For The Foxes, Stages & Stereos, and Let It Happen are three young bands we like a lot at PropertyOfZack, and we’re putting them all together for a new Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
A$AP Rocky - 1Train
This song grew a new set of legs when it played as Kenny Powers and Stevie Janowski walked onto the Sports Sesh set.
The Smiths - Still Ill
Smiths are always ill.
Arctic Monkeys - No. 1 Party Anthem
This is my favorite jam off of AM.
The Avett Brothers - Die Die Die
Hang around the Man Overboard merch office long enough and you’ll get put onto the Avett Bros.
Beach House – Wishes
This album still gets regular rotation from me, hope to hear more from them in 2014.
Last Shadow Puppets - Meeting Place
Parts of the new Arctic Monkeys record remind me of the Shadow Puppets album, this is my favorite from that record.
The Beach Boys - Little Pad
A recent favorite from the psychedelic era of the Beach Boys.
Tilly And The Wall - Shake It Out
Still my favorite band with a tap dancer as a percussionist.
Haim - My Song 5
Nick showed me this one, the jam.
Marty Robbins - El Paso
Walter White Died For Our Sins
Volcano Choir - Tiderays
I’m a big fan of Bon Iver. I really love how easy listening this song is but yet still holds my attention in a major way.
Frameworks - Ida
Frameworks is a great newer band from my home area. Their ep is amazing and I can’t stop listening. - Donnie Webb
The Swellers - Running Out Of Places To Go
I love the vocals and lyrics in this song. Perfect melodies and emotions in the performance.
Stevie Wonder - Uptight
I’m a sucker for oldies, all of the Motown artists amaze me. This song is great on so many levels.- Ian Edge
The Killers - The Way It Was
This song is an underrated breakup tune that can reach out to anyone. Not to mention the layering in this track is genius.
Copeland - Love Affair
This soothing song can calm me down, put me to sleep or help me warm up for a show. The jazzy curve ball at the end ties the song together perfectly. - Daniel Lancaster
The 1975 - Settle Down
From the second I heard these dudes for the first time I was hooked. My favorite band hands down.
Sombear - Incredibly Still
Such a mad talented guy, his hooks are effortless and massive. I love the texture of this whole album. - Zach Schweizer
Echo Smith - Cool Kids
These guys are making a huge impact on the scene right now. Such a fun band to watch live and the melody of “cool kids” will have you singing along for days.
For The Foxes - We’re Coming Up
Fun vibe and hooky melodies, this song will carry you into a good mood even on your worst day.
Paramore - Ain’t It Fun
This whole album has really been on repeat in our van. I’ve always been a huge Paramore fan, and they stepped it up in a way that I didn’t know they could do with their self-titled record. Groovy bass lines, and gospel choir vocals; what’s not to love?
The Front Bottoms - Skeleton
I showed this band to Drew for the first time about a week ago, and have heard the chorus to this song come out of his mouth once an hour since. The Front Bottoms are coin their genre the right way, and I can’t get enough of this new album.
Modern Baseball - Tears Over Beers
I heard we were going to be playing with this band in Louisville about a month ago, so I checked them out and instantly fell in love. A band like this doesn’t have to try to be anything other than what they are, and I love it.
Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack features today with Drew Brown of Let It Happen. The band just released their new album Unravel, so make sure to pick it up here.
In this week’s feature, Drew talks about his love for Weatherbox. Listen to songs by Weatherbox here and check out what Drew had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Drew Brown:
A few years ago, prior to recording ‘It Hurts’, I found myself in a very dark and lonely hole. At the time, I was a completely different person. A person that was drowning in self-pity and suffering the consequences of their own misguided decisions and mistakes. That was about the time that I first heard of Weatherbox.
In a way, it feels like a different lifetime. Eventually, all of my expectations of life were crushed by reality and everything I thought I knew quickly fell apart right in front of me. It was at that very lowest of lows that I began to understand the world around me on a very detached, yet fundamental level. I had very few possessions, and even less companionship, which left me with nothing to do but simply wander in and out of places and lives at a vast emotional distance. Like many times in my life, I naturally resorted to music for comfort. I had not had the chance to hear it yet, so I turned to Weatherbox’s “American Art” for a breath of fresh air and received so much more. I was given a type of freedom that I was dying for. It taught me how to truly take a step back and detach myself from my own life in order to be honest with myself. I wasn’t just listening to the record, I was actually feeling it. Yeah, the lyrics were artistic and ambiguous, but there was just more to it. I don’t know if it was what he was going for, but Brian Warren just really captured the awkward beauty of profound enlightenment. It was helping me translate many emotions that were previously too complex to comprehend.
I was understanding other beings on unbiased levels and embracing the fact that the world presses forward, with or without you.
PropertyOfZack is happy to be posting a new Track-By-Track for Let It Happen's new release, Unravel. Check out the feature below!
