10 years of “…Is a Real Boy”.

The year was 2008. I was thirteen years old, had a terrible taste in fashion, an obsession with coffee, a strange passion for the comedy show Scrubs and an even stranger passion for Sarah Chalke (she was/ is fine).

Anyway, it was a Sunday morning and I was nearing the end of my Scrubs marathon, I had almost polished off all 8 series, I got to the last episode, the one in which holds one of my favourite scenes in modern television.

After about two series of will they won’t they JD (Zach Braff) and Elliot (Sarah Chalke) finally kiss. None of this holds any real relevance, but in the background of this scene, I heard a song.

This song was beautiful, powerful, lyrically poignant, and just brilliant.

The song turned out to be Alive With The Glory of Love by the band Say Anything.

Now, strictly speaking, there aren’t many albums that spring to mind when I think of brilliance. Especially in terms of studio debuts.

However, …Is a Real Boy, was an album I instantly fell in love with.

From the punk-rock demeanour in the opening song, Belt, to the heartfelt charm in, I Want To Know Your Plans, the album is pretty fucking unreal.

The lyrical mastermind of Max Bemis gained the band many plaudits; he was even considered the next Bob Dylan at one point.

But for me this debut album is more than just lyrically sophisticated, the guitars in every track are just amazing.

They say once you’ve listened to an album once, every other time you listen to it you’ll hear new things. I haven’t found this to be apparent until this album.

For example, in the song Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat, there are so many things going on that you’re almost sucked in to the mind-set of which Max Bemis was in at the time of recording.

It’s been well documented that Max Bemis almost drove himself to clinical insanity whilst recording the album.

So it’s no surprise that in songs like Woe, he shares his insecurities in one-liners such as; she took pity on me horizontally/ oh most likely because of my band, or after working his fingers to the bone for the album at the end of Admit It!!! He is literally screaming; when I’m dead/ I’ll rest.

There are very few albums that still mean as much to me at the age of 18 that they did when I was 14.

But every time I play …Is a Real Boy, I find myself getting excited about the next song again.

…Is a Real Boy, introduced Max Bemis and Say Anything to the world and began what has been an illustrious career. After all, he has about four side projects and his own collection of comic books.

Well done to the pioneer of American indie-rock, and happy birthday to the album that changed my life.


Take – Two Glass Horses (New Release)

From the ashes of the band that were Midnight Playground, come a new band and another fine export from Liverpool; Two Glass Horses.

With no need of an introduction the song starts immediately, with a thunderous riff but an ever so gentle lead guitar riff over the top.

But as soon as you think you have the band pinned down, the whole mood of the song changes, with a difference in timing as well as rhythm, the song then jumps into another styling.

This time an ascending riff, with very large sounding distorted tones, to then welcome you into the chorus.

Now, the choruses of Midnight Playground’s songs always started gentle to then take you into a huge riff ridden explosion of sounds. That is a trait that I’m very glad to hear has remained in their song-writing formula.

Take, is a song that puts you through your paces. An ever-changing backdrop of moods that are portrayed by the guitar riffs used.

Take some time and give them a listen here, you shan’t be disappointed;