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Lemonade by The Mocking Jays

The boys in the band are back! They're back with a new song! A song that's never even been played live, so this has been incredibly exciting for me! I've been waiting for this for so long! To put it into perspective, it's been 319 days since I Can't Be (Without You Love) was released! But, the wait has finally come to an end and we have a new song! So, let's get into this! 
Now, we all know that I would sell whatever I have left of my soul for this band! So by default, I love everything they put out, and we don't talk about my 5 tattoos and the crippling realisation that I want more... so, of course, I have a lot of love and admiration for this (even before hearing it). I knew from the small clip that had been posted on their socials that this song had potential, and I was intrigued by it from the get-go, and I wasn't disappointed. 
I don't know what I was expecting from it, but whatever it was, it wasn't what we received! What we received was so …

The Best Gigs I've Been To...

So I thought it'd be nice to bring you a really chilled out basic post, but when live music returns, it'll be a good indication as to what artists I compare gigs to! 
So, my top 10 live acts are
10. The Maine 9. Near Mrs 8. Mayday Parade 7. Deaf Havana 6. Fatherson 5. Neck Deep 4. Don't Forget Rupert 3. Distant Blue 2. The Mocking Jays 1. Twin Atlantic
I have seen so many bands live, I mean I've seen TMJ 14 times! I've seen Twin 4 times, Don't Forget Rupert 5 times, Distant Blue 3 times, Mayday Parade twice! I've seen The Maine twice, I've seen bands I forgot existed, bands that broke up back in the day like Taking Hayley which Tom Paton the bassist of Hot Milk used to be in. I've seen The Xcerts, With Confidence, Boston Manor, Don Broco, We The Kings, Nothing But Thieves, McFly, The Vamps, Tonight Alive, The Dangerous Summer, The Audition, WSTR, Real Friends, Grayscale and so many more! It's safe to say I've seen enough bands live to judge them, and I …

Bands I've Found Recently That You Need In Your Life

So a few weeks ago, I posted in a group I'm in and asked for some music recommendations and they came back with some incredible bands! I've also paid a lot more attention to my Discover Weekly on Spotify recently, and therefore I've found a lot of new bands that are really good! 
The Ones You Forgot - 

They're such an incredibly talented band, and the frontwoman's voice is beautiful! They actually released a new song on the 22nd of July. They're a pop-punk band and I'm really in love with them, they're just so beautiful! I'm honestly becoming obsessed with them! 
My top picks would be - Here Forever and Something For Me. If you like them, then listen to all of their songs because they're great! 
When Nothing Works - 

I've got a review of their first and latest single coming on Saturday, so it's only fair that in preparation for that, I introduce you to them now! They're a post-hardcore/metalcore band, and they're insanely good! Their …

So Love by Go Radio

So, Go Radio have released another song! This is the second song they've released since they came back from hiatus. And, obviously, because I love Mayday Parade which led to me loving Go Radio, I thought why not sit and tell you about my thoughts on their new song. 
So Love is a lot softer in sound compared to the last single they released which was Say It Again, which wasn't necessarily a heavy song, it was just a lot more upbeat and intense in comparison to So Love. It's such a beautiful song though, and Jason has such a lovely voice! 
It's such a calming song, it's such a lovely, warm song. It's like a comfort blanket, it's so beautiful and although it isn't loud and in your face and it's not a song to scream to, it's still a beautiful song, and it's a lovely song to have a little calm sing along to, and that maybe on a bad day you can listen to and find some comfort in the lyrics. 
My favourite line from the entire song is probably "Yo…

Album Review: Into The Raging Sea by Broadside

So on Friday Broadside released their third album Into The Raging Sea, now I do like Broadside but I preferred Old Bones to Paradise so I went into this album not knowing if I was going to love it or hate it. I've heard two of the tracks off of the album prior to its release (two of the singles) however, I purposely avoided listening to the third single because I just wanted to appreciate the album as a whole and see if I liked it. 
The album opens with the track The Raging Sea, this was one of the singles, and it was the last single I listened to off of the album, I've said my opinions on this song before, and I did quite like it. It wasn't my favourite but it was still a good song! The main reason I wasn't overly in love with this track was because it was slow, until it got to the end and then it picked up, but the first 2 minutes or so are just too slow for my liking. It's still an alright song though! 
Then we move into Foolish Believer, which this song, is incre…

Week Seven - What I'm Listening To...

