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Breakneck Speed – Tokyo Police Club

20 Nov

As when I see a rusty swing sitting in the corner of some far-fetched playground, I always get a rush of nostalgia when I listen to Champ, the second album from Canadian band Tokyo Police Club. Drifting through the songs, Breakneck Speed is the one that strikes a chord. Compared to their usual sound, this track is more drawn-out, with the lingering vocals and guitar chords combining into a wistful reflection of youth:

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Never Again – The Midway State

14 Oct


I think I have been struck by Canada fever because today’s band once again hails from the Great North. The Midway State are a four-piece alternate rock group who have supported major artists like Death Cab For A Cutie and Kate Nash and yet are all but unknown in this country. But the band are certainly not small fries in the music industry. They have done a duet with Lady Gaga which is a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up,” and their song “Unaware” was featured in the very last minutes of The O.C.

Now to the music. Holes was released in 2008, their debut album, to great acclaim. It was a rarity for the modern rock music world. Nathan Ferraro boasts some of the finest vocals you will hear, bringing an urgent but comfortable sound to the microphone. But once you can hear what else is going on, you will hear how piano focused their music is, complimenting Ferraro’s voice perfectly. Holes is a virtuoso album and a sign of things to come.

Never Again is the most exciting track of the album and their lead single. It reached 15 in the Canadian music charts and is a real rock ballad. Ferraro’s soaring falsetto’s make this a real exciting piece of music and one which will certainly make its way onto your iPod! You can buy the rest of their album or give it a good listen if you want to see more first, but look out for an interview coming soon!

Let You Down – Tin Star Orphans

11 Oct


Tin Star Orphans are fresh out of Toronto, Canada and have produced one of the finest folk-rock songs in recent years and is sure to make you rethink Canadian music. We wrote about our first Canadian band only five days ago and the trouble is that their music is just difficult to find! With an American monopoly, you would be forgiven for thinking that the only band famous from Canada are Crash Test Dummies (great band). But they’re not and Tin Star Orphans, with a similar name, are similarly brilliant.

I won’t pretend that this song was difficult for me to find, it was on One Tree Hill, and I have adored it since. The lead singer, Zachary Bennett, was lead actor in Road to Avonlea, a mystery show from the 90s, and now has decided to move to music. His vocals are done beautifully and the guitar strum behind is central to this track being so catchy. “Don’t think you’ll owe me. If I keep the peace” – The song is packed with meaning, which we always like. It’s about the importance to never stop helping and the struggle to keep going.

If Mumford & Sons have been tickling your fancy recently or you just want a really good, infectious, smart song, I cannot speak highly enough of Let You Down! You won’t be Let Down (see what I’ve done there) so buy this and their album as their debut record hosts plenty great songs!