Spring Wind Down Weekly Review
By Hannah Greve
While you were having the Monday blues, we were pink. Holy Pink that is, with the awesome news that the California based band was coming out with new music. Mediation Hymns for an Electronic Age was released on Friday, April 27th. This album consists of five tracks, which is short but the content is memorable. Holy Pink is a refreshing listen, it is a minimalistic approach to electronic music that you hear now.
Reissue Tuesday, Dylan and the Dead. The 1989 live album Dylan and the Dead. Released as an “RSD First,” 5,000 limited copies of the red-and-blue tie-dye vinyl. Though this album is easily forgotten, it is important to both of the artists. It captures them at a unique crossroad in their career. Whoever got this gem on record store day… we envy you.
Some extremely exciting stuff happened on Wednesday for a local New Jersey band. A Boy Named John is a band from Parsippany, NJ, and they have been gaining a lot of traction. This six piece alternative puck band has an extremely loyal local fanbase, along with fans who flew cross-country to see them play live. This is from the band’s bio on their website:
“New Jersey alternative punk rockers A Boy Named John have consistently raised their voices on important issues in today’s society and have delivered their message by incorporating the delicacy of theatrical-punk instrumentals, powerful vocal melodies, and insightful lyrics into their debut full-length album, So We Live | So We Die.”
The band has been working extremely hard on new music. On Wednesday, April 25th, the music video for their newest single, Circuits, was premiered by Alternative Press on their Facebook page. If you haven’t checked out A Boy Named John yet, you’re missing out big time. These guys are going places.
Friday was filled with Bad Frequencies…by Hawthorne Heights. Hawthorne Heights has been a personal favorite of mine since 2006. I’ve been awaiting this album for a while (they haven’t put out a full-length album in 5 years), and when I got home Friday I was greeted by a box at my door. It was their new album on vinyl. This new album targets what it is like growing up on the road. With songs about the blissful times in life, to when things are good but you only focus on the negative, the hard to deal with moments, and lastly the opioid epidemic that is happening in our country. This album has deep lyrics with amazing melodies to carry them. Hawthorne Heights never seems to disappoint, and I will probably have this album on replay for a while.