Growing up, I’ve listened to many different kinds of music thanks to my parents. Now my music taste ranges from straight up Corridos to K-pop, from Hardcore Metal to Classical, and Oldies But Goodies to Modern Day Radio Tunes. Although I do favor certain genres over others, I’ll listen to just about anything. For a couple years now I’ve been really into Rock and Alternative. Even though this assignment was about two artists of two totally different genres, my two artists come from one main genre being Rock. But, they are totally different if you were to google them and listen to the type of music they play.
So thank the good lords that there are such things as Subgenres; which goes into depth as to what category they should be placed in. Falling In Reverse and Fall Out Boy are two bands that are both just as similar as they are different. Falling In Reverse being categorized as “Metalcore, Post-hardcore, Hard Rock, Glam Rock and Pop Punk”, and Fall Out Boy as “Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Pop Punk, and Emo” according to my trusted friend, Google. Metalcore is a fusion genre combining the elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk. But Falling In Reverse’s latest album, “Coming Home”, would be considered as “Electro Pop/Pop Punk”. In an interview, the lead singer Ronnie Radke said that this album was “a huge left turn.
It sounds like nothing we’ve ever done. Every song is very vibey. There’s more feeling in it instead of a lot of metal.” The songs they released on the album was a mix of fast tempo, loud and distorted electric guitars and power chord changes; while others were simple, almost a ballad in a sense. Radke also mentioned that some of the band’s song have tunes being “arrogant, it’s something like rappers do mostly”.
The lyrics of the songs in this album and the ones they’ve made in the past have always held meaning, they related mostly to Radke’s life and personal experiences. Although they may not be as popular as Fall Out Boy, they still hold a pretty big fanbase.Alternative Rock is a very broad genre, being a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground in the late 80’s early 90’s. But in an interview, they asked them what they would refer themselves as and their bassist Pete Wentz said that they’d be, “softcore: hardcore punk mixed with a pop sensibility”. So to say that Falling in Reverse and Fall Out Boy are the same just because they categorize as “Rock” is just wrong. But if they were to share a similarity, it is creating an album that took a totally different turn to what they’ve made before.
Fall Out Boy’s latest album M A N I A January 25th, 2018. In a different interview, Pete Wentz said that “it feels like every once in a while, you’ve gotta do a hard restart that clears the cache and erases the hard drive. I think that’s what M A N I A was — a big palette cleanse”, meaning that this album is the start of a new era for them. The album has a catchy pop style, light lyrics, and a guitar-based rock style. It’s modern with their own hint of “old FOB”.Given the fact that I’m a concert junkie and a musicophile, it was a tough decision to choose only two out of many artists to talk about and compare. But out of the many bands I love, Falling in Reverse is for sure on my top 10.
I first heard of the band when their song “Fashionably Late” came up on Pandora. A couple years later, they then released one of their singles from their latest album, “Coming Home”. It was officially the best song I’ve heard in at the time (and still kind of is). I literally had it on replay for the longest time.
Just listening to it gave me the feels. When I got VIP tickets to see them, I couldn’t believe it. I had the chance to meet and see an artist that I’ve favored for many years. And there’s absolutely nothing more surreal than being in the presence of someone whose work you truly admire. I was mind-boggled for the simple fact that I had been listening to them for the past few years and there they were, in the flesh, standing directly next to me, hugging me. Towards the end of the concert, they had two songs left to play and “Coming Home” was one of the two, and when your favorite song comes on, it’s a game changer.
There’s no going back. What I felt at the moment was indescribable. I was so into the whole concert and the song that I lost my voice.
I was singing my heart out along with other fans, the people around me sharing the same excitement, it’s almost like I could connect with anyone there. During the song, they did this set wherein the part the robotic voice starts the countdown the lights turned off and the only thing you could see were the green lasers they had on their hands. It was intense. And let’s be honest, everybody listens to music intimately; through your phone, on laptops, iPods, etc.
, but actually being in the presence of all that raw energy– it can’t compare to anything. Messy, loud, sweaty and rough are just a few words to describe the moment. It was an absolutely amazing experience. I even got to meet the drummer, Ryan Seaman, outside of the venue after the concert again, and he told me to watch this box for him while he went inside to grab something else before we took another picture together. And then there’s Fall Out Boy. Another band I can never get over (in a good way though). When I heard that Panic! At The Disco was going to be one of the opening bands for Fall Out Boy, I thought that I’d take a listen to them and see what they’re all about, and I’m glad I did.
One song that first captured my attention was “Dance, Dance” because of the vibes it gave as well as the music video because that was priceless. But to compete with their song “Heaven’s Gate” from their new album M A N I A, it was bumped down to my second favorite song that they’ve recorded. One reason for sure why this specific song is numero uno is because of Patrick’s soul voice. Nobody can resist his soul voice.
The fandom lives for Patrick’s soul voice. But also for the way it sounds. It has a smooth soul feel to it which makes it really listenable. The song makes you want to sway and sing along.
Makes me just want to scream out the lyrics every time I hear it. Sadly, when I went to see them in November the album wasn’t released yet so I didn’t get the chance to hear it live. But just being able to see them was enough. For this concert, I also got VIP tickets, but they didn’t do meet and greets for this tour. My seat was next to the runway, which was pretty flippin’ awesome if you ask me, so I got to see them from an arms distance away … maybe two.
When they first came out it was unbelievable. I was about to be in front of my idols, they were in the same building as me. Someone I’ve watched on TV and listened to in the car is now in the same vicinity as me. I always find it hard to grasp no matter how many times I go to a concert. There they are doing their thing and there I am dancing, singing, sweating and loving every minute of it. It’s like a dream come true. It’s not just about the music anymore but also the entertainment that comes from the performance. It’s as if they are speaking directly to you when they say,” How ya doin’, San Diego?” It’s something you can’t really describe.
Everyone puts off this vibe, this natural high of the energy that surrounds you, and you’re waving your arms in the air with strangers that you feel like you know. It’s things like this that make me happy. At this moment I was happy because happy people listen to music and happy people go to concerts. It’s a fact. There are specific songs that speak to you and you get lost in the moment. You’re making memories.
It’s something that everybody should have the chance to experience