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Towers (On My Way) - Acoustic Version:: A New Perspective

Okay, world — so, for the five people who probably read this blog (hi, bee tea dubs:), while I posted about Towers in an earlier post, I actually did not hear it until a few days later. 

Sometimes, as you all know, life can get busy.

I wanted to share with you all, though, that upon hearing it, it definitely has song of the week potential - and, you know, what, maybe it is!  Towers (On My Way), the acoustic version, is haunting, beautiful and the tempo is just…different (for a lack of a better word) than the original hard rocking track off of Bones.  You can purchase this song, by the way, through iTunes or Amazon.  Perhaps there are snippets on YouTube, as well.

I have enjoyed all of YG's acoustic songs…so this is nothing new, but I like how, when the band creates these versions it varies quite a bit from both an instrumental and musical perspective.  You can hear the different layers of audio and instruments, especially the range of percussion sounds.  Compiled all together, this song, especially, just sounds brilliant with all of these elements (not to be confused with that song from All Our Kings Are Dead, mind you.) :) 

Wouldn’t it have been amazing (or maybe it’s just me) to have been in the studio with them for at least a part of their session when they were recording this track and learned//shadowed how they decided to mix and put it together the way they did?

This is a wonderful example of music being true art.  How do musical artists know what can go where?  Is it like other art, where you just think, ‘well, hey, let’s add a little bit of the maracas here to showcase the percussion quality of the song’? Or, is it a pick-and-choose and/or guess and check type of method?  Any insight on this would be great - feel free to let me know. :)

I encourage and recommend you all to listen to this song especially if you like acoustic works by artists and/or slow melodic songs.  I think its these types of works that not only add a whole other vibe to the original song, itself, but it also provides  greater meaning to the song, as a whole.  It can be interpreted on an entirely different level and/or maybe it’s just me, your mind just wanders and you start to envision all of these creative writing/music video/film ideas that you’d love to talk with the band about and/or write for the world to be amazed with (in great hopes).

That last part was probably all me (ha), but I really feel music as an art can be an excellent outlet for creativity and/or inspire it.

I hope you can listen and perhaps even be a bit inspired and/or feel reflective about your own creative pursuits. 

As always, free to let me know your thoughts.

Enjoy, world.

Happy early Monday and best wishes for a great week. You deserve it.  Don’t settle for anything short of awesome. Always remember that there is beauty and passion in the world — if you really try, you can see, feel, hear and be just that.

Best and thanks,

M:)

Lovely. Great song. Great band. I encourage you all to listen to @younggunsukX-M

Lovely. Great song. Great band. I encourage you all to listen to @younggunsuk
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-M

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Okay, world, I’ll be honest….

I posted this before watching the video because I could not find it on my phone and had to go to work.  Now, though, I’m back…so, let me do a proper post.  Well worth the wait and a wonderful touch on a  Monday night.

The song is absolutely incredible and it is full of so much meaning; while I’m not certain what exactly the true story behind the song is, it is full of passion and I think it really speaks to anyone who’s felt judged, tricked, or perhaps has looked in the mirror and questioned who he or she is as a person.

Such a great song and a pretty cool video. Finally a story video by a band. I love it when bands do story videos…I find them so moving and in general, depending on the story, I guess, there is a certain je ne sais quoi about them. I guess I think of Matthew Good Band's videos back in the day and how they all were story videos. Ahh….memories.  Strange Days, Apparitions, Load Me Up…all incredible.

 This video, in my opinion, seems to have some sort of honesty in it…maybe it’s how it’s shot…but I feel like I am watching some independent film.  What happens to Gustav? What happens to the other band members? Is there a sequel?  

The video is very reminisicent of Coldplay's The Scientist…(seeing at how it’s all shot and then reversed…backwards mode, anyone?) Okay, I just made up that term, I’m sure it’s called something much more technical…but, please, work with me on this one.

Overall, a good video and song.  I’d recommend this band, and this video, to anyone who likes The Scientist, likes rock songs with powerful meaning, and of course, like me, likes story music videos.

High fives, all around, boys. High fives, all around.  Thanks for bringing creativity, integrity, art, and intelligence back into my rock world. Impressed and proud, as always.

