#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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#EventSpeaks: Brighton Pride 2018 @ Preston Park, Brighton – 04/08/18


   

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On Saturday 4th August 2018, Preston Park was brought to life with the UK’s largest, annual Pride Festival and this year was especially huge, with over 57,000 people partying the day away. This was, in part, due to the presence of the one and only Britney Spears, headlining the main stage. Also performing were Louise, MNEK, Mabel, Pixie Lott and Ella Eyre. The afternoon was utterly incredible and people had a truly unforgettable time…the best Brighton Pride yet!

Relive the whole thing with our Brighton Pride Weekender playlist.


Mabel

Mabel‘s performance was great – considering she’s not released an album yet, I still knew most of the songs she performed (through their online presence and radio airplay), such as¬†‘Fine Line’,¬†‘Ring Ring’,¬†‘My Lover’¬†and¬†‘Finders Keepers’¬†(which can be seen in the YouTube video below). However,¬†even those I didn’t know were captivating to watch due to her excellent live vocals and high energy. A lot of her songs have clear R&B and reggae influences which means her debut album (that she is currently working on) should be really interesting!


Pixie Lott

It’s been a while since¬†Pixie Lott‘s last album (the self-titled¬†Pixie Lott in 2014) but she sure showed how sensational her voice and just how many massive hits she’s had with this fun-filled performance. Some of the stand-out performances included¬†‘Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)’,¬†‘Boys And Girls’,¬†‘Turn It Up’ and¬†‘All About Tonight’ (which can be seen in the YouTube video below).¬†I’m just gutted she didn’t perform her summery 2017 collaboration with Anton Powers,¬†‘Baby’. Regardless, her vocals were flawless and she looked like she was having the time of her life…let’s just hope it won’t be long until a new album emerges!


Ella Eyre

Considering she’s only had one album, Ella Eyre has had a lot of hits, not only through her own tracks but also through her incredible collaborations. The set was packed with notable performances and in fact I could mention them all for different reasons…she was just truly remarkable.

‘Good Times’ followed by ‘Together’¬†really got the crowd going;¬†‘LOV(E)’¬†had some great audience participation elements with a real Caribbean feel to it; her cover of¬†Jermaine Stewart‘s¬†‘We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off’¬†was pure perfection and then her final tracks were all some of her most notable collaborations –¬†‘Waiting All Night’ (originally with¬†Rudimental), ‘Answerphone’ (originally with¬†Banx & Ranx) and it all came to a close with the monster hit¬†‘Came Here For Love’ (originally with Sigala).¬†Her vibe is very dancehall meets drum & bass topped off with a touch of soul…it was the perfect summer sound to bop around to at this year’s Pride and get everyone warmed up for¬†Britney!

Highlights:

  • Her vocals were flawless and crowd interaction was top notch.
  • The songs she performed were perfect – the audience pretty much knew them all and if they didn’t, she taught them to us.
  • Her use of audience participation was brilliant, particularly on¬†‘LOV(E)’.
  • The energy she pours into her performance is truly contagious and certainly got people moving!

Setlist

Good Times*
Together
LOV(E)
Ego
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Jermaine Stewart Cover)*
Waiting All Night
Answer Phone
Came Here For Love*

* These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Britney Spears

BRITNEY. WAS. AMAZING! Sure, she didn’t sing a word live, but when you look past that, her performance was out of this world!

It had everything you could want from a superstar of her calibre; it was fast-paced with high energy, superb choreography, several costume changes, interesting set pieces and video backdrops, a live band and it was packed to bursting point with hit after hit. Including some off her most recent album, Glory, which I was really pleased about!

Her set was further diversified with different versions or intros to some of her hits, such as ‘…Baby, One More Time’ and Toxic’.

With someone like Britney it’s very difficult to pick out favourite performances of tracks as it’s just one big, epic show that you can’t help but enjoy from start to finish but if I had to pick some; ‘Work Bitch’ was an incredible way to start the set and had the audience going wild, ‘Me Against The Music’ had some amazing set pieces just like the music video (cracked walls), ‘Slumber Party’ as the choreography was sexy and the song is just sensational and ‘Till The World Ends’ as the audience were loving every second of it and at the end, the confetti canon exploded with rainbow colours…it was magical!

It is a shame that Britney doesn’t really sing live but there are so many other ways she makes up for it and I still can’t believe she headlined Brighton Pride…it was certainly a performance you did not want to miss!

Highlights:

  • There really are so many highlights to choose from; the colours, the lights, the sounds, the movements; she is just a sensational performer that puts her every effort into what she does – she’s remarkable!
  • Oh and Britney getting someone out of the audience to chain up and be a part of the choreography for a song was hilarious!

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Setlist

Act I
BRITNEY (Introduction)
Work Bitch*
Womanizer*
Break The Ice/Piece Of Me*

Act II
Darkness (Interlude)
…Baby One More Time/Oops!… I Did It Again

Act III
If I’m Dancing (Interlude)
Me Against The Music*
Gimme More
Clumsy/Change Your Mind

Act IV
Scream & Shout (will.i.am Interlude)*
Boys
Do You Wanna Come Over?
Work It/Get Ur Freak On/WTF (Where They From) (Dance Interlude)

Act V
Get Naked (I Got A Plan) (Interlude)
I’m A Slave 4 U
Make Me…*
Freakshow
Do Somethin’

Act VI
Magic Circus (Interlude)
Circus
If U Seek Amy
Breathe On Me
Slumber Party*
Touch Of My Hand

Act VII
Jungle Fever (Interlude)
Toxic
Stronger/(You Drive Me) Crazy*

Encore
Till The World Ends*

* These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Finally,¬†I want to say a massive thanks to the Brighton Pride organisers for putting together such an incredible line-up for this year’s Pride…it was amazing! Now…how the hell are you gonna top Britney next year?!


