Why Needtobreathe Could Be Your New Favorite Band

Happy Friday, y’all! I am here to tell you why Needtobreathe could be–and probably should be–your new favorite band. I’m biased. I’ve followed these guys since my freshman year of college, 2006. Since then, not only have my photography skills evolved (along with the quality of my camera), but so has their music.


These photos cover Fall 2006-Spring 2013

Last fall, I had the privilege of seeing them again at The Handlebar, in Greenville, South Carolina. The show was part of The Stomping Ground Tour, where they played some of the smaller venues that they played back in the beginning. In fact, some of the pictures above were taken at the Handlebar in 2007. I’ve seen them play everywhere from small rooms where you could hear the line dancing next door to major outdoor venues. It’s been amazing to listen to their music progress and watch the crowds grow.

Last week, Needtobreathe released their album Rivers in the Wasteland. I cannot say enough about how much I love this album. The songs are diverse, yet cohesive. There is definitely something for everyone.

 Just watch this great video from them on The David Letterman show this week and tell me that you don’t like them. That’s a dare.

I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend! Any new music recommendations for me?

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Music Watch Saturday: Massive Catch Up

So, I’ve been really out of, musically speaking, recently. In fact just Thursday, I learned that one of my all time favorite bands, Fireworks, released a new album last week. Normally, I would have eagerly anticipating its release. I’m talking countdown app, y’all. I already preordered Needtobreathe’s new album, but they’ve been talking about its release at their shows for over a year at this point.

Music Watch

I’m under no illusions that anyone else really shares my taste in music, but I thought that I would peruse the website of my youth, AbsolutePunk.net and try to see what I’ve been missing out on. Maybe some of these bands will strike your fancy!

Without further ado, I am loving or looking forward to:

The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams (March 25, 2014) [RIYL: Lucero, Drive-By Truckers, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists]

Fireworks, Oh, Common Life (March 25, 2014) [RIYL: The Wonder Years, Transit, A Loss For Words]

Manchester Orchestra, Cope (April 1, 2014) [RIYL: Brand New, All Get Out, Dear and the Headlights]

Needtobreathe, Rivers in the Wasteland (April 15. 2014) [RIYL: Good Music (seriously), Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Jon Foreman]

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The following projects are in the works:

Action Item, Full Length


Music News:

The Dangerous Summer broke up. I knew that. But reading it again, made me super sad. Oh, college days! I regret the few times that I missed seeing them in concert when I lived in DC.

Copeland is releasing new material! (Megan is super excited! She would probably kill me for posting her goth-sad outfit that she wore for Halloween after they broke up.)

Jonny Craig is not using drugs. Color me surprised!

Emery is crowdsourcing support for their new album because they want to own their own music! Good for them! They have a killer live show.

The Starting Line, which is my go-to summer music, is releasing a vinyl edition of Say It Like You Mean It. I would rather them just write some new, good songs.

New Music that I Found:

Tokyo Police Club, Forcefield

Firestarter, Forget the Past (May 14, 2014) These guys remind me a lot of old New Found Glory and why I fell in love with pop-punk. Ready for summer! [(RIYL: New Found Glory, The Starting Line, Blink 182]


What music are you looking forward to? Anything new that I should check out?
Venus Trapped in Mars
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