Monarch Music Minute: Migos, Colony House and Chasing Safety
Migos – ‘Culture’ 💿💿💿💿
2017 is off to good start for music fans everywhere. Fortunately, rap is no exception. Migos may have fallen short in the past, but “Culture” has reestablished them as talented rap artists.
Quavo (Kirshnik Ball), Offset (Kiari Cephus) and Takeoff (Quavious Marshall) make up the up-and-coming southern rap trio from Atlanta. They suffered a bit of a downfall after their debut album “Young Rich Niggas.” After Quavo and Offset spent some time in jail, the group bounced back.
“For all you f—boys that ever tried to doubt the Migos, you played yourself,” DJ Khaled says during the opening lines of their eponymous track. The song holds the album to a pretty high standard and shows the confidence Migos has in their own work right off the bat.
After the introduction by DJ Khaled on “Culture,” Migos dives right into “T-Shirt.” It’s an explosive, catchy track. It’s tough, and proves itself as Offset raps, “Never been a gopher (no), but I always been a soldier / Young n—-s in the cut, posted like a vulture.”
Lead single “Bad and the Boujee” has taken over the social media world. The lyrics, “Raindrop, drop top” have become the star of the latest memes to grace the Internet. The complete line is, “Raindrop, drop top / Smoking on cookie in the hotbox.” It’s catchy and an original radio hit.
“Culture” is full of these mainstream radio hits. Migos have managed to take their lyrics and make them the forefront of their songs. They do what very few artists can do, which is to rely on the music to push their lyrics rather than their lyrics to carry out the song.
The Atlanta trio has remade themselves for their new album. “Culture,” released on Jan. 27, follows Migos on their weird trip through life lessons and personal up comings. Some tracks are reflective and some just stay plain weird, but Migos has come together to pull off a well-developed, layered and lyrically complex album.
Migos make their appearance at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on March 9.
Colony House – ‘Only The Lonely’ 💿💿💿
Colony House is well known in the alternative world for singles such as, “Silhouettes” and “Second Guessing Games.” Three years after the release of their full-length album, fans anxiously awaited to see what the band would do next.
“When I Was Younger,” released in 2014, put Colony House on the map. They made their mark in the alternative world and were held to pretty high standards for the second album. Unfortunately, “Only The Lonely” was a bit of a letdown. The album is a chance for all the heartbroken and outcasts alike to have something to sing along to.
“Only The Lonely,” released on Jan. 13, is built off of Southern blues and rock. If it weren’t for the solid sound the band has created, the album would have fallen short. There’s nothing deep about it. They have their weirdly personal existential crisis on “This Beautiful Life,” and are constantly reassuring a nameless baby that they will return home on “1234.”
The hit single, “You Know It,” carries a Beach Boys vibe. Lead singer Caleb Chapman spouts off fast and loud about missing his baby and how grateful he is for his experiences. It’s one of the more fun songs off the album.
Following “You Know It,” “3:20” takes on a more serious rock sound. It’s a self-described anthem for the underdogs. Chapman croons on about those with a “wallflower soul.” “I’ve got nothing but love for the dreamers / Nothing but heart for the cold,” Chapman sings.
Other tracks, “Was It Me” and “Follow Me Down,” carry on the self-deprecating theme that is established early on with “Cannot Do This Alone.” At times, the album alludes to something more mature. For the most part, though, “Only The Lonely” sticks with lazy, repetitive and isolated lyrics.
Colony House is on tour through April and will be playing The Southern in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 5.
Chasing Safety – ‘Nomad’ 💿💿💿💿
There’s always the fear of the sophomore slump. When a band puts out a solid, well-done first album, fans can only hope for the best with their next album. Luckily, Chasing Safety had no problems proving to the world that their first album wasn’t successful only by chance.
The New Jersey-based band are back after three years of waiting. Their debut album, “Season of the Dead,” was well received by metal fans everywhere. They quickly made a name for themselves and fans were anxious for what was next.
“Nomad” is no slump. The album still carries much of the same sound from “Season of the Dead.” That does not make it boring, though. The band has revamped with a cleaner and more concise feel.
“This is Hell” leads the listener through a painful journey of heartbreak. It starts out loud, but the music immediately slows down as lead singer Johnny Galivan starts to sing softly. The rest of the song alternates between the intense screaming to the more reserved, quiet singing.
The song ends with Galvan singing, “The further I fall away from you.” “This is Hell” is made for the radio and holds as one of the better songs off the album.
“Run and Hide” and “Under Fire” keep up the catchy vibe that is set by opening song, “Brand New Prison.” They all share the common metal sound of heavy guitar riffs, but they each have their own unique theme. It makes the album enjoyable from start to finish.
Chasing Safety is your typical post-core metal band. There’s lots of screaming and heavy guitar riffs. It’s catchy, it’s cool and it’s loud. The band holds nothing back as they pound on the drums and shred on the guitar.
Galivan does not hold back. He gives it his all throughout the entire album. On the track “The Fall,” he explores a more self-destructive side. He sings, “It’s in my head / My God I did it again,” as he explores heartbreak caused by his own ways.
Fortunately for all metalcore fans, this album is the perfect start to 2017. Chasing Safety are the ones to watch and “Nomad” has set the bar for this year.
Notable Tacks – “This is Hell,” “The Fall” and “Brand New Poison.”
💿 — Face palm.
💿💿 — Eh…
💿💿💿 — We’re getting there.
💿💿💿💿 — I’ll listen to it twice, even.
💿💿💿💿💿 — Hell yes!