I decided to post some songs for Holy Week.
This first song is by the band Pedro the Lion. It is a very chill version of the traditional Irish hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision.’ I really enjoy modern adaptions of hymns, and Pedro The Lion did a fantastic job with this one. This version of ‘Be Thou My Vision’ can be found on the bands album ‘The Only Reason I Feel Secure’ released in 1999.
The openers for Twenty One Pilots ‘Emotional Roadshow’ tour will be Mutemath, and Chef’Special.
Mutemath is an Alternative Rock band from New Orleans, and has been around since 2002. Mutemath actually performed a show at my college a few years ago. Mutemath seems to be an interesting pick as an opener, since they have been around for over a decade. I would have thought that Twenty One Pilots would have picked a more current or up and coming band, especially since this will be probably one of the biggest tours of the summer.
Chef’Special is an Indie Pop band from the Netherlands. I had heard of them, but had never listened to there music before. I think this is a good pick for an opener. I enjoy there sound, and it is good for a band from Europe to be touring in the US and gaining popularity.
Some bands I would have loved to see open on this tour would have been Grouplove, Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant, and Matt & Kim.
What do you think of the picks Mutemath and Chef’Special?
Happy St. Patricks day to all those who are Irish, or want to be Irish today. Here is a list of the best of Irish music.
Best Irish Band
The most influential Irish band of all time definitely has to be U2. They have produced so many great songs over the years, and although they got slack from there free album recently, they are still legendary. Here is a link to my favorite song by U2.
Current Irish Musicians
Each of the artists below are listed in no particular order. These are current Irish artists, and each of them produce very chill, relaxing music.
His most famous song 9 Crimes, has incredible emotion and features fellow Irish musician Lisa Hannigan with the female vocals.
James Vincent McMorrow
Has very calming, mellow music. Great for work or studying.
His track ‘Take me to Church’ led Hozier to be a worldwide success. Other great tracks by Hozier include: ‘Someone New’, ‘Work Song’, and ‘From Eden’.
Best Irish Hip Hop Song
Although Macklemore is from Seattle, he sings about his Irish heritage in ‘Irish Celebration’. This song is originally from 2009, so it doesn’t get as much recognition as his newer material, but it definitely is an upbeat and fun Irish song with great instrumentals.
Run River North is a band that I found about a year and a half ago. The bands first self titled album ‘Run River North’ had multiple tracks that were awesome, and had a overall very chill vibe. The tracks that I would highly recommend from this album would be Monster Calling Home, Lying Beast, Run River Run, Growing Up, and Foxbeard.
The second album ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’ has more of an indie pop feel, and doesn’t hold the same chill vibe that made the self titled album great. With this being said, it is a good indie pop album, but I am just not feeling it as much as there first album. A jam I would recommend from ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’ is the song ’29’.
Overall if you were to listen to just a few songs from this band I would certainly recommend checking out ‘Run River North’ over ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’. But if you are more of a fan of indie pop ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’ is worth checking out.
Last week NEEDTOBREATHE announced that they are planning a second Tour de Compadres Tour. The tour lineup and general details have not been released yet, but it is definitely exciting news that the band is heading out on tour again.
In 2015, Tour de Compadres consisted of the bands Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Ben Rector, and Colony House, with NEEDTOBREATHE headlining. It was a great lineup, with each band having a different style and sound. So far the only artist to be announced on the 2016 tour is Mat Kearney.
NEEDTOBREATHE have also been in the studio recording an album that is set to release in 2016, so hopefully there will be further updates in the next few weeks on the release information.
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