What I’ve been listening to so far in 2015

Do you listen to music when you are working?

Those that know me well know that I listen to a lot of podcasts and audio books for education, but there are a lot of times when I just love to crank up my car music system, or plug my headphones in and listen to music purely for entertainment.

I’ve played guitar for over 15 years and music is a big part of my life, so it gets me fired up and keeps me motivated.

In particular, I love watching interviews and live and studio performances of my favourite b ands and musicians on YouTube.

These are the 5 b ands that I’ve been listening to the most so far in 2015, and if you don’t know me so well, this will give you a good insight into the music I listen to.

All That Remains – The Order of Things

All That Remains - The Order Of ThingsThis b and have had a huge influence on me – everything from the guitars I own to the style of music I love to play on the guitar.

I’d safely say that they are one of my favourite b ands of all time.

One of the things I like the most about All That Remains is that they write really good songs, and they like to mix it up. Some of their songs could be classed as ‘heavy rock’ and not heavy metal. But I really like that about the b and.

Click here, or below, to watch This Probably Won’t End Well from their 2015 album The Order of Things.

Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together

Architects 2015I’ve been a fan of this British b and since the very early days of their career and followed them avidly. A lot of my close friends are big fans too.

Lost Forever // Lost Together has been played in my car consistently for most of 2015. It’s a fantastic album.

Click here, or below, to watch the promotional video for Naysayer by Architects on YouTube.

Lamb Of God – VII: Strum Und Drang

Lamb Of GodI simply love everything that Lamb Of God produce.

Each member of the b and is at the top of their game and they continually produce high quality records.

When the drums, guitar riffs and vocals come together you can’t mistake a Lamb Of God track for another b and.

Click here, or below, to watch one of the newest tracks from Lamb Of God, 512, on YouTube.

Parkway Drive – IRE

Parkway Drive - IRE - 2015Parkway Drive is an Australian b and and I’ve been listening to their music since they l anded in the UK.

They consistently deliver high quality music, and one thing that really makes them st and out from the crowd is that for every album they produce they do something very different. They are testing their own musical boundaries. I personally think it’s a brave and bold move, and they seem to be able to pull it off flawlessly.

Click here, or below, to watch the promotional video for Crushed from IRE – one of my favourites on the new album.

The Ghost Inside – Dear Youth

The Ghost Inside 2015The Ghost Inside are one of the b ands I listen to for fun. The rhythms and the beat from the way they write and structure their songs really gets me moving.

There’s nothing musically complex about the songs but I really like that. Some of their songs and lyrics have really struck a chord with me in my own story, which is probably why I relate to the b and a lot.

Click here, or below, to watch Dear Youth from their 2014 album (I didn’t download it until 2015).

I didn’t plan on writing a conclusion, but I realised when I was pulling this together that I’ve been listening to 4/5 of these b ands for about 10 years!

It just shows you that consistently practicing  and honing your craft, and working really hard over a long period of time, creates loyal fans. A lot of people in successful b ands agree that you’ve got more chance of being successful if you can stay the path.