I haven’t published anything on here in months (although I’ve got about 25 drafts) so I thought I’d enlighten my loyal readers with a list of the songs that got me groovin in 2014.
7.) Rival Sons – Electric Man
This song is pure whiskey drinking Rock N’ Roll. Their album Great Southern Valkyrie has some other bangers on it but also one or two cheeze puffs that ruin the flow.
Killer riff – √
Energy for Days – √
Sick Vocals and Feisty Hook – √
6.) Kye Kye – People
Those familiar with my taste in music may be thrown for a loop with this one. I truly don’t know how to give an elevator pitch on what Kye Kye sound like because they are so unique.
Sultry, atmospheric and passionate are all words that come to mind but the best bet is to just give this unique band from Estonia a shot and let the sounds carry you away. Their album “Fantasize” is strong from front to back but the first four tracks are standouts.
5.) Closure in Moscow – Seeds of Gold
Closure in Moscow’s 2nd album “Pink Lemonade” has eight minute tracks about dinosaur battles, wizards that make psychedelic brews and more. Although not as dear to my heart as their debut “First Temple” on this outing they let their prog rock flag fly. Seeds of Gold is the most straight forward track on the disc and has delicious hooks and a drum beat that will get your toe tapping.
4.) Every Time I Die – Decayin With the Boys
Every Time I Die is my favorite heavy band and there shows are a spiritual experience steeped in chaos & whiskey. For me, Decayin With the Boys is ETID at their best because it’s still heavy and raw but injected with harmony and heavy blues riffs.
3.) Slaves – Starving for Friends
In this duet Vic Fuentes starts the chorus sharing his fear that they were going to lose Jonny Craig (Slaves singer) to his drug addiction and then Jonny takes over in the 2nd half exclaiming he only made it through because of his friends while asking their forgiveness for his past mistakes.
It’s a song about brotherhood, redemption and being their for each other that’s powerful even if you don’t know the history. It’s also a reminder that beautiful art is made by fucked up and flawed people.
Seriously, know any great artists in the HR department?
2.) Charlie Simpson – Haunted
This song and the album “Long Road Home” were the soundtrack to my summer trip to Ireland & Scotland. I’d put my headphones on as I walked through the historical streets of Edinburgh and Dublin gazing at castles, 1,000 yr old pubs and lush green hills.
The massive chorus and the way it transitions back into the beautifully picked verse guitar part would fill me with optimism and seemed a perfect fit for my surroundings. Listening to it now brings back memories of long train rides, sharing pints of Guinness with the locals and walking through the countryside in Killarney.
1.) Marmozets – Capitvate You
I feel humbled and grateful for my time traveling over the past year and a half but when you’re on the road it’s not always tequila and roses. Some nights it kicks in that you’re all by yourself thousands of miles away from home, you don’t know anyone and can’t just pull out your phone and talk to your friends or family. This song is what I turned to as a reminder of why I set off on this adventure. That experiences are more important than possessions and that we’ve only got one shot at this thing.
“And I will captivate you
With everything I’ve got
To bring the best out in you
One strength one heart
Is all you need tonight
Tonight, tonight, tonight.”