Drea’s things (go pop rock), part four: Yellowcard

“Here I Am Alive” by Yellowcard | Unlike Drea’s recommendation yesterday, today sticks with the pop-rock sound, but it’s also a band that I pretty much forgot about: Yellowcard. Now, I did hear this song on RT, and pretty much went past it. But I’ll have to admit, this does sound happier than their other stuff (and I’m totally thinking of “Ocean Avenue”, don’t complain). Anyway, Drea liked their new album, Southern Air, a lot – “it made me listen again to all their albums!” she wrote me. As for me, well, I’m a bit over the fence still. (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

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Drea’s things (go pop rock), part three: The All-American Rejects

“Heartbeat Slowing Down” by the All-American Rejects | Drea’s back with a long email’s worth of recommendations – well, fine, most of them are bands that you already know, especially if you were a teenager in the early noughties like me, and have pretty much overlooked them. The All-American Rejects, for one – I still remember them for “Swing Swing” (and how another friend of mine loved it) and they’re still doing stuff, albeit they haven’t been as big as before. And then there’s their latest album, Kids in the Street, which I actually didn’t know existed; this song was just released as a digital single, and it sounds unusually more intense than their previous songs. It’s just so… wobbly? It’s not the right term. It oddly reminds me of Linkin Park’s later stuff, which doesn’t sound that farfetched considering they were most famous in the same time period. (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

Drea’s things, part two: Michael McEachern

“What’s Inside” by Michael McEachern | Another suggestion from Drea. I don’t know what to say. I guess his ilk is just not my kind of thing. She wasn’t actually sure if I’ll like it – “alam mo naman ako, madaling kiligin sa kanta,” she said – but I insisted on posting it anyway. Hmm. I guess I don’t find anything special in the guy. He reminds me too much of Ryan Cabrera, only at age 19 and without the hair. But I’m sure this floats someone else’s boat. Just not mine. (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

Drea’s things, part one: A Rocket To The Moon

“Whole Lotta You” by A Rocket To The Moon | Now, an occasional series of blog entries featuring contributions from my friend Drea, who’s been getting too much into music lately, like her first recommendation here (and, of course, it’s not a bad thing). She hopes to be writing these things herself soon, but I’ll do this first since she’s busy and all. First up: Massachusetts band A Rocket To The Moon, who I’ve actually heard of, if not for the fact that I wish to forget about the person who introduced me to them. Anyway, I’m not really into Fueled By Ramen’s kids, but I’ll have to admit this song – off their album Wild & Free, which is out next year – is catchy. Summery, even. But not too summery, since it manages to sound a bit grounded. But still, for me, the fact that I know them because of… someone else? Sorry, kids. (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

“It’s you and me and the moon.”

“Secrets” by Late Night Habit | I don’t know why my friend Drea is apologizing for her song suggestion. “Medyo same genre,” she pointed out, as if it’s an issue. Also, this song from this American two-piece – who are giving away their songs, I must add – is quite uplifting despite being a bit stereotypical of, well, American pop-rock. At least it’s not whiny pop-punk. And yeah, never mind if the song is about finding someone – you know my position regarding that – it’s quite subtle, methinks. It’s not in-your-face “I’m happy!” So no need to apologize, Drea. (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)