Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
- Lunch at Hero Burger- $10
- Stop at the Silver Snail-$15
- Stop at Rotate This- $20-30
- New bass strings- $30
- First and foremost pay-off my parents house and their debt. Then give them basically whatever they wanted.
- Secondly, pay the University of Guelph off.
- For right now, pay for everyone's rent and utilities in my house as well as buying out the basement. Also pay a maid to clean up the house.
- For the future, buy three houses, one in Melbourne, Australia, one in Toronto, one vacation house in Hawaii.
- Also buy a hyper-sub to drive around in Jamaica and make jams with Damien. The mother fucking hyper sub. I'd also get a gnarly shark painted on it, so it would look like a World War II fighter jet.
- Kegs of PBR at my house. ALWAYS.
- Have shows in my basement. All the time.
- None of my friends would ever spend money at the bar ever again.
- Less Than Jake would play my birthday.
- Buy a bunch of golfcarts to go to Bruce Lee's in.
- Convert Mama Link into a monster truck, but keep the shitty engine, steering, brakes, electronics, etc.
- Buy the original Batmobile and maybe also turn that into a monster truck.
- Buy a gigantic aquarium and fill it with awesome fish. Including a tiger shark named Cosmo
- Buy the metalslug/bust-a-move/king of fighters Neo-Geo machine from Alberto's Pizza at Bathurst and St. Clair. I would also rig it so you don't need quarters. For the record, I at one point had the second highest score on Bust-A-Move under the name "ASS".
- Put a pool in our backyard. With a diving board.
- Put some skating stuff there as well
- And what the hell, I'd open up the big bop again.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- skateboarded (landed a new trick!)
- listened to Off With Their Heads and A Wilhelm Scream a bunch
- watched They Live (Rowdy Roddy Piper killing aliens that he can only see when he wears special sunglasses)
- killed the end of season 2 of Arrested Development
- practiced bass a bunch
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Okay, flashback to summer time 2007. Cue Wayne’s World hand motions. Doodlidoo, doodlidoo, doodlidoo.
So at this time I had two main musical genres that I listened to. Ska, which had been my mainstay for about 4 years, and melodic hardcore, Set Your Goals, No Trigger, Strike Anywhere, Etc. Out of all the stuff I listened to, these two seemed to be the most common.
Okay, another flashback now, to the summer before. Band added me to myspace called “We Are The Union”. They had a sort of typical ska-punk sound, heavy influence from Big D and the Kids Table and the Arrogant Sons of Bitches. Not to say they were bad, I totally enjoyed their sound, but back then they were more of a typical ska/punk band.
Alright once more, back to summer ’07. The band posed a myspace bulletin that their new album would be out soon and they had a new track up. It also mentioned an evolution in their sound.
They weren’t kidding.
They combined the two aforementioned styles seamlessly. The songs had fast poppy sing-along parts that lead into dancey ska parts that lead into more hardcore like breakdowns. Needless to say, I thought it was absolutely fucking awesome. It was one of those rare cases where a band’s sound is just so new and so fresh. The band often gets described as “Set Your Goals meets Less Than Jake”, which is apt on a general scale, but there is way more to it than that. Their lyrics are absolutely great, they have a song that references Say Anything (the movie of course, doofus) in the best way possible and put on an absolutely gnarly live show.
So of course I wanted the album but, as always, my state of being a poor university student with no credit card makes it hard for me to buy music when the band hasn’t toured in my area and aren’t on a major (and therefore aren't carried in the chain stores, which are essentially my only outlet of buying music in my small college town) so I was kind of boned. Then one day they put the album up for free. Fucking rad! Obviously I downloaded it right away and lost my shit over how good it was. To me at least, it was one of those albums that just hits you in a special way. Just right away, you know it’s going to be one of your favourites.
Since then it’s been in constant rotation and is definitely one of my favourite records ever. Since they put out that album they signed to Paper and Plastick and released an EP. No surprise, it ruled in tons of ways. They announced they were recording last year so I was excited for the album to come. It took a long time, but it’s finally here.
Now I am going to be honest, I wasn’t hoping for anything drastic on this record. Maybe a bigger breakdown on one song and huge face melter on another (Ricky is a huge shredder after all). My expectations were moronic. The band has stepped up their game in a huge way. This record is like their last one steroids. First of all, since the last album they got a new drummer and another guitar player. Both bring tons to the new album. The drumming is tight and fast as fuck, which is my ideal. The addition of a second guitar allows for a lot more elements and melody to be added. It’s like every member got a lot better at what they do and they mish-mashed all that skill into one fucking huge juggernaut of melodic-pop-punk-hardcore-ska musical gnar.
I cannot recommend this band enough. I am being completely honest when I say they are the best band making music right now. Not to say they are my favourite band ever, (did you think Less Than Jake would get dethroned that easily, COME ON (in Gob Bluth voice)) but I think out of all the bands I listen to, these guys are the most on top of their game and just at their pinnacle.
Here’s my favourite tune by them:
You can also stream the whole new record here: