Tag Archives: Wavelets



Previously on the Top 100 Emo songs of all time………..

100 – Reggie and the full effect – Thanx for stayin

99 – Roadside Monument – Sunken Anchor

98 – Boilermaker – Slow Down

97 – Hundred reasons – If I could

96 – Jets to Brazil – Chinatown

95 – Coping – F For now

94 – Inside – Ray Brower

93 – Basement – Grayscale

92 – The Jazz June – Viva La speed metal

91 – Everyone Everywhere – I feel fine by Everyone Everywhere

90 – Hunter Gatherer – Low standards for high fives

89 – Football, etc. – Safety

88 – Race Car Riot – Raincheck

87 – Taking Back Sunday – Bike scene

86 – Leiah – Tiglio

85 – Brandtson – Still life

84 – Polar Bear Club – Bottled wind

83 – Starmarket – Losing track

82 – Sunny Day Real Estate – Guitar and video games

81 – Grade – Stolen bikes ride faster

To read more about these tracks click here for no’s 100-91 and here for no’s 90-81 and for some background as to why I’m doing this list click here.

80 – Bob Tilton – September

Very influential British emocore from the mid 90’s with shades of Rites Of Spring, Bob Tilton released 2 albums splitting up shortly after their 2nd, ‘The leading hotels of the world’ in 1999. ‘September’ is taken from their 1st album, the classic ‘Crescent’, and displays their dynamic style in full. With brooding bass guitar, sometimes soft and sometimes harsh guitars and always emotional vocals you can see why Bob Tilton were held in such high regard.

79 – The Autumn Year – Little Lost Words

Expert's Ideas Another example of a damn fine British emo band, The Autumn Year came from Leeds (I think) and featured a member from the very awesome Canvas. Playing epic emotional music in the vein of Mineral but with more screaming. I only got to see them play once which was at a Hot Water Music all dayer at the Garage in London. The Autumn Year were playing as the doors were opened which has go to be the worst slot imaginable but they pulled it off, was actually really incredible to walk in ans see this amazing band all ready for us.

78 – Koufax – Going To Happen

Piano led emo pop at it’s very best, ‘Going to happen’ is so infectious it will get in your head and will refuse to leave. Koufax came and played to us in Margate and jolly nice people they were too. I can’t help but want to dance whenever I hear this song, like the Mary Whitehouse Experience would say, “It’s got a good beat to it”.

77 – Wavelets – Julio Won’t Get Out Of The Car

If you have been reading my blog over the last 6 months or so then you will be fully aware of how much I love Wavelets and their album ‘Athaletics’, so it’s no surprise they are included in this countdown. They have the perfect lo-fi emo sound down to a tee, ‘Julio won’t get out of the car’ is the opening track from the album and is a great introduction. The gang vocals on the chorus gives me goose bumps every time.

76 – The Get Up Kids – Forgive and Forget

It kind of goes without saying how important the Get Up Kids are to emo history. There was a time when they could do no wrong, ‘Forgive and Forget’ may never have been a proper album track but it shows everything that was great about the band. They had 2 very good singers, an amazing drummer, the best use of keyboards and the know how to write anthem after anthem. I’m sure they will be popping up on this list again at some point.

75 – Hot Rod Circuit – At Nature’s Mercy

For me this is the standout song from their 3rd album, 1st on Vagrant ‘Sorry about tomorrow’. It’s hard to resist that halftime emo sway that they’ve got going on at the start of the song, it’s even harder when the song reverts back to it after the uptempo emo rock of the middle section. Makes me want to do that ‘rocking your body back and forth with a backpack on’ dance that us emo boys are renowned for.

74 – The Appleseed Cast – Steps And Numbers

The first appearance (of probably many) on the countdown of one of emo’s most important and influential bands. Is there anyone that doesn’t like Appleseed Cast? If someone says they don’t, don’t trust them for they are liars! ‘Steps and numbers’ comes from the first part of the epic 2 part ‘Low Level Owl’. This song has magic all the way through its 5 minutes and 54 seconds, through the gloriously dis-jointed verse, the build up to the beautiful chorus, the beautiful chorus and then the organ-centric end riff. Brilliant!!

73 – Stapleton – International Departures

Another British band included, this time from Scotland. ‘International Departures’ is taken from their debut album ‘Rebuild the pier’ which was released on Year 3000 making them one time label mates with my old band The Babies Three. Always great emo rock, Stapleton, according to their wikipedia page, got to play with a who’s who of emo bands. I saw them support the Get Up Kids in London, those lucky guys!!

