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Torpe Theater Celebrates Italian Culture Month with ‘A Touch of Sinatra’

 

by Kaitlin Lyle

Sitting in the audience of Torp Theater last Sunday afternoon, members of the Central Connecticut community enjoyed an enriching musical experience in observing “A Touch of Sinatra,” a show dedicated to presenting the life and music of Frank Sinatra and his companions in the music business.

Presented by the Italian Resource Center in cooperation with the Elihu Burritt Library, the occasion on October 16, 2016, was made possible through the suggestion of Dr. Maria Passaro of the CCSU Department of Modern Languages, who had seen “A Touch of Sinatra” at a library event over the summer. The performance took place at 3 p.m. in Davison Hall’s Torp Theatre and gathered a crowd of Sinatra enthusiasts. Following an introduction by Dr. Passaro and Dr. Carl Antonucci, Director of Library Services, the show commenced with Joe Gilligan narrating the well-loved singer’s story and Donnie Fararro providing musical talent from Sinatra’s broad music career.

“We’re going to show the good and the bad, the people he loved and the people who loved him, and his enemies,” said Gilligan at the start of their performance. “We’re going to do a bit of everything.” With that brief foreword, the duo brought the audience back in time to Sinatra’s early days, beginning with his birth on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. As the audience began to settle into the ambiance that Gilligan and Fararro designed to tell Sinatra’s story, the theater was soon echoing with the familiar songs of the late artist, beginning with Fararro’s delivery of “New York, New York.”

With each account of the notable moments in Sinatra’s life, the theater lights would illuminate both the stage and the audience, subsequently lowering as the stories gave way to melody. In combining the words of his story with the lyrics of his music, the performers incorporated specific works that aptly depicted the trials and tribulations in Sinatra’s life: from his divorce from first wife Nancy Barbato (“All the Way”) to the moment of his first big break in 1939 (“Fly Me to the Moon”). With each celebrated song, the audience was enraptured as Fararro crooned the lyrics in the familiar style of the late artist. Along with their celebration of Sinatra through Fararro’s musical renditions, it was through Gilligan’s narration that the audience received an education of little-known details in Sinatra’s personal life, including the unfortunate eardrum injury he underwent at birth.

Between the anecdotes and the musical performances, Gilligan and Fararro shared a few jokes from their experiences that had members of the audience chuckling in their seats. However, their routine onstage was not entirely limited to narrating the life and music of Frank Sinatra, but also included the individual stories of Sinatra’s acquaintances during his music career, such as Perry Como, Johnnie Ray, and Dean Martin. In their renditions of Dean Martin’s melodies, the duo encouraged the audience to join them in singing the lyrics, succeeding as the crowd began singing “That’s Amore” with gusto. Yet it was during the grand finale – in which Fararro and Gilligan dedicated the song “My Way” to the memory of Sinatra’s beloved mother Dolly – that the audience members, regardless of age, joined in singing along with the popular ballad before replacing their singing with a standing ovation for the talent onstage.

Following the performances by Gilligan and Farrarro, there was an intermission outside of the theater that served Italian-style refreshments before the Italian film “Stanno Tutti Bene,” (Everybody is Fine) commenced.

Among the audience was Professor Gil Gigliotti of the English Department who was present along with the Western Culture II course that he co-teaches with Professor David Blitz of the Philosophy Department. Around the campus of CCSU Professor Gigliotti is especially known for his avid interest in the life of Frank Sinatra, as was referenced by Dr. Passaro in her introduction. As a professor in the English Department, he has taught several courses on Frank Sinatra throughout his time at CCSU, including a course abroad entitled “The London Sinatra(s)” during the winter semester of 2015. In addition, Professor Gigliotti has written two books that incorporate the musician’s life story, “Sinatra: But Buddy I’m a Kind of Poem” in 2008 and “A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit” in 2002, both of which can be found at the CCSU library. Since December of 1993, he has hosted a radio program entitled “Frank, Gil, and Friends” on Tuesdays from 8 to 10 a.m. in affiliation with the CCSU Radio Station 107.7 WFCS, where Gigliotti is also the faculty advisor. At the heart of the professor’s time on the air is the music of Sinatra, from his contemporaries to the music that Sinatra inspired in today’s genres.

