Friday, April 30, 2021

“Just At The Right Time” by Thrillhouse – A Song Feature

 


     Early in the single from Thrillhouse, “Just At The Right Time” reminds us of the reasons we enjoy music from Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers. Then, an upper-frequency, more intricate guitar triggered a switch to Math Rock bands, particularly Maps & Atlases. The single has an energy that is contagious and vocals that reflect determination and appreciation. Our favorite segment of the song begins with the build at 2:52.
 
     Thrillhouse is a trio from Brighton, UK. The members are Alistair Scott (bass, keys), Jackie B. Nielsen (vocals, guitar, keys), and Sam Strawberry (vocals, guitar). When talking about “Just At The Right Time,” Sam said:
  “I wanted to say thanks to someone who’s done a lot for me. I’m no good with words in real life so I just wrote a song about them… I should probably send it to them at some point.”
 
     “Just At The Right Time” by Thrillhouse


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

“There's A Locked Up Safe” by The Lanes - A Song Feature

 

      The single from The Lanes features chiming/ringing guitar that is a modernized and slightly more Rock-ready version of the 1960’s The Byrds. “There's A Locked Up Safe” further includes strong vocals, as well as percussion that deserves attention. Moreover, the lyrics carry a praiseworthy message. The Bandcamp site explains:
  “’There’s A Locked Up Safe’ is a shout of support to those stuck in dark places, struggling with the strain of growing up in the modern age on mental health. It goes on to emphasize that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, suggesting how it can feel like this happiness resides within a ‘Locked up Safe’ but despite it all, it will get better.”
 
     The Lanes are a four-member band from Norwich, UK. They are Alfie Bowles (guitar, vocals) Max Allen (lead guitar), Myron Endean (bass) and Harry Jones (drums).

     “There's A Locked Up Safe” by The Lanes



Lyrics of “There's A Locked Up Safe” by The Lanes
Take your time to pass it by
Leave the loving left behind
With memories of a time
When everything was fine again
I know it feels like you're the only one
Who feels the pain
But your happiness still remains
 
In a locked up safe
Where your friends are free
In pubs that don't close
And the nights won't end
And you say you need me
For once
 
Take your time to pass it by
Don't forget to say goodbye
You'll regret it over time
When you’re missing everything you knew
It's getting harder to motivate myself
And getting up is still an issue
 
And there's a locked up safe
Where I'm feeling well
And no one really cares for any politics
And the nights don't end
And you say you need me
For once
 
'Cause I've been on this road for too long
Trying to find those reasons I know
But you made it harder for me
(You made it harder for me)
 
And take your time to pass it by
It happens all the time
 
And take your time to pass it by
Leave the loving left behind
With memories of a time
When everything was fine again
I know it feels like you're the only one
Who feels the pain
But your happiness still remains
 
In a locked up safe
Where I'm playing well
And the first team don't seem too far away
And the nights won't end
And I say I need you
For once

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

“How You Been” by Holy Holy – A Song Feature

 

     The songs share little else, but “How You Been” reminds us of the rhythm of “Shuffle” by Bombay Bicycle Club. The recently released single from Australia’s Holy Holy pauses the rhythm 52 seconds into the song and showcases their vocal skills. Then, at 2:37, “How You Been” features the guitar.
 
     The website of Holy Holy provides an interesting explanation of the single:
  “How You Been” incorporates Pop influences alongside a foundation of synth, programmed drums and percussion.  Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson lean into their natural talents as storytellers, exploring life’s complexities through the lens of a broken heart.  Says Tim:
  “It has a lot of the hallmarks of what we do. At the core of it, it’s a classic Holy Holy song in the sense that there’s real storytelling. A character based, lyrical theme plays out. Then there’s Oscar’s emotive chord progressions that subtly influence the way you feel. They feed into the lyrics. You don’t realize why, but you’re listening to the song and certain emotions come up.”
 
      In addition to Tim and Oscar, the performances of Holy Holy include Ryan Strathie (drums), Graham Ritchie (bass), and Matt Redlich. Embedded in this post is “House of Cards,” which is the song that caused us to begin tracking the releases of Holy Holy.
 
     “How You Been” by Holy Holy
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Lyrics of “How You Been” by Holy Holy
How you been since you broke your heart?
Were you waiting for your blood to run again?
How you been since it all fell apart?
Are you finally where you should've been?
 
Did you see from the other side?
Was it raining on your windowpane?
Did you laugh when you were alone?
Did you feel like you could feel yourself again?
 
We could remember the life (Life, life, life, life)
We could be where it was bright (Lies, lies, lies, lies)
 
Then one day you wake
And you're you again
Then one day you wake
And you're you again
And you're you again
 
How you feeling since it all fell down?
Is it always just a little bit hard?
I was watching in the open crowd
And I felt like you were always on your guard
 
I could see the light came into you
I could see that you were only true
I could see that time was catching up
I could see your pain, soaking you like rain
 
We could remember the life (Life, life, life, life)
We could be where it was bright (Lies, lies, lies, lies)
 
Then one day you wake
And you're you again
Then one day you wake
And you're you again
And you're you again
 
(Waiting for the long night to be bright)
And if you fell, you would find that we were broken
(Waiting for the long night to be bright)
And it was always on time, we were broken
(Waiting for the long night to be bright)
And we would find that we would be there in the night
(To be bright, to be bright)
We were waiting, we were waiting
(Then one day you wake)
Waiting for the long night to be bright
Waiting for the long night to be bright
(Then one day you wake)
Waiting for the long night to be bright
To be bright, to be bright
 

      “Shuffle” by Bombay Bicycle Club

 
     “House of Cards” by Holy Holy