72 – New End Original – Lukewarm

I could listen to Jonah Matranga sing all day, luckily for me he’s released enough material to make that possible. New end original was an emo supergroup and full band version/anagram of Jonah’s solo project One Line Drawing. They released one album on Jade Tree, ‘Thriller’ which went on to be the biggest selling album of all time. Oh, wait I think I just mis-googled that record. Anyway, ‘Lukewarm’ is a rocking emo blast of greatness.

71 – Hundred Hands – A Replay

An Appleseed Cast side project was always going to be something to be getting excited about. Featuring Aaron Pillar and Christopher Crisci from Appleseed Cast, Hundred Hands released a 6 song mini album on Deep Elm records and it continues on with that almost post rock, emo sound that they were famous for. It is definitely worth checking out, ‘A Replay’ is the gorgeous openng track.

Thanks for reading, and many thanks for all the comments and shares. Please keep them coming and feel free to share with anyone. The next part will be up very soon!!! Cheers x

UPDATE: To read the next part of the top 100, numbers 70 to 61click HERE

If you use Spotify click HERE for a handy playlist of most of the songs already featured on the list.

Below is a live version of Appleseed Cast playing ‘Steps and Numbers’

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

The 10 best records of 2011 (according to me)

2011 has been a very weird year!

If you’ve watched the news for more than 10 seconds at any given point during the last 12 months then you will be of the opinion that the world is ruined. What we need in these times is something to distract our worried minds, after all ignorance is indeed bliss. So, luckily, it’s been a very good year music wise. There have been so many amazing bands making amazing music that I’ve fallen behind and am still playing catch up.

This is a list of the 10 records released this year that have meant the most to me.

10 – Basement – I Wish I Could Stay Here

My favourite British band of this year and one of the only bands I actually got to see live in 2011, Basement, represent all that is good about underground music. Working towards a hardcore DIY ethic, making honest music and getting out, playing live with no hidden agenda. They released their debut full length ‘I wish I could stay here’ during the summer on Run For Cover records and it’s 10 tracks of brilliant, heartfelt post hardcore.

Click HERE to go to their site

9 – Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride

Polar Bear Club brought a maturity to their sound and songwriting on this peach of an album. Still keeping the rawness of their previous output, ‘Clash Battle Guilt Pride’ saw the band come into their own. Instantly likeable, heart on their sleeve punk rock. And Jimmy Stadt has just about one of the best voices in rock and roll right now.

Click HERE to go their myspace page

8 – Touché Amoré – Parting the sea between brightness and me

‘Parting the sea….’ is 13 tracks of superb hardcore compacted in to 22 minutes. There is no messing about here, they had a job to do and they got that job done. Intense, precise, raw and powerful. A very good friend of mine, Paul (who also blogs HERE), recently stated that “Hardcore needs more hooks”. I do completely agree with that but you can definately find hooks, melody and more on this brilliant record. Touché Amoré do a brilliant job of mixing the quiet with the loud while at no point losing any of their power. 22 minutes of joy!!

Click HERE to go to their website

7 – Wavelets – Athaletics

I keep returning to this album time and time again. It’s deliciously warm charm has dug it’s claws deep into me. The songs are intricately complex and uplifting in equal measure. Embracing the indie emo sound from the late 90’s and with a perfectly lo-fi production this record sets itself apart from the over produced, copycat bands that claim to be from the same scene. And with song titles like ‘We’re really jazzed about the gig’ and ‘Bad scene, Jawbreakers fault’, how could you resist? Also has my favourite cover artwork of this year too.

Click HERE to go to their bandcamp page

6 – I am the avalanche – Avalanche United

Not many bands could leave SIX years between releasing their first and second albums and get away with it. IATA have pulled it off though, and with good reason. ‘Avalanche United’ is everything a good pop punk album should be, loud, in you face and catchy as hell. I was surprised how good an album this was, I didn’t think it would better the first album which has been on the stereo in our house consistently over the last 6 years, but that it did. They certainly deserve the adulation they receive just maybe don’t leave us hanging so long next time, huh??

Click HERE to go to their myspace

5 – Defeater – Empty Days & Sleepless nights

Defeater are setting the bar for modern hardcore bands. Environmentally conscious and socially aware, they are trying something different and succeeding. ‘Empty days & Sleepless nights’ continues with their narrative concept that begun with their debut album ‘Travels’. They back this up with brutally brilliant and infectious hardcore/post hardcore/screamo or whatever it is that describes them best. Fucking awesome is probably the best description I can give.

