Top 5 Songs of the Week – 2/19

Originally published 2/19/16

Here at Soundboard Magazine we get emails highlighting new releases as well as soon-to-be-released music almost daily, and even some albums we’re not allowed to talk about yet. We’ve decided to do something with some of that music, and starting today we’ll be running a weekly Top 5 comprised entirely of songs from our mailbox. Some of these songs may be from artists you know and love (or hate, depending on your taste) and some may come from relative newcomers to the music scene. Before we get into our first Top 5 Songs of the Week, let’s go ahead and lay out some criteria for selecting our picks of the week:

  1. The music, in most cases, many fall into one of the many rock or metal genres. We may occasionally include songs from some of the bigger pop acts that find their way to our mailbox, but for the most part this will be entirely rock and metal-centric.
  2. The songs must be NEW recordings. No remastered tracks, no re-issues, no remixes. We may run features or reviews on remixes from time to time, but for the purposes of our Top 5, we’ll be featuring new recordings only.
  3. All music featured here will have been received from Friday-Thursday at 3 PM, with the feature being published at 10 AM on Friday of each week. So, for example, if we receive a track on Saturday, 2/20, that song could potentially find its way to the Top 5 feature for Friday, 2/26. However, if we receive music after 3 PM on Thursday, 2/25, it wouldn’t appear until the following week’s (3/4) Top 5.

So, now that we’ve established some guidelines, let’s get into it. Without further ado, here’s NoiseKC’s Top 5 Songs of the Week for Friday, 2/19:

#5: “Jet Fighter Plane” – The 69 Eyes

Helsinki rockers The 69 Eyes recently premiered the first single off their yet-to-be-released album, Universal Monsters. The Nuclear Blast Records artists are set to release their latest album on April 22nd, but you can check out Jet Fighter Plane on Youtube here: 

#4: “Hurt Before” – Darling Waste

This one comes by way of High Road Publicity, and is the latest track from indy emo group Darling Waste. Darling Waste is a four-piece originally hailing from Cleveland, OH, and Hurt Before is the first single off their forthcoming album (release date TBA) – Check it out on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/darlingwaste/hurt-before 

#3: “Replace Me: – Columbus

Replace Me comes from Brisbane, Australia punk band Columbus. The band released their LP “Home Remedy” in January 2015, and are set to release their Rise Records/UNFD debut later this year. My first thought upon hearing Replace Me was “these guys sound like Brand New”, and that’s not a bad thing. Replace Me can be streamed for free on Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/track/2xbx1s59VUL9eQf2c2zc8i

#2: “Dearest Forgetful, I Have” – Save Us From The Archon

Here’s something you don’t see every day, an instrumental rock/metal band. Save Us From The Archon comes to us by way of Tragic Hero Records, and will be releasing their album “L’Eclisse” on March 18th. We may have more on these guys in the near future, but for now, check out Dearest Forgetful, I Have here: 

#1: “Ghosts” – Midnight Mob

Claiming the top spot in our debut Top 5 Songs of the Week is “Ghosts by Midnight Mob. Ghosts was released two weeks ago, but found its way to our mailbox within the last few days, and I finally got around to listening to it for this feature, and man am I glad I did. I feel like I’ve said this ad nauseam, but I love just about any rock or metal band that puts a woman on vocals, and Midnight Mob is no exception. In fact, I’m almost embarrassed by the fact that I had never heard of these bad ass rockers before researching this article. They’re based in New York, as am I, and I should have had my ear to the floor on them. Blackey Deathproof’s vocals are out of this world and rival those of Lizzy Hale for my favorite raspy-voiced female rocker. Needless to say, I’ll be paying much closer attention to Midnight Mob in the future, and I hope to be able to catch them on tour in the near future. Their EP, Honest Brutal Glorious, is expected to drop later in 2016 (release date TBA) – In the meantime, you can hear Ghosts and more from Midnight Mob on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/midnightmob/ghosts

That does it for Soundboard Magazine’s very first Top 5 Songs of the Week. Check back next Friday for round 2.

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