Hello and welcome back to another 'My Thoughts' blog post of which, this is a very positive one from recent posts of late! Alas, it's something I couldn't keep locked in as I listen to the latest singles by Black Foxxes.
In eager anticipation for the album release this Friday (16th March), I wanted to put my thoughts out there as to why Black Foxxes and their new album 'Reidi' will be a revival for rock music. It's about time someone brought something out that, A. got me very excited for their release and B. released some mature rock music that everyone should listen to.
So, yes this is a Black Foxxes appreciation blog post, but if you have a listen to their singles they've released for this new album, I think you'd understand where I am coming from. Firstly, why Black Foxxes and what makes them stand out so much to me as a rock band, there's thousands, why this band?
Since discovering them in February 2017, I've been blown away by their mature rock sound. Their sound is very hard to mimic and being a three piece band also makes it even more impressive. The reason a call it 'mature rock' is because they blend heavy rock with melodic rock and produce this 'Black Foxxes' sound. Currently there aren't many bands within this heavy rock realm, it's mostly punk and pop-punk, but then to add the element of melodic shouting too just completes it!
Now when I say melodic shouting from Mr Mark Holley, people would instantly turn off. Think of someone singing but belting their notes out with so much passion it develops these notes into an additional rasp in the voice. It's also refreshing to hear a vocalist put everything from their vocals into the music too. Pushing it's boundaries, a song like "River" is a perfect example. The melodic shouting compliments the heavy vibes of this song. Mark knows when to belt those notes out and when to control and sing for those quieter sections.
Music has been influenced over the last few years by electronic sounds. There's needs and wants for this sound and you have to experiment a lot with your traditional sound to get it right. Sadly, this is not the case for most bands. I respect Black Foxxes for keeping their traditional rock sound, keep it up lads.
"River" was the turning point for me to realise that this band was something special. Do go listen to it and then come back for the second half of this post about their new album. I forgot to mention that 'River' is from their DEBUT album...their debut and they're pushing music like this out!? You can find 'River' here and enjoy!
Right, now your mind has been blown, let's get onto some of the music from 'Reidi' that's to be released on the 16th March 2018. What the band have done on this record is kept their ethos of a big sound for a three piece band, but added subtle elements to make it sound even bigger. Heavier guitar riffs and trumpet sections in songs like 'JOY', catchier guitar hooks in 'Saela' and the the big one...
'Breathe' is the new records 'River'. The huge sound on the song along with a string section at the end just shows the enormous capabilities of this band. Listening to this song you get the feeling big things are happening for the lads and rightly so. Anyone who listens to 'Breathe' will think "okay these boys mean business". I haven't even heard the whole record yet, but they've released 5 singles and it's already going to be hard to knock off the top spot of The Music Scout Album Of The Year 2018. Even with some of my favourite artists releasing music this year like Frank Turner, it'll be difficult to knock it off it's perch.
Bring on 16th March and the revival of rock.
Ta Rah x
Hello folks! I'm back again for another 'my thoughts' blog post and this one is going to probably be my most controversial yet.
As you can see from the title, it's going to be about the remixing of songs and why I just don't understand why they're so popular. Firstly, some disclaimers. This isn't about EVERY remix possible and I'm preferably talking about remixes that change the beat/tempo of a song, not remixes of songs like Despacito with JB where they just added his vocals. Now that I have put that out there, let's go!
So, let's lay down some examples that I've heard recently to put this into context a bit more. The remixes I'm comparing to are: Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" (Alex Adair Remix), Sam Smith's "Too Good At Goodbyes" (Galantis Remix) and Clean Bandit "Symphony" (R3hab Remix). These, albeit popular songs, are a perfect example of what points I am about to make so bare with me.
So, why do I care about these remixes to popular songs and why should I shout about it. My personal opinion is that all of these songs have no value added to the songs. A remix should be adding something exciting, vibrant and something creative, but there's none of these things added. It really annoys me how these 'remixes' are accepted by the artist and the label (probably more the label) as something to shout about. It's another point to make about just money being made and not about the quality of the songs.
The 'Symphony' song is just adding some electronic elements over the top of it, Ed's and Sam's songs have just been sped up...where's the creativity in that?! I'm clearly in the wrong business if all it takes is to just speed up a song to earn a decent wage from a song...
What happened to people covering songs and those artists being proud of them covering their song to such a stunning level, the artists themselves would rave about and ask their audience to check it out. How many do you see themselves (a video of them saying it, not a tweet their PR team has tweeted) talking about the remixes of their songs...very few. Even so, they don't go 'oh this is an insane remix of our song'. It's just more of reason why pop music is so bland right now.
Now the reason i get so up-tight about this is because these are a simple change to a song that is earning lots of plays and lots of money when there's artists out there who are putting everything to get a career. Yet these guys are using computers and push of a button to gain millions. Yes the artist gains some commission, but it's not fair and not right. If they were ingenious and interesting remixes (and there are some) then fair enough, the musical genius shines through, but simply speeding a song up doesn't do justice for me.
I hope I'm explaining my views in the best way possible. Yes it's a dig at DJ's and people who remix, but i'm simply just asking people like R3hab and Alex Adair to just try change it up, experiment and really develop those musical cells to create something unique to bring an interesting side to the song that the artist would never of thought of.
It's time to end these crappy remixes of sped up songs and call it a 'remix'. Let's get creative folks and wow people with what musicians are really made of!
Ta Rah x