Posts Tagged ‘music’

Placebo, again? Well if you remembered the last time I reviewed Placebo in Birmingham I said they were very good live, so when my Dad got a couple of tickets for Christmas I wasn’t going to pass up seeing them again. At this point it’s become harder for them to impress me which they’ve already done in the past, but was it still a good show?



When one of my mates told me he was seeing Enter Shikari play at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall I was excited to find out that it was on my Birthday as well. So I decided “What the Hell” get myself a ticket for a Birthday treat, as I remembered seeing Enter Shikari at Download 2013 and enjoying them there. They recently released a new album this year ‘The Mindsweep’. So how was the event?

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[Adult Swim] is a television network that is on every day late at night on Cartoon Network. Known usually for its very adult shows, It is also known in the music industry. Since 2010, Adult Swim has started up the Adult Swim Singles Program, where every year, a selection of exclusive tracks are released for free over a period of time. In the past, there has been tracks released by a variety of well-known and undiscovered artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Madvillian, Mastodon, Clams Casino, Wavves, Liars, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Mac DeMarco and Lightning Bolt. This year, the 2014 Singles Program has a total of 16 tracks being released over 4 months by 16 different artists. Today, I am going to share my thoughts on the first half of the series.


Download festival 2014. I was looking forward to this for so long. We’ve had past experience, there were more people coming and the three headliners did not disappoint. But how was the weekend as a whole?



As you may know by now Avenged Sevenfold are headlining Download Festival this year, which is awesome. So in honour of the occasion I thought I’d review an Avenged Sevenfold album. I already talked about their Hail to the King album, but now I’m looking at what a lot of fans and critics consider their best album yet, City of Evil, released in 2005. So the big question is how does this album hold up?
City of Evil


If I was to ask you about the band Placebo your initial reactions would either be “Who are Placebo” or “Placebo, good stuff”. Whilst not the most famous band who everybody knows about most people who do know about them seem to like them. First formed in 1996 they’ve been going for almost 20 years and whilst the time gap between album releases and touring is bigger than usual their live shows make it worth it. On December 12th me and my Dad went to see them at the O2 Academy in Brum.



When I heard Avenged Sevenfold were touring the UK I was excited. The last time they were over here was at Download 2011 when they opened for System of a Down. Now with the release of their number 1 album Hail to the King they did a whole European tour which ended in Birmingham, the one I went to see with Jimmy and his Dad.





“MKII is the 3rd albumby theBand Steam Powered Giraffe. Steam Powered Giraffe are a musical project formed in San Diego in 2008.

I have been looking forward to the release of this c.d for a long time, I downloaded it  off I tunes the moment it was released!

The Main members of Steam Powered Giraffe are Chris Bennet (Who`s stage name is Rabbit), Sam Luke (Who`s stage name is Hatchworth), and David Bennet (Who`s stage name is The Spine)

The band combines Steampunk and Futurism together with mime and music to create a breathtakingly imaginative act.

The main members of the band use imaginative make up, mime and costumes to give the audience at their the concerts the impression that the band are really robots.

The band’s fictional backstory explains why they pantomime as robots. According their website, the “musical automatons” were invented by a rich San Diego inventor named Colonel P. A. Walter in 1896 and kept in the Walter family over the years.

Since their previous albums (“Album 1” and “The 2 Cent Show”)there has been many changes in the band line up, Jon Sprague, recently left the band and was replaced by Sam Luke (Hatchworth). Who is my favourite member of the band.

Each album Steam Powered Giraffe has done consists of very different styles of music, their albums in the past have contained everything from Folk music to Rock.

MKIII`s style of music is very different to the bands previous album this album consists mainly of Pop, Rock and Dubstep music.

All the songs on this album are brilliant, but my favourite songs on this album are “Hatch Fever”, “Please Explain” and “I`LL Rust With You”.

Most of the songs on this albums lyrics are related to robotics or about charters the band have invented.

Track 9 on this album “Go Spine Go”  is a very comical song and it shows that the band do not want to be taken seriously.

My least favourite song on this album is “Turn Back The Clocks”. This is because I think this song is a bit sad. The story behind this song is that because Robots cannot age, He sees all her friends grow old and leave her.

At the end of the album, one of the charters know as “Be-Bop” says “See you next time in space”. This tells us that their next album they are planning is going to be set in space, this explains why they never put the song “Fire,Fire”on the album MKII because that song is about space.

Steam Powered Giraffe recently announced that they are releasing a online comic book soon that explains how they ended up in space.

This album, comes with a lovely booklet that has illustrations for every song that were drawn by Sam Luke and Chris Bennet. It also contains song lyrics to all the songs so that you can sing along!

Steam Powered Giraffe have inspired me to write my own songs, but I’m finding this very hard! Sam Luke, Who plays Hatchworth, recently told me on the website ”Twitch” to “keep on trying writing songs” and “I should not give up”.  I have recently written a song about Steam Powered Giraffe.

Overall I think this album is another brilliant album by Steam Powered Giraffe. And I highly recommend it anyone who has a interest in Rock or Folk music, Steam Punk or Robotics.

I cant weight for their next album, Steam Powered giraffe recently said in a interview that they are starting to work on their next album soon, so it should be released next year.



Californian hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have quickly become one of my favourite bands. Their riffs are wicked, M Shadows has a great voice and it’s the kind of music that’s easy to get into. 2010s Nightmare album was quite a personal album to them after their original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan died so a lot of their songs were more sombre and reflecting on death. With their latest album Hail to the King the band says they’re now having fun again. How does this compare to their other albums though?



At the moment Paramore are one of my favourite bands, with their catchy pop punk songs. However back in 2010 the Farro brothers quit the band. I thought it would put the band on hiatus, but the remaining members soldiered on and continued to put out music. They even opened for The Cure at Reading and Leeds 2012, and they were awesome. Their 2013 self-titled album was one of my most anticipated of the year. But how does it hold up? Well let’s find out.