We’re less than two weeks from Bamboozle California, my first festival of the year. Though Brandon Bolmer’s debut with Chiodos and Something Corporate‘s return may be stealing the headlines, the bill is filled with newsworthy acts for the duration of the day. In honor of Bamboozle, here’s someone new, someone worshiped and someone old.
1. “Room 410” Call The Cops
A guilty pleasure of mine ever since their days as A Heartwell Ending, Call The Cops have the energy of your local no-name act with the fine-tuning of a band that’s been in the business for decades. The melodies and programming that anchor their music are simply infectious, inspiring Night At The Roxbury-style headbobbing to go with technicolor sing-alongs. Managing to employ a hefty amount of electronics without losing listeners in a wall of noise is a trait most electro-pop acts lack, setting Call The Cops apart from their peers. And “Room 410” is so catchy. So, so catchy. Even if the enhanced sound doesn’t normally appeal to you, Call The Cops serve as the exception in an often-ridiculed genre.
2. “Get Out” – Circa Survive
Some bands are meant to be seen before being heard; meaning I cannot understand the appeal of a group’s music before witnessing them in concert. I couldn’t tolerate one The Devil Wears Prada song before Warped Tour; Bring Me The Horizon sounded like noise before they opened for As I Lay Dying last summer. Now both bands get steady play on my iTunes. Maybe Anthony Green & Co. can pull the same stunt with me at Bamboozle, because I still do not understand the appeal of this band. The first track from Blue Sky Noise has longtime fans begging for more, and maybe after March 27, me.
3. “American Hearts” – Piebald
Two months ago I remembered a chorus I had once heard. I had never identified the song, though the 90’s-rock riff fit perfectly with my head-first dive into music through my young teen years. Crunchy guitars, Gibsons through Marshalls, power chords. Now older and computer-literate, a simple Google search finally revealed the song I’ve subconsciously loved for years. The search: “Hey! You’re part of it!” Nothing like a major festival for a reunion show.