I have to credit my trip down the musical rabbit hole to one artist, or more one man. That man is a Seattle native and his command an audience and musical ability is nothing short of iconic to the generation he helped to define and no I’m not talking about Kurt Cobain.
With ‘One More Light’ dropping on May 19th, Linkin Park fans have been up in the air about how they feel about the group’s next step. With only the first single, Heavy, being available at the moment, the LP faithful have come to question if this album is not the beginning of the end for what is currently the best selling American Rock Group of the 21st Century (CD sales).
On the 21st of January I saw Beach Slang a band that I have wanted to see since I first heard their song Punk or Lust in 2014. On the 6th of February news broke that they would hit the road once again, this time along with Pop-Punk giants Jimmy Eats World, for several dates in the US. On seeing the news this news I felt something that I had felt a few times before, they were gone, taken by the mainstream. This feeling was not of anger, I was pleased that a Punk band had broken into the mainstream, a Punk band that Rolling stone had said “The songwriter’s intention seems simple—to set fire under a whole new generation of disenfranchised kids”, were having a chance to play the type of music I love to large crowds. No the feeling that I could feel was sadness, like a mother watching her child leaving home for the first time, heading out into the wild, because no matter how many albums they sell or shows they play, they will always be this small band with an EP I came across on the internet and connected with on the opening notes to that record. Continue reading →