As a whole, Gigliotti remarked that he admires the late singer’s persistence and hard work throughout his music career. “He started off as a hit among young teenage girls and his career should have ended shortly thereafter, but for any number of reasons, he managed to come back and he stayed on top for the rest of his life.” said Gigliotti. With regards to “A Touch of Sinatra,” Gigliotti stated that he hoped that his students would be able to observe the performance with a critical eye, given the knowledge they attained over the past two months. “I’m not looking for them to take away anything specific as much as hearing someone else tell the story and perform the music,” said Gigliotti.

Needless to say, those who attended the performance in Torpe Theater this past weekend were treated to a well-rounded cultural event that celebrated the lives of notable Italian musicians as well as the music that has bonded their impact throughout generations.

iPhone 7, I Think I’ll Wait

 

by Lauren Lustgarten

Apple has done it again. They have made our generation, for the ninth time, go insane over the most recent announcement of the iPhone 7. Though everyone still goes goo-goo-ga-ga over every new iPhone every year, sales of the smartphone have recently been declining, according to the company; and I can see why.

I will admit, in the past I have gotten the most recent iPhone as it was released, but I never lost my mind over them or bought one immediately once it came out. I wait until the price gets significantly lower and all of the glitches are worked out. But, fellow iPhone users, I am sure you can back me up when I say that those glitches never get completely fixed. There have been times that I have contemplated throwing my phone against a wall just so I can revert back to circa 2007 and start communicating through my flip phone again — at least they let me use my phone without a “Storage Almost Full” message popping up every hour.

While I am big on technology in the sense that it is basically my life, I am not very good with understanding or fixing it when something goes wrong. I get impatient and angry very easily and iPhones have done nothing but feed into my anger. I only heard about the upcoming release of the iPhone 7 because of social media and all of the talk had me wondering exactly what more could they add to this iPhone that wouldn’t make it totally irrelevant. Once I researched it, I quickly came to the conclusion that this generation of the iPhone is the most unnecessary piece of technology there is.

For starters, no headphone jack? Really? No, thank you. I would lose the wireless, $159 AirPods in a blink of an eye anyway. There is an adapter that you can use to plug your old, normal headphones into the Lightning port, but then you can’t charge your phone while you’re listening to music and it all seems like one big hassle.

There are other improved features like better camera quality (which they say every year when they announce the new iPhone) and water resistance. While I think the weatherproofing is the best feature this phone holds, I am going to stick to my guns and remain stubborn. I’d much rather buy a bulky, drastically less expensive water- and life-proof case than buying the phone itself. Nowhere in the phone description does it say that the iPhone 7 is fall-proof either, so the LifeProof case is a much smarter investment in my eyes.

I am clearly not a fan of this phone and I don’t even have it. I am just going to stick with my iPhone 6, with my LifeProof case and my normal headphones until I have to listen to all the buzz about the iPhone 8 this time next year.

A (Pop Culture) Recap of Summer 2016

by Corey O’Neill

Sorry to break the news to you all, but summer is over. With the calendar officially showing September, The Recorder would like to take a quick look back at the biggest pop culture moments of Summer 2016.

The most talked-about event this past summer was the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The U.S. dominated this year’s games, finishing first place with an astonishing final metal count of 121, 51 more than China, who took second place.

The U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team won the hearts of us all. The Men’s Basketball Team won their third consecutive gold metal and Michael Phelps proved his greatness once again.

Phelps’ teammate Ryan Lochte had a successful Olympic games, although his performance was shadowed by his now infamous fabricated robbery story.

In movie news, Disney released the highly anticipated “Finding Dory”  and shattered the box office. Fans of the original “Finding Nemo,” regardless of age, were more than satisfied with the sequel.

Another highly anticipated summer release was DC’s “Suicide Squad,” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Although not well received by critics, fans tried to defend the film. In the end, everyone can agree that Jared Leto’s Joker needed more screen time.

