Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s Monday Memos I am going to introduce y’all to an AMAZING new band whose music is so infectious and fun, that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. As the summer time rapidly approaches, your playlists definitely need a high energy boost, with music that will serve as the perfect backtrack to all of your favorite summer memories. I’ve always thought that the perfect song, by the perfect band, can make a moment truly unforgettable, and with this band you will definitely have fun summer memories to look back on. Who is this band? Well listen close, because you WILL be hearing this band’s name in the future. People of the internet, please allow me to introduce you to Animal Fiction!!! Now please read on to learn about why you will quickly become obsessed with this phenomenal new band.
Animal Fiction is a three piece indie pop band from Los Angeles, CA that consists of Eben Wares, Julian Walker, and Cameron Walker. Cameron Walker should be particularly recognizable by music lovers, due to his work as a touring member of the alternative pop band ‘The Ready Set’ and the indie band ‘1985’. He has also worked as a songwriter for Showtime, NBC, Nickelodeon, Disney, ESPN, and ABC. On February 18th, 2014, Animal Fiction released their debut self-titled EP. The EP includes 5 AMAZING songs that are upbeat and perfect summer tracks (think Foster the People meets Vampire Weekend).The subjects of the tracks talk about subjects like: breaking away from the norm and having an adventure, falling in love, and enjoying the freedom of being young. I really love that these songs are energetic and make you want to dance. Also, the sound of the EP is not only radio friendly (and trust me you will hear this band’s music on the radio VERY soon) but also contains a very unique sound that is instantly recognizable. It’s perfect for the upcoming summer season, and is a MUST on any and all playlists (so go to ITunes and get a copy…well finish reading the rest of the blog and then go…trust me, it’s worth the wait).
Animal Fiction’s newest song ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ (which is not included in their debut EP here’s the link so you can check it out Walk In The Sunshine) is another track that I am really excited about. This song is about having fun, being young, and enjoying life. This track shows that Animal Fiction has truly found their sound, and is becoming comfortable within it. I think that this song really shows a growth for the band, as artists, and their ability to craft and perform songs with catchy lyrics and infectious hooks. It can be very difficult for a band to create a sound that will help them have an immediate impactful debut, but Animal Fiction makes this task seem easy with ‘Walk In The Sunshine’. If this song is any indication of the direction that ‘Animal Fiction’ is heading with their music, then I am very excited for what’s ahead for them. I could easily see this song as a crowd favorite at a concert, and would be excited to see how Animal Fiction would visually show this song in a music video or concert setting. This track definitely solidifies the fact that Animal Fiction is a band to watch, and I think that it’s only a matter of time when everyone is blasting ‘Walk In The Sunshine’, and Animal Fiction’s other songs from their car radios.
So are you excited now?!? You definitely should be! I HIGHLY suggest that you check out Animal Fiction, and keep an ear open for all of the amazing new music they have in store. Whether you’re going on a road trip, hanging out by the pool/beach, or going to an awesome party, this is one band that you will NEED to have on repeat. So what are you waiting for!?! You know you want to check them out! Also, make sure you support Animal Fiction by purchasing their EP, checking out their music video for ‘Everyday is New’ (here’s a link to the AMAZING music video Everyday is New), listening to ‘Walk In The Sunshine’, and staying up to date with the band on all of their social media accounts.
Keep in touch with Animal Fiction!!!
Animal Fiction’s Facebook: AnimalFictionOfficial
Cameron Walker’s Facebook: CameronWalkerOfficial
Cameron Walker’s Twitter: cameronwalker
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog, I want to introduce you to an amazing up and coming pop-punk band called ‘Late Nite Reading’. I recently discovered this band on Twitter (thank you Twitter!), and I have to say that they really impressed me because of their superb artistry, musicianship, and catchy songs. I am really excited to share this band’s music with you all, and I know that you will quickly become as obsessed with this band as I am. I apologize before hand, because you will definitely make a lot of purchases on ITunes after reading this blog (but on the upside, you will also have a lot of awesome music to add to your collection, so the end justifies the means). So are you ready? Ok, let’s begin then!!!
This band originated in the summer of 2009 in Indiana when former band mates Brady Szuhaj (a bassist), and Dalton Wixom ( a vocalist/rhythm guitarist) decided to start a new project together. After several member rotations, the final missing pieces were finally put together when Drew Cottrell ( a drummer), and Clayton Collins ( a lead guitarist)were added to the band. With the missing members in place, Late Nite Reading began their journey towards world domination. The band released their first EP ‘Cycles and Sounds’ in June of 2010, and has a very 90s punk feel to it. Their songs are well crafted, interesting, and definitely could have been heard on the radio in the 90’s to early 2000s. In the band’s debut, you can hear influences of great bands such as Semisonic, Green Day, and bands similar to these. The influence on the record’s overall sound comes full circle with the bands track ‘Nostalgia’, which includes lyrics about the band “missing the 90s”. Upon hearing this EP, I couldn’t help but applaud Late Nite Reading for paying homage to the bands that obliviously had a huge impact on their music. It was a truly a memorable debut.
The band’s next EP ‘Dedicated to Deadlines’ (which was released in November of 2011)once again shows not only how amazing Late Night Reading is, but also their meticulous attention to every detail that goes into the production of their music. With this EP, you really saw the band’s growth as musicians. The overall sound of the album was very modern and fun, the only thing that I wish was different about the record is the length…it definitely should have been a full length album. Every track on this album is amazing, and the entire EP leaves you in great anticipation for more music. Obviously Late Nite Reading’s fans agreed, because they have given the album amazing reviews on ITunes (with every review giving the EP 5 out of 5 stars as of January 9th, 2014.
The band’s newest EP ‘Walls’ was released in April of 2013, has to be my favorite EP from the band this far. This record definitely shows that Late Nite Reading has finally perfected their sound. This album combines the vintage punk sound of their debut EP, with the modern vibe that dominated their second EP. The marriage of these two distinct sounds leads to a very unique product, which only solidifies Late Nite Reading’s bright future in music. I love how this band is continually growing as artist, but have never lost sight of their music roots and influences.
The band has performed and toured with numerous highly successful bands, such as All Time Low, The Summer Set, and Taking Back Sunday. Late Nite Reading has also released numerous covers, which are so well reconstructed that you would never know that these tracks are covers. Their first cover (a song entitled ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People) was released in May of 2012. This cover of the popular track is very different from the original, but is still an amazing track; which further shows the artistic depth of Late Nite Reading. The band has also covered ‘One Thing’ by British boy band superstars One Direction, ‘Here’s to Never Growing Up’ by Avril Lavigne (this cover also featured fellow pop-punk band 7 Minutes in Heaven) and ‘Die Young’ by Ke$ha. My favorite cover that they’ve done is their Die Young cover, due to the way the band took this pop/rap track, and reshaped it into an amazing rock song. Late Nite Reading’s ingenuity takes center stage with this cover, and demonstrates that they have a strong enough sense of artistry and individuality to be a marketable band.
Upon exploring this band’s repertoire, I found that Late Nite Reading’s biggest strength is their ability to quickly grow and evolve as artists, their meticulous sense of detail in their work, and their amazing skills as musicians (seriously these guys are astonishing with their instruments). I would certainly recommend that everyone check out Late Nite Reading now, because very soon you will hear them blowing up your local radio airways. I anticipate great things for this band in the future, and am anxiously anticipating their next project.
Keep in touch with the band!!!
YouTube: LateNiteReading – YouTube
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