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YMN Review: Black Suit Youth

Black Suit Youth is an alternative rock band hailing from Long Island, New York. Recently we had the opportunity to listen to their upcoming album “Room Without A View” and we’re breaking it down track by track for you. Enjoy!

“Another Night In The Tombs” is a hard hitting, explosive opening track that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go. This song has a darker theme to it, of which you will catch glimpses of throughout the album. My favourite part of the track is that the sound is reminiscent of their previous work, which I think, is a positive thing.

“Don’t Give Up” offers a slight contrast to the opening track, sound wise, It is not nearly as intense and really showcases Black Suit Youth’s ability and range from an instrumental perspective. Couple that with incredibly catchy lyrics and you have a song that plays off the momentum of the previous track and propels you into the rest of the album.

“Soy Bomb” is the first song on the album that really jumps out at you. With a vintage feel, it’s almost as if you were listening to Black Suit Youth four or five years ago. “Soy Bomb” is a fast paced song that never gives you a chance to catch your breath. For those reasons, this is a personal favourite of mine.

“Hakiashi” goes hand in hand with “Another Night In The Tombs” in that it has a heavier sound to it and is a definite attention grabber. A strong point of Black Suit Youth is their great lyrics and this song is no exception. All in all, “Hakiashi’ helps fill out the album and is a very solid track.

“Shelly” would have to be the weak point on the album. Now, I use the term “weak” lightly because in all honesty, this song isn’t really that bad. It just lacks that extra “something” that the other tracks have.1386013_10152065695526833_19375221_n

“Ashes And Fire”starts off with a bang and is, overall, a very solid track. It’s only downfall would have to be the chorus. It just doesn’t feel as though it should be in this particular song. Regardless, “Ashes And Fire” remains one of my favourites.

“Hunter” kicks off what is my favourite part of the album. From here on out, everything is pure gold. This song truly stands on its own. I have no complaints, everything from the lyrics to the instrumentals and even the raw emotion, is spot on. Well done Black Suit Youth, colour me impressed!

“Brothers” is the first (and really the only) song that I did not like the first time around. It just didn’t appeal to me. Now, with that said, I gave it a few more listens and the track really grows on you. In the end, it was the chorus that really made it for me and for that reason, I would consider “Brothers” a decent addition to the album.

“The Hudson” is a nice change of pace from the rest of the album. which is really good to see. I must say that I really enjoyed the lyrics and the vocals were perfect in this song. I believe that “The Hudson” would do well as a single as it has a ton of potential.

“Spin Out” is a fast paced track that does a good job of re-energizing you. It doesn’t take away from the album, although it really doesn’t add much. Overall, I can’t really complain about the song, I just have to say that I’m not its biggest fan.

Lock Up When You Leave” is the perfect way to end a stellar album. I’ll have to point out the tracks superb lyrics and overall “mellow vibe”. In all honesty, “Lock Up When You Leave” leaves you wanting more and is one of the stand out tracks on the album.

Overall, Black Suit Youth has released another excellent album. when released, I would highly recommend picking up a copy. In fact, they recently released a limited run of 100 copies. You may still be able to snag one here: http://blacksuityouth.bigcartel.com/ And if not, why not pick up one of their older records? Anyway, I would give “Room Without A View” a solid 8.5/10.

YMN Interview: Daniel and the Bear Skull

How did the band name come about?

Well its a long story, me (Jared), Josh and Tanner are roommates and we have a wolf rug that we named Daniel and quite literally a bear skull. So before we even had a band we always thought of a band name and we decided on Daniel and the Bear Skull and when we actually decided to make a band we stuck true to what we said we would do. 

What is your favourite song you have written and why?

Our favourite song is What Doesn’t Bleed. We like the song because of it’s positive message about how no matter what the situation is, you can’t destroy Gods love and forgiveness.

While writing, where do you draw inspiration from?

I’d say quite often its about a girl and also we try to draw inspiration from our Christian roots. 

Are there any bands that you tend to model your sound after?

The Ramones haha but on a serious note, I’d say we model our sound on the newer folk style bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons.

What is your favourite thing about performing live?

I’d say the excitement of getting to do my passion in front of others. For josh and Tanner probably the free food and drinks. If Josh could I’m sure he would love to always get paid in pizza.

Finally, any plans to release some new music in the near future?

Well we recently won a grant for a music video so you can expect that and also expect to see a possible single or LP in the near future.

 
 

 

 

YMN Review: Guess & Check

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“Entanglement” Cover

Guess & Check is an indie rock band from New York City. Formed in 2011, the four piece band has released two albums, their debut EP in 2011 and their first full length album earlier this year. Guess & Check is a very talented band that has great musical ability, yet they seem to fly under the radar, which is a shame. Everything from lyrics to instrumentals is solid, which makes for a very satisfying listen that leaves you wanting to put them on repeat, time and time again.

“Entanglement” was released on January 16th, 2014. I should mention that “Entanglement” has an old school groove to it that is done quite well and is a great sound for the band. The first track, “Lucy Relax”, is somewhat of an unexpected surprise and really does the job of setting up the remainder of the album. . In truth, “Lucy Relax” is just the tip of the iceberg and throughout the album, there are many gems to discover. The debut single off the album, “Changeling” is a very well done track and is an excellent choice for a single that should do very well. It has a strong presence and is one of my favourite tracks off the record.

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Guess & Check

The title track is a great song stuck in the middle of the record. Being one of the stronger songs, “Entanglement” would be a great option for a second single. The vocals and instrumentals seem to gel really well on this track and give the album a little boost overall. The final song on the album “My God I Just Realized” is a rather upbeat way to end the album. Regardless, it is a pleasant way to end to an album filled with what appears to be quite the mellow vibe. Personally, there isn’t a song that I would skip while listening to the album and that to me is a strong indicator that this album and this band are doing things right.

“Entanglement” is an album filled with several surprising twists that keep you wondering what the band will do next. I can only imagine how great it would be to see Guess & Check live and would highly recommend check in them out if you get the chance. It may be early in the year but I feel that “Entanglement” will be one of the best albums of 2014.