A while ago after The Computers' Music Is Dead I asked if rock music was dead. From that I deduced that it had moved on to this new thing called dubstep but shortly afterwards was forced to eat my words when Wasting Light went to number one, overtaking Adele. But that epic rock shaped hole has been present ever since Download ended and I haven't been able to fill it. But this may all be about to change because letlive. are in the Radio 1 playlist. Okay they are Zane Lowe's record of the week not in the C List but if Zane's loving it then it usually ends up somewhere up there eventually. Can you imagine it: and the new number one single is...no not Jason Derulo it's The Sick, Sick 6.8 Billion? It would be so surreal that the whole of the UK would be cheering, apart from all those at Beluga Heights. And that's why it's got 6.8 Billion in the title, everyone should own a copy.
Luckily I've realised that trying to break every other artist in the world isn't going to work so I've decided just to recommend songs to people who like a certain kind of music. So if you like hardcore punk rock and don't mind strong/anti-religious language, then this song is for you. If you don't stay up late to listen to Mike Davies or have a particular interest in that sort of music but quite liked listening to Bring Me The Horizon when they were played on every other Radio 1 show then also give it a go. But if you spend your life listening to Ellie Goulding or Fleet Foxes then run as far away as possible and bury your head in your pillow to dispel these horrible noises.
That's what I love about shouty hardcore music; some people adore Jason Aalon Butler yelling over Jean Nascimento and Jeff Sahyoun blasting evil out of their guitars with Ryan Jay Johnson on bass whilst Anthony Rivera cooks up a storm with his drum kit, others can't stand it. I'm the former. How anyone can hate this band is beyond me. They're just so damn good. There's some rock bands that sound too generic and, when compared with the likes of System of a Down, aren't up to scratch. These boys don't fall under that category.
So if you were wondering why they're in the playlist it's not because Zane Lowe hasn't had a rock ROTW and they happened to be in the right place at the right time because there's so many other songs to choose from. It's not because they have a new album coming out because Fake History first came out in 2010 and The Sick, Sick 6.8 Billion isn't one of the three new songs in the Epitaph re-release. Even though those reasons had something to do with it the main reason is they are an amazing rock band and have something all the others don't have: a vocalist that doesn't just do incomprehensible screaming.
I'm not complaining about Corey Taylor and his style because I love a bit of Slipknot but it is nice having a chorus that you can sing along to. You can tell there'll be some crack-addict with tattoos and piercings covering their body and stinking of urine that'll be complaining about "commercialisation ruining proper music" but for the rest of the world it's a great improvement for the hardcore world.
So it's official - rock isn't dead. Or maybe it's just been resurrected but I prefer to use the term lying low. And now it's been exposed again. Check this out.