Thursday, 23 June 2016

Gold In The Darkest Moments #6

So, I started this series on my blog with the intention of posting weekly.  That worked out well - just imagine how much sarcasm is dripping from my voice right now considering I haven't posted for this series in quite a while!  The past few weeks have been a complete rollercoaster of emotions but I'm going to pick through it and share some of my happier moments from the past few weeks. 


1.  Talking to a friend.
This seems like a simple thing but I've been talking to a dear friend recently and it's been helping me a lot.  This person is very special to me and I'm so grateful to be able to talk to them openly and know that I'm not being judged.   


2.  With Confidence

If you read my last post then you'll know that one of my favourite bands is Aussie pop punkers With Confidence.  I started listening to them a couple of months ago and now I'm at that stage were I'm listening to them on repeat and I've pre-ordered their debut album.  Their music makes me really happy.


3.  Weddings.

In the space of two weeks I attended two weddings and it was so lovely.  To be able to witness the marriage of my cousin and her now husband, and then that of two of my closest friends was so beautiful.  I still feel so honoured that I was able to be a part of what was such a special day for both these couples.  It also made the fairy-tale lover/romanticist in me cry like a baby and be completely beside myself with pure happiness during both the ceremonies. 


4.   Flowers. 


One of my favourite things to photograph is flowers.  I don't know why but I just love to photograph flowers.  So I ended up taking way too many photos of flowers at the weddings I attended and also on the walks I've been on recently, it's made me really happy.  I've realised that if I ever had the opportunity to photograph The RHS Chelsea Flower Show I might actually cry in excitement. 


5.   Watching Jacks Gap on YouTube. 


Jack and Finn Harries are definitely some of my favourite creators on YouTube.  Their videos are unique and exciting, although they haven't released a video in about 6 months they still have one of my favourite channels on YouTube


Like I said earlier, these past few weeks have been an absolute rollercoaster for me.  There's a few things that I'm struggling with that have been weighing down on my heart immensely, it hurts so much.  But being able to find some gold amongst the black is helping me along.  Let me know in the comments what's made you happy over the past few weeks, I'd love to hear from you. 



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Sunday, 12 June 2016

A Spotlight On: Voldemort by With Confidence

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With Confidence are releasing their debut album on the 17th of June and I'm pretty excited for it.  They're one of the biggest upcoming bands in pop punk this year having signed to Hopeless Records at the start of the year, are set to be touring America as part of Warped Tour in the summer, and their debut album is being released within a matter of days. 

They're released a few singles from the album (one of which I wrote about in this post) and during last week they released the official stream for their song Voldemort.  I've been playing it quite a lot so I thought I'd share it with you. 






The song starts of with a kick as the vocals are there from the start, accompanied by shorts burst from the lead guitar and drums.   When the instruments properly kick in during the first verse there's an energy which is tangible.  Lyrically I really like the first verse, especially how they include their upcoming album title "Better Weather" in the lyrics. 

The momentum from the first verse leads straight into the chorus, there's a high energy from all the members of the band.  Lyrically I love how the theme from the first verse continues into the chorus and is till themed around the album name. 

In the transition between the chorus and the second verse I really like the guitar and how smoothly it continues throughout the second verse.  Lyrically the verse begins with a line similar to that of the first verse and I love that they're continued this, and I also really like that they've ended with the same bridge:

"And I know that you're holding out for better weather
And I can't promise you that I'll be round forever
If there's one thing I know it's that we're good together
(If there's one thing I know it's that we're good together)"




The guitar transition between the second verse and final chorus makes a great third verse, it would be incredible to hear live because of the chance it gives for a guitar solo. 
The final chorus is probably my favourite part of the song because of the gang vocals accompanied by the percussion.  If you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll know that I love gang vocals, but what makes this more unique is the additional backing vocals from the lead singer, Jayden Seeley. 

Also, it's a great build up to the final part of the chorus which is filled with high energy from all the band members, I especially love how clear the drum fills come through with this and work alongside the backing vocals.  The song ends with an acoustic guitar piece and what I'm assuming is the recording from after they recorded the gang vocals, which I think is a great touch. 



You can listen to the song on the video above.  I've pre-ordered my copy of Better Weather and I am so excited for it to arrive.  Although With Confidence are a band that are just breaking into the spotlight in alternative music I have pretty high hopes for the album and I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes them. 



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