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.
Hey all I know I kind of fell off the map for a bit. I was in the middle of moving and had no internet until now. I’m seeing Blue October this Saturday so you can expect a post about the show that night or the following morning!
This is probably my favorite line from the song. This song by Phoenix has the right mix of rock, dance, and techno sound to get you moving. The up beat and constant drums mixed with the catchy lyrics and simple but enticing guitar riffs make for the perfect hook. It’s the type of song that gets in your head and has you humming it for the rest of the day.
The diversity of this music industry and the sounds that permeate it are vast. While i listen to all different kinds of music my tastes tend be rooted more towards “Rock” if that can even be considered a designation anymore. The “Rock” genre in it of itself has become so sub divided the diversity with in itself is astounding.