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This Moment

I’ve never been a massive fan of Chase & Status, but I did like their collaboration with Slaves last year. This year they have done something similar, but this time, with Indie rock band Blossoms. “This Moment” is the title of their collaboration and is the Track of the Day.

Freeze me

Death From Above’s latest release “Freeze Me” is the Track of the Day today and it’s their first single since their 2014 album “The Physical World”. True to their unique high energy rock/punk style, the two piece band seem to be back in full swing under their original name Death From Above, rather than their former name Death From Above 1979.

6 Alternative Covers of Well Known Songs

I feel it’s my duty on Broad Noise to promote a wide range of music and not just stick to the mainstream songs that are repeatedly played on the radio and TV, and the best way to open your eyes to music is through covers. The fact that one song can be presented and interpreted in a number of different ways shows how creative some musicians are and it’s a great way to get into a new genre.

So without further ado, I have compiled six alternative covers of popular well known songs!

1. Forever Never – Boombastic feat. Benji Webbe (Original by Shaggy) [Explicit]
Everybody around in the 90s/00s would have heard of Shaggy. Whether that’s because of the infamous 2000 hit “It Wasn’t Me” or the earlier 1995 hit “Boombastic”, you’re probably familiar of Shaggy’s unique style. So it’s quite hard to imagine how his music would sound as Metal, right? Well give Forever Never’s cover of “Boombastic” featuring Benji Webbe from Skindred a listen and find out for yourself.

2. I Prevail – Blank Space (Original by Taylor Swift)
I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you had already heard I Prevail’s cover of “Blank Space”, as it went viral on social media when it was released in 2014. Argued as the song that got the punk band recognition on a global scale, their cover of Blank Space is also arguably more passionately performed, with fans claiming that this version is sung with more feeling than the original.

3. August Burns Red – Wrecking Ball (Original by Miley Cyrus)
Similar to the above, whether you liked the song or not, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” got a lot of people talking back in 2013 (most likely because of the bizarre music video). And although I’m not a big fan of the original, August Burns Red’s punk interpretation is more my style.

4. Hopes Die Last – Promises (Original by Nero)
To mix things up a bit, and to prove that it’s not just pop music that can be covered in this style, here is Hopes Die Last’s Metalcore cover of “Promises” by Drum ‘n’ Bass legends Nero. The two versions have a lot of similarities but a few stark differences really set them apart and it’s honestly difficult to say which I prefer more.

5. DevilDriver – Sail (Original by AWOLNATION)
Aaron Bruno’s solo project AWOLNATION released “Sail” back in 2011. “Sail” was a massive hit and has since featured in a number of adverts. DevilDriver released their metal cover in 2013 and for obvious reasons, it wasn’t quite as big. The hardcore/death metal band are well known within their genre but fail to gather much recognition outside of it, but their cover is well produced and actually isn’t too hard on the ears. So give it a listen, you might just like it.

6. Limp Bizkit – Faith (Original by George Michael)
To end then, we have Limp Bizkit’s cover of “Faith” by the late George Michael. It’s hard to resist the lure of the original and most people can’t help but end up singing along. Limp Bizkit’s version however, is different to say the least and is slightly more uh, aggressive? Listen to the chorus and you’ll understand what I mean…

So there we have it, 6 alternative covers of well known songs. If I’ve done my job properly, you’re hopefully looking at music with a new openminded perspective. However, it’s also quite likely that I’ve put you off the word “cover” completely and that you feel like these bands killed the originals…

Either way, at least I tried.

Take Control – Slaves

(Image Source: faroutmagazine)

Genre: Punk
Rating: 6.5 / 10
Top Tracks: Spit it OutTake Control and Steer Clear.
Features: Mike D from the Beastie Boys and Baxter Dury.

After the success of their debut full length album Are You Satisfied? last year, the Kent based punk duo Slaves have recently released their second album Take Control. Take Control builds upon Slaves’ heavy punk sound established in Are You Satisfied? but also features a number of, what can only be described as, experimental aspects like Steer Clear, which boasts a chilled out indie vibe courtesy of Baxter Dury.

