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Don Broco – “Amazing Things” Album Review

Forever unique and diverse, the four-piece tribesman of Don Broco return with their 2018’s Technology follow-up of Amazing Things.

Usually, after a relentless success-story of a prior album, bands often resort to bettering themselves and going an extra mile to achieve the almost-impossible feat to topping their previous. Unfortunately, this has not happened here quite as they had hoped. Despite its fantastically anthemic tunes of Gumshield, Uber and One True Prince – that were all released via pre-singles – the album can come across often slightly bloated, and somewhat cringe, at times – inclusive of Rob’s incoherent work of yippe-ka-yay in Bruce Willis.

Despite this though, with its colour of creativity in embracing changes to song writing, the album is just fun, darn weird and experimental in places that pull the boundaries of how they are as a cohesive unit and – really bend the ever-so-tight workings of the genre they fit. Which, you can’t necessarily attack a band for doing such free writing within the album when the implores of conventionality come into play creating music.

The best two collectives together in the album is certainly Anaheim and How Are You Done with Existing? Amongst the harder edges, lie these two golden works that aren’t too afraid to stay calm as laid-back cuts. Together as a bounded story, they are the two that I will often pull myself to keep going back to, reeling myself in, eager to find out more about these songs upon every play.

With its colour of creativity in embracing changes to song-writing, you can certainly understand their reason to evolve their sound and create something unique that will certainly get those amongst them talking. Whatever your own verdict is of this album, you can tell that they just had fun working on it.

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If you were an avid fan and follower of the band for many years, I would advise to stick this on for a few listens before coming to your final conclusion, because it may take a while to get used to.

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Coldplay: Is an “Eco-friendly World Tour” a Pointless Expedition?

In a new universal chapter of sustainability for the band, Coldplay are set to go ahead with their first world tour in five years next year all part of their eco-friendly plans of reducing their carbon footprint as a music collective.

But … why even tour at all?

That’s the question. Recently, Chris Martin confessed that this was the ulterior backlash that they’ve been receiving since announcing this tour. Much to the satisfaction of those doubters, he answered quite simply, because he wants to. Which, much to the bemusement of others, I totally get. It’s been over five years since they last toured and the true connection you can feel between band and fan in a live setting is a fantastic moment that they sorely wouldn’t want to miss for another few years.

Besides, huge musicians do not even attempt to be eco-friendly or even remotely sustainable when they do their own world tours, so I say I’m all for it if bands wish to try it out.

Despite the band still travelling in their own private jets – which is, slightly ironic – Martin has informed us all that us as fans will be on “kinetic flooring,” which basically means that we’ll be powering the gig – lights and all – ourselves with our frantic movement and fanatic screaming.

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“The more people move, the more they’re helping. You know when the frontman says, ‘We need you to jump up and down’?

“When I say that, I literally really need you to jump up and down. Because if you don’t, then the lights go out.”

– Chris Martin

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For a carbon neutral tour tackling climate change, they also plan to:

  • provide best environmental practices like installing aerated taps and low-flushing toilets.
  • Set itself will be made of materials with perfect environment credentials like bamboo
  • Lighting effects have been “modified” to be more energy efficient
  • An app will allow fans to plan their journey with lowest possible emissions – and even get a discount code to use in the venue if they follow through with it.
  • The big ticket: Coldplay themselves will plant a tree for every ticket sold. Based on their last tour, that would work out to be 5.4 million trees around the world.

With it being a truly “atmospheric” and “ethereal” album set to be released tomorrow by the name of Music of the Spheres, the eco-friendly tour will hopefully reflect the true idealism of the album when the guys created it.

The tour is set to start in March next year in Costa Rica, a country which is known for the highest rates of renewable energy generation across the world.

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Artist Spotlight: The Magic of Everything Everything

Two words come to mind whenever I listen to an Everything Everything album. Beautiful and provocative.

As I sit here writing this up – feeling somewhat inspired as their eclectic fourth album is spinning in the background behind me – I felt like it was the opportune moment to write a few words on how influential Everything Everything have been for me as my music taste has evolved and moulded over time.

Big-tune indie brilliance, Everything Everything are a rare offering for a band that does not fit within the barometers of genres, type or comparison.

Wonderment in colour, Everything Everything create thought-provoking and conceptual music that always takes me away to a somewhat mythical and mysterious world – even though they are a few and far-between an actual concept album. Especially for me, I have to play their works in full. From the first track of often fast soothe-sayer indie control to the harrowing and slow-tuned vibes of the last, their music is always accompanied with a partner side-by-side.

This has been consistent throughout their careers in the industry, too.

From when I picked up their debut of Man Alive way back in 2010 on the shelves of the now run-down HMV store in my home town, to sticking with the bands’ creativity with Arc in 2013. Even when the incessant turn-around of popular third release Get To Heaven and A Fever Dream came out with a mere four years apart, I was still happily enthralled and transfixed with their music as I was as a young boy when I first played them close to 12 years ago.

The more and more I talk about these guys, the more I begin to realise that they are easily one of my favourite bands to ever surface in the music industry. I feel somewhat dirty saying that, and empathise for the other legendary acts in the past who may feel cheated on for this, but I cannot deny the truth.

True marvels and music connoisseurs, I recommend giving them a listen – especially with a hot cup of cocoa on a cool winters’ evening.

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Let’s Talk: What was your favourite music from the 2010s?

After having a little time to myself after work, I decided to do a little insatiable digging and scouring into the past works and creations of what we saw in terms of music in the 2010s.

After an unwilling acceptance of enjoying chart music a little too much when I was younger, I thoroughly enjoyed the pump-it-loud electronica r’n’b music of Black Eyed Peas, bleary-eyed MIKA and eventually my evolution of indie music with Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks.

I always love venturing down a music wormhole of past pleasantries and gander into what my music tastes used to be like during my childhood.

And by God, how much has it changed. Now, I have no idea who enters the charts at one point during the week. It’s a world of unknown and now, a minimal disdain for all things popular music. Bleurgh.

What are your favourites of the 2010s?

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Artist Spotlight: Black Honey

Similar to that of Black Honey, this indie-grudge grunge quartet are as viscous in their bold music-beatings as they are as sweet in their intriguing delivery.

Tough acts of “Beaches”, “All My Pride”, “Corrine” and “I Like The Way You Die,” are what makes this Brighton collective so unique and wild in their coming-of-age industry story. Love, lust, hate and all-between.

Another band is rising into the limelight showcasing a boss bitch frontman and a no-nonsense attitude knowing exactly what they want.