Say Anything – Six Six Six

Say Anything – Six Six Six

In recent years Say Anything’s lead singer and realistic front man, Max Bemis, has been very busy with side projects such as Max Bemis and the Painful Splits and more favourably Two Tongues (Oh and releasing his own series of pretty cool comics).

 

But now returning to his first venture Say Anything, he’s more experimental than ever.

 

He has actually managed to record a whole album without using a guitar, and lead single, Six Six Six shows that yet again the man has pulled it off.

 

Lyrically speaking, Six Six Six is based around his upbringing in a Jewish family, this isn’t that much of unfamiliar territory considering the lyrics written to arguably their biggest hit, Alive With The Glory Of Love, was written mostly about his Grandfather and Grandmother living in a concentration camp.

 

And again this shows Max Bemis in his finest hour, his loveably honest lyrical charm; his heart is most certainly on his sleeve again.

 

The band’s earlier stuff was very dramatic, and if you listen to their debut, …Is a Real Boy, it is very much clear that it is like a recap on Bemis’ life at that moment, struggling with drugs and depression.

 

This new album is going to be reflective of that, since having a child Max Bemis’ lyrics have been, much more pragmatically upbeat.

 

Much like their second album In Defence of the Genre, Hebrews is said to feature several singers and friends.

 

One of my favourite singers Andy Hull is thankfully featured on Six Six Six and it is just magnificent.

 

It’s clear that Say Anything are back with another very thought provoking indie/ emo/ punk/ pop/ cry album.

 

Enjoy Six Six Six, here:

 

Paperboy – Brighton’s answer to Paolo Nutini

Paperboy – Brighton’s answer to Paolo Nutini

Ever wonder what Paolo Nutini’s second album would have sounded like if a band from Brighton played it?

 

Well now you have your answer in Brighton five-piece, Paperboy.

 

But that’s not to say they are as one-dimensional.

 

Taking a slight swing at the quirky Scottish reggae through the raybans of famous Brightonian Luke Pritchard and Dulwichian Jack Penate, Paperboy offer a more solid sounding, off beat ensemble.

 

More focus on guitar in tracks such as, 50 years time, It’s A Lie and the eponymous single Paperboy, make the band an all round more melodic subject of the reggae genre.

 

Equally, vocalist Charlie Marshall’s use of pushing up the notes on the down beats shows a natural brilliance for the genre.

 

The over use of the sweet tone of the trumpet does not get sickening with this band neither does your love for the simplistic lyrics, compositions and easiness of the melodies.

 

Two Glass Eyes – Mend

Two Glass Eyes – Mend

I don’t know what it is with Northern Ireland and Scotland producing the best bands in Noise Rock/ Post-Hardcore.

 

But, a new addition to this array of brilliance would be that of Two Glass Eyes.

 

New single, entitled Mend, is nothing short of loud, abrasive and down right sassy.

 

Similar to that of More Than Conquerors, Twin Atlantic (When they were good) and Arcane Roots, Two Glass Eyes make you want to throw yourself into a circle of flailing arms and pissed off mohicans.

 

What’s brilliant about this band is how solidly built their sound is considering they are only a three piece.

 

The naivety of the riffs in Mend really take you back to Puzzles by Biffy Clyro and Scatterbrain by The Xcerts.

 

The almost Math-rock but with a side fringe breakdown at the end gets you by the throat and squeezes until you start to sing along.

 

With positivity as infectious as Dara O’ Brien’s smile in this song, it’s safe to say Two Glass Eyes of Northern-Ireland are going to be just as big as the riffs they write.

 

Check them out, beware they are loud.

 

Seprona – I swear it’s a band not a beer.

Seprona – I swear it’s a band not a beer.

The year of 2008 was when I was first made aware of Seprona’s frontman, Daniel Badger’s singing capability back when he was fronting his band The Vibes/ Fare Evaders.

 

The Liverpool music scene was filled with almost fun sounding nostalgic music, the catchy guitar riffs, wavey hair and heart-felt sentiment embedded lyrically were, well just the norm.

 

Six years later that general consensus of sound has shifted, yet Daniel Badger’s new frontier is clearly something that embraces them roots.

 

Seprona, a name that sounds like a clear-bottled-beer-brand have almost as many crisp delightful after tastes in their back catalogue.

 

Take The Bait, opening with a riff that sounds very similar to that of The Smiths –  Bigmouth Strikes Againyet with a little more of a swing in its step and more of an upside down frown.

 

But this appears to be a bit more of a darker twist on what could be a pop song with the atmospheric vibe it gives of.

 

It is almost as though they were thinking, ‘let’s write a song that would be played in a really subdued part of Scrubs.’

 

Lyrically speaking, Seprona do not differ much from The Smiths – the singer sounds a bit down.

 

However, it’s clear that the songs have been written acoustically due to the elongated verses, which is evident in their second track As Soon As She Knows, but this isn’t a bad song writing characteristic by any means.

 

The shifting of the song structure and thought provoking idea of what is the chorus or when even is the chorus is undoubtedly refreshing.

 

The simplicity of the chord progressions and rhythms, but the slightly off the beat song structures make Seprona, a dare I say, polarising spectacle.

Night Engine – All I Got (NEW RELEASE)

Night Engine – All I Got (NEW RELEASE)

Night Engine, a band that I had the pleasure of seeing when they supported The 1975 back in September.

 

On first listen you immediately call upon Talking Heads, David Bowie and The Doors.

 

And their new release All I Got does not hold back on that slightly glamorous over the top 80s sound.

 

The reverberating synth mixed with the prominent bassline really gives you the idea of Talking Heads – Psycho Killer but with more modern balls.

 

And vocalist plainly known as Phil (via Facebook) and his almost Bowie like howling of shivering lyrics makes you want to take a trip down to an East London bar where it’s happy hour every hour but they only sell Gin and Tonic, EXCLUSIVELY.

 

All in all, All I Got is a very flamboyant single.

 

http://www.kililive.com/artists/night-engine