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New In Music: Asking Alexandria, Broadside, Holygood

So hello, yes, I have returned! I'm back for another post finally! But during this pandemic not that much music has been coming out, so things have been a bit dry, however, the past few weeks quite a few things have dropped! So we're going to sit down and talk about them all! 
Asking Alexandria: 


So Asking Alexandria released their new album just over a week ago, and I was so excited about it because it's AA. Over the past few months, I've fallen back in love with AA so Like A House On Fire was perfect timing for me and boy! I have a lot of feelings about this album. I was quite happy to see an album be released of this length, it's got 15 tracks and that's refreshing to see because a lot of albums tend to be around 12 tracks, and as long as the songs are decent I will always welcome longer albums! 

The album opens with the title track House On Fire. This is not my favourite track off the album in no way, however, it's a great introductory song, it sets the to…
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Small Band Struggles with Jay: Communication and Community

Welcome back to the final instalment of this mini-series. Thank you very much to anybody who has taken the time out of their schedules to give these pieces a read, as I’ve mentioned on the previous volumes, it’s hugely appreciated, these took much more time and thought than I first anticipated! But it’s been fun. Thanks again to the wonderful Grace for allowing my input. Let’s jump right into our final topic. 
Communication and Community 
One night many years ago, after a show in Nottingham at The Bodega (I believe), myself and Sam were walking across town about 30-45 minutes after the show to fetch the vehicles to drive round and load up our gear back at the venue. It’s rare we ever don’t drive ourselves to a gig so local, for the sake of costs. Whilst coming up to the Nottingham square, not too far from a Primark outlet we were approached by two, similarly aged females. They quickly made it clear they were at the show, and thankfully enjoyed it. It wasn’t uncommon for people to do thi…

EP Review: Brighter Roads by Seasonal

I'm so excited to be writing this post because Seasonal are one of my favourite bands currently. 

The EP opens with Damage which is such a great opening track. I feel like you can always judge the excellence of an EP or Album with the opening track and Damage hits the spot! It's got an incredible set of lyrics and it kicks the EP off in the right way, it's such a beautiful, loud track and it does leave you wanting more.

The second track is Roads, which is a little more pop-punk and angsty sounding than Damage, but boy does it slap! It's again got some incredible lyrics. It's loud, it's a song that could easily entertain a crowd. It's a song that you want to have a bit of a mosh pit to, and scream and just live your best life at a gig hearing it. 

They don't have a bad song and this new EP is no different. It slaps! So let's talk about these tracks! 
The third track is St Luke's. I think this song is my favourite off the EP, it just kind of hits some…

Small Band Struggles with Jay: Where Is Music?

Again, this post has been fully done by the wonderful person that is Jay, however, I am going to leave a list at the end of the post as a bit of a guide, and you'll understand why as you read the post. So I hope you enjoy!

Welcome back to week three. If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably finding these writings have some utility or are of interest in some way. Whatever your reasons, I thank you personally for the time, I will also thank Grace for allowing me a continued input and platform to express these ideas and topics. Let’s get to it.
Where is music? Most of us will be lucky enough to live in, or within proximity of a city or bustling town. If you are a countryside lover, you may not think it is lucky at all to be living in, or close to a city, and perhaps you would be right. A study done by the BBC last year showed that over the past decade in London 550,000 more people left the capital, compared to the number of those who moved into the capital. Not only this, but a tren…

Single Review: Reflections by Four Thousand Miles

Now, this is their second track. I reviewed Lonely when that came out, and I adored that song so I had high hopes and they exceeded all expectations. I've been so excited about this release since they announced it, this track is so mind-blowing and earth-shattering. Like did Alex have to go that hard with the vocals? No, but did he? Yes.

My mind is honestly so blown with the level of perfection this song is. This is the sort of song I need in my life, like for as long as Four Thousand Miles exist I think I'm going to be a tad bit obsessed and have a lot of love for them. Every opportunity I get to work on one of their tracks I'm going to do it, because this band! They're so talented and they got so much potential! The music they're dropping is insane, I know we've only got two tracks but they're blowing my mind.

So we start thinking, okay this is a decent song, got a good beat, nice and engaging, and then the chorus hits and I'm telling you they didn&#…

Single Review: Mindreader by A Day To Remember

Ah yes, A Day To Remember have released a new song since they still don't have a release date for the album, but it's still new ADTR content so I can't complain.

I've seen a lot of mixed feelings about this track, because it's definitely not the heavier side of their sound. There's no rough vocals in it, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. ADTR are known to have slower, less aggresive songs on the albums which contrast really well with their sound. So Mindreader shouldn't come as a surprise. It's a great track, it's a really catchy song, I really like it. Is it my favourite out of the tracks released? No. Does it make me excited for You're Welcome? Yes. Has it left me wanting more? Yes. Do I still love ADTR for this track? Most definitely.

This track isn't slow and stripped back like If It Means A Lot To You or Have Faith In Me, I'd compare the track to the likes of Good Things, which I adore that track. It's very much stil…

Small Band Struggles With Jay: Band or Business?

This entire post has been done by Jay so if you don't know who he is please go show the man some love!


Welcome back to our second instalment, I hope you enjoyed the first, as riveting a read it may have been. I feel the way we left off last week, it seemed almost to naturally plant the title and topic for this week’s instalment into my head. In an attempt to get the word count down from last time, I’ll get straight into it. Thanks again to Grace, for allowing my input on these topics.
Band or Business?
When a musician first picks up an instrument and starts noodling aimlessly until something they play sounds okay, or decides to get tuition, it’s unlikely they are doing it because they want to be a small business owner / entrepreneur. In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite. I know I started to learn to play the guitar because I decided relatively young that I wanted to be a ‘Rockstar’, like all my idols at that time. I grew up in a normal family, I didn’t go to a private school, we …