‘Reckless’

I saw this on another blog, and decided to try this musical challenge :) Play along if y’fancy, I enjoyed it. Just copy and paste the questions into your own note and fill in your own answers.

RULES (NO CHEATING!) –

1. Put your iPod, mp3 player, or music library on your PC on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. You MUST write that song title, no matter how weird it sounds!

4. Post your thoughts after the title of the song

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What is your personality? ‘Creeper’ by Mallory Knox……. Oh cripes, off to a good start, eh! I like to think I’m not a creeper…except in my tendencies to enjoy a good Facebook stalking but I think everyone’s guilty of that!

What’s important to you in a mate? ‘All Of This Has To End’ by We Are The Ocean. Oh blimey! I’d like to clarify to my friends that I definitely do not feel this way about any of you! If I did not have my friends then I would have struggled enormously in these last couple of years. I’m lucky in that I’ve met some amazingly loyal people and we’re all as mad as each other really! I love my friends.

How do you feel today? ‘Learn To Fly’ by Foo Fighters. That’s quite apt really: as I write this I’m doing something new and learning to sunbathe. I burn very easily so we’ll see how this goes!

What is the meaning of life? ‘Early Retirement’ by Handguns. Ok, this song is SO much fun! And again quite apt – from the perspective of someone who hasn’t started ‘real life’ yet, it seems like the meaning of life is to be constantly working in order to better yourself and the people you love, a career game if you like. Promotions and pay rises. I imagine that early retirement sounds good to lots of people.

What philosophy do you live by? ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ by 30 Seconds to Mars. I always think that this song is weirdly atmospheric, particularly at the start. I suppose being a stranger in a strange land is how we all feel at some stage of life – I know I did when I moved away from everything I knew in September last year and began my uni adventure. Not a philosophy as such, but definitely something I can relate to.

How do your friends feel about you? ‘Morte et Dabo’ by Asking Alexandria. Oh jeez! The translation of that means something along the lines of ‘by death I shall give’ or ‘the gift of death’ (Latin ed. does anyone know Latin and is qualified enough to verify? Cheers!) and I really, REALLY hope that my friends don’t want to kill me! Especially after the nice things I wrote about them above!

How do you feel about family? ‘Picture a Knife Fight’ by Biffy Clyro! Hahahaha! Oh dear! You can’t make this stuff up :D Granted sometimes it is like this in my house – literally, picture a knife fight and you’ll get it! Nah, I’m joshing, we’re pretty tight knit, so much so that whenever I left home this year to go back to uni after various holidays it brought a tear to my eye. Every time.

What do you think about very often? ‘Back & Forth’ by Foo Fighters. I’m a very indecisive person, I change my mind about everything and overthink like crazy, sometimes to the point where I do go mad. This works – I go back and forth between every decision I make, the options and consequences and it often feels like I get things wrong at the time. Eventually things work out though, that’s always something for me to remember: things do work out, calm down.

What song would you put on repeat for a road trip? ‘Scream’ by Avenged Sevenfold. Fair play! I think if I had it on repeat for that long, I could sing along to every single nuance of the guitar work as well as all the words…who am I kidding, I’m basically there already!

Describe your life. ‘My Last Breath’ by Evanescence. Hmm, an odd one, iPod. The song has always seemed to me to be a ‘I will love you until my last breath’ style jobby and we are NOT getting into this now… Either that or we could think of it as having a living life to the fullest message and living every moment like it will be your last. I wish I was more like that.

What do you dream of doing some day? ‘Five Colours in Her Hair’ by McFly. Oh dear, we were doing so well on the music front! But it’s no secret that I love McFly so I don’t mind and hopefully you don’t! So, what do I dream of doing some day? I’ve always thought that the idea of having a song written for/about me would be rather jazzy. That, and I’ve wanted to dye my hair for ages but every time I’ve been close to doing it, I’ve chickened out. One day, maybe.

