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.

Asking Alexandria and New Album

Asking Alexandria’s frontman Danny Worsnop posted a message on his Instagram yesterday about his return that occured two years ago. In the message he also mentions on the working of their sixth studio album. Lots of excitement for the fans. Read his post below with a video.

Tour Announcements

We all have our favorite time of year whether it is a holiday, sports season, vacation time, etc. For me, it is right now when many bands announce that they are going on tour and they release the dates usually at the same time. It has always been the same routine for me every single year since about sophomore year of high school. Summer was great, I got to attend Vans Warped Tour yet again. It is now the end of summer and I am definitely not crying while I reminsce about my day(s) at Warped (yeah right!). I’m getting ready for school to begin once again – I have my new clothes, some of which are new band tees, and supplies – I am ready, but not too excited.

I’m scrolling through my Instagram feed and suddenly see the first of many tour announcements that will be taking place during the week or two. Then there’s another. And another. And yet again, another! I am beyond excited and worried because I really want to go out and see my favorites live but I also need to figure out a way to ask my mom for permission. I’m 22 but she treasts me as if I’m still 14 (it’s all good I guess).

It’s one announcement after another. I see it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and I also get some bands’ tweets sent to my phone, so everything is blowing up with new upcoming tours! I’m exctied to see bands for the first time or the fourth time – it never gets old.


If you are planning on attending at least one upcoming show, I hope you have so much fun! And if you are not for whatever reason, there is always next time. Concerts are not going away.

Check out some of the tours coming up below!

 

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Welcome To Sunnyland

Mayday Parade is touring this fall! Guests include This Wild Life, William Ryan Key, and Oh, Weatherly. They will have both VIP and GA tickets available very soon. VIP goes on sale 8/8 10 am local time and GA goes on sale 8/10 10 am local time. Check out their quick video below they posted on their Instagram account. Have fun!

Sleeping With Sirens Concert

This last Wednesday (8/1) I got to attend Sleeping With Sirens’ Chill Out Summer Acoustic Tour. It was the first acoustic tour I have attended and it was a great first experience. This was about my seventh time seeing this band live. Every time I watch them I fall more and more in love with their music.

Kellin Quinn, lead singer, isn’t one to give too many speeches during a show, but this one he did talk quite a bit. He was funny, sincere, and emotional. I even cried during his “Better Off Dead” talk.

They played new and old songs and together an amazing show was put together. They had three encore songs, their last one being “Kick Me” which they performed in an “electric” way as they called it.

Overall this show was so magical. The stage setup was so cool and beautiful at the same time with the lights. Their stage presence was welcoming, as in you could tell that the band members accepted everyone who was there. If you have never seen Sleeping With Sirens live before, definitely check them out next time they tour. You will not regret it!

Songs on Repeat

Every month I’ll have songs that play on repeat over and over again constantly. It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my YouTube channel and currently I am still unable to record, so I’ve decided to make a list of some songs that I have been listening to a lot over the past few months. So let’s begin!

The first song I want to mention is “The Waltz” by Never Shout Never from their album ‘Indigo.’ You may or may not be familiar with this song because it is a bonus track on their Spotify Exclusive version of the album. If you do know the song, you probably also recognize it in most of the song “Fone Tag” from their album ‘Black Cat.’ Anyways, to me, this song is always a good listen. It’s super cute! This song is wanting someone to tell you all about themselves because you’re so into them, but you’re also wanting to know why they want to be with you. And they’re on the other side just waiting for your phone call because they want you as well.

The second song is “Satellite” by Mayday Parade. ICYMI, the band recently came out with a new album called ‘Sunnyland.’ I actually wrote a “review” on it that you can check out here. What really draws me in is how mellow it starts yet there are more sounds like drumsticks being hit. Altogether, I know that there will be more, so it makes me want to keep listening. Once the chorus comes, it’s faster and louder and I love it! It’s just one of those songs that gives you something to look forward to instead of wanting to skip to the next song after a certain part.

Next is “Holy,” a well known song if you are a Pvris fan. Pvris’ first album ‘White Noise’ includes the song just mentioned that can be very relatable and it is to me. This song is about having a friend who claims to be religious, however, they do not practice what they preach. They’re a “poor unfortunate soul” for they say things but really, it doesn’t mean anything to you because they do the opposite. For example, saying that you should love everyone yet they discriminate some people based off their gender, sex, sexuality, race, etc. They judge. They only care about what will happen to them after their death. A lot of us have friends like this, so whenever this song pops up in my playlist, which is a lot, I turn it up way loud and sing at the top of my lungs.

“Everything I Ask For” by The Maine is next. This song is so catchy! But not only that, the lyrics are pretty neat. Basically it’s a song about someone who isn’t into what you are, and is into what you’re not, but they still like you. Also, they make you feel like crap sometimes, or a lot, and there are some bad things happening, but the both of you are still wanting to be together. Everything is worth it. Although there are some not so great parts, they’re everything you could ever want.

Lastly, “Hericane” by LANY. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you can do so right here. If you are ever in a good, vibey mood, give them a listen and definitely check out this song. Music, some more than others, can make you feel as if you’re in a trance. This song is one of them. I know I’m not the only one who’s be been in a music trance before. Honestly, they’re pretty great! “Hericane” is a tune you’ll want to listen to as you lie down, have some twinkling lights turned on in your room, and have nothing and no one bothering you. Trust me, you won’t regret it. But also pay attention the lyrics, they’re amazing.

You can check out these songs in the playlist I created on Spotify below. I will be adding new songs to it every month with some extra ones. Happy listening!

Things to do at Vans Warped Tour

 

Vans Warped Tour is about halfway through on their very last full cross country tour. If you have already attended, I hope you had a blast! Maybe you’ve made some new friends. Maybe you got to see all of your favorite bands. And better yet, maybe you met your favorite bands! Now to those of you who have not attended yet but your date is coming up, know that there is a lot of waiting around sometimes. So what do you do during the few hours of nothing to do? Well, here’s a run down of about what your day will look like with things to do to keep you occupied:

You’ve definitely either bought your schedule/map for $2 or you have taken a picture of the inflatable schedule once you have entered the venue. Next, you have gone to your favorite bands’ tents to check their meet and greet times and anything else they have going on. You already know that you should probably get in the meet and greet lines about 30 – 60 minutes ahead of the start time. Then, once you’re done with most things you were wanting to do, the next band may or may not play until way later.

What you could do while you wait is definitely check out the PETA tent to get some free goodies/stickers. PETA also has a tent where you can watch a four minute video. What do you get out of that? You learn what PETA’s about and you earn $1! Another thing you can do is check out the TRUTH truck. They have a live DJ playing some awesome tunes, lots of games, free merch that you can get, and even more! Head Count is also there. What you can do with them is register to vote. Let’s be the future that makes a positive change. Also, keep your phone charged all day with Electric Standard Co. Once your charger is dead, go back to the tent all day long to pick up a new fully charged one. Go to the Monster Mutant truck as well and get yourself a free super soda. You will not regret it! The last thing that will be mentioned, although there are so many more things to do, is go to the FEND Movement tent. FEND is all about being against opioid addiction. If you download the app, you have a chance to go to a private acoustic We The Kings or Waterparks set. How exciting!

So if you still have not attended your Warped Tour date and may have been wondering what exactly you should do to completely fill your day, well now you have some things that can make your day full of fun. Enjoy your day and make this last one count!