As the song title says, this is the intro to the band’s debut album under the July For Kings name. The atmospheric, anthemic sound perfectly leads into their potential hit song Believe.
Of course, under a new name, the band has to release one of their best songs once again. Believe becomes smoother and smoother everytime it appears on a record. The band performs it more convincingly than ever and the energetic, hook-filled song still impresses the listener.
Normal Life is a new song, and man what a song this is. An ode to a simple life with all it’s good things. The band passionately brings us this strong rock song, with strong hooks and clever lyrics. Everyone can relate to this and before you know it you are singing along to this splendid song.
This song is still as catchy as the first time we heard it, and I still believe it could be a strong radio single. The sing-along quality of the song with it’s desiring lyrics and good energy makes for an instant fun song and though no one will ever top Swim/July For King’s version, it’s a song that is very suited for a cover.
Bed of Ashes
While the version on “The Laughter And The Noise” had some rough edges, Bed of Ashes sounds a lot smoother on “Swim”. July For Kings has reworked this song into a very strong modern rock song that can easily reach out to rock fans anywhere on this earth.
Another new song, Champagne. This is another hook-filled mainstream rock song that will absolutely help July For Kings to get exposure. The band has found very much a signature sound and Champagne fits right in. Strong lyrics and an intense performance makes for another great rock song.
New Black Car
Just like with the version on “Laughter And The Noise” the timing on New Black Car is flawless and gives this song an extra edge. One of the band’s best songs to date, New Black Car is an instant highlight on this strong ‘debut’ album.
Start Again is an alternative rock song with strong drums and good bass work. The build up is done well and the massive sound that July For Kings displays on this song can’t prevent them from putting in some clever hooks that make the song even better.
The sound on Without Wings is typically July For Kings. The alternative rock with killer hooks and strong vocals is something that is very appealing to listen to and for Without Wings there are obvious radio possibilities.
The gentleness in Meteor Flower gives you a chance to hear the strength of Joe Hedges’ vocals. And the songwriting on Meteor Flower, both lyrically and musically, is really strong too and it easily becomes one of the album’s highlights.
And Gomorra is the best of both worlds for July For Kings. It combines the more sentimental approach earlier in the song with the rock anthem power later on in the song. The band’s songwriting is strong and becomes obviously clear in this song’s build up. Another good song under their belts.
Anything But Beautiful
While Anything But Beautiful has never been one of my favorite songs, I must admit that this version impresses me. It’s a strong rock song with a big grunge influence and the energy soars wildly and the band gives it their all.
Just like their previous release, the album ends with Washed Away which isn’t as rough/raw anymore, but still is a wonderful track and a perfect ending to this stunning album.
With a few new songs and some of their best work from before, July For Kings sets foot on ground in today’s modern rock scene and with the right determination they won’t be going anywhere soon. July For Kings is a band that helps to shape the face of modern rock.