"Forget The Last Year" - Tonight We Live

I thinks it's about five or six years I've had a question on my mind. You know, one of those little "brain-itches" that just can't be scratched, one of those things you don't know and are afraid to ask in case you look stupid? Yeah, well I've had one of those and for a few years it's been itching me. And that question was; "What the hell happened to WarGarden?"

1. Forget The Last Year
2. Writing Empty Pages
3. It's A Lesson At Least
4. Spirits And Sob Stories

Now granted, only a couple of people reading this will probably have an idea of what that meant but even if you didn't, it doesn't matter. This is 'Tonight We Live' and the Youster lads are back with a vengeance (and a pretty spiffy website might I add). This new Kildare-based, four-piece rock ensemble have certainly put a lot of time and effort into this debut EP "Forget The Last Year" and you can just feel the effort that went into it with each track.  It is very slick and very well produced. One of the best debut releases I've heard.In a break from tradition, I will not be doing a track by track review of this EP. The reason will become apparent.

None of the songs sound too different from each other, definitely staying within ranges of a style of music that is not out of place when blasted from the Skull Candy headphones of a teenager with skinny jeans and more piercings than their age with a predisposed taste for Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore and Medina Lake. And to a newcomer, all the songs sound the same.

Not that that's a bad thing.

It's a strategy which works very well for some of the most successful rock bands out there (AC/DC, ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bon Jovi etc.) For an up and coming band, it can be a very safe strategy as new fans won't feel intimidated by the track variety as they'll know what to expect after the first song (this is also the reason why I haven't listened to more than 3 songs by Radiohead.) For these guys, it looks like it's going to be a good move in order to get as large a fanbase as possible. It's just a shame to see a new band come out with such a conservative and crowd-pleasing approach from the word go. Usually we'd see a band sign up with a record company before they're forced to get on their knees and say "Ahhh" but it doesn't look like there's any forcing going on here. Judging by the slick production, website, appearance on Kildare TV, these guys are obviously hungry for the...success.

Definitely a strong and enjoyable release for those who don't want to listen to hard and just want some good, solid rock. "Forget The Last Year" is kind of like the Michael Bay of EPs. Just turn your brain off for a while and enjoy. 

You can listen to and download "Forget The Last Year" at TonightWeLive.com


"Forget The Last Year" - Recommended by the good doctor

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