Album Review: “Last Young Renegade” By All Time Low

All Time Low released their latest album Last Young Renegade on June 2 via. Fueled By Ramen. This is All Time Low’s first album under Fueled By Ramen’s record label.

All Time Low was under Hopeless Records and changed record labels last year. The public new about the label change on Feb. 17 via. Facebook with a statement by Alex Gaskarth.

Within the time span of the statement on Facebook and the release of Last Young Renegade, All Time Low made public five singles: “Dirty Laundry,” “Last Young Renegade,” “Nice2KnoU,” “Life Of The Party,” and “Good Times.” Besides “Good Times,” every other single had a music video release with the song. Interesting enough, Jack Barakat tweeted explaining how “Good Times” was the first track written.

Here is the track list to the album:

  1. Last Young Renegade
  2. Drugs & Candy
  3. Dirty Laundry
  4. Good Times
  5. Nice2KnoU
  6. Life of the Party
  7. Nightmares
  8. Dark Side of Your Room
  9. Ground Control (feat. Tegan and Sara)
  10. Afterglow

The album was different from their previous albums because of the sound. The sound and lyrics of the album were more mature and slower vibe which shows a different side to the band’s usual upbeat and energized songs like “Dear Maria, Count Me In” or “Six Feet Under The Stars.” Considering the album came out with five released singles, it was easy to predict that this album is different.

The band has shown tremendous growth in this album. The band changed record labels, and I feel made this album extra special. The album isn’t as pop or youthful but its relatable. I like the fact All Time Low has shown different aspects of their life as a group. The song “Nice2KnoU” shows that the band is going beyond their youth for inspiration for lyrics but has “Good Times” which shows off their nostalgic side. They dabble with bringing back lyrics involving love or romance with “Dirty Laundry” They expand more about cutting off bad relationships with their song “Drugs & Candy.”

As someone who grew up with All Time Low, it’s nice to see them mature as I do. I can’t wait to finally meet All Time Low next week. I’ll be sure to talk about my experience in next week’s post. What do you think of the album? Which song is your favorite? Let me know by tweeting it to me @ovictoriamedia.

In other news, Neck Deep announced “The Peace and The Panic EU Tour” that goes around Europe and the UK throughout the months of October and November (ticket information can be found on their website,) The Maine announced a tour throughout the month of September with Night Riots and The Technicolors in Europe and the UK (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Blink 182 and PVRIS announced a show together in New York, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 is going to be released, according to Rock Sound, with bands like Too Close To Touch, Boston Manor, Capsize, and more.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*I will be going to see Real Friends in Irving Plaza in NYC tonight and will be meeting All Time Low on June 6 at a local record shop. I will be writing about my experience for next week.

Album Review: “Lovely Little Lonely” By The Maine

The Maine is a rock group from Tempe, Arizona. 2017 marks their 10th year as a group. The Maine released their album, Lovely, Little, Lonely on April 7, 2017 via. 8123.

Before and during the recording process of Lovely, Little, Lonely,  The Maine created a docu-series called “Miserable Youth.” The docu-series showed the process The Maine went through for the album. It was interesting to see the process a band would go through. It was unique that The Maine took their fans through the process. (I wrote a blog post about the series here.)

The singles that released prior to album debut were: “Bad Behavior,” “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu,” and “Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23). “Bad Behavior” had a music video release prior to the album’s debut. Didn’t read my review of “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu?” Check out my review here.

Here is the track list:

  1. Don’t Come Down
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. Lovely
  4. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  5. Taxi
  6. Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23)
  7. Little
  8. The Sound of Reverie
  9. Lost in Nostalgia
  10. I Only Wanna Talk To You
  11. Lonely
  12. How Do You Feel?

I’ve been a fan of The Maine since Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop and this album was nothing short of fantastic. Lovely, Little, Lonely was one my personal list of highly anticipated albums. Each week of “Miserable Youth” made me more excited for the album to be here. What also got me excited for the release was the counting down for the album on The Maine’s social media allowing people to listen to small portions of each song.

I enjoyed the fact that The Maine felt comfortable making an album they seem super proud and enthusiastic for Lovely, Little, Lonely. Each song is quality and sticks to The Maine’s roots of being pop- rock. The moment I heard each single, I knew this album was going to be amazing. My favorite part about the album were the songs “Lovely,” “Little,” and “Lonely” for the fact they were interludes transitioning one song from another. One of my favorite parts about listening to an album in its entirety is seeing if the group used transitions from song to song which The Maine did.

The Maine will be going on a world tour in honor of Lovely, Little, Lonely. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website themaineband.com. Make sure to tweet me @ovictoriamedia telling me your favorite off of Lovely, Little, Lonely.

