AWOLNATION – Run
After finding success rather quickly with 2011’s Megalithic Symphony, with help from the hit single “Sail”, AWOLNATION returns with their second album. The electric-rock group from L.A. attempts a bit of a change after the first album, as lead singer Aaron Bruno told MTV News in 2012:
“I think the next record will be a little more raw, and a little more aggro, and a little stranger, but still have the nursery-rhyme feel of melody, because that’s the only way I know how to write. I’ve always been the underdog my whole life, and the guys in my band, we all came up in the same situation, so this success is totally new and foreign for us, so I want to maintain the hunger of being the underdog and never feel complacent with the success and always want to reach more ears. Not necessarily to make money, but because I feel the music’s important.”
Sleeping With Sirens – Madness
SWS return with their fourth studio album, their first with Epitaph Records. The group can be categorized as a pop-rock with hardcore influences, especially in their older material, and thrive on emotions and anthem-like choruses that make for great live performances.
Mark Knopfler – Tracker
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dire Strait’s Brothers in Arms, and it was during this period that lead singer Mark Knopfler began writing music that wasn’t in the range of a Dire Straits song. It’s these songs that helped him after Dire Straits disbanded in the mid-’90s as he pursued a solo career. Tracker is the next step in that journey, and his trademark guitar sounds continue to ring on this new album.
Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves
Eight years. It’s been eight years since the last Modest Mouse album, and the long-awaited LP is available this week. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Isaac Brock explained that over the past years, the band built a studio where they ended up partying, spent a lot of time touring, and even spent time in Atlanta working with Outkast’s Big Boi on songs that ended up being scrapped from the album.
Take some time to listen to some new music; you just might find your new favorite band.
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