Another month arrives, along with another dose of what the Mind Equals Blown staff has been listening to all week. We’ve got old favorites from Protest the Hero and Oasis, a new single from The Story So Far and more, so check ’em all out and let us know what you’ve been jamming as well.
Jason’s Pick: “Limb From Limb” by Protest The Hero
There is some real coincidence in the selection of this song – I finally snagged a copy of this album in the vinyl format and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. That being said, this track in particular is quite daring and perhaps as ridiculous as Protest the Hero has been. With blistering riffs, pulsing drums and a thundering rhythmic bashing ablaze, the synth rips of this track are as strange as they are entrancing. Consider this song, and album, essential listening for these guys.
Joe’s Pick: “Control” by The Vincent Black Shadow
Yet another great Canadian rock band that seems to have completely flown under the radar over the years. The best way to describe their sound is alternative rock with a touch of eerieness (seriously, listen) to it. Coming off their debut album and featuring original vocalist Cassandra Ford, “Control” gives you a perfect idea of what to expect from TVBS: open-ended and occasionally graphic lyrics, Ford’s Gwen Stefani-esque vocals, and musically a general uniqueness that is often difficult to find these days.
John’s Pick: “Hopeless Wanderer” by Mumford & Sons
Sometimes I totally miss when a band I love releases a new album. Thank God I tuned into The Grammys (never thought I’d say that…. seriously) where I was reminded that Mumford & Sons released a new album called Babel when they awarded them album of the year. My favourite track on the album is “Hopeless Wanderer.” Of any song on the album, this one has the best build-up and really resonates with me. At the time I was listening to this I was in fact a hopeless wanderer lost walking along the beach at the Gold Coast of Hong Kong looking for a restaurant that turned out to be a few kilometers away. I’m bad with directions.
Jacob’s Pick: “Fall In Love” by Bad Rabbits
I’ve been anticipating the upcoming Bad Rabbits album for well over a year now and, though “We Can Roll” was a bit of letdown for me, “Fall In Love” has me more excited than ever. This song captures everything that’s great about Bad Rabbits, from the fantastic instrumental parts to Dua Boakye’s tremendous vocals to the way that the group perfectly captures a certain aesthetic that’s as soulful as it is fun. If the rest of American Love is half as good as this song, I’m going to have it on repeat for a long time.
Nick’s Pick: “The Glass” by The Story So Far
The Suppy Nation Tour is coming through my area next week, so I’ve been listening to a lot of Man Overboard and The Story So Far. What You Don’t See has been one of my most anticipated albums this year, and this newly released track only increases my anticipation. It has The Story So Far’s signature aggressive and emotional delivery but also showcases the progression of the band’s music. It features an extremely catchy chorus, and although it would be nice to see them branch out a bit vocally, Parker Cannon delivers one of his strongest performances. If this album lives up to the first two songs released, it should be one of the best of the year.
Megan’s Pick: “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis
Due to an influx in my TV watching – mostly British dramas and their soundtracks – I’ve spent the week indulged in “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis. Its somber tone is appealing somehow, and I find myself overcome with emotion. Well, mostly I’m upset because Oasis is upset, and they transmit emotions very well. They are reluctant, yet honest and that’s something to appreciate.