It was a big summer for music. Popular bands such as Blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead all had successful releases. It had been a long wait for fans of these bands to hear new music. However, fans of Frank Ocean may be the most patient ever. Ocean toyed with fans all summer long, teasing continual release dates. Everything he hinted was followed with an empty promise. Outraged fans tweeted their anger. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he released two full-length albums. The virtual album entitled “Endless,” as well as the LP “Blonde,” both were critically acclaimed and fans instantly regretted turning their backs on Frank.

This summer has gone exceptionally well for Drake. His album “Views” topped the charts for nearly the entire summer. He capped off the summer by professing his love to Rihanna in front of millions.

Kanye West had an interesting summer to say the least, with his irregular album release and his odd tweets about his financial problems. In May, he was a guest on Ellen and gave a speech that left everyone scratching their heads and questioning what they had just watched. He followed the interview up with the release of his music video for the song “Famous” in June. The video features what appears to be the naked bodies of celebrities, including Rihanna, Donald Trump, Ray J, and Taylor Swift, that Kanye claims influenced his career. Swift, who is mentioned in the song, was not happy to be featured in the video.

It’s going to be tough to top this past summer. Good luck, summer of 2017!

Pokémon Go

by Heriberto Resto

When the summer of 2016 began, many people planned on out-of-state vacations, trips to the beach and days at local amusement parks. However, people traded in all their summer attire for a Pokédex and Poké Balls.

Pokémon Go, the newest Pokémon game, has been a hit and has taken the entire globe by storm.

For those that may not be familiar with Pokémon Go, it is an app available for Android and iOS that connects your phone with real-world locations, to allow you and your friends to go around and catch Pokémon.

Having been able to play Pokémon Go this summer allowed students at Central Connecticut State University to get away from real world responsibilities and live their true childhood dreams of catching Pokémon.

Pokémon Go was initially released on July 6, with the expectations of having a respectable amount of downloads. Within days, the game was the most popular app in the world, easily surpassing the number of users from many popular social media apps. Pokémon Go currently has more than 50 million users and the numbers continue to increase.

What made this game an instant success is the ability to step outside your house and within minutes of opening the app, Pokémon appear on your map and you have the ability to catch them. In addition, there are Pokéstops in the game which are real-world sites that you can go to and use to stock up on any Pokémon equipment you need.

Many who watched the Pokémon television series as a child enjoyed this game even more because of the many types of unique Pokémon there are.

The game also made it mandatory for users to leave their houses and walk around whatever town they may be in. This part of the game made it fun to go outside and walk, run and simply be more active.

With the many positives of this game, there were also some minor dangers to it. There were cases when users would trespass on property or go into areas that were not safe for them to play the game.

“It is endangering the lives of younger people that cannot understand the fact that you don’t need to get into dangerous situations to find Pokémon,” said Ramon Hernandez, a senior at CCSU.

The truth of the matter is that the game is very enjoyable, with the fair warnings to not engage in anything dangerous while playing the game. Make sure to always be aware of your surroundings when playing Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go has been an enjoyable game all summer and will continue to grow every day. With school back in session, there are multiple Pokéstops on campus as well as a few gyms where you can test your Pokémon training skills to beat the best. The start of the new semester is the best time to get out of your dorm, meet some Pokémon trainers on your own and go try and “catch ’em all.”

Local Specials for Valentine’s Day

by Lisa Massicotte

If you college students continue to procrastinate and don’t make reservations for Valentine’s Day, you’ll be out of luck.  But if you give yourself a little time to plan, this Valentine’s Day could be the best yet.

The National Retail Federation concluded the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day spent nearly $142 in 2015.  So if you get through the 14th and end up spending around $100, you did pretty well.

According to Hallmark Cards, “Approximately 131 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged industry-wide.” My personal favorite gift has always been receiving a handwritten letter filled with memories and jokes only my partner and I will appreciate.  Making a thoughtful, homemade card will warm the heart of the receiver and save you some extra cash to go out and have some more Valentine’s Day excitement.

