After what has been such a hardcore/rock summer, let’s take a look at what quieter releases August will bring us.
August 4th: Anchor & Braille – Felt
The side-project to Anberlin vocalist Stephen Christian will finally see the light of day August 4. Do not assume that fans of “The Feel Good Drag” will all be Anchor & Braille fans; the feel here is far different than anything Anberlin has ever attempted. However, don’t let “Like Steps In Dance,” the only song currently on their MySpace, fool you, because the band is almost all acoustic, slower numbers. Check out “Rust (The Short Story of Mary Agnosia)” on their PureVolume page for a more accurate example of the vibe.
August 18th: Jonny Craig – A Dream is a Question You Don’t Know How To Answer
It’s Jonny Craig. Therefore, you will own this. The former Dance Gavin/current Emarosa vocalist seems to be all over the place with his solo album. “Children of Divorce” is a slower acoustic song that showcases the man’s lower register, while “7 AM, 2 Bottles and the Wrong Road” has an interesting electronic feel to it. So far, “Istillfeelhere III” is my favorite track released, due to the musicianship and melody of the song. I have no clue how to apply a genre to the track, so you’ll just have to here it, as well as the other songs, for yourself at his MySpace.
August 18th – Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major
The band that created my favorite album of all-time is back after a six-year absence. While lead single “Don’t Believe A Word” seems a little empty to me, the video, posted below, is original and fantastic. I have a ton of faith in singer/songwriter Stephen Jenkin’s ability to put out more of the unique pop/rock that made the band famous in the first place, so I anxiously await this album.
August 18th: MUTEMATH – Armistice
While I hardly know any of their material, everything I have heard, I quite enjoy. “Typical” and “Spotlight” from their old album spent a great deal of time on repeat not long ago, and many people whose music tastes I greatly respect expect this album to be perfect, so it will be joining my music library.
August 25th: fun. – Aim and Ignite
Nate Ruess from The Format grabbed a few friends and formed fun., a band that honestly sounds like no one else. Clever lyrics will get me everytime, and the way they poke fun (pun, anyone?) at nu-metal in lead single “At Least I’m Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)” had me rolling from the first listen on their MySpace. Their re-work of “Benson Hedges,” an unreleased The Format song, is equally as great. It’s hard to imagine what full-length from these guys will sound like, but I’m psyched.