Take Control
follows on from Are You Satisfied?‘s outlook on society with many of the album’s tracks commenting on various ways of life; like the life of the rich in Rich Man, the pressures of everyday life in Steer Clear and the social interactions of everyday life in People That You Meet. Slaves masterfully tackle a number of social issues across the 16 track album, even if some of the lyrics take a slightly weird turn… (listen to Consume or Be Consumed or People That You Meet and you’ll understand…)

In terms of the tracks themselves, Take Control starts off with the loud vocals and heavy punk that Slaves are associated with through the opening tracks Spit It Out and Hypnotised. Things are then toned down slightly in Consume or Be Consumed and we see a hint of a different side of Slaves that was otherwise hidden in Are You Satisfied? before picking up again in Take ControlPlay Dead feels like an amalgamation of Despair and Traffic and Wow!!!7am from Are You Satisfied? by using a similar vocal style to Despair and Traffic through alternate vocals and a slowed guitar rift similar to that of Wow!!!7amLies, Rich Man and People That You Meet have a familiar vibe to them, a relaxed punk sound that builds in the chorus, but they don’t make too much of an impression either way.

Things start to get interesting with Steer Clear and this is where we really see the experimental side of Take Control. It has a chilled out indie feel that you would never normally associate with Slaves, it somehow reminds me of The Ting Tings but I can’t for the life of me think of why… Cold Hard Floor can only be described as a filler track with no real impact on the album, perhaps only there to break up the two experimental tracks? Further experimentation can be seen in STD’s / PHD’s through the use of electronic aspects and due to the success of Control earlier this year, the Chase & Status and Slaves collaboration, this is an area I feel Slaves could do more with in the future. After a relaxed track called Angelica, the album finishes more on the lines of what you would expect from the two-piece with Same Again. 

Take Control wasn’t exactly what I expected after the impact of Are You Satisfied? but it’s good to see that Slaves are experimenting in different areas. The tracks may not all be chart toppers but there is enough promise to see future work in the indie/electronic fields. Take Control has enough emphasis and raw sound to please fans of hardcore/heavy punk who enjoyed Are You Satisfied? as well as a number of “softer”, relaxed tracks, for those new to the genre. Although Take Control may not have worked out as well as Are You Satisfied? it’s still a good listen and worth the time, even if it’s just to check out how they’ve progressed as a band and deviated from their stereotypical sound.


If you haven’t heard of Slaves before and are looking for a taster of what they’re about, or you’re a returning fan who is yet to listen to Take Control, check out the album’s first single Spit It Out below.

Glastonbury Highlights – Friday

The easiest way I could think of summarising my time at Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, is to take a day-by-day approach. These are my highlights of the first day of live music on Friday.

Skepta
Leading grime artist Skepta, took the Pyramid stage by storm at just before 2pm yesterday and for probably the “whitest” crowd he’s performed to, I doubt he’s performed to one with more engery. With hits like “That’s Not Me”, “Shutdown”, “Too Many Man” and “Man” being spat back to him by thousands of fans (including me) you couldn’t get a better atmosphere.

Occassionally crew members would run the sides chucking out merch to front row fans and Skepta was regularly joined on stage by members of his crew, like Frisco and Jammer, to keep the hype levels at Maximum and the grime flowing till the end.

Vant
At the small tent stage in William’s Green, Political Punk Indie Rock band Vant rocked out to a few hundred enthusiasts at around 5pm. Being a bit of a hipster fanboy, I pushed through and positioned myself on the rail.

After a few opening tracks to get the crowd ready, things got political with the frontman commenting on the results of the EU referendum – “if you voted to leave, get the F*** out of my tent!”.  Known songs like “Parking Lot”, “Fly-By Alien” and latest release “Karma Seeker” got things back on track.

Bring Me the Horizon
Metal core BMTH kicked off the evening music at 7:20pm over on the other stage. A video intro pre-warned fans that if they weren’t looking to get hurt, that they were at “the wrong show” and should “f***ing leave”. The video ended by comanding the crowd to open the centre creating a pit that was then told to grow wider, wider, and wider.

Starting with”happy song” BMTH followed up with songs like “Follow You”, “Shadow Moses”and “Can You Feel My Heart”, before ending on crowd favourite “Throne”. A truly heavy energetic experience that involved mosh pits, wall of deaths and crowd surfing, seemed out of place in the early evening before indie-pop band Bastille.

Bored to Death

Blink-182 recently released their first single for their upcoming album California, which is due for release on July 1st. Currently the single Bored to Death only has a lyric video and not a full music video, but lyric videos can still be well made and an interesting watch.

It’s been five years since Blink-182’s “comeback” album Neighbourhoods that was released in 2011, and although they did release a 5 song EP back in 2012, it’s about time they made another album. I’ve been a Blink-182 fan since Enema of the State and can’t wait for California.