Their much anticipated album ‘Is The Is Are’ is due for release in 2016 following up their debut album ‘Oshin’. It’s about time as it has been about two years already. The band have said that their new material is far more dark than their previous stuff. The song ‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’ is catchy and sharp with its guitar riffs, it definitely features some of that initial sound that DIIV unleashed in their debut album but with more maturity and tension, especially at the beginning of the song. ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ is quite the shocker though, because that’s where we get to see that darkness that DIIV are talking about. The vocals in this song seem to drone on in a haunting manner along with the gorgeous guitar lines.
To be honest ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ is probably the most emotional piece that the band have released, it’s actually one of my favourite songs by DIIV up to now. You’ve just got to admire the resemblance that they have to Sonic Youth here, it works out so well for them. They have a similar thing going on in their other new single ‘Dopamine’ but it is just as upbeat as ‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’. ‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’ stands out a lot and creates suspense for the rest of the other songs that are yet to be released. Below you’ll find the track listing for their upcoming album.
‘Out of Mind’
‘Under the Sun’
‘Bent (Roi’s Song)’
‘Blue Boredom’ (w/ Sky Ferreira)
‘Yr Not Far’
‘Take Your Time’
‘Is The Is Are’
‘Mire (Grant’s Song)’
‘Waste of Breath’
This was more or less the album that put Sonic Youth on the map, and thus it is perhaps one of their most influential. Looking back at the year 1988, which is when the album was released, there was this American indie culture arising and Sonic Youth was one of those bands that became successful in that scene along with bands such as Dinosaur Jr. and the Pixies. The album features a rather eccentric mix of things, but they work together so well. It’s quite grungy sometimes, other times it’s really loud and rather punk rock, sometimes it’s sensual or just droning (a bit like My Bloody Valentine or Dinosaur Jr.). This is what makes this album so brilliant, its eccentricity, there’s no space for getting tired of it.
The song “Teenage Riot” is featured on this album, and it is perhaps one of Sonic Youth’s most famous songs. It was this song that first got me into Sonic Youth as it captures a time period in people, which is their teenage past/present/future. Considering this achievement of it not only being a song but becoming an actual thing, truly makes this an unforgettable song. There’s a lot of experimenting going on with the instruments, however it’s impossible to miss that iconic riff that this song is notorious for. There’s also quite a bit of experimenting going on in “Hey Joni”, but throughout every song there’s those ‘teenage riot’ vibes kept, in other words, it’s all pretty damn loud and thus preciously holds a certain beautiful dosage of punk rock in each song. These vibes are always fuelled by Kim Gordon’s ‘big girl’ vocals (I look up to this woman!), on-going reckless riffs, and powerful drumming. Let’s also admire how original this album is, most of the songs on it are innovative and creative, “Kissability” is one of those songs. There’s a certain art kept between the guitar and the drums, and that builds a mood that Sonic Youth are so talented at creating. “Cross the Breeze” takes that heavy sound that the band has to the very next level, and it works so well in so many different ways.
This album is unforgettable in culture, as it represents big things such as freedom and youth. When an album is able to create a certain atmosphere for itself, then that’s when you know that it is worth noting. Sonic Youth have always been fairly influential to other musicians and bands, and it’s because they were part of that indie pioneering generation in America who were not afraid to be different.
Yesterday morning in Manchester people woke up to find a bunch of posters of The Stone Roses’ iconic self- titled debut album scattered around Manchester. This really made people wonder why this was happening, and around the internet people started guessing why this was. Some believed that the band was reuniting, others thought that perhaps they were going to play a couple of shows, considering that the last time they played a show was in 2012 and then the band basically vanished.
After such speculations The Stone Roses have declared on the internet that they will be playing two shows in Manchester, and they will be headlining T in the Park in the summer. Everyone was really happy to hear that, except those in the south wondering why The Stone Roses won’t play a show in London as well. Obviously the shows are going to be absolutely massive, so I suggest you should purchase your tickets as soon as possible before they get sold out!!!
It has been about two years since the English band have released their debut self-titled album, and the fans have been rather anxious for new material. Recently there’s been some suspense on social media that the band were going to break up, this was seen in a comic strip that they posted online and also because all their social media accounts had been deleted. This had eventually left their fans absolutely puzzled about the future of the 1975, however, this was untrue, because out of nowhere they released their single “Love Me”.
This is a bit of a risqué thing for the band to do, because they’ve really been appealing to the mainstream masses lately (they started out as an unknown indie band), so there’s a lot at stake here. It’s important to consider that the 1975 do not take themselves as being a pop band, and they even state this at the beginning of the music video for “Girls”, which is another popular hit song by them. This new song of theirs is very different from their usual stuff, it’s more funky and a bit of a mix and match as well, so it’s not as pop as we would expect it to be. The band have claimed on BBC Radio 1 that they want to be the ‘ambassadors of this generation’ as they criticize pop music nowadays for it lacking a lot of things. This new single of theirs is a great representation of this argument that they’ve put forward, and the music video for it screams it even louder.
In the music video Matt Healey is seen prancing around with a glass of champagne singing to the 2D cutouts of celebrities sarcastically. If they’re aiming to take the piss out of everyone in the pop industry then they’re really going for it now, it truly leaves the rest of us in utter suspense. Who knows if they’ve got the balls to take this further, it would be interesting to see.