Cue the screaming girls. 5 Seconds of Summer (Luke Hemmings on lead vocals and guitar, Michael Clifford on vocals and guitar, Calum Hood on bass guitar and vocals, and Ashtown Irwin on drums and vocals) is a pop band from Australia and these dreamy boys have crafted a sweet as can be, G-rated, revved up, catchy self-titled album (released July 22). The boys rose to fame immediately after One Direction invited them on their Take Me Home Tour. Unlike One Direction, though, the boys in 5 Seconds of Summer actually play instruments. They’re indeed talented, unfortunately they hide behind the veil of boy band.
Rise Against’s latest album, ‘The Black Market’ (released July 15), is charged, punk rock in all its raging, impassioned glory. Rise Against takes your heartbeat and threads it into furious melodies, chugging guitars, intense drumming, and the gravelly vocals of the beloved singer, Tim McIlrath. When the first track, “When The Great Die Off” begins, it rips your speakers apart and lets you know Rise Against are here to rock your world and urge you to feel. The fourth track, “The Black Market” houses explosive vocals and thoughtful lyrics about society. Prime Rise Against territory to rocket you into the next song, “Sudden Life.” The smooth song has alluring contrasts of light, soft transitions before the TNT of howling guitars and combustible drumming. The verses flood into booming choruses, made possible only by the masterful musicians of Rise Against.
If you were to combine the guttural screams of Michael Crafter from the screamo outfit, I Killed the Prom Queen, with the composition style of Thrice, and then mix in the hushed moments found on Of Mice & Men’s latest album, ‘Restoring Force,’ you would have Savannah’s very own Standpoint Theory. The band (SCAD student, Jacob Zimmerman on vocals, SCAD student, Anthony Zeppetella on guitar and backup vocals, and Cody Coplin on guitar) released on July 8 their first LP, ‘This Will Be.’ The post-hardcore group definitely experimented with various tricks they learned from their influences: a surprise ballad courtesy of Brand New and a cameo with female vocalist, Paige Cambern, as a shout-out to Tonight Alive. Standpoint Theory have potential and it’s just a matter of sharpening the swords of their talents so every song has an edge.