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FullSizeRender (3)Hey, I’m Adriana Sanchez! I am currently an eighteen year old high school student from Southern California. I  finally began writing about music about a year ago because I like to talk about bands a lot, so I figured why not just write out my thoughts and share it with the good people of the Internet!

My love for music came when I was twelve years old. It introduced me to a whole new life where I felt like I belonged. From there, my days were spent searching Youtube for different artists and scribbling down my thoughts about them in a notebook (which is basically what I do now), plastering my walls with ripped up copies of Alternative Press, and stealing old hardcore CDs from my aunt.

In addition to writing for Infectious, I write for Unsigned & Unleashed and Open Our Eyes. You can also almost always find me watching Criminal Minds with my dog or pretending that I have an English accent.

Check out my playlist below!

1. My Chemical Romance – “The Ghost of You”

If I had to choose my all time favorite song, this would be it. This song means a lot to for a few different reasons, and for that it makes me both happy and sad. I’ve also been a die hard MCR fan since I was about 12 years old. They were my first show, my first favorite record, and the band that pretty much introduced me to a whole new world of music. I totally cried my eyes out for a few days when they broke up because I don’t think I could ever explain in words how much I love this band. I’m also really bummed that I probably won’t ever see this song played live unless they miraculously decide to get back together.

2. The Used – “Maybe Memories”

I have always admired The Used’s energy. This isn’t my favorite song by the band, but it’s definitely in my top five. Personally, I think they’re under appreciated because this group has so much passion and they care so much about their message. Come on, everyone in the world needs to listen to them at least once in their lives.

3. Taking Back Sunday – “Timberwolves At New Jersey”

I can’t really tell you why I love this song– I just sort of do. It makes me feel a bit careless and young, which is always fun. TBS is another one of my favorite bands, so they do have a few tracks that mean a lot to me yet this one trumps them all.

4. Saosin – Translating The Name

I’m a huge Anthony Green fan. From his writing to his stage performance to his vocals, everything about him is pretty incredible and it shows through each of his projects. Though Circa Survive is probably in my top ten bands, his work with Saosin is my favorite. “Translating The Name,” I find, is just a bit more raw than anything else he’s done. I really like that it’s edgier and when is that not cool?

5. Thursday – “Standing On The Edge of Summer”

I really wish I had the opportunity to see Thursday live. They’re another band that I’m patiently waiting for them to get back together. I’ll admit that I’m totally an emo kid at heart and this song– this group actually– just satisfies that desire.

6. Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”

I really got into Bikini Kill after I seen their singer Kathleen Hannah’s documentary, The Punk Singer. The band opened my eyes in a lot of ways. For me, they weren’t just playing music. They were educating and taking action and revolutionizing a whole music scene. This song is basically the epitome of their whole movement and I respect that because their ideas are still shaping me as a person today.

7. The Germs – “Forming”

When I got into high school, I started listening to a lot of Black Flag, Descendents, and Fugazi. I loved those bands –and still do– but, they never connected with me like The Germs did. I was really fascinated by their sort of nihilism and destructive behavior, so I spent a lot of time listening to their record as I walked home from school. As a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that Darby Crash was a very brilliant man.

8. Bring Me The Horizon – “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”

This song reminds me of middle school. My friends and I thought we were so cool because people thought we were scary when we played this on our sucky iPod speakers at lunch. A few teachers found it concerning that we were listening to the “devil’s music,” so they tried to get us to talk to counselors. It was pretty dumb.

9. Blessthefall – “What’s Left of Me”

I remember watching this video and going to school the next day to tell my friend that I had found this really awesome band with a hot singer. We were in the seventh grade around this time, so we looked up the band’s MySpace and saw that the singer’s name was Beau Bokan, but like the oblivious children we were, we mispronounced his name for about a year until the band finally got video interview up with him saying it the correct way. Basically, that’s the story of my first band crush.

10. Paramore – “That’s What You Get”

Paramore was the first “alternative” band I got into when I was about 11 years old. I heard this song on like Guitar Hero, or some game like that, and I was hooked. The song was just so dang catchy that I had to have more. Look where that has taken me!

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Adriana Sanchez

Writer, concert goer, and Netflix enthusiast. I like the beach and pajamas. I also write for Unsigned & Unleashed and Open Our Eyes.

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