Glassjaw’s ‘Worship and Tribute’ A Personal Reflection, 15 Years On

“Its been 15 years…”
While Hybrid Theory and Revolutions Per Minute were gateway albums helping me and many others branch out the seeds of the musical palette tree , Worship and Tribute made me and also many others want to be in a band.
From track one it was this vibrant beating heart of the absurd and emotional and the whole album is stricken with an instrumental personality disorder.
The blistering pace of “Tip Your Bartender” soon turned to the disturbed slow dance of “Ape Dos Mil”. I had no favourite song and every word was ambiguous and open to interpretation. 
Daryl Palumbo was an idol of my time. He was a cut open Mike Patton bleeding fragile and delicate poetry.
over the past 15 years its been analysed past recognition. anyone inspired by it wanted there band to make their own Worship and Tribute and they still do today. 
I’m no Roger Ebert or Dave Meltzer I’m just another pretentious kid telling you should be listening to Worship and Tribute. 
“When I heard ‘Worship and Tribute’

I thought my dreams come true

Listening to most other bands

It seems they all did too” 
Reuben – Crushed Under The Weight of Enormous Bullshit

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The Best Of Pop Goes Punk!

The ‘Punk Goes’ series has always given us another awesome way to look at our favourite bands and artists. The first of the 6 current Punk Goes Pop albums was released 15 years ago this year. Filled with some huge artists from way back when including Yellowcard 😦 (Miss them already), The Starting Line, Thrice and Further Seems Forever covering the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Branch and N’Sync.

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With Punk Goes Pop Vol.7, featuring huge artists like Boston Manor, Dance Gavin Dance, Greyscale and Andy Black, just around the corner here is my list of the 10 best songs Punk Goes Pop has provided us with so far.

 

10. SECRETS – ASS BACK HOME (GYM CLASS HEROES COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.5

Post-Hardcore band Secrets Swapped the Travie McCoy rap for them screaming versus, and it works so brilliantly well. It’s a perfect example of the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ series doing exactly what it intended, making a song that should never work as a post hardcore track work perfectly!

9. PVRIS – CHANDELIER (SIA COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6

Front woman Lyndsey Gunnulfsen has a huge voice and she totally showed it off in this cover of Sia’s 2014 hit song ‘Chandelier’ on Punk Goes Pop Vol.6 adding that beat heavy rock sound and you’ve got one hell of a cover!

8. PALISADES – HAPPY (PHARRELL COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6

Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ which was recorded as the biggest track 2014 (Released November 2013) just short of 14 Million units across the globe, it was covered amazingly by Palisades. The electronicore, New Jersey lads totally made it their own whilst, I think, still keeping that upbeat and pop feel to it. It’s no small feat covering the biggest selling song of the year!

7. THE STARTING LINE – I’M REAL (JENNIFER LOPEZ COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.1

  ‘J-Lo’ released this song back in 2001 and being only 10 years old back then I say without shame that i probably loved it. Then came the original ‘Punk Goes Pop’ album in 2002 and it was definitely filled with golden moments, this one definitely stands out for me. American Pop Punkers ‘The Starting Line’ put an amazing stamp on it, a fast paced punk version for us to enjoy. Its so incredibly catchy that after one listen its hard to turn it off!

6. KNUCKLE PUCK – CHOCOLATE (THE 1975 COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6

There was no need for American Pop Punk band ‘Knuckle Puck’ (Who originally started out as a cover band!) to change this song too much. it was a huge song when the 1975 released it back in 2013 and ‘Knuckle Puck’ definitely did it justice. It was enough just to hear a cover of ‘Chocolate’ from the guys with that punk edge it sounds fantastic.

5. THE MAINE FEAT. ADAM LAZZARA – GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN (CYNDI LAUPER COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.5

What a combination right? The Maine and Taking Back Sunday frontman, rock legend to so many, Adam Lazzara. It all just works so well too. They slow the song right down and make into a ballad that is as beautiful as this song could ever sound. It’s perfect, i’ll say no more, just listen to it if you haven’t already!

