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New in Music: Four Year Strong, Enter Shikari, Belmont and More



The past few weeks have been quite exciting when it comes to releases in music, it seems to be that music is being thrown at us from all directions, and honestly, I'm here for it. So it's time for me to crack on with this post because it's going to be a long one! We've got a lot of bands to talk about and a lot of new tracks.

All Time Low-

All Time Low is a band that I used to love but I wasn't overly fond on the last album, so their new tracks weren't top of my list, but now I'm even more shocked because I didn't have high hopes. So they have Some Kind of Disaster and Sleeping In and wow. Mindblown. Some Kind of Disaster is very much for me, comparable to Dirty Work and that was my favourite ATL album, I really like it and I think it's very catchy and it's interesting when it comes to the sound because there's so much change. It shows why All Time Low are still out here making bangers and having a large following. However, moving onto Sleeping In. This one excites me so much! It's so fast, it's catchy, it's got such an incredible chorus, and this makes me love All Time Low all over again. It makes me want to listen to nothing but ATL for a week. It's such an intense song, but I love it, I am 100% here for it and I'm shocked to say that I'm really excited to see what they put out next and to see what Wake Up, Sunshine entails really.

Some Kind of Disaster - 4 out of 5 lemons
Sleeping In - 5 out of 5 lemons

Knuckle Puck -

We have a new Knuckle Puck song! And it's one of my favourite songs that's been released. I'm a tad bit obsessed with it. It's very classic KP, it's very upbeat, catchy, the song you might wanna have a little mosh pit to and headbang to a fair amount. It's a very stereotypical pop-punk song. But it's good, and it's not like Waterparks pop-punk it's proper Knuckle Puck pop-punk, and it's pretty great. It's a solid song with no flaws in reality. I'm quite excited to see what comes next for Knuckle Puck following Tune You Out.

Overall 4.5 out of 5 lemons.

Enter Shikari -

{ The Dreamers Hotel } is actually a pretty solid track, and it's super catchy. It's a song I'm not ashamed to say I've had on repeat, it's just that good. It showcases why Shikari is still going, and why they're so good at what they do. From the sassy lyrics to the dynamic sound, it's a song that leaves you wanting more, and wanting to play it on repeat until everyone is sick of hearing the song, but it's such a stand-out track from a lot of other songs being released that you're not easily bored of it, you could listen to it 80 times and not be bored because the change between verse and chorus really does entice you.

Overall 5 out of 5 lemons.

You Me At Six -

I'm aware this song has been out a couple of weeks, but I've been waiting to just do one big post on all these new releases.

This is my current most listened to song, I cannot get it out of my head. I am obsessed with it. I don't think I've loved a YMAS songlike this, in a long time. Now, it's a song that was done for a lovely cause because it was done for the Australian fires, and that is what the song is about, and honestly, it makes the song even better because of that, but this is one of the catchiest YMAS songs in existence. If you haven't heard it yet, then you NEED to go and listen to it, because it'll blow your mind with how insane it actually is! It's intense, it's fast, Josh's voice sounds amazing on it, and although it's a little different to the normal YMAS sound, it's still true to their roots. It doesn't leave you wishing it was better, because, in my opinion, it's flawless. I've probably listened to it about 150 times, maybe more. For a week straight I listened to nothing but this, so that says a lot. It's a song that lyrically, says a lot. It really is my favourite stand-alone track currently.

Overall 5 out of 5 lemons.


Melwood -

So Melwood is a reasonably small band from Liverpool, and they decided to drop their debut EP on the 28th of February, and believe me, it doesn't disappoint. 5 tracks of complete and utter bliss. The EP opens with Self Worth, which they released back at the start of January. It's an amazing track, and it's super catchy. We then move onto Heavy Breathing, and it's there that I realised that Melwood sound similar to Bonfires, which makes me love them even more. Heavy Breathing is a loud, stand out track. The third track is Wither and at this point, I'm falling in love with Melwood, so lads if you ever want to play in Notts, count me in! It's such a solid EP, and it's something that you want to be singing along to and screaming live. It's intense, but not overpowering. It's catchy, it's infectious. It's honestly, the sort of EP you just don't want to stop listening to. And I'm not saying anything because we're only in March but it could be a strong contender for EP of the year. The second to last track is Amsterdam which is my favourite track off the EP, I'm slightly obsessed with it. It makes me want to hear it live, it's just that good. The EP closes with Sombre which is the perfect mix of loud and quiet, heavy and soft, stripped back and electric. It's the perfect closing track, and it's the sort of song that really does complete the EP and helps add to the masterpiece that it is. If you haven't listened to this EP already, then I highly recommend that you do so, because it's amazing. It's a masterpiece and I want you to love it just as much as I do.

Overall it's a solid 5 out of 5 lemons, I might even go as far as to say a 6 out of 5 because it's just THAT good, plus Amsterdam slaps so hard!


Biffy Clyro -

Biffy Clyro are back, and they're back with a super catchy, infectious song. The new track is titled Instant History and man, it slaps! It's super catchy and infectious. It's a certified banger, honestly. It's one of them songs that I can't help but have on repeat. That seems to be the theme with all this new music, that I've had it on repeat. It's catchy, and I like Biffy but I don't LOVE Biffy, but this song I 100% love, I love it with every ounce of my being. It's incredible, and it's one of my favourite Biffy songs to date. I cannot hype this song up enough, because it's just so good, but I do also love Simon's voice because Scottish accents are next level!

Overall Instant History by Biffy Clyro gets a solid 5 out of 5 lemons.