In other news, Sykes released the music video for “Glimmer,” Falling In Reverse said that it will be playing two days at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour via. Twitter, Cold War Kids released their latest album LA DIVINE with a song featuring Bishop Briggs, K. Flay released Every Where Is Some Where today, and Eat Your Heart Out is signed to Fearless Records. The news was announced via. Facebook.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

The Premiere Of okay. By As It Is

The five member group, As It Is, is from Brighton, England. As It Is signed to Fearless Records in 2014. Okay. is As It Is’ second full length album released under that label.

There were 5 singles released off of the album: “Pretty Little Distance,” “Okay,” “No Way Out,” “Hey Rachel,” and Until I Return.” As It Is has also been streaming portions of their songs on their Facebook and Instagram.

The 11 song album has a 1950s vibe that displays well in “Pretty Little Distance.” Each song is different from each other and expands the group’s abilities. The song “Hey Rachel” was written for lead singer Patty Walter’s little sister. If you’re feeling the need to take on a slow song on the album, “Still Remembering” is one of their slower songs on okay. “Soap” is opposite as it has a more grungy and angsty feeling on okay. Personally, I enjoyed the more raw and open lyrics that As It Is had on this album. Each song has a diverse sound that’s pleasing to the ear. The song that stood out the most to me on this was “Austen,” and “Soap.” I’m so proud of As It Is for growing tremendously as a group.

Here is the tracklist:

  1. Pretty Little Distance
  2. Okay
  3. Hey Rachel
  4. Patchwork Love
  5. Curtains Close
  6. No Way Out
  7. Soap
  8. Austen
  9. Until I Return
  10. The Coast Is Where Home Is
  11. Still Remembering

I got into As It Is before seeing Mayday Parade on the AP Tour in 2015. Seeing As It Is perform their set live gave me a glimpse of the energy they have as a band. The group is infectious and gets the crowd moving.

As It Is will be touring throughout the year of 2017 around Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website. Hopefully they’ll be back in the United States (fingers crossed for Warped Tour!)

In other news, Real Friends will be touring across the United States with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing No Where open for them. The tour is from April 27 to June 9. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Also, The Maine’s sold out 8123 Festival in Phoenix, AZ is this weekend, the group also released a new single “Bad Behavior.” We can expect their new album on April 7. The Maine will be touring with that album, and tickets and tour information can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Album Review: Haven’t Been Myself by Too Close To Touch

Too Close To Touch released their latest album on September 23, Haven’t Been Myself. Too Close To Touch is a rock band from Lexington, Kentucky composed of Keaton Pierce, Mason Marble, Thomas Kidd, Travis Moore, and Kenneth Downey. Their journey to the ears of listeners began in 2012. Too Close To Touch was their first EP released by Epitaph Records in 2014 and Nerve Endings was their first full length album released in March of 2015 by Epitaph Records. Too Close To Touch got exposure playing at Vans Warped Tour in 2016 and won “Best Underground Band” in this year Alternative Press Music Awards. Haven’t Been Myself is Too Close To Touch’s second full length album released via. Epitaph Records.

The singles released prior to the album were “What I Wish I Could Forget,” “Crooked Smile,” and “Sympathy.” This album release was acompanied by the music video for “Sympathy.” The track list is as followed:

  1. Sympathy
  2. Crooked Smile
  3. What I Wish I Could Forget
  4. Translate
  5. Miss Your Face
  6. The Art of Eye Contact
  7. Modern Love Affair
  8. Inside Voices
  9. What A Shame
  10. For Your Sake
  11. Eiley

Pierce lost his three year old sister, and the album is nothing short than emotional pulling at your heart strings. Pierce has an amazing rasp in his voice displaying a sense of urgency, anger and sadness. The songs “Miss Your Face” and “Sympathy” are emotional by the way Pierce creates a raw vocal. Too Close To Touch has such heart-wrenching lyrics that pull at your heart strings in the right way. The album is great, and doesn’t stray away from their previous sound of their prior records. Their prior records were great, but Haven’t Been Myself truly reflect the band’s drive, emotion, and overall composition.

You can pick up a copy of Haven’t Been Myself from your local record store, purchase the album on their website, download it from iTunes or Amazon, and stream from Apple Music and Spotify. You can catch Too Close To Touch opening for Crown The Empire this fall. Ticket information can be found here.

In other news, As It Is made public that they are releasing a new album okay. on January 20, 2017 which can be pre-ordered on iTunes, Mayday Parade announced an anniversary edition of Tales Told By Dead Friends that can be pre-ordered on iTunes, the release of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade/ Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) released today, and The Maine will be playing tonight at Webster Hall in New York City one last time in 2016. The Maine is having the first ever 8123 Fest in Phoenix, Arizona celebrating their 10 years as a band. Tickets for The Maine can be found here. Panic! At The Disco released the music video for “LA Devotee” and information on a United States tour in 2017 with MisterWives and Saint Motel. Ticket pre-sale is on September 26 at 10AM.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

-ovictoria

***This weekend, I will be an extra for Real Friend’s music video. Would you like to hear my experience about being an extra in next week’s post? Let me know by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia

Here’s a picture of the guys of Too Close To Touch and myself at Warped Tour!