Bands To Watch: Ghost Town

 

Words by Paige Kochanski

 

The internet has changed the way fans look at music. Genres are less important and exclusive and are instead treated as an equal playing field where they can be meshed. One band who has paved their own path and created a hybrid of rock and electronic music is California’s Ghost Town.

Ghost Town is comprised of four members: Kevin Ghost, Evan Pearce, Alix Monster and MannYtheDrummeR. The band’s journey has been anything but ordinary. Their first song went viral quickly and they capitalized on the sudden success, by writing and releasing one song each week, known as “Ghost Town Tuesday.” The ambition that the band had did not slow down, and they were soon signed to Fueled By Ramen and touring with bands such as Mariana’s Trench and playing Warped Tour.

The band has a unique relationship with their fanbase. The two grew together from the beginning and have harnessed that energy ever since. With a goal to treat all their fans like family and show them that any dream can be achieved, they’ve created a positive music community within their shared universe.

The band also has a strong connection with artist, Alister Dippner, who does all the artwork related to the music. Each piece of art is unique and representative of the music itself.

Ghost Town are an example what the future of music sounds like. Something different that pushes the boundaries that most fans have come to accept and expect. It’s an exciting time for music, and an even better time to check out Ghost Town.

Ghost Town’s new album, ‘The After Party’ is available now on Itunes. Check them out on tour this summer and keep up with them on Twitter.

Tuesday Tunes!

OOE Collage July 15

 

Sometimes, you just need a pick me and we’ve got a playlist that’s kept us moving all week. Check it out on Spotify and let us know what’s kept you’ve been jamming to this week too!

1. Wasted-Tiesto

2. Walk the Line-Iggy Azalea

3. Big Girls Cry-Sia

4. Background-Barcelona

5. Who We Are-Switchfoot

6. Dark Again-Gold Fields

7. A Part of Me-Neck Deep

8. Alone Together-Fall Out Boy

9. Dreaming Out Loud-We Are The In Crowd

10. Elastic Heart-Sia

11. Wild Motion (Set It Free)-Miami Horror

12. Proof-Paramore

Listen to This: Sia “1000 Forms of Fear”

 

 

 

Words by Mary-Bradley Flynn

 

Sia’s new album 1000 Forms of Fear starts out with an impeccable party anthem by the name of “Chandelier.” “Chandelier” is an obvious tune to put on any playlist for a night when you’re trying to have a good time. The cool thing about it is that it’s got a much deeper meaning than just drinking and having fun if you analyze the lyrics.

Next is “Big Girls Cry,” which is incredible. Sia is different from artist Fergie who had the popular song “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Sia’s “Big Girls Cry” is a brutally honest look at the female psyche, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Following these two power anthems are several more powerful songs that showcase just how talented Sia is. In “Eye of the Needle,” the spectrum of her range is absolutely incredible. It’s a love song and it’s a must listen.

The rest of the songs on the album are fantastic, but I have to say, the first two are the really great songs to hear. They’re both so fantastic in different ways. Sia has spent most of her career thus far being featured in popular songs, but now that “Chandelier” is becoming a hit on Top 40 radio, I only hope to hear more of Sia’s astonishing voice and meaningful lyrics.

Pick up 1000 Forms of Fear on Itunes and check it out on Spotify!

Rating: 4/5

Listen to this: “Chandelier”, “Big Girls Cry”

Bands to Watch: Chvrches

 

Words by Bethany Polson

 

Some bands take longer to become well known than others, but CHVRCHES is not one of those bands. About a year after Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty combined to form new competition in the electronic music genre, they were a household name of sorts when it comes to indie music listeners worldwide. Their musical styling pulls in fans of Dan Croll and St. Lucia who are known for their far out, almost but not poppy vibes.

These English natives had each worked on separate musical projects before CHVRCHES success including Aereogramme, The Unwinding Hours, The Twilight Sad, and Blue Sky Archives. None of the band members’ previous projects sounded quite like the music that made them famous now but nonetheless had an impact on who they are as artists today.