Welcome back to this weekly installment that just shows that I'm obsessed with the same four bands. I promise I love lots of bands!
Bands I'm Loving; 
- The Mocking Jays - Twin Atlantic - Deaf Havana - Beartooth - Broadside - Neck Deep - State Champs - The Headspace - You Me At Six - Nautical Mile - The Story So Far - Best of Enemies
Albums I'm Loving; 
- All Distortions Are Intentional by Neck Deep - The Raging Sea by Broadside - Hold Me Down by You Me At Six - Take Off Your Colours by You Me At Six - The Only Way Is Through by Nautical Mile - VI by You Me At Six - Sempiternal by Bring Me The Horizon - The Love Era by The Mocking Jays - Sorry State by Best of Enemies - A Fear That Comes Around by Best of Enemies - Brighter Roads by Seasonal - The Anthology by Wayward Daughter - Great Heights and Nosedives by Roam - Life's Not Out To Get You by Neck Deep
Songs I'm Loving; 
- What Took You So Long? by Neck Deep - Telling Stories by Neck Deep - Pushing Daises by Neck Deep - Smooth Seas Don't Mak…

The Bands and Albums That Shaped My Music Taste...

I seem to do these, pretty much every year, so I guess it's only fair I do this again! I want to talk about my favourite bands, but also the bands and album that really made me the pop-punk loving emo that I am today. 
So, first of all, I'm going to take you through my actual favourite bands, because I talk about Twin Atlantic a lot but I don't elaborate on the rest as much! So here we go. 
Favourite Bands; 
1. Twin Atlantic and Four Year Strong 2. Beartooth, Deaf Havana and Trash Boat 3. You Me At Six and Mayday Parade 4. Seaway and Hot Mulligan  5. Neck Deep, The Story So Far and State Champs
Favourite Smaller Bands; 
1. The Mocking Jays and Four Thousand Miles (Did you really expect anything less than that?) 2. Distant Blue, Holygood and Best Of Enemies 3. Don't Forget Rupert and Seasonal 4. Home Wrecked and Nautical Mile 5. Embxrs, The Headspace and Near Mrs
I love all of them bands so much, but some bands have that one song or that special bond and I have to rate them slightly …

Album Review: All Distortions Are Intentional by Neck Deep

I went into All Distortions Are Intentional with low expectations because the singles we're my favourite, but I was wrong.
The album opens with Sonderland, and oh my gosh! Absolute tune, this is the shit I was expecting from the album and I think it sounds great. I love it, I think it's honestly such a good song. It's just so loud and in your face, and it's the perfect opening track to the album! I am in love with this track! 
Fall is the second track, and the transition between this and Sonderland is great! I didn't love this song originally, but hearing it after Sonderland has made me love it. I'm so shocked at how incredible it is. I'm speechless. I love it. I really do and the way these two tracks work together gives the people that thought Neck Deep were selling out a little bit of faith! 
We then move into Lowlife, which has always been a tune! I've been obsessed with Lowlife since it first came out, and hearing it on the album just gives me a whole …

My Thoughts On Songs From The Past Few Months, Are They Still Good?

In the UK we've been in lockdown since the 23rd of March, now with the world starting to gain some normality again, I thought it was about to time that we talk about all the different music that's come out during lockdown, as a lot of releases were pushed back because of the pandemic so for the first two months not much came out so, I thought I'd update you on some of the releases I've reviewed. In a few weeks, I'll actually be posting a little lockdown awards post, so it's pretty much the Lemon Awards but just for bands that released music in lockdown, and I will include any music that's come out since the start of lockdown to the date that I post The Lockdown Awards. 
So, let's get into this. This, in theory, is me telling you if I still stand by my opinion on all of these songs and see if they lived up to the hype I once gave them. So let's get into this!
Small note - no songs that I've reviewed in the past 2 weeks will be on here because they&…

The Albums I Never Liked... Do I Like Them Now?

So a few weeks ago, I did a post where I exposed my 2016 music taste and compared it with my current music taste, so I just want to talk really about the albums I never used to like, and see if I like them now. There's some on here that I do now love, but 2016 Grace hated with a passion! But, there's also some I still don't like, but let's give this a go and see what I do and don't like!
So, back in the day when I was proper getting into pop-punk and was really getting into all these different bands, there was some albums I went "Nope, don't like that one track so I don't like the album", but believe me, now I don't judge albums like that, because I still got an album I wasn't the biggest fan of tattooed on me, so take that as you will! 

