Favorite Single: “Deadlock” – Wave Break
Favorite Music Video: “Temple” – Tonight Alive
Favorite Album: “Where The Mind Wants To Go/ Where You Let It Go” – I The Mighty
Favorite Artwork: “Where The Mind Wants To Go/ Where You Let It Go” – I The Mighty
Favorite Artist: Waterparks
Waterparks released their first single since last year’s “Double Dare,” the incredibly catchy “Blonde,” and announced their sophomore album “Entertainment.” Listen to “Blonde” here.
The most common complaint about modern pop music is that it’s fake. The lyrics are engineered for maximum relatability, the sound is sugar-coated, the songs written for any artist who cares to commission a potential hit. Carah Faye avoids this trap elegantly. The Californian singer’s soaring pop is smooth and stream-lined, with broad-stroke lyrics delivered over anthemic melodies. So what separates Faye’s lovelorn pop from the rest? It’s not completely separate from the glossy melodies of pop stars like Demi Lovato or Taylor Swift. But the frontwoman for Shiny Toy Guns breathes a breath of fresh air into mainstream pop with her sharp-edged new single “Gold Plated,” a step forwards from the tame tranquility of her first solo effort “Don’t Say A Word.” The track feels personal and honest, stark lyrics delivered with an exquisite vengefulness, over a background of extravagant electronic ambience. “Gold Plated” is, indeed, gold plated – it’s polished to a fault, so shiny and shimmering you could see your reflection in it, but with an outsider energy and real feeling behind the words.
Listen to: “Don’t Say A Word” and “Gold Plated”
Similar to: Lights, Dua Lipa, Pvris
Related – Why Lights’ “Skin And Earth” Changes Alternative Music’s Entire Landscape
Waterparks have been relatively quiet since the release of their debut album “Double Dare” last year. They broke their silence today to announce a new album, “Entertainment,” out January 26th, and release the first single off the album. “Blonde” is relentlessly catchy, and follows Waterparks’ intensely poppy style of pop-punk.
“Rise Again” is taken from the alt-rock group’s debut EP “A Different Light.”
Newly formed Boston band Wave Break have only been around since April. Nevertheless, their first single “Deadlock,” released October 20th, isn’t a softball. The four-piece are diving in headfirst and pulling no punches, with a single that takes on the polarization between the two major political parties. “Deadlock” is reminiscent of “All We Know Is Falling”-era Paramore: fairly standard, dark pop-rock, but impressive for a first effort, and showing huge potential for the future. The instrumentals drive the song along, providing a dark ambience, though the vocals blend into the background noise a bit too much. That being said, it’s an intriguing lyrical topic, and a solid base both instrumentally and vocally for Wave Break to build and expand on for the future. The group already have dates lined up around Boston this November, and they hope to have an EP out by early 2018.
Listen to “Deadlock” here.
Similar to: Inheaven, Paramore, Valeras
Related – Discover: Valeras
Aries (March 21 – April 20): “The Man” – The Killers
Taurus (April 21 – May 21): “We Make Our Own Damn Luck” – Autumn Ruin
Gemini (May 22 – June 21): “Reckless Tongue” – Airways
Cancer (June 22 – July 22): “Shut Up (You Miss Me)” – Doll Skin
Leo (July 23 – August 21): “Missile” – Dorothy
Virgo (August 22 – September 23): “Stupid Things” – INHEAVEN
Libra (September 24 – October 23): “Kill For Candy” – DREAMCAR
Scorpio (October 24 – November 22): “Down” – Ruby Gyang
Sagittarius (November 23 – December 22): “Loving Life” – Rationale
Capricorn (December 23 – January 20): “Curtains” – Bloxx
Aquarius (January 21 – February 19): “Never About The Money” – Exnations
Pisces (February 20 – March 20): “Sure” – Emarosa
The EP will be out October 27th, and comes with a corresponding November tour, titled “The Midnight Appetite Tour.” The band had this to say on their upcoming release:
“Our new music is, collectively, more thematic and focused than anything we’ve ever done. It’s us introducing what we have become and debuting ourselves on a bigger stage.”
See tour dates below: