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5 Bands worth a Listen

1. Coldplay

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I’ve never met a living soul who despised Coldplay. Honestly, what is there to dislike about this British alternative rock band? With lead vocalist Chris Martin’s dreamy vocals and impressive guitar riffs from the bassist, Guy Berryman, and lead guitarist, Johnny Buckland, together with drummer and back vocalist, Will Champion, this amazing quartet has set the music billboard charts into frenzy.

Some of their memorable hits would be the breakthrough single ‘Yellow’ from their debut album ‘Parachutes’, ‘Clocks’ from their second album ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’, the lead single ‘Speed of Sound’ from the third album ‘X&Y’, ‘Viva la Vida’ which was an exclusive track that was released first on Apple’s iTunes, later became number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and last but not least, ‘Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall’ from their present album ‘Mylo Xyloto’. Coldplay has a lot more tracks which gives the music world an eargasm.

For me, I truly enjoy their track ‘Charlie Brown’ from ‘Mylo Xyloto’. There’s something mesmerizing about the tune and lyrics to ‘Charlie Brown’. Mysterious love escapades, rendezvous meet-ups with a secret crush, these moments are all summed up in this modern Shakespeare track. Check out their music video too! You will be hooked to the sound of Coldplay.

If any of you are wondering why it is titled Charlie Brown, I can assure you a 120% it has nothing to do with the balding child in Snoopy and Friends.

Coldplay - Charlie Brown

2. 30 Seconds to Mars

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Even Hollywood actors can double their career as an onscreen heartthrob, and a rocking musician. Acto Jared Leto is one handsome example. Together with his brother Shannon Leto, who is on drums and percussion, formed the American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, alongside with Tomo Miliceiv who plays the keyboards and is the lead guitarist.

The trio however, has Time Kelleher as the bassist for the group, only having to perform LIVE with both Jared and Miliceiv as the bass during studio recordings, and Braxton Olita playing the keyboards in their tour line-up.

Truth be told, my interest in 30 Seconds to Mars piqued when I watched the music video ‘Kings and Queens’. Empowering, a revolutionary feeling, jaw-dropper, yes these are the exact reactions and feelings when I listened and watched the video. The backdrop of the video and the lyrics complemented each other, with the powerful rock voals of Jared Leto and killer drums by his brother, this track would be perfect for Standard Charted Marathon. You would feel the drive and push, that anything you do is possible to mankind.

Even an epic movie about owls (Legend of the Guardians) had this track in their movie trailer. If owls dig the tune, shouldn’t you too?

30 Seconds to Mars - Kings & Queens

3. The Cab

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They were in Singapore this year for a music showcase at TAB Singapore, and boy did they rock the house down! The Cab, an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, has been expanding their fan base and music since their debut album in 2008.

I don’t know much about The Cab as they were known to Singapore this year, when they had their first showcase here. I am however, familiar with their second album ‘Symphony Soldier’, because the infectious ‘La La’ is from there. The radio religiously plays the track each day, till I caught myself humming the tune and singing the lyrics when I was alone in the office. After which, I couldn’t get enough of their catchy lyrics and upbeat tunes, I had to sample their albums via YouTube. Another favourite track of mine is ‘Endlessly’, which has a melodious piano playing to begin the track. Guys, sing/play this to your potential crush (es) and let me know when the wedding is ;)

The music video of ‘La La’ is just The Cab rocking out crazy, with fan girls screaming their lungs out, waving their hands in the air and grabbing the chance to touch them onstage. But the track is just, “What would you do if I told you that I la la la la love you?...”

See, infectious.

The Cab - La La

4. LostProphets

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Whoo! A 90s band! Formed in 1997, LostProphets comprises of Ian Watkins, Mike Chiplin, Mike Lewis and Lee Gaze, this Welsh rock band have released fice studio albums, with their most recent one, ‘Weapons’, which was released on 2 April 2012.

‘Last Train Home’ and ‘Rooftops’ found themselves under the top ten hits on the UK Singles Chart. I don’t know about you guys, but ‘Rooftops’ is a smashing track with strong and powerful vocals, accompanied with head-banging background music. The lyrics are SERIOUSLY inspirational. As in, it questions your Life and how much have you fulfilled from it. Basically it can sound like a Disney track BUT it isn’t. THIS, well THIS is rocking gold.

Get lost in their music, I encourage you.

LostProphets - Rooftops

5. Phoenix

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First track that pops in my mind when I hear the French band Phoenix: 1901. That song is amazing. Well, to a large extent of amazing. I’ll talk more about the track later on. Allow me to introduce you to the talented French quartet: The lead vocalist Thomas Mars, the bassist Deck d'Arcy, and guitarist Chris Mazzalai Laurent. Brancowitz, Mazzalai's older brother, joined Phoenix permanently thereafter. God bless them for making such incredible music.

Back to 1901, this track received very positive reviews from music critics. Accompanying the popularity of the track, Phoenix performed 1901 on renowned TV programs such as The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live. 1901 was featured in popular hit TV shows like Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and even appeared in the trailer of New York I Love You!

It was during the trailer of New York I Love You which sent me frantically searching for the track on Google. I didn’t know the song title, so I had to type a ridiculously long line from the song to track 1901. I stumbled upon the lyrics to the track as well, and believe me; the lyrics are far from predictable. It can easily pass off as a modern Shakespeare piece. Basically, the song is set in Paris 1901, where lovers met under the Effiel Tower.

Oh and the ‘Falling, falling, falling’ stanza, if you say it faster than usual, it sounds like ‘folding’.

Phoenix - 1901

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