Song Review: Tupper Ware Remix Party – ‘Makin’ A Move’

Song Review: Tupper Ware Remix Party – ‘Makin’ A Move’

Band: Tupper Ware Remix Party Song: ‘Makin’ a Move’ Genre: 80’s-inspired synth rock/electro funk Date of release: 12/04/2016 Location: The Future (Toronto, Canada) Reviewer: Matthew Byrne For Fans Of: Daft Punk, Ninja Sex Party, having a good time Imagine this – you head out to your local music venue to catch up with a mate. He’s running late so you mosey on over to the stage to see who’s sound checking before their set, and you’re greeted by a man in a bright yellow space suit donning a giant orange helmet (complete with lights) wielding a keytar, a jetpack-wearing bright red and gold robot on lead guitar, a blue Egyptian lion with a majestic mane on the bass, and a stout, black and white robot who kind of resembles the robot from ‘The Iron Giant’ on drums. That, my new friends, is Doctor Sung, Lord Phobos, Commander Meouch, and Havve Hogan, and with their powers combined, they are Tupper Ware Remix Party. “Oh Matt, that sounds like the raddest shit since Will Smith’s haircut in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Where can I listen to this?” Well boy, isn’t this your lucky day! Tupper Ware Remix Party have released a new track entitled ‘Makin’ A Move’, off their soon-to-be-released EP, Guardians Of The Zone – and let me tell you, it scratches that funky slapbass-filled itch that we’ve all got oh so good. Joining Tupper Ware Remix Party on this funkadelic adventure is guest vocalist Lydia Persaud, who fans of the band may recognize from one of their earlier songs, ‘ICQ’ off of the 2nite EP, who once again...
Song Review: Rhetoric Over Reality – ‘Reasons’

Song Review: Rhetoric Over Reality – ‘Reasons’

Band: Rhetoric Over Reality Song: ‘Reasons’ Location: Queensland, Australia Release Date: 2015 Genre: Instrumental, Progressive Metal Reviewer: Samuel Worsfold For Fans Of: Between the Buried and Me, Scale the Summit, Animals as Leaders Ah, the world of progressive metal, where we have our Animals As Leaders, our Periphery’s, our Tesseract’s, all of which have their own signature style of polyrhythmic madness and djent-inducing grooves, sure to leave somewhat of a bruise on your face after throwing down to Icarus Lives in the mosh pit. However, we aren’t here to talk about other defined progressive bands that are already riding the high horse to cloud nine, but are however, to discuss Rhetoric Over Reality’s song ‘Reasons‘ released off of their recent EP that in my eyes, is very much worthy of your time. The amusing thing I find about said track, is to me, the first minute or so is the weakest area of the song, but from there on, the track turns into this instrumental/jazz fusion/progressive metal/*insert your own ridiculous genre here* assault that really grabbed my attention to the very end. Hell, sitting in class the other day, I couldn’t help but jam out to one of these riffs with my invisible air guitar while my peers around me obviously gawked in awe after seeing their fellow classmate rock out while I was actually meant to be analysing documentary construction for English. Enough of that though, back to this technical harness of a song. Since this is an instrumental band, one of the main goals is to keep the track interesting with the absence of vocals. Aside from...
Song Review: Siamese – ‘Ablaze’

Song Review: Siamese – ‘Ablaze’

Band: Siamese Song: ‘Ablaze’ Genre: Alternative rock, pop rock Date of Release: March 3, 2016 Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: If Michael Jackson fucked the Foo Fighters (which would never happen since the Foo Fighters are adults) I’ve made no secret of my love for Siamese’s self-titled album. Will my pre-existing feelings sway my review for their latest single? Probably not, since I’m a professional and all that. However, the music video does incorporate copious amounts of cleavage, which certainly does help its case. Entitled ‘Ablaze’, the first single off of Siamese’s latest effort is representative of Envy, one of the seven deadly sins. The next single will be about Greed; I believe it was supposed to be the song about Sloth, but they never got around to recording it. Don’t let the ominous intro fool you into thinking this is a heavier song than it actually is, but it’s certainly the darkest material Siamese has put out. It’s much more like their material from two albums ago, when they were still called Siamese Fighting Fish. The fast-paced, happy-go-lucky sensibilities of the last record are noticeably absent. However, this tonal shift is not a bad thing at all. Rather than the clean funk guitars Siamese fans are used to, this song is primarily driven forward by the bass line and some delicate electronic work. Their trademark violin is still present, but showcased much lower in the mix. When the guitars kick in, well, let’s say that chugging distorted chords is not the Siamese way, but it’s what you get here. If it weren’t for the violin,...
Album Review: 3 Doors Down – “Us and the Night”

Album Review: 3 Doors Down – “Us and the Night”

