Rock songs for the soul

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I know that there have been many controversies regarding music streaming services, but at the moment I can’t imagine my life without Spotify. That might sound a little dramatic, but it has given me the opportunity to discover bands that I never thought I would. I’m a huge advocate for the artists and that they should be properly remunerated for their material, but Spotify has given me so much to be excited about.

I have this innate need to share music that I love with people, therefore I would like to share some of my discoveries here.

 

Deaf Havana – “Sinner”

I never expected to like this song as much as I do. The lyrics and melody are contrasting and I tend to love that in a song. It delivers itself as a religious song, but the narrator is berating himself because he doesn’t believe that anyone or anything can save him from his sins. The lyrics paint a picture of someone who is asking for forgiveness, but he is not sure if he deserves it.

 

Deaf Havana – “Hell”

 

As you can tell, I’m obsessed with this band at the moment and their latest album “Rituals” is incredible. The reason I’m featuring this song, is because it really hit home for me. I can relate to each lyric in this song. The narrator admits that he did wrong by his significant other, he confesses that his behaviour hurt the person he was in a relationship with. He seems to want to shift the blame onto his significant other by telling him/her that they were blind to his faults and he never made any promises about his intentions.

 

Hands Like Houses – “Overthinking”

 

I think many of us can relate to the title alone! The narrator is beating himself/herself up for holding onto someone, even though they know better. The narrator is dealing with a lot of doubt and self-criticism instead of letting go of the situation/person that is causing all his/her distress.

 

You Me At Six – “Straight To My Head”

This song reminisces about the trials that two people have gone through and how the lyricist wouldn’t know how to replace the relationship if it ever had to end. It is a song about a strong bond between two people and the adventures they have shared together since they were young.

Normandie – “Dead”

The songwriter ponders death through his lyrics and marvels at what happens when we “leave”. He wonders what all the doubt and fear we experience during our lifetime means, in essence we leave them behind. A song that leaves you feeling a little empty afterwards, because the thoughts of the songwriter are transferred to you and you are just left wondering what life is about.

 

Daughtry – “Death of Me”

The songwriter is overwhelmed by a situation in his life and he can’t seem to cope or find his way through it. The storyteller would like to protect his heart from feeling anything, because if he gives in to this feeling he is afraid of what will happen. This situation is causing him immense anxiety, but in the end he believes that love will prove to be stronger than his doubt.

We all have our personal battles to deal with on a daily basis and this is mentioned in the song.

“Another day, another battle
We all have a cage to rattle”

 

Badflower – “Ghost”

This video/song deals with a very heavy topic. It deals with cutting (self-harm) and eventually suicide. The song starts out with the protagonist wanting to feel some sort of release and wanting someone to notice that he is in emotional pain. There is an extreme feeling of emptiness and despair from this character when he cuts himself again.

The protagonist is crying out for help at this point and the chorus indicates that he is capable of rational thought even though he is in distress.

“Take the blade away from me
I am a freak, I am afraid that
All the blood escaping me won’t end the pain
And I’ll be haunting all the lives that cared for me
I died to be the white ghost
Of the man who I was meant to be, yeah”

The protagonist cuts himself again and he went further than he meant to. He ends up regretting his actions which hurts even more.

He cut a little deeper and ended up passing away without leaving a letter behind. He expresses deep regret because of this and how he was never a good son to his Mother. He found his life overwhelming and he wasn’t able to cope with it.

This song is extremely powerful and reminds us to look after one another and not to be blind to what someone else is going through.

Please bear in mind that my interpretations of these songs are my personal opinions, based on my own experiences. Therefore feel free to interpret them in your own way.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

(MusicMonkey14)

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Band of the Month – The Fuel

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Credits to Bart Heemskerk Source: https://www.facebook.com/thefuelrocks

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Credits to Bart Heemskerk Source: https://www.facebook.com/thefuelrocks

The Fuel originated one night on a balcony in Athens, Greece when two friends made a pact to start a new band. Arjen and Olly was at the end of a 3 week European tour with their respective bands at the time namely Hermano and Spoiler. The duo had shared the bill at numerous shows in the preceding years. The pair share a passion for high-energy, bluesy, soul injected rock music. The foundation for The Fuel was built on their mutual love for rock music.

After losing touch the pair reunited in Troy, Torino inevitably spending most of their time in a van. These road trips ignited the spark that was created many years ago. Early 2014 Arjen and Olly decided it was time to make their dream a reality. They decided to team up with long-time friend of the scene Jordi Langelaan an established and talented musician who owns his own recording studio called Barn In The Meadow. The trio played together for a couple of months, laying down the foundation for the band’s sound, but they felt like something was missing. The trio didn’t feel right and the band members felt like the vocal melodies needed to be expanded to create a bigger sound. Arjen had come across a vocalist singing some established blues songs on Soundcloud, a true diamond in the rough. The band asked Jelle to come to a studio, which was unknown territory for Jelle at the time, because he never experienced what it felt like singing into a microphone. The band was impressed with how easily Jelle adapted to the studio and evolved to become the essential ingredient in The Fuel’s recipe. The Fuel spent some time together creating and moulding their sound for the 5 track EP Add Fire to THE FUEL in July 2015. The EP has not been released yet.

The band consists of Jelle Klumpenaar (vocals), Arjen Rienks (Bass, Backing Vocals), Olly Smit (Guitars) and Jordi Langelaan (Drums, Backing Vocals).

I discovered the band when Jelle sent me a link to their new music video. I was blown away to say the least. The guitar intro is enough to give any rock music fan goosebumps. Jelle’s voice is raw, edgy, gritty with some bluesy soul thrown in for good measure. “Revolution” the band’s debut song has been on loop in my ears this whole week. The groove, guitars and bluesy sound is addictive. It is inspiring to see a new band produce a quality music video with high production value, because it creates a great first impression and fans buy into the band more easily.

All of us need to keep an eye on this band, because I can tell there is a lot more that this band can offer the rock music industry.

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

View the video for “Revolution”: