When The World Comes Down will you remember the All American Rejects?

So I have to say I'm really impressed with the latest All American Rejects album, When the World Comes Down.
Wait wait wait, don't leave yet, at least let me explain...

It's dope.
It's approximately 40% less whiny than the last album, and about 80% less whiny than the first.

Let me just throw it out there that I absolutely H-A-T-E the first AAR release, the self titled one (2002) with My Paper Heart and Swing Swing... more like Vomit Vomit.
Their second album, Move Along (2005) isn't too shabby, it got me through a lot of long shifts at HMV as I sang and danced along, and I can still throw it on from time to time and listen to it almost all the way through (skipping Dirty Little Secret of course!).

This album though, well it tickles my fancy in a way the band never has before.
Maybe it's the sing-a-long at the end of the first single, Gives You Hell, which by the way I love and that's a first for an AAR single.
Or maybe it's the low, grinding beat in the chorus of I Wanna that makes me want to dance provocatively all up in this shit.
Or it could even be the alluring female vocals in Another Heart Calls that compliments Tyson Ritters voice like peanut butter compliments jelly.

Whatever it is, I'm hooked. Although Breakin' sounds a little too similar to Metro Station's Shake It in the end, and Back To Me could be out of Pocahontas in certain parts of the song, it's still their best album by far.

Check it out, even if you don't appreciate AAR you still might enjoy it, if you can get past his voice...(which I love but it makes their sound a lot more lame than it actually is, in my opinion anyway ha!)

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

SIDE NOTE: Chris James (bitch) completely disagrees with me and isn't a fan of this album but loves the first... so if you like Vomit Vom... I mean Swing Swing etc then maybe this one isn't for you... but take a listen anyway, it won't hurt anything right? Maybe just your ears but... fuck you.

SIDE NOTE #2: The female vocals in Another Heart Calls are apparently The Pierces, two sisters from Alabama. Sick voices bra!

Space Is For Stars...

...and judging by the poor turnout at the Reverb this past Thursday (December 4th, 2008)there aren't many stars in Toronto, just space.
At first glance around the empty bar where the few seats that were occupied seemed to be filled with members of the bands playing or their immediate group of friends/girlfriends, the show seemed bleak.
The first and only band that I could stand to watch was called Space Is For Stars from Newmarket/Toronto. Judging by the once over I gave the songs on their myspace before the show I was very intrigued to see what kind of show these boys put on. Taking a look around at the (non)crowd did not give a very good first impression.
The first song was forgettable, but mere seconds into the next track I began to enjoy myself. This one was more funky and upbeat than the first, and from then on the band spit out increasingly better Franz Ferdinand-style indie rock tracks that made my feet want to keep moving as I bipped and bopped along.
The vocals were beautiful and strong, and unique enough to deny many comparisons, but the singer lacked the emotion on stage that would have brought the songs to a whole other level. The drums were good but basic, and although they sound great in all their recordings there was room to kick them up a notch or two on stage to demand more positive attention from the audience. The two guitars and bass add a well-rounded, yet edgy feel to each track, and although the lead guitarist was doing his part to rock out the rest of the band seemed a bit uncomfortable in the spotlight and therefore the stage presence came off somewhat stiff.
Redeeming themselves with their slightly nervous yet funny interactions with the crowd between songs it started to become obvious that with more experience this band could grow to be something very powerful.
Each member clearly portrayed their talent with their instruments, and through each song the band remained tight and together and there was no question that they are great at what they do.
Individually the songs are fantastic, but ten in a row can start to blend together and sound the same eventually, and in turn the audience's attention span becomes at stake. Although boring is not a fair word to use for Space Is For Stars, I think they would benefit from a stronger climax or buildup, otherwise they're going to fade into the thousands of other indie rock bands of their kind. Once they find their hook these guys could be playing stadium tours in no time across the world, but before that can happen they need to develop their niche, increase their catchy-ness and set themselves apart from everybody else.
By the end of their set I decided it was clearly the freezing cold weather and the fact that it was only a Thursday night that played part in the empty seats everywhere, as well as the band that took the stage next called Goodbye Glory. They made Space Is For Stars sound like the next Killers.
Definitely a worthwhile listen, I expect we'll be hearing a lot from them in the next couple of years.
Check them out on their myspace.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.
(Also by Chris James)

Are you ready for The New Enemy?

Are you down on the new style of crap the kids are calling punk rock nowadays?

Are you wearing your old Kid Dynamite album thin from too many spins?

Are you ready to meet your new best friend, The New Enemy!?

Hailing from Toronto this epic 4 piece band brings back everything you used to love about hardcore punk fifteen years ago. Fusing together experience from well-known bands like Dodger and Pets or Meat, they create a sound much like old Sick Of It All meets Durham Region 90's skate punk, with the added bonus of sex-tastic raspy vocals.
Fitting in among other local excellent ol' fashioned punk bands such as Hostage Life, The Little Millionaires, and The Video Dead to prove that great music is timeless, and the Toronto scene is still thriving and spitting out bands that will forever take you back to your first true love.
Producing soon-to-be punk rock anthems of our time, The New Enemy's brand spankin' new EP titled Outsourced (visit their myspace for a free download) is bound to get a lot of play, with tight party songs and tunes to nod your head to.... so get it now!!!

Catch them this Friday (December 5th, 2008) in Hamilton!

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

One Star City.... not to be confused with One Star Shitty

Rod Kimble: You look pretty.
Denise: What?
Rod Kimble: I said you look shitty. (Hot Rod)

Luckily there's nothing shitty about the 5-piece rock band hailing from Vancouver, B.C., I just really like that quote and I couldn't think of anything better to say to introduce them........
Now that I've completely lost you, meet One Star City!
Unbelievably these boys have only been together since late 2007, but you'd never be able to tell after listening to them.
Easily achieving a spot on my "best new band" list (the one in my head..), OSC comes at you with a musically poetic masterpiece of anthem-like tracks fronted by the "crunchy" guitars strumming the shit out of each power chord, followed by smooth transitions from verse to chorus, melodic breakdowns and soft yet incredibly powerful vocals. To top it off the guys also have a great sense of humour, which may not affect the music much but it definitely makes seeing them live seem very appealing.
To get a better idea, check out this quote from their myspace:
OneStarCity takes their music seriously, but they also know how to have fun, and their excitement is infectious. With sounds ranging from aggressive tracks that someone can swing a hatchet to, to more melodic and introspective tunes that are good for yachting, the band puts on a cathartic show that ranges the gamut of emotions."

They may be a hilarious band, but there's nothing funny about their music, it's just seriously awesome.

For fans of Boys Night Out, Saosin, Funeral For A Friend, Thursday etc.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.