So let's get into this; 
I never liked Black Lines by Mayday Parade really, I thought it was their worst album tied with Anywhere But Here, but I just refused to listen to it, however, my music taste has …

Red House by Red Cavalry

So, a lot of bands I've never worked with before have been sending me submission, and this is one of them. Red Cavalry is a band based in both Wales and Germany, which we like to see that sort of things here! 
So Red Cavalry is made up of two members which are, James and Alex, they're an alt-rock band and they're just released a new song a few days ago called Red House. 
The song isn't something that I would normally gravitate towards, however, it's different and therefore it's quite refreshing to hear something that not what you'd normally expect me to listen to, and I can appreciate the song. I can always appreciate music, and I tend to appreciate it a lot more if it's different and if it stands out to me, which is a very known fact around here. I say it all the time, I like music to be different, and I like songs to stand out to me and grab my attention, I like depth and change and different dynamics in music, just because that's what grips my atte…

Band Review - Death of Youth

So, I'm going to talk to you about another band today, and we're going to dive into their songs. Today's band is Death of Youth. This band is fronted by one of my Twitter friends and he said to do a review, and because it was Rob, I thought, yeah, why not. So here we are, we're going to talk about Death of Youth, who they are, what they do and have a listen to some of their songs. 
Death of Youth is based in South East London, and they're a melodic hardcore/emo band. 
For Fans Of - Touché Amoré, Departures, Casey, Counterparts, Defeater, State Faults
They have two EP's out for your listening pleasure, and they're pretty good! Now, I think we all know that yes, I do like hardcore, it's in my top 5 genres but it's not my number one, but if I like Death of Youth then it's very possible that you can like them too! 
I prefer the second EP which actually only came out a few months ago (April)  and it's honestly a really good EP, I've enjoyed it si…

Week Six - What I'm Listening To...

Welcome back to another weekly instalment of the songs I'm currently listening to on repeat. 

Bands I'm Loving; 
- The Mocking Jays  - Home Wrecked  - Four Thousand Miles - Not My Weekend  - Beartooth - Bring Me The Horizon - The Headspace - AVAERA - Knuckle Puck - Makeout - The Story So Far
Album's I'm Loving; 
- Disease by Beartooth - Disgusting by Beartooth - Suicide Season by BMTH
- Sempiternal by BMTH - That's The Spirit by BMTH - Shapeshifter by Knuckle Puck - What You Don't See by The Story So Far - Cream Soda by Rare Candy
Songs I'm Loving; 
- 27s & 10 on 2 by Rare Candy - Mudslide by Rare Candy - Funny Bones by The Mocking Jays - Isley Walton by The Mocking Jays - Home by Makeout - Spin The Bottle by Nautical Mile - What You Want by Home Wrecked  - These Days by Home Wrecked - White Lightning by Home Wrecked  - Stifled by The Story So Far  - Right Here by The Story So Far - California's Burning by Hot Milk - Solie by The Headspace - Can't Be Friends by The Headspace - Ever…

Hand Me Downs (Mac Miller) by The Mocking Jays

So with their new track dropping in less than 2 weeks the boys are back to give us another little treat, this time it’s in the form of a cover of Hand Me Downs by Mac Miller.It’s a lovely song to start with, but The Mocking Jays have really given it the justice it deserved! Jay's voice on this cover is something else.
I always say anything that the lads in TMJ do is beautiful, but you don’t have to be a fan to realise that this cover is something else! It really is beautiful.
I have always said that the boys are super talented and that Jay has a lovely voice, that still stands, and for them to take a song like Hand Me Downs by Mac Miller and cover it as well as they have, shows that. 
Some covers don't live up to the original, but this cover is honestly such a good cover! I didn't actually expect the cover to be as good as it is, and I also didn't expect to love it as much as I do. Of course, I knew I was going to love it, but the level of love I have for this is insane! …

Grow Up by AVAERA

So, AVAERA sent me an emailed and asked me if I'd be up for doing a review of their new single that dropped TODAY! So let's have a little talk about my thoughts on the new track! 
The new song is called Grow Up and I love it. I really do think it's a great song, I've always loved AVAERA's music, even before they were AVAERA, Blair's vocals are something else on this track! 
I swear AVAERA get better and better with every track they put out! This track truly shows that, and I'm so mindblown with how incredible it is! I'm literally lost for words because it's just that good! 
If you have never listened to AVAERA before, this is the track that should make you listen to them! This song is insane, I cannot find words to explain how blown away I am. I had moderately high expectations for this song, but they really did come along and blow my mind. This song is just insane. It's so loud and anthemic. I've always loved Blair's vocals, but this song …

