As detailed in my interview a few weeks ago, Apple Sauce is weird. REALLY weird. But sometimes, that’s what it takes to stand out from the crowd, especially if you can do it with flair. This Italian group transcends norms and reminds me of the shock value of such acts like Iwrestledabearonce and Poppy. So, as a cohesive unit, let’s see how Apple Sauce’s debut self-titled record pans out:
The Story So Far/Elder Brother guitarist Kevin Geyer launched a new project this year entitled Same Side, and it’s absolute music to my ears. This mesh of acoustic prowess with profoundly-delivered vocals make for effervescent pieces of art, which were present in the magnificent Proper Dose from 2018. These songs came to fruition into the Same Side EP which relased in late May.
Five songs of humongous quality, Same Side is a soft, easy listen that exudes a comforting vibrancy. “Smoke” has multiple delicate, earthy guitar licks that complement the laid-back vibe of the track. “Stuck in a Hole” is one for the ages, presented so somberly and matter-of-factly. Almost a mix of City and Colour and Citizen, it’s a sad song worthy of many replays.
The rising alt-pop trio Chase Atlantic are back with their sophomore album, Phases, following their previous EP, DON’T TRY THIS (2019) and their self-titled debut (2017). The well-anticipated full-length to be released on June 28th via MDDN/BMG is certain to be one for the charts. With heavy influences from artists such as The Neighbourhood, Post-Malone, and The Weeknd, the band has only grown more as time progresses. Mitchel Cave, lead singer of the band stated “We went from staring at the same four walls for 18 years to seeing the whole world. We have to keep our heads—everything in moderation. Well, music-making should not be in moderation, but everything else. As long as we’ve got our headphones and laptops, we have all we need.”
“Pick me up now, I need you so bad.”
Blink-182’s brand of pop-punk had, by 2003, cemented them as one of the most popular bands of the new millennium. And for good reason. They had always known how to create catchy songs with some massive hooks that appealed to a wide variety of people.
Eventually, though, almost every young band (especially in pop-punk) attempts to shoot for a more “mature” sound. And Blink-182’s 2003 self-titled affair was that result. It’s an album that even has Robert Smith of The Cure on a song, which seems pretty crazy, but it’s really not.