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Tay Jardine Summons all her “Weird Kids” out to the Glamour Kills Tour

by Ashley Winward | October 29, 2014

Being from Putnam County, New York, I consider We Are The In Crowd to be a bunch of hometown heroes to me.

We Are The In Crowd (Photo provided by Ashley Winward/Charger Bulletin photo)

We Are The In Crowd (Photo provided by Ashley Winward/Charger Bulletin photo)

Just over into the next county in Poughkeepsie, I’ve watched Tay Jardine and the guys grow up from playing acoustic sets in the Glamour Kills warehouse to headlining their own tour with their second studio album Weird Kids this past year.

Their sound is that perfect blend of cute romantic pop and headbanging punk that will forever suit my every mood. Getting to sit down with the beautiful Jardine, who has been a role model for me the past few years, was an amazing experience that made me look up to her even more.

In the three year break between their debut album, Best Intentions, and the new release, an army of “Weird Kids” have risen up in the scene to much the surprise of their tiny brunette leader.

“The whole, ‘Weird Kids’ thing was never meant to be like a title; it was just this theory that we always saw our fans as that” Jardine explained. “We just did our meet and greet and kids come up and there’s just so many strange personalities and it’s so endearing and so inspiring in a way. I think that’s what it really came from. We all have weird things about us right? Just hang out with me for a while and you’ll be like ‘Wow this girl is crazy!’”

With “weird” shirts and all the words memorized, fans have been flocking out to hear some of the newer singles like “Manners” and “Best Thing (That Never Happened).” However, this was not the initial reaction for the album; it, in fact, took about eight months before it really took off.

“I think we’re just seeing a response. I mean, that’s not clear. When we released the record, we were touring on it that same month so people didn’t know it. So we were playing the new songs and people were like…we were touring on it two weeks before it came out. People were filming and were shrugging their shoulders like, “I guess this is new!” So it was hard to gauge reactions. Then on

Warped Tour it was even more difficult because Warped Tour is just one of those tours that people come out to…go to Warped Tour. It’s not really your tour, so that’s also sort of strange to gauge. So now, we’re seeing everyone singing along to the new songs and it’s weird because it’s been eight months but it all seems very new; it’s very strange how that worked out but I guess it’s just scheduling and all.”

When the lineup for the Glamour Kills fifth annual Fall Tour was announced, seeing Tay and the crew on the bill really was no surprise to me. Actually, I felt like it was a long time coming!

Seeing as many of the band have modeled Marky’s clothes for the website and they’re constantly out in the brand that currently promotes fans to “Create. Destroy. Rebuild.” It was a perfect fit.

“We’ve known Marky for so long; it’s such a family based thing to us. Even growing up in the Poughkeepsie scene, before they moved into the city they were based out of our town, it was right there. So it was a brand that he created this culture for some bands and music that took off like crazy. It was something that our band, as we grew up, could look forward to; it was an image. Now it’s just developing into something way cooler. It’s just that familiar hometown vibe that we love.”

Once their set started, I was reminded yet again why I look up to We Are The In Crowd. Even after seeing them five times prior, I felt like I was seeing them perform with new energy like it was the first time. Jardine has a stage presence that is commanding yet not boastful. She loves to get involved with her fans and she nearly bounces off the wall with excitement.

As an MTV artist to watch, We Are The In Crowd, in my opinion, can continue their skyrocketing success to a wider fanbase, and they, by all means, deserve it!

Local Gigs of the Week

by Ashley Arminio | October 29, 2014

 

Toads Placlocal gigs of the weeke
October 29: Lettuce with Exmag

October 30: Ty Dolla $ign with Lil Bibby, Joe Moses, and Tone Eyeful

October 31: Twiddle with MUN and Bobby Paltauf Band

November 2: Brothers Keeper with John Popper

The Oakdale
October 30: Carnage with Dzeko & Torres and Paris Blohm

The Space
October 31: Ex Hex with Speedy Ortiz, Ovlov and loom

November 1: AJR with Minor Soul and The Go To

BAR (21+)
October 29: Orchestra of Spheres with Florida= Death and Sun Dagger

Cafe Nine (21+)
November 1: Day of the Dead Burlesque Cabaret

Yellowcard goes classical

by Katerina Sperl | October 22, 2014

I felt like I was enjoying- enjoying for the first time- classical music when I heard the opening of “Convocation.”

Yellowcard recently released their ninth studio album, Lift a Sail (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Yellowcard recently released their ninth studio album, Lift a Sail (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Nope, this isn’t a Mozart masterpiece. Yellowcard surprisingly decided to start off their latest album, Lift a Sail¸ with a short classical instrumental piece. They took a chance and it seems to have paid off.

The result is actually beautiful.

The mellow piece somehow seamlessly transformed into a stereotypical Yellowcard sound. “Transmission Home” brings the band back to their punk roots. This latter punk part is equal in greatness to the classical beginnings, showcasing just how much the band has the potential to offer.

“One Bedroom” is an absolutely wonderful beat. The steadiness of the song breaks up the complication of the other songs a bit. The lyrics are a bit like a stereotypical love song, but I am somehow okay with this. The repetition got me so caught up in the song that I ended up feeling instead of listening with precision.

“The Deepest Well” (feat. Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire) is actually the only track on the album that sounded like the Yellowcard I remember. While the purpose of the album was to try something different, it was nice to see something that sounded like their earlier music. It is always good to come back home.

“M&K” is an interesting mesh of classical and punk rock. The background instrumentals are absolutely beautiful. The light fluttering somehow complements the words perfectly. Warning: this song will consume you.

“California” lays just a bit boring. While it is relatable to college students, about long distance relationships, the relatability irks me. With this song, Yellowcard brings nothing new to the scene.
Overall, this album has some stand out tracks. However, the majority of the album is a little lackluster.

Balance and Composure blows away audiences

by The Charger Bulletin | October 9, 2014

Aj LaGambina
Contributing Writer
alaga1@unh.newhaven.edu

It finally happened. After buying my tickets in June, I saw my favorite band, Balance and Composure, play a headlining set at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury.

Balance and Composure (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Balance and Composure (Photo obtained via Facebook)

I first saw the band open for Title Fight in October of last year and I thought that their live show was incredible, so hearing that they were doing a full US headliner, I lost it. My girlfriend and I snagged tickets as soon as possible and (not so) patiently waited for Oct. 3 to see our favorite band play without the half hour constraint of being an opener.

After driving for an hour or so out to Danbury, we arrived shortly before the show opened with Philadelphia’s Creepoid. Armed with some very odd instruments—I’ve never seen a bass like the one vocalist Anna Troxell wields—they showcased their unique brand of Psychadelc-shoegazey-grunge-pop to a generally positive response.

I found myself really enjoying their stage presence, especially considering the technical difficulties that plagued the beginning of their set. After replacing one of the vocalist’s microphones, the band finished their set without a problem. The band has been on the road nonstop for three tours—the equivalent of almost 80 shows—and they dealt with the issue like champs.

Seahaven played next, and though I’ve never really been a big fan of them, they blew me away with their live set. They played with a vigor that is too often given up by openers who just seem to be going through the motions, especially in cases like Friday, when it’s the second to last show of a tour. Vocalist Kyle Soto’s voice, which I have previously found annoying, was gloriously worn in, to the point where his voice had a Cobain-esque rasp to it. As a result of seeing them live, I’m in the process of revisiting Seahaven’s catalog and finding myself really, really liking it. That right there is the power of live music.

Finally, Balance and Composure took the stage, with a giant backdrop based on the ghost theme of their latest album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, and an oil lamp projection providing a cool lighting effect, the band ripped through a 15 song set (plus an encore) with the energy and finesse they’re now known for.

Vocalist Jon Simmons was on point the entire night, showing off his chops as frontman. Being a three-guitar band, Balance brought an absolute wall of sound which, I think, can only be rivaled by fellow PA rockers, Superheaven, whom I saw this summer opening for UK band Basement. Bailey Van Ellis, Balance and Composure’s drummer, kept the energy rolling through the entire set, never faltering or losing time, contributing to a stellar performance by the group as a whole. There was a fair amount of fan interaction, with a handful of stagedivers, a lot of finger-pointing and a very loud crowd.

While the band mostly skipped fan favorites such as “I Tore You Apart in my Head” off of 2011’s Separation, their set was a fantastic balance of old and new, and proved that this band is beyond worthy of headlining their own tours.

 

I’m a band geek and proud of it!

by Ashley Winward | October 8, 2014

Band Geek. A stereotype that has been passed down the high school food chain for generations. While some consider the stigma to be negative, those who have devoted their life to the band wear it with pride. I’ve been in marching band for nearly a decade and of all the reasons, moments and experiences, I’ve decided that these are the five reasons (in no particular order) being a “band geek” is truly better than anything else.

