Hannah Gill has one of those voices that just melts your soul. She is everything I love about music. She places power into every note, and I’m blown away by the way it seems to engulf me. Her music, especially in her song “Lose”, create a full body experience. My ears love what they hear, and I can’t help but to close my eyes and feel every word resonate from my head to my toes. Hannah Gill is great stuff, so check her out and let’s give her some love!!
So, my idea to make a “Music Monday” post every Monday for 2018 has been a complete failure, but that’s all going to change in 2019. Or not. I can’t tell the future. All I can tell you is that The Sonder Bombs make me happy, and they released an album, and that album is fantastic. I love everything about this band. Their songs hit me hard, and the combination of punk and ukulele is pure auditor bliss. What really brings it altogether for me are the powerful and expressive vocals from the Modern Female Rockstar Willow Hawks (and can I just say that Willow Hawks is a kick ass name?)
Everybody who loves music should check out The Sonder Bombs. And once you hear them, I know you’ll want to immediately purchase all of their music and merch, so check out there Bandcamp (link below) and support this band, because it should be a crime that The Sonder Bombs haven’t gone Triple Platinum yet. Other ways to help support the band would be to share their music on social media. Spam their songs all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course on WordPress!!
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a music suggestion, so to kick things back up I’m starting with one of my favorite musicians to watch live. Tash Sultana, there is nothing I can say that can properly sum up the life, the energy, the passion you put into your music. This Tiny Desk Concert is especially special, with the small desk making her already larger than life act become a literal mountain of sound. In particular, her track “Notion” is some of the greatest noise I’ve ever had the pleasure of pumping into my ears.
Okay, so this weeks featured artist is a little different from other artists I’ve shared in that I only discovered this band a little over 5 days ago. The Sonder Bombs are a local band (I live in NE Ohio and they are from Cleveland) that I heard while listening to an NPR segment on Uke Punk music. I had no idea what Uke Puke was, but I love Ukulele, and I love Punk, so I was curious enough to check it out, and I have to say it was the best decision I have made in the past year.
The sound is something familiar, but it molds so many of my favorite sounds that I’ve never thought about mixing that it creates a unique blend I can’t get enough of. I must have listened to this track, Switzerland, a few dozen times over the holiday weekend and it makes me feel…happy.
I’ve never been one to go see bands play live, but this is a local band trying to make a name for themselves, and I want to see them succeed, so I plan on seeing them live in their next couple of shows. Below is a link to there bandcamp, which has their next shows listed. I strongly encourage everyone to listen to this song, share this post if you enjoyed it, and spread the word about this amazing band.
Are you a fan of Ed Sheeran? Or how about Passenger? Jamie Lawson? James Arthur? Well my friend, then you need to get yourself some Seafret in your life. If I had to describe Seafret’s music in a single word it would be this:
It’s going to start off with a silent bang; an explosion you feel in the pit of your stomach, letting you know the fuse has been lit. By the end of a song I feel emotional drained, but it feels…great. Like somehow I was letting my worries, anxiety, and self-loathing out in their noise. The lyrics replace my words, and for brief stretches of time while Seafret plays in my ears I’m not worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. Instead I’m thinking about doing something, right here, right now. I want to make plans, fall in love, buy gifts for all of the friends I’ve been ignoring for months now and apologize until I’m blue in the face. Seafret gives me a chance to remember why I used to want things, and I feel like if I never turn them off I’ll be able to find myself, my old self, the one who never ran from a challenge, the one who always made people laugh, the one who still had dreams of being a writer, sharing poetry, short-stories, and romance novels with the world. Seafret gives me hope.
So go check them out, they rock, the roll, they steal the show but kindly return it once finished, giving it back to you in better shape prior to the theft. Also, they have some fun videos, the one in this post being one of my absolute favorites (I just want to be asked to participate in one of these sorts of things so I can find my true love, but I’m also afraid of eye contact with other humans, so this wouldn’t work anyway, but a human can dream!)
I hope Seafret becomes your next obsession, played on repeat during morning commutes until they sound as familiar as a favorite shirt. Enjoy.
Let’s go back. Way, way, wayyyyy back, all the way to 2008. I couldn’t legally buy cigarettes, gas was less then $2 a gallon, and waking up before 6AM was a thing I could do on a daily basis. Enter my first part-time job, creating a small surplus of funds which I promptly spent on my first laptop, thus ridding myself the need of my parents desktop dinosaur. Those were happy times; a period of discovering the wonders (and many, many horrors) of the interwebs.
One of my biggest obsessions of this time period was YouTube. I fell in love with acoustic covers of everything, free piano tutorials so I could trick my friends into thinking I could play piano, and of course the original YouTube artist I claimed as my own. I loved finding these people, with there webcams recording at truly shitty qualities, singing their own music and putting themselves out there for the world to hear (and see). I took pride in having these musicians be my little secret, something I could listen to all day and nobody I interacted with even had a clue of what I was listening too.
My favorite artist of that time, and still one of my favorite artists of all time, is the wonderful Julia Nunes. I found her searching for covers on Ukulele, because I was in a phase, and stuck around after hearing her original tune “First Impressions.” From there my love for her music only skyrocketed. Her songs just felt like they were speaking to me, to us, an entire generation, on a personal level. It had an upbeat, poppy sound at times, but it never felt like she was trying to sell me something, which is how I felt about all music and media at the time. She was something real, and I was really all about it.
Going from webcam recorded solos to EP releases to full blown albums and guest appearances on major TV shows (she performed on Conan before and it was the only time I have ever forced myself to watch late night talk TV live). Her sound evolved and I felt like it evolved with me, in the same way. In this track, “Something Bad”, I feel like everything I love about Julia Nunes is captured perfectly. She’s funny and smiles wide, but makes mistakes and she knows it. Her lyrics can be playful and make it all sound innocent, but I also understand exactly what sucks about wanting something and knowing it’s bad for who we are. I don’t think this is a new revelation or anything, but just hearing it from someone around my age, without a filter, just made me feel like I wasn’t so alone.
Julia Nunes has a few albums out now, and plenty of covers on her YouTube channel, and her Pandora station produces some amazing hits, so check them all out. She’s perfect for a car ride home, a night alone, a party with friends, or a pity party of 1. I guarantee that you will find at least 1 song that speaks to you and will be played on repeat from now until the end of time in your head. Go have a musical adventure, courtesy of Julia Nunes.