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#MellowMonday: Mumford & Sons – ‘Timshel’


   

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I love Mumford & Sons; their folky sound is so unique and refreshing in today’s saturated pop market.

That said, I also felt that I had to feature this stunning track today in honour of¬†Marcus Mumford‘s incredible performance of it, to open last night’s¬†One Love Manchester benefit concert, in aid of the horrendous attack in Manchester.

Although you probably saw his solo performance last night, I found this remarkable live performance with the full band, in a Melbourne side alley – it captures their harmonies to perfection.

What are your thoughts of this beautifully melodic track? Did this strike a chord with you at last night’s ‘One Love Manchester’¬†concert? Got a #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Timshel’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/timshel/id405482774?i=405482788


#MellowMonday: Lana Del Rey – ‘Love’


   

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Lana Del Rey¬†has just released her first new music since 2015’s¬†Honeymoon album and people are going crazy for her new single,¬†‘Love’. I’ve actually not been a huge fan of Lana, until now – this track is just too good to ignore!

It’s an incredible song with its epic soundtrack feel; subtle sweeping strings, pounding drums, a beautiful melody and of course Lana’s haunting vocals. It’s a truly brilliant piece of art.

The artwork for the single resembles an old movie poster; it’s the perfect depiction¬†for the song. The¬†music video has emerged and¬†is¬†a masterpiece in it’s own right; check it out below!

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‘Love’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/love-single/id1207579025


#WildCardWednesday: Courage My Love – ‘Stereo’


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Courage My Love are a pop-punk trio from Ontario, Canada which consists of twin sisters, Mercedes (lead vocals and guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums, keyboard and backing vocals) and bassist, Brandon Lockwood.

The band are currently gearing up to release their second full-length album,¬†Synesthesia, and¬†‘Stereo’¬†is one of the singles to be taken from the record.

The song is heavily influenced by electro-pop with a slight pop-punk edge to it. The use of synths is superb throughout the track and its got a very full-on, all-consuming sound to its choruses.

The music video is interesting too – it’s very retro and has visual effects which are reminiscent of the VHS era with glitchy lines running through it, stacks of TVs with white noise on them and old-fashioned telephones. Check it out below!

What are your thoughts of this Canadian trio? Has this single got you interested in hearing more of the album? Please leave your thoughts in a comment below or hit us up via our social media accounts and remember the hash tag #WildCardWednesday if you want to tell us your own choice for the day.

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‘Stereo’¬†can be downloaded off¬†iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stereo/id1176184350?i=1176184926


#ThrowbackThursday: Bjork – ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’


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I cannot believe that this song is 20 years old in November this year! That’s insane as I remember listening to this as a child, so clearly. It’s such a huge song and I love how it contrasts so brilliantly from the calm, quiet aspects to the massive, in-your-face jazz sections. Bjork‘s vocal performance on this track is just perfection!

This is probably bad of me not to know, but I only just found out that this in fact a cover of a cover. A singer called Betty Hutton released it in 1951, however her release was in fact an English translation cover of ‘Und Jetzt ist es Still’ by Horst Winter, released in 1948.

The video for the song is so well matched too, it see Bjork singing in slow-motion throughout the verses, around a car repair store and through a town, but during the choruses, bursts into a fully choreographed extravaganza. It’s just like a musical…it’s excellent.

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‘It’s Oh So Quiet’¬†can be download, off her album Post,¬†from iTunes now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/its-oh-so-quiet/id631902065?i=631902341


#Two4Tunesday: Angels & Airwaves – ‘Bullets In The Wind’ and Years & Years – ‘King’

My word, we’ve got two fantastic songs for you¬†this week – one from my all-time favourite band, Angels & Airwaves and the other from newcomers,¬†Years & Years,¬†with their recent, chart-topping track.

Angels & Airwaves

First up,¬†Angels & Airwaves! Since they’re my favourite band, I’m surprised I’ve gone this long without featuring them!

What’s not to love about this band?! I love Blink-182, but I love this band more! Tom DeLonge captured my attention, back in 2006, when he launched this band with a heart-felt spoken trailer and accompanying World War II/Space imagery alongside their euphoric songs. I have been following them since their inception and seen them every time they’ve toured the UK. This particular song, taken from their most recent release,¬†The Dream Walker, sees the band move into a new sound and away from their previously enchanted sounds, into a more indie vibe, but yet they’re still epic!

Tell us what you think of this particular track and please check out the rest of their releases.

Angels & Airwaves¬†– ‘Bullets In The Wind’


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To me, it seems that¬†these guys have appeared out of nowhere! I remember seeing them as a featured artist on iTunes and ever since then, they topped the charts with this track! Quite a calm, electronica/indie vibe with this particular song and the singer Olly Alexander’s (also known for his acting in programmes such as Skins)¬†vocals make it interesting and unique. What do you think of it? Personally, I’m intrigued to hear what their future releases will hold.

Years & Years¬†– ‘King’


Happy Two4Tunesday to one and all! Which 2 songs are you loving to share this week?

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