MY ARTIST OF THE WEEK: American Football – EMO-Math Rock from Illnois

With their latest release in 2016, their LP2 (It’s really just called American Football), has been in my head since then. I picked up their latest vinyl from a local store and haven’t even opened it yet. American Football was one of a kind. If you read some of the comments from their videos, they been colloquially known as “emo dad rock” or “sad dad rock”. They been around since the late 90s to early 2000s and broke up. They reunited 16 years ago and dropped this album. While their latest release doesn’t give me a warmth feeling it does hold a special place in my heart. There isn’t a “Never Meant” on this album but it does have their ups and downs. I would say this is more like Owen (Mike Kinsella’s side project who is the lead singer of AF) but it’s still pretty good.

Never Meant has been parodied into memes so many times it has become a staple in the community.

The opening riff to this song/album is amazing and it gets you going. You can kind of expect what’s going to be played next. Though it may sound repetitive, it’s actually pretty technical in terms of the tunings the band is playing in. This is American Football’s most famous song.

 

 

Home is Where The Haunt is, is one of my favorite songs from their latest release. This release might have gotten some hate saying that it’s not comparable to their first release I say it has it’s charms. It’s catchy, it’s laid back and helps me code. I’m getting pretty old and these guys are old as well… Listening to them gives me a melancholy feeling and I somewhat like it. I mean I don’t want to be sad but sometimes it’s nice to feel sad.

 

 

I’ve Been So Lost For So Long is another good song to a goofy music video. Anyways, if you guys are a fan of this kind of music go ahead and step in to the world of sad dad rock. You can listen to them where music is available.

Official Website: http://www.americanfootballmusic.com/

Can be found on: Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and many more.

My Artist of the Week: Split end – Emo/Indie Band from Japan

Bands I think they are similar to:  Have Mercy, The Early November, Modern Baseball

So I discovered this band on Youtube when I was just surfing. One suggestion led to another and I came across this band. ロストシー (Lost Sea) the first song I heard from them, I expected it to be a a catchy indie band, but when the drop came at 0:17, I was hooked. I was like okay okay I can dig this. From that moment, I was like “They have that Have Mercy sound” As I progressed to their other songs, such as レインコート (Raincoat), a song that sounds really similar to The Early November’s debut EP “For All of This”. This band is really catchy and I have yet to purchase any of their music since most indie bands from Japan is rarely on iTunes or Spotify. Good news is that there is a website that sells music from Japan that will ship worldwide. One of the most interesting things about this band is the all-female quartet. Most bands nowadays consists mainly of male members with the exceptions of female leads. Since music has been evolving there has been many bands/artists where they would compete with their male counter-parts. (Paramore for example with the pop-punk/rock scene). Split end is not as big as other female bands such as Band-Maid or Scandal but I’m glad to hear some fresh indie music instead of the usual pop music from Japan. I been jamming these guys almost everyday these past week and I need more of this. Give them a listen as I will link their music videos below. I hope to be able to review an official release from them as I am craving for more music. Tune in next week for another “My Artist of the Week.”

I recommend this band if you like: Emo/Indie music, wants to listen to indie bands from Japan or interested in listening to an all female band.

Music Videos:

ロストシー (Lost Sea)

 

レインコート (Raincoat)

 

links:

Official Youtube

Official Twitter