Jake from Ellington let me hear five rough mixes from the band's upcoming full-length and it's good stuff. Normally, this is the sort of pop music that isn't typically my forte -- but it's undeniably invigorating and vibrant.
Let me just say that with all this crap in regards to Runner Runner... take a lesson, guys. This is how you make exuberant pop music laced with synth and big guitars about girls and parties. Believe it or not, you can actually mention that shit and not sound like you're talking to 15 year old females.
If All Time Low and Hellogoodbye were super awesome, this would be their baby. All Time Low's knack for hooks, Copeland's vocals, Hellogoodbye's sound, Dashboard's maturity and maybe a touch of Cartel for good measure. That's what it all sounds like, if it were blenderized.
Much like Mercy Mercedes' record, it's a mammoth pop album drenched with melody -- no rough edges, no aggression (some mild 'tude here and there): just big hooks, barrels of fun and tight production. (Matt Malpass = genius) The keys really lift the record, and the harmonies are outstanding.
Just keep your ears peeled. If you like melodic pop-rock that emphasizes the pop in a good and meaningful way, with a real mature attitude that J-14 will probably gloss over.
Don't worry -- from what I've heard so far, no autotune overload or anything like that. I think people should dig this though -- not as soft or flighty as their last two EPs. Much poppier and zestier; it's like Chex Party Mix on tape!
I had an awkward moment of staring at someone who I thought I recognized today. Whenever that happens, I always feel like an idiot.
I was in the line at the post office earlier and there was a guy in there who looked exactly like Alex from All Time Low. Given that their tour schedule runs them through this area around today (I checked), it very well could have been him. He gave me a look, but I think it was because I was looking at him like, "Is that the dude from All Time Low in the post office? In Ellensburg?! What the hell..." This isn't exactly a city people just stop by for kicks. If somebody knows him, they should confirm whether or not this happened or my mind is playing tricks on me.
Random, but I kind of wonder if he recognized me because I tend to talk a lot of shit about his band and their friends. I guess I'm a little critical of the band, but hey -- they have a few pretty good guilty pleasure hooks I think are worth jammin'. Nothing personal? Right?
Perhaps I'll get shit for this, but who cares? I actually like "Sink With Me," the new Taking Back Sunday single everyone truly hates. Something about that drum beat and the way the verses swerve into the chorus really grab me, and I enjoy the song quite a bit. My hopes for New Again are pretty low and I'm sure it will hardly be anything worth celebrating... but at least I like the first single.
I heard an unmastered track from All Time Low's upcoming album. People are pretty excited for this (well, some people are), and the song I heard (produced by Butch Walker) was undeniably catchy... but my teeth ache after hearing it. Maybe once it's mastered it will sound better, but it's pretty ordinary and rather unimpressive. Sucks, too... Butch is usually a mastermind when it comes to producing pop music.