Best,

M:)

younggunsuk:

Morning! As promised, here’s our new video for ‘You Are Not’! Please reblog this!

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Young Guns Pre-Order for US Fans!

Yay! Great to hear US fans can buy the album, here, too!

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younggunsuk:

Hey US friends -

The pre-orders for our new album, Bones, have begun!

Snap yours up from Walmart or from Newbury Comics and receive a limited autographed CD booklet!

What?

Only 304 views?
Get a movin’, people! Increase those numbers, vite, vite, andale! :)

I just read the note in my email from John from Young Guns about the new video.  I had seen pictures of the video but it had not occurred to me that they were referring to their new video.  (I had read on lead singer, Gustav Wood’s twitter page sometime ago, about The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, so I totally thought it had something to do with that…then, I even had a fleeting thought of Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers...sometimes words can summon all sorts of connections.)

Anyone know where to purchase the Bones album in its entirety in the US, besides Amazon? I looked at RecordstoreUK but it was not there, either :( Working on buying it though, no worries…! :)

Anyways, unlike YG's other videos, I feel this one has a bit of a creepy (could be the low lit hotel/motel room vibe and the fact I still am thinking of a Stephen King reference somewhere in there…1408, anyone?) but it has a greater concept than the band’s other videos. It appears to show the band going into the hotel room, but at the same time showing everything else that has happened in the hotel room, before.  Now, why Gustav is kicked out of said hotel room and left in the middle of a Death Valley type of desert is beyond me…

Great song, excellent tune - I really have to give the director, Tim Mattia, credit, as well as the editing crew…each shot is about a second long (or maybe less towards the end), so it must have taken a long time to cut it down and edit appropriately.  It fits the fast-paced vibe of the song, though. Good job!

I also love how the band has done a conceptual music video…I’m a big fan of story music videos that have some great meaning or show some interesting message (e.g. Google Matthew Good Band and their videos for Strange Days, Load Me Up, Apparitions…and pretty much any music video they have done, huge MG and MGB fan, here, as well!).  

While I’m not sure what the message is here, I think the video is creative and different.  I applaud the band and music video team for putting this together.

I love the lines:

Some people build towers, I just dig holes..on my way down again.

On my way down.

…Maybe I can work with Young Guns one day and assist making a music video for them (or a rockumentary:), seeing as how I love music and media so much…you never know! :)

Spread the word, ya heard…and as always, ENJOY!

Best,

Maria:)

younggunsuk:

Here’s our new music video for TOWERS!

“We wanted to do something different for this video, as our recent videos have been fairly epic, grandiose affairs. We wanted to do the opposite to that and create something a little more conceptual.  The video for Towers is actually a prequel to our last video, Dearly Departed, with the storylines linking.” - Gustav Wood

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::Young Guns US Tour::

What great news for such a remarkable band.

Young Guns' honesty, dedication, passion, and just overall good tunes (in my opinion) are finally getting a chance to shine on US soil.  I am very excited as I have known of their music for about the past two years and they really bring another perspective and sound to the US rock genre. 

Consider it a nice little addition and possibly, one of the best kept secrets of UK Rock along the lines of Lostprophets, The Blackout, and a few others who have yet to reach high US acclaim.  

However, though, maybe US or world domination is not a bad thing, just yet…not only can YG grow as a band and not have to worry (yet) about the papa papa paparazzi (you know you go that Lady Gaga reference, yes, I did go there) on their back, but it allows for people who do support their music…to, well, really respect and appreciate their art without the media barging in.

I hope the band has a great and safe time as they join the ride with Seether in the Fall.

Please feel free to check them out!  

::Get ready::

US TOUR SUPPORTING SEETHER

20.09.12 - US, BOSTON,MA, House Of Blues 
21.09.12 - US, SAYREVILLE,NJ, Starland Ballroom 
22.09.12 - US, BALTIMORE,MD, Pier Six Concert Pavilion 
23.09.12 - US, NORFOLK,VA, The NorVa 
25.09.12 - US, ST PETERSBURG,FL, Jannus Live 
27.09.12 - US, ATLANTA,GA, The Tabernacle 
28.09.12 - US, SAUGET,IL, Pop’s Concert Venue 
29.09.12 - US, OKLAHOMA CITY,OK, Diamond Ballroom 
01.10.12 - US, PHOENIX,AZ, The Marquee 

Check out http://Younggunsuk.tumblr.com for more details!