New Found Glory -

New Found Glory have released a new song called Greatest of All Time, and the release of this re-sparked my obsession with NFG. It's a very stereotypical NFG song but it's good, and it's catchy and I adore it! It's a pretty great love song as it goes. Honestly, NFG are such a cult classic band that I feel like you have to love them, and I personally don't think they've changed their sound much over the years they've been around. If you like NFG and you haven't heard Greatest Of All Time yet, then I highly recommend you do so because it's a pretty great song!

Overall a solid 5 out of 5 lemons.

Neck Deep -

Neck Deep are back with a new track titled Lowlife. Very much gives off TPATP vibes, but I'm not complaining because that was a decent album. I prefer Lowlife to She's a God because it's closer to their classic sound than She's a God. It's quite catchy and I do like it more than I expected to, I'm in no way saying it's my favourite Neck Deep song, it's far from it. However, it's good and it's catchy, and I feel like it's a song that will grow on me. If you weren't massively happy with She's a God you might like this one but you might not because it isn't as pop-punk as Neck Deep once were.

Overall it's a 4 out of 5 lemons for me.

Stand Atlantic -

Stand Atlantic released a new song called Shh! now Stand Atlantic are a band that has been growing on me recently, so I can safely say that I do really like this song! It's very classic Stand Atlantic sounding, it's refreshing to hear a song like this because Bonnie has such a nice voice, and she can carry pop-punk songs really well. It's also pretty catchy and it's so upbeat and fast-paced that you can't help but want to listen to it on repeat, it's also the sort of song that would be good to listen to in the car on a long drive.

Overall I'm going to give Shh! a 5 out of 5 lemons.

Hot Mulligan -

Hot Mulligan are one of my current favourite bands, I've been listening to them so much recently, and I'm loving all their music. But they released *Equip Sunglasses* just over a week ago, and with the new album coming out on Friday, it has me quite excited for what's coming. It's very catchy, it's fast-paced, it's addictive. It's very Hot Mulligan, but it's so good! It's infectious, it's the sort of song that I know is going to be stuck in my head for weeks! It's also got a great chorus, like 100% rate the chorus. I can't recommend this song more, because it's just so good!

Overall a solid 5 out of 5 lemons.

Belmont -

Belmont released Deadweight and boy has this song been stuck in my head! Taz has such a strong voice, and I couldn't imagine another band besides Belmont pulling this song off, it's very much a stereotypical Belmont song. Lyrically I feel this song on another level, but honestly, such a banger. If you like Belmont then you'll love it, if you've never listened to Belmont and you like pop-punk then honestly, go give it a listen because you might love it!

Overall a solid 4.5 out of 5 lemons.

Four Year Strong -

This is going to be the longest part of this post, but I'm trying to keep it as short as I can because I know that this post is already long. This album has made me smile, but it's also made me cry. It's an intense album, it's their best album to date in my opinion.

The album opens with It's Cool, which is a perfect opening track, it starts off quiet but then it surprises you and picks up and it honestly blew my mind at how great it is.

Then we move onto Get Out Of My Head, which is my favourite of all the singles that they've released for the album, it's heavy on the guitars, but without being too heavy, but Dan and Alan's vocals on this track are beautiful.

Up next is Crazy Pills which is arguably my favourite track, this is the song that I needed 2 months ago, but even now it still gives me some comfort. For me, I think it's the perfect fuck you sort of song.

The 4th track is Talking Myself In Circles, this was the first single they released for the album and I do have a lot of love for it, it's very catchy, it's loud, it's a song that's stuck on loop inside my head since the release of it.

Then the next track is Learn To Love The Lie which is one of my favourites off the album, it's so catchy, but it's also got some powerful lyrics that again, 2 months ago I could have done with because it's just that level of relatable. I think it's the catchiest of all the songs on the album, and I love it like I love Eating My Words.

Then we transition into Brain Pain, which I feel is the heaviest song on the album, but it's still a banger I also love the fact that one verse it's slowed down and then all of a sudden it's fast-paced, and then it slows down and then it speeds up. I love it, it's something you don't hear often, and I just think it makes it stand out a bit more.

Up next is Mouth Full Of Dirt which reminds me of Maniac (R.O.D), but there are parts of this song that I related to, and it was comforting to find a song relatable because it voiced the pain in my head that I couldn't explain.

Track 8 is Seventeen, which is just a beautiful song in it's own right. For some reason, this is one of the songs that makes me emotional, and if you just went off the sound of it, you wouldn't expect it to be one of the two songs that makes me emotional, but I personally find it quite a powerful song.

Track 9 is the song that made me burst into tears, and it's Be Good When I'm Gone. This is the slowest, most raw track on the album, it's a moving song, and I did cry over it and it's been a while since I've actually cried over a song. So gotta rate it for that alone.

We're nearing the end of the album now, and I don't want it to end, but we're at track 10 now which is The Worst Part Of Me. This song again is a big fuck you in my opinion. It's heavy sounding, the chorus says a lot as well, honestly, one of the best tracks on the album, and the entire album slaps so that's saying a lot.

The second to last track is Usefully Useless, which that title is a big mood as it is. The song is just as great as the rest of the album, and I find that often with albums as you get towards the end, the songs get worse, but this album is completely different because Usefully Useless is still a fucking banger! Honestly, this band has so much talent! The entire track is just a big relatable mood, and I'm here for it!

The album concludes with Young At Heart, and it's at this moment where I'm expecting the song to be terrible, because 11 bangers, you have to expect there to be a dud, but nope. Young at Heart is like It's Cool, it has an unexpected twist. You expect it to just be a filler track, but that is the wrong expectation.

Overall, Brain Pain is an incredible album. It left me with lots of emotions, and it exceeded all expectations. There isn't one bad song, it's intense, and it's amazing. It's their best album to date, and if you've never listened to FYS before, then take this as your opportunity to do so. It gets a solid 6 out of 5 lemons without a doubt! No hesitation.

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