#MusicMonday is the hashtag I've been using for quite a while to share music recommendations from up-and-coming artists. Always fresh, and always different, trying to look for trends before they become one. You can check May's review for more music.
June... what a rocking month it was, with its multiple subgenres representing the fighting spirit within. Let's have a listen, with a word from the artists themselves. 🎧
Carpark – The World Ended in 2012
I can't hide the words I say when I get lost
A foreign dream in a language I can't turn off
Track my heart, track my life
You can see my every move online
Please leave me alone
Nothing lasts that long anyway
Don't know what we expected
Spinning 'round and 'round and 'round and 'round
So many things we left neglected
Welcome to the post-2012 world. From London, England, let's begin today's journey listening to an Indie Emo track where the future is (still) unknown. How does it work when everything's broken?
"I think the initial flicker of inspiration came from a book I was reading at the time. Then we started delving in to how the world was 'supposed' to end in 2012.
We actually wrote it before lockdown or any mention of the C word."
DR!FTWOOD – Home on My Own
Should I be excited
Or should I be worried
about you instead
We move north to Manchester for a Pop Rock tune that begs to be listened live from the opening bass line to the sing-along chorus:
"The song was written after a night out in Manchester, but includes experiences that we’ve been through. The song is really about how important someone can be to you and you may not realize it until they’re gone"
Woodwolf – John Brown
Here's the story of John Brown
So silent when he comes around
People know they are near the end
if they see his shadow in the desert sand
Nobody wants to fight with Brown
The most dangerous cowboy in town
One day the reaper came to take his life
He stabbed it down and hard with his knife
All good rock songs begin with great riffs, and this Quebec City, Canada band has them. Don't try to run, don't try to hide, this song will break you down:
"Everything started from the guitar riff, we wanted a story that fit with the riff, and the idea of a badass cowboy came from our imagination. LOL."
Wetlands – You Left Your Empty Drink In My Car
I can tell that something's wrong
I can see what’s underneath
You don’t care what you take
as long as you get what you need
You bring me down and it’s you in the spotlight
All while you suck me dry
Hope it makes you feel alright
Our travels around the world wouldn't be complete without a visit to Brisbane, Australia, which offers some angry Alt Rock vibes about the shells we use to hide what we can really be:
"Basically the song is us venting about our frustrations with egotistical/narcissistic ex friends/people in our life. Sadly some people are more than happy to use you up for what you’re good for while simultaneously bringing you down, and sometimes it’s easier to just accept that rather than trying to appease them."
Ace Laurentt – Far Away
I’ma take you far
You caught my eyes now I can’t look, away
Going through withdrawals
So I numb the pain
I know you’ll stay, but I just need the chase
I love the way
You touch my face
I love the place
Where we both lay
I love the grave
That we both made
Last stop, Broward County, Florida for a trippy Alternative track about meeting someone you wish you never did, and the need to break loose to keep living your life:
"So I was seeing this girl for a while. She wasn’t the best person when it came to life decisions or making choices but we had a lot of fun together and that kinda made up for the bad decisions she was making. Eventually I had to cut it off because I knew it wasn’t something that was gonna end well and I ended up writing a song about it."