Neighborhood Jams: Sum 41

Yes, it’s only the middle of the week. And, yes, I am already looking forward to the weekend, and you should be, too! On this week’s Neighborhood Jams I am remembering the well-known band Sum 41 who will be stopping by San Diego Saturday, November 5th.  It should be a great show, and it is the perfect antidote for our long work/school weeks upon us.  You can never go wrong with some alternative punk rock in my opinion.

Sum 41 was formed in the late nineties – 1996 – up in Ontario, Canada.  They had first decided on the name Kaspir but then changed the name to Sum 41 because they played a Supernova show on the 41st day of summer that ultimately changed their lives.  The band currently consists of: lead vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Deryck “Bizzy D” Whibley, guitarist/backup vocalist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, guitarist/keyboardist/backup vocalist Tom “Brown Tom” Thacker, bassist/backing vocalist Jason “Cone” McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo. Before we get any deeper in this article, why does Frank not have a wacky nickname? Is it because his last name is the perfect kind of name to yell from the audience during his drumming solo? …just a thought.

The band has always had a passion for touring since 1996.  They have been known to perform about 300 shows a year! There has been multiple world tours, most of which lasting well over a year.  They have also been nominated for many, many awards including a Grammy for Best Hard Rock.

Even though band members have left and rejoined, the band is still continuing to make music.  Just two weeks ago, October 7th, the band released their latest and highly anticipated album 13 Voices which can be heard on their current tour “Don’t Call it a Sumback Tour.” I hope to hear some oldies but goodies tracks at the show including my personal favorite “Fatlip” which is also one of their first singles when they hit it big back in 2002.

This song takes me right back to middle school and trying to be a punk and a rebel – I didn’t do a very good job, but I did have a great soundtrack to my life.  You can buy tickets for Saturday, November 5th’s show here, and you better hurry – THEY ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT! The show will be at the House of Blues downtown – can’t wait to see you there!

Photo Credit: Hopeless Records

 

Neighborhood Jams: Young the Giant

While waking up for my Tuesday 8:00 a.m. class today I was hit with a reminder that we are in the middle of the semester.  Nights are a little bit longer in the library; mornings are cold and come too soon; and midterms are creeping up faster than finals.  All of this can only mean one thing – we need to take some time for ourselves and our wild sides.  We need good music for our souls, and I know just the band. This week I am featuring a band that is playing two nights in San Diego this week – YES, TWO NIGHTS THIS WEEK! So between all the page flipping and essay cramming, we can definitely take a break – in the name of rock ‘n roll of course.

Young the Giant is an alternative, indie rock band formed in Irvine, CA back in 2004.  Before they decided on their current name they were formerly known as The Jakes back in the day. The band consists of: Sameer Gadhia on lead vocals, Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata on guitar, Payam Doostzadeh on the bass, and lastly Francois Comtois on drums.  Together they have released three albums titled Young the Giant (2010), Mind Over Matter (2014), and Home of the Strange (2016).  In 2011 the band’s two singles “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” hit charts both reaching to the top five of America’s top alternative music. My personal favorite song is “Cough Syrup”  because when I first heard this five years ago, it was a sound that I was not familiar with.  They are happy and poppy without sounding like a cookie cutout of Top 40 pop.  Their lyrics are different yet meaningful.  For example, my favorite lines are:

“If I could find a way to see this straight
I’d run away
To some fortune that I, I should have found by now”

 

Two months ago Young the Giant released their latest album Home of the Strange on August 12th and have since been on tour selling out almost every single venue.  You guys can check them out tonight, October 18th, and tomorrow, October 19th, at the House of Blues downtown at 7:00 o’clock.  Tickets are sold out – but you are more than welcomed to stand on the corner and try to scalp some tickets with me tomorrow night.  Until then be sure to check out their Facebook page in order to stay up to date with tours, news, and all that jazz.

 

Photo Credit: Young the Giant

Neighborhood Jams: New Found Glory

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you are all gearing up for Thanksgiving tomorrow and a nice lil’ break from exams, papers, and everything school related. This week’s neighborhood jams is really special – last Sunday Yellowcard and New Found Glory ended their 6-week tour HERE in San Diego to a sold out crowd at the House of Blues downtown… and let me tell you, it was more like a party than a concert.

Veteran pop-punk rockers Yellowcard and New Found Glory were both co-headliners for the tour and Tigers Jaw opened up for them. Tigers Jaw is an indie-rock band from Scranton, PA consisting of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins.  Lead singer and guitarist Walsh resembled the same vocal and lyrical earnesty that the headliners are known for. Yellowcard closed out the night’s show after playing well over an hour. The band featured many songs from their 2003 album Ocean Avenue, and the crowd sang each lyric with so much passion. Lead singer Ryan Key and violinist Sean Mackin performed some acoustic, low-key versions of songs with just a keyboard and violin – it was truly beautiful. Now before Yellowcard took the stage, New Found Glory got the crowd pumped up.

While the stage got ready for New Found Glory I couldn’t help but notice the sold out crowd making their way closer and closer to the stage – everyone wanted to be as close as possible. The band opened with Resurrection, Understatement, and Hit or Miss. It was great to see them perform songs from older albums, like their 2002 album Sticks and Stones and also their newest album Resurrection: Ascension which was released October 9th of this year. The crowd went wild for every song; crowd surfers were lifted and sent soaring towards the stage; there was never a dull moment. Lead singer Jordan Pundik constantly kept the crowd entertained, jumping and running from one side of the stage to the other. Pundik seemed to always have his hands reaching out to the crowd. A great characteristics that I noticed about New Found Glory was their dedication and love towards the fans – you could really tell that they wanted to please the crowd with their tunes.

One of my favorite songs, which is also their single from their latest album Resurrection: Ascension, has a real special guest – Hayley Williams from Paramore. Together they have the hit song Vicious Love, and when New Found Glory’s lead guitarist Chad Gilbert and drummer Cyrus Bolooki broke out Vicious Love‘s melody the crowd lost it. There was so much energy on the stage and in the audience – you couldn’t help but feel like a true rock ‘n roller. When New Found Glory ended their set with one of their most famous songs My Friends Over You there was not a still body in the room. Everyone was jumping up, singing loudly, and then basking in confetti shooting off from the stage. This concert was one of the best concerts of my life – I don’t know if it was because it was their last show of the tour, or if because my high school self was full-fledged that night. But I didn’t want their set to end. Thank you, New Found Glory for sharing your rock ‘n roll talents, and if you guys are ever in need of a new confetti shooter person – let me know.