4 – Title Fight -Shed

Title Fight have been touring the UK recently and I am completely gutted that i’ve missed out. Their debut album, ‘Shed’, is a lesson in how fresh, honest and amazing pop punk can sound. Produced by the legend that is Walter Schreifels (Rival Schools, Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits), this is 12 punchy tracks delivered at pace with brilliantly delivered, almost screamed vocals. Watching them on youtube, they seem to stir up a stagediving frenzy every time they play live, so here’s hoping that they return to these shores sooner rather than later.

3 – Algernon Cadwallader – Parrot Flies

If I ever feel down in the dumps and it happens, this year has been hard at times, I know that if I reach for this record a smile on my face won’t be long in coming. There is something in the sound and the way that they play that brings me much pleasure, they manage to out Cap’n Jazz as the kings of Cap’n Jazz style emo pop. Not that they sound the same as other bands, they manage to bring originality and joy to the scene. Perfect indie fare that also brings to mind Built to Spill and Pavement in places. Especially at the end of the first track, ‘Springing Leaks’, when it tails off into the most gorgeous guitar solo that evokes summer like no other band could.

Click HERE to go and listen at bandcamp

2 – Transit – Listen & Forgive

Transit win the 2011 award for “Album I’ve most embarrassed myself by singing along very loudly in my car to!!!”. It’s not a very prestigious title but it’s definitely an amazing record. How could you put it on and not sing along? It’s hit after hit of Pop punk goodness but with a healthy 90’s emo leaning. The Get Up Kids must’ve listened to this record and wished they could still make them as good.
They were also on the tour with Title Fight in the UK recently and by all accounts were completely amazing, so that’s more reason for me to damn my stupid back to hell. I’ll just have to console myself with another hearty singalong.

1 – Pianos become the teeth – The Lack Long After

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, and if you have can I just take this opportunity to say “wow, thanks and you have my pity x”, then it will come as no surprise that I have chosen ‘The lack long after’ as the best record of 2011. Pianos Become The Teeth are my current favourite band in the world and this album, to me, is an instant classic. Genuinely affecting and at times exhausting to listen to, this album stands head and shoulders above the rest this year. It is dark and heavy but also beautiful, Kyle Durfey has a voice full of pain and anguish that manages to be both powerful and fragile, sometimes even in the same song. Essential music that I can whole heartedly reccomend to anyone.

So, have I got it right? What do you think are the best records of 2011? What am I missing? Let me know.
Cheers xx

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Review: Wavelets – Athaletics

Band – Wavelets

Album – Athaletics

Label – Tiny Engines

This week, apart from trying to provide plenty of half term entertainment for our many children, I’ve been very much enjoying two new releases from the fantastic and ever reliable label Tiny Engines. I will post the review of the other one as soon as but first up is the new album by Wavelets.

Wavelets hail from Gainesville, Florida. A place synonymous with men with beards and gruff voices playing awesome music. Although Wavelets don’t play in that ‘No idea’ style, they do play great music and ‘Athaletics’ is an album that truly reflects this.
A friend of mine complained to me recently that all bands sound far too over produced these days and therefore new bands don’t have that heart that old bands had. Well, as a case in point that this is not true I will be very insistent that they check this album out.
‘Athaletics’ is a nine track album that sounds deliciously lo-fi, the kind of sound that will instantly melt your heart and remind you of how good indie emo bands can be. They have been compared to another great band Algernon Cadwallader and you can understand why, but you get a different feel listening to Wavelets. The album in many places really reminds me of ’30 degrees everywhere’ era Promise Ring. It has that same catchiness and good use of repetition in places . The songs have a nice balance of delicately complex guitar play with straight up indie pop, they also have that bittersweet emo feel that is ideal for listening to at this time of year when the days feel colder and the night comes earlier.
The vocals are packed with the right level of emotion/intensity to bring the songs alive and it’s always a joy to hear gang vocals put to such uplifting good use.

The album is rounded off by beautiful artwork and some great song titles, ‘We’re really jazzed about the gig’ and ‘Bad scene, Jawbreakers fault’ are a couple of my personal faves. In all, ‘Athaletics’ is a beautiful album proving that there is still much scope to be found in that old emo sound. It’s currently available for digital download via the Tiny Engines Bandcamp page for approximately £3.73 ($6), and you can’t say fairer than that now can you!!!?!!

Click here to go the bandcamp page


Tagged , , , , , , ,