NOT SO LOCAL:
Acceptance’s “So Contagious"
Finch’s “What It Is To Burn"
The Early November’s “Baby Blue"
Northstar’s “For Members Only"
Matchbook Romance’s “My Eyes Burn"
Blink 182’s “Reckless Abandon"
Midtown’s “Become What You Hate"
This Day & Age’s “Slideshow"
A breakup is hard to deal with--we all know how that one feels by now. But wait, before you get your box of tissues and "cryin' eyes" all ready, this is NOT a mix tape of songs for you to weep over. Snap out of it.
Breakups move beyond 'Justin and Cameron' and 'Nick and Jessica' (pardon my pop culture reference, but I think you'll survive). Breakups have affected some of the greatest music we've grown up listening to. It's one of the hardest things we may go through during these music infested times, but it's still a reality: Bands split up.
It's inevitable in the long run, but our favorite music has to come to an end at some point. Here's a play list to lessen the low, and help you remember the ones we've lost along the way.
I'm starting it out with my favorite song on the entire list, "So Contagious" by Acceptance. Lyrically, the song is so easy to relate to on so many levels, and a good sing along for anyone in the room. Losing Acceptance was such a blow, but hey, no tears here.
Next on the mix tape is "What It Is To Burn" by Finch. With such an intense start to the song, it's hard to not mention it on the playlist. It's sung with such passion and raw emotion--it's enough to get anyone to started.
This next song's a heartbreaker--like, I would cry... if I could relate. The Early November's "Baby Blue" is a poppy pick up song, with unrequited love leaking out of every direction. I'm sure we all mourned the end of TEN, so put this song on repeat if you must.
I like this song simply because it has such an evil twist by the end of it. "For Members Only" by Northstar is another "fun" song, with a moderate pace and ...interesting lyrics. This may not deserve a repeat on your music player, but it sure as hell was good enough to get on the play list in the first place.
"My Eyes Burn" by Matchbook Romance just brings back memories. That's the point of this mix tape, yeah? To bring back all the memories from when these bands used to be on top? I'm writing this article, so yes, that's the point. "My Eyes Burn" is such a good song for me. If you haven't heard it yet, shame on you. Give it a listen, and fall in love.
This next song should be familiar with every pop-punk loving teenager around. "Reckless Abandon" by Blink 182 will forever play in my head when I'm thinking about my adolescence, singing "We'll use this song to lead you on / and break the truth with more bad news / We left a scar size extra large."
Of course, to follow a song about memorable teenage years, I have "Become What You Hate" by Midtown. This will bring the mood down in a split second as we go from HORRAY, I FUCKING LOVE BEING ALIVE to YOU FUCKING LIED ABOUT WHO YOU ARE THIS ENTIRE TIME. And I think that's all I need to say about that.
Of course, I'm not going to end this playlist on a note like that. That would be absolutely wretched of me. "Slideshow" by This Day and Age is going to wrap things up, and honestly, you couldn't ask for a better song. This track makes you smile, and at the end of everyday, that's all I could ask for.
These bands have given us amazing songs to last a lifetime, and so many songs could have fit onto this playlist. Make what you will of this mix tape, just don't forget about the bands that have come and gone, helping to create the person you are today.
Yeah. I'm sappy.