Favourite songs of right now (4)

It’s two thirds of the way through the month and I haven’t posted once! I’ve been having mad creative block, trying to think of something worth writing about. Due to said mad creative block, I’ve been listening to way more music than usual so I thought I should share the songs that have been running through my mind all month:

“Writer in the Dark” – Lorde

I’m in love with all of Melodrama to be honest, but for some reason, this song really stands out for me – probably because I’m a sucker for dramatic one-note piano parts (kind of related – here’s my cover of “Liability”). I bought tickets to her Wellington show later in the year and I’m so super pumped – I saw her in 2014 and she was amazing live.

“Stuck” – Noah Cyrus

I’ve been wrestling with my unexpected love of Noah Cyrus’ music, but I’ve come to accept that she has a damn good voice and sings some damn catchy songs – I’m now unashamed of my new obsession. I’ve been repeating the acoustic version of “Make Me (Cry)” since it came out but her new single “I’m Stuck” is unreasonably catchy and has such a cool rhythm, it’s definitely the best thing I’ve heard from her yet.

“Machine” – The Horrors

After three long years, The Horrors have finally released a new song. I’m loving the direction they’re heading in (but in all honesty, I’m such a fangirl that I’d be in love with anything they released). I can’t wait for the new album to come out (and with it, hopefully some NZ tour dates!). I’ve seen them live three times now (not to mention that time I actually met them) and it’ll never be enough.

“Sorry” – Halsey

I loved Halsey’s first album, partly because her songs are damn catchy and also because her songs are in the perfect place in my voice (here’s my cover of “Ghost”, if you’re interested). This song off her new album is really lovely and it’s definitely on my list of songs to cover when I’m next with my piano.

That time I met The Horrors

I’ve written a fair bit about The Horrors here. They’ve been my favourite band since I was 15 (I’m now 21) and I recall at that age daydreaming about meeting them. Pipe dreams, I thought. It’d never happen to me.

15 year old me would be so impressed with present-day me.

I was living in England (more posts on that later!*) when The Horrors released their fourth album, Luminous. At first I was stoked because it meant I could preorder a signed album without astronomical shipping fees. But then I saw a post from the band saying that they would be at the hmv on Oxford Street signing records. Which usually would result in a soft pang of sadness that I couldn’t go. It took me awhile to realise that I wasn’t in New Zealand – I was in London, which was where they would be!

There was a lot of kerfuffle in actually getting to hmv, but eventually we got into the room where the band was playing and had a short set. After the set, a table was set up and the crowd lined up to get their albums signed (there were less than 100 people, it’s astounding how few people went to an essentially free gig).

Rhys was first at the signing table. I was trying very hard to be normal and shook his hand (which probably wasn’t normal). He asked me my name, and then as he signed my record I actually made conversation with him. I told him that I was from NZ and that next time they go there they should go to Wellington instead of Auckland because Wellington is a lot better**. After hearing I was from NZ, he then invited me to Cave Club, a club night that he runs, because a kiwi band was playing.

I just want to reiterate that: a member of my favourite band personally invited me to his club.

Next up was Tom (who is my secret favourite) and I also awkwardly shook his hand and managed to have normal conversation with him. Unfortunately I kind of used up all of my coherent conversational skills on the first two and kind of word-vomited when I met Josh, Joe, and Faris. Faris ended up drawing a cat on my record and then said it was nice to meet me, so I can’t have seemed too insane.

Me & Rhys!

Me & Rhys!

So I went home with a personally signed LP of Luminous and felt like my life was almost complete. I finished completing it by actually attending Cave Club with Erin, a friend who is also super into the band. The club itself was fantastic, playing music we actually liked (a lot of 60s and 70s psychedelia). Around the middle of the night, we went outside for a quick breather, and happened upon Rhys. We ended up chatting with him and managed to take pictures with him. When we headed back in to keep dancing, Rhys would occasionally come out of the DJ area and dance with us.

After we decided to call it a night, we then also bumped into Tom, and had another chat with him. He recognised me from the signing which put me on cloud nine, and also agreed to take pictures with us***.

Me & Tom! He asked if he could shut his eyes during the photo. I didn't question it.

Me & Tom! He asked if he could shut his eyes during the photo. I didn’t question it.

This post was probably slightly rambly and incoherent, but I achieved a bucket list item five times over, and met the five people that have inspired me since I was an angsty teenager. Meeting my favourite band also succeeded in making me less of an obsessive fan. I obviously still love their music more than anything, but meeting them in person took them off the pedestal and made me properly realise that they’re just normal people. Normal people who make incredible music and made my life so much better.

*eventually they can be found under this tag.
**I’m slightly embarrassed I said that but I also stand by it: if you ever find yourself in NZ, Auckland is very overrated. Wellington is where it’s at.
***also I realise that this is the first time I’ve posted a picture of myself. This is what my face looks like.

“I feel crazy and powerful” songs

The title is fairly accurate. When you’re feeling awesome and a little mental. Maybe you sometimes feel like this, maybe you don’t. Regardless, these are good songs:

  • “I’m Mad” – The Dead Weather
  • “Kiss With A Fist” – Florence + the Machine
  • “New Ice Age” – The Horrors
  • “In The Shadows” – The Rasmus
  • “Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool” – Editors
  • “All These Things That I’ve Done” – The Killers
  • “Uprising” – Muse
  • “Hey Clown” – Firewater
  • “Dust Bowl Dance” – Mumford & Sons
  • “Cat Claw” – The Kills

Songs that make me happy

Music makes me feel better when I’m sad, stressed or when everything is going to shit. These are my favourites for turning me back into a functional human being through the power of song:

  • “Coin Laundry” – Lisa Mitchell
  • “Primary Colours” – The Horrors
  • “Move Along” – The All-American Rejects
  • “Bloom” – The Paper Kites
  • “Friday I’m In Love” – The Cure
  • “Shiver” – Coldplay
  • “60 Seconds” – The Atomic Square
  • “Marchin On” – OneRepublic
  • “I Feel Better” – Gotye
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen
  • “Something Good Can Work” – Two Door Cinema Club
  • “Diplomat’s Son” – Vampire Weekend
  • “Everything’s Not Lost” – Coldplay

Favourite songs of right now

These are all very good songs and I totally recommend you check them out:

  • “Don’t Need Me” – Jonathan Jones
  • “Dive In” – The Horrors
  • “Michicant” – Bon Iver
  • “VCR” – The xx
  • “Thanks for Your Time” – Gotye
  • “Go” – Oceanship
  • “The Last Goodbye” – The Kills
  • “Anything But You” – Civalias
  • “Plans” – Birds of Tokyo
  • “Straight Lines” – Silverchair

Long songs of epic nature

Sometimes I get bored listening to songs that are over five minutes long. Not so with these:

  • “Seven Devils” – Florence + The Machine (5.03)
  • “Everything’s Not Lost” – Coldplay (5:28)
  • “Holocene” – Bon Iver (5:37)
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen (5:58)*
  • “Wrong Number” – The Cure (6:02)
  • “Girls Like You” – The Naked and Famous (6:04)
  • “Burn” – The Cure (6:40)
  • “Temptation” – New Order (6:59)
  • “I Only Think Of You” – The Horrors (7:07)
  • “Ball and Biscuit” – The White Stripes (7:19)
  • “Sea Within A Sea” – The Horrors (7:59)*
  • “American Pie” – Don McLean (8:36)*
  • “I Will Possess Your Heart” – Death Cab For Cutie (8:26)
  • “The Lightning Strike” – Snow Patrol (16:18)*

*These songs also feature in my “Best Songs Ever Written” list.