Fuck Them All by The Dangerous Summer

The Dangerous Summer released a new song called Fuck Them All last week, and I was pretty excited for it. They're the band that gave us the hits including The Permanent Rain, Where I Want To Be and Weathered, in reality, their 2009 album Reach For The Sun was just iconic. I loved their last album Mother Nature that they released last year, so the bar was set pretty high for Fuck Them All... but the question is, did it live up to the hype? 
It's a great song! I love it, it's a classic TDS song. It's not as heavy and angsty as I expected it to be. From what was being posted on Instagram, I was expecting something a lot heavier. I was expecting it to pack more of a punch. I wanted more. If they hadn't had hyped it up to the extent that they did, and gave this impression of a really heavy intense song, I'd love it more. But because they set the bar high with the promo they did for it, I'm left feeling slightly underwhelmed. That's not to say, I don't lov…

Evergreen by The Headspace

So this is the first time I've worked with The Headspace, and they actually approached me about 2 weeks ago and well, they're a Notts indie-pop bands, so I was more than willing to give them a listen! 
So today (the 15th of July) they actually released a new song called Evergreen! And I felt honoured to be able to give this a listen beforehand and bring you my review of it! 
From the first 30 seconds, I can already tell you that I love it, I honestly think this is a great song! I went into this track not knowing what to expect, but I am mind blown at how incredible this track is! After two listens, I'm obsessed with it! 
It's such a catchy song, and I've found myself having it stuck in my head since I first heard it. Days go by and I've still got it stuck in my head. It's an incredible track. To actually sit and listen to it, and pick out all the different aspects, it's fascinating. It's exciting. To say that indie-pop is something that is so popular c…

River Lonely by Benjamin Martin

So, Benjamin Martin is Ben from Don't Forget Rupert, and he's releasing solo music, and spoiler alert, it's great! So, I thought, why not sit down and talk about my thoughts on this track! 

The track is called River Lonely and it's great. Ben has such a beautiful voice, so this track really does showcase that. It's an incredible song, and I really do rate it. 
It's beautiful, it truly is a work of art. It's such an emotional song, and I really do love it. It's a good song to cry to, but it really is an incredible song, and I do think you should go and check it out if you haven't already. 

It really is, such an incredible song, yes it's soft, and it's calm and no, it doesn't have anything that's a big surprise, but it still packs a punch, and it's such a beautiful track, and it's a song to fall in love with. It's a song that you fall in love with because of the emotion, and the beauty of it, rather than loving something on th…

Dealing With A Broken Heart by Ollie Hayes

So, Ollie Hayes has released his first solo track! And, I'm pretty excited about it, so when he dropped me an email asking me if I'd consider reviewing it, I knew I had to take him up on this opportunity! 
If you're unfamiliar, Ollie used to be in a band called The Half Eight but they took a step back from being a band to focus on new ventures. 
So, Ollie's first single is called Dealing With A Broken Heart and I'm 100% here for this track! 
My first thing to say is, Ollie has a beautiful voice and this track showcases that! In general, it's a beautiful song. It's a masterpiece of a song, there's just so many different aspects of this song to love and appreciate, and I can't even begin to put it into words how incredibly talented Ollie is! This song really does show just how talented Ollie is, and I'm blown away! This song really did exceed all the expectations I had for it! 
One of my favourite lines in this song has to be "Dopamine, where'…

Week Five: What I've Been Listening To...

So, welcome back to the weekly instalment of me telling you what music I'm listening to, so here we go! 
Bands I've Been Loving; 
- The Mocking Jays - Home Wrecked - The Dangerous Summer - Neck Deep - Hot Mulligan - Beartooth - The Story So Far - Mayday Parade - Bring Me The Horizon - Knuckle Puck - Four Thousand Miles
Albums and EP's I've Been Loving; 
- TMJ by The Mocking Jays (which technically doens't exist anymore but I have a digital version of it saved on my Mac so I've been spinning that a lot) - The Love Era by The Mocking Jays - Life's Not Out To Get You by Neck Deep - You'll Be Fine by Hot Mulligan - Disease by Beartooth - Disgusting by Beartooth - Aggressive by Beartooth - Suicide Season by Bring Me The Horizon - What You Can't See by The Story So Far - A Lesson In Romantics by Mayday Parade - Copacetic by Knuckle Puck - Shapeshifter by Knuckle Puck
Songs I've Been Loving; 
- Funny Bones by The Mocking Jays - Home by Makeout - Come Over by DiSTANTPETE - Closing T…