It’s About Time by Young The Giant

It’s About Time is the lead single off of Young The Giant’s anticipated second album “Mind over Matter”.Although I’m a huge fan of the band’s even-keeled sound on the first record, I must say that this must more aggressive departure is very welcome.

This track bolts out of the gate with a driving alt-rock drum and bass rhythm, and exquisitely accentuated by a punchy staccato guitar line. All of which provide a galloping feel to the music. This is, until the chorus of the song kicks in and that incredibly tight guitar arpeggio rolls down like rainwater on plate glass. The use of shimmering surf rock guitar tones to soar above the earthier bass sounds gives this track a retrofitted sound that unabashedly steals from the past and twists it into something new.

Once again, lead singer Sameer Gadhia delivers an incredibly clean and crisp performance of the lyrics while retaining control over a broad spectrum of notes, again cementing his place as one of the most underrated frontmen in modern rock (in my opinion, anyway).

I’m unsure whether the rest of the album will be as much of a divergence from the band’s sound on their self-titled debut, but regardless, this is an exciting new song from a band that has a lot of potential

Sail To The Sun by Wavves

Sail To The Sun is off of Wavves 2013 album Afraid of Heights. With an energetic garage rock sound, this song demonstrates that the 4 chord rock song is still able to pack a punch despite being the writing style of choice for the vast majority of rock bands in the past 20 years. Although the song may be a simple, no-frills rock track, it still maintains the youthful, reckless energy that has given the genre its longevity. While Wavves is a little difficult to classify – there are people who make equally convincing arguments that they are indie or garage rock – one thing is clear: this San Diego three-piece is setting its own pace when it comes to their music and revitalizing the garage rock genre in the process. For any self-classified fan of rock music, this is definitely a group worth getting into.

Afraid of Heights is available on iTunes.