The New Britain Museum of American Art is hosting “Sweet ‘H‘Art Valentine’s Day at the Museum” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 14th.  It includes a private champagne reception where you and your date can share love-themed confections followed by a private romance-inspired tour, and then enjoy a variety of love songs performed by Monika Krazewski and Natasha Ulyanovsky. Non-member tickets are $30 while member tickets are $25.

The Bushnell Theatre in Hartford is putting on the play “Love Letters” from Feb. 9th to the 14th.  A story about “first loves and second chances” dives into the lives of two people who are kept apart by fate, but live and love each other as they pour out the secrets of their hearts through letters for 50 years. The play stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, who were paired in the hit movie “Love Story,” based off the best-selling novel by Erich Segal. Tickets range from $24 to $70.

“Romantic Willimantic” will be hosting its 12th Annual Chocolate Festival on Saturday, February 13th.  Local businesses on Main Street will be giving out a variety of chocolate samples and will be offering special deals to customers. If you love baking, register for the cake baking contest by Feb. 7th and drop off your cake at the Kerri Gallery.  The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.

If you’re feeling anti-Valentine’s Day this year bring a picture of your ex to Hooters, which is located on the Berlin Turnpike, and they will shred it before your eyes. Then you will get ten free wings once you buy your first ten.

Who needs love when you have drag queens? On Valentine’s Day Tisane in Hartford will have a special menu for two. The day after, Tisane will be hosting its annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Drag Show.  The show will start at 10 p.m. and there is a $10 cover charge.

Now you have a bit of information on the Valentine’s Day events happening around Connecticut. So if you do wait last minute to plan out a date, at least you have some ideas now! As the day gets closer, many businesses will be updating special offers so keep an eye out for some great deals.

Poetry by “G” Ties Tradition and Innovation

by Sheridan Cyr

Spoken word artist George “G” Masao Yamazawa, Jr. visited Central Connecticut’s Devil’s Den on the first night of Central Activities Network’s “Alice in Wonderland”-themed welcome week of the Spring semester. G took center stage over a murmuring crowd of seemingly apprehensive students and blew away all doubt with an electrifying, compelling evening of in-your-face poetry, sprinkled thoroughly with a comedian touch.

“Poetry is not like golf,” G said, peering over the crowd. “Ain’t gotta be all quiet!” With that opening, tension fled the room. He made some conversation, warming everyone up, then transitioned suddenly from typical conversational voice to rhythmic. G’s first poem discussed “ten things you should know about being Asian in North Carolina.” G blended traditional heritage with some of the stereotypical opinions made regularly in popular culture.

Coming from a background in which his parents were strictly traditional to their Japanese culture, while growing up in a modern American city, G’s path to adulthood had been confusing at times. He found himself fighting off plenty of common misconceptions about Asian culture: some innocent and curious, and some that did not come from such a good place. All his life, he was compared to characters like Bruce Lee and Jet Lee; names G admitted to being strong and admirable characters, though a sure sign of misunderstanding of culture. It seemed as though few had the desire to get to know George Yamazawa, but were instead interested in placing him into their image of an Asian American teenage boy.

Once in class, he was asked what race he is. “Japanese,” he replied. “Oh, I thought you were Asian,” said the classmate.

G talked about his father to great lengths to share with the audience the manner in which his family stayed true to their traditions. Oddly enough, when G spoke of him, he used a thick, stereotypical Japanese accent, one which he did not possess naturally. He described the day his father gave into one of the most American things around. His father called him one day and told him it was a very special day. “Why?” asked G. “It’s a secret,” his dad said before laughing and announcing, “Today, I get… iPhone!”

While there was a fair share of humor that night, G made sure to dabble in the rougher topics in his poetry. He had a particular style of blending both lighthearted stories and personal hardships, making for an entertaining yet informative look into what those from foreign cultures endure in our roughly-edged American society.

Reserving G for a night at Central was not exactly a simple task for CAN. Samantha Rowe, head of CAN, explained that a handful of program board members attended an NACA conference prior to the event where dozens of entertainers’ information was displayed in personalized booths. Board members wander through the room and examine each potential candidate. They go through something called “blackbooking,” where several Connecticut universities join together to get one entertainer reserved in the Connecticut area for a certain time period. George Yamazawa happened to be quite popular at the conference.

