Soundwave festival is just around the corner and I’m getting really excited. This was my dream festival when I was 14/15. I have always wanted to go but I’ve never been able to make it, so this is my first one. I haven’t listened to many of these bands since 2011 and many of them have released many albums. Before I delve into (a lot) of new songs I wanted some time to relive the old music. I’ve spent the last week doing this, listening to the old albums on repeat. I have came up with my a playlist of my favourite songs from back then. My music taste has widened a lot since then, and I’ve started to listen to some other bands in the line up, but I am sticking to my old favourites for this playlist because I’m feeling nostalgic and want a little walk down memory lane. In two weeks I will be making another playlist of my favourite songs for Soundwave, old and new.
I fell in love with Fall Out Boy around the same time I loved Panic! at the Disco which was in 2008. I had just started grade 8 and I met this girl who would turn out to be the friend who showed me most of the bands in this list. She was in love with FOB and P!ATD and thought that I was pretty cool that I had heard of Thnks Fr Th Mmrs and I Write Sins Not Tragedies by them respectively. We bonded over it, and became really good friends. I remember going to her house and she decimated me at Singstar singing Dance, Dance. I’m really fond of that memory and I still don’t think I could beat her singing Dance, Dance to this day. I loved the songs catchy lyrics and beat, and just how fast Patrick Stump could sing.
I started listening to Escape the Fate in 2009, I first fell in love with ‘Situations’ and ‘Not Good Enough For Truth in Cliche’. I got a little bit (too) obsessed with them, listening to them all day every day. My favourite song on their older album (when lead singer Ronnie Radke was still with them) was Friends and Alibis. I can’t explain why that was my favourite song then. But I really liked the almost whiny vocals, fast beat and Ronnie Radke’s arrogance ‘they always told me I was gorgeous in a way’ and you know what, I thought he was the most gorgeous thing ever.
I was quite torn between liking old and new Escape the Fate. The old lead singer Ronnie Radke went to prison and was then replaced with Craig Mabbit. I thought they were both pretty amazing, but some of their other fans were hardcore old or new ETF. I can’t compare the two even now and I couldn’t bring myself to pick one song for ETF. My favourite song with their new lead singer is This War is Ours. It was their heaviest song on that album and I really liked the screaming and then some whiny singing in the chorus.
The first time I had heard All Time Low was in 2009 and I listened to them religiously. I remember when they released their ‘Nothing Personal’ album. My favourite song back then was definitely Remembering Sunday. I loved the duet with Juliet Simms, and hearing the story relayed through them singing about it. I also liked that it was quite a serious song differing from most of their others. It really reminds me of my time in grade 9 and 10, I travel right back there.
I started getting into heavier music in 2010. One of the bands I listened to was Slipknot, I had a poster of them in their masks right next to my bed. My mum and grandma would make a comment like ‘how can you sleep next to that scary poster?’ every time they would see it. Snuff was my favourite Slipknot song because it started off really soft (for them) and gradually got angrier and heaver the longer the story and song went on. It was just a different way for me to hear music and I really enjoyed it.
I went through a bit of a Marilyn Manson stage in grade 10. I even read his autobiography at age 14, at that time I remember my Dad was saying that Slash’s autobiography might be inappropriate for me to read. Which was ironic as I had read probably one of the most shocking and inappropriate book for someone at 14 (my parents did not know I read it at that time). My favourite song back then was Heart Shaped Glasses as I really liked the distorted vocals combined with the drums which made it almost sound like marching.
In grade 10 I got really into Hollywood Undead. My favourite song by them was Young as it was quite a serious song which I could relate to in some sense. Many of their songs are about partying and I found them really funny, but this is about youth and the feeling of not being able to do anything. ‘We are young, but we have heart, born in this world as it falls apart. We are strong but we don’t belong’. It’s also a strong song musically, and combines some rapping and rock so it makes it interesting to listen to.
In 2011 Falling in Reverse finally released their album, I had been waiting on it for ages. ETF’s old frontman Ronnie Radke had made this band whilst he was in jail. I was really excited to hear them. The Westerner was written whilst him and ETF were still feuding and he throws a bit of shade at them. I think it’s quite funny, and they have both done it to each other. I really loved his voice on this track, really whiny and arrogant. It makes it interesting to listen to. I remember back at school a good friend and I would listen to FIR every time the rest of the group would talk in depth about car motors. We bonded over FIR and it takes me back to some really good times at high school.
So that was a little trip down memory lane for me. I loved looking back at it, and in a fortnight I’ll give a proper review of some of the bands I have found. m