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Ears & Fingers 1/16/14

by Jason Leger

You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing
There are certain facts or traits of music that seem to be universally true. Music can change moods, move people and bring them together. Something I’ve noticed within myself is that music is intensely tied to memory.

Growing up in a Christian home and going to a Christian high school, it was only a matter of time before I became exposed to the bourgeoning trend of the early 2000s—Christian rock. This eventually led me to some listenable music: Dogwood, The Juliana Theory, Denison Marrs, and Twothirtyeight were just a few of the great emo/punk bands I absolutely loved in my early 20s. Eventually, as things normally do, the genre dried up and bands called it quits.

You Blew It! are trying their damndest to revive the emo genre and their latest album, “Keep Doing What You’re Doing,” does a great job of welling up things I felt when I first listened to some of the bands above. Back in December, the band released the first single, “Award of the Year Award,” and everything down to the singer’s nuances seemed vividly familiar. The same feelings were encountered upon the release of their second single, “House Address,” just last week. It’s almost as if these guys are frozen in a moment in time where we didn’t get older, romantic pain remained the end of the world and Weezer never got bad. Much akin to many an emo album from the past, lyrics flip through topics such as bitterness, rage, loneliness, self-loathing, pride and fear. All things we wear on our sleeves as vulnerable teenagers, but have learned to hide as vulnerable adults. I highly recommend this album for fans of music that draws emotion to the top and can make one feel young again. “Keep Doing What You’re Doing” is out now via Topshelf Records.

If You Haven’t Heard: Nick Waterhouse
To be fair, up until last week, I had never heard Nick Waterhouse. He isn’t making headlines or waves in many places quite yet. I have a feeling that will change. His sound is deeply rooted in early R&B, jazz and soul. In 2012 he released his debut album, “Time’s All Gone,” which infused these genres with a vivid contemporary flair, making something wholly unique. Now Waterhouse stands ready to release his sophomore record, “Holly,” to what is sure to be a broader and more diverse audience. Just from reading about and studying the guy very minimally, it’s obvious that his vast musical knowledge is perhaps more suited to someone two or three times his age, but it’s also obvious that his confidence is what has brought him this far and is sure to take him much further. “This is a Game,” the lead single from “Holly,” was released last week and features jazzy hooks and polished surf rock guitars, and is a sure indicator of what’s to come. “Holly” is out March 4th via Innovative Leisure Records.