Hello again, music fans!
Here we are once again, the beginning of the week, also known as Monday. You know what that means… it’s Monday Playlist time!
So have you all been watching the Reading & Leeds coverage (or lack of) this weekend? I myself managed to catch a bit of the Green Day set and, as I write this, I am watching the wonderful Scotsmen Biffy Clyro close the Reading main stage. I also heard Frank Turner’s Mum introducing her son, asking the crowd to be “nice” about his bad back whilst on a drive to the beach. It’s been a wonderful weekend for those of us listening at home… perhaps not so much if you were there wading through the mud!
Regardless of where you viewed the festival this weekend, this week’s Monday Playlist intends to help you reminisce over the festivals, as the Music Team pick out their personal favourites from the weekend.
Before we let you go on and listen to this week’s playlist, we’d love to hear your thoughts on our R&L themed posts this week – have you enjoyed it? We do have one more post to come – a reflective post from our very own Rachael who went to Reading as a staff member this weekend – so keep your peepers peeled for that!
Until we meet again for another Monday Playlist, have a great week!
Music Editor, demon-media.co.uk
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1. ‘California Burritos’ – Chuck Ragan
Ethan Williamson (@E523W) says: “Ragan played the Lock-up stage at the festivals, and those who saw him know just how powerful his sing-along songs can be. Before 2006, Ragan was part of a Punk band called Hot Water Music, and after their disbandment, Ragan basically just carried on playing shouty acoustic ‘punk folk’. Don’t let the daft song title fool you, this is powerful stuff, and as catchy as sin.”
2. ‘You’re Turning Into John Wayne’ – Twin Atlantic
Ethan says: “Most people have, by now, probably heard the extraordinarily Scottish Twin Atlantic from their radio. It’s less likely, however, that you’ll actually know the name of the band. Despite their music being all over the radio, they have somehow missed out on being a household name. On top of this, you probably haven’t heard this track – DESPITE it arguably being their best.”
3. ‘On Top Of The World’ – Imagine Dragons
Natalie Whitehouse (@_natbcfc) says: “A catchy and uplifting song, ‘On Top Of the World’ is a feel good tune filled with festival vibes. Like many of the band’s songs it has been used on adverts for video games and the like, giving the song deserved exposure. The fun-filled track is just one of many of the great songs the Las Vegas band have at their disposal, after the release of their debut album Night Visions. But I was drawn to this particular track because of the simple fact it makes me happy! It’s like a celebration and so fits right in at a festival, and the chorus just makes me want to jump around and have a little dance!”
4. ‘Let Yourself Go’ – Green Day
Alex Underwood (@broadcasteralex) says: “This is one of the best tracks off Uno, the first (and slightly disappointing) album that the veteran pop-punk rockers released in a trio late last year. This is a classic Green Day composition, almost harking back to the days of Dookie – a simple riff incorporated into a short song full of punch. Featured in setlists at both Reading and Leeds, this is a party song, regardless of wether you “prefer the old stuff” or just “aren’t that into them anymore”.
5. ‘Awkward’ – San Cisco
Bradley Duggan (@bradley_duggan) says: “The band originate from Fremantle, Australia and played the Festival Republic Stage at the weekend. I can imagine that they gained some new followers as they are a great little indie-pop band who have been recognised by many critics. This song is adorably quirky thanks to the simple melody and the great rapport between front man Jordi Davieson and drummer Scarlett Steven, if rumours are true they are currently dating.”
6. ‘Almost Famous’ – Eminem
Bradley says: “This guy is one of the best rappers to have ever picked up a mic, not to mention the fact that he was one of the only white rappers around at the time. Apparently his set was “storming” and “explosive”, he also told the BBC where to go when they asked to record his set live. ‘Almost Famous’ comes from his 2010 album Recovery and displays Eminem’s pure talent for spitting lyrics like poetry. Each of his verses flows effortlessly from one to the other, as he spins word play and irony into them. The album was a great return from flop Relapse and a stint in rehab for drug addiction.”
7. ‘That Golden Rule’ – Biffy Clyro
Nicola Allen (@NicoClaireAllen) says: “Despite some early sound problems during their reading set, plus reports of bad sound at Leeds, Biffy’s single ‘That Golden Rule’ is still a stomping, head bang worth lick great for closing a festival such as Reading & Leeds. Simon’s (Neil, vocals) are deliciously screechy whilst the Johnston brothers at the back create a truly raucous instrumental to boot.”
8. ‘Good Together’ – Chapel Club
Nicola says: “I mentioned this during our guide last Wednesday, but I must mention it again. Chapel Club create awesome airy yet dancey music great for having a relaxing half hour amongst the rock chaos elsewhere at R&L. ‘Good Together’ is a catchy, ear-worm inducing number that is extremely enjoyable with good friends and good beer. Cheers!”
If you have a couple more minutes to spare, why not check out the past week’s other content?