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First Aid Kit (Olympia Theatre 18/09/2014)

19 Sep

It’s crazy to think how far First Aid Kit have come over the last few years, from the teenagers we all originally saw in their cover of “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” to one of the most confident and successful folk duos in modern music. In many ways the Olympia Theatre feels like the perfect place for the band to play, big enough to accommodate their massive popularity but small enough to allow them to have some intimate moments with the audience.

20140918_200813-1Opening up for them was Jo Rose, honestly can’t say I’ve ever heard of him before tonight but his performance was pleasant enough (when it could be heard over the people talking in the crowd). Starting the gig off with a slightly awkward shout-out to Belfast he quickly recovered and got into the swing of things. His style made it a bit hard to judge how great the actual songs were but his love for playing certainly showed; definitely plan to listen to his album at some point to get a better feel for his music.

20140918_211615Coming on promptly at 9pm (feel like they deserve bonus points for this) the band dressed in suitably gold and shining outfits hit the ground running with the fantastic “Stay Gold” from their latest album. An early highlight for the crowd came in “King of the World” obviously lacking Conor Oberst vocals the song still sound great carried by Johanna and Kiara’s fantastic vocals. Honestly the whole concert could be summed up by that, what makes First Aid Kit such a great band are their vocals and harmonies and both sisters were in fine form last night. Their harmonies were beautiful, haunting and hypnotic depending on what the song required, at times it can be easy to get so caught up in the vocals that you fail to notice just how great the songs themselves actually are.
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Lovestarrs – Supernova

16 Sep

Lovestarrs

For a band that are just officially releasing their debut EP Lovestarrs already have quite the history behind them. Originally known as The Good Natured they gathered a lot of positive buzz with the fantastic “Your Body is a Machine” in 2009, the equally great Skeleton EP (Which I own on vinyl!) followed in 2011 and another solid single “5-HT” last year seemed to pave the way for what looked to be a very promising debut album. Unfortunately after being dropped by their label and failing to secure the rights to their masters it seemed like the end of the road.

Thankfully earlier this year the band rose from the ashes as the newly christened Lovestarrs with the release of “Get Your Sexy On“. Over the last few months as they slowly released songs on their Soundcloud it became clear that we were in for potentially something special.

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An Ocean of Noise 2.0

16 Sep

When this blog was originally started all those years ago I had such big plans for it, I loved writing about music and wanted to be able to project my highly questionable opinions onto the rest of the world. Unfortunately real life got in the way, with a super stressful Masters and a year of being completely lost in life I kind of lost my enthusiasm for a lot of things, being broke certainly didn’t help either. However after a couple of years of working and having money to actually buy music (vinyl is my new addition) and go to concerts, I feel like I’m ready to again start making sense of the noise that is music.

Oh and Ashley is going to be posting too and we’re going to try our best to deliver regular quality content, so please join us on our journey and enjoy the relaunch of An Ocean of Noise, almost like a phoenix rising from the ashes you could say…that gives me an idea for our first new review!

And because I probably should relate this post to music in some way here’s the current playlist I’m listening to, not hard to guess what I’m currently in the mood for

Lovestarrs – Life is a Bitch
Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha)
IamamIwhoamI – Fountain
Phantogram – Black Out Days
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
MØ – Pilgrim
Banks – This is What it Feels Like
Purity Ring – Amenamy
Grimes – Genesis
Chvrches – Gun

Album Review: The Charlatans – Who We Touch

17 Sep

I’ve never been a huge fan of The Charlatans…now don’t confuse that with me hating them, they are far from a bad band and I know they have their fans so if this review does not agree with your tastes, then feel free to comment, this is just how I feel, I don’t claim to be an expert on this band but I am a person who likes music and The Charlatans well they make music so here’s the review.

