One of our top ten most anticipated albums of the year was released this week. ‘Forever Halloween’ by The Maine may just be the next big step for the band.
This album was developed quickly after their last release ‘Pioneer.’ This album is different from previous ones because it was recorded the old fashion way live and on tape.
In a video update the band described ‘FH’ as human and I would have to agree 100 percent. The album is breathing and has a pulse. Ever lyrics and note is real and pure.
‘Take What You Can Carry’, the opening, track is upbeat and fun but there are only a few songs off the album that follow this lighter sound. ‘Sad Songs,’ ‘Love & Drugs,’ ‘Happy,’ and ‘Run’ follows ‘TWYCC’s’ misguided happiness.
The songs all sound happy and light but the lyrics are far from it. Take ‘Happy’ for example ‘I don’t think I am capable of/ This teenage televised taping of love/ But here is my guide of how to be alone/ Just act like a freak and/ Sleep with everyone you’ve ever known.’
It seems like The Maine has a lot to say and there is no holding back on this album. ‘Birthday in Los Angeles’ is the best example of this. Los Angeles is not the city but rather a girl that the singer John O’Callaghan was talking to that ended badly.
This band has held back for so long and it is nice to have them finally say what has been on their minds.
The title track off of the album ‘Forever Halloween’ is eerily soothing and by far the best song on this flawless album. It’s exactly what Halloween would sound like if it was it were a rock song.
Once you dive in deeper to the lyrics it is clear this song isn’t just about Halloween but something more. ‘In this place I’ll be anything but me/ So you be brave and I’ll still be eighteen.’
The ending to the song is one if the best endings to an album I have ever heard. There is no fading out it just ends. In an interview with Alternative Press they said that the song comes to an abrupt end because they ran out of tape while recording the take.
This album overall is amazing and will most likely sound even better live. They are currently on tour this summer with A Rocket to The Moon, Brighten, and This Century. They will be in Orlando at The Beacham July 16.
The dark and thrilling creative minds of 30 Seconds to Mars have released their newest project ‘Love Lust Faith and Dreams.’ Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic jumped right back into the studio after a record breaking 309 show tour that lasted two years.
The trio is well known for taking a few years of down time to develop their next release, but this album was constructed in a matter of a few months. Mid-Summer last year Rolling Stone announced that the group was back in the studio working on what would become ‘Love Lust Faith and Dreams.’
30 teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite, who also produced ‘This Is War’, to create the perfect follow up to an almost flawless record. It’s safe to say that sophomore slump can come at any time in a band/ musician career and this album proves it.
This record is not bad, but it does not live up to the expectation that were expected by so many. ‘TIW’ was a huge stepping stone for the bands career. They were in the middle of a lawsuit with their record company, there was so much conflict going on in the world, and Jared Leto had reached his limit of being nice a friendly.
The album was harsh and soft, loud and almost inaudible, rock n’ roll and electronic; it was a masterpiece.
‘LLF&D’ on the other hand is happy and content. Everyone is happy to see the band has moved past all of the drama, but to receive an entire album full of joyful content tracks is in a way boring.
The music itself is lovely to listen to and the concept is ingenious, but the execution could have been pushed to the very edge and then some.
Maybe I have just become accustom to the epic room filling sound that the group had developed and wasn’t ready for this softer and restrained sound.
The first two tracks gave me the false impression that this album was going to be a contender to the pervious. ‘Birth’ has a large buildup that releases into an explosion of ‘Conquistador’. They did a wonderful job setting up the album and capturing my attention, but after that the album seems to lull around and don’t pick up again.
Even though the music isn’t as epic as expected it is still a great listen.
‘City of Angels’ is one of the most personal songs Leto has written. It is directly about his life and love for Los Angeles. ‘Bought my fate, straight from hell/ A second sight is paid off well/ For a mother, brother, and me.’ The melody is gorgeous and moving.
Another beautiful song off of this record is ‘Bright Lights.’ It’s a mellow electronic ballad that is worth a listen.
The only other track off the album that seems to have a resemblance to the last album is ‘Up In the Air’. The track is similar in style and a bit of sound. It is also the first single off the of the album and for its release 30 had NASA send it to the International Space Station to be played for the first time.
This album may not be the revolutionary follow that would be expected after a game changing record, but in the end it is lovely music. This may not be the album to listen to in the gym but it is the one to listen to after a long day.
‘LLF&D’ isn’t a let-down but is a step back for the band. Maybe this album is just what they needed. A pallet cleanser and a fresh start. Really, where else are you supposed to go after creating your best album? The answer is simple; back to the basics.
Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock n’ Roll Tour’ did just that. If you blinked you would have missed it but you would have left knowing that just experienced something amazing and punk rock.
This show sold out in less than an hour, but that did keep away fans from waiting outside to get a glimpse of the out of hiatus group. Those who were lucky enough to buy a ticket would agree that the money was well spent.
The opening band New Politics is no new comer to the scene, but they are far underrated. They were the only band to open up for FOB which was nice change because there wasn’t any extra waiting time to see what everyone had come to see. It would have been nice if NP could have played a longer set than the standard 30 minutes.
Their stage presence was infectious and they do not just play their music they perform. Most of their set list of songs off of their new album ‘A Bad Girl In Harlem’ but they cut it nicely with hits from their last album.
The songs were fast and David Boyd blew the crowd away with his brake dancing that is good enough to be on the next TV dance competition.
From experience seeing this trio a few times they are worth a listen and seeing them live. I couldn’t think of a better band to open up and set the tone of the night.
When FOB finally took the stage it was pure magic. They did the classic play the intro behind a sheet to build up the suspension. When the sheet dropped the crowd erupted and remind loud throughout the entire set.
At some points during the show you could barely hear the band playing through the speakers. The fans were screaming at the top of their lungs every last lyric.
The set was a perfect mix of their albums and crowd pleasers. Some songs were changed up a bit to bit in the monster of a set list that consisted of 22 songs.
The band came back for an encore that ended with bassist Pete Wentz joining the crowd at the end of ‘Saturday.’
There are not many shows that I attend where I feel like everyone in attendance is there for one common interest and love. This one was one of those shows. It was apparent that everyone was there to enjoy great music before they had even walked into the venue.
One of the most magical moments was after the show when fans lined up to meet the band started singing FOB’s latest chart topper ‘My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark.’
Overall the night was fantastic and if you weren’t lucky enough to catch them on this tour they will be in Tampa this fall at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater.