#Review: With Confidence – Love And Loathing ūü•Ä


   

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Muzik Speaks Loves Hopeless Records - SmallerWith Confidence are a pop punk band from Sydney, Australia, who formed back in 2012. Having been through some line-up changes, the band now consists of¬†Jayden Seeley (lead vocals & bass),¬†Inigo Del Carmen¬†(lead guitar & backing vocals) and¬†Joshua Brozzesi (drums).¬†In 2016, the band signed to Hopeless Records and released their debut album¬†Better Weather. Now, in 2018, the¬†band are back with their sophomore record,¬†Love And Loathing. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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This feels very much like the band have studied and followed the recipe for making the perfect pop punk record, down to a tee…and that’s not even a bad thing! Somehow, the record feels timeless within the realm of the genre but without sounding like a carbon copy of so many others. After only a couple of listens, it feels just like returning to an old favourite that has been in my collection for years!

Opening track, ‘That Something’, is a stunning way to kick off an album – it’s got catchy vocals (but not obviously so) about finding a new love interest, paired with strong instrumentals of varied tempos, topped off with superb and subtle production flourishes.

Other huge tracks to take note of, include: ‘The Turnaround’ is a massive tune about making a change in your life and grabbing it by the horns, all accompanied by seriously incredible falsetto vocals; ‘Jaded’ which is a fast-paced thrashing track that you might find from the likes of Simple Plan; ‘Better’ is probably my favourite song on the record – about the desire to improve yourself with it’s occasionally satirical lyrics and soaring high-pitched vocal melodies, it’s a track you can easily get lost in.

Diversity spans the record: ‘Spinning’ is much calmer tune that has ‘woohoos’ and the subtle catchiness of a We The Kings or Maroon 5 track;¬†‘P√Ęquerette (Without Me)’ wishes an old love well with mellow acoustic vibes and¬†‘Icarus’ is a far grungier and more aggressive song that bares a resemblance to something by You Me At Six – it’s got heavy guitars and screamy vocals and adds a new depth to the record.

After only a couple of listens, it feels just like returning to an old favourite that has been in my collection for years!

Even in its lower moments, this is an album that feels overall, positive and like a band that’s been revitalised. The tracks each sound unique and interesting in their own ways; some outright pop punk anthems, other mellow, heartfelt ballads and even a couple of slightly more experimental numbers…yet it all still comes together as a cohesive record. Love And Loathing is just that – a record of two halves, covering the excitement of new relationships and hatred of old ones.

It is a tight, well-produced album that, despite some recent, tumultuous events, feels like a band now set for even bigger things! Could this be the next All Time Low or 5 Seconds Of Summer? If you’re a pop punk fan, you will love every second of this record!

Rating
4-5


‘Love And Loathing’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/love-and-loathing/1388719305


Love And Loathing on Spotify

That Something (Official Music Video)

Moving Boxes (Official Music Video)

Jaded (Official Music Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of the band’s second album? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or hit us up via our social media.


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#Playlist: Brighton Pride Weekender 2018


   

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Brighton Pride is fast approaching and to celebrate, we have created our first ever, Brighton Pride Weekender¬†playlist dedicated to one of the city’s biggest annual events to promote equality and diversity with the aim to eliminate discrimination against the¬†lesbian,¬†gay,¬†bisexual¬†and¬†transgender¬†(LGBT) community.

This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of tracks, by the artists performing at Brighton Pride 2018, as well as some other great anthems!

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:

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We hope you enjoy this playlist as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it! Please share the link to this post, or the playlist itself and give it a cheeky follow on Spotify too – https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/5nXqTcFL05VwLPppVaNIE6?si=fV9Vk8vDQgCVQUgAUzI9ng. If you’ve got any songs to suggest for us to add, please let us know ūüôā

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#FeelGoodFriday: 5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Girls Talk Boys’


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I’ve never been a massive fan of¬†5 Seconds of Summer but this song has made me take note. It sounds like their style and composition has matured with a slightly more funky sound. It’s fairly reminiscent of¬†Ordinary Boys‘¬†‘Boys Will Be Boys’ in terms of style too.

Taken from the soundtrack of the new Ghostbusters film, the music video is interpolated with scenes from it, as well as the lads reenacting some of the scenes in a budget, yet rather comedic way.

Are you a 5SOS fan? Do you like their new sound? What are your thoughts of this track? Please share your #FeelGoodFriday song choice in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

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‘Girls Talk Boys’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/girls-talk-boys-from-ghostbusters/id1118434321?i=1118434403


#WildCardWednesday: The Fray – ‘Give It Away’

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The Fray are an American band most notable for their debut 2005 single ‘How To Save A Life’. Since then though, the band have released 4 albums. Their most recent album,¬†‘Helios’, features this incredible song,¬†‘Give It Away’.

I had to share this song because although it’s an album track, it’s one hell of a tune! It’s funky beyond belief and would make for a good single release!

The song was co-written by The Fray and¬†busbee,¬†who has written songs like 5 Seconds of Summer‘s ‘Don’t Stop’,¬†P!nk‘s¬†‘Try’ and¬†Timbaland‘s¬†‘If We Ever Meet Again’.

What do you think of this song? If you like it, check out the rest of their album! Please share your #WildCardWednesday track with us in a comment below.


‘Give It Away’, taken from the album ‘Helios’ can be downloaded now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/give-it-away/id756630619?i=756630626


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