Archive | July, 2015

Ring a Ding Ding

26 Jul

You may not have heard of the band What’s Eating Gilbert, but chances are you are familiar with its leading man Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory fame. “Wearing Your Ring” is a departure for Gilbert on this side project

A duet with his partner Haley Williams from Paramore. It is a throwback to the 50s, think Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” The chorus even sounds straight out of that tune in melody.

And it is here on the chorus where things feel the most retro. Gilbert’s voice softens throughout the entirety of the song with Williams contributing only to the chorus. The sound of the two together, harmonizing is a treat to the ears.

The simplicity and sweetness of the lyrics “I’ll never stop wearing your ring/even though we fight, baby” also help to contribute to the all around 50s ballad sound that it seems the band is going for. The fact that Gilbert and Williams are a couple in real life only further bring to life the message of the song.

There is minimal instrumentation on “Wearing Your Ring” which suits the tune just fine, instead focusing on the lyrics and the vocal performances, enhancing the meaning behind the track.

Expect this to be played at many weddings, and just try not to saw “awww”

Discography: The New Sound You’re Looking For (2015).

Official Website: http://whatseatinggilbert.com/

Limboo Rock

12 Jul

The Limboos “What I’m saying” right from the very first seconds of the electric guitar wailing, has nailed the type of rock n’ roll some musicians strive their whole career to pay tribute to. Hailing from the first decade of rock, the 1950s, the tune is evocative of some of the very best like Chuck Berry, for example on “School Days.”

And while this sounds authentically retro, and could earnestly be mistaken for a tune from the 50’s, there is also some modernity to the track thanks in part to the raw and edgy vocals. This is not to say there were not vocal performances like this in the 50s. Of course there was. Rock thrived on that. But we are seeing a resurgence of this type of gritty vocal styling paired with 50s rock sensibilities. Think The Strypes, but with more of a throwback makeup.

When people complain that the golden years of music have gone by, bring up bands like The Limboos and tracks like “What I’m Saying”and let them know that quality music, good old fashioned rock n roll exists…you just have to do some heavy digging to unearth the magic.

Discography: Space Mambo (2014).

Official Website: http://thelimboos.com/