Friday Night Soundtrack – April 29, 2016

So here we are, four months into the year and I still find myself on the hunt for that next great earworm. We’ve had a few small samples that you could find yourself singing along with, but overall there hasn’t been much brought to the table. But just sit tight…hope is right around the corner. With the summer festival scene starting to take shape, bands and artists are in full swing with new material, and this week’s FNS hopes to highlight some of those potential jams. 

Blink 182 – “Bored To Death”

Returning to a sound more reminiscent of their self-titled 2003 album, Blink 182, “Bored To Death” is the perfect Blink song if you’re longing for a taste of a past era. This could be due to the fact that the song is rumoured to have been written while Tom was still in the band (I read that online, and we all know if it’s online it has to be somewhat true…..right?), or maybe Mark, Travis and Matt (Tom’s replacement) are completely comfortable with that early 2000, pop/punk sound. Does any of this matter? No! Blink fans will love this song because it’s an awesome Blink song!


Adam Baldwin – “Daylight”

In keeping with the idea of becoming this generation’s Springsteen, “Daylight” drops exactly at the time we needed it. With the political scene constantly being questioned, Baldwin reminds us that it’s an uphill battle that we must continue to fight. In 2014 we saw Baldwin land an early opening slot on the main stage, during the Big Red Festival in P.E.I. Earlier this year Baldwin and co tore the roof off of the Halifax Forum Multi-Purpose Centre. If this single is any indication of what’s to come it wouldn’t be a surprise if Adam Baldwin became the next big thing.


Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Soundcheck”

Indie Brit rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen have garnered some well-deserved attention across the pond and find themselves in perfect position to breakout even more so this coming year. While quick, sharp lyrics help build the verse it’s the large, U2’esque chorus that propels this song forward.


The Tragically Hip – “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind”

Is it just me or does it feel like a decade since these Canadian rockers have put any new music out into the world. Known as one of the better lyricists around, Gord Downie does not disappoint with his latest creation.  Although it won’t go down as one of the more upbeat Hip tunes, it certainly has a thumping charm that will no doubt please Hip fans alike.


The Brood – “Deranged Love”

I’m not going to say too much about Halifax rockers The Brood, other than WOW. I saw this group first perform at the Carleton Music Bar and Grill a few months back and was blown away by both the creativity and precision that this foursome played with. In a world where music has become so mundane and predictable, The Brood have set themselves apart as a band willing to push the limits in the most innovative ways.


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Jeff is one-fourth of the group that makes up HAFILAX. His usual ramblings can be read right here on the website. If reading isn't your thing, he also hosts the Basement Tapes podcast.