UM Review: Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties - ‘We Don’t Have Each Other’

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Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties - We Don’t Have Each Other
Label: Hopeless Records
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Reviewed by: Sabrina DiRenzo 

Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is the side project of The Wonder Years front man Dan “Soupy” Campbell. “We Don’t Have Each Other” is conceptual album that follows the life of Aaron West and his journey from New York to Georgia. The songs tell a lovely story of love, loss, family and hope.

With a sound not so unfamiliar to what fans of The WonderYears have come to expect from Campbell, his voice takes a strong lead. Taking beautifully played acoustic guitar melodies and pairing it with light drumming and a heartbreaking horn section, the story of Aaron West comes to life. The first single off “We Don’t Have Each Other” is called “You Ain’t No Saint” and as the first single, it sets the tone of what you can expect from the rest of the album. This track catches Aaron in the middle of his journey, it is written in such a way that it almost feels like he is reflecting; evaluating where he is, how he got there, where he’s going and what he’s going to do when he gets there. 

Concept can be tricky to execute because not only does the album have to flow in such a way that the concept is conveyed, but each song must be able to stand alone. We Don’t Have Each Other is a perfect example of everything a concept album should be. I don’t want to give too much away it feels very much like a book or film and I don’t want to spoil it, but I highly recommend that you take a listen to We Don’t Have Each Other by Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties and discover Aaron’s story for yourself. 

Rating: 5/5 
An emotional album, beautifully written and executed perfectly.

Connect with Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties on the following websites:
http://www.aaronwestandtheroaringtwenties.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aaronwestandtheroaringtwenties
https://twitter.com/ThisIsAaronWest

UM Show Review : : SCENE Fest (June 28th & 29th)

imageCanada Day long weekend is a major highlight for the city of St. Catharines. All kinds of music fans invade the city for the popular SCENE Festival, 2014 was definitely one of their most popular years, bringing in a huge crowd of show goers as well as a diverse group of performers .

The last (and the most anticipated) day of the festival went down on Sunday the 29th of June. Everything ran smoothly and the crowds were good despite the downpour that happened just before Vancouver’s own Marianas Trench hit the main stage to close out the festivities.

Just before the downpour, Crystalyne (Toronto, ON) rocked the stage in the early evening, winning over the crowd with a very energetic performance of one of their singles, “Punks Don’t Dance” They also shot a live music video for their most recent single, “6 In The Morning”(which we are very much looking forward to)

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We Came As Romans Announce Present, Future, And Past Tour

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We Came As Romans have announced a headline tour called Present, Future, And Past Tour. For Today, The Color Morale, and Crossfaith will act as support. Check out the dates below!

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The American Scene Release “Royal Blue” Music Video

The American Scene have released a music video for “Royal Blue,” the lead single from their album Haze which will be released on September 9th via Pure Noise Records. Pre-order the album here and watch the music video for “Royal Blue” below!

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Arkells Release Single “11:11”

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Arkells have released a new song called “11:11,” the third single from their album High Noon which will be released on August 5th via Universal Music Canada. Of the track, frontman Max Kerman’s states: 

We’ve written songs about love before, but the protagonist is usually a bit of an asshole and situation in general is grim. 11:11 is the opposite of that - there’s nothing but hope in the air, blue skies ahead. There’s a local rocknroll club called The Casbah in our hometown, Hamilton, ON, and that’s where the song takes place. I was at a show watching a band, and I met a girl.”

Stream the song below!

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UM Review: Real Friends -‘Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing’

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Real Friends -Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing
Record Label: Fearless Records
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Jordyn Lockwood

The front runners of midwest pop-punk Real Friends have released their first album on Fearless records and it is everything you wanted and more.

This has been a really big year from Illinois own boys, Dan Lambton, Kyle Fasel, Dave Knox, Eric Haines and Brian Blake. After releasing their first full length Put Yourself Back Together last year they went on part of the vans Warped Tour, signed a deal with Fearless, did a tour overseas, and started recording. Now, shedding the “Sleepy eyes bony knees” mantra they are back with a more hopeful outlook on life and sadder lyrics than ever before. Because thats why pop punk sucks.

As a long time listener of Real Friends, and a self-proclaimed big fan, I had a lot of expectations for Maybe This Place Is The Same… and thankfully, Real Friends exceeded every expectation that a lot of fans had. The album starts with a short 1:04 song “Maybe This Place Is The Same…” with Lambton singing the albums title against a familiar guitar riff. The song seams into the third single off the album “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” a fan favorite on the album.

The third song, “Cover Me Up” features Illinois other pop-punk band Knuckle Puck’s Joe Taylor on the second verse. There are stand-out songs on the album including “Loose Ends” and “Old Book.” The album overall has the same feel as other pop punk albums. It is nice to see a change in tone in this album. There are more hint of positive and hopeful lyrics, especially in the last couple of songs “To: My Old Self” and “I Think I’m Moving Forward.”

Rating: 5/5 
Real Friends have proved again that pop-punk is going to be a genre to be reckoned with. This album still sticks to the pattern but takes a different outlook on where the genre is going. The band has never sounded better as a whole, and lyrically they have never had better content. 


Real Friends is currently on The Vans Warped Tour and check them out on the following websites: 
http://realfriendsband.com/
www.facebook.com/realfriendsband
https://twitter.com/realfriendsband


Gallery: SCENE Music Festival
Features: LIGHTS, Marianas Trench
Location: St. Catharines, ON
Photographer: Karyn Hynes

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