PropertyOfZack is starting a new string of Playlist features from our own team to highlight our favorite songs released in the present month. January started 2014 right in terms of music, and we’re stoked to share some of our most played songs of the month with you. Check out our Team Playlist, let us know what your favorite tracks of January were, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
You Blew It! - A Different Kind of Kindling
I was a big fan of Grow Up, Dude, but I needed a little more from You Blew It!. That’s mostly because I’m an entitled asshole. Kidding? But really, as a music fan, you often dream up where the puck will slide to for an artist’s next release. I did that for You Blew It! with Keep Doing What You’re Doing, and they so happened to steal my dream from me. “A Different Kind Of Kindling” is the best example off of the band’s great new record of what I hoped for. We got a great record, now here’s to a great year. - Zack Zarrillo
You Me At Six - Be Who You Are
Warm and upbeat drums, a dancing guitar melody, and Josh Franceschi’s sultry voice make this song a short but ever-so-sweet standout track on You Me At Six’s new album. I was swooning the first time I heard the lines “You are my light in the dark/Don’t change/Just be who you are,” and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
The Lawrence Arms - The YMCA Down the Street from the Clinic
We waited eight years to finally get a follow up to the brilliance that is Oh! Calcutta! and my, oh my, did the Chicago trio come through with Metropole. Not only does the album show maturation on all fronts, but it includes this track, which may go down as the greatest in the band’s discography (although “Are You There, Margaret? It’s Me, God” will most likely always take this honor). The lyrics are a perfect mix of sardonic wit and brutal honesty, which is all one could ever ask for, really. Zac Lomas (@Infidelegate)
Versa - Illusion
A year ago, VersaEmerge was becoming less known for their music and more for the drama: lack of new music, barely any shows, canceling a summer on Warped, and being dropped from Fueled By Ramen. Now, we see the reemergence [pun fully intended] of Sierra and Blake as VERSA, their Neon EP containing three tracks of dreamy synth & catchy beats. I’m super intrigued to see if Versa will catch on and if the duo will be successful in rebranding themselves, but only time will tell. In the mean time, I am definitely obsessed with this track from the EP and you should be, too! - Ashley Aron (@ashleyoverdrive)
by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
If someone asked me to choose lyrics that best sum up You Me At Six’s Cavalier Youth, I’d have to go with the chorus from “Carpe Diem”: “Carpe diem /‘Til the very end /I have no regrets /Carpe diem /’Til the bitter end.” The song, a warm and encouraging track about – you guessed it – seizing the day and chasing down all your most impossible dreams, represents an important point in You Me At Six’s career. The band is currently in the best place it’s ever been, and Cavalier Youth is proof positive that You Me At Six isn’t about to let up.
In an interview late last year with Under The Gun, guitarist Max Helyer explained that the title Cavalier Youth means “carefree youth,” an idea that ties into the band’s early start in touring. Opener “Too Young To Feel This Old” suggests that You Me At Six’s own carefree youth may have led premature aging – in the song’s earnest chorus, lead singer Josh Franceschi asks: “Can we learn to love again? /Can we learn to feel again? /Because we’re too young to feel this old.”
As “Too Young To Feel This Old” hints, Cavalier Youth is very much an album about growing up. There are the usual songs about relationships — both those that lasted and those that crashed. But then there are songs about the trial and error of figuring out one’s self, and the two pieces together tell a story about learning to live the life you want.
The tender “Cold Night” and the biting “Love Me Like You Used To” best exemplify the relationship side of the album, though they play on two very different points of view. “Cold Night” is quiet and sweet, with soft-spoken vocals and echoing harmonics. “Love Me Like You Used To” is loud, distorted, and employs shrill picking melodies. Franceschi’s solemn declaration of love in the former (“I knew the moment I met you /I could never lose you”) breeds warmth and intimacy one might not expect from the title. Meanwhile, his commanding growl on “Love Me Like You Used To” is full of pain and the determination to set things right.