G is widely considered to be one of the most popular young spoken word artists in the country. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, Southern Fried Champion, and has toured in over 50 American cities and five European countries. If you missed him in Devil’s Den, the best chance you’ll get to see G in your lifetime is probably online.

A Night of Locally Produced Talent with ‘Home for the Holidays’ Show

by Sheridan Cyr

Decaying in Decades, a Central Connecticut based band composed of Joe Thomas, Elliot Cohen, Matt Green, Nick Thomas and Ryan Hall, worked with Central Activities Network (CAN) to create “Home for the Holidays,” an unforgettable night of musical performances in Alumni Hall Wednesday night.

Green explained the inspiration for creating this show came from a desire to promote local bands and expose students to the different generes of music that exist.

CAN provided the pizza, wings and beverages while the bands provided the entertainment. Matt Swieton was up first, his songs used only his guitar and drums. Swieton took full advantage of the open stage as he rocked out electrifying, intense riffs. He earned some laughter from the crowd as he explained, “My music is a lot like pancakes – the first one you can just throw out.” With each song he offered a short and interesting background story. For example, “Kuru,” which is about a type of cannibalism practiced in New Guinea where loved ones bury their dead, retrieve them two days later, eat their brains then contract an infectious protein.

Aurelius was next. Marcus Krysiak, front-man of the band, formed Aurelius in 2008 and has since seen many members come and go as he searches for the perfect sound. This marked the debut of Aurelius with Angie Scott, Jesse Swieton and Jeremy Payne. Demonstrating, a similar sound as Yellowcard and Matchbox Twenty, their performance was impressive enough, but to find out that Scott had just learned bass guitar in time for the show and Payne had just entered the band two weeks prior made them that much more impressive.

Space Camp stirred up the night with their unique performances. The band is composed of Jon Whitin, Cameron Lovett and Sam Usifer. Each very musically inclined and equipped with different skills, they collaborate to create “art punk.” They make use of computerized digital sounds and play with everything they’ve got. Space Camp is a high-energy, truly one-of-a-kind band.

Mandala approached the stage with visibly heavy hearts. Abe Azab sat closely to vocalist Morgan Fasanelli and regretfully informed the crowd that just recently, three of their band members had quit. They explained, “We got three new members, but they weren’t quite ready to play out.” Nonetheless, Mandala put on a beautiful acoustic show. Fasanelli has a powerhouse voice that sent chills through the room, and Azab showed off years of passion and practice on the guitar.

Static Charmer, along with a Michael Jackson cardboard cutout, took their place next. The five-piece band made up of Matt Balogh, T.J. Redding, Dan Bony, Matt Wilkes and Tyler Doyle produced a catchy, kind of old-school alternative-rock sound. Their lyrics are ones to admire. Static Charmer played several songs off of their recent EP, “Well, Clearly…” along with a Taylor Swift and Twenty One Pilots cover. Though a portion of the audience had filtered out by that point of the night, they still rocked out to their full potential and had at least half the room dancing.

Decaying in Decades took a break from managing the evening to close the show and eagerly made the stage their home. The heavy metal band formed in early August, but viewers would never be able to tell. They are more than comfortable playing, well-organized, have visible chemistry and their songs are fine-tuned as if they’ve been playing for years. With a sound that could be heard from outside the perimeter of the Student Center, the band finished off a fantastically successful evening of locally produced talent.

 

 

Celebration of Sinatra’s Centennial Continues

by Katelyn Avery

“None But the Brave” (1965) played inside Torp Theater on Nov. 13th as the fourth Classic Friday Films of the fall 2015 semester. Frank Sinatra is the string within these movies, as the semester long event is meant to honor him. This year is especially exciting as December will mark the centennial celebration of the musician’s birth.

The event, hosted by Gilbert Gigliotti, a professor from the Central Connecticut English department, took a different turn with the last film of the semester. In the first three Sinatra had only been an actor, but Gigliotti explained, “It’s the only film that Frank directed, and given that it was made in 1965 (during the escalation of the Vietnam War), it has a very interesting anti-war message.”

