February 22, 2016

A Big Week for British Alternative Rock

Hi all! It's Monday again, and you know what that means - New Music with Danielle! (I really should come up with a catchier title...) This week I'm really excited about new music from two of my favorite British alternative rock bands: Catfish and the Bottlemen and The 1975.

Catfish and the Bottlemen released a new song last week, titled "Soundcheck." The song is pretty reminiscent of "The Balcony," the band's 2014 album, but it also feels fresh and mature.  "Soundcheck" has a good beat, catchy vocals, and is overall a pretty great song.  If you're a fan of the Arctic Monkeys, Fall Out Boy, or The Kooks, I definitely recommend you check out Catfish and the Bottlemen - you won't be disappointed.

A great picture of Van McCann and Matt Healy hanging out backstage

"I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It" is quite the album title - but what else would one expect from The 1975?  Their new album is set to be released this Friday, the 26th.  The band has released four singles from the album thus far, and they paint a rather confused picture of what the album will be like - "Love Me" is a loud, 80s-esque pop ballad with lots of guitar riffs added in, "Somebody Else" is a slow love song with heart-wrenching lyrics, "The Sound"is an upbeat, happy song to get you pumped up, and "UGH!" falls somewhere in the middle.  Personally, I don't think The 1975 could ever make a song catchier than "Chocolate," but I guess I'll have to wait and see on Friday!