Today’s Song of the Day is as new for me as it probably is for the majority of you; the band was shown to me today by a friend and I couldn’t be happier that he did so. This song is “Such Small Hands” by La Dispute, a post-hardcore/experimental rock group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. It comes off their only studio album, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, which was released back in 2008. The track isn’t very long, so please take your time and listen to the full thing. The raw emotion that comes out of lead vocalist Jordan Dreyer is truly remarkable. This can be found in all of La Dispute’s music and I have to say it is a nice change of pace. It gives me goosebumps when you hear him scream out his words of passion, something you don’t hear in mainstream music these days. I immediately downloaded the entire album because I liked their sound so much. Now I don’t expect the same from all of you but I wouldn’t be surprised if you did the same. Go ahead and vote about the song, and make sure to leave comments below! Remember, you don’t need an account to leave a comment, just start typing.
Today’s song of the day is by Emery, a band that I would imagine most of you don’t recognize, and personally, I think that’s a shame. After being told to give them a listen by a close friend, I’ve been a fan ever since. They just released a new album at the end of March 2011 titled We Do What We Want. Here we have another case of a band slightly changing its style with its new album. On first listening, I wasn’t thrilled. However, my second time through the tracks, I knew it had grown on me substantially. The band used to focus on vocal harmonies, but recently, they’ve started going a little bit harder and more screaming. While “I’m Not Here for Rage, I’m Here for Revenge” does showcase some screaming, I assure you it is not that much. Please do yourself a favor here: even if you hate screaming and everything about it, give this entire song a listen. After the first 30 seconds or so, the screaming cuts out almost entirely. After that, you get to enjoy the beautiful lyrics that Emery is known for. This song discusses a common subject, a love relationship. However, this is not your typical Taylor Swift romance. Go ahead and read the lyrics on the video while you listen (note, the intro is off a little, but fixes itself fast). The most obvious difference is this song is from the man’s point of view. You don’t usually hear about the man being upset about a broken relationship, but this song proves that it isn’t unheard of. All in all, I would say the last minute of the song is my absolute favorite, not just of the song, not just of the album, but of everything Emery has done with the exception of “Dear Death Part 1 and 2″ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch5HiK5vSTI). It’s slow paced and perfect in every way. If you like the song, definitely check out some more stuff by Emery, it’s well worth your time. It’s not a bad idea to listen to the rest of We Do What We Want, but you may be better off starting with I’m Only a Man, as well as, In Shallow Seas We Sail. Those are my favorites by Emery, and I think most of their fans agree that they are the superior albums. I can’t stress how underrated this band is. Go listen to some Emery, and tell your friends to do the same! After all, that’s how I learned about this talented group.