Rock Tracks on the 2019 Radar

We want 2019 to rock, so here are a few of the latest rock tracks to wet your appetite properly!

Risen – Sevendust

This song is heavily driven by the impeccable drumming performed by Morgan Rose. The lyrics of the song deals with trusting someone enough in order to love again. The narrator is looking for someone to help make him/herself strong again after disappointment/heartbreak. Lajon’s vocals always tend to elevate a song, to create a good contrast with the heavy instrumentation.

 

Apologize – grandson

With “Apologize”, grandson is stating that he admits to all his mistakes and imperfections, but he refuses to apologise for who he is. The opening line “I lose a bit of myself with every selfie” could be a commentary on the world’s current obsession with social media. I think this song is empowering and a wake-up call to the world to take responsibility for their actions by becoming more self-aware. grandson really has a knack for creating a unique sound that has become his signature.

Come Around – Papa Roach

Papa Roach delivers a powerful message with the lyrics for “Come Around”. It is about being there for someone when they are going through a difficult time and sticking it out with them even when it becomes tough. People act differently when they are trying to cope with a difficult situation, even though they think they are hiding it well. Papa Roach created a lighter sound on this song, despite the heavy topic at hand. They are creating a sense of optimism by incorporating a stunning guitar solo towards the end.

Born For This – The Score

The Score has a talent for creating arena-worthy anthems. “Born for this” is definitely no exception. The lyrics serve as a motivation to deal with any difficulties that life may throw at you and being ready to face them head on. This song will be right at home at any sporting event, I imagine it being blasted to the audience at a stadium and them loving every minute of it. The Score are starting to make a name for themselves and they deserve every minute of it.

Hold Up A Light – Thrice

The chorus to this song is a headbanger of note. I love the build-up to the chorus and then singing along to it in my car as loud as I can and then I ask myself, “Can life get any better?”.

I can’t help but think that this song  has an apocalyptic feel to it. I’m sure the crowd will love it if the band decides to play this song live at some of their concerts. I think any rock fan will gravitate towards this song.

Medicine – Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon return with super honest lyrics. I’m always entertained by Oli’s blunt style of song writing. I love the style of the song and I won’t ever forget the opening verse “Some people are a lot like clouds, you know (Clouds, you know, clouds, you know) ‘Cause life’s so much brighter when they go”. I’m obsessed about the video for “Medicine”, it is artistic, fascinating and realistic. Although this song might seem a little more mainstream than fans expect, I have thoroughly enjoyed the album thus far.

Dying in a Hot Tub – Palaye Royale

Remington Leith delivers a song about a friend that is seemingly going through depression and addicted to drugs. He is trying to intervene through the lyrics and deliver the vocals with the necessary flair and sensitivity. This band is in a different league and produce their own flavour of 21st century glam rock.

Demons – Our Last Night

“Demons” is a reminder that all of us are capable of being brave and overcoming adversity. I love the how the electronics were incorporated in the song and the intro. There are certain guitar sections of “Demons” which mimic speed metal and I love the pace of the song. The brothers’ vocals blend beautifully and they take you on a sonic journey with so many elements being blended effortlessly.

A promise of great things to come this year!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

(MusicMonkey14)

One Republic Cape Town Concert Review 21/06/2015

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In November of 2014 I purchased Golden Circle tickets for One Republic’s concert on the 21.06.2015. There was no real build-up to the concert, because I had purchased the tickets so long ago. I normally do some research before a show, so I didn’t know what to expect which can sometimes be a good thing.

Gangs of Ballet was the support act for One Republic’s South African tour. The band started their set at 08:00 and performed their live staples such as “Hello Sweet World”, “Don’t Let Me Go” and “House and Money”. Gangs of Ballet hail from Durban and the band consists of Brad Klynsmith (Vocals/Electric Guitar), Jono Rich (Keyboard) and Josh Klynsmith (drums). All three musicians have studied Music at University level. Their sound is difficult to attribute to one genre, but they experiment with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance music. Their musical influences include; Coldplay, Radiohead, Muse, The Killers, Civil Twilight and Isochronous. The band delivered a passionate performance, but I struggled to hear some of the vocals which might be due to where I was standing in front of the speakers which was very LOUD at times much to my delight! I was pleased that the support act was a well-known and experienced band, because it demonstrates the talent that South Africa can produce.

At 09:00 it was One Republic who finally took to the stage or so we thought?? We were treated to the band’s shadows behind a white sheet which really amped up the anticipation. They opened with “Don’t Look Down” and went straight into “Light It Up” which was fitting.

As soon as the sheet came down the crowd went crazy and wholeheartedly sang along with “Secrets”.

The band went off stage for a few minutes when the on-screen choir started singing the intro to “All The Right Moves”. It was really remarkable the amount of variables evident on each song that One Republic produces and you only realise that once you see them play live. You tend to take it for granted when you are listening to their albums. Each band member is capable of playing four instruments or more depending on the demands of each song, additionally they use their hands as instruments as well. They slowed it down with the song “What You Wanted” and played a crowd favourite followed called “Stop and Stare”. The popular song “Something I Need” didn’t disappoint at all.

The band moved their set to the middle of the runway with a cool acoustic setting. Ryan introduced “Apologize” on the piano to a very receptive crowd. A real treat was when Ryan did a cover of George Ezra’s “Budapest” with a twist. The band went on to play “Preacher” a really emotional song which will ring true to a lot of people, I was surprised how much I liked this song when I first heard it while listening to “Native”. Next up was “Good Life” accompanied by imagery of the band and all their adventures during their world tour including the places that they visited. Among the shots were images of Cape Town which was a proud moment for all of us.

The band went off stage except Zach Filkins who stayed behind,  to treat us in playing witness to his extraordinary guitar skills with a Spanish guitar medley. It was jaw-dropping! The band re-entered to play “Counting Stars”, one of my favourite songs. They continued with “Can’t Stop”,  “Au Revoir”, “Feel Again” and the current hit “I Lived” a very emotional song layered with a catchy melody.

The encore started with the anthemic “Love Runs Out” during which Ryan came over to our side of the stage, looked me right in the eyes and took my hand, (*faints*) I don’t remember much after that 😀 .

[I have a ring on with red cross with blue background and he grabs my hand first, view below:]

Ryan took us by surprise when he did a rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful Life”. The last song was Alesso’s remix of “I Lose Myself” during which the crowd was showered with confetti. I’m so glad that they decided to play the remixed version, because it took the energy of the crowd to another level. View the video of the performance here:

Ryan is a very energetic frontman affecting everyone around him and I was in awe of his exceptional vocal delivery which was on point the entire time!

I really appreciate the production that went into setting up the venue and the ambience of the show. I can understand why I paid the asking price, which is really important for the band(s) and production team to take into account. As a concert goer you NEVER want to feel ripped off. I had a fabulous time and I would love for the band return to South Africa ASAP.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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PS: Thank you to my fiance for all the photos and videos he took, so that I could just enjoy the show.

OneRepublic Setlist Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa 2015, Native World Tour

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Me patiently waiting for the show to start!

Me patiently waiting for the show to start!