4. DANCE GAVIN DANCE – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE (BRUNO MARS COVER) – UPCOMING PUNK GOES POP VOL.7

Although this song has just been released as a single off the upcoming ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol.7′ (Released 14th July) I’ve hardly stopped playing it. In classic Dance Gavin Dance style Will Swan and the guys give us groovy post hardcore, mix their sound with that hip hop soul of Bruno Mars’ ‘That’s What I Like’ and you get something extremely special. Tilian Pearson’s voice just works spectacularly for this cover and Jon Mess is stand out as always.

3. YELLOWCARD – EVERYWHERE (MICHELLE BRANCH COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.1

This is probably a lot of peoples number one favourite of the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ series and i’d agree that it is an amazing song in its own right and it is done in classic ‘Yellowcard’ style. I played this on repeat hundreds and hundreds of times when I first heard it all them years ago and I still listen to it now. Just like Yellowcard themselves this song will stand the test of time with us huge Punk fans!

2. GO RADIO – ROLLING IN THE DEEP (ADELE COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.4

Another huge mainstream hit covered on the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ series was Adele’s 2010 smash hit ‘Rolling In The Deep’. Go Radio absolutely belt this one out and though probably one of the more simple songs to cover they went above and beyond to make sure that they did something special with this track. Jason Lancaster’s voice has always been a staple in my life, from Mayday Parade in their earlier years and with Go Radio after that, his voice really is transcendent and for me it makes this song huge! That key change! Perfect!!

1.SLAVES – SWEATER WEATHER (THE NEIGHBOURHOOD COVER) – PUNK GOES POP VOL.6

For me, this has got to be number one! Where do I even start? Jonny Craig always brings the soul out in every song. The passion we love to hear from him shines as always in that limitless voice. The Neighbourhood’s ‘Sweater Weather’ is a great song anyway but put Jonny Craig on the track and you’ve got, in my opinion, the best song of all the ‘Punk Goes Pop’ albums so far.

 

So Punk goes pop vol.7 is released on July 14th and I can’t wait to hear what it has to offer. The whole track list has already been announced and you can check that out by clicking here.

 

Written by Liam Stirzaker

 

 

 

 

 

Grumble Bee Interview – ‘Music was the one thing I always felt naturally interested in, whatever my mood’

Here at Noise Flash Music we are in love with the music that British Alternative solo project Grumble Bee is gracing the world with, the power and beauty that hits you during listening to a Grumble Bee track is something rare.

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The solo project is that of Jack Bennett, releasing the EP, ‘Disconnect’ in 2016, Produced by Kris Crummett and all instrumentation, writing and performing by Jack (Impressive right?) . These breath-taking 5 tracks were all it took for me to fall head over heels. It’s an emotionally driven and intoxicating listen and one that should not be missed by anyone.

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So far Grumble Bee has released three tracks in 2017 (‘Red’, ‘Heron(Piano Version)’ and ‘Bravest Soul) and has told me that there will be more to come very soon. With some big shows coming up around the UK and his performances promising to be filled with energy this artist is a definite must see.

Grumble Bee gives us the best of both worlds, He can hit it hard and full of energy with the best of them but he can also slow it down and make it beautiful and soothing in those stripped back piano versions. If you like it soulful yet tranquil, if you like it addictive and catchy, Grumble Bee has it all. From ballads to hard hitters he’ll knock you off your feet. If you haven’t checked it out yet please do, you will thank me for the recommendation I can promise you that.

It was an honour to catch up with one of my favourite artists around in the following interview.

Q:What brought you into the music world? Has it always been your ambition?
A: My parents gave me the opportunity from a young age, to try out a bunch of different instruments, and I guess I just found a passion for it since really early on. I’ve had the chance to do a bunch of different things too, but music was the one thing I always felt naturally interested in, whatever my mood.
 
