Today I am recommending Once Upon a Dead Man, a recently established band featuring Charlie Simpson (of Busted and Fightstar) and his brothers Will and Edd, and long-time friend Simon Britcliffe. The four have released a debut EP album called ‘Concepts and Phenomena’.
As a fan of Charlie Simpson and his past musical work, including his solo album, I was obviously going to check out his new endeavour Once Upon a Dead Man. I listened to the album, expecting something good, but it was even better than that. It has a similar style to Charlie’s solo work but with an electronic undertone, and Charlie’s voice is also complemented by the extra voices of his band mates.
Below is my favourite song from the EP:
Check out Once Upon a Dead Man (click here to go to their YouTube channel) and their EP!
Today I am recommending the rock band Young Guns since I have recently gotten into their music and absolutely love them.
Technically, I found this band a long while ago as I had listened to a single of theirs on repeat – this was Learn My Lesson. I hadn’t thought much more of them though until a friend of mine reintroduced me to them with the song Bones, which is brilliant! The video is pretty cool too.
As a fan of pop-punk and alternative music, I was bound to love Young Guns as their style of rock really fits into this. The vocalist has a great voice and the rest of the band make the songs sound incredible.
Check out the few videos below as a taste of their music:
Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://www.soundspheremag.com/features/interview-young-guns-leeds-festival-2012/
Recently brought to my attention by a friend, Caro Emerald is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. Her music and her style is very 50s and 60s in its approach. I really enjoy her music and I think this is because it resembles music from the 50s while including elements of a more modern style. In addition, the lyrics to her music, which you may expect to also resemble the 50s, are very modern and praise the independent women and are very feminist. The messages they promote I think are so important.
This is the ‘about’ summary from her YouTube Channel: ‘Full of songs about dancing, flirting and declarations of independence. Her smouldering vocals update the classic Americano sound with a contemporary sheen and suggestive lyrics over a melting pot of sounds and influences – yet the sound is entirely, inimitably that of an exciting new artist capturing hearts and minds across the continent’.
Please check Caro Emerald’s work out:
Here are my TOP 5 songs at the moment. Enjoy!
Jessie J – Masterpiece
Myra – Miracles Happen
Krystal Harris – Super Girl
McBusted – Getting It Out
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Queen and Adam Lambert. Together. Spectacular.
A couple of weeks ago I recommended the American musician Adam Lambert and I mentioned his performance with Queen on BBC One for New Year’s Eve. I figured the pairing needed a recommendation of their own.
Since the death of Queen’s front-man Freddie Mercury, the band has been performing with various other artists filling the vocalist position but, in my opinion, no person has been more fitting for the role than Adam Lambert. The group as a whole work so well and there are significant similarities between Adam and the great Freddie Mercury, such as their incredible vocal talents and their wardrobe and make-up choices.
Over the past year, Queen and Adam Lambert have been touring around the country and if these concerts have been anything like the one I watched on BBC One, there are literally no words for the incredible pairing the two make. Adam was also praised significantly by the media and fans alike.
Queen is still as amazing as ever, Bryan May still kills it on the guitar and Roger Meddows Taylor still brings it on the drums. The relationship between the two of them and Adam is so heart-warming to watch.
Everything just seems to fit to create an amazing show. Here are some clips from the concert:
Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, It is from: http://www.adamlambertlive.org/2014/live-queen-adam-lambert-winnipeg-mb-62114
My newest music obsession is Adam Lambert. I’m not entirely sure how I came to know about him, but for a very long time I have been listening to odd songs of his and loving them.
Adam Lambert is an american singer who rose to fame after becoming a runner-up in the 2009 series of American Idol. Since then he has been growing in popularity, not least of which was helped by his performances with Queen, as elaborated on below.
I received Adam’s album Trespassing for Christmas after it being on my wishlist for the last couple of years since it’s realise in 2012. I have been listening to it non-stop. But not only this… my recent obsession started after watching a certain concert of his on BBC One on New Year’s Eve. In this concert, Adam was performing as the front-man for Queen.
Adam’s performance in this concert was amazing. The group as a whole worked so well and there are significant similarities between Adam and the greatly-missed, deceased, former front-man Freddie Mercury, one of which is their incredible vocal talents. Adam wowed the British public and the media, following his performances, were singing his praises. Over the past year, Queen and Adam Lambert have been touring around the country and are performing more shows at the end of January.
