Never Shout Never Ends..

ICYMI, the band Never Shout Never who Christofer Drew started as a solo project has come to an end. The day before Christmas Eve, Drew tweeted the following:

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A few days later he confirmed that after the Brazil and Mexico Never Shout Never tour the band will be done.

Many are very upset over this. People who used to be fans are reminiscing over the times when they would listen to the band’s music and attend their shows. Others who are still fans expressed how much they do not want the band to end. Never Shout Never has helped so many people, including me. Here is my story…

It was the end of 2009 and I was at a friend’s house listening to music on YouTube. My friend decided to show me a song that she said reminded her of me because it was “cute” with a sound I would enjoy, so she went here. “Trouble” by Never Shout Never began to play. I fell in love with not only the song, but also Drew’s voice. I asked her to show me more of their songs. That is when my love for the band was established.

I remember the band as NeverShoutNever!, and now as a three word band name, I am still a fan. I have seen the band live about eight times, met Christofer Drew three times, and met the band as a whole two times.

The second time I saw them live my life changed. I was in a very dark place with negative thoughts running through my head with horrible plans. Then Drew started talking about life and how beautiful it is and how we should live in the now and enjoy the moment. Suddenly somehow it changed my thinking and I thought to myself, “I will give this, life, another try.” Years later, I got my second tattoo with the band’s symbol and the date of the concert underneath (see picture below).

Writing this is a challenge as I try not to cry (again) over the band’s breakup. Just one more thing: I would like to thank the band as a whole for being there during my dark times and helping me get through life. It is amazing how music can change one’s life, thoughts, etc.

If there is an artist or band that has helped you during your difficult times, leave a comment. I love hearing about music’s impact on others. Much love.

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The 1975’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’

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It has been three weeks since The 1975 released their third album, ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.’ This album is pretty far from sounding like their previous pieces of work. It is for sure not a bad sounding album, though, just different. This album is one that you can both dance to and just lay in bed and chill out to. Songs in this album have very deep meanings behind them, sometimes a little hard to figure out unless you really pay attention to the lyrics.

The first time I heard this album, I was shook. From the beginning to the end, it is like a roller coaster sound wise, but not in a bad way – it is as if you are on a roller coaster in which each song is different than the previous one. I also got to listen to it with strangers at a listening party at a record store, and it was so much fun. Sharing a passion for the same music with strangers in a room is actually quite interesting, but also amazing. I had a great time.

Anyways, let’s go..

“Shook.” But to a certain extent. You begin listening to the track “The 1975.” It starts off with a nice piano solo that brings calmness to your soul that then goes on to become background music. Lyrics that The 1975 fans all probably know by now start up suddenly, and it is very opposite of before. It is more “robotic.” What this track does is really introduce the listener to the album’s vibe and how it will sound like here and there. The 1975 did a fantastic job with this opening track.

Skipping to track number five, “Love It If We Made It” expresses how the modern world has failed us. So many sad things have been happening around us, and even the music video for this song shows that. But the first verse is what really grasps your attention especially with the lyrics, “We’re just left to decay.” We are all here living with these negative things going on, so if we could just make it to the end okay, we would love that.

“The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme.” What a song – not one that is sung, but one that is talked throughout as if a computerized voice was doing all the talking. Begins with, “This is a story about a lonely, lonely man.”  This song really sticks out not only because how how it is expressed, but its meaning. A relationship between man and the internet is something we all know about. The track goes on about the man’s obsession with the internet. It is really an eye opener because we don’t always think about us being “obessed” with it, but a lot of us are. “And then he died in his lonely house, on the lonely street, in that lonely part of the world.” A sad ending, but that is, in reality, how some of us will end. Some will only have the internet because it is all they payed attention to, all they obsessed over. This song is a scary reality.

The one major “flaw” the album has is that there are too many slower tunes in a row before a quick melody comes back. Overall, it is a great work of art. Not only were the lyrics magnificent with great, deep meanings, but the track titles were brilliant as well. People even made comments on the last track’s title for example, “I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes).” Some were from college students expressing how it is how they felt the week of finals, some being from others because of work. It was humorous, but the song was not only shared because of its title, but also because of how it is as a whole – starts with a nice acoustic guitar, a good way to exit.