Q: Tell us more about your latest single ‘Bravest Soul’
A: This song is one of the more, “straight to the point” type of songs, which I don’t massively tend to do! ‘Bravest Soul’ is pretty much about a break-up in a relationship, and it was really easy to write – in fact I probably wrote the majority of the verse/chorus & all of the lyrics in the same night because of the situation I was in! Sometimes songs come about that way, built off a passion for something, but a lot of the time for me personally – songs are based around what I think are interesting melodies/rhythms.
Q: What would you say is your favourite song to perform for your fans?
A: Recently it’s been ‘Francium’, (Piano Version) at some of my acoustic shows, it just really started to get ridiculous – to the point where I’d stop singing and just listen to them singing bits. It’s unreal!
Q: Who’s Grumble Bee listening to right now?
A: Right now, I’ve been over-playing “Stuck in my throat” by Reuben, some new tracks from Allen Stone & some City & Colour for acoustic guitar references, while I’m working on my acoustic recordings.
Q: After touring with some great bands (Emarosa just to name one!) and playing some awesome festivals, What would you say has been the highlight of your music career so far?
A: I’ve had a great opportunity to play alongside some of my favourite bands, both full band & acoustically – but over the last year, the big change that’s probably struck me the most, is the fact that people seem to be able sing back a bunch of my songs live now. It started most noticeably at 2000 Trees festival last year, when I started to realise a bunch of people were into the songs so much they’d sing back every word. I can just remember looking at people to see what they were singing, because I have a tendency to just sing slightly different melodies and vocal phrasing live – which I personally love – but it was crazy trying to keep exactly to the original vocals, after watching people sing along ha!#
Q: What’s next for Grumble Bee? How long until we hear more?
A: I’m working on releasing another acoustic version of an older song in the next few weeks or so, completely different to the original – and then follow that up with a new full band track a few weeks after that.
I’m opening 2000 Trees Festival in 4 weeks time and I’m doing my first acoustic headline show at St Pancras Old Church in London on 27th July – with about 5 tickets left today I believe, so I’m really looking forward to that, and then immediately after it’s Y Not Festival & Fat Lip in Bristol. The plan is to release a double-vinyl this year, with full band tracks on one side and acoustic on the other side – with the intention of releasing my debut album later next year.
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3 Awesome Months of 2017 So Far! First Quarter In Music.

So, the first quarter of 2017 is over and quite frankly we’ve been graced with some fantastic music already in the early stages of the year. Here are some awesome albums you definitely need to check out (if you haven’t already) from the first quarter of the year.

Palisades – Palisades


After they dropped ‘Fall’ in 2016 New Jersey based Post-Hardcore band ‘Palisades’ kept us eagerly awaiting quite a long time for this stunning release in January and it was more than worth the wait! – 9.0/10

Top 3 tracks – Let Down, Memories, Better Chemicals

The Menzingers – After The Party


American Punk Rock band The Menzingers LP ‘After The Party’ more than lived up to the hype that surrounded the album before this absolute belter was released, a beautifully crafted album from start to finish – 9.0/10 

Top 3 Tracks – Tellin’ Lies, Charlie’s Army, Your Wild Years

Dryjacket – For Posterity


I can’t even describe how excited I was for the release of this album from unique pop punkers Dryjacket. ”For Posterity’ deserves every ounce of recognition it’s had in the last few months. Breathtaking album. – 8.5/10 

Top 3 tracks – Misused Adrenaline, Two Toasters, Epi Pen Pals

Mallory Knox – Wired


I’ve been a fan of British Alt Rock ‘nice guys’ Mallory Knox for quite a long time now and I personally think they did a stunning job with ‘Wired’ with a more daring and heart on your sleeve approach, discussing depression openly and getting so much respect from fans for this brilliant piece of music. Well done Mallory Knox. – 8.0/10

Top 3 tracks – Falling In Love, Better Off Without You, For You

Lower Than Atlantis – Safe In Sound


Lower Than Atlantis had a lot to live up to after their self titled album from 2014 did so amazingly well. Although ‘Safe In Sound didn’t (for me) quite surpass their previous album it is still a very entertaining listen. So many highlights from this album and it’s definitely a ‘grower’ the more I listen to it the more I fall in love with it. – 8.0/10