Best,

M:)

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Continuing on the TWO FOR TUESDAY Kick..Here’s the link for the new Young Guns' video, Dearly Departed.  This is a fun video, as well. I think it’s also one of the few videos I’ve seen of theirs that’s shot in the sunlight and there are shades of red and orange (oh my!)  Perhaps it’s the California vibes, as I believe the video was shot there. I’m not certain where lead singer, Gustav Wood, is running towards or to whom he is running to (if, anyone) or why he was laying on the ground in the middle of the desert in the first place…but, despite my commentary aside, the video is still fun to watch.  I know it must be hard to put together plot development (or maybe there is some great plot and I am just not seeing it:) when there are time, budgetary, and other constraints.

Anyone who’s a fan, again, of music videos, and in particular, of course, alternative rock music videos, Young Guns’ work or similar artists’ work, will like this video.  I also recommend it to those folks who may not like music videos, but like seeing bands perform.  There are several shots of the band playing for you to enjoy. Overall, an interesting concept by a really great band…the Best Kept Secret of UK Rock, perhaps….?  But that’s another story for another day.

Enjoy::
M:) 

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UK’s Young Guns' new song, Bones.  Incredible track with an awesome and powerful message.  Cool video, too.  The song is about how, humans at times, can be their own “worst enemies,” (Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” ring a bell, there?)  They can do or say things that can bear very difficult consequences…not just on other people, but the person who initiated the act or said something they perhaps shouldn’t, can be the one bearing the most burden.  I think it can also be about someone’s abilities - trying to reach a goal, but then dealing with the struggle of reaching it and, of course, no matter what the goal is, it’s always hard to have confidence in ourselves, so it’s human nature to possibly move away from this goal or put ourselves down as all efforts seem futile. However, it is up to you to go climb back up that mountain and try again - you can feel everything in your bones, and the only person stopping you from doing what you want to do is you. And, even if you are not blaming anyone but yourself, know that you are not alone in this struggle, regardless of what it is —- they are several others in life trying to make their way, too.  If you can find the strength within yourself, you can do anything…and that, I think is the most difficult challenge of all when you set out to reach a goal - to have that unwavering, continuous confidence in yourself.  Eyes on the prize, as they say. 

I dont know what the overall theme for this album is or of the band’s previous work, All Our Kings Are Dead, but in many of Young Guns’ songs, lead singer, Gustav Wood sings about the difficulties we have either within ourselves or opposition from others (e.g. Crystal Clear, Elements, At The Gates, and Stitches from AOKAD Learn My Lesson from Bones.)  I am excited to fully hear their new album, Bones, and I encourage fans of UK Rock, or just good rock music, in general, wherever you are from around the world, to listen to this band.  The Mirrors EP and AOKAD are excellent additions to any record collection and I recommend them to fans too, who also like Lostprophets and The Blackout - two other UK Rock Acts who I also enjoy music from.

Overall, Young Guns’ music is really interesting and powerful - catchy melodies, good beats and layers of instruments and vocals (Daughter of The Sea is a favorite off of the Mirrors EP), and the lyrics are excellent and thought-provoking to the listener.  While it took a few times for me to get really into them, they’re a definite departure from the emo/screamo sound but not as pop/commercialized as I think what is most often played on American radio.  It’s really something new and refreshing to the ears. 

Further, I respect and appreciate Young Guns’ hard work, dedication, attitude, and passion towards making music.  They, similarly to bands like Lostprophets, have worked from the ground up to have a dedicated following and work hard to make great music together - without much auto-tune ;) (or any! AOKAD did not use it, even, I believe…which I think is really remarkable since that seems to be the common thing for producers nowadays - hey, hit the auto-tune and viola…anyone can sing! While some songs are great, I still am a firm believer in talent (be it God-given or through practice, practice, practice)!

Overall, a great song by a bunch of cool, hard working lads…I hope they tour America one day so I can tell them all this in person. :)

More about Young Guns’ other work in future posts! Please stay tuned! 

Enjoy!

Ciao::
M:)