Band: 3 Doors Down Album: Us and the Night Location: Cousinfuck, Mississippi Release Date: March 11, 2016 Genre: Dad rock, post-grunge, alternative rock Reviewer: Sam For Fans Of: Nickelback, Hinder, Seether, Self-immolation, Sadness and pain. Track Listing: 1. The Broken – 2:47 2. In the Dark – 3:44 3. Still Alive – 2:42 4. Believe It – 3:22 5. Living In Your Hell – 3:48 6. Inside of Me – 3:46 7. I Don’t Wanna Know – 3:25 8. Pieces of Me – 3:38 9. Love Is a Lie – 2:47 10. Us and the Night – 4:00 11. Fell From the Moon – 3:56 Hey fans of IPHYB (haters?), it’s your resident dad rock expert here, ready to shit on what you hate because other people love it. Today’s inbox included the latest offerings from 3 Doors Down, a band who started the millennium with a bunch of bangers (don’t you dare deny that ‘Kryptonite’ isn’t an amazing song) but has cooled down in recent years. Let’s see if they’re recovered any of their mojo. The start of the album, ‘The Broken’, immediately had me thinking, “what the fuck is this?” Why are there electronics in a 3 Doors Down song? There’d better be a perfectly good explanation for this. If this song was performed in a different manner, say, like old 3 Doors Down, this would be a good. But seriously, what? It’s a style shock at the very least. At least it’s fairly catchy, though. IPHYB has reviewed ‘In the Dark’ before, and the writer who did so wasn’t overly fond of it. True, maybe it...
Song Review: With Confidence – ‘Keeper’

Song Review: With Confidence – ‘Keeper’

Band: With Confidence Song: ‘Keeper’ Genre: Pop-rock/Pop-punk Date of release: 05/04/2016 Location: Sydney Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: New Found Glory, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep Sydney pop-punksters With Confidence have this morning dropped their new single, ‘Keeper’. “I need your help with all of this,” opens vocalist/bassist Jayden Seeley, yelling in a distressed, angst-ridden voice whilst still managing to sound as sweet as his usual self. The four-piece recently signed to US label Hopeless Records, and this becomes evident when one listens to just how well this song is produced. Normally, one would expect a review by IPHYB to absolutely dump on a pop-punk band, whether it be for being generic, manufactured, or just straight up shit. Despite this, the reality is the four-piece’s exceptional songwriting and all-round musicianship make ‘Keeper’ an absolute 5/7 banger. “But Tosh!”, I hear you pipe up, using the distinctive whine which alerts me to the fact someone is about to object to the fact that one of the most over-opinionated pricks on the internet has an opinion on pop-punk music, “With Confidence fucking SUCK dude!” Yeah, well, fuck you, you’re not the one reviewing, are you? I can find no fault with ‘Keeper’, the music, the vocals, the production, all of it is on point. Objectively, I enjoy the absolute shit out of this song, and give it my highest recommendation. With Confidence are currently touring Australia, will be appearing on the US leg of the Vans Warped Tour, and their new album, Better Weather, will be out on June 17 through Hopeless Records. Vocals: 10/10 Lyrics: 10/10 Guitar: 10/10 Bass:...
Song Review: Caosarea – ‘Cannon Fodder’

Song Review: Caosarea – ‘Cannon Fodder’

Band: Caosarea Song: ‘Cannon Fodder’ Genre: Tradie Prog, Alt-Rock Date of Release: 06/01/2016 Location: Sydney Reviewer: Chemikarl For Fans Of: Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Creed, Hoobastank Quick. Think of a band name. You have five seconds. It doesn’t have to be very good. You just have to name one. Go ahead. Pink Floyd? Sonic Youth? Led Zeppelin? They’re all stupid as shit. But none of them are as shit as “Caosarea”. It sounds like a five year old made it up. It has no fucking meaning. If you’re going to be a tragic band with a nonsense name, at least follow in the footsteps of pioneers of mediocrity, Hoobastank, and make it obvious how you’re meant to pronounce it. I can’t figure “Caosarea” out though. Is it ‘chaos-area’? ‘Cayoss-ah-ria’? ‘Cassowary’? Who the fuck knows. Who the fuck cares? Not me. Not you. Because frankly, there’s not much on offer with this one. Caosarea describe themselves as “alternative rock”, but I’m uncertain as to what they’re alternative to, unless it’s “good music”. They try to play around with the whole quiet-loud dynamic, but the quiet parts end up so uneventful I’m sure nobody much would tell the difference if they just left gaping sections of silence in their tracks instead. The heavy parts offer a little more to chew on – that is, if you’re a fan of hearing distortion so farty that I’m wondering if Caosarea just decided to skip out on guitar tracking altogether and use an iPhone recording of a twelve year-old kid they found at Guitar Factory wailing on a $50 no-name guitar (with one pickup...