Top 3 tracks – Long Time Coming, Dumb, Money

Gardenside – Gardenside EP


Five charming and highly contagious songs were all it took for me to fall in love with Gardenside. There’s not much more to say. It’s awesome, emotionally driven pop-punk at its absolute finest, a big future awaits these guys. – 9.0/10

Top 3 tracks – Whatever We Do, Racecar Bed, Into It (feat. Dan Lambton)

Hearts Like Lions – If I Never Speak Again


I expected a great album from HLL but when I listened to ‘If I Never Speak Again’ for the first time I was shocked as to how amazing it actually was! The Californian four piece massively impressed with this sublime album. It’s so intense and instantly attractive. It was straight to the top of my Last.fm scrobbles after just a few days. A massive contender for album of the year. – 9.5/10

Top 3 Tracks – Make Your Move, Thank You Very Little, Opportunities 

Can’t Swim – Fail You Again


Released late in the first quarter this album for me is simply perfection. Playing with light and shade, ups and downs, emotionally wounding you and then making you scream out the lyrics in such an angsty yet joyous way. LoPorto’s vocals shine, his voice is absolutely limitless it seems, it can sound so soft and then all of a sudden it breaks into this breathtakingly, beautiful roar! An amazing and ridiculously addictive album from the beginning to the very last track! – 9.5/10

Top 3 tracks – Friend, Quitting, Stranger

The first quarter of the year has been energetic and really exciting! Let’s hope for another few amazing months!! Here are some other notable tracks and albums from the first quarter of the year.

All Time Low – Dirty Laundry/Last Young Renegade

Slaves – I’d Rather See Your Star Explode

Hawking – Broken Glass

The Maine – Black Butterflies and Deja vu

Lady – Good Girls

Aquasun – Basement

Decade – Can’t Figure You Out

Have Mercy – Coexist

Knuckle Puck – Calendar Days/Indecisve 

Creeper – Eternity In Your Arms 

Sorority Noise – Your Not As _____ As You Think

Senses Fail – In Your Absence 

As It Is – Okay

Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights

You Me At Six – Night People

Ocean Grove – The Rhapsody Tapes

Holding Absence – Permanent/Dream of Me
I’m sure there are plenty that I’ve missed and you guys love, so let me know 🙂 I’d love to hear from you! 

It’s Called Break Up ‘Cause It’s Broken.

We’ve all been there and it sucks, no matter who it is or how it ended it hurts right? Here are some songs to get you through it, or maybe to break down and cry to. Don’t worry, it’s good to let it out. 
1. Mayday Parade – Three Cheers for Five Years
Got to start with mayday parade seeing as though I stole some of their lyrics for the title of this post, although not from this song. On their anniversary edition commentary of tales told by dead friends they describe how it was written about a nasty break up after 5 years, (she cheated, see it happens even to the best of people) a great song and a great acoustic version of it on punk goes acoustic 2 also makes it even more emotional three cheers to mayday parade for this one, thanks guys. 
‘ how does he feel? How does he kiss? How does he taste while he’s on your lips?’
2. A Day To Remember – If It Means A lot To You

A great song all in all, and it tugs on the heart strings all the way through. Building up to that huge emotional ending gets me every time. ADTR nailed it with this one. With sierra kusterbeck providing the second verse giving us a chance to see it from both sides 

‘Is this really happening? I swear I’ll never be happy again. And don’t you dare say we can just be friends.’
3. Anberlin – Breaking

So simple yet so beautifully written and amazingly executed by Anberlin. If someone’s hurt you because someone once hurt them, that certainly is not fair, and Christian and the guys make that perfectly clear! Blast this one out and forget about that loser

 ‘you make breaking hearts look so easy, you’ve got breaking hearts all but down’

4. Paramore – All I Wanted

Hayley Williams screaming ‘all I wanted was you’ at the top of her lungs would certainly be enough to bring me back, Paramore do a break up song excellently. And this one in particular makes you remember there’s always one side hurting more In a break up. 