What will people say when you die? ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’ by Ocasan. Now that WOULD be thinking too highly of myself! But I do enjoy helping people, just not on the scale of jumping around buildings and stopping cars from falling on buggies. I tend to lean towards the shoulder to cry on method.

What do you enjoy doing most (hobby)? ‘Where Did The Party Go’ by Fall Out Boy. Genuis. I’m not a heavy partier, but there’s something really sociable in what others might perceive as a negative trait of our partying/drinking society – going out and having a really good time with friends is what I do it for and there have been many a good memory created on a night out. I’ll only go out if I’m going with people, no one likes the person stood in the corner of the room on their own because they came out alone! And they don’t have fun either…unless they manage to pull with a bored expression and sad ‘no one came out with me’ face. BTW, if anyone is sceptical about getting this album, DO IT! I was too, and now it may be one of my favourites.

What’s your biggest fear? ‘Walking Dead Man’ by Black Tide. Ooh, fair enough. I wouldn’t say a zombie apocalypse is one of my greatest fears but I don’t like the idea of it! That, or the idea of being all alone in life – the song goes “you are nothing, you have no one, you have no heart, no mind of your own” I guess I’m afraid of being like that.

What’s your biggest secret? ‘Days Are Numbered’ by Black Veil Brides. I’m generally quite an open person, partly because things get to me so much that I have to share them. Although, I have a tendency to forget lots of things so there’s probably some secret buried deep within my mind that could number my days if it got out…can’t think what though. Eeesh. Great song though, featuring Bert McCracken from The Used.

What do you think of your friends? ‘Here’s The Thing’ by Don Broco. Yeah, here’s the thing, guys, I don’t actually like you. Awks. Teehee, but seriously, my friends are my absolute world, not like the girl about which this song is written.

What will be the title of this post? ‘Reckless’ by You Me At Six. Good shout, I always feel a bit reckless whenever I blog, I don’t feel like I should be trying to write or talk to internet people :D

What’s your ‘after posting’ celebratory song? ‘With You’ by Linkin Park. Really not a celebrating song, but quite appropriate because I’m completely alone right now and there are people I miss and would love to be with right now to celebrate/hang out :)

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The what-I-call Music News (volume 1)

Golly, what a busy couple of weeks!

It was what-I-call rather hectic! Cheeky Miranda reference there. Honestly, the amount of times I’ve been told how like Miranda Hart I am is quite worrying – should I consider that a complement or not? I’m unsure.

But now the essays are done and the presentations presented I can get down to the business I wanted to cover the other week…

THE MUSICAL NEWS!

Some pretty big things have happened lately and you may or not be aware of them. Allow me to enlighten you.

First matter of business, your Honour:

The split of Kids In Glass Houses <sobs uncontrollably in the corner>

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It’s always a really sad day when a band you have a massive amount of respect for decide to move on. When I initially saw this on the Kerrang! website it genuinely made me sad and totally killed my morning. Say what you want about KIGH, but they’ve been a massive influence on their genre and have helped to pave the way for other emerging bands now – Mallory Knox, for example.

From what I can gather, it’s purely come down to not being able to make ends meet. The latest album ‘Peace’ had some hype around it and a bit of radio play…and then they disappeared again. I read an interview with Aled Phillips, the vocalist, here and he echoed these sentiments. He also mentions about the third album ‘In Gold Blood’ and how, perhaps it wasn’t a clever business move for them.

I’d like to put it out there, however, that I loved this album.

I liked that it was different from ‘Smart Casual’ and ‘Dirt’ (the band’s first two albums). I liked that it had a certain maturity about it; it was darker and heavier, but still with their trademark vocal hooks and melodies. It was a braver move and I, along with the reviewers, seemed to think it was a step in the right direction. But I don’t think it went down as well with many other fans and the band found themselves trying to recover fans from it and recruit new ones.

I saw them live supporting You Me At Six in Yeovil in 2012 and my god, THE ENERGY! They were phenomenal, far too good to be a supporting act. Phillips mentions how he hopes they “are remembered as a live band more than anything” and for me certainly, they will be.

