Category Archives: Music Reviews

We Don’t Need Our Heads

I don’t usually search for new music but this one really caught my intention (or maybe i’m becoming a hipster). No, really. They’re  hella good and the music is just too fresh and easy to listen to. You can call it pop, indie or whatever, but to me, A Great Big Pile of Leaves is one of the best bands out there. I don’t know much about their history since i’m unfortunate enough to live in this sh*t-hole excuse for a country. All I know is that they’re from NY, and they’ve been touring with bands like Say Anything and Motion City S.. Anyway, you should go get their latest album: “Has Anyone Seen My Prefrontal Cortex” its only 4$.

They play tight live sets too.

punk goes pop 4–album review

 

I have always been anticipating releases like this from Fearless Records. Although I don’t buy the actual record (like we’re supposed to), still, it’s quite amazing to hear how different punk/hardcore/rock artists interpret different songs from different genres ranging from hip-hop, new wave, rock, and, of course, pop.

the latest release from Fearless is the freshest addition to their Punk Goes series which is dubbed, “Punk Goes Pop 4” which tells you that it came out after “Punk Goes Pop 3” but I am not Rebecca Black so I will not teach you what comes before 3 or whatever. Fuck that and let’s go straight to the music. Here are some of the bands that were part of this compilation:

Pierce the Veil – Just the Way You Are

Now, PTV is a great act, IMO. Vic Fuentes and the rest of the quartet’s rendition fits perfectly. Vic has this high-pitched voice that can mimic any female vocal sound so he sang Bruno Mars’ worldwide hit without breaking a sweat. The instrumental arrangement also wasn’t overkill; it was a perfect balance of everything rock and roll. This the reason why I think Fearless made a good decision of using the track as their promotional song for the entire compilation.

Woe, Is Me – Last Friday Night

What would you get if you take Katy Perry’s uber pop party soundtrack and fuck it all up by meshing it with metal core components? You get this cover by Woe, Is me. The band, together with their new lead singer, Hance Alligood, nailed this song like nailing a nail straight down the wooden whatever. You get the lo-fi intro, poppy, hyped and shit; that’s cool. But when you get to the pre-chorus part (or whatever it’s called), all hell pours into one soup bowl with you and the rest of your ancestors drowning in it.

So these are just two of the tracks that I wanted to review. Believe me, I have listened to the whole album from beginning to end and I definitely think that this is the remedy. if you have that guilty urge to listen to these songs but couldn’t stand Katy Perry’s or Britney Spears’ (yeah, she’s in there. the song, I mean.), this is a very good excuse.

And to feed your lust, here’s the entire album, available for streaming, FREE! oh yeah…

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F1323689&Punk Goes Pop 4 by Fearless Records

 

ENJOY!

Music Review: Affliction, by Inburn

Hi! This will be my first – ever music review so don’t be hard on me.

I was lucky enough to obtain a copy of this song since it’s on its early mastering stages. This means that the song that you are about to hear is a bit rough. However, the final mix will be available soon, but i will have to wait for a signal from them. Anyway, to make things short and brutal, this song is from the band called, Inburn (click the name, go their Facebook page and like it. Thanks). Before I go ripping up the song to shreds, let me tell you a bit about this band.
Inburn LiveInburn is one of premiere bands in the independent music scene in Iligan City. They do not belong to any group, music organization (except for the notorious FB group, “Musika Forum” who operates under two equally notorious admins. you know who you are. lol) or whatsoever but they stood through the test of time. Being an Independent act in Iligan is tough. You don’t get that much support from people who can spend and create events that is why gigs are very rare. Only few people appreciates home – brewed music for most of them are still plugged in to the zombie system, popularly known as “The Mainstream” (sounds like, the matrix). Also, add up the fact that we’re living on a city filled with, never mind…

Anyway, if you read all of those things above, you’ll get the idea. Inburn surpassed it all and being able to come up with new materials despite of the shit-filled, cum – drenched situation. That is proof, ya dig?

Now, back to the song. The song is called, “Affliction” and by definition (switches tab, types “g-o-o-g-l-e”….), it means:

af·flic·tionNoun/əˈflikSHən/

1. Something that causes pain or suffering.

2. Pain or suffering

It’s exactly how vocalist, Duly Pestolante described it. The song is all about suffering from all sorts of things. It’s really up to you how you relate to it. Maybe you are suffering because of constant scratching or, well, you get my point, right?

The intro starts with a heavy guitar riff inside some sort of lo-fi effect (like listening through a telephone). This is a popular effect which in this scenario, works pretty much well as it sort of braces you for what’s to come; like the calm before the storm. And surely, after that intro, the full -forced, hyped riff kicks in and that’s the time that you should bob your head up and down in old school grunge fashion. The intro part brings about a different mood. You can’t tell if its indie rock just by listening to the intro. I personally like the pick screamed, bent up squeal of the guitar after the chugging. It makes you raise the rock and roll hand sign while kicking your neighbor’s dog.

Going on to the refrain, the mood changes. That’s where the signature “Inburn” vibe goes a hundred percent. From here, the energy builds up only to be chopped by the double – pedal fueled semi break down. On the “we’re dying…” part, you can feel desperation for finding a solution to keep yourself away from this hell that you’re in. After this part is some sort of heavy interlude and it goes back to that desperate “we’re dying” part and after that, its total chaos filled with breakdowns, catalyzed by the spine – tingling growl which I am really not sure who’s the person behind it. And then the chaos suddenly comes to a halt that was supposed to be a sign that more chaos is coming your way. This is my favorite part of the song; i call it the “scary guitar solo” which drops you into a dark place where you can clearly say that you are fucked. The end.

The song structure is well – crafted. You will know by listening to it that it isn’t one of those songs that were done in a hurry. It isn’t too formulaic either; it’s honest and straight – forward, lyric-wise. They are definitely one of those bands who believes in their craft and are willing to do whatever it takes to produce an original song despite of the situation that they are in. Unfortunately, I can’t say much about its recording quality because it would be unfair to do so since it’s only a rough demo. Let’s just wait for the album to come out and do this again. All in all, I can say that this is truly one of the reasons why I firmly believe that the Iligan independent music scene is definitely not dead, as opposed to what other people might say.

So if you like what you are hearing and you want to support them, please go to their page and click “like”, buy their record when it comes out, support them by watching their gigs. Just click the link:

Other Iligan Bands that you might not know and would want to check out:

Arc

Such

Drunkenstein

Mini Myni Moe

Yellow Pages

Psykbox

When

Lyrics:

Affliction

Can you hear me screaming?
Falling down from the edge
Crawling searching for an answer
Cold and hungry

Pre Cho:
We’re dying
Facing against the wall
We’re trying to escape from this world
And we’re fighting, fighting for freedom
We’re losing (hope) for a better tomorrow

We’re dying
Facing against the wall
We’re trying to escape from this world
We’re fighting, fighting for freedom
We’re losing (hope) for a better tomorrow

More Info About Inburn:

Genre
Rock/Experimental
Members
Current line-up :Duly Pestolante – guitar/vocals
Arniel Magdaraog – Lead guitar
Jong Montecillo – bass guitar
Joeph Quidet – drums/vocals
Hometown
Iligan City
Record label
Independent
About
If you want to invite us in your event just contact Dully Pestolante (09177646220) or Joseph Quidet (09156950008) or post your invitation to our facebook bandpage …..