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Artist: The Format
Album: Interventions and Lullabies
Release Date: 2003

This is a collection of upbeat indie rock tunes that make me happy. Why wasn’t I listening to this sooner?! I was entirely infatuated with Dog Problems when it finally met my ears so why I had no belief in their previous material I cannot fathom. 

The contradictions in this record are really interesting. The lyrics are so dark, but the rhythms and melodies make me want to get up and dance my socks off. ‘Tie the rope, kick the chair, leave me hanging there, gasping for air’ is just one example from Tie the Rope. The ‘return of emo’ has been all over the internet recently but this is a blaring fog horn that emo never left us. 

I find myself coming back to aptly named ‘The First Single’ all the time. That opening line ‘I can’t stand to think about a heart so big, it hurts like hell’ gets straight the point and with the intimacy of the lyrics and solid moving groove on the drums. You just can’t help but at least tap your fingers to the beat whilst wishing you were drowning your sorrows sat alone in the corner of your room. 

They epitomise what we’re all striving for with this music business thing in I’m Ready, I Am - ‘I’m trying to find truth in words and rhymes and notes and all the things I wish I wrote.’ Music about music is often the most honest. 

It’s a shame we’re unlikely to get music like this from Nate Reuss again, with the rise of fun. who’ve completely changed course with their most recent material but we’ve all gotta move on someday. This will forever stay in our hearts.

 ‘What’s left to lose?’

Artist: The Format
Album: Interventions and Lullabies
Release Date: 2003

This is a collection of upbeat indie rock tunes that make me happy. Why wasn’t I listening to this sooner?! I was entirely infatuated with Dog Problems when it finally met my ears so why I had no belief in their previous material I cannot fathom.

The contradictions in this record are really interesting. The lyrics are so dark, but the rhythms and melodies make me want to get up and dance my socks off. ‘Tie the rope, kick the chair, leave me hanging there, gasping for air’ is just one example from Tie the Rope. The ‘return of emo’ has been all over the internet recently but this is a blaring fog horn that emo never left us.

I find myself coming back to aptly named ‘The First Single’ all the time. That opening line ‘I can’t stand to think about a heart so big, it hurts like hell’ gets straight the point and with the intimacy of the lyrics and solid moving groove on the drums. You just can’t help but at least tap your fingers to the beat whilst wishing you were drowning your sorrows sat alone in the corner of your room.

They epitomise what we’re all striving for with this music business thing in I’m Ready, I Am - ‘I’m trying to find truth in words and rhymes and notes and all the things I wish I wrote.’ Music about music is often the most honest.

It’s a shame we’re unlikely to get music like this from Nate Reuss again, with the rise of fun. who’ve completely changed course with their most recent material but we’ve all gotta move on someday. This will forever stay in our hearts.

‘What’s left to lose?’

Artist: Forever The Sickest Kids
Album: Underdog Alma Mater
Release Date: 2008

I was actually thinking about this record the other day, not realising it was coming up soon. ‘Why do I keep putting myself in these situations?’ It’s powerful because it’s flexible. And simple. Applicable to everyone, but no-one in particular.

The whole album takes the same approach, using broad themes for each song. ‘Catastrophe’ including another favourite line of mine: ‘I know that I shouldn’t let it get to me, but it does and who am I kidding?!’ The song’s about feeling trapped, but it’s easy to pick lines out of context and relate them to your own woes. 

And this is crunk, it’s catchy as hell!

This genre has everything; the dance-y electronics, punk-y downstrokes and poppy melodies that just won’t escape your brain. And FTSK know their shit, they’ve even included the token soft song, ‘Coffee Break’. It’s sensitive and from the heart. This is a band for teenage dreamers.  

The last track ‘The Party Song’ is pretty messy, but after the pile of clean cut, overproduced melodic gems you have to rifle through to get that far, it’s pretty dismissible. 

FTSK have made a strong enough mark that they won’t just fade away, and they’re still going. I need to check out J.A.C.K.