I urge EVERYONE, to go and support them on their farewell tour in October this year and help share the KIGH love for the final time. Dates and venues are at the link above and on their facebook page…DO IT.

Ok, next on the agenda, New Found Glory.

This morning the reason why New Found Glory decided to part ways with Steve Klein back in December last year due to ‘personal differences’ was revealed……turns out that sex offences which could amount to 27 years in prison comes under that category. :(

I’m not going to go off on a spiel and compare him to Ian Watkins because that would not be fair  Klein as he has yet to be convicted and Watkins was clearly guilty and off his face on meth the entire time.

The whole story has kicked off a bit since this morning (13th March) as New Found Glory released a statement on their Facebook page here, and Klein’s lawyer has released a statement to Alt Press in which she states how she believes he is innocent of any blame. Read up on these things before you go making big statements about him and comparing him to Watkins…please, on behalf of all people who laugh at those who try and bullshit about something they know nothing about!

I don’t know much about law and don’t want to go and say anything as to whether or not he’s guilty until something clearer emerges, but rest assured, when I know, you’ll know too!

Let’s move on to something nicer now!

There’s been some cracking festival announcements in the last couple of weeks haven’t there! Slam Dunk being the one which springs immediately to mind.

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How good is that!! And there’s still more to be announced!

At the start of the month, We Are The In Crowd, Less Than Jake, Motion City Soundtrack, Hit The Lights, State Champs, A Loss For Words, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, Marmozets and Blitz Kids were added to the already cracking line up to make it a proper mix of genres – the pop punk of We Are The In Crowd (who, by the way are VERY good live), to a band like Bury Tomorrow, who certainly can NOT be considered pop punk!

It runs on the Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday of May (the 24th, 25th and 26th) in Leeds, Hertfordshire and Wolverhampton respectively. Get to it, look at that line-up! You’d be mad not to!

Another exciting festival/tour announcement is that of the Carnivores Tour.

If you haven’t heard about this, it’s 30 Seconds to Mars…and Linkin Park…and AFI! WHUUUUUUUTT!

I’m not going to deny the fact that I got super duper excited about this…and then my heart broke when I realised that it was only a US tour. I nearly died of disappointment.

It really gets to me when a band decides to promote an amazing tour then you start to get really excited…..buuuuuut, it’s only in North America! The Spring Fever Tour in spring 2013 with All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, You Me At Six and Mayday Parade and the House Party Tour (A Day To Remember, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil) would be other good examples of this. Imagine seeing that!

Never mind though.

If you fancy going to America for a bit, y’know, see the sights, go to the Carnivores Tour (and hey, you may as well catch a couple of dates of Warped Tour before it starts while you’re at it) then it runs from the start of August through to September.

And finally, some fun news!

Taylor Hawkins, who you should know from Foo Fighters – if you don’t know who the Foo Fighters are…just get out now, I’m very disappointed in you, you don’t even know who the Foo Fighters are and you’re reading a music blog…my god! – has started a new side project called the Birds of Satan. Bit of an odd name, I know, but I can forgive him!

They’ve released a song too called ‘Thanks for The Line’ which can be found here, along with more info about them.

Those of us who are familiar with Hawkins and Foo Fighters know that he lends his vocals on the song ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ and that he has got actually a really lovely voice, which tends to be uncommon for drummers.

The song sounds very promising, with a good mix of Hawkins’ strong drums and gravelly vocals and then the small piano bridge, followed rapidly by a blistering guitar solo. You’re never left wondering what the song is called either as it is repeated lots and lots and lots of times which I always like! It wouldn’t be out of place on a Foo Fighters album but it’s exciting and catchy and I personally can’t wait for them to release another song.

And the fact that Hawkins has said that this new side-project will not interfere with the Foos new material makes it all the more attractive!

And so concludes the music news – just a few things that I reckon you need to know and now you do! You’re in the loop, you’re not the kid who doesn’t know what’s going on! Hurrah!

Until we meet again friends :D

Now playing: Nine Inch Nails – Copy Of A