UNH marching band (Photo provided by Sheehan High School)

UNH marching band (Photo provided by Sheehan High School)

1.The Experiences: Being in a marching band opens you up to a lot of experiences that “normal” people never get to experience. In my band career, I’ve been able to perform at places like Shea Stadium, Citi Field and Disneyworld. Those long bus rides, going behind the scenes at some of the most interesting venues and all the sights that nobody knows about make for unique experiences that bring bands closer together. There are very few people in this world who can say that they led Mickey Mouse to Cinderella’s castle! Think about any Grammy performance or VMAs or music video that a marching band has randomly showed up in; nine times out of ten times, that’s an actual established marching band that officially have a better party story than you.

2.The Jokes: No, I’m not talking about “this one time at band camp” kind of jokes. I’m talking about which sections are nothing, but treble and how every show has to have a good nacho moment. Musicians, and more specifically marching band kids, pretty much have their own language and its fun to have those inside jokes that nobody will understand. Even just mentioning a set number could send someone into a fit of laughter (or maybe that’s just the exhaustion talking).

3.The People: For those who think all band kids are “nerds,” I would like to start out mentioning that people like Gwen Stefani (flute), Bill Clinton (saxophone), Jimmy Kimmel (clarinet) and Steven Tyler (trumpet) have all been band kids at one point or another. Even within the past year, I’ve gotten to geek out with one of my personal idols, Cody Carson of Set It Off, about which clarinet reeds are the best. The people you meet in marching band are one of a kind (for better or worse) and I am proud to say that some of my best friends, and lifelong friends, are friends I made in band. You really get to know people when you spend the equivalent of two days a week with people for months on end.

4.The Feeling on The Field: When I think about this, I’m always brought back to the same show. It was my sophomore year here at UNH and we traveled to Stonehill, Mass. for an away game. They sat us in the end zone in folding chairs because we weren’t allowed to sit in the stands. Upon walking onto the field we were promptly booed by the entire crowd; never in my life had my band ever been booed upon entering the field. I was shocked, to say the least, but there was an energy in that performance like no other. By our last note the crowd was up on their feet cheering and dancing along with us. Being able to have that effect, that impact on people, is unreal. As a performer, in any musical discipline, there is no better sense of euphoria than hitting a section that hasn’t been sounding right or nailing a shape and having the crowd react to it. I live for that moment and to know those moments are coming to an end for me is really hard.

5.The Music: One of the things we really stress here at UNHCMB is the fact that we all come from different walks of life. We represent nearly every major on campus, all have different backgrounds and personal things going on and yet all 220 people come together on weekends and twice a week, putting everything else aside, and join each other on the sidelines to make beautiful music.
It’s what connects us: the love of the music. It’s the reason we walk in step with strangers at the grocery store, why we can’t hear a certain song on the radio anymore without doing the visual from three seasons ago, why we’re constantly meowing rhythms in our heads. We love music. It doesn’t get much simpler than that and I love it.

So the next time you see someone fumbling with their case across the quad or a flock of grumpy looking band kids walking up to North at 7:30 a.m., on a Saturday morning realize that this isn’t just some cute little hobby, but a lifestyle. It’s a passion that I wish everyone could experience just once in their lives. Then maybe this “geek” stigma might go away or, better yet, be applauded. There may be rough seasons and long rehearsals, but I wouldn’t take my decision back for the world. Rock on band kids, happy banding!

Breaking news: Swimsuit Sprint Artist Revealed!

by Ashley Winward | October 7, 2014

In this week’s edition of The Late Night Charge, the UNH Communication Club’s bi-weekly talk show, a big announcement began the homecoming hype. The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, alongside SCOPE, announced their third annual Swimsuit Sprint, which will take place on the eve of Homecoming, Friday October 24 at 8 p.m. Sammy Adams will be taking the crowd by storm as they take it off to make a difference.

Sammy Adams will perform at UNH on Oct. 24 (AP Photo)

Sammy Adams will perform at UNH on Oct. 24 (AP Photo)

The Swimsuit Sprint has become a tradition on this campus now where students show up to Kayo Field wearing bathing suits under clothes they would like to donate to charity. They then strip down for the cause and sprint around the campus before entering the Residential Quad for a high energy concert. SAE Brother Travis McHugh shared his excitement for the event with Late Night Charge hosts Joe Brown and Dave Puglisi, mentioning that they are hoping to collect a record breaking amount of clothes this year; last year totaled out at around 800 pounds.

