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I Wanna Be An Alien: Finding a Place in Dead Sara’s New EP

Dead Sara occupies a strange space in music right now, at least for me.

I have never heard them on the radio, and when they venture to the east coast from their L.A. home, it always seems to be in smaller venues.

But I have trouble thinking of a band that more poignantly encapsulates my general sense of the world as a 29-year-old American. Their first two albums, 2012’s Dead Sara and 2015’s Pleasure to Meet You, provide nostalgia and newness in their sounds simultaneously.

Their new EP, Temporary Things Taking Up Space, has achieved the same.

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Quick Rip: New Dead Sara = My New Favorite Music

Welp, this summer should be awesome. Dead Sara dropped this single in early May with the announcement that they’ll be releasing a new EP, Temporary Things Taking Up Space, on June 8.

There’s been a bit of a lull in Dead Sara’s music releases ever since bassist Chris Null left the band in 2017. I had assumed that their next single would feature a new bassist with largely the same overall sound.

Wrong and wrong.

“Unamerican” comes as a three-piece where the lack of a bass guitar is never felt.

Emily Armstrong’s wailing combined with Siouxsie Medley’s distortion-laden riff achieves the same overwhelming feeling as their older songs.

Sean Friday continues his run as my favorite drummer with his energetic playing.

I don’t know if Temporary Things Taking Up Space  will include any bassist, even as a studio performer. I hope not. I want to see what they do with the pieces they have.

Judging from “Unamerican” and “Heaven’s Got a Back Door”, Dead Sara will get on just fine.

Steve D

15 on the 15th: Ohio is for Lovers

Home to the Buckeyes and a  notably non-rectangular US state flag. One of a kind, isn’t it?

Black Veil Brides – Wake Up

Andy Black/Biersack/Sixx is Black Veil Brides’ only original member and he is originally from Ohio. I just got to see these guys live last Thursday at The Fillmore here in Denver. They put on one hell of a show. Continue reading 15 on the 15th: Ohio is for Lovers

A Hundred Thousand Souls: PVRIS’s Second Album Elevates their Sound

All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, PVRIS’s second album, is perhaps my favorite new album this year. While it feels less emo-core and more electronic than White Noise, PVRIS still delivers hard-hitting music with even more piercing lyrics. Continue reading A Hundred Thousand Souls: PVRIS’s Second Album Elevates their Sound

15 on the 15th: I thought I heard you, Pennsylvania, I thought I saw you

Not going to lie: I definitely decided on Pennsylvania purely for the chance to make a mix with Halestorm and Hop Along. Enjoy!

 

Halestorm – Familiar Taste Of Poison

This Grammy winning band hails from Red Lion, PA. They are spectacular live, I cannot express that enough. Continue reading 15 on the 15th: I thought I heard you, Pennsylvania, I thought I saw you

15 on the 15th – I guess he’d rather be in Colorado…

Welcome to Colorful Colorado, home of legal marijuana and the lowest adult obesity rate in all 50 states (and DC)! With all the gorgeous mountains and trails around here, I’m not surprised that locals are inspired to not just exercise in it but write songs about it. Including:

John Denver – Rocky Mountain High

This is Colorado’s 2nd state song. We have two! Continue reading 15 on the 15th – I guess he’d rather be in Colorado…

15 on the 15th: Maryland

Welcome to the Old Line State, where the music is almost as cool as the flag:

Good Charlotte – The Motivation Proclamation

I don’t care what anyone thinks about GC, they inspire all of the MD pride and nostalgia in me especially now that I no longer live there. Originally from Waldorf, they will always be first on my list. Continue reading 15 on the 15th: Maryland

Strange Birds + Grandpa vs. Prowler + Dead Sara = The Best Rock Show I’ve Ever Seen

Dead Sara - Ottobar, Baltimore, 8/5/16
Dead Sara – Ottobar, Baltimore, 8/5/16

Ottobar in Baltimore is not a large venue, but it is the perfect venue to see three high-energy bands leading up to Dead Sara, who have rapidly become one of my favorite bands. Continue reading Strange Birds + Grandpa vs. Prowler + Dead Sara = The Best Rock Show I’ve Ever Seen

Lingering on Hop Along’s Ragged Precision

Our music reviews seek to trace the narratives that weave between songs and albums. Check out our Rhythmic Fiction tag for other stories told through music.

I stumbled upon a small rock band from Philly by total accident. One of Hop Along’s newest songs came up on auto-play in a video I had been listening to. The streaming service started playing a Hop Along song right I was about to close the window. Upon hearing a distorted guitar effect, I decided to give this unknown song a listen. A few hours later, I had ordered two copies of Hop Along’s newest album, Painted Shut, for myself and a friend. (The friend had asked me to burn the CD for him, but I prefer to give my money to smaller bands than rip their music. They’ve earned it.)

This is not the first time I have found new music by happy accident, and damn, with the streak I’m on, I hope it’s not the last.

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