I love introducing people to bands and new music that I am a fan of, and have recently been sharing a lot of them with my sister. She used to despise a lot of the bands I would listen to. She couldn’t stand anything ‘screamo’ and even the names Slipknot and Five Finger Death Punch made her assume I was following satanic, screamers that were all depressed or psychotic. However, recently she has developed a change in her style, music taste specifically. She’s stopped listening to the pop charts and thinking Kanye West is the bomb. and we have began bonding over music. A lot of the bands and music styles she used to hate, she now listens to regularly and I find it interesting as she has gone down a similar path to me in terms of what bands she listens to. So, still want to get into some bands? Keep reading.
1. You Me At Six
Standout Tracks (IMO): Give, Bite My Tongue, Underdog, Save It For The Bedroom
For Fans Of: All Time Low, Deaf Havana, Don Broco
2. Bring Me The Horizon
Following YMA6 I progressed on through my pop punk, Blink 182 and Paramore obsession phases, to eventually end up at the notorious Bring Me The Horizon. You’ve most likely heard of these guys or at least their music, especially since their latest album is always on Radio 1. Before I began listening to bands I would hear about Bring Me The Horizon and thought that they were some big scary band, with super heavy music that I would never listen to. However, I began listening to them shortly before the release of Sempiternal and fell in love with them. I watched so many YouTube videos on them, until I became obsessed. When Sempiternal was leaked, I listened to it on repeat for weeks. They’re a great band if you’re interested in transitioning into heavier genres as each album has gotten lighter over time, so you can just work through them backwards. Latest release That’s The Spirit is on a similar level to You Me At Six, which you probably would have already heard on the radio. Where as Sempiternal to Count Your Blessings ranges from metalcore to deathcore.
Top 10 Bring Me The Horizon Songs
Standout Tracks (IMO): Shadow Moses, Blessed With A Curse, Don’t Go, Happy Song
For Fans Of: Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, A Day To Remember
3. A Day To Remember
Next up, this little gem of a band. I was first introduced to ADTR through their cover of Since U Been Gone. It was very early on when I hadn’t heard bands cover songs in this way before, and their original tracks were so catchy and intriguing. Its the kind of music that gives me images of either jumping around your room singing terribly, or going crazy at their concert. All of their albums are on par, including latest album Bad Vibrations. It didn’t take me long to get into the album at all and before I knew it, I knew the words and was singing along to them live. I honestly don’t think I can fault this band and if you like their music you have to see them in concert as they put on such fun shows, especially at festivals.
Standout Tracks (IMO): All Signs Point To Lauderdale, End Of Me, If It Means A Lot To You, Have Faith In Me
For Fans Of: The Amity Affliction, All Time Low, Pierce The Veil
4. Pierce The Veil & Sleeping With Sirens
So I’m cheating a little on this next one, but I don’t think anyone can really like one without the other. There is something about these two bands that go together so well. They both have a similar feel about their music, upbeat and fun while being easy to connect with and communicating common teen issues. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of their fanbases, so I’m not so keen on seeing them live anymore, unless at a festival, but both bands perform brilliantly and put on a good show. The night before my 20th birthday (2 years ago), they did a co-headline tour, so I had to drag my friend along (who doesn’t really like bands). She said she enjoyed both but preferred Sleeping With Sirens, so maybe start with them. I feel like these bands are more for a younger audience idk why, but hopefully you’ll enjoy them as they do have some great songs.
PTV Standout Tracks (IMO): Bulletproof Love, Caraphernelia, Hold On Till May, Floral and Fading.
SWS Standout Tracks (IMO): Trophy Father’s Trophy Son, If I’m James Dean You’re Audrey Hepburn, Scene Two – Roger Rabbit, Kick Me
For Fans Of: All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, Falling In Reverse
5. Five Finger Death Punch
My dad thinks their name is so amusing, and always says it wrong so I have to correct him. This is the kind of band where the name makes them sound a lot heavier than they are. I can’t actually remember the first time I listened to them, or saw them live, but I am in complete love with this band. I never usually listen to bands like this, so when I first discovered them I was amazed. FFDP are a heavy metal band, so if you’re not interested in metal core, this is a good band to look up. They have some beautiful, and touching music videos which compliment their sound brilliantly. Ivan Moody has an incredible voice, which brings the band that true American sound. They’re definitely one to try, and even see them live if you can as they put on a great set.
Standout Tracks (IMO): Coming Down, Bad Company, Anywhere But Here (ft Maria Brink)
For Fans Of: All That Remains, Slipknot, Stone Sour
Warning: I adore the song Coming Down but feel like the video should probably have a trigger warning for self harm/people with suicidal tendencies. Just be warned if you decide to check it out. I’ve included Remember Everything in this post for those who may be sensitive to Coming Down.
6. Being As An Ocean
So, you may be able to tell so far that I’ve tried to keep each band on this post varied in style. None of these bands really sound like any of the others, so if you find a band you like, you can find similar ones from there, or maybe you’ll just like all of them, who knows. And this is why I’ve decided to include Being As An Ocean, as when I first heard them I hadn’t heard any other bands like it. They are a melodic hardcore band, with insanely, beautiful lyrics and messages. The whole aesthetic of the band pleases me; music videos, album artwork, Tumblr images and their Instagram feed, I love it all, but it’s their sound that blows me away the most. While Joel Quartuccio combines brilliant screams and powerfully spoken words, Michael McGough’s clean backing vocals make the tracks catchy and addictive. The songs are played with passion which can be seen, heard and felt throughout their live performances. Whether it’s with Joel crowd surfing over you, getting centre of the mosh pits or making everyone cry with touching speeches, their shows are some of the most passionate and compelling I have ever been to, and it’s hard to not adore their music.
Standout Tracks (IMO): Dissolve, This Loneliness Won’t Be The Death Of Me, Dear G-D, L’exquisite Douleur
For Fans Of: La Dispute, Burning Down Alaska, Touché Amoré, Devil Sold His Soul
Well, there you have it. 6 (7) bands to check out and get you into some alternative music. I hope you enjoyed this post/found it helpful, and at least found one new band that you like. Points if you already know and like all of these bands.
What are some of the bands you listened to that opened you up to new music? and what bands would you recommend most to others getting into the scene? Leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading, and happy listening. April