If you pre-order Sherwood‘s new album A Different LightÃƒ”šÃ‚ now, you’ll also get a link to download a digital copy two weeks early. Remember, A Different Light will also be in stores March 13th, 2007 but this is your chance to get it early.
I have posted some new pictures ofÃƒ”šÃ‚ Fall Out BoyÃƒ”šÃ‚ andÃƒ”šÃ‚ New Found GloryÃƒ”šÃ‚ in the photos section. Head there to check them out.
Fall Out Boy will be performing at the Bears vs. Saints Halftime Show this Sunday, January 21st at Soldier Field in their home town of Chicago.
On the day after Christmas comes an album from a band practiced in giving: after their sixth studio album, Switchfoot has given listeners an earful of inspiration, or at the very least, a different perspective on life. Why Oh! Gravity was released after Christmas rather than the Tuesday before it or whether the album will sell enough copies to reach gold-plus status like their previous Nothing Is Sound did is unknown to me, but apparently front man Jon Foreman is not too worried about that (myCCM).
Oftentimes on Gravity Foreman-and-team Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”deliberately went back to the first take and the rough draftÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? (CCM Magazine) for honestyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s sake. Having done so may have brought the quality of musicianship down a level, but honesty seems to be what Switchfoot was really striving for on this album. So if while enjoying some naturally appealing songs, you can also put up with more than one underdeveloped tune and a few awkward moments, youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll hear a bunch of wholesome messages about life and a bandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”honestÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? approach to songwriting.
Oh! Gravity starts off strong with their latest single, the title track. This thought-provoking song about hatred and conflict is consistent with the sound Switchfoot established on their last two albums, and itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s an improvement from Nothing Is SoundÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Stars,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? but is not as exceptional as The Beautiful LetdownÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Meant to Live.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? However, there is another song on the album that could compete. Track four on Gravity has enough verve to stir anyone into a delightful dance. When Switchfoot plays Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”AwakeningÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? live, you can bet everyone in the house will be moving or jumping. It would really be a disservice to the media and to listeners if itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s not picked as their next single.
To be quite frank, though, there are too many filler songs on the album to be enjoyed from beginning to end. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Dirty Second HandsÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? drones on somewhat like the ticking of a clock, which youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ve got to assume the band intended. Sure, its depressing mood matches that of the title, but the song would have more effectively changed the pace of the album if it were more to the liking of Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Dare You to MoveÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? from The Beautiful Letdown. Sorry to say but no songs on Gravity quite equal the emotional outpouring of that classic song. On the other hand, to SwitchfootÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s credit they have been there, done that and now they are experimenting with a different stylistic approach.
The song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Amateur LoversÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? has an interesting vibe. It features the sitar and sounds like The Clash meets The Beatles meets The Stones. As soon as ForemanÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s vocals kick in, the song quickly turns sour because they do not compliment the music well at all. In this song, as well as the next, Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Faust, Midas, and Myself,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? ForemanÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s voice is boring and repetitive and just about everything you donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t want to hear. In fact the lyrics in the latter are practically spoken rather than sung. This is truly a shame because his non-materialistic view in the song needs so badly to be heard.
Other less-than-stellar songs include Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”YesterdaysÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”4:12.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? Other standout tracks on the record are Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”American Dream,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Circles,Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Head Over HealsÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Burn Out Bright.Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? There are also a few mediocre tracks on Oh! Gravity that have both good and bad qualities. This record should probably have been reduced to an EP in order to eliminate deadwood songs, or at least Switchfoot ought to have refined them until they were complete. Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”HonestyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is hardly ever associated with music Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ lyrics yes, but not music. If SwitchfootÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s goal was to affect people with their honesty, perhaps they should have expressed their message through twelve perfected tracks.
1. Oh! Gravity
2. American Dream
3. Dirty Second Hands
6. Amateur Lovers
7. Faust, Midas, and Myself
8. Head Over Heels (In This Life)
10. Burn Out Bright
12. Let Your Love Be Strong
Plain White T’s are hitting the road in support of their new album Every Second Counts. The tour, which features openers Boys Night out, Lovedrug and for the first three weeks Mayday Parade with Dear and the Headlights taking Mayday’s spot for the remainder of the dates, kicks off March 4th in Green Bay, WI. The band has also just been added to The Bamboozle Festival 2007 happening on May 5th & 6th in East Rutherford, NJ.
March 4 – Green Bay, MI @ Riverside Ballroom
March 5 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Club
March 6 – Sauget, IL @ POPS
March 7 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
March 8 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
March 9 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
March 10 – Papillion, NE @ The Rock
March 12 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
March 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
March 14 – Boise, ID @ The Big Easy Concert House
March 16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
March 17 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
March 19 – Sacramento, CA @ Cal State Univ. Sacramento Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ University Ballroom 6000
March 20 – San Francisco, CA @ SlimÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s
March 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
March 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
March 24 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
March 25 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
March 26 – Tempe, AZ @ The Club House
March 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
March 29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
March 31 – Dallas, TX @ The Gypsy Tea Room
April 1 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
April 2 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
April 3 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 6 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
April 7 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
April 8 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
April 10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
April 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
April 12 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
April 13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
April 14 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
April 16 – New Brunswick, NJ @ Rutgers University- Cook Campus
April 17 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 18 – Boston, MA @ Avalon
April 19 – Greenville, NC @ East Carolina University ***PWTÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s solo show
April 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
April 24 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
April 25 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
April 26 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
April 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ BogartÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s
April 28 – Hiram, OH @ Martin Fieldhouse Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Hiram College
April 29 – Detroit, MI @ St. AndrewÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s Hall
May 1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
May 2 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
The Receiving End of Sirens now have a definite, permanent, new member. His name is Brian, a.k.a. The Otter, and he hails from Detroit, MI. For those going to see them with 30 Seconds to Mars, this will be your first chance to meet him. And as promised TREOS is playing two new songs. Following the MTV $2 Bill Tour, they will spend the next couple of months writing for their new record. A due date has not yet been announced.
Providence, RI’s original alt. rock station, 95.5 WBRU, is bringing The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Madina Lake and Lorene Drive to Providence as part of their Cheap Date Series. WBRU is putting local band Astrea (Franklin, MA) on the bill to expose them to a larger audience and give back to the local music community. The show hits Lupo’s on Thursday, November 9th and only costs $9.95 in advance, $12 day of show. Tickets can be purchased here.
Nov. 9, 2006 6:30P
Providence, RI – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Astrea, Madina Lake, Lorene Drive @ Lupo’s at the Strand