Bad Luck have all the tunes man. This night was my first exposure to them but they were pretty great, even the unexpected acoustic nature of their set didn’t throw them. I see a lot of bands who are super pro and great fun, but they’re clearly also incredibly aware of their brand, product whatever you want to call it as well. Which doesn’t necessarily detract from their music, but its hard not to notice it either.
Bad Luck weren’t like that.
Finding new bands rules. That’s part of my motivation behind this blog, to share the new bands I discover with other people. Not because my opinion matters more when it comes to bands, because lets face facts, I’m nothing an idiot, even if it is a well intentioned one. But because I think discovering new music is the most wonderful thing, and I miss the days when you discovered a band through the radio, sampler CDs and word of mouth. It doesn’t seem to be the same anymore. For better and for worse.
Veto are a band I think everyone should discover one way or another. Pop punk with all the pop and more punk that average. It’s well good. Also they’ve excellent taste in shirts. See below for more.
Bear Arms are well good. They convincingly bolt pop sensibilities and left field influences onto some seriously meaty riffage. Kinda reminds you of what was so cool about post-hardcore in the first place, before it became dominated by pro-tools, those nauseating Punk Goes Pop albums and snapback caps.
I like bands who bow out early. Too many bands don’t, and typically a lot of those bands were pretty rubbish. Thin Privilege are bowing out early with this final EP, “Does Not Exist”, and they were never rubbish. And now they never will be.
You don’t need personal or social turmoil and alienation to fuel heavy music any more. All you really need is great songs. More bands are missing that vital ingredient than they are sincerity, honesty and intensity. That’s not to say that all those things aren’t welcome, but you could be the most painfully honest band on the planet, and that doesn’t mean that your music will move anyone. Your sincerity may never be in doubt and all your shows may end in bloodshed but won’t necessarily inspire anyone to make sure that your band is the one that they need coming out of their headphones.