The guest speaker was Assistant Professor Lee Einhorn from the English department. His connection to Sinatra was much more than closer to home. It was from home, “My dad and all his friends who were all second fathers to me raised me on him,” added Einhorn.

Movie poster for "None but the Brave." Photo credit: lewiswaynegallery.
Movie poster for “None but the Brave.” Photo credit: lewiswaynegallery.

The film itself is about American and Japanese soldiers during World War II. Through different events on both sides, they are forced to cross paths. Despite the attack America suffered on Pearl Harbor, the film is not meant to demonize the Japanese as one would expect. Instead the audience sees the humanity in both troops. They both suffer a horrible experience, being forced into their country’s war, when they share more similarities than differences. The fighting takes a toll on both troops, even their temporary truce cannot fix everything. It would explain the words that show up at the end of the film, “No one ever wins.”

Within the film a line spoken on the American side by Capt. Dennis Bourke (Clint Walker) could explain why violence would destroy everything, as the final scene includes a shootout between the Americans and the Japanese. “Never swing at your enemy in anger, or you’ll end up getting clobbered,” said Bourke. On the Japanese side Lt. Kuroki (Tatsuya Mihashi) ponders, “Why are we trying to kill each other?”

“This film in particular from Sinatra is, I think one that is most interesting to reflect on,” said Einhorn in his opening speech.

“It’s literally a half Japanese, half American film,” noted Einhorn, as he explained that Sinatra co-produced the film with Japanese Finance series, which also added some style choices to the final product.

In attendance was CCSU freshman Kerra Jackson. When asked why she attended the event, Jackson explained, “Extra credit for theater class.”

Of course school work wasn’t her only motivation, just a plus. Jackson said that she enjoyed old movies, also her theater background probably helped with this.

Among the intimate crowd were Halina and George Popzzak. “We’ve been coming for several years now. We like the old movies,” said Halina. George added, “I enjoy watching his films.”

Movie poster for "None but the Brave." Photo credit: shop.tcm.com
Movie poster for “None but the Brave.” Photo credit: shop.tcm.com

A discussion between the audience, Einhorn and Gigliotti followed the film. The topics ranged from portrayals of the Japanese soldiers, some exaggerated aspects to different characters and the decade it came out in.

Classic Fridays Films are not a new event to CCSU, Gigliotti has hosted them for 12 semesters. He plans to continue showing Sinatra films. When asked about plans for next semester, Gigliotti reported, “I’m hoping to have the schedule finalized by Friday.” At the event, flyers were passed around to preview the spring 2016 semester’s films. All films contained trains in the plot as the main theme.

As for the rest of the fall 2015 semester, a 24-hour Sinatra radio show will be played on 107.7 WFCS New Britain/Hartford on Dec. 12th.

Album Review: “Love Death Immortality”

By Acadia Otlowski

“Love Death Immortality” is the second album released electronic group The Glitch Mob. It was released in early 2014. While not quite magnificent as the group’s previous album, “Drink the Sea,” this album combines slow beats with fast ones to create a complete work that can only be enjoyed fully by listening to the album straight through.

The album opens with the song, “Mind of a Beast.” This fast-paced song is not only diverse musically but it provides a strong opening that engages the listener almost immediately. The beginning of the song is slow, hooking the listener and tempting them to continue listening.

A pause follows the first song and the mellower intro to the song “Our Demons” begins. It features softer notes, while still maintaining the fast beat that listeners heard in the first song. Like the opening track, this song builds quickly, transforming from its initial mellow tone to something more intense. This song features Aja Volkman whose powerful vocals drive the song forward.

This is followed by the song, “Skullclub,” which follows the same theme as the previous songs. This is one of my favorite songs on the album. It features a strange mechanical voice that chants, “We are. We are. We are. We are the wild ones.” This serves as a transition from the slower, more melodic beginning, to an insanely fast beat that begs the listener to dance to it. This song is pretty heavy; it features disjointed high-pitched voices and still follows the same cadence as the previous two songs.

