February may be my least favorite month of the year. It’s brutally cold, it’s exceptionally short, and almost every year I have to deal with Valentine’s Day and that damn groundhog determining winter is going to be 6 weeks longer. I think I was in middle school the last time he correctly predicted winter ending early. However, the music world loves February. So now that February is officially over, I want to look back at all of the great things that happened in this bitter cold and evil month. Here’s my top 10 songs that helped make February just a little better.
1. “Gone” by Miss May I–“Gone” is the newest and first single to be released for Miss May I’s upcoming fourth studio album Rise of the Lion. The video features a fan getting tattooed by London Reese, a highly recognized illustrative tattooist from Southern California, with the MMI lion logo, displaying both fan loyalty to the band and the band’s loyalty to their fans.
2. “Bones Exposed” by Of Mice & Men–Of Mice & Men have started 2014 out with a bang. Their latest album Restoring Force is the most ambitious project Austin Carlile has ever taken on. The end of February marked the release of the brand new OM&M music video for their single “Bones Exposed,” the first video featuring bassist/clean vocalist Aaron Pauley.
3. “Let’s Bury the Hatchet…In Your Head” by Ice Nine Kills–Ice Nine Kills kind of came out of nowhere. I had never heard of them before someone recommended their latest album The Predator Becomes the Prey where I found love at first listen. This video was released towards the end of February and helps to mark the success INK has had since their record dropped a few weeks ago.
4. “Heaven Knows” by The Pretty Reckless–Okay, so if you haven’t seen this video, then you are missing out on one of the most shocking videos Taylor Momsen has ever released. With a choir of children singing about going to hell and Momsen flashing the world with religious symbolism, there’s a fine line between art and scandal drawn with this February release.
5. “Closer” by Asking Alexandria–AA decided to cover Nine Inch Nails for the upcoming Punk Goes 90s 2, and I have to say I couldn’t be less surprised by that choice of song. You can just tell that Danny Worsnop is enjoying every single line he sings/screams a little too much. I’m sure Trent Reznor and The Snop would be best friends if they were ever given the chance.
6. “Move It” by Down & Dirty–No, this is not a cover of that lemur dancing song from Madagascar. However, this technically was released at the very end of 2013, but I didn’t hear it until mid-February, so it has made it on to my list. D&D is an up and coming metalcore/melodic hardcore band who has impressed me right off the bat not only with the complexity of this single, but with the creativity behind their music video shoot as well.
7. “Anybody” by Bad Things–Shawn White is in a band! In the spirit of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, I felt the need to include one of the singles from the two-time Olympic gold medalist Shawn White, simply because who isn’t curious to hear what a snowboarder in a band sounds like? I promise you that this was not the sound I expected.
8. “The Bells! The Bells!!” by LostAlone–February marked the official announcement of the upcoming LostAlone record Shapes of Screams, thus the first single they released for the album (which was released for FREE I might add) needs to be on this list. The band has gained tremendous support from the top people in the biz, including production work/support from the one, the only, Gerard Way.
9. “3 Am” by Chiodos–Remember when Chiodos was rejoined by Craig Owens and everyone flipped out in excitement? Well this February release was one of the reasons that all of the hype was appropriate. With Owens returned melodic screech of a vocal, it is one of the best things that has happened not only in February but in 2014 so far.
10. “Fake Your Death” by My Chemical Romance–Okay, yeah the 12 year old girl in me cried when I heard this. February announced the final song to ever be released by My Chemical Romance. Which, I personally believe to be a big deal. This also happens to be an incredible song that displays the true song writing power MCR was capable of. I hope My Chem’s highly anticipated reunion happens sooner rather than later.
Natasha Van Duser
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