Okay, so growing up in South East London, I didn’t really hear a lot variety in the music around me (unless you call 13 year olds having -and I use this term loosely- “Rap battles” in school, music.)
I mean, I came across rock and punk a few times (I have a cool older brother), but instead of welcoming it with open arms (Like I should have) I got scared and ran back to whatever was in the UK top 40’s at the time. Lame.
Although, as I got older my music taste greatly developed (Thankfully) and I now I am a huge fan of rock and punk music and listen to it, pretty much, religiously. There isn’t anything I look at and think “No I’m not even going to attempt to listen to that”.
I experiment with music and I like what I like.
But saying that, until now- 2012, I haven’t really came across a lot of Post-hardcore music, and none that I was particularly obsessed with, again, until now. The reasons for my untimely obsession being:
Sleeping With Sirens are a 5-piece band from Orlando (who currently reside in Michigan). The band was originally started by members of For All We Know, Broadway and We Are Defiance. The band consists of Kellin Quinn (Vocals), Jesse Lawson (Guitar/Backing vocals), Jack Fowler (Guitar), Justin Hills (Bass guitar) and Gabe Barham (Drums). The band is currently signed to Rise Records, and have 2 full length albums out: With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear and Let’s Cheers to This. The band also released an EP this year (June) called If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack. The band is well known for the versatility of vocalist Kellin Quinn’s tenor leggiero vocal range, for those who don’t fully understand what this means (Me being one of them), in simple terms, his voice is very unique and he can hit higher notes than I can. Kellin vocals are often compared to a girl- I resent this VERY much, because his voice is perfect.
The band have generated a lot of buzz, not only in the USA (Warped tour), but also in the UK- Kerrang! magazine has started featuring the band and even said that they “owned” Warped tour and are going to blow up here in 2013. I think the reason SWS is so popular is because they are very versatile, their music is very upbeat and loud, it might be seen as heavy for some people, but there are many tracks on their albums that are softer and more acoustic like (All My Heart, Let’s Cheers To This, Let Love Bleed Red..). I personally am completely obsessed with them, I think their music is amazing and I just feel that we need more bands like them. They provide that ‘Follow your dreams and fuck anyone who tries to get in the way’ kind of attitude that really does inspire a generation. Their song Do It Now, Remember It Later, is not only super catchy, but also makes you want to dance on tables and pretty much scream at the top of your lungs to anyone and everyone “We’ll do what we want to!”
‘Cause in reality… we will.
SWS were at Warped tour 2012, and are touring the USA with Pierce The Veil on their Collide With The Sky Tour. The boys are also due to attend Soundwave festival in Australia early next year. They are definitely taking over. I can hardly contain my excitement!! *Screams like a little bitch*
Pierce The Veil are 4 crazy, hilarious guys from San Diego, California, and the reason I know about them is because they are in fact good friends with Sleeping With Sirens and even have a song with Kellin Quinn featured on it (King for a day). The band was started by Vic Fuentes (Lead Vocals/guitar) and brother Mike Fuentes (Drums), the other members of the band are Tony Perry (Lead guitar) and Jamie Preciado (Bass guitar/Vocals). The band released 2 albums with the record label Equal Vision: A Flair for the Dramatic and Selfish Machines. The band are now signed to Fearless Records and have released their third studio album called Collide with the Sky. The band is not only loved in the USA, but also is beginning to pick up major speed here in the UK. Personally I cannot wait to see a Pierce Takeover!
The band attended Warped tour alongside Sleeping With Sirens and played the main stage. The band have also just come off of their Headlining UK tour and going straight into their USA tour (with opening act Sleeping With Sirens). The band will also play at Soundwave festival in Australia 2013. Damn these boys are busy.
Pierce The Veil is another band that’s highly versatile, Their music is heavier than SWS, however there are some tracks on their albums which are more low-key and slower. PTV and SWS are the perfect bands since they don’t just stick to one type of music, they have the type of albums you can live and die by- Songs to save your life, in any occasion.
Abandon All Ships is a Canadian Post-hardcore/Metalcore band from Toronto. The band members include Angelo Aita (Unclean vocals), Martin Broda (Clean vocals), Sebastian Cassisi-Nunez (Synthesizers/Keyboard), Daniel Ciccotelli (Lead guitar) and Chris Taylor (Drums). The band are signed with Universal Music Canada via Underground Operations, along with an American deal to Rise Records and its imprint Velocity Records. The band have released 2 studio albums: Greeving and Infamous. (Before they were signed they released a self titled EP)
It’s safe to say that Abandon All Ships’ music is very heavy- I mean put a padlock in a bag and mosh pit, heavy. No Seriously. The band also tends to get a lot of hate on things like Twitter. I really don’t see why, they tell everyone to go fuck themselves on a regular basis… oh wait, do people not like that? ha! Overall I think the band is awesome and super hilarious, their lyrics resemble their carefree, fuck you attitude to life and all their haters. At first I did think their music was way too screamy, but Martin’s clean vocals are really good and helps to bring a balance to Angelo’s screaming. But again, their lyrics are way too funny not to love them. But if you don’t like them, they really don’t care… no seriously they don’t care, they are the Forever Lonely crew- they literally scream this in the middle of their songs. Big thumbs up from me. I think I’m the queen of that crew (People just don’t like me. *Shrugs*).
All three bands have really made me aware of the Post-hardcore genre and I really do love it. I also believe the root of my obsession over these bands is because not only are they extremely talented, they are also very hilarious and their personalities shine through when they are singing or doing an interview. Listen to/Watch them- You’ll fall in love.
You can thank me later.