Saturday, May 25, 2013

CD Review: Fueled By Ramen Releases Potential Summer Blockbusters By Paramore And A Rocket To The Moon

Fueled By Ramen is one of the top record labels for alternative music. As a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group, their roster includes a very young, modern line-up including hit makers fun. and modern rockers Gym Class Heroes. In April, the label released a new album by one of the more popular female-fronted alternative rock bands, Paramore and also released a new album by the alternative-country/pop sounds of A Rocket To The Moon.
The new self-titled Paramore album was released back in April and shows the band expanding their sound into new territory. Lead singer Hayley Williams is right out front with her strong vocals in "Fast In My Car" and even shows her softer side on "Daydreaming." The album's lead single, "Now" has an arena shaking chorus that gets supported by buzzing guitars and heavy metal drumming. The pop music of "Last Hope" and the punk-like aggression of "Anklebiters" shows the band's diversity, while the album's latest single, "Still Into You" combines the two styles while adding a new wave appeal to their music. The song "(One Of Those) Crazy Girls" starts off like a sixties nostalgia trip that turns into a plead for forgiveness. The album's alternative/pop/dance/rock songs gets interrupted by short ukulele song snippets like "Moving On" and "I'm Not Angry Anymore" that show another side to the band's songwriting. The highlight of the album is the 8-minute closer, "Future" which begins as a demo-sounding, campfire song that erupts with screeching guitars and pounding drums.
Paramore is spending the summer over in Europe. To find out more about the band's new album, please visit
After hitting it big in 2009 with their debut album "On Your Side," A Rocket To The Moon look to build on that success with their latest release, "Wild & Free." The album has a warm, southern sound with its acoustic rockers "Going Out" and "Nothing At All' along side the heartfelt ballads "First Kiss" and "Another Set of Wings." The album is full of potential hit singles, the Jason Mraz sounding "Whole Lotta You," the first dance potential of "I Do" and the country two-step of "Wherever You Go." The album closes with the band plugging in for the up-tempo rocker "You're My Song" and the piano ballad "Lost & Found."
A Rocket To The Moon will begin the month of June on the west coast before heading up to Canada, then hit the east coast at the end of the month. For more information on the band's new album, "Wild & Free" and for a complete list of tour dates, please visit

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