Song of the Week: Wallow (And Why It Means So Much To Me)

So if you know anything about me at all, you know about my love for Coasts. And you probably know that “Wallow” is my favorite song. You’ve probably even heard me fuss about it not being in their set anymore. Now, “Wallow” is an absolutely incredible song. It has umph. It’s one of the few songs in Coasts’ repertoire that lies more on the rock spectrum. It builds intensity with a fade-in then slaps you in the face when it kicks in full force. Chris Caines belts out the catchy lyrics, backed perfectly by bone-rattling percussion and impeccable guitar riffs. And just as the song comes to a climax, it fades out just as quietly as it came in. Perfection.

“Wallow” really speaks for itself. The first time I ever saw Coasts, nearly three years ago, I had no idea who they were and had never heard their music. Their performance of “Wallow” made me think “Hey, I need to pay attention to this band. They’re something special.” It quickly became my favorite song of theirs. But over time I’ve come to have a deeper connection with it. For my first 14 Coasts shows, they always opened with “Wallow.” The fade-in would begin, and every member but Chris would take the stage and play the buildup. As soon as the song really kicked in, Chris would pop out. The perfect entrance. You see, I’ve come to associate “Wallow” with the feeling of seeing my favorite band take the stage. The chills I would feel as soon as I would hear the opening notes. The sheer joy of seeing each of the members come out on stage to start the show, all of my stress just melting away. Coasts shows are my happy place, and “Wallow” takes me back to that. No matter where I listen to it, just for the briefest moment I’m transported back to my happy place. I get a small taste of that euphoria I feel when seeing them live.

I don’t expect everyone to understand how a song can have such a deep impact on someone. Not everyone has experienced that. But everyone deserves to feel that sensation of pure happiness. Not everyone will get it from music or live shows. But no matter who you are, no matter where it may come from, I hope you find your Coasts. I hope you find your “Wallow.”

Check out “Wallow” below.

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Song of the Week: Lifted

Featured Image via New Politics

Sometimes a song comes along that manages to perfectly convey how you feel at that moment. Right now, that song for me is “Lifted” by New Politics

Tensions are rising

How much can I take?

Tensing my muscles, afraid I will break

The damage is done

I’m left with a choice

Live with the pain or live without no voice

I’m lifted

Frontman David Boyd delivers these poignant lyrics with heartfelt emotion. He’s backed by tribal vocals that somehow manage to fit flawlessly in this pop-rock ballad. All in all, this song is nothing short of a tearjerker, and a relatable one at that.

Listen to “Lifted” below. 

Song of the Week: “Bite”

Featured Image via Troye Sivan

I’ll have to admit, I joined the Troye Sivan bandwagon pretty late in the game, well after the release of Blue Neighbourhood, his debut album. And I’ll admit I became a fan of his music in a pretty bandwagon-y way, by falling in love with his hit single “Youth.” But Troye Sivan’s album is so much more than just one pop anthem. There are so many tracks to love.

One of my personal favorites, “Bite,” is my Song of the Week. “Bite” starts off with only hauntingly beautiful layers of Troye’s vocals, leading into a gorgeous synth-filled ballad packed with vivid imagery sure to give any listener chills. It’s a track I find myself coming back to again and again, constantly humming the tune in my head.

Check out “Bite” below.

Song of the Week: Drown

Featured Image via Kovic

British band Kovic are back at it again with their newest single “Drown.” I’ve had this song on repeat ever since its release on Friday. Having seen Kovic open with this song all six nights of their last UK tour with Coasts, I’m instantly transported back to dancing in the front row with my friends every time I hear it. I have had the infectious chorus stuck in my head ever since the tour ended, so believe me when I say the release of “Drown” was a highly anticipated one for me.

“Drown” is also featured in the soundtrack for FIFA 18, quite an accomplishment for such a new band and certainly a testament to their talent.

Check “Drown” out below!

Song of the Week: I Want You

Featured Image via Saint Raymond

I love it when a friend says “hey, check this artist out. I think you would love them!” and then you actually do love them. If it weren’t for the recommendation of a friend, I probably still wouldn’t have any idea who Saint Raymond is. But thankfully someone thought to suggest him to me.

I remember putting him on shuffle on Spotify to check him out and one song immediately grabbed my attention. That song was “I Want You.” I couldn’t get it out of my head for days. This song is a feel-good bop that’ll have you dancing in no time. It’s the perfect track to end the summer with.

Check out “I Want You” below!

Song of the Week: Jealousy

I remember seeing Robert DeLong at two festivals back in May 2015. I had no idea who this dude was. I was there to see other bands at both fests. At the first festival, I didn’t quite know what to think of him. Two weeks later, I was completely captivated with him. I had had one of his songs stuck in my head that entire two weeks, and couldn’t find it anywhere online. That song was “Jealousy” and it hadn’t been released yet, and man was I glad to hear it again.
An earworm if there ever was one, “Jealousy” is one of those songs that you’ll have stuck in your head for weeks (literally). There’s no other way to listen to this song than loud. I remember the day it was finally released on Robert’s sophomore album, In The Cards. Pandora did an advanced stream of the album and I screamed when I realized I would get to hear it early. I listened to it probably ten times before checking out any of the other songs. Trust me, it’s that good.

Check out “Jealousy” below!

Song of the Week: Trip Switch

Back in May, I took my first ever trip overseas to England. After an overnight flight that landed at 5 am in Manchester, waiting 7 hours for a train, meeting up with a friend and grabbing a quick shower, I was hauled off into London to see Nothing But Thieves at Dingwalls. I had heard of them in passing, but never listened to them. 

The show was sold out, the tiny venue completely packed. It was insanely hot, “hotter than the sun” according to the lead singer. At one point, my insanely sleep-deprived self started to fall over, my friend grabbing me to make sure I was okay. I insisted I was fine. This band was putting on such a captivating show that it was completely worth suffering the heat and the fatigue to watch it. 

One song from their set stuck in my head more than any other. The chorus played on repeat in my head for days after the show. That song was “Trip Switch.” Let me assure you, as out of it as I was, this song had to be amazing to stick with me after the show. Real rock music is a rare find this day and age, and “Trip Switch” is a real as it gets. I am forever thankful to my friend for dragging my jet-lagged self to that show, because I left completely in love with Nothing But Thieves. 

Check out “Trip Switch” below!