Who We Touch is the band’s first album since 2008’s You Cross My Path which was released on the internet as a free download before getting a retail release a few months later. While not a bad album You Cross My Path failed to do much to set itself apart from the crowd. A couple of great singles with memorable melodies made the album worth hearing a couple of times but nothing more really, at best it gave you a couple of songs to add to your shuffle, anyway that’s the past Who We Touch is the present and the question is, is it better?
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Five Worst Albums of the 2000s. Number Five

8 Feb

So here I am sitting in possibly the most boring class ever in the history of any college course, I mean “Chartists are people who spend their lives studying charts”, no shit Sherlock. Anyway I thought to myself, what could possibly be worse than this class and you know what five albums came to mind, all from the last decade so guess what it’s time for my five worst albums of the 2000s!

Now part of me wants to give the number one and two on this list to the one and only Lady Gaga, because anyone who knows me knows I despise her to no end; I still maintain that I am the last sane person on this planet but alas even I must concede there is in fact far worse music than her…well that sent a shiver down my spine; so without further insulting of Miss Gaga or Gag as Ashley calls her, let’s get the list started, with my number five LOL! Continue reading

The Top Ten Songs of 2009

7 Jan

So I still haven’t managed to get myself a final list of albums for the year but seeing as time is moving on I guess I better at least give you my songs of the year so here they are.

10. Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses
Let’s kick this list off with a band who really disappointed me this year and that band are Franz Ferdinand who took years to release an album that sounded like they came up with everything over the course of one weekend. While the majority of the album sees Franz sounding like watered down and boring versions of themselves, Ulysses sees them at their best. As a first single it’s perfect, it has a great hook and you know what it made me want to hear the album, curse you Ulysses

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Album Review: Brokencyde – BC13

7 Jan

This review will be in the Horrible Music Hour style of reviewing meaning we get one listen and our random thoughts are the review

Bree Bree
John: Just no, no Brokencyde we don’t want to hear you all trying to be monkeys, no you hear me no. Why doesn’t she shake her ass? Because she’s too busy throwing her drink in your face and kicking you in the balls, or are you too drunk and high to notice?
Ax: brokeNCYDE introduce themselves with a sample of chimpanzees fighting. There is a chance this might actually be the band members themselves. Whiniest and most emo chimpanzees I have ever heard.

(I apologise to all members of the chimpanzee community for this unflattering comparison. It’s nothing personal. I know brokeNCYDE are one or two million steps below you in the evolutionary chain.)
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Album Review: Miley Cyrus “The Time of Our Lives”

31 Dec

I know what you’re thinking, what the hell is John doing writing a Miley Cyrus review when he has yet to do his top albums of the year list, well the answer is I’m not ready yet and I’ve heard this album too many times thanks to my sister to not want to comment on it. Well here we go my review of a Miley Cyrus album

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Happy Christmas

25 Dec

Just like to wish you all a happy christmas from everyone here at An Ocean of Noise; hope you’re all spending the christmas with someone you love or at least can stand and hopefully the music good. Me? Well I’m at home right now listening to my sister blast her newest cd, Miley Cyrus, whatever the new one is called; anyway it features that awful song Party in the USA, I mean seriously I wish the Jay Z song was on. No music for me this year, unless you count Lego Rock Band, which I’m sure will be awesome I mean it’s Lego plus Rock Band what more could you ask for? Well if you’re me the answer is Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall being in the game, which it is so it’s all perfect. And seriously someone listen to Miley and play some Jay Z, he’s 100 times better than this crap. Oh well it’s Christmas so no ranting…well little ranting

Merry Christmas y’all

Have I Changed Or Is It The Music? (Part 1)

18 Dec

2004 was a big year for me, it was the year I officially got into music. But let’s not start there, because obviously I liked music before then I just wasn’t obsessed with it…well I kind of liked it. Let’s go back to when I was around 10 years old and I had my first concert. Now if I was some really cool person I would have seen some awesome band live but…my first band was…S Club 7.
Now I know I should be embarrassed by this but really I’m not, S Club 7 came from a time when pop music wasn’t that bad, I mean come on who can deny the awesomeness of Don’t Stop Moving?. Unsurprisingly I loved the concert, I mean I was a kid I listened to the radio I didn’t know any better. Still despite liking music I had yet to encounter an album that would change my life, you know the one you just can’t stop listening to no matter how many times you hear it?
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