Summer 2017 Playlist

It might not officially be summer yet, but it sure feels like it (at least here in North Carolina)! We’ve put together a playlist of songs dripping with summer vibes, perfect to listen to whether you’re poolside, roadtripping or catching some waves.

Check it out below! 

Album Review: “The Heights” by Knox Hamilton

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Knox Hamilton, so needless to say I was thrilled when they released their debut album, The Heights, on March 10th. It was a great feeling to finally be able to listen to the studio versions of the songs I’d heard live so many times.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about this stunning debut album from my favorite Arkansas boys. The Heights is comprised of thirteen tracks of indie rock goodness. Each song has its own unique feel. Some tracks are pure feel-good pop, such as their single “Washed Up Together,” while other songs have more of a grungy rock vibe, like “Back Porch.” While I do love every track on this album, I want to point out some of my personal favorite moments:

  • The lyrics in “Washed Up Together,” especially in the chorus
  • The intro to “Rightfully So” that will never fail to make me smile
  • The chorus in “Sight For Sore Eyes,” not to mention the killer guitar solo at the end 
  • The gritty guitar riffs in “Back Porch” (this track is so incredible live)
  • The “floaty” feeling of “Barely Missed You”
  • The tearjerker that is “The Heights”
  • Boots’ vocals. I seriously cannot stress enough how amazing the vocals on this album are. Light and angelic in “Barely Missed You,” deep and resonating in “Call Me Up,” soft and sweet in “The Heights.” Always perfect.

If you’re short on time and want to check out a few tracks before committing to the whole album (although you definitely should give it a listen start to finish), I suggest checking out “We Get Back,” “Washed Up Together,” “Rightfully So,” and “Sight For Sore Eyes.” You won’t regret it.

Check out The Heights below!

Mandy’s Top 20 Tracks Of 2016

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20. “Nothing Personal” by Night Riots

This song is quite literally a banger. It’s impossible not to bob your head along as Travis Hawley belts out the empowered lyrics.

19. “Beggars” by Mainland

This single dropped back in June, a time when I definitely needed the message it gives. “Don’t stop, don’t give up.” 

18. “Really Wanna Call” by Viola Beach
This song is very fun, despite the fact that it was released posthumously. This song is one of many that give the world a glimpse of how far Viola Beach could have gone. Rest in peace.

17. “Daft Pretty Boys” by Bad Suns

“Got no time to waste on another pretty face.” Bad Suns deliver a message of personality over looks with this catchy tune.

16. “Piece By Piece” by The Hunna

This song is always one of my favorites when it comes around on shuffle. It’s one of those songs that sounds bright and happy but has a deeper meaning if you listen closely to the lyrics.

15. “Out Of My Head” by the Griswolds

This song was a bit of an anthem for me in 2016. Sometimes a relationship just goes wrong, so wrong that you don’t even want to think about it or that person ever again. This song embodies that feeling perfectly, and it’s something I think everyone can relate to. 

14. “You & I” by Colony House

I’m new to the Colony House fandom thanks to this song. It’s sure to make any day brighter.

13. “Addicted To You” by Joe Dolman

Folk music isn’t usually in my wheelhouse, but Joe Dolman is one obvious exception to that rule. His newest single, “Addicted To You” details a relationship gone wrong but still one that will be missed. 

12. “Even In My Dreams, I Can’t Win” by Bad Suns 

The title says it all. If you’ve ever felt like no matter what you do nothing ever goes your way, this is the song for you. 

11. “Call You Up” by Viola Beach

Another posthumous release from British band Viola Beach, “Call You Up” is certainly a sad one. It’s impossible for me to listen to it without tearing up.

10. “No Good” by Kaleo

This single from Icelandic band Kaleo is one of my favorites of theirs to see live. It’s full of killer guitar riffs and foot-stomping beats.

9. “Alive” by The Hunna

This track has it all. Amazing vocals, relatable lyrics and a stellar guitar solo.

8. “Talk Too Much” by COIN

This song is nothing short of an earworm. With just one listen it’ll get stuck in your head. But who said that’s a bad thing? 

7. “See How” by Coasts

This song is an emotional one for me. I’ve only ever seen it live once, thanks to an electrical mishap during Coasts’ set one night during which they filled the awkward silence with a stripped down version of this track. The lyrics paint a beautiful yet saddening picture, accompanied by tropical percussion and even an organ. 

6. “Night” by Mulàn 

Mulàn made their mysterious debut back in September with this intriguing track. The intro alone is enough to pull you in. It might be their only song as of yet, but it certainly shows the potential for a bright future. Let’s hope they don’t remain shrouded in mystery for too much longer.

5. “Swings And Waterslides” by Viola Beach

This is probably Viola Beach’s most well-known song, and for good reason. This is the perfect song to blast while you’re driving around with the windows down. It never fails to put a smile on my face.

4. “You & Me” by The Hunna 

One night on a tour bus far away from home, I heard some of the lyrics to this song belted out very badly by a drummer who loves them. I got curious and looked it up, and it made me fall in love with them, too. It’s infectious. 

3. “Washed Up Together” by Knox Hamilton

There’s nothing quite like finally getting your hands on a studio version of a song that you’ve heard live countless times. This song used to get stuck in my head all the time, and I wanted nothing more than to be able to listen to it. I was so excited when it was finally released. It’s still my ringtone to this day. 

2. “Wallow” by Coasts 

When think of this song, the word “anticipation” comes to mind. Every time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Coasts live, they’ve opened with this song, using the fade-in to build anticipation for their set. When the song would hit full force, Chris Caines would finally take the stage, and you knew that Coasts had arrived. There’s nothing quite like that moment for me. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. I hope they never open with anything else.

