ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Five For Fighting
The Battle For Everything
Five for Fighting are back with the follow-up to their sophomore album America
Town, which included the hit single “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” The
band uses just the right mix of post-grunge and alternative pop-rock for their
With lyrics like, “Though endings are never ever happy, it’s the
happy moments along the way that in the end make it OK,” (“Nobody”), “There’s
always blood to fill the heart betrayed,” (“One More For Love”)
and “God won’t dare show his face from the bottom of my swimming
pool,” (“Infidel”); it’s clear that frontman and singer-songwriter
John Ondrasik strives for lyrical boldness and something substantial.
From the mellow pop-rock vibes of “NYC Weather Report” to the
all-out rock of “The Taste,” this album’s diversity is sure
to please those with mature tastes.
Recently, Vagrant Records has been pushing up-and-coming rockers to the frontlines
of the music scene with promising results. Their new band to watch is No Motiv.
Although they have been working the indie scene for years, they are just beginning
to make waves with their new album Daylight Breaking.
Daylight is a record that is much darker than previous releases, showing that
the band has found their voice.
The first single, “Into the Darkness,” is a good indication of
what the rest of the album has in store: “Terrified I’m falling
fast down into the abyss/The void is calling me into somewhere else/And it
knows my name then my soul slips away,” sings vocalist and lyricist Jeremy
Palaszewski. The song makes it obvious these guys have been jerked around and
have experienced a lot of the darker sides of life and love.
If you’re looking for a solid album, then pick this up.