The Blame Game
As the opening track, I really wanted to dive right into the energy of the record, both instrumentally and lyrically. I wrote this song in a bittersweet manner because I had found that I can waste all the time that I want sorting through all of my life’s complications, but unless I decide to become proactive about improving my situation nothing will ever truly change. Some one very wise once told me that Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” It’s kind like that, but really upbeat and a slightly angsty…
Say You’ll Stay
This song is particularly about the people that have spent long and tiring periods of time with me and have shown pure kindness and sincere loyalty. Sometimes my manic tendencies can become overwhelming to the ones closest to me, and rightfully so, but they are determined and committed as parts of my life. I constantly fight inner turmoil, and anyone who has ever been close to me has been an innocent bystander caught in the cross fire at one point in time. It has been that kind of forgiveness, genuine love, and devotion in the past that has lead me to many changes of perspective that have helped shape me as a person. The lyrics are meant to portray some of the back and forth feelings of being able to admit how important those individuals were, are, and will be even after entering or exiting my life.
Over My Head
I’ve heard my whole life that life is what you make it, and I wrote this song to let everybody know that this is not necessarily true. Life dealt you the cards and you have to play the game. I’m not saying that you can’t choose how you want to play your hand, but you didn’t create life and all it’s meanings which means you can’t just make up your own rules. I think that there is a vast majority of humanity that has created their own unrealistic set of standards of the world based on their own prerogatives and because of this, the world is unfathomably full of complex and ultimately hurtful traps, disguised as what we call “expectations”. It really, really frustrates me and just so you know, it was so much easier to write a song about it than it is to explain it.
Ghost Of Yesterday
We actually wrote the music for this song long before the lyrics came into fruition. One night, as I was playing this song on my acoustic guitar in my bedroom, I was just sort of looking around at my vast and plentiful collection of cool stuff and I noticed a book about ghosts that I had recently found. I have always been really into the concept of the paranormal and I thought it would be really cool to incorporate that into a song somehow. As I continued the combination of playing and visually scanning my belongings, I began to replay extremely vivid memories attached to all these things in my head. After moving around so often and going through so much with so many people, a lot of my stuff has accumulated a lot of sentimental value. Everything has a story, and most things have more than one, and sometimes I just have these strange sensory related memories like sounds, smells, or feelings about them. I thought about how maybe some of the greatest ghosts of our time are our own memories. It was so much fun to write and it’s even more fun to think about, because, you know, I’m not a weird nerd and I totally don’t think it would rule to be perpetually haunted by paranormal apparitions or anything…
Let It Happen are recording their new album with producer Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, The Dangerous Summer), and PropertyOfZack is teaming up with the band for a new Behind The Booth series. Check out the first update on drum tracking below!
We got to Baltimore on Friday night, and got everything ready for the next day with Paul. That night we also made friends with several people who work at the pizza restaurant next door to the studio. The next day we got all of the drums tuned up with new heads, and got ready for pre-production in the live room. For the rest of the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) we worked on getting the songs ready to track by reworking parts of the songs that didn’t quite work before, and ultimately making the songs better.
After getting the songs ready to track, we started drums on Monday night. Taking it one song at a time, and hitting harder than I have ever hit the drums we finished at around midnight. Playing that many songs in that amount of time wore me out hard, but was totally worth it! Getting the drums out of the way freed me up to contribute in other ways for the remainder of the recording process. It also gave me the liberty to check out some of what Baltimore has to offer outside of Paul’s studio.
Let It Happen are out on tour with Of Fortune & Fame and will be doing a Road Blog for PropertyOfZack. Check out the first update below!
We are on day six of the Bath Salts…I mean Summer Vacation Tour. So far, every show we’ve had has been amazing. We kicked off the tour with a show in downtown Louisville at a pizza place called Spinelli’s. Our dude Bryan Puckett set up the show with some great local bands (Low Lights for Fist Fights, Aim for the Skies, and Late Ones) and it was the first time I got to see the other band we’re on tour with, Of Fortune & Fame, play live. They are amazing musicians with a really good live set. Not to mention they are the coolest guys. We got there pretty early so we had a chance to walk around downtown Louisville and see what was going on. Fourth Street Live had a pretty big party going on and the Louisville Gay Pride Parade was going on right around the corner. Needless to say, we met some very interesting people. Also, Spinelli’s has some of the best pizza I’ve ever had and it’s a really cool place. If you’re ever in Louisville, go check it out, it’s at the corner of 5th and Jefferson.
Day two, we made our way down to Clarksville, Tennessee to play at The Coup. The night before we drove down and stayed with Nick and Lawton from What We Were. They have such an amazing family. They let us stay in their mom Susan’s house, so there were 11 smelly dudes sleeping in her living room and she was more than happy to accommodate us all. In the morning we woke up to her cooking food for us and then she offered to do all our laundry. The next day, we drove down to the venue with everyone. The Coup has a really awesome grungy basement/warehouse feel to it. It’s in the basement of a building with (obviously) a stage, a mini-ramp, and graffiti all over the walls. The setting was really intimate and it’s always great to play that close to people. It was definitely the hottest place we’ve ever played though. We all were drenched after we played and so was everyone in the splash zone. It’s ok though because it was sexy. Susan was amazing once again because she knew we were all about to die from the heat so she went to the gas station and bought Gatorade for all of us! She is a Saint. We had a lot of fun hanging out down there with everyone. The other bands (What We Were and Almost Atlantic) were great too and we all look forward to seeing them again soon. I don’t think we’ve ever had a bad time anywhere in Tennessee and I look forward to going back to Clarksville again soon.
New Tour Video: Let It Happen with Squid The Whale