Artist: Forever The Sickest Kids
Album: Underdog Alma Mater
Release Date: 2008

I was actually thinking about this record the other day, not realising it was coming up soon. ‘Why do I keep putting myself in these situations?’ It’s powerful because it’s flexible. And simple. Applicable to everyone, but no-one in particular.

The whole album takes the same approach, using broad themes for each song. ‘Catastrophe’ including another favourite line of mine: ‘I know that I shouldn’t let it get to me, but it does and who am I kidding?!’ The song’s about feeling trapped, but it’s easy to pick lines out of context and relate them to your own woes.

And this is crunk, it’s catchy as hell!

This genre has everything; the dance-y electronics, punk-y downstrokes and poppy melodies that just won’t escape your brain. And FTSK know their shit, they’ve even included the token soft song, ‘Coffee Break’. It’s sensitive and from the heart. This is a band for teenage dreamers.

The last track ‘The Party Song’ is pretty messy, but after the pile of clean cut, overproduced melodic gems you have to rifle through to get that far, it’s pretty dismissible.

FTSK have made a strong enough mark that they won’t just fade away, and they’re still going. I need to check out J.A.C.K.

Artist: Foo Fighters
Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Release Date: 2007

I’m always apprehensive to listen to new releases, so much so that it takes me this long to get around to hearing the entire thing. In my brain this album was a 2010 release. I definitely need a change in mindset. 

I suppose I’m worried that the new content could tarnish my thoughts by not living up to my last favourite album, or maybe worse than that, push out my old favourite album with something better. What rubbish. But why the fear of change? Change is a good thing. Mostly. And a band like Foo Fighters are continually consistent. Arguably they haven’t made a bad album. And they still surprise me. The most graceful being the addition of ‘Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners’, with some guitar work that I would expect to hear on a Fink album. ‘Let It Die’ is the new phrase to haunt me and it even sounds to pay homage to Green Day about halfway through. I can’t say that this album is any better than any of the previous releases, but I’m still interested. 

It’s 2014, so I’m actually going to start listening to new stuff. Stranger things have happened.

Artist: Foo Fighters
Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Release Date: 2007

I’m always apprehensive to listen to new releases, so much so that it takes me this long to get around to hearing the entire thing. In my brain this album was a 2010 release. I definitely need a change in mindset.

I suppose I’m worried that the new content could tarnish my thoughts by not living up to my last favourite album, or maybe worse than that, push out my old favourite album with something better. What rubbish. But why the fear of change? Change is a good thing. Mostly. And a band like Foo Fighters are continually consistent. Arguably they haven’t made a bad album. And they still surprise me. The most graceful being the addition of ‘Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners’, with some guitar work that I would expect to hear on a Fink album. ‘Let It Die’ is the new phrase to haunt me and it even sounds to pay homage to Green Day about halfway through. I can’t say that this album is any better than any of the previous releases, but I’m still interested.

It’s 2014, so I’m actually going to start listening to new stuff. Stranger things have happened.

Artist: Foo Fighters
Album: In Your Honour
Release Date: 2005

As I struggle through my degree, unable to sit still and concentrate for more than half an hour at a time, this reminds me of my childhood. When there wasn’t so much of the world to think about.

In Your Honour sent me to sleep for a while. Every night. The ‘not so loud’ disc that is.

I was naive then. Sleeping in darkness was taken for granted and now I’m older I was always be thankful for that comfort. As an “adult” I’ve stayed up late for essays and done overnights at my part-time job. There is literally no way describe how disheartening it is to see the sun rise across the beach when you haven’t closed your eyes all night. You have to live it to understand.

But this still soothes me. As much as perspective changes, this never will. That’s what music does. That’s why Dave Grohl will always be celebrated as a phenomenal artist of our time. This stuff connects with people. It connects with me. 

I was never too interested in the first disc, the loud one. Although all well crafted songs as one would only expect, I’m still not too bothered by them. The heart is felt more strongly when the rest is stripped back. There is plenty of texture throughout, but this side gives better space for the vocals; the words, melodies and harmonies (in that order) to shine.

