You know, we humans love to compare the unfamiliar with the familiar, it’s a helpful way for us to visualize what something will be like before we get to experience it. Ever eat rattlesnake? No… what’s it taste like? Well, it kinda taste like chicken. Suddenly, little electrical wires connect and a familiar flavor fills our mind.
For bands, I imagine it’s a double-edged sword kinda thing. In one since, you are your own band, a rattlesnake sandwich, making your own music, and want to be identified by that, yet by being compared to a bigger, more familiar chicken, lettuce, & tomato, maybe that fan base will be more inclined to check you out, helping you reach more people.
I don’t know for sure, but I’m inclined to think this is the life of the Submarines and grilled chicken contemporaries Stars. Both make beautiful & emotional pure pop with inflections of electronic & symphonic seasonings. And both have male & female lead vocals and duets (granted, the Submarines employ the beautiful vocals of Hazard more than Stars take advantage of Millan). Are the comparisons legitimate? Sure, to a degree, but the Submarines ARE their own band with their own sound, AND they not even from Canada! So how they created this sound while coming out of LA is beyond me.
At the end of the day, their new album Honeysuckle Weeds is a collection of beautiful pop songs, perfectly crafted, and a lovely way to start off a dreary Monday. Enjoy!
Here I am with all the pleasures of the first world
laid out for me
who am I to breakdown
everyday I wake up
I chose love
I choose light
and I try
too easy just to fall back down…