Just a bit.
Music hits us the hardest in our mid to late teens and early twenties. There’s lots of speculation (and studies) but it seems the reason revolves around the idea that these are very emotionally heavy years for humans. Falling in love for the first time, perhaps falling out of love for the first time. Starting to explore the world on your own. Friends become closer, independence increases, and along with that comes highs and lows you’ve never experienced or could never properly comprehend (like when my grandpa died when I was very young, it didn’t make much sense to me). It’s around those teen years we start to try to figure out who we are separate from parents. And it makes sense that we need a soundtrack (how many movies have absolutely no music?).
Long story slightly less long, the parts of our brain that interpret music are close to those that store emotionally powerful memories. As we all know, cells that fire together (say it with me) wire together. So we have strong emotional ties to events and those events are linked to music, and we have strong emotional ties to music.
Lecture over (with encouragement to do your own research, I wrote this from memory).
I listen to a fair bit of music that I first heard in my late teens. Saves the Day and Cursive, still, are two of my favorite bands and have been consistently released awesome music for years.
But the last few weeks, as happens from time to time, I revisited some of the music I haven’t heard for a long time. Some of it is terrible. Some is pretty cool. I stopped listening to music over the years for a few reasons. Sometimes I realized it was bad or my tastes changed, and sometimes it just got pushed out of rotation when new music came out. Perhaps I lost the album, lost the files, etc. They were simply buried over time for no real reason.
One of the bands I’ve found I still enjoy a bit is Circa Survive. Anthony Green (the singer) was in a band called Saosin for about 15 minutes and released a scene-favorite EP in 2003, that was mindbogglingly popular and sustained Saosin for years after (every release after was unfavorably compared to the EP). When Circa Survive put out Juturna, I was a fan. Then they released On Letting Go and I realized they were pretty one note (though I thought On Letting Go was a better, more solid, fully formed album, just too similar in sound. At the time at least, I would rather listen to OLG over Juturna). After that I lost interest. I think I listened to their next album once or twice but can’t recall. After all these years, revisiting Juturna has been fun.
Then I relistened to The Receiving End of Sirens and Beloved. Those two bands a similarly post-hardcore, melodic emo-whatever. Allmusic.com calls both bands pop/rock and calls their songwriting complex. Upon revisiting, I enjoyed both of these bands, too.
Beloved is a neat little band. I never got super into them, but I liked how heavy and melodic they were. The cute guitar parts are fun. I’m not massive into the breakdowns but they don’t go too far with them like a lot of screamo did.
The Receiving End of Sirens are pretty neat, too. They are similar to Beloved with fun guitar work and focusing on being super melodic. They have a few breakdowns as well, but not too much screaming in what I’ve been listening to. Nice little groove in this one.
Jets to Brazil. So good. I made a mistake. Why did I stop listening? I want all this.
I had more but this is running long and there’s not much people like less than blogs about music.
To make it worth your while, feel free to post some music you like. I’d love to hear new stuff. And even if I don’t like it, I’ll be super polite in my review!