As we at Open Our Eyes like to focus on the positive escape that music brings, CHVRCHES’ lavish sound can help turn a less than perfect day into something purposeful; closing your eyes and imagining the better outcomes tomorrow can hold.

If you’re looking for a new band to enjoy this summer, listen to CHVRCHES debut album The Bones Of What You Believe. Like them on Facebook to keep up with their overwhelming progress and follow them on Twitter for even more details!

Warped Recap!

Words by Paige Kochanski

Toronto – Warped Tour July 4

My third year at Warped Tour and first time at the Toronto stop was an adventure.

Toronto’s stop started off as a bit of a confusing mess, but as the day went on and got started, it was my favourite year yet.

The doors originally were supposed to open at 11:00, but were pushed back to 12:00 due to border crossing into Canada. Once fans got in and ran into the inflatable to check out the set times, it was missing. The schedule posting was pushed back from 12:00 to 1:30. As the tour was in the U.S. the day before, it was a mess getting everyone and everything over the border in time, resulting in a lot of the buses being stuck at the border until late morning and a few getting to the show after doors and fans had already arrived.

This is a time when everyone was very thankful for all Kevin Lyman and the tour staff do, as it was taken care of very well without having to sacrifice the day. Toronto is one of the two Canadian stops and though it must be hard to get everything set up to come over in time, it’s always appreciated. Once everything started, it was back to the fun Warped Tour experience everyone was looking forward to.

The venue was a beautiful location at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in the middle of downtown Toronto. With views of the CN Tower and adjacent to Lake Ontario, it looked gorgeous. The set up on the other hand was a bit strange, as everything was so spread out, but that was due to the nature of the venue, rather than on purpose. A particularly cool part of it was one of the stages being on sand, so it was just like watching from the beach.

The first band I saw was We Are The In Crowd on the Warheads stage. As it was such a confusing day and being one of the first bands to play, the crowd was slightly timid until the band warmed everyone up. WATIC has transformed from their first run on the tour in 2010, with a new confidence and tougher sound.

After a five year break from Warped, The Maine are back this year. Their setlist was short but covered each of their albums, including slower songs like “Growing Up” and “Into Your Arms” that were sped-up to fit better into the Warped environment. The best part of their set is the evolution of their vocalist, John O’Callaghan. He really has stepped into his role of lead singer and commanded the crowd immensely. Though he used to seem slightly awkward on stage years ago when they had their first run, he has transformed into a fantastic frontman.

Cute Is What We Aim For were my favourite set of the day and full of nostalgia. After breaking up for several years, this is the one of their first tours back. Playing fan favourites, the set took everyone back to 2008. Vocalist, Shaant Hacikyan told the crowd a story about how he never would have expected to be playing the tour and hoped that every person watching had left the show inspired to follow their dreams. It was refreshing to see how much they enjoyed themselves on stage and how humble and thankful they were to everyone, even meeting fans for over two hours directly after their set.

In the middle of the day, I caught Nick Santino’s set at the Acoustic Basement. The stage is a great addition, as it’s nice to have a break in the shade, especially at the hottest part of the day. Nick’s set seemed to be cut short due to all the schedule changes, but sounded great. He was added in after the times were actually announced, so a lot of people popped in to check it out and enjoyed themselves a lot, which was nice to see.

California’s acoustic duo, This Wild Life, were the perfect set for the end of the day. Being the first time I had heard them besides on an episode of The Bachelorette, they were charismatic, relaxing and a beautiful soundtrack to a Warped sunset.

Beebs and Her Money Makers are one of the most energetic and fun sets that you’ll watch. Though it was late at night and they were the second last of the stop, their set was full of dancing, confetti and trumpets. This is the band’s second time on Warped, after being on last year. They also had their journey followed on Warped Roadies. BaHMM are very different than any other bands on the tour, in the best way possible. There’s something amazing about a band that can get an entire crowd to do a ska dance after a long day of Warped.

Warped Tour is always the best tour of the year. Anyone going can have a different day, but still have an awesome time. The biggest piece of advice is to have fun all day and see as many different bands as you can see, as it goes by way too quickly.

If the tour hasn’t hit your city yet, be sure to check it out! Pick up tickets here.