1. “You Settle Me” by Pixel Fix

This song is very bittersweet for me. Released back in January, it instantly became my favorite song. Little did I know it was going to be the last release from Pixel Fix. I was completely gutted when they announced their breakup in July. One of my biggest regrets in life is never getting to see this song live. Marcus Yates is my favorite vocalist, and his sultry vocals shine on this track. Despite my sadness at their breakup, “You Settle Me” will always be my favorite song, and to me it is the best track of 2016.

Danielle’s Top 20 Tracks Of 2016

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20. ‘Better Love’ Hozier

The title track of The Legend Of Tarzan is also Hozier’s Hollywood debut and kicks off my top 20 tracks of the year.

19. ‘Dancing On My Own’ Calum Scott

I loved this song when it was originally released by Robyn but this slowed down, emotional version is just the ticket.

 18. ‘See How’ Coasts

This is the first Coasts track on my list and I love the vivid imagery that the lyrics evoke and the strong presence of percussion.

17. ‘Don’t Wait For Me’ Flawes

Ok so this is the first of many songs on this list that takes me right back to the live shows. Flawes signed a record deal in September with Red Bull and I was at the first ever headliner.

16. ‘Swings And Waterslides’ Viola Beach

R.I.P.

So technically this track was first released for download in August of last year but after that tragic accident this song and Viola Beach’s musical presence soared in popularity. Swings and Waterslides is my go to feel good song.

 15. ‘Rome’ Prides

Another uplifting tune that has me punching the air. Indie rock with a The 1975 vibe what’s not to love?

14. ‘Washed Up Together’ Knox Hamilton

After a chance meeting on Spotify and hearing Mandy talking about these guys I gave Washed Up Together a listen and I’m love.

13. ‘The Middle’ Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Singer/songwriters with a folky vibe are my weakness and I love love love the gorgeous vocals of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. 

12. ‘Lullaby Love’ Roo Panes

Getting his name from the Winnie The Pooh character; Roo knocked my socks off with his last album so to speak so I was super excited to hear what he had coming up next. Lullaby Love is the perfect marriage of Roo’s deep, velvety smooth vocals and cello accompaniment.

11. ‘Call Off The Search’ Heir

This is what Spotify radio was made for. With beautiful harmonies and climatic instrumentals Call Off The Search is a beautiful offering from Heir’s debut EP.

10. ‘So Close’ King No One

Ever since I first saw King No One at Live At Leeds (its kind of like a music festival but inside) back in April I have been obsessed with this song and was super excited to see them again this month as a birthday present to myself so come dance with me…

9. ‘Kicks’ Lauren Aquilina

Lauren Aquilina has quite literally been kicking butt this year with the release of her debut album and featuring on Buzzfeed’s 40 Underrated Pop Songs of 2016.

8. ‘She Said’ Sundara Karma

Talking of tracks that will get you feet tapping. Sundara Karma were making it big in 2016 and She Said is the perfect floor filler

7. ‘Swimming’ Marsicans

Feel good and very very summery, even when you listen to this track in the bleak mid winter you’ll be transported to the pool side, cocktail optional.

6. ‘Headlines’ Flawes

Flawes make their second offering to my top tracks list with Headlines. I mean that intro deserves a round of applause.

5.’Glitter and Gold’ Barns Courtney

In February I took my friend Becky to a small bar in Leeds ‘The Oporto’ to see Barns Courtney and whilst being totally hilarious we were mesmerised by his gravelly, rich voice.

4. ‘Run’ Tiggs Da Author

Live At Leeds is to blame for introducing me to the fell good music of Tiggs Da Author and I can’t help but smile whenever I hear this track.

3.’ Love’ Tom Speight

Love at first sight or should I say listen. Tom Speight stole my heart and this gorgeous duet is the perfect for the hopeless romantic in me.

2.’ You and Me’ The Hunna

The perfect mix of positivity and pure energy; The Hunna are seizing the day with this uplifting, fast – paced track.

1.’ Wallow’ Coasts

So I may have mentioned that a number of songs on this list remind me of seeing the bands live and Wallow is no exception except with this one I’m travelling hundreds of miles and boarding planes just to wallow in Coasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symmetry Discuss Genre Changes, New Music & More!

Symmetry, a rock band hailing from LA, recently wrapped up their North American tour with Coasts and Knox Hamilton. I had the chance to speak to them about everything from genre changes to what’s up next for the band.

Adore: What inspired the major genre change between your albums Frozen In Time and Cure?

Symmetry: We don’t feel like we have any musical boundaries so we decided to go more on the pop side for our second record.

A: If people could only listen to one of your songs, which one would it be and why?

S: Probably “The Cure” just because it’s a fun song that seems to get people in a good mood.

A: If you had to pick only one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?

S: No Strings Attached by NSYNC.

A: What is one interesting or weird fact about the band?

S: We all attended music school.

A: What has been the biggest conflict within the band?

S: Deciding where to eat after shows.

A: Who are your biggest musical influences?

S: We are inspired by the music of today.

A: If you had to describe your latest album, Cure, using only one word, what would it be?

S: Yes.

A: Now that your North American tour has come to a close, what’s up next for Symmetry? 

S: We’re working on writing and recording our new music to release later this year.

Check out Symmetry’s video for “The Cure” below!

 

Song of the Week: Rightfully So

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If you’re looking for a fresh jam from a new band, then it’s time to hop on the Knox Hamilton bandwagon, and their song “Rightfully So” is a perfect place to start.

This bop, featuring infectious synth and catchy lyrics, is nothing short of an earworm. After just one listen you’ll constantly have this song on replay, and “Rightfully So” (insert winking emoji here).

Check out “Rightfully So” below!

Knox Hamilton are currently on tour with Coasts and Symmetry. Check out the dates below and get tickets here.

Knox Hamilton Coasts Tour

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