How amazing are they!? We love how well they mashed up these two songs. Their voices are really something special. Definitely a boy band to watch in 2014. Don’t forget to follow Midnight Red on Twitter.
Last week, New York based pop trio AJR released their debut EP “6foot1” on iTunes and Amazon MP3. Now that we have had some time with the new songs, we are blown away with how talented these guys are!
Written, recorded, mixed and mastered all by themselves in their parents’ living room, AJR continues to impress us. As if that wasn’t enough, the boys also designed the cover art. And in case you were wondering where the title “6foot1” came from, it’s because Adam, Jack and Ryan are all 6 foot 1. Here is our track-by-track review of the EP!
The opening track, “I’m Ready” is the brothers’ first single and has been climbing the Pop Chart on iTunes (as high as 98!). Sampling the iconic Spongebob “I’m Ready” clip, AJR layered dubstep bass drops and the most catchy chorus we’ve heard all year.
The second track ,”Woody Allen”, has such a fun sound to it! We aren’t quite sure what they mean when they say they feel like Woody Allen but it makes for a great song. Also, the most inventive censoring of a word we’ve ever heard (we’re looking at you Ryan!). This song has so many layers and we can’t stop listening to it! We hear something new every time.
“Growing Old On Bleecker Street” isn’t exactly new to us, but every time we listen to this song, we wish we could live on Bleecker Street. We love the ukelele and the melody of this song. One of our favorite lyrics: “I woke up last night from a dream that we’d grow old on Bleecker Street. Sit by the fire and I’d play my guitar but dreams are only dreams.”
We are obsessed with the horns in “AfterHours.” We can’t wait to hear this song live! It’s super catchy and high energy chorus will have any venue rocking. And are those water glasses we hear in the background? Nice.
The EP closes with “Buy You a Rose,” which showcases Adam, Jack and Ryan’s unique voices and powerful harmonies. Check out their beatboxing in the background (we already knew they had serious skills). The gang vocals on this song are incredible. Just listen to this song and you’ll see why it’s our favorite.
As we’ve mentioned, we are seriously looking forward to what’s in store from AJR next year, including the release of their full length debut album. (PS guys, we are going to need studio versions of “The Green and The Town” and “Married on a Hill” hint hint)
The EP is available now on iTunes and Amazon MP3 for just $2.99! That’s less than your morning latte. Get it now!
It’s almost 2014, so you know what that means – time to recap our favorite moments of 2013! (We’re so original here). As we mentioned before, 2013 was an awesome year for music, especially if you’re a secret fangirl. Here are our favorite things that happened this year.
After what seemed like years of talk, 78Violet, aka Aly & AJ, announced an official reunion and a new single, “Hothouse.” We are loving their new sound! They are very interactive with their fans, and had some adorable sister moments on stage at their Grammercy Theater show, like mixing up their mic-pacs and swapping them back on stage. We also love Aly’s story about their song “53rd Floor” – she realized only after the song was finished she had gotten the floor number wrong. Oops!
9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were everywhere in 2013, and we would put “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop” on any Best of 2013 list. Their live show is just incredible with freestyle rapping, a full horn section, confetti blasters, and some serious crowd surfing. Not to mention one of the most energetic performers we’ve ever seen! Oh, and have you heard how Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) met his now fiance Tricia Davis? Take notes: She had heard one of his songs on the radio, and sent him a MySpace message offering to make him a picnic, or so the legend goes. She did, and they’ve been together ever since. Fangirling at its finest. We love it!
8. Jesse McCartney’s Comeback
We’ve been fans of J Mac since his days on “Summerland” and his first album. Okay, we admit we were fans of Dreamstreet too. (Remember them?) He’s been focusing on acting lately, so we were stoked when he announced he would be joining the Backstreet Boys on their 20th Anniversary Tour. Jesse let us know he’d been in the studio too, and released an EP, In Technicolor Part I, in December. Our favorite song is “Back Together”.
7. Austin Mahone!
We discovered Austin by actually clicking on an “Amazon MP3 suggests” selection, and boy are we glad we did. Talent, style, sweet dance moves? Austin is the complete package. We were counting down the days until his headlining MTV Artist to Watch Tour in the fall, which was sadly postponed, but now means we’re just counting the days until it now kicks off in March!
6. Selena Gomez Makes the Stars Dance
Selena returned to music this year with her album, “Stars Dance.” This also marked the first time she released music without her band, The Scene. Her music and performances are a throwback to early Britney (chair dances!!) and we are loving her pop-dance sound. Say what you want about her, but there is no denying the girl can dance and put on a good show.
Just in time for Christmas, Cody Simpson released a video for his version of “Please Come Home for Christmas.” Filmed in Melbourne, Australia, the city gives a beautiful backdrop of twinkling lights. The video also showcases Cody’s talents on the guitar.
Cody may be at home in Australia for Christmas, but he is heading out on an acoustic tour in January, with dates throughout the US and Canada. The tour kicks off on January 10th in Santa Ana, CA with special guests Plug In Stereo, and wraps up January 31st in Denver.
We first caught Cody opening for Big Time Rush’s Summer Tour, and are excited to see even more from him in 2014!
This may not be news to you MNR Fans out there but somehow we just discovered this fantastic video from 2011 of the boys in Midnight Red covering one of our favorite songs, “Step By Step” from New Kids On The Block.
If Midnight Red can channel the NKOTB spirit in this rehearsal clip, imagine how awesome they would be headlining a massive arena tour like the New Kids!
They hit the falsetto note and even do the microphone stand choreography!!
Sold. Done. Call us fangirls. We just fell in love with Midnight Red!!