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2012 In Review: Music (Part 2) – Best *New Bands

*New to me, not necessarily to the world

Despite currently having 121 GB worth of music on my computer, I am always on the hunt for more. Something new, something I missed out on somehow, just anything appealing to my ear. While I come across plenty of music every year, there are always a few bands that really stand out over the others, bands that become favorites. This year I discovered a lot of really great artists, but the following four are easily my top finds.

letlive.

letlive

Cory Eaves, drummer of Artifex Pereo, can take credit for me falling for this band, though he probably has no idea. I think it was an ‘ask’ about his favorite bands or maybe bands he’d like to tour with (I don’t know, it was a long time ago), but he listed letlive. along with a couple other bands I already knew I liked and it spiked my curiosity. I suppose it shouldn’t have surprised me that a talented musician like himself would have killer taste in music, but I don’t think I was prepared for how much I would love letlive. I can only imagine the kind of energy they must create performing live and I really hope I get to experience it one day. I would later fall in love with many more bands because of Cory’s music recommendations, but letlive. will probably always hold the top spot.

Circa Survive

Circa Survive

It was April, my birthday weekend, and I was going through a music buying binge on Amazon after receiving a MP3 gift card. I’d already spent more money than my gift card offered when Amazon suggested I’d like Circa Survive, as if I needed more music at all. I don’t think that Amazon’s ever really been completely right with their suggestions to me, but you can’t really blame them since my music taste is so all over the place. But I previewed Blue Sky Noise and fell so head-over-heels for Circa Survive I spent even more money and acquired every album they’d released immediately. Amazon loves my wallet. Needless to say, this is a band I don’t see myself ever growing tired of.

O’ Brother

O' Brother

My newfound love for Circa Survive is the reasons behind my love of O’ Brother. When they announced their latest album’s release and tour, they offered a free download sampler of the bands they’d be touring with and on this sampler was O’ Brother. I couldn’t get enough of their sound and just had to hear more. Everything I’ve bought since has been so, so solid. It is absolutely a band worth checking out.  

Relief in Sleep

Relief in Sleep

I guess because I post music so often, it’s not uncommon for unsigned bands to contact me asking to be checked out (I assume this is why, no one’s ever actually said it, but I do get a pretty significant amount of requests like this). Unfortunately, I don’t get a lot of winners, but Relief in Sleep was the biggest winner of them all this year. They’re like this lovely clashing of old Paramore or Flyleaf against a perfectly complicated musical arrangement. I’m not sure what their future holds, but I hope it’s making more music and being further recognized by the music industry.

What were the best bands you came across in 2012? I’d love to check them out! 

**If you don't already know these bands, click their name or pictures to check out their sound!

May: On Repeat

May was another great month for music in my world. You would think with as much new music as I’ve obtained this year the need for more would settle down, but I think it only encourages it. Anyway, without further ado, here is what lived on repeat in the month of May. Enjoy!

(As usual edgyauthor (aka: Heather) is largely responsible for this list.)

1. “U.R.A Fever” by The Kills

Heather sent me this track and characters from my current WIP’s companion novel quickly snatched it up. They’ve already got a whole cool walk sequence scene all planned out for it and because the song is relatively short, it quickly climbed the list as the most played track in May.

2. “Angels” by The Prom Kings

Another Heather-influenced track this month and one that woke up characters I’d thought had long given up on me. Not only did they come alive to claim this song as theirs they also told me the ending of their book (which was part of the reason I’d given up on their story as a whole because you can’t really have a book without an ending).

3. “Pray for Me” by Sixx:A.M. (Warning: Video is explicit)

Yet another track Heather turned me onto, but it just got a lot of plays because I actually liked it so much. Seems unheard of anymore, right? LOL!

4. “Nothing & Everything” by Red (aka “Fight Inside” acoustic style)

I already loved the regular version (Fight Inside) and Teagan of my current WIP can definitely relate to its lyrics come book 2. Naturally she wasted no time also claiming this softer, more moody version as well once I’d received it (via Heather, of course).

5. “Shoot Your Gun” by 20-22s

Wow, Heather influenced songs completely dominate this month’s on repeat (wait, who’s surprised? No one, right? Hehe). Again, an awesome song that only got so many plays because I actually liked it!

6. “Arise (Ben Moody Mix)” by Flyleaf

Heather got me into this band last year and previous music posts will prove just how much I like them, but this latest track came from an album I actually didn’t have and I can’t help but get chills up my arms every time the chorus kicks in (chills in a good way).

7. “Library Pictures” by Arctic Monkeys (Warning: Video is out of sync)

This really needs little explanation because there’s been an Arctic Monkeys track on repeat for the past 3 months as the release of “Suck it and See” nears. It’s just 7 days away now and I am eagerly awaiting my pre-ordered copy. I have no doubt that there will be more than one song in June’s On Repeat post as this CD is sure to get played ad nauseum this month!

8. “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

Every once and a while I stumble across a song I can’t believe I’m enjoying and this happens to be one of them. I honestly can’t even remember how I found the video, but after watching it and finding it highly entertaining I bought the track and listened to it over 100 times that night on repeat. Look, I like to dance and this song definitely screams dance. It didn’t hurt that future characters snatched it up and provided a fun scene to watch while it played over and over again! :)

9. “Money Shot” by Mustard Pimp & Jimmy Urine

Jimmy Urine (aka singer of Mindless Self Indulgence) got together with producer/DJ Mustard Pimp) and the result is this crazy awesome song. The video is heavy on the crazy, just saying.

10. “Get Up” by Korn featuring Skrillex

Another interesting mash-up, Korn, who I’ve loved since middle school days, teamed up with producer/DJ Skrillex and this wickedly awesome track was the result. I love when unusual pairings make music. :)

And while I usually keep this list to 10 tracks, I purchased 2 new (to me) Mindless Self Indulgence albums last weekend and half of those tracks already have more plays than some of the songs in this list so to honor them and their awesomeness (and all that I’ve missed for the past couple of years) here’s the most played track so far – I can guarantee you that there will be more listed in June’s On Repeat.

Bonus: “Never Wanted to Dance” by Mindless Self Indulgence

So what have you guys been listening to? Anything I might *need* to hear? 😉

Peace – Sarah

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