Archive for September, 2012

My friend found out that I like Friendly Fires, so he gave me this album before it was released. They’re an American band, very indie, and very much remind me of Friendly Fires.

I really like all the arty stuff on their album cover and their website design, and their lyrics are very simple and don’t really have much meaning. Very indie.

There are some songs on this album that I really see potential in, and there are a few that annoy me with a touch of ‘club remix’ in them. There’s a song called ‘Lisa Baby’ whose catchy guitar riffs remain in your head for weeks, in a good way. But there are other songs like ‘Next In Line’, which are more Klaxons. Who annoy me. I liked their first material, but their popular song ‘Echos’, which I think this song really sounds like, got in my head- but, even though I hate to say it, in a bad way.

So, mixed feelings for Walk the Moon. But also mixed songs within the album, such as ‘Jenny’, which is funky pop and almost sounds like Olly Murs.

Tell me what you think. Thanks, Ethan.


Posted: September 19, 2012 in Indie Music

I heard these guys’ song, ‘Away Frm U’ on iTunes, and I downloaded it straightaway. OK, I admit it’s a bit of a cheesy title, but it makes up for it with a great song.

There’s a really refreshing blast in the music, with a faster tempo. Whistling in music is generally irritating, but it really fits the song here. I would describe it as more precise than The Monumentos, whose music is more laid-back. From their video, I’d guess that they’ve been around longer. They really make me think of what would happen if there was a live gig with The Maccabees and Phoenix, and even a bit of Friendly Fires  in there.

You get the sense from the lyrics that the song is about a boyfriend and girlfriend, but the album cover gives you a different sense of what the song is about. More a friendship, or maybe both! The (official) video is based in Central Park, New York, and for many people that have recently been to New York, whether you live in New York or the other side of the world, you have a certain sense that the video was filmed in your back garden. The ending of the video is sublime, but you’ll have to watch it yourself to find out what happens.

Let me know what you think.


Posted: September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hi, my name is Ethan Cohen. And I’m here to write about Indie Music. If I were to put together my top five bands of all time, they would have to be (not in order) Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Bombay Bicycle Club, Arctic Monkeys, and Vampire Weekend. So I guess there’s a huge range there – from Rock, to Alternative, to Indie Pop, and even a dusting of African.

I’m going to tell you about new bands that I hear about, from famous and mainstream, to the barely heard of.
I hear of bands, just like everyone else does, in different places, whether through Facebook, the radio, or YouTube. But mostly, I listen to my own music on my iPod. If you’d like to e-mail me, whether it’s to recommend something, or anything else at all, please feel free on Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my Blogging in the future.

I found this band called The Monumentos, and chances are that you haven’t heard of them. After sort of accidentally finding them through Facebook, I went a bit crazy. They’ve only released a few songs, and their most popular one is “Crooks”. A laid-back slice of funk-rock, Crooks is the perfect song to listen to after you get back from school. Or Uni. Or work. Either way, this is a perfect winding down song. The lyrics are beautiful, and when you read them as text you would mistake them for a poem. Their live video on YouTube gives you a sense of who they really are. They’re a group of high school teenagers, who decided they might have a go at making music. OK,  but all bands start out somewhere. Even Bombay Bicycle Club started out in secondary school. So please listen to this song, positively minded, all the way through, and bear in mind they could be huge soon.

I’m sure you’ll love them, Ethan. (Please feel free to e-mail me on