When a band loses or gains members, fans must go through the agony of waiting to hear what their favorite musical act will produce with the new line-up. A few groups that fit the category recently released new songs to their myspace accounts, so let’s take a look.
Mayday Parade – “Anywhere But Here”
Well, the good news is “Anywhere But Here” doesn’t suck…completely. It isn’t the most awful thing I’ve ever heard, but it definitely is cookie-cutter pop/rock. Since releasing, A Lesson In Romantics(the band’s last album, and one of the best summer CDs ever), the band lost singer/guitarist/songwriter Jason Lancaster, a loss that apparently is substantial. Dual vocalists, witty (and often geographical) lyrics and catchy choruses are what made the band special and different. The melody and lyrics to “Anywhere But Here” are predictable and unoriginal. My only real positive is that I enjoy the guitar work of the song. I will do my best to give the rest of the album a fighting chance when it releases, but it seems my fear of Lancaster’s absence being catastrophic are true.
Panic! At The Disco – “New Perspective”
Out are guitar player/songwriter Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker, taking with them any Beatles-influence. Brendan Urie and Stephen Smith remain, creating new music that in the vein of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, though still new and different. I enjoy the musicianship of the track, as well as Urie’s melody. His voice was and is such a distinct part of the band’s sound that fans of both albums should be quite pleased.
The Young Veins – “Change”
Ryan Ross and Jon Walker didn’t wait long to make new music since leaving Panic! The boys announced The Young Veins today, along with our first look at a track. I hate dropping the Beatles reference again, it’s undeniable in “Change.” If you removed the poppiness of Pretty.Odd and added in even more Paul McCartney, you have The Young Veins. Points for the guitar solo. I can’t help but wonder what the track would sound like with Urie on vocals though. Overall, I like it. I’ll be very curious to see if these guys and P! can continue to matter.
Head to these band’s MySpace profiles to hear the new tunes, and let us know what you think in the comments.