It’s that time of year again: Valentines Day. This sickeningly sweet Hallmark-inspired holiday is enough to bring out the cynic in anyone. But fortunately for music lovers of any relationship status, Valentines Day also means another installment of the Hopeless Records “Love Is Hopeless” compilation series. And whether you’re a hopeless romantic or just plain hopeless, this compilation has just the song to get you through one of the most stressful and frustrating days of the year.
The compilation kicks off with a pop punk-inspired cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” by Hopeless’ resident heartthrobs, All Time Low. Alex Gaskarth’s voice lends the track warmth, and washes over the listener’s ears in an uplifting anthem of inspiration. The hope stops here though, at least momentarily. We Are The In Crowd puts the “hopeless” back into “Love Is Hopeless” with their despondent cover of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.” They bury the song’s easily recognizable piano melody under crunchy chords in this disdainful reflection on unrequited love.
The Used provides the compilation’s first original track (at least original to the artist) with the slow and creeping “Surrender.” And though it is a drastic change of pace, the song holds its own against the band’s younger contemporaries. The chorus (“Broken, you found me/My angel, my shoulder/To lean on/Swear when I’m with you/I feel like I’ll live forever”), crooned in Bert McCracken’s harsh vocals, conveys the wholeness that comes with finding that one person who makes everything okay, as well as an intense longing to be with them when they’re not around.
Air Dubai, Divided By Friday, and For The Foxes round out the covers on the compilation, with their takes on “Toxic,” “Locked Out Of Heaven,” and “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” respectively. Air Dubai’s version of “Toxic” is arguably the least successful track on the compilation. The band attempts to set a deliberate and sultry pace but it feels dragged out instead. “Toxic” is too well known for its sexual urgency to be flipped so abruptly.
Meanwhile, Divided By Friday’s “Locked Out Of Heaven” is more successful, but ultimately forgettable. Lead singer Jose Villanueva sounds like a B-rate version of Brendon Urie, and, other than a flood of horns underlying the vocals, there isn’t anything on the track that truly grabs the listener’s attention.
Divided By Friday have released a Christmas cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”
Hopeless Records Announce ‘Hopeless For The Holidays’
Hopeless Records will be releasing Hopeless For The Holidays,a compilation with original holiday songs and covers, on December 4th. Check out the artwork and track listing below by clicking “Read More.”
Set It Off and Divided By Friday are both out on tour together with There For Tomorrow, and we’re happy to be putting the bands together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the remaining dates for their fall tour here and the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Pierce The Veil – King For A Day
Love this song so much it such a great song and I love how catchy and upbeat it is!
Chiodos – Thermacare *Song is not on Spotify
Been jamming this song a lot because we recently wrapped up a tour with those dudes. They are such a good band and I can’t get the song out of my head.
Elliot Smith – Whatever (Folk Song In C)
This has been stuck in my head nonstop the last few days, it’s a song perfect for those odd moods, when you’re a little off but for no particular reason. Just a song to get you by.
Yellowcard – Way Away
I remember one time I was at a piano recital, for my sister, when I was about 15 and was bored out of my mind. Then a kid came up and started playing an all piano rendition of this song. It made my day. From then on this has been one of my favorite songs - Austin Kerr
My Chemical Romance - Helena
This was the first song that ever gave me actual chills and the music video was something that I couldn’t stop watching over and over. The emotion in Gerard’s face in the video was something you can’t explain. It is captivating and full of emotion.
Five Iron Frenzy – Pre-Ex-Girlfriend
This was the first song with distorted guitars that got me in to the pop/punk/rock scene. It also showed me that you can be goofy in songs and ultimately begun to solidify FIF as one of my favorite bands of all time. - Cody Carson
The Starting Line – Surprise, Surprise
This song has always been one of my favorite The Starting Line songs and definitely hits home. It touches on a subject that most guys in touring bands who are in relationships are always haunted by and the way the lyrics approach it, is in such a harsh but forward manor - which I love.
Four Year Strong - Unbreakable
This song has such an anthemic feel to it that you can’t help but get excited and hyped off of it. It is the biggest middle finger to everyone who told you that you were going to fail at life. - Dan Clermont
Finch – Insomniatic Meat
The first time I listened to this song it was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I had never heard something so simultaneously dark, eerie, and catchy before. It was like hearing the insane ramblings of a crazed man accompanied by distorted guitars and dissonance. This song opened up so many doors musically for me in the field of darker, psychotic, pop rock.
