I Found Another Beat is the new series of rock mixtapes of this blog with all the best rock songs that are released in the last few weeks. This is going to be a regular publication and we’ll be capable to see which direction is taking modern rock by taking into account all of its main sub-genres: indie, alternative, punk, post-punk, post-rock, hard rock, ….
The first volume of the series features two very recent songs by ’68 and Nickelback, plus additional songs by authors like Kasabian, Nothington, Wavves, Buttercup and many others. You can access the mixtape through the widget below; after the widget you’ll find the commentary for all the 10 tracks of the playlist. Enjoy!!
The mixtape is opened by the poignant and wonderful song No Montage by the American rock duo ’68, which features guitarist and vocalist Josh Scogin (who previously played with The Chariot), and drummer Michael McClellan. The song is taken from Two Parts Viper, the second full-length studio album by the duo, which was released on June 2, 2017. The nice thing about this album is that the songs differ a lot one from the other, whilst maintaining a sense of coherence throghout the whole album. No Montage, the song I selected for the playlist, represents maybe the most melodic piece that the band ever recorded since their formation. This is definitely a band to keep following, not easy to digest at first but definitely interesting to hear.
The second track of the mixtape is Silent Majority by Canadian rockers Nickelback, who have just published their ninth studio album, Feed The Machine. Released on June 16, 2017, this work interrupts a period of inactivity due to singer Chad Kroeger needing to have surgery on his vocal cords and also a legal battle becaus of a cancelled tour. Feed The Machine doesn’t bring so much innovation on the sound of the band: mainstream rock anthems with powerful riffs and post-grunge elements. Nothing new, but this is not a bad album at all if you like their style. The track selected for the mixtape is my preferred: it has a catchy chorus and very nice melodies.
With the next song of the playlist we enter into the realm of punk. I was honestly surprised to hear Laune der Nature (Freak of Nature), the new album from German punk rock veterans Die Toten Hosen, released on May 5, 2017, which is the seventeenth studio album from the band. I was fascinated by the freshness and immediacy of the songs, and it’s clear that the guys from Dusseldorf still have a lot to say after so many years of playing together. The track included in the mixtape is Llass Los, one of my favourite of the album.
From a relatively niche band we move to a group that’s nowadays well known worldwide, Kasabian. For Crying Out Loud, the new album published by the four rockers from Leicester on on May 5, 2017, is the fifth of their discography and it topped the UK music chart in the same week of its release. The musical formula of the album remains essentially the same of their previous works: the album is packed with easy to listen rock grooves and melodic anthems. These are songs which don’t pretend to bring any particular message or to represent any form of innovation but which manage to stay always away from mere formulas for the commercial success. The songs of the album have been recorded in only a few weeks and this helped to preserve the spirit of the immediacy of the entire work. The song included in the list is Ill Ray (The King), the record’s opening track.
Next song of the playlist is Daisy, the opening track of You’re Welcome, the new album released (for free streaming) on May 19, 2017, by Wavves, the American rock band based in San Diego, California. The band formed in 2008 and started as the recording project of singer / guitarist Nathan Williams and then evolved into a more standard indie rock quartet. The new album is the sixth released by the band and it still keeps a garage-pop approach with brash noise and catchy choruses, even if with some elements of innovation from the previous works from the band. Daisy, the song selected for the mixtape, has all the typical elements of their sound and is also one of the nicest pieces of the album.
We enter the second part of the mixtape together with Flatfoot56 and their new album Odd Boat, released on March 14, 2017, which is the seventh produced by the American celtic punkers from Chicago and probably one of the best they released so far. The guys here keep playing their unique blend of traditional Irish folk music and punk rock, and the album is filled with catchy tracks, infectious energy and passion. P.S., the track included in the playlist, is a near hardcore rock anthem and it’s probably one of the best representatives of the sound of the band in 2017.
The following track is taken from STORMCHASERS, the new and long awaited album from Lucky Boys Confusion, the rock music band from Chicago which interrupted an eight years hiatus since their previous release. The new album, released on April 14, 2017, mixes elements of rock, punk, and pop, as shown by Good Luck, the song included in my playlist.
Next song is the irresistible and catchy Gud Gurls from the performance art collective Buttercup from Texas. Their newest record, Battle of Flowers, was released on April 14, 2017, and it’s their first recording to consist totally of live takes recorded in the band’s rehearsal studio, and probably one of their best album to date. Buttercup are one of those bands that have been playing good and solid rock for many years but they didn’t achieve the success and popularity they deserve.
We approach the final part of the playlist with In the End, the new studio release by San Francisco alternative-punk rockers Nothington. The album, which was awarded here in this blog as best rock album of April 2017, interrupts a period of silence of almost five years since their last studio release and it arrives when the band is celebrating ten years of activity. In their last work, the guys from California repeat their successful musical recipe without any particolar innovation: radio-friendly catchy rock and melodic punk-rock anthems, as represented by the song Cobblestones that is mixed in the playlist. There are a few moments in the album where the tones are a bit more thoughful and introspective, but the essence of their songwriting is definitely on the energy side. Sometimes we don’t need at any cost musical innovations or masterpieces, but just nice and good rock songs to put in our musical playlists.
The mixtape ends with Fool’s Gold by Carousel Kings, the American easycore band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose last work, Charm City, was released on February 10, 2017. The album shows a variety of different influences and it’s a solid mainstream pop-punk record, here represented by the nice and happy Fool’s Gold, which concludes this first edition of the “I FOUND ANOTHER BEAT” series.
See you on next issue!!