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If you're a fan of rock music, you'll love Shatterproof, because not only is it any ordinary rock band, it's a VIOLIN ROCK BAND!

Yep, Shatterproof incorporates violin into their music and holy moly, it's kickass!! 

Shatterproof is a five-piece rock band from Colorado, and they've been around since 2009, dishing out emo music with a dash of strings and screams.

For the past few years, they've been dishing out great hits like Cookie Cutter Life, and Karma, which had some pretty intense and dark lyrics, but all that changed after the band released a video message to their fans back in January, explaining that they wanted to stay true to their passion for music and not just make music that "will sell."

With that, they launched a new era of Shatterproof, starting with announcing their signing to record label Revival Recordings, AND releasing their latest single: So Punk. The new song lyrically explores the hardships of working in the music industry where it's so difficult to create the art that they want to create instead of doing what everyone else wants them to do. The chorus is simple - two lines that deliver a clear message of hope: / I'm not down / I'm not out /

Of course musically, the heavy violin brings a killer melody to this classic punk rock sound. The song is catchy, headbang worthy, and complete with a deep punch from the lyrics.

Listen to their song So Punk here:

 

Photo Credits: Revival Recordings

One Direction's first verse man, Liam Payne, now has all the verses to himself as he has finally dropped his first single as a solo artist.

Liam has finally caught up with his ex-bandmates on their own solo projects with his debut single, Strip That Down, featuring Quavo. Surprisingly, it's not bad, despite it being an expected direction (pun intended) for him to take. His song is a simple Hip-Hop/R&B tune with one of the most obvious musical elements is its pre-chorus which sounds pretty much like the chorus to Shaggy's It Wasn't Me.

The other thing that jumps out from the song is the lyric: / You know, I used to be in 1D / now I'm out, free / which seems like he's dissing his fromer band and bandmates. Of course he got a lot of backlash for it but he denied any intentions of being disrespectful in an interview, saying, "I never wanted it to be taken in a negative light. First off I thought that hiatus was some sort of religious thing, so when they said hiatus I thought we were all going to turn into monks or something. But I actually think the hiatus works out best for everyone because we all get to explore our music."

So that line is still up to interpretation and different opinions, just as the song itself is, with some people finding it underwhelming while others finding it a great start to Liam's solo career.

Check out the lyric video here:

 

Photo Credits: The Inquisitr

Remember this song from 2011?

Pretty sure we are all familiar with the name Rebecca Black. 6 years after the release of Friday, she has grown up, improved her craft and is back with an amazing song that could possibly be a contender for song of the summer.

Her new pop tune Foolish is greatly different from what she has released previously such as the emotional breakup ballad, The Great Divide, or her viral hits from 2011 and 2013. According to Rebecca’s interview with Billboard, the back-story of Foolish is about falling in love for the first time, experiencing new emotions and trying out things that you have never done before. In her words, “Love is real, and exciting, and weird and scary.”

 

 

It is actually really heartwarming to see her mature into the great singer and songwriter she is today. We’re super excited to have her back and can’t wait for her accompanying music video and EP which will be out this summer!


Picture Credits: Szwill86 on Tenor, Time

The Heydaze is a seriously underrated pop rock band from New York, USA. This band has been around since 2014 but they haven’t got nearly enough recognition as they deserve.

Back in their early years, the band’s songs were full of fun and amusement. A couple of my favourites are Adderall and Dumb – these songs have been deleted from their YouTube, iTunes and Spotify to welcome in a new era of music, but you can still find some fan uploads on YouTube.

The band used to have a unique sound to their music that could probably be described as “lazy but powerful.” Note: I say “lazy” in the best way possible because they had a great drawl both rhythmically and vocally which was just so sexy.

But now, The Heydaze have recently released their new single New Religion and by gosh, they have outdone themselves. With New Relegion and Hurt Like Hell (a single from last year), this band have take a slightly deeper and mature route with their music, switching their laid back tune for a more upbeat, present vibe.

It starts off with a synth note that borders on electro, and a smooth beat that is joined in by singer, Jesse Fink’s deep voice. The first 20 seconds is already enough to entice you, but when the build up of the pre-chorus begins, energy levels also starts to rise. Hitting the chorus, I immediately thought to myself, “This sounds like it could be a Harry Styles song if he had stuck to the newer One Direction vibe (adding a bit of a heavier rock element) when he went solo.”

I think that alone is enough to fully encapsulate the amazingness of this song. Songs like these remind me why I love pop rock.

The Heydaze is definitely a band you should not sleep on!

 

Photo Credits: PancakesandWhiskey

The Sink or Swim is an alternative/desert rock band from Arizona. Influenced by Arctic Monkeys and Electric Light Orchestra, it could be accurate to describe their music as 60's-70's meets modern alternative rock. The results are fresh groovy beats with hints of psychedelic tunes.

Their first single of 2017, Arizona, is an upbeat song with a catchy guitar riff that hooks you from the start. The deep bass notes add a raw, earthy tone to the song, while the drum line, which primarily consists of the hi-hat and cymbals, brings a lighter mood to it. All the aspects of the instrumentation manage to blend well together into a smooth, clean sound.

The core of the rhythm, as well as the lyrics, are reminiscient of 60's classics where almost every word is simple and straightforward with little to no hidden meanings. I think this is what makes their music unique from a lot of modern artists' - they're able to bring back the much loved oldies but with newer twists, and making applications like this work requires pure talent.

Personally, I'd say if you're more used to pure oldies music or pure modern alt rock, their music could be somewhat of an acquired taste. I also do prefer one of their first songs, Wasted Time, as the two styles are more blended and overlapped as compared to Arizona, which brings out more distinct sounds of each genre.

You could check out Wasted Time here before listening to Arizona just to get a feel of their whole vibe:

 

 

Alternatively, you could just skip straight to The Sink or Swim's new goods here!:

 

Photo Credits: The Sink or Swim (Facebook)