So what kind of song writing comes up with a line like: “This ain’t a scene, it’s a god damn arms race”. Well, the answer is Fall Out Boy and the single “This ain’t a scene, it’s an arms race” taken from their second album “Infinity On High”. The said single is super catchy even if it is a little difficult to work out what it is they are singing about lyrically. And to be honest I have listened to the track a lot and I am still none the wiser to what the song “This aint a scene…” is actually about.
Regardless of whatever they are singing about Fall out Boy write a good pop, power, punk, rock tune. The remainder of “Infinity On High” kicks out track after track of teenage angst neatly arranged in a contagious little album that can equally have you humming a tune all day, get you up and going on the dance-floor or have you bounce around at a rock stadium.
It’s up beat happy go lucky, if a little disposable in the sense of there have been a heap of bands in the pop punk genre that have come and gone and not stood the test of time that Green Day have. That said it’s a great little album! Tracks I love are “This ain’t a scene…”, “Hum Hallelujah” and “thnks fr te mmrs”.
A great album to hum tunes to as you are blasting about and having fun.
Tobias Cummings and the Long Way Home
Join the Dots
“Join the dots” is the debut album from Melbourne ’s Tobias Cummings and the Long Way Home and it is a very special album full of tracks and song writing that wrenches at the heart. The lyrics are outstanding and the vocals are beautiful and haunting. As debut albums go this is a world class rock/ folk hybrid that has a mellow sound and evocative vibe.
Fan’s of acoustic music will love this album: think Johnny Cash merged with Neil Young and Cold Play all in one. It’s chilled music with a late night atmosphere and while the feel of the album and singing is slightly melancholy it still gives the impression that each song is sung with of a wan smile that has been threaded through each melody. It’s the perfect album for driving home after a good session at the beach whatever the wind has been doing.
Check out the video for my favourite track on the album “Folding In” at their myspace page it’s a truly surreal video and stunning song from “Join the Dots”.
Lamb of God
Lamb of God is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but if you like your music hard and you have some how missed this band then it is essential to know that Lamb of God are the quintessential modern metal band. This is their fourth album and it opens with “Walk with me in Hell” – a tempestuous song that paves the way for an album that is packed with tracks that are fast, brutal and intense while remaining melodic and extremely catchy.
For me the songwriting and vocals have really developed on “Sacrament” in comparison to previous releases “Ashes of the Wake” and “As the Palaces Burn” that while highly acclaimed both are a little difficult to access due to their ferocity. Randy Blythe still manages to sing, scream and spit out lyrics with rage and in an inhuman way yet on this album his demonic vocals are somehow more melodic and sharper. The vocals are complemented by the dark powerful angry atmospheric music driven by the superhuman drumming prowess of Chris Adler, and whether you like this kind of music or not the technical excellence of Mark Morton and Willie Adler’s twin guitar riff engine is undeniable.
Two standout tracks are “Again we rise” and the incredibly infectious “Redneck” that will have you stomping your foot all the way to the beach. For me Sacrament is easily Lamb of God’s best album and a metal genre classic.
Play this before you go out in big waves and you’ll ride like you are possessed!