Young English and Placeholder are currently finishing up a short tour together, and we’re stoked to be putting both bands together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
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Brand New - Vices
I’m going to start this list off with a banger. I did not like Daisy that much. I think the biggest disappointment I felt with it was the lack of lyrical depth I’d normally expect from Brand New. Since Vinny wrote a vast majority of the lyrics on this record it has a completely different feel. He’s a great lyricist, but for some reason it just doesn’t jump out at me. However, “Vices”? This song fucking rules. The lyrics are awesome, and Jesse Lacey just shreds his vocal chords on it. Gets me every time. If you didn’t give Daisy much of a chance, revisit this song at least.
Jets To Brazil - Sea Anemone
I’ve just felt every single thing Blake sings about. This song really connected with me during a seriously tumultuous time of my life. The lyrics are passionate and soulful, and the music has this classic rock/late 90s emo mixed feel. If you don’t listen to Jets To Brazil, start now. They’re one of the most underrated emo bands.
Ray LaMontagne - Jolene
Because none of us know what love means. Honestly, Ray LaMontagne is just fucking incredible, and this is one of my favorites. It really relates to where my life is at right now. I’m a jovial miserable cluster fuck of a human being.
Pentimento - L ‘Espirit De Escalair *Song is currently not on Spotify
This song is just so fucking sick and I love the hell out of these kids.
Northstar - Two Zero Two
My favorite acoustic song.
I Can See Mountains - Sunflower *Song is currently not on Spotify
This band is so awesome, I can’t take it. Their band is so good, so much fun to watch live, and they party so hard.
The Hold Steady - Lord, I’m Discouraged
Craig Finn is an absolute lyrical genius. If you’ve heard of or listened to this band before, and thought “eh, this is not for me” give it another chance. An honest, long listen. Because I used to not like this band at all, but one day I just gave it another shot and that was it. I fell in love with everything about this band. The incredible musicianship, the passionate vocals, and the incredible story telling through lyrics. The reason I picked this song is I can’t stand guitar solos. I just think guitar solos are a dated dick measuring contest. However, this is the only guitar solo I’ve EVER heard that actually moved me and made me feel more connected to the somber subject matter of the lyrics. It was an incredible thing, for Thad of The Hold Steady to write something so pure, and so perfect for the song. It’s the only time that I’ve heard a guitar solo in a contemporary song and didn’t roll my eyes. That makes me sound like such an asshole. I swear I don’t work at Pitchfork.
At The Drive In - One Armed Scissor
I remember watching them play this on Late Night with Conan O’Brien when I was in high school. Best late night show performance ever. Omar knocked over all his equipment and Cedric was all over the place breaking as much stuff as he could before the song ended. So good.
Manchester Orchestra - Sleeper 1972
Andy Hull’s acoustic stuff in my opinion is his best. This is a shining example of how brilliant of a songwriter he is. One of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard.
Jimmy Eat World - For Me This Is Heaven
This is the first emo song I listened to and I instantly fell in love. Seventh grade, Thursday nights from 10 PM to 12 AM I used to listen to and tape a college radio show called Breakfast At Denny’s. This show honestly changed the course of my life and made my love for music blossom. I was changing radio stations on my clock radio when I heard this song. I’ve loved it ever since. Clarity is and forever will be my favorite Jimmy Eat World record.
For my playlist, I’m going to just do songs that mean a lot to me. Some songs just speak to some people. When you hear a melody or a lyric that grabs you, sometimes it never lets go. - Chris Pennings
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Playlist songs we picked for our tour with Young English!