Not exactly sure how I feel about myself or my listening habits at the moment.
I am currently giving Mercy Mercedes' new record, Believe It, a spin and while it's catchier than whatever sexual transmitted disease you can find... it's also very synth-heavy. And frankly, my ears AREN'T USED TO THAT!
Now, I don't necessarily have a set bias against synth-heavy music (hey, I like my fair share of '80's pop), however in this day & age, it's just not usually my thing. It reminds me a bit too much of Owl City and bullshit like that. Hell, I can't be expected to keep all these keyboard-happy bands apart. As far as I'm concerned, a majority of what I spy on It-Leaked is perpetually stunted-growth pop music.
Mercy Mercedes' last EP was not something I enjoyed. Don't really remember any specifics, I just recall turning that one off after one casual listen. This new album is best described as (and I am stealing this from Joe DeAndrea) "Cartel with synthesizers." I swear, Will Pugh has to be singing on here somewhere.
You take that whole synth thing off the album? No question that any pop-punk fan would eat this up like . The middle of this record is very heavy on using said keyboard instrument and I'm just not sure how I feel about it yet. Thankfully, the band dropped the neon imagery get-up, and after comparison, a few of the older songs re-recorded here sound infinitely better (in case you wanna know, two of the EP's tracks were re-recorded for the disc).
Yeah, this is kind of a stupid post/point to make, but this is sort of a big deal to me. I don't find myself listening to music this unabashedly poppy, yet so goddamn catchy, from a band I previously dismissed. Apologies for being redundant, but I simply feel kind of weird listening to. Probably because I'm so punk, bro.
Now back to my regularly scheduled Crossfade addiction.