I think it’s time for me to provide you with some evidence so here are some videos with his music:
Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/adam-lambert-parts-ways-rca-584714 and https://onthemeaningofadamlambert.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/live-blog-queen-and-adam-lambert-at-hammersmith-apollo/
Ps. I won’t be posting for the next two weeks as I will be concentrating on coursework and exams. I apologise for the disruption and I’ll see you on the 26th of January!
Today I’m recommending my absolute favourite band McBusted. You may not have heard of them as they are a British band who mostly tour around England, Scotland and Ireland. They have been a band for a little over a year and have a MASSIVE following since they are a combination of two former bands, McFly and Busted.
Busted broke up around 10 years ago after being one of the most popular bands in both England and America at the time. They managed to realise two albums and consisted of Matt Willis, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson. The band broke up when Charlie realised he wasn’t enjoying being in the band and he decided to pursue his career in a different band, Fightstar. Charlie now works on his solo career and so has decided not to be a part of McBusted.
Having always worked closely with Busted, and its members, McFly are similar in their approach and style of music. They have been a band for little over 10 years, they haven’t ended or broken up, they have only put their music on hold while McBusted is doing it’s thing since this opportunity came about rather suddenly and they couldn’t miss it. They were my favourite band prior to McBusted and are made up of Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher (whose YouTube channel I recommended last week), Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd.
When James, Matt, Danny, Tom, Harry and Dougie announced that they were forming McBusted they released their first tour fearing that very little would happen and that people wouldn’t want to see them. Instead their shows sold out in the first few hours and all subsequent shows since have sold incredibly fast too. What was thought to be a stand –alone tour has turned into an album and a second tour thus far. So due to the demand and success of the first tour, the boys have just released their self-titled debut album (on the 1st December 2014) which probably holds some of their best music to date, and have been promoting that this past month. Next they’re going on tour this spring, in March and April, showcasing their new album and some of the McFly and Busted classics.
If you haven’t heard either of the three bands I have mentioned in this blog post, please check them out as they have created some really great music and in addition are some of the most down-to-earth people in this planet. Also, even though Charlie Simpson isn’t a member of McBusted, don’t neglect to take a look at his solo stuff and his Fightstar stuff.
Ps. I must apologise for not posting last Friday (Boxing Day) since I didn’t have anything to post and I sort of ran out of time. Sorry! Hope you had a great Christmas!
Today I’m recommending the band Chicago and their greatest hits album. I’ve loved this band for a fair few years; ever since my dad got their album on CD and started playing it in the car. I eventually borrowed his CD, put the songs on my MP3 and listened to them myself. Recently, I borrowed the CD again to put it onto my iTunes and from that onto my iPod. I’ve been listening to the album once again almost non-stop.
Chicago is an American rock band who formed in 1967, unsurprisingly, in Chicago. They are one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups having sold more than 100 million records. Despite being dubbed as a rock band, their music tends to fit into other genres like soft rock, jazz fusion and pop rock.
Examples of their music will be below, since I can’t say much more about them without you hearing their music:
Hello, another Top 5 (or 6). There are six because I’m indecisive. I apologise for another random list, but to be honest, I’ve not had much musical inspiration lately. So, I’m going back in time a little to some of my favourite nostalgic tracks. Hope you enjoy!
Kiss Kiss by Holly Valance
All I Ever Wanted by Basshunter
Too Shy by Kajagoogoo
Every Breath You Take by The Police
Left Outside Alone by Anastacia
Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew
Troye Sivan is an Australian YouTuber. He was in XMen Origins: Wolverine as a young Wolverine. But I’m not talking about any of that today… I’m talking about his venture into the music industry.
Troye recently released his EP TRXYE, and by recently I mean a short while ago, as once again I’m late on the bandwagon. But I’m glad I finally gave into the hype and listened to his single ‘Happy Little Pill’ as it opened up a whole new world for me. I think Troye has a very unique sound and I love his songs so much.
This recommendation is going to be left short because there isn’t much more to say except to go find the EP on iTunes and listen for yourselves.
The music video for Happy Little Pill is below: