For crying out loud!

By Stefan Jajecznyk (@jajecznyk)

Kasabian Are Back! And so far, it sounds GOOD!

THE Leicester foursome announced their return last week by releasing the first single from their new album, For Crying Out Loud.

Kasabian – You’re In Love with a Psycho

Written by Serge Pizzorno in 15 minutes, You’re In Love with a Psycho is a tub-thumping return from the Leicester-based indie giants.

In an audio post on Instagram [LINK: https://www.instagram.com/kasabianofficial%5D, the band announced the release of the first single off their forthcoming new album, “For Crying Out Loud”.

You’re in Love with a Psycho is a perfect example of what Kasabian do best – catchy hook and rhythm section with lyrics that you can’t help but sing along to.

The band say that the song is so appealing because everyone has been on either side of this argument at least once in their lives.

In the same Instagram post, guitarist Serge Pizzorno says ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’ is “a weird anthem for everyone. You’ve either been in love with [a psycho] or you are one. It sort of celebrates that.”

While the video has been widely criticised by mental health charities, we can safely say that this is a big tune and we are very much looking forward to hearing what Kasabian have to offer with the rest of their new album.

 

Stef is a current MA Journalism Student at The University of Salford writing for a couple of sources. He also has his own website over at Jajecznyk WordPress. Music is a passion of Stef’s and in his spare time he’s always checking out the latest musical trends. Follow him on twitter at @Jajecznyk

 

Playlist #3 – 03.04.2017

Playlist number 3 for ya.

1. Brand New – Sowing Season

Such a great song and a good album too. “I am on the mend. At least I can say I’m trying. And I hope you will forget things I lack”.

2. The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

An old classic. Came on the radio this week and I’ve not been able to get it out my head. Deserving of being in the playlist this week.

3. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell

Nothing more than a dead catchy song and something a little bit different.

4. Ben Howard – Only Love

Just over 5 years since I saw Ben Howard for the first time in Leeds Uni student union. I love this song. Its so chilled and just beautiful. Some great lyrics too.

5. Lucy Rose – Shiver

A dead romantic song for me and a really touching video too. A gentleman reminiscing over a past lover, their love for each other and some amazing times they had. Or at least that’s my interpretation anyway.

6. Saint Raymond – Fall At Your Feet

Really good band and album. Stumbled across Saint Raymond at Leeds Festival a few years back. Nothing else on so checked out the BBC introducing stage. Love this particular song immediately.

7. Lucy Rose – Lines

Lucy Rose makes a second appearance in this weeks playlist. Ive listened to her first album a few times this week. Its special. Shes an amazing singer and very good live too!

8. Nick Mulvey – Cucurucu

I just really like this song. Nick Mulvey is a dead talented artist. The rest of his album is great. Nitrous is also worth a mention.

9. Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye

Soft. Loud. Soft. Amazing.

10. Alt-J – In Cold Blood

One of my favourite bands and a band with real meaning to me. Their new song couldn’t have come at a better time for me. See more here.

 

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A Flood of Blood to the Heart

There’s always that one band, album or song that means something to you in a time where everything seems to be going to shit for you. That band for me are Alt-J.

Alt-J were the band that I discovered at a time in December 2011 where I was in a bit of a bad place and they became my music to help get me out that rut.

There’s so much meaning behind that band to me but I’ll save that for another time.

Fast forward 5 years and I’m in the exact same position as I was back then. Going through a breakup amongst other things, Alt-J release two new tracks and an album scheduled for a summertime release.

Things worked out okay 5 years ago and I have no doubts it’ll work out this time. I guess it just made me smile and laugh that their new stuff comes out at the exact same time and its like history repeating itself all over again.

Their new song is just epic for me and I’ve had it on repeat since it dropped.

Thanks Alt-J.

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Playlist #2 – 27.03.2017

So, into week number 2 of my weekly playlist. 10 songs that I’ve listened to and hit me in some way.

1. Taking Back Sunday – What’s it feel like to be a ghost.

Great opener to this album and reminds me of meeting a friend at Ukrainian camp about 12/13 years ago! Back when life was care free. Inspired lyrics Louder now, right now for my other blog.

2. The Offspring – Come out and play

Got into this album recently and this was just one of the more catchy songs on it for me! Love that it’s also about gang culture.

3. Queens of the Stone Age – Song for the dead

I firmly believe that this album changed my life. I remember hearing No One Knows in the playground at school and just thinking “wow”! Song for he dead is just everything you want. Heavy guitars, solid drum intro. Heavy and loud.

4. Modest Mouse – Float on

Such a catchy song and great band. Just forget all of your troubles and float on!

5. Coldplay – What If

This is probably my favourite Coldplay album (back when I considered them good. Controv) and a great song from that. I guess it just reflects my feelings at the moment of the anxiety and what ifs? The lyrics are amazing to me and it’s just a lovely song.

6. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

“All I ever wanted. All I ever needed was here in my arms”.

7. The White Stripes – Icky Thump

Love The White Stripes and I love comics. So when this song popped up on the Justice League trailer it got me fully into the swing of them again. Such a punchy and just class song.

8. Django Django – Default

June 2013. We were on holiday in Croatia travelling to Montenegro. I had this cd on for the drive. I remember going over the mountains and just having the most amazing view in front. Even more beautiful was the view of the person in the passenger seat.

9. Foo Fighters – Aurora

Foo Fighters are one of, if not my favourite band. Not one of their more popular songs but it’s just beautiful. “I just kinda died for you. You just kinda stared at me”.

10. Death Cab for Cutie – Long Division

A bit of an out there break up song that I kinda relate to. Just me!

