Last week saw the release of the video of 'Born To Die' by Lana Del Rey, of which has recieved nearly 3 Million hits already.
Born To Die - Lana Del Rey
My favourite part of the track is the lyrics are in the pre-chorous section
"Don't make me sad, don't make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough
I don't know why
Keep making me laugh,
Let's go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime"
I also like the pulsing beat with the stings on top; its just a really cool track!
If like me you are looking forward to the release of her album on Janaury 30th; you can pre order a copy by clicking the picture below.
"Make A Start" is the debut of singer/songwriter James Drake, who after being in and out of bands for about five years and picking up a guitar only two years ago, has decided to try some solo stuff.
His biggest influences are Dallas Green (Alexisonfire/Cityandcolour) and Alex Gasgarth from All Time Low, both of which can be heard in his track, especially the City and Colour playing style. James also jokes that Xfactors "One Direction" influence him "for reasons unknown".
I know that James is currently in the process of writing more material in order to get out and start giging in the New Year. Hopefully I will be able to get some more recordings online soon and I will keep you updated with any gig details.
If this band aren't big next year, then no one has hope.
With a sound crossed between 'MGMT' and 'Friendly Fires', Manchester's 'Swiss Lips' are instantly likeable. As soon as you hear it you know it, not because you have heard it before, but because its the sound you wanted to hear. All the right notes in all the right places.
Scratching beneath the surface of the World Wide Web I found same songs under another Manchester band with the name of Ten Bears. But that is all I could find. Perhaps a change of image/fresh start was needed? Whatever the case, the transformation has paid off and Swiss Lips are creating a beautiful electropop stir.
After a forty minute wait, a one and a half hour bus ride and a 30 minute walk, I eventually arrived at the Academy 3 to watch The Portlands.
Before this night I had only heard a few songs and had never seen them live, I was relying my fiancé's opinion that "they will be good'"... Infact it turns out that The Portlands are awesome, and I say this in the truest sense of the word.
For me the gig was so good because the band were into it from the word go. They weren't posing with thier instuments, they were animated and enjoyed the music they played. This then spilled out into the audience and it wasnt long before people were claping and dancing along.
My favourite songs of the night were "Blue Sea Blues" "Amelia" and upcoming single "Every word I sing is a lie", but most of all I enjoyed "Stay With Me". It encapsulates everything that is great about this band; their ability to write catchy, energetic music that you can't stop listening to. What more could you want?!
You can hear The Portlands this Sunday on BBC radio Manchester at 10pm where they will be playing an acoustic session along with an interview, be sure to check it out.