September 20, 2017 The Signal page 17
Arts & Entertainment
Old Gray draws crowd for CUB Alt show
Jason Proleika / Photo Editor
Left: Boucher screams passionately as Old Gray dominates the stage. Right: Heart Attack Man engages the audience with their emotional indie rock sound.
By Raquel Sosa Correspondent
Three bands took the stage in the Brower Student Center this week — Downer, Heart Attack Man and headlining band Old Gray. CUB Alt’s third concert in their series started off in true alternative rock band fashion — loud. Earplugs were seen on those who knew to bring them, and those who didn’t experienced the concert raw. Hailing from local Tabernacle, New Jersey, Downer opened the event with a bang. The lead vocalist, Josh O’Hara, reached higher registers than one would expect for an alternative metal band. The audience seemed to identify with some of Downer’s more raw themes, such as battling depression and internal struggle. Music fan Kenny Byles also acknowledged his vocal range, which soared to extreme highs and ignited the audience. “I’ve never seen Downer before. The lead singer’s vocal range is crazy,” she said. The lights came out when Heart Attack Man took the
stage next. Green neon signs that read, “Heart Attack Man” and “The Manson Family” and bathed room 100W in a soft green glow. Once Heart Attack Man began to set up, it was apparent that the audience would be in for a “different indie vibe,” as described by audience member Gabby Fils-Aime, a freshman at Rider University. The first three songs the two band members, Eric Egan and Adam Paduch, performed left the audience buzzing. “It’s sort of haunting,” said Ashley Sweeny, an avid follower of the band, who traveled to the College to see the show. The track that gained the most reaction from the audience was the band’s song, “The Manson Family.” The crowd swayed with feeling in typical indie fashion. Topping off the night was the much anticipated Old Gray. Audience members seemed to resonate with this band, as the crowd grew more and more anxious by the moment. A few fans followed the band’s lead singer, who plays in another pop punk band named Sorority Noise. As the show progressed, the crowd grew, seemingly unaffected by the sheer volume of each performance.
Lead vocalist, Cameron Boucher, showcased his own vocal capacity in “Everything is in Your Hands,” an emotionally driven song. The song’s closing lyrics, “I can haunt you too if you want me to,” stuck with the band’s last chord of the night. The audience diversified as the night drew on, many coming from all over New Jersey to see Old Gray perform. “It was totally worth the drive,” said Kate Orsini, a sophomore at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Old Gray intoxicated the crowd with mesmerizing and lyrics that alluded to depression and self loathing that many could empathize with. Their song, “Razor Blade,” caught the attention of many with lyrics about a suicidal friend in desperate need of help. By the middle of the night, there was no question that Old Gray was a great hit within the rock and indie-loving niche in this community. The sheer volume of these bands was not the only aspect heard outside of Brower, as many outsiders piled in to see their favorite bands play. “It’s really poetic,” audience member Adam Charles IV said. “A lot of people here came from other place. Old Gray is universal like that.”
Rhett’s record rings with classic country sound
Rhett’s relationship with his wife inspires his lyrics.
By Sabrina Axelrod Staff Writer
Country superstar Thomas Rhett dropped his third studio album, “Life Changes,” on Sept. 8. The album takes fans on a journey through Rhett’s personal and professional life. Similar to his past hits, the album focuses on
his love for his wife, Lauren. Fans have taken to Twitter to express their love for their favorite artist upon hearing the new album. “Do guys love girls like Thomas Rhett loves his wife or is he the only one in the world like that,” and, “If Thomas Rhett’s music doesn’t make you want to love a girl
with all your heart then there’s somethinwrong with you.” Rhett begins the album with his hit single featuring Maren Morris, “Craving You.” The song immediately puts listeners in the country mood when the drums begin blasting and Rhett’s southern boy twang reaches its full effect. Next is “Unforgettable,” another instant Rhett classic. Much like the song, “Get Me Some of That” off of his album “It Goes Like This,” Rhett paints the picture of a special night where he connects with his love. Describing the night, he sings “Girl, that night was just like you — unforgettable.” Rhett’s next track, “Sixteen,” was also released as a single prior to the album’s full release. This track also harks back to the past as Rhett recalls his time learning how to drive, using a fake ID and buying his first legal beer. While every track is about his love, that is not all the album has to offer. “Drink a Little Beer,” is a laid-back song that has all the country basics covered — beer, tan lines and pretty country girls. His father, Rhett Atkins, is also featured in this song. Rhett Atkins doesn’t sing on this track, but he does speak at the end of the song. He makes fun of his son, claiming, “I
taught you everything you know son, but not everything I know.” Another song that veers off the course of his normal theme is “Marry Me” — which has a more depressing tone, talking about not ending up with the one you love. But hey, all his songs can’t describe the bliss of love as he does in “Die A Happy Man.” The following songs, “Leave Right Now,” and “Smooth Like the Summer” are catchy songs, perfect for driving around town with the windows down. Yet, nothing compares to his track, “Life Changes.” This song sums up the meaning of the whole album in just three minutes. Each verse is about a different stage in his life. In one verse, he sings “I bought a ring and she said I do, but everybody else said man you’re 22 what you tryna prove?” He continues with, “Hey, why don’t you wait? Cause I’ve been waiting on her since the second grade.” Instant chills. The following songs through the end are a mix of upbeat and slow tempos but all are of course about love. “Life Changes” is a fun album with personal messages that perhaps is best summed up in Rhett’s words in the track, “You make your plans then you hear God laughing. Life changes, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
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