By now if you’re in the scene whose foundation is on the backs of bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Used and Fall Out Boy then you’ve heard of – and perhaps have gone to – Emo Night. A night of dancing to music that got you through high school (and for many adulthood) in the ’00s. What started in a tiny bar in what’s likely a gentrified neighborhood by now in LA finally got its day this weekend. Literally. Emo Nite Day took over The Shrine in what was a, well…interesting attempt to go bigger than their monthly club takeovers.
A couple of reasons got me out of the house for this. The first being The Used. At 16 they were the world to me, and it is actually Bert McCracken who had me up thinking about how to construct this review last night as I laid by my fiance, nauseous from his weekend medication cocktail. He said something along the lines of that music is our religion. Which in many ways makes sense.
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The worst thing about a hospital other than the constant fear of what may be lurking around each corner is the horrendous WiFi. You’d think one of the best places in the country for health care would have a better connection? That aside, I was in and out of listening to Anna Rose’s latest release, Strays in the Cut. A few words came to mind when listening; sensual, delicate and rock.
We’ll start with that last note. Right from the start I felt this was going to be a Lita Ford like record turned down a just a bit. Anna Rose delivered definite forces with “Force of Nature” as well as “Under Your Skin,” but that wasn’t all she had up her sleeve. That’s where “Bury Me Deep” came into play. A very sensual song that gave way to a whole other side of who Anna is as an artist, it was surprising at first after hearing that rocker side but a delight nevertheless. Then of course there’s that delicate touch. Heard when “Start a War” and “Natural Disaster” came around. With those, it was nice to just hear what Anna could do vocally without all the bells and whistles.
With the WiFi under control, and the waiting room settling, my time with Anna Rose has come to an end…for today. With that, fans that find themselves loving everyone from Lita Ford to Sheryl Crow will want to check out what Anna Rose is all about on her latest, Strays in the Cut, out now.
It’s been a minute since it hasn’t been an album here with us on a Monday, but Chances “Leave the Light On” was like a wind of serenity after a weekend of bullshit. So here we are talking about the Montreal trio’s latest release.
This one varies from February’s “Shine” in that there was more movement then. “Leave the Light On” is more like a slow dance with your own thoughts. It gives a chance to reflect as you take in every line, and sink into every movement as the tranquil vocals sang of salvation. At times I thought I was listening to a church choir beautifully deliver words that went above my head as I never opened a bible. Instead, I was in my living room with electropop in my earbuds.
Both of Chances singles are available now. If you’re a fan of indie pop with very strong harmonies and electronic undertones, check out their latest “Leave the Light On” as well as their previous, “Shine.”