While baring all for the cause is not necessary for entry into the show, sprinters do get first priority entry into the concert as well as first dibs at the free commemorative T-Shirt.

Sammy Adams is a rap artist out of Boston, Mass. known for hits such as “All Night Longer” and “Driving Me Crazy.” His popularity amongst the college age crowd made him a perfect choice for the event and there is no doubt this will bring a lot of energy into the start of Homecoming Weekend. It’ll be almost one year since his EP Homecoming came out and he’s looking to put out his debut full length album under RCA in the coming year.

Adams will mark the third rap artist to headline the Swimsuit Sprint, with previous performers including Chiddy Bang and Connecticut native Chris Webby.

Come take it off for a cause and support not only Sammy Adams, but the brotherhood of SAE as they put on one of the largest philanthropic events this campus has ever seen!

Hurts So Good

by Glenn Rohrbacker | October 1, 2014

One characteristic of our generation of music today is the fact that, while new artists are producing new music, old artists are producing new music as well. This continuing clash will soon get larger and larger as time goes on.

John Mellencamp, who got his start in 1976, just released his twenty-second album on Sept. 27 (AP photo)

John Mellencamp, who got his start in 1976, just released his twenty-second album on Sept. 27 (AP photo)

We think of artists like the Beatles, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and many others as being “classics.” However, while most of these musicians still make music, do we consider these new songs classics too? How could we? We grew up on songs like “Let it Be” and “Piano Man,” so it’s hard to compare songs we’ve just always known with songs that are similar but are in a time where the “music norm” is different. The most recent addition to this list of classic artists who are still kickin’ is John Mellencamp. You may have heard of songs like “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane” and “Little Pink Houses.” Mellencamp released his twenty-second (yes, that’s right) studio album this week, titled Plain Spoken. At 62 years old, you can hear the age in his raspy voice that seems to be following a Bob Dylan path. John Mellencamp slowed this album down a bit with several ballads in his country-rock style of songwriting. The single, “Troubled Man,” was the first song released on this album. He really sticks true to his album title on this one, really speaking from the heart and singing about life. The blues track “Lawless Times” is about political corruption and disrupt, which is a topic we seldom see written about in today’s music. A really sentimental message comes out of “Tears of Vain,” which talks about heartbreak and dealing with that struggle. To be honest, there was very little difference of creative thinking between songs, because all of them sound relatively the same. Maybe that’s just what happens when you’ve been around since the late ‘70’s and recorded 22 albums. Will this be the last we hear from John Mellencamp? Probably not. But I think it’s safe to say that there are some artists that we still look forward to their new releases, even after all these years, and then some we don’t as much. I have to hand it to Mellencamp though; at 62, he still can bring all of the emotion and heart into a song and leave you thinking. It’s too bad that Plain Spoken didn’t turn out to be a turnaround album for him or a comeback of sorts. I’m just glad that musicians from back in the day are still spreading their influence.

Matty Mullins’ solo album is on fire!

by Katerina Sperl | October 1, 2014

I have a confession. I had not heard of Matty Mullins before now, but after reviewing his self-titled album, I won’t forget his name in the distant future.

Matty Mullins released his debut solo album on Sept. 23  (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Matty Mullins released his debut solo album on Sept. 23
(Photo obtained via Facebook)

Mullins is the frontman for Memphis May Fire, but released his debut solo album on Sept. 23. Out of the eleven tracks, I have to admit that some are more memorable than others. “Speak to Me” seems the most worthy of head-banging. There is a need that is apparent—a need for love, attention and another person. Behind the vocals, the instrumental mix is steady but far from boring. “My Dear” borders the pop, electric and punk rock genres. The beat is a bit repetitive, but the lyrics are better than most pop songs of our day. The variation and relatability make the song more emotional. There is fear, love and support through the song. It is one of those songs you want to imagine being sung to you. “99% Soul” is probably the most popular track on the album. If you are looking to get an overview of what to expect from Mullins, this is probably some of his best work so far. It shows his vocal capabilities and the percussion doesn’t distract from him like it does on some of the other songs. “Right Here, Right Now” is extremely reassuring; it spreads the message of living in the moment and not needing anything else. My personal favorite part of the song is the interlude about two minutes in, when the background gets a bit more techno for a minute.