The second to last song on the album is “Carry the Sun.”  It follows the same  sort of vibe as the rest of the album except it starts off at a high point instead of building. Then it slowly lowers in mood, later lifting again. While it is not the best song on the album, I have no reason to dislike it. The song slowly fades to end.

When the music picks up again for the final track, “Beauty of the Unhidden Heart,” a soft female singer opens the song. The opening makes me dislike the song. The female singer does not fit the tone set by the rest of the album. When the electronic parts take over, the song improves. Then the female singer comes back in. I wish the album did not close in this way. It is a weak way of finishing an album.

There are only 10 songs on this album, but all of them are long enough to create a hefty album. The total run time is 52 minutes.

One of my favorite parts about this album, and The Glitch Mob in general, is the fact that similar melodies and themes are used throughout the album. This creates a cohesive piece of art rather than a collection of songs. It is similar to the way a melody is able to be carried throughout a movie soundtrack, clearly defining each song as part of the whole.

Even the last song, despite its weaknesses, carried the similar theme. It is an older style of doing music, creating a fluid piece of work. The difference is that they use new instruments, filling the space with computer-generated sounds that somehow manage to remain appealing.

It’s not as good as the group’s debut album, but “Love Death Immortality” is definitely worth the listen.

Concert Review: A Day To Remember

By Acadia Otlowski 

A Day To Remember slayed the crowd during its 19-song set at the Oakdale Theatre. The energy of the crowd and the energy of the band combined to create an atmosphere that was both brutal and incredibly entertaining, no matter where in the venue a spectator was.

The group I came with arrived to the show late, so we missed the first opener: Motionless in White. We came in midway through Chiodos, who put on a fairly good show.

Then Bring Me The Horizon took the stage, combining mandalas and heavy metal in an interesting manner. This is not a band I’m familiar with, but they also put on a fairly decent show.

A Day To Remember has a flair for the dramatic, something that becomes readily apparent through shows. The set began with a camping scene set in front of a variant of Mount Rushmore. But instead of the faces of United States presidents, the faces of the band’s were carved into the stone.

The band opened its set with “The Downfall of Us All,” a hard-hitting number that founded the tone for the set. A mosh pit formed and very rarely ceased while the band performed.

This was followed by “2nd Sucks,” a song that opens low and slow with a menacing guitar riff. This is followed by the command “Fight,” and the song continues to be very heavy. The crowd loved it. The song also features an air-raid siren to further the menacing tone of the song.

The band continued through its set, playing a variety of its heaviest hits off all of its albums, including: “I’m Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made of?” “Monument” and “Violence.”

The set was broken up by a short version of the song “Macarena.”

This was followed by the song “Homesick,” which starts off fairly fast-paced to then slow down dramatically. There is more clean singing in this set than in the others the band had played.

That was immediately followed by the heavy, “You be Tails, I’ll Be Sonic.” During this song, the band played video game sounds layered with music, adding an interesting affect.

The band continued its set with a mix of songs that were both heavy and soft, appealing to a variety of fans. The band put on an excellent show, complete with the twisting of the imagery of Mount Rushmore. By the end, this display looked as if it were part of a zombie movie with lasers shining out of the eyes of the band members.

At one point during the set, lead singer Jeremy McKinnon ran out over the crowd in a giant hamster ball.

A Day To Remember played “All I Want” as its last song in its original set. This song is mid-level, high-energy and features a lot of clean singing. It was a fairly good way to end the set. The band then exited the stage, leaving fans cheering for an encore. They delivered.

Appealing to the softer side among their fans, the band played “If It Means A Lot to You.” This song is by far the most mellow song the band played. Those with lighters and cell phones lifted them up for the song, swaying to it. This was one of two times during the night that the mosh pit was closed. The song is a break-up song, technically, but it succeeds in wooing the crowd almost every time the band plays it.

The band then plays “All Signs Point to Lauderdale,”  followed by “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle;” both high-energy songs to close the set.

A Day To Remember is a can’t-miss show. They always bring spectacular energy, which keeps the show incredibly entertaining throughout the entirety. There’s a reason most fans will not miss a show whenever the band is in town.