Lyrically imaginative and purposeful, “I’m Alive” by Maryland band The Dangerous Summer is another cog in their adept machine. Since their start, the act has bloomed significantly into a juggernaut and lyrical purveyors, spreading their wisdom and blood red notes of truth. Singer and lyrical magician AJ Perdomo pushes his words to the forefront, and even some of the band’s infatuated fans have inked their bodies in his poetry. Never letting go or trying to become something they’re not, The Dangerous Summer excel on “I’m Alive.” The track starts with an acoustic tinge, spearheading a softer sound. Perdomo sings with intent and drags out his demons for slaughter. He’s alive and well, but the planet is derailing, but all he wants to do is submerge himself into the ocean. It’s majestic stuff, songwriting at its most clear and decisive.
Miss Vincent – ‘’Vials’’
“Vials” is a song conveying regret and drunken mistrust. Miss Vincent is a band who have put their all into their sounds and lyrics. They’ve slowly ascended to the top of their game, perfecting melodies and harmonies with a punk edge, never feeding the system that is the glossy mainstream. “Vials” begins with rugged vocals and a great, churning riff, before all anarchy breaks loose in the chorus. It is another solid song from a band that is harshly underrated and should be acclaimed more so than some acts on the circuit.
Tigers Jaw – ‘’Cat’s Cradle’’
Simple riffs and poignant lyricism intertwine here. Tigers Jaw have been playing punk since their inception in 2005, and since then they’ve explored many avenues. With new single, “Cat’s Cradle,” they embark on creating another punk staple, and they do this commandingly with zip and urgency. From the beginning the sparking rhythm and lyrics grab the attention. It’s slightly pessimistic, but this doesn’t impair the song; it adds stability and meaning. And as a talented act, that has been around for 15 years, so they know how punk works and how it fits. Thank god for longevity.
Foo Fighters – ‘’Shame Shame’’
What can you say about the Foo Fighters? They’ve achieved it all. And now the band fronted by Dave Grohl are back with a funky new single “Shame Shame” from their upcoming album Medicine At Midnight. The track is slower than previous singles and is a true stab at melancholy even though the song seems to be upbeat. Grohl sings urgently, playing his guitar shrewdly, and the track holds up against prior hits. It’s different but unsurprisingly commercial, and we expect nothing less as the band has been one of biggest on the planet for years. Kudos to a powerhouse band trying something outside their usual model.
System Of A Down – ‘’Protect The Land’’
Acclaimed music legends, System Of A Down has pieced together a new track in the form of “Protect The Land.” A political message is ingrained in the bodywork and front man Serj Tankian vocalizes the plight of the world. His rousing vocal work is clearly heard on “Protect The Land,” and that quick-fired riff works extremely well. It isn’t a wonderful comeback single, and it isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s always good to have a band of this caliber and legendary status back in the limelight.