I came across the song, “Walking the Dog” by fun. in a pretty atypical way for myself. Spin Magazine made a compilation for the New Jersey outdoor music festival The Bamboozle. I, being the music whore I am known to be, downloaded this free mix, burned it to a CD and popped it in my car’s radio. I found myself repeating the same song over and over again, something that hardly ever happens. I must admit, any song that has a “nah, nah, nah” chorus makes me weak at the knees. This song has something that a lot of songs don’t have nowadays, coincidentally, fun.
Hypnogaja is a modern rock band from Los Angeles, California. They have a sound that fits in very well with the likes of some of the bands they’ve toured with, like Shinedown and Saliva. I had the pleasure of conducting an email interview with the band recently, but before we get to that let’s talk a little about their latest record: Truth Decay.
OK Go is one of the most unique bands around. Typically, I tend to compare a band’s sound to that of another, but with them I can’t. I found that no comparison does the description of their sound justice. OK Go formed in 1998 though the lead singer Damian Kulash and bassist Tim Nordwind, who met when they were 11 years old. Dan Konopka and Andy Ross joined up later on. The band first found major success through the help of their legendary treadmill video for “Here It Goes Again” when it blew up on Youtube. It currently has 50,988,412 views.
We Americans were unlucky in the 90’s. Sure, plenty of good music came out of that decade, but it wasn’t really substantial. The radio co-opted main-stream radio. And while I listen to anything, on occasion, they have changed from their roots. Pop sold sex, Rap propagated anger, and Rock said…nothing. The ‘Protest Song’ was lost, and this was a tragedy for Americans.
Relient K is a Christian rock band that started showing up on the radar in the late 90’s. The band has a sound that continues to evolve with every new album. They resemble the sound of most emo/new punk bands that are around but the one major difference is the uplifting sound and lyrics of their songs, even if the message behind it is a depressing subject. They always try and put a positive twist on it.
On Sunday, April 10th 2010, I had a chance to go see the Pick Up The Phone Tour Featuring Hurricane Bells, Stars of Track and Field, and Blue October. This tour is a collaboration of these bands as well as To Write Love on Her Arms, PostSecret and 1-800-Suicide National Hopeline Network to raise suicide awareness. It is a brilliant way to raise suicide awareness and bring to light a problem that too often goes unnoticed. This tour was designed to help people suffering from mental health issues and show them that they have somewhere to turn for help.