I will continue to grow older and maybe one day grow up, but In Your Honour Disc 2 will continue to sing me to sleep, even if the sun has come up.

Artist: Foo Fighters
Album: In Your Honour
Release Date: 2005

As I struggle through my degree, unable to sit still and concentrate for more than half an hour at a time, this reminds me of my childhood. When there wasn’t so much of the world to think about.

In Your Honour sent me to sleep for a while. Every night. The ‘not so loud’ disc that is.

I was naive then. Sleeping in darkness was taken for granted and now I’m older I was always be thankful for that comfort. As an “adult” I’ve stayed up late for essays and done overnights at my part-time job. There is literally no way describe how disheartening it is to see the sun rise across the beach when you haven’t closed your eyes all night. You have to live it to understand.

But this still soothes me. As much as perspective changes, this never will. That’s what music does. That’s why Dave Grohl will always be celebrated as a phenomenal artist of our time. This stuff connects with people. It connects with me.

I was never too interested in the first disc, the loud one. Although all well crafted songs as one would only expect, I’m still not too bothered by them. The heart is felt more strongly when the rest is stripped back. There is plenty of texture throughout, but this side gives better space for the vocals; the words, melodies and harmonies (in that order) to shine.

I will continue to grow older and maybe one day grow up, but In Your Honour Disc 2 will continue to sing me to sleep, even if the sun has come up.

Dec 7
Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: One by One

Release Date: 2002

I feel like they’ve settled. 

One by One is definitely the most commercialised record so far. This is their most accessible work. Although there are some heavier moments (Disenchanted Lullaby for instance) the album as a whole is a lot smoother than previous albums. It was fun to hear them playing around with genre on There is Nothing Left to Lose, but now Foo Fighters have found their sound. It’s heavily melodic and for the most part the vocal lines are easy to follow. They become one of the best sing-a-long bands. And that’s why they are so massive. They are real to themselves, and in it for the music, but they also offer something you can have for yourself.

Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: One by One

Release Date: 2002

I feel like they’ve settled.

One by One is definitely the most commercialised record so far. This is their most accessible work. Although there are some heavier moments (Disenchanted Lullaby for instance) the album as a whole is a lot smoother than previous albums. It was fun to hear them playing around with genre on There is Nothing Left to Lose, but now Foo Fighters have found their sound. It’s heavily melodic and for the most part the vocal lines are easy to follow. They become one of the best sing-a-long bands. And that’s why they are so massive. They are real to themselves, and in it for the music, but they also offer something you can have for yourself.

Dec 5
Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: There is Nothing Left to Lose

Release Date: 1999

Time to bring the fuzz. And the samba. Adjacent to one another…

There are certainly few people without at least one Foo Fighters track in their library. This must be something to do with their incredible sense of diversity. I seem to have almost every album release. And this is my first glimpse of There is Nothing Left to Lose. I’m certainly a bit of a hoarder. It’s at least pleasant to have an idea of the context of the singles Breakout and Learn to Fly which are the only two recognisable tunes for me. All my mind turned to before is that ridiculous video featuring Jack and Kyle from Tenacious D.

It feels like they’re searching for their sound throughout this record. You get the fuzz + samba in Stacked Actors and it changes up every 4 minutes after that. We’re almost taken for a Slow Ride on Gimme Stitches and there’s a clear Bon Jovi reference in Generator. Aurora has to be my favourite though. Although we still have another 6 years to go, I feel like it bridges the gap between Doll and disc 2 of In Your Honour. And In Your Honour is it for me. That used to send me to sleep. 

I definitely underrate this band. They deserve far more of my love than I’ve already offered. I look forward to One by One.

Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: There is Nothing Left to Lose

Release Date: 1999

Time to bring the fuzz. And the samba. Adjacent to one another…

There are certainly few people without at least one Foo Fighters track in their library. This must be something to do with their incredible sense of diversity. I seem to have almost every album release. And this is my first glimpse of There is Nothing Left to Lose. I’m certainly a bit of a hoarder. It’s at least pleasant to have an idea of the context of the singles Breakout and Learn to Fly which are the only two recognisable tunes for me. All my mind turned to before is that ridiculous video featuring Jack and Kyle from Tenacious D.