The Faint – Worked Up So Sexual
I was never the kid that went to clubs all the time or listened to electronic music. But, the first time I heard this strange electro/rock song I was captivated. It’s like they took electronic club music and gave it a weirder, darker, vibe. This song showed me that you can mix almost anything together and, if you know what you’re doing, it can sound amazing. - Maxx Danziger
Set It Off – Swan Song
I wanted to start this playlist off with a couple songs by Set It Off and There For Tomorrow because tonight was the first night of our tour with both of them in Lake Worth, FL. We’re very close friends with Set It Off and this song Swan Song is definitely one of my favorites on their new album Cinematics (out next week!) The chorus hits so hard, I was absolutely blown away the first time they played it for us.
There For Tomorrow - Nowhere BLVD
Just saw this song live a few hours ago and it absolutely kills! The bridge is impossible not to get into and the chorus is awesome as well. Really love the lyrics in this one and Maika’s voice sounds great. Really looking forward to spending the next few weeks watching this every night.
Set It Off – Dreamcatcher
This next one is one of my favorite songs of 2012. It is by far my favorite Set It Off song and I think the strongest on their new record. I love the melodies and instrumentation so much, but the lyrics are so great and I appreciate the songs message a ton. Definitely check out this one.
Anberlin – Paperthin Hymn
The next few songs I wanted to do songs and/or bands that have really influenced Divided By Friday. Anberlin is definitely one of our biggest influences, but this song in itself is probably the most influential of any of their songs. I know I was playing the chorus of this when I wrote the main progression for “Prove It” and I think you can hear the influence of it on our song “Disappoint: Surprise” as well. This band is too good.
Armor For Sleep – The Truth About Heaven
Besides Relient K and Yellowcard, I can’t think of a band that influenced my writing when we first started our band. Armor For Sleep’s Dream to Make Believe and What to Do When You Are Dead were definitely two of my most played out CD’s in ninth grade and I think we really picked up our guitar octave parts just from listening to Armor. Really wish they were still around.
Yellowcard – A Vicious Kind
If you’re reading this and you know anything about me, you probably know I’m a pretty big fan of Yellowcard. I think their new record Southern Air is great, and this is my favorite song for sure. This band continually influences Divided By Friday and I think the reason I love this song so much is because it almost reminds me of something we might write. The lyrics and overall feel of the chorus are brilliant to me.
Saosin – You’re Not Alone
I think all I’ve ever wanted from my band was to be as good as Saosin and though I know nobody ever could possibly be that good, we’re still trying. You’re Not Alone is hands down one of the best songs ever written, to me. This is really random but the first time I ever heard this song was exactly 6 years ago to the day. My buddy had the leaked version of their self-titled, he sent it to me, and as soon as I heard this song I was just blown away. It might be my favorite song of all time and I will never get tired of it.
From Matt Morgan:
We’re in St. Paul, MN, about a week and a half into our tour with Set It Off and There For Tomorrow, and every things going great! All of the shows have been incredible and its so much fun being on tour with two bands that we were friends with before the tour. We have a very very close relationship with all the SIO dudes, they’re probably our “best friends”, and so obviously every day is a good time. But we’ve also been able to have an equal amount of good times with our Hopeless brothers in TFT who we spent a week with in Japan in June! I’ll start this with a recap of the past week or so.
The first couple days of this tour we were in Florida and it was too hot. The shows were amazing but too. much. sweat. Once we stepped out of the van in Atlanta we were all so happy to be back in normal, of this world, weather. Here’s a story: We were so excited to see our friend Kenneth Mount (one half of ZK Productions, along with Zack Odom) who recorded the new Set It Off full length “Cinematics” (shameless plug, go buy it. its good). We were even more excited for him because he had told us weeks prior that he and Zack were going to be recording WWE wrestler Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy in a few weeks. If you didn’t know, our band is extremely into WWE and so finding that out was a HUGE deal to us. He showed us text conversations and was telling us all about that we were just going to miss seeing Chris Jericho. HOWEVER the night of our show in Atlanta we were finally confronted by the Set It Off guys and were told this was (once again) a huge lie and prank. Kenneth was never texting Chris Jericho, he was texting Cody from Set It Off with Cody’s number saved as “Chris Jericho”. They all thought it was hilarious because the first time we toured together they pulled some similar shenanigans, but I was bummeddddd.
The next day we were in Nashville and got to hang with a few of the Every Avenue fellows, where things may have gotten a little out of hand, but we carried on strong to St. Louis the next day. The 24-48 hrs between St. Louis and Indianapolis were very long for a few of us.