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Plane Without A Pilot – Just Another Unsung Tragedy Album Review

May 15, 2018

San Diego has a long, rich history with the pop-punk genre, beginning in the 90’s and continuing into the present day with no sign of letting up or slowing down. The genre and those who celebrate it take up a large part of the music scene and are certainly some of the most active when it comes to mutual support among themselves. Plane Without A Pilot are certainly no exception to any of that; they are the first to arrive at a show and the last ones to leave. They clearly have a passion and dedication to local music coupled with a respect for the musicians giving their time and effort to an audience. That same passion is evident in their latest record, Just Another Unsung Tragedy.

Released on April 27, the eleven song album is definitely consistent all the way through with deeply personal and situational lyrics, catchy upbeat riffs paired with pleasing melodies, and their own brand of pop-punk/rock that has a unique sound to the typical formula one might find in many other songs of a similar genre or style. In my opinion, the lyrical content is what stands out as the vehicle to take you through the record from start to finish. The stories within the songs are universally understood and, in some cases, a contrast to the energy of the rhythm in a great way. The standout songs on this record for me are the title track (“Just Another Unsung Tragedy”) and the second to last track (“Hanging By a Thread”). Both songs contain some of my favorite riffs/melodies on the record. “You Got Me” is also definitely a noteworthy, high energy song. If you enjoy bands like The Rocket Summer or have a penchant for late 90’s/early 00’s pop-punk, these guys are definitely worth a listen. You can check out their latest record, Just Another Unsung Tragedy, by clicking this link to their bandcamp page. You can also find them on Spotify and iTunes.

Plane Without A Pilot is playing their next show at Punk Goes 80’s Pop, presented by Rocktoc at 710 Beach Club on May 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The lineup also includes Infinite Signals, Chasing Claymores, Ready Set Survive, and The Montell Jordans. You can purchase tickets here for $7.00 or at the door for $10.00. All proceeds will go to Feeding San Diego. See you at the show!

– Ari

Music Video Review

Stray Monroe – Hold the Line Video Review

March 16, 2018

 

Southern California pop-rockers Stray Monroe released their newest music video on March 2 for the single “Hold the Line”. The video itself follows a quirky, surprise-ending type of plot line that gives for an enjoyable watch for the three-minute duration and it features all three band members as part of a hit woman’s list. The video concludes with a twist involving a house show played by the band itself. The neighborhood of North Park in San Diego is heavily displayed as well. Overall, the vibe of the song fits with the music video very well and the ‘hit list’ theme is never portrayed as too dark or heavy to outweigh the melody and lyrical content, so I think it flows well.

Stray Monroe is beginning to come into their sound, an indie pop genre heavily influenced by the britpop of the 90’s that features bands like Blur and Supergrass. If you are a fan of bands like The Kooks, Rooney, or The Fratellis, check out Stray Monroe. Their upbeat sound and feel-good energy is sure to get stuck in your head once or twice, and the vocals perform almost as if they are another instrument within the song.

If you like what you saw and heard, come out to the release party for Stray Monroe’s EP, Momentary Vertigo on Friday, March 23 at 710 Beach Club. The show starts and 9:00 p.m. and tickets are available by following this link. Thanks for reading!

– Ari