‘I could follow you to the beginning, just to relive the start, maybe then we’d remember to slow down, at all our favourite parts’ 

5. Taking Back Sunday – You’re so last summer
Adam freaking belts this one out! His voice is always great listening for unleashing some anger. He always makes me feel so comfortably uncomfortable. An amazing song with fantastic lyrics! 
‘The truth is you could slit my throat and with my one last gasping breath I’d apologise for bleeding on your shirt’ 
6. Emarosa – I still feel her part IV
Jonny Craig’s soulful sexy voice is definitely needed after breaking up with that guy/girl who didn’t deserve you. Music is about interpretation of lyrics and making a song relatable to how you feel, whether this is about break up or not, i still feel it. 

‘We’re already gone, Forget, regret about, Mistakes I made. I still feel her.. (Still)’

7.Trophy eyes – Heaven sent
Chemical miracle was definitely one of the best albums of 2016 and I’d argue that to my grave! This song in particular has a lasting impact when you hear the album for the first time. It’s a beautiful piece of art. This song makes it into the list because it’s nice to hear it from the other side. 
‘So stay away from me now that you know what kind of man I can be, breaking hearts is second nature to me, and I’ll step over you just to get what I need’

8. Fatherson – Just Past the Point Of Breaking 
Maybe sometimes there’s a chance to save it, sometimes there’s hope and fatherson told us that yeah sometimes you can get it back 🙂 
‘And we were thinking are we too late, did we miss the boat? Caught me just at the point of breaking, Just past the point of fixing now’
9. Lower than Atlantis – Aint No Friend

A general F you from lower than Atlantis and they do it so well. It’s just like, if you wanna be like that then I’ll leave you to it, have fun without me because I’m gone. 
‘I gotta call it a day because you ain’t no friend of mine, said I’ll leave this place you have your space and time, better off anyway but I should have seen the signs, I hope you know you ain’t no friend of mine’
10. Mallory Knox – when are we waking up?
It was all a dream right?? Mallory Knox smash though this . To me it’s all about when the hell you will both wake up and realise this is dumb and figure it out. 

‘Tainted memories are all I have to live with now you’re gone, And I won’t sleep tonight, No I won’t dream at all about days I’ve spent alone’

11. You me at six – you’ve made your bed (so sleep in it) 

YM@6, another band who do break up songs really well. A ‘Fine, do what you want’ kinda song because no one will put up with your crap like I did, don’t come crawling back to me when it all goes wrong 🙂 and so on. We’ve all had one of them. 

‘You’ve made your bed, so sleep in it, but never call me again. You’ve made your bed, so sleep with him, but know I’m the best you’ll get.’
12. Boys like girls – up against the wall 
Martin says it well ‘who said that it’s better to have loved and lost? I wish that I had never loved at all’ that sentence says it all really. 

13. Between the Trees – Miss You

I can’t even imagine how many songs there have been with the words ‘miss you’ in the title. Blink 182 being the obvious one, but this song stands out for me as a great break up song. Well done to these guys.

‘I wanna stand next to you for a while, I wanna hear you say i miss you more than you even know more than I seem to share and where would I go if ever you weren’t there?’

14. Mayday parade – miserable at best

This one has the power to hurt. It’s just so powerful and will live forever in the memory of people who’ve had their heart broken by a ‘one that got away’ type of evil. Amazing stuff by mayday parade as always.

‘And this’ll be the first time in a week that I’ll talk to you and I can’t speak, it’s been three whole days since I’ve had sleep because I dream of his lips on your cheek, and I got the point that I should leave you alone but we both know that I’m not that strong and I miss the lips that made me fly’

15. The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell

Let’s not end on a sad note, that person probably never deserved you so put this one on loud and shout it out! 
‘And truth be told i miss you, and truth be told I’m lying, when you see my face hope it gives you hell!’
Break ups are crap. But there’s nothing music can’t heal! It’ll make you cry and then 4 minutes later it’ll have you saying ‘you know what, you never deserved me anyway!!’ There’s beauty in the breakdown. 

Thanks for reading.