Skillet – ‘Legendary’.
One of Christian rock’s most successful bands Skillet laid the foundation stone for a career that now span some thirteen years in Memphis Tennessee. I’m not so sure they would have thought they would still be around especially considering their appetite for relentless touring. I guess if life on the road hasn’t dented their enthusiasm, then there is arguably no stopping this juggernaut, especially with the spiritual backbone of the band in frontman John Cooper still driving this train. With the release of their tenth studio album Victorious, fans have more reason to fist pump and rejoice. Upon first listen Victorious comes across as a very emotive album, one that definitely aims to inspire its listener. In short, the album tackles issues about overcome obstacles and fighting through adversity.
The Harmaleighs – ‘Anthem for the Weak’.
The Harmaleighs She Won’t Make Sense is a concept album about mental illness. More to the point it is an album that highlights the experiences of band member Haley Grant’s struggle with anxiety and depression. While the subject matter seems a little heavy, like a lot of my friends I’m a big supporter of promoting positive views about mental health, which makes this an album worthy of being heard. What makes this an approachable album is without a doubt the vulnerability and openness of the lyrics, cleverly set against a full array of sounds, from soft folk leanings to raw indie rock; to heighten the urgency but also the reassuring message of someone who knows first hand how debilitating things can get.
Ty Segell – ‘Taste’.
Ty Segall just doesn’t know when to let up! The hyper-prolific guitarist and singer songwriter has released First Taste his twelfth solo album in an incredible eleven year period since his debut. True to form Segall manages to surprise and mix it up on a garage-punk-psychdelic-rock album worthy of anything he has produced in recent memory. On several of his tracks I really like his distorted vocals and manical drumming. Moreover, the experimentation of bouziukis, mandolins, kotos and Beatles-esque trappings makes First Taste a lot of fun to listen to. Standout tracks include Taste, The Arms and I Sing Them. Please note, Ty Seagulls music video for taste here below is overtly violent in nature. I certainly don’t condone it. Segall does a lot of weird shit and to be honest I don’t understand why he went this way with it. I like the video’s drum intro with Segall but that’s about it. Good song, bad video.