FT5: Bands I Refuse To Apologize For
Since this is my first post, I thought I should give everyone a little bit of insight into who I am. Unlike the other ATH writers, I refuse to have “Guilty Pleasures.” Either I like a band, or I don’t. I won’t apologize or make excuses for what I listen to, and I try not to give other people a hard time for what they like (one exception would be Nathan). I’m not saying every band I like is great. Sometimes they have great musicians with bad lyrics and catchy beats. Sometimes they’re just catchy. And the best is when I hate a band, but I hear them so often that I’m tricked into liking them. That being said, here are five bands on my iPod that have play counts at or around 30, and that’s just since April. Follow the jump for more.
Aside from the obvious dig at Nathan here, and the nod to RayRay (put that boy in a vest, some sunglasses, stick a smoke in his mouth, and you have Caleb Followill), these guys are good and fun to sing along with. Granted, not everyone may like the mumbly rock, but I have a feeling come October 2, Austin will be filled with tousle-haired young men and waif-like young girls who are just clamoring to get a glimpse of the brothers and cousin Followill.
Yeah, I liked these guys when they were still excited about the Panic! But just the same, they’re pretty good. Yes, they were signed by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, so there is that. They have managed to keep putting records out that continue to please the ear, and I’m pretty pumped about their upcoming tour with Blink-182. Yeah… You read that right.
These guys are great. They really are. They are everywhere. John Hamburg and Judd Apatow obviously have man crushes on them, as do anybody who is anybody. This doesn’t make them bad. Nor are they overplayed by any fault of their own. However, when I have people in my car and their oh-so-familiar drum beats and keyboard are the first things to greet my guests ears, there are a few groans and the inevitable “I hear them everywhere,” conversation begins. I just turn the stereo up and sing along.
Ok, so I don’t really have these guys on my iPod… Yet! But after giving Mr. Lankford much grief about his connection to and love for this band, I have been listening to more of their songs, and I’ll admit that whenever they are on the radio I crank up all 12 watts of my car’s stereo and rock out to: “And truth be told I miss you/And truth be told I’m lying.”
Let’s face it, these guys are crap. Pete Wentz writes awful songs that focus on the band and how they relate to their fans or those who don’t like them. Basically, every song is one of those rap songs about the people who gave them a hard time at any point in their lives, set to catchy pop tunes. Think Mike Jones with an emo hair cut. As I mentioned above, Wentz does have an ear for new bands, and has helped quite a few from different genres break out on to the scene (they toured with Gym Class Heroes and Patrick Stump lent his vocal talents to one of their songs.) I listen to their albums on loop, especially when I’m driving from Maryland to my true home in Austin… I don’t care what you think…