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I have been through a hiatus, not an intentional one, but a lazy one. I have missed posting about the music that I love most and sharing my finds with other people who feel the same about rock music as I do.
I would love to share with you the songs that I have been blasting in my car and that have kept me sane during these uncertain times. Sometimes it lifts my mood and other times it makes me appreciate my daily life and all that I have to be grateful for. Lock down has taught me a lot of lessons and I hope I carry these lessons with me always.
1. Parasite Eve – Bring Me The Horizon
Parasite Eve is a relevant song dealing with the challenges we are facing at the moment, due to the COVID pandemic that has spread through the world these past few months. The lyric “when we forgot the infection, will we remember the lessons?” really resonated with me and I realised how important it is to remember this crisis for the rest of our lives. Don’t waste a good crisis.
2. Nothing Like Thieves – Is Everybody Going Crazy?
Nothing Like Thieves hit the nail on the head, with how a lot of people must be feeling at the moment. The world that we used to know, is now a thing of the past, but for how long? How long will we have to deal with all this uncertainty in our lives? It has certainly managed to make us appreciate what we have and how little we need to survive comfortably. Nothing Like Thieves describes the mindset of how people have been feeling and the longing for human connection. We don’t realise that we need it, until its limited or taken away completely.
3. Zero 9:36 – The End
When I discovered this song, I couldn’t go one day without listening to it. It has one of the best headbanger choruses ever. The rap/rock combination from Zero 9:36 really works for me. The lyrics deal with a sense of self-loathing that the singer is trying to fight. He wants to break free from external pressures, so that he can face his own demons.
4. Papa Roach – Tightrope 2020
Papa Roach comments on our current generation. This song was first released as a hidden track on the Infest album. I wasn’t aware of this fact and it surprised me how relevant the lyrics are. The style and melody of the song intrigues me. Its a different style compared to the rest of their material. The lyrics deal with serious subject matter in a digestible manner.
5. POORSTACY – I Can’t Sleep
A guy confused about the girl he is dating and describing how he thinks it might be a good idea to stop seeing her, but he is being tortured by his decision. He can’t sleep, he doesn’t believe her promises and she is taking away more from the relationship than she is willing to give. He knows what he needs to do, but he is struggling to go through with his decision. A casual, but dance-y track that tends to put me in a good mood.
6. Bush – Flowers On A Grave
Gavin Rossdale is describing loss and grief in this song. He is describing the feelings he had while coping with the loss of an important person in his life. This song takes me back to my teenage years and I think that feeling will be felt by long time fans of the band. Bush brings back pleasant memories of the arrival of the new millennium.
7. The Score – Dreamin ft blackbear
Ending off on a very positive note. This song is about fighting other people’s expectations and opinions. This will make you get rid of your fears and become more of the person that you are meant to be. Building a solid sense of self. This means speaking your own truth, regardless of what other people say, think and do. I find The Score’s music very uplifting in general and I don’t think its easy to pull off in the rock music genre for a modern rock band. I love Eddie’s vocals, as they always come across strong and clear.
I feel like we will weather the storm that this virus has caused, we will come through it being more appreciative, stronger as people and human beings.
Stay safe and stay sane.
This too shall pass.