11.The xx – Say Something Loving

Just read the lyrics.

 

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Louder now right now.

I love that feeling of coming home, getting in bed and putting my earphones on.

I want it to be loud that I can’t hear myself think. I don’t want to think about my own shit. I want to forget my own problems. It’s my one chance to completely zone out and just fully focus on the words and noises entering my head. For each of those 3 to 4 minutes, I can immerse and listen to the problems of someone else. Listen to stories of love, happiness, unhappiness, stupidity, tales of history.
It’s a chance for me to completely focus on everything that’s going on in that song and hear everything. The amount of times I pick up extra bits in songs I didn’t notice before is incredible. Be that an instrumental piece or to really pick up on some lyrics and interpret them how I like. Like, to the extent where it just hits you and it makes your hairs stand on end and feel emotional.

Music has this crazy way of hitting me. Loud music even more so.

But hey, that’s just me.

32:50

32:50

By PROJ (@onaproj)

Dallas, TX. 1992. My auntie was working as a nanny for a fairly wealthy family and we were out visiting for the first time since she’d left, maybe three or four years previously. We stayed at a hotel, but spent most of our time hanging around the house with my auntie, the family’s three kids and another nanny. There was plenty to keep us busy: the pool, the food and the trips out. It was on these journeys – to the slice of Americana that is Chuck E. Cheese’s, a birthday party for my sisters at a bowling alley, the site of JFK’s shooting – that my eleven year old musical taste was moulded. We drove in the car that my auntie and the other nanny shared, and as we travelled through the suburbs and over freeways, under the gaze of the iconic Reunion Tower, ‘Surfer Rosa’ by Pixies became my soundtrack. As annoying and whiney as the youth of America are said to be, I’m sure that my constant pleading to “flip the cassette and play it over from the beginning” had them matched.

The allure of the album, at first, was to make sense of what the actual fuck was going on. Recorded by indie legend Steve Albini, the thirteen tracks capture the band at their rawest; their truest. Although many offer 1991’s follow-up ‘Doolittle’ as Pixies at their peak, ‘Surfer Rosa’ and its frantic energy was, and remains, my absolute favouritest anything ever. Listening now, I still feel the same excitement, and terror, that I did back then. This is the album that does things to me.

Opener ‘Bone Machine’ comes in on the almost backwards drumming of Dave Lovering, his thudding bass drum, whipcrack snare and crisp cymbals mirrored in the pulsing bassline from Kim Deal. Joey Santiago stabs and jabs and wrestles layers of discordant beauty from his guitar while Black Francis rants, yelps and howls about Japanese food and car park molestation. I mean, what is there not to love..and fear? Pixies race through the next few tracks: the dissonant pop sensibilities of ‘Break My Body’, visceral aggression of ‘Something Against You’ and incestual horror of ‘Broken Face’ keep things agitated.

The next song, and only single from the record, ‘Gigantic’ is my personal highlight. Kim Deal’s lush, breathy vocals wrap around an endless, circular chord progression that bursts into pop gorgeousness as she proclaims her ‘big, big love’. Let’s get it straight though, at eleven years old I had no idea that I was singing along to the voyeuristic imagery of watching on as an attractive black man makes love to another woman – the song inspired by the movie ‘Crimes of the Heart’ according to Deal. As much as I imagine that particular relationship ending messily, so too does the track, looping and swelling until it bursts and breaks.

‘River Euphrates’ showcases the quiet-loud-quiet dynamic associated with Pixies, inspiring the likes of Nirvana to experiment with their approach to songwriting; side A finishing with Black Francis’s imploring scream of ‘RIDE THE TIRE!’. Side B continues with arguably the band’s most ‘famous’ song; ‘Where Is My Mind?’ (y’know, the one from the end of Fight Club? *eye roll*), the prison-cell love letter of ‘Cactus’ and driving ‘Tony’s Theme’.

The band mix it up on the next couple of songs, injecting a Spanish flavour into both ‘Oh My Golly!’ – wherein we meet the “Besando chichando con surfer rosa” from the album’s enticing artwork, put together by the 4AD / v23 graphics master Vaughn Oliver – and the extended jam of ‘Vamos’ and its relentless rhythm and squeals. Both tracks also feature clips of Deal and Francis engaging in studio banter: “I said you fuckin’ die!” jokes Francis, and I remember thinking it cool as fuck. Still do. Deal’s story about a former teacher being ‘into field hockey players’ launches us into the thunderous ‘I’m Amazed’ and there’s barely time to breathe before ‘Brick Is Red’ closes out the album, all blocky chords and dancing guitar play before it bleeps to a finish, and you say “flip the cassette and play it from the beginning.”

It’s been 25 years since I first heard this record, and it still crackles with the tension and verve I found then. Today marks ‘Surfer Rosa’s 29th birthday, and it’s more fresh and inventive to me than a lot of the garbage that’s been peddled out since. I’ll still be listening in another 19 years with that same excitement..and terror.

 

Playlist #1 – 20.03.17

So here it is. My first playlist of stuff I’ve been listening to over the last week. The link is to Apple Music, but I can also start doing a youtube playlist if thats of interest. Don’t have Spotify, Soz.

Track 1: Alt-J – 3WW

Track 2: Bloc Party – Helicopter

Track 3: Pearl Jam – Oceans

Track 4: Charly Bliss – Percolator

Track 5: Kasabian – You’re in love with a Psycho

Track 6: Circa Waves – Loves run out

Track 7: Arctic Monkeys – Dance Little Liar

Track 8: Badly Drawn Boy – Once Around the Block

Track 9: London Grammar – Strong

Track 10: The Pigeon Detectives – Romantic Type

Let me know your thoughts.

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