MONIQUE'S TWO CENTS...
What’s going on? I don’t know about you but October has put me in a dancey mood. Maybe it’s from seeing all the leaves glide through the air. October has also made me a little moody from the days getting darker and shorter. This may explain this month’s Extended Play.
Motion City Soundtrack – “Broken Heart”
This was the first song from “Even if it Kills Me” that I heard and it left quite an impression. “Broken Heart” is exactly what I imagine Motion City Soundtrack to be. It sounds like I’ve heard it 100 times but at the same time fresh enough to be brand spanking new. It starts very rhythmic and basic but builds into this huge warm sound of fun. The song is about moving on after you’ve broken up with that special someone. Fresh out of the relationship you are still full of hope thinking next time will be even better, and then you see someone else in love and wish you still had it, next you slowly realize it’s over and learn you got to deal with the situation; even if it kills you. As the song goes through the emotions, the words and mood changes to fit. By the end, Justin is quite salty, but that’s love... If you haven’t seen the music video please go watch it; it’ll change your outlook.
Line of choice: “I’ll fuck it up so it’ll never beat again, not just for me but for anyone”
It’s a little different than before – “Even if it Kills Me”
Other Notable tracks: “Calling All Cops”, “Fell in Love With You” & “Where I Belong”
Armor For Sleep – “Williamsburg”
Welcome back, Armor! I don’t know about you, but I forgot how much I love this band. When I first listened to “Smile For Them,” I ended up singing “Williamsburg” the rest of the day without realization. The next day I played that song about 15 times in a row and eventually finished out the CD, but it continued to stand out in my mind. It’s just one of those hybrid songs; mellow enough to bob to, poppy enough to be catchy, and edgy enough to not be cliché and predictable. The lyrics are a completely different story, whomever Ben is singing to really needs a reality check and a change of address.
Line of choice: “This city was the blueprint for hell”
You’ll be quoting it in a month – “Smile For Them”
Other Notable tracks: “Smile for the Camera”, “Lullaby”, “Run Right Back In” & “Star in Your Eyes”
Dave Melillo – “Morris County Blues”
For some reason I found myself listening to “Talk is Cheap” an excessive amount these past weeks. “Morris County Blues” is another danceable song about losing love; however, this song focuses more on getting the details and figuring out if there’s still a shot. If you’ve ever been in that predicament you know, it’s a roller coaster chase full of hope, which makes sense that the song would be so full of energy. So much energy, that the chorus is more so a tongue twister than a lyrical stanza. The song captures the situation like a photograph and you really don’t know how it ends which is probably for the better…
Line of choice: “But this summers’ so much hotter, and so do you get every year”
Finally give him a listen – “Talk is Cheap”
Other Notable tracks: “Knights of Island Counter” & “Sam’s Song”
Family Force 5 – “Earthquake”
Grab some friends, hop in a car and jam out. Better yet park the car, get out and break it down in the parking lot. Talk about an instantaneous dance party! But what do you expect from a song about bass shaking. This song is like 3 in one and I love it. Just when you think it’s over or going to repeat, FF5 flips it and reverses it. No seriously, this song has a freaking cheer for the breakdown… And before that a mini “skit” of a girl making a song request. Yeah not really sure how this works without being a hot mess either, but I’m not complaining cause this is a legit party song. “Earthquake” and several other Family Force 5 tracks are songs you can start to sing and random people will join in; try it next time your waiting in line for a show. Who knows maybe you’ll make a new friend.
Line of choice: “10.0 on the Richter scale it’s shakin’ like an Earthquake move your tail”
Who doesn’t like dance parties – “Business Up Front Party in the Back”
Other Notable tracks: “Kountry Gentleman”, “Love Addict” & “Put Your Hands Up”