn’t so sure how I was going to feel about this. And that was within the first 20 seconds, but I kept listening. And by the end I was feeling it. It’s like Chris Carrabba made a pop album. That’s what this sounds like, and it’s really not bad. I can get into this. And this coming from an old dude that misses The Swiss Army Romance era of Dashboard. The crazy thing about this song is it led me to listen to Post Malone for the first time. Yeah, I know. Weird. As one that loves covers, I was curious how this compared to the original, and it’s pretty darn close. So if you are a fan of either artist, I’d give this a listen.
Drive-By Truckers-“Quarantine Together”: This is exactly what I think a song about these times would be like by The Truckers. While it’s serious, it also is whimsical. It has that known Patterson Hood swagger and Mike Cooley’s legendary guitar playing. And the storytelling is top notch. As always, the truckers deliver a knockout punch. The really cool thing about the song is it was written during the first week of isolation for Patterson Hood, so he did his parts, and sent to the rest of his band, and here we are. In addition to the song, they also came up with a limited edition shirt as well that you can get on their bandcamp today.