Radwimps are one of my favourite bands, having established a firm place in my ‘top five’ along with the likes of Art-School, Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind and Showbread. What makes me love them so much? Quite simply, their songs just don’t get boring, ever. With most other artists, sometimes even songs that I love fail to entertain, but this is never the case with Radwimps, whether I’m listening to their most energetic rock anthems to their most beautiful, slow love songs. For me, they’re just one of those bands.
So what did I expect from their latest album? Well, with the release of four quality singles preceding it and the band’s general habit of being awesome, I expected it to be brilliant. I expected the tracks to get better every time I listened to them for the first few listens, until they just became more awesome Radwimps songs for me to enjoy in my day-to-day life - and that’s what I got. High expectations can mess with you when getting into something from a band you truly love, and they might have done that a bit here, but that didn’t matter here because after a few listens - in true Radwimps fashion - everything had really, really grown on me and was making me feel happy to be alive (find music that does this to you, if you haven’t already).
More specifically, what does this album bring to the table? It’s the most ‘spastic’ sounding thing they’ve ever done, with the energetic kind of songs the band’s known for being completely loud and in your face. Many of these songs are crazy walls of sound (it can be hard to make out single instruments sometimes), a lot of them reminding me of earlier (but still recent) songs of theirs like Guu no Oto and Hyper Ventilation. Those songs were total jams, but does this style work for a significant portion of an hour long record? At first, I didn’t really think so. But once the songs began to really grow on me, I appreciated them for what they were. Also, every slow song here is amazing, and G Koui is an example of how the band can be at their very best when doing something completely new. This isn’t the exact same band that made my favourite album of theirs, Radwimps 4, but an awesome band nonetheless.
So the pros are basically that this is a new Radwimps album and Radwimps albums are always superb (since they went major, at least. Funny that). Cons? For one, I personally don’t like the track order very much; I just feel that the songs could have been ordered better. Also, the bonus track has nine minutes of silence and no one likes it when bands pull that crap. That’s about it. Here’s my preferred track order, which I compiled myself:
Dada (Dadadada Ver.)
Toumei Ningen 18-gou
Kimi to Hitsuji to Ao
Keitai Denwa (Cat Ver.)
Mo no Morai
Conclusion? If you haven’t got any Radwimps in your life yet, get some. That’s right, my conclusion was an imperative statement. Album rocks.
So today on the bus to university, my friends were talking about the Fukushima plant in Japan, and they seemed to all think that it could basically pull a Second Impact kind of thing on us and destroy half the world + spread nuclear radiation to the other half. I’ve been told the situation isn’t anywhere near this dire, and a little part of me is kind of disappointed. I mean, wouldn’t be epic if the Japanese people working on saving lives in Fukushima right now were in fact trying to save the world? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish for any such catastrophes to occur, but I think it’d be awesome if a group of people actually were placed in a situation where they had to save the world, and they did. I also think we’re long overdue for the Japanese saving the world, in general. Regardless, those working on saving lives at the plant are true heroes.
Whatever the case may be, I continue to hope for the best for everyone affected and am ready to donate to the cause for Japan as soon as I can work out how we in New Zealand can take part.
An ‘industrial rock song’ by The Jury & The Saints that didn’t make it to their album. So boss. It’s like, a great dance song you can play at parties to get the vibe going but at the same time it’s unknown music so you can still be cool for having it.
When we started studying NCEA at high school, we had been studying under a similar system for the last two years beforehand, the only difference being that the work was easier and what grades you received didn’t go towards any important academic records. So when stuff got real, we were well prepared.
I just finished my first week at university and I can safely say it’s a pretty different kind of situation there. At the same time as I’m getting used to how everything works and just generally is, my first few assignments are being chucked at me (four assignments due from March 25th to April 6th). That being said, I’m already enjoying quite a few aspects of student life, and I’m sure I’ll have everything important worked out soon enough. I’m certainly not gonna pay tens of thousands of dollars in a student loan and not make the most of my experience.