Okay, so maybe calling the feature "emo" was a little too harsh. [Nope!
] As expected, the response was not a good one. So I've decided to rename my weekly feature after the greatest person ever: me. So, without further ado, I present Hanna's
band of the week: The Goodnight Anthem
[Cue skateboard cut scene/star wipe
Now, I know what you're thinking: "Another band with the word 'goodnight' in the name? Does this girl only listen to bands with that word in there?" [The thought had occurred.
] I assure you, that is not the case: It's just some random coincidence that two of my favorite bands happen to have that word in their names. Maybe it's the magic word. Coincidences aside, the three Philly boys that make up The Goodnight Anthem (from hereon referred to as "TGA" because kids love their abbreviations)[OMG, NW!
], Tony Rodini (Vocals/Guitars), Joe Flack (Guitar), and Max Perla (Drums), have got musical chops. My favorite song of theirs is most certainly "State to State", a catchy little number about what else? Teenage angst. And love. And running away. But teenage angst too, with lyrics like "We're not too young to just run away/now that we can stay/stay up/we can rebel/we'll figure it out". Man, I love this song. So much so that it's been my phone ringtone for well over a year now [I'd imagine a teenage angst ringtone sounds like running eyeliner and the mall parking lot...
]. It's that good. I can't even tell you how much I am dying to see these guys live but the closest they come to the city is New Jersey. The day I see them live is the day I can die happy [Don't put all your teenage angst in one band-sket!
]. But back to the song. The guitar line is like if bubblegum pop and edgy rock had a love child [Ed. Note: that child was put up for adoption and spent several years living with that Trunchbull lady from
] And the drums are banging (pun intended)[I consulted my "Dadjokes and Bad Punnery" handbook on this one. It's about a 7 on the ugh-dometer
]. Words cannot describe the amazingness [Loose terminology here
] that is this song so it's best if you listen for yourself.
also has a solo project simply titled by what else? Tony Rodini [Also available from Kraft: Flinstones shapes!
]. His music is a fantastic mix of pop/rock/acoustic. He is so talented. He's an amazing guitarist/lyricist/writer. [Here I had to remove a few lines that were too suggestive for our PG-13 audience, who, while they might enjoy Tony Rodini doing magic tricks at their birthday party, would not appreciate the innuendo of "magic tricks" or what it implies to the cruel, corrupted adult world
]. His looks probably don't hurt either, but this is a music website (if it weren't, I could talk about that all day). Listen to tracks like "Flash Flash" and "Leavin' Alone" that just ooze talent. [Ugh-dometer just went up to 8!
Because it hasn't already been stressed enough: TGA has got talent. And you can hear it in their music. Oh, and if, by some chance, TGA is reading this: Play a show in NYC! -hanna kasper
[While TGA is your typical pop-punk outfit, fit for the radio/LIRR/a Metuchen Chuck E. Cheese, I will be fair and say that the 16 year old kid in me who may or may have not briefly enjoyed this type of tuneage thinks that they are OK, by normal human standards. No egregious lyrical flops, and understandably high pitched melodies. They get a 7 out of 10 from the peanut gallery.
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MP3: "State to State"
The Goodnight Anthem on Myspace