Boost your mood during the Lockdown Lull

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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.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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)