You can take a listen to the album down below if you haven’t yet, and make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts. The 1975 will be heading out on tour next year and you can check out the dates here. Happy listening, and also, happy holidays!

Emo Nite 10/30

Last Tuesday I got to attend my third Emo Nite. I went by myself but met a couple friends there. Let’s just say that this was by far the best Emo Nite I have been to. I had so much energy and I was yelling out the lyrics at the top of my lungs. Typically these days I do not lose my voice at shows, maybe because I am so used to being loud, but that night I did lose it. The energy at the venue was so great and I felt as though I was accepted by everyone there. There were songs that were played that I already love, and as always, I fell in love with even more songs. Overall, being with friends and listening to really great music was what made my night. It was really good to be there last week since I had projects and a midterm all in the same week, so it was nice to have a break of so much fun!

Check out the pictures below, one which was taken by the photographer!

The Killers’ ‘Hot Fuss’

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Back in 2004, The Killers released their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’ which included some amazing songs, one which we all know, “Mr. Brightside.” The year of 2004 was pretty great for music. There were releases by U2, The Used, Bowling for Soup, Taking Back Sunday, and many, many more. Songs that came out that year were some big hits. Even songs not in the alternative scene were quite big, no surprise there. But one of the songs that we love, “1985,” came out that year. Pretty awesome, huh? Well let’s actually talk about The Killers’ album now.

‘Hot Fuss’ includes 11 songs and is 45 minutes long. Most songs have little amount of lyrics, but they are spread out and fill the whole song. The album’s sound is similar all throughout. However, at the same time, each song unique on its own. Something that I did not catch were any curse words. That may not matter, but that is somewhat uncommon nowadays. Yes, this album is older, but people still tend to listen to it. I mean, it is amazing. Anyways, songs!

The album starts off with an interesting style with “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine.” The beginning of this song has a good instrumental introduction to it. It is a great start to the whole album. The only thing that I did not like about this song was the ending, only because I am not a fan of songs with long endings with no lyrics. It’s a weird thing, I know. This may also sound strange, but the sound reminds me of something from a movie in outer space. Crazy!

“Mr. Brightside” is next. This song is so popular within this music scene that even Emo Nite plays it. It’s the song we all know and love. You can jump up and down to this song, scream out the lyrics, and it’s even great to sing to for karaoke.

The songs in general are groovy, “vibey,” and alternative. And by “vibey” I mean that you can definitely vibe and chill out to the songs on this album. I realized that “Somebody Told Me” is one that I actually know! I definitely recognized it right when it started. A very good song. My favorite one was “On Top,” though. The chorus is very fun to sing to. If you’re sitting down while listening to this particular one, you will most likely be moving around in your chair.

The longest song on the album is the last one, “Everything Will Be Alright.” A really nice beginning to it, “vibey,” a good way to say “goodbye” to listening to the album (for now, duh).

Overall the album is fantastic! It’s easygoing so you can listen to it when you are trying to be calm, but it does have some edge to it if you need to let out some emotions. You can listen to the album below and then comment what you think of it. I am sure you will not regret checking it out if you haven’t yet – it is an older album. Sit down, take a listen, and move around a bit. Don’t forget to yell out the lyrics to “Mr. Brightside.” You will thank me later.

Emo Nite 8/28

Guess what! I finally got to experience Emo Nite again for the second time. I got to go with my best friend, the same person I went to Emo Nite the first time I went. Of course, I wore my SAD AS FUCK shirt I bought the time before. A few songs that were played that I sang at the top of my lungs were “Teenagers,” “Misery Business,” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”

Being there that night was so amazing. You get to sing your favorite songs from when you were younger so loud; it’s a great feeling. And for me, doing this with a close friend, made it even more special.

If you have never attended Emo Nite before, you should definitely do so! Usually they are for 21+, but it is so worth the wait. They are going to tour soon with 3OH!3 with special guest Lil Aaron, and you can check out the dates below and get your tickets here.