A Place To Bury Strangers – Let’s See Each Other
Genre: Post-Punk, Shoegaze
A Place To Bury Strangers carries on with their mission to make shoegaze music that is slower and heavier than any heavy metal kid who spends their Christmas holidays in Birmingham ever could. Let’s See Each Other is their newest single.
We have a soft spot for the kind of musicians that sound like people who wake up in their leather jacket and sunglasses, who never take off their sunglasses, and who probably can’t see or hear anymore. Those are the real rock martyrs sacrificing themselves on the altar of Morrisonesque-advised excess.
There’s no better way to give out that impression than by spending your career making music that feels like it’s intended to drill holes through the speakers of those playing it, detuned Brian Wilson songs played at a slow pace and demented decibel level. In this regard, A Place To Bury Strangers make The Jesus and Mary Chain look and sound like flower children.
For those fearing that a disco-pop A Place To Bury Strangers record might be on the horizon, worry not. Let’s See Each Other still sounds like the work of people who love and hate music wholeheartedly and in equal measure. A Place To Bury Strangers are to pop songwriting what crash tests are to cars. They take a beautiful tune and then they see where it will break down. The results are often fascinating.
Run Into The Sun – 400 South
Genre: Punk, Screamo / Post-Hardcore
Similar artists: Have Heart, Comeback Kid, Modern Life Is War, Ruiner, Verse
Run Into The Sun deliver an old-fashioned, reassuring confession with their song 400 South.
Has pop music really become worse over the year? Or, does it simply say less, and thus mean less to most people? It’s probably the latter. And, it’s rather shocking to consider some of the honest revelations that came from globally famous songwriters like John Lennon, or Leonard Cohen on important, popular album releases.
Who’s writing those kinds of songs now? If anything, the pop stars of today are keeping their confessions of hard times for their 15 minutes of fame in front of the television cameras. And, really, let’s be honest, they’re not writing their own songs anyway.
You have to risk something to say anything important and this is just what Run Into The Sun do on their song 400 South. This is a song about beating the odds, climbing back to your feet, finding your strength. But, there’s nothing cheesy, or unfathomable about this. This ain’t pop music. This isn’t disposable. This is a punch in the gut that comes straight from the heart, and that’s why it’s going to mean a lot to many people.