Upon the release of their album Gossip in 2017, Sleeping With Sirens were met with near-critical derision for their apparent lack of inspiration and quality, which sapped most of the energy from the album. While likely their least-effective album to date, there was always hope that the band would recapture the energy the band had on their first two records – the ones that brought them deserved scene attention. Luckily, on How It Feels To Be Lost, the band appears to be energized once again.
Happy September! Welcome to our (somewhat) new feature, Song Of The Week. Amazingly original title, we know, but titles like “Tunes For Boons” and “Riff Of The Hour” were even more silly to us. Essentially, this is where we choose the one song released in the past 7 days that’s really struck a chord (or in some cases, many more) with our listening ears. While there’s plenty of music available for the discerning listener, we’ve targeted the new single from rising rock band Vespera, “Phoenix Down”, as this week’s choice. Oh, and they even launched their first merch line!
Men In Black is a franchise that has been all over the place quality wise. The first two are staples of the late 90’s, early 2000’s. The third is an awful film in which we best not speak of. International is what I assume the attempt to kickstart a new MIB franchise but instead comes off half done and mediocre.
While the band is gearing up to release a new record in the very near future, alt-metal legends Deftones have had a fairly quiet 2019 – minus the shows and festivals they’ve played, of course. Having just played Pasadena Daydream Festival a few days ago with the likes of The Cure and Pixies (among others in a stacked lineup), devoted fans know the band for often including deeper cuts in their setlists, spanning their entire discography. Fans of their more recent work, especially 2012’s Koi No Yokan, will certainly be pleased at what transpired over the weekend.