Black Keys at the Barclays

by Kaitlin Mahar | September 25, 2014

On Wed, Sept. 24, Assistant Editor Elissa Sanci and I went to see the Indie Rock duo The Black Keys of Akron, Ohio with opening Alternative Rock band Cage the Elephant of Bowling Green, Ky. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ny.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ny (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin)

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ny (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin)

As a longtime fan of both acts performing on The Black Keys’ Turn Blue tour, I had high hopes for the show, and was far from disappointed. On first came Cage the Elephant, who kept the audience pumped up throughout their set, which included older hits, such as “Back Against the Wall” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” both from the band’s self-titled album of 2008, as well as hit single “Come a Little Closer,” off their most recent album, Melophobia. The high-energy antics of frontman Matt Shultz, which included spastic dance moves, crowd surfing, and stage diving, didn’t hurt either.

Given the relatively somber tone of The Black Keys’ latest album, Turn Blue, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show other than knowing the band’s reputation for being fantastic live. Fueled by a brutal divorce between Dan Auerbach and now ex-wife Stephanie Gonis, Turn Blue serves as a musical time stamp to commemorate the grueling and emotionally draining year Auerbach endured.

However, the band kept their set upbeat with popular hits like “Tighten Up,” off the 2010 album Brothers, “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling,” from their 2011 album El Camino, along with newer tracks off their 2014 album, Turn Blue, which includes their latest single “Fever.” After an 18-song set, the Black Keys returned to the stage for a three-song encore, during which they sang  “Turn Blue,” “Weight of Love,” both of which are from their latest album, and “Little Black Submarines” from El Camino.

My favorite song of the set, however, was definitely The Black Keys’ cover of Edwyn Collins’ 1995 single “Girl Like You.” Auerbach’s vocals and guitar riffs during the song added a haunting, James Bond-esque vibe to the already soulful hit, while Pat Carney’s intensely skillful drumming gave the song a modern rock and roll twist.

Overall, the energy and passion of both The Black Keys and Cage the Elephant filled the stadium, from the pit to the nosebleeds, and there was not a moment the crowd wasn’t on it’s feet. If I had to make one complaint, I’d have to say that I wish the show had lasted longer.

The Train is Not Stopping

by Glenn Rohrbacker | September 24, 2014

We all know Train. “Drops of Jupiter:” a classic. “Hey, Soul Sister:” either made or ruined your summer in 2010.

Train released their seventh studio album was released on Sept. 16 (AP photo)

Train released their seventh studio album was released on Sept. 16 (AP photo)

Many other songs have reached our hearts and ruined our voices. One can’t help but wonder what we could have had those years that Train took their hiatus. But obviously they took that time to regroup, and because of that, they came out stronger.

Train released their seventh studio album this week titled Bulletproof Picasso. It’s their third album release since their return to the stage in 2010.

I have to say, I was so excited for this release when the first single, “Angel in Blue Jeans,” was released. It seems like every modern soft rock artist is trying a western track (or in John Mayer’s case, an album or two). This may seem like a stretch for Train, especially for a voice like Pat Monahan’s, but they absolutely killed it. The rest of the album is also incredible. Song after song, you just want to jam out.

The first single released off of the album was “Angel in Blue Jeans.” This western influenced song also features Danny Trejo in the epic music video that makes you want the song to go on even longer. “Cadillac, Cadillac” was the second single released and slightly resembles the old rhyme “Patty-cake” if you really listen to it. But it is definitely different in the sense that it has a grunge rock feel to it; a different sound for Train, but definitely fitting.

The title track, “Bulletproof Picasso,” is a very typical Train sound, but nonetheless awesome. It has an uplifting nature and inspiring message behind it. The ballad “Don’t Grow Up Too Fast” shows off Pat Monahan’s soft side and vocal control. It has the potential to reach the heart of anyone, but more especially to the parents out there (also it would be a good song for a father-daughter dance at a wedding or Sweet 16).

“The Bridge” is a song you just want to dance to. It has a fast and catchy beat and sing-a-long worthy lyrics. “Wonder What Your Doing for the Rest of Your Life” is another definitely danceable song that features vocals by Marsha Ambrosius. “Give it All” is an uplifting power ballad that is about wanting just one more night with a special someone, but knowing that they have to go. Pat really puts his soul and emotion behind that song to make you really feel it too.

Basically, what I’m saying is Train really knocked it out of the park with this album. I just downloaded it and I already can’t wait for the next one. I would definitely recommend this album to current Train fans, previous Train fans or people who only know the two songs I previously mentioned. I can’t wait to see what Train releases next.

Bulletproof Picasso definitely shows that Train is definitely not stopping.

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