It feels like they’re searching for their sound throughout this record. You get the fuzz + samba in Stacked Actors and it changes up every 4 minutes after that. We’re almost taken for a Slow Ride on Gimme Stitches and there’s a clear Bon Jovi reference in Generator. Aurora has to be my favourite though. Although we still have another 6 years to go, I feel like it bridges the gap between Doll and disc 2 of In Your Honour. And In Your Honour is it for me. That used to send me to sleep.

I definitely underrate this band. They deserve far more of my love than I’ve already offered. I look forward to One by One.

Dec 4
Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: The Colour and the Shape

Release Date: 1997

My Granddad got a new TV with a built in DVD player when they first came out. Obviously, this was bloody exciting. It also resulted in me getting my own TV to have in my room for the first time, and there was no ariel connection, it was purely for gaming. Gamecube to be specific. 

I’d sit on my bed, switch on Tony Hawk’s or Fifa Street, switch off the in-game music and switch up The Colour and the Shape. I had this album on repeat for hours on end. That was my little world and I loved it. I grew a fond attachment to the song Doll and I’m still not sure what it is about it. But that was it for me. A peaceful childhood.

Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: The Colour and the Shape

Release Date: 1997

My Granddad got a new TV with a built in DVD player when they first came out. Obviously, this was bloody exciting. It also resulted in me getting my own TV to have in my room for the first time, and there was no ariel connection, it was purely for gaming. Gamecube to be specific.

I’d sit on my bed, switch on Tony Hawk’s or Fifa Street, switch off the in-game music and switch up The Colour and the Shape. I had this album on repeat for hours on end. That was my little world and I loved it. I grew a fond attachment to the song Doll and I’m still not sure what it is about it. But that was it for me. A peaceful childhood.

Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: Foo Fighters

Release Date: 1995

Dave Grohl delivered a phenomenal speech at South by Southwest this year. About halfway through he said this;
“That was the reward, that was the intention… our reward was knowing that we had done all of this on our own and it was real.” This, as well as describing his entire music career rings so true with this first release. It’s all his. It doesn’t belong to anyone else (with the slight exception of Greg Dulli's guitar work on X-Static). And it’s real.

That’s why the A&R people thought that this was a full record when it got passed around on cassette. And that’s why Foo Fighters are one of the biggest bands on the planet to this day.

I definitely recommend watching the video.

Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: Foo Fighters

Release Date: 1995

Dave Grohl delivered a phenomenal speech at South by Southwest this year. About halfway through he said this;
“That was the reward, that was the intention… our reward was knowing that we had done all of this on our own and it was real.” This, as well as describing his entire music career rings so true with this first release. It’s all his. It doesn’t belong to anyone else (with the slight exception of Greg Dulli's guitar work on X-Static). And it’s real.

That’s why the A&R people thought that this was a full record when it got passed around on cassette. And that’s why Foo Fighters are one of the biggest bands on the planet to this day.

I definitely recommend watching the video.

Artist: The Fold

Album: These Secrets Keep You Sick

Release Date: 2007

I know this is dismissive and therefore not helpful in the slightest. But this doesn’t interest me.

Artist: The Fold

Album: These Secrets Keep You Sick

Release Date: 2007

I know this is dismissive and therefore not helpful in the slightest. But this doesn’t interest me.

Artist: The Fold

Album: This Too Shall Pass

Release Date: 2006

'Just like gravity, what draws you to me. Someone I didn't know I needed.' 

Until now I’ve never listened further than Gravity. And that’s the first track on the album. I just don’t have any room for mediocre indie rock in my brain any more. Gravity hits home. The rest I don’t have much time for.

Artist: The Fold

Album: This Too Shall Pass

Release Date: 2006

'Just like gravity, what draws you to me. Someone I didn't know I needed.'

Until now I’ve never listened further than Gravity. And that’s the first track on the album. I just don’t have any room for mediocre indie rock in my brain any more. Gravity hits home. The rest I don’t have much time for.