Guess who's back...
After taking December off for some best of 2014 shenanigans, the monthly round-up is back for 2015, I know you've all been waiting for the news with bated breath. I'm probably going to take a similar approach to these as I was towards the end of last year. A gig, an album, the best songs of the month, and then some random bits.
Let's get on with it then...
Album of the Month
Light You Up - All We've Ever Known
It's been a long wait for everyone for the release of Light You Up's debut album, 'All We've Ever Known'. Originally recorded in The States over the Summer of 2013, it finally saw its release this week. I think at the start of January I already knew that this was going to be my album of the month. 'Monsters' and title track 'All We've Ever Known' have been sitting pretty in Light You Up's live set for a while now whilst 'Brother' has crept in recently and obviously we all know 'Foxfire', the only track to graduate from their 2012 EP 'Broken Jaw'. Overall 'All We've Ever Known' is a very strong rock/pop punk debut album. It's undeniable that the title track itself is the standout song on this full length effort by a mile. The chorus gets lodged in your head. Stuck. Superglued even. There's no doubt that had this song been released by an already well established band, it would be massive. I have got one gripe with this album though, and that's the guest vocal features. The first track we heard from AWEK in the run-up to its release was "Always Wanting More" featuring Alan Day of Four Year Strong fame. This song has such a great chorus, really great, but you don't notice it because you're siting around for whats-his-chops to chime in which doesn't happen until after the second chorus anyway and when it does, it's not that exciting . The most heartbreaking moment for me is A Loss For Words' Matty Arsenault's additional vocals on 'Foxfire'. I would firmly place A Loss For Words in my top three favourite bands, but slapping extra vocals on top of what was a nice instrumental section has near ruined this song for me on a personal level. Anyway, as I was saying, for a debut album, 'All We've Ever Known' is exceptional overall. Forget Roam and Neck Deep, Light You Up have got UK pop punk covered for 2015. Light You Up are on tour throughout March with Four Year Strong and Hit The Lights, you should probably go.
Other Albums That I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Month
Taking me by surprise doesn't quite do Rae Sremmurd's debut full length 'Sremmlife' any justice. This rap duo whom I sort of just thought were a joke (you know how you felt about Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop') have actually produced a pretty enjoyable album. Take the lyrics with a pinch of salt, or don't, they're hilarious either way. Rae Morris' 'Unguarded' and Meghan Trainor's 'Title' have both proved to be exciting debuts and JP Cooper's new EP 'When The Darkness Comes' was pretty great too.
Gig of the Month
Nimmo and Ekkah at The Lexington
Top Five Tracks of the Month
Video of the Month:
Unexpected Downright Club Smash of the Month:
Anyone who says that this isn't an incredible song is lying and that is the bottom line here.
There's this undoubtedly excellent club version too.
Mighty Fine Eateries of the Month
There is nothing I love on the planet more than free or discounted food and praise everybody for January bringing me plenty of that. Twice a year Yo Sushi extend their Blue Monday offer to last an entire month and January luckily happens to be one of those times. January Blues means that every plate on the belt is £2.50 all day Monday through to Thursday. For an entire week The House of Ho on Old Compton Street gave away a free bowl of Pho to every customer and all you had to do was make a reservation. Finally, until 15th February Gourmet Burger Kitchen are doing a 2 for £10 offer on a wide range of their burgers. 10p from every one of the GBK vouchers redeemed will be donated to Shelter.