The MEB staff has been jamming a wide variety of music for our second week of October. This week we’re bringing you newer tunes from Anberlin and Deftones as well as some prog from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, a Rage Against the Machine cover song, and some Underoath nostalgia. So check ’em out and let us know what you’ve been enjoying as well.
Landon’s Pick: “The Party Scene” – All Time Low
Whether you adore or despise the infectious pop-rock that Baltimore, Maryland’s own All Time Low have produced over the past half-decade, they have been shifting the way they produce their sound for quite some time now. As they shift from the processed, undercooked collection of tracks found on Dirty Work back to the catchy, hook-driven pop anthems found on their latest record Don’t Panic, the guys seem to have found their sweet spot in their music-making journey. As we begin to really delve into Don’t Panic, it’s understandable that we’ll naturally look back on the band’s initial tracks that showed the world how great they are. The finest example of this is a deep cut from their EP Put Up or Shut Up entitled “The Party Scene.” The song is a marvelous ode to the fantastic light-hearted days of youth, as its strong “stay Seventeen” hook is one of the finest, most exuberant pieces of pop-rock the band has created to date.
Joe’s Pick: “Tempest” – Deftones
Deftones just seem to be incapable of doing anything wrong these days. The second track to be released from their upcoming November release Koi No Yokan, “Tempest” is seemingly a strange choice for a single considering its six-minute run-time. But damn is it great. An atmospheric mid-tempo track, it features everything you love about the band: Chino Moreno’s bone-chilling vocals (“I’d like to be taken apart from the inside/Then spit through the cycle right to the end”), filthy good guitar parts and Abe Cunningham’s drums setting the pace for the whole thing. Deftones fans, you won’t be disappointed.
Shaun’s Pick: “We Drift Like Worried Fire” – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Godspeed You! Black Emperor are back and the track “We Drift Like Worried Fire” contains sublime musicianship and songwriting through its very core. It yanks you around on a leash, urging you to tread carefully – an uneasy third of the song. It builds up to a massive climax, sounding almost congratulatory, cheering you on as you devour every note the band plays. Few things in life are worth waiting for. This track is one of them.
Jack’s Pick: “Lonely States” – Troubled Coast
Troubled Coast’s new album Awake and Empty is truly fantastic, and shows that the band is currently one of the best post-hardcore bands out there. For proof, look no further than the album’s closer, “Lonely States.” The song is an existential crisis set to music and is simply fantastic. The clean-sounding production and soaring guitars provide a perfect backdrop for vocalist Mike Scornaienchi’s declarations of faith, or lack thereof. This all makes for a song that sounds great and is very emotional as well as thought provoking.
Nick’s Pick: “The Black Brad Pitt” – Evil Nine & Danny Brown
First off, this song is absurd. Danny Brown is absurd. But that’s what makes him the best rapper out there right now. This collaboration with British DJ duo Evil Nine is a prime example of everything Danny Brown is about. His distinctly high voice spouting outlandish lyrics sounds like nothing you’ve heard before, and the energy he brings is infectious. This track is just really fun. I may or may not have an entire playlist where this is every other song. No shame.
Jacob’s Pick: “Someone Anyone” – Anberlin
Balancing the aggressiveness of their most successful singles with a powerful message in the vein of “Burn Out Brighter” and “We Owe This To Ourselves,” this song might be the best Anberlin song to date. Everything about the track is huge, from the vocals to the drum fills to that massive guitar riff. The electronic elements sound like they’ve been a part of the band’s sound for years, and Aaron Sprinkle’s production makes this feel like an effort from Anberlin as a band, not Anberlin as separate musicians. Everything in the mix shines through, without any single part overshadowing the greatness of any other, elevating this beyond the sum of its individual elements. Oh yeah, and that chorus. Good luck getting that out of your head. I can’t wait until everyone else hears Vital so we can all rave about it together. In the meantime, let’s rave about this.
Zac’s Pick: “Vietnow” (Rage Against the Machine cover) – Stray From the Path
I’ve been listening to a lot of covers lately and I can’t really explain why, I just enjoy seeing my favorite artists perform the work of some of my other favorite artists. So in that vein, this week I’ve been jamming Stray From The Path’s bone-jarring cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Vietnow” off of the always wonderful album Evil Empire. The song’s framework is essentially the same as the original, but where Stray deviates and shines is in Tom Williams’ creative adaptation of the guitar parts, giving them his own signature squeal so prevalent in their original work. Hardcore Rage fans might call the song blasphemy, but I assure you it’s a worthy cover. Just don’t ask them to play it live.
Steve’s Pick: “Digital Veil” – The Human Abstract
Always loaded with commanding vocals and incredibly technical instrumentals, The Human Abstract are a progressive metal fan’s dream. “Digital Veil,” the lead single from their latest effort, explores heaviness through music theory and manipulation of time signature in a perfect way, if I do say so myself. Wild but precise with immense production value, the song breaks away from the trending mediocrity so laden in the heavy scene. Sweeping guitar riffs, explosive blast beats and guttural screams all meshed together for a truly awesome three minutes and 20 seconds. Prepare to headbang.
Jason’s Pick: “Trespasses” – Converge
It would barely scratch the surface of Converge’s newest LP All We Love We Leave Behind to say it induces a number of textures and vibes, from sludgy gazing to free-for-all shredding. “Trespasses” taps a blistering pace and some memorable guitar work to stand out on an album full of dizzying highs and crushing lows, and that’s saying something here.
John’s Pick: “I Can’t Stay” – The Killers
I know this is far from a new song, but man, something just reminded me of The Killers. Yes, I know the new album is great and all, but there’s just something about this track off of 2008’s Day & Age. It’s funny how this song can seem so Killers but have somewhat of a tropical feel to it. All the new music that has come out of late has really brought me back to old favourites. It’s been almost a month since one of my jams was new. We’ll just have to see if Muse or Bassnectar can change that.
Drew’s Pick: “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” – Underoath
It is hard to not listen to this band after hearing about the breakup. Underoath is a defining band in my musical tastes and I will be sad to see them go. In their honor I’ve been spinning They’re Only Chasing Safety all week. MY KNUCKLES HAVE TURNED TO WHITE!!!!