1. Deja Entendu - Brand New (2003):
Amelia: Before June loved me I knew I loved her, because I had never met someone so passionately in love with Brand New like I was before. Their first album, Your Favorite Weapon, is great, but Deja Entendu is a masterpiece from start to finish. There was so much progression between the two albums that the first listen of Deja caught me off guard (the progression between all of their albums is pretty amazing to listen to). The last time I saw Brand New live, I drove 10 hours to Ohio and they played this album in full...and I sobbed uncontrollably. I get to see them in less than a month in Atlanta, which is something that I've been looking forward to for a while now.
2. Dude Ranch - Blink 182 (1997):
June: From the days before people knew who Travis Barker was and they had a drummer named "Scott", this Blink album is amazing enough that during the first listen, you can tell they were bringing something all their own to the punk rock table. Approachable enough that anyone can pick it up and listen, but impressive enough that you know you're getting something special. It's fast-paced, crude... and completely amazing.
3. ...Is a Real Boy - Say Anything (2004):
Amelia: There is so much to be said about ...Is a Real Boy, because it's an album filled with a lot of angst, but beyond that angst are some pretty interesting themes. From a song about relationships during the Holocaust to a song about not having sex with a girl because of the subject of the songs. Say Anything created a fun album that still developed a ton of emotion and some great, catchy lyrics.
4. More Adventurous - Rilo Kiley (2004):
June: We had a really hard time choosing a Rilo Kiley album because their whole discography is amazing. From as early as Take Offs and Landings to as recent as Under the Blacklight (or even the new album Knives), lead singer + songwriter, Jenny Lewis, always produces amazing music. Her voice is folky enough for country + her lyrics are often cynical and "fuck you" enough for punk rock so of course... they're an indie band.
5. Say It Like You Mean It - The Starting Line (2002):
June: When I was in my sophomore year of high school Economics class, I remember the ability to burn CD's was becoming more and more prevalent and the girl that sat next to me asked me to burn her a copy of the CD above and Midtown's "Living Well is the Best Revenge." I popped this CD in for the first time and I hardly took it out... for about 6 months. Kenny Vasoli, their lead singer, has the voice of an angel. I saw their last show (well technically, they occasionally still play but they announced that as their last) at Bamboozle in 2008.... it was May and it SNOWED. It was perfect. I cried.
6. So Wrong, It's Right - All Time Low (2007):
Amelia: All Time Low was pretty much the soundtrack of my High School experience. From their first EP on I was hooked....so hooked that one time I made them cookies and they signed my stomach. So even though they clearly thought I was weird I couldn't get enough of their catchy pop songs. The long car rides home screaming All Time Low are perhaps one of the reasons why I love them so much, but at the end of the day this album is amazing. It's one of the catchiest albums I've ever heard, and I dare you to not listen to it and nod a long. Plus, they have a song about a stripper on the album.
7. Sticks and Stones - New Found Glory (2002):
Amelia: I remember my brother buying this cd for my sister and me, and we thought he was absolutely the best! This was the first album that I had heard from New Found Glory, but after I heard it I knew I was hooked. Eventually I went back and listened to their first two albums, but for my 11 year old self "My Friends Over You" and "Head on Collision" were enough to peak my interest. This album really influenced me to stray from the super poppy music that I was used to, and led me to listen to more and more pop-punk.
8. Take This to Your Grave - Fall Out Boy (2003):
June: Back before Pete Wentz was a d-bag (ok wait, he was always a d-bag but he hadn't published a book yet), this album could've stood alone as a work of art... and they could've stopped making music and I could've musically died happy (sorry, not sorry). I've heard this album called pop punk before but I'd definitely put an emphasis on the pop, it's upbeat even if the lyrics aren't. Someone once said that the lyrics to this album are like entries out of a "broken-hearted boy's diary" and that makes me giggle because it couldn't be more true.
June: I think an album I go back around to time + time again is Bring Me Your Love by City and Colour. The singer, Dallas Green (get it... City and Colour...) has seriously.... the most magical and hypnotic voice of all time. This album is mostly acoustic (which is actually a far cry from what I usually listen to) but it's beautiful and timeless, and the lyrics are thought provoking and beautiful.
Amelia: When I tried to think of one other album that impacted my life and that I still love I had a few ideas in mind. I was born and bred on country music, and I've loved King George Strait since I was 5 so on instinct I thought about including one of his many amazing albums. But I can't hide the truth from y'all, my FAVORITE band (aside from Brand New) is O-Town. I wish I was joking, but I'm not. haha their self-titled album is one of my favorite albums, and I still listen to it constantly. No shame for my love for boy bands.
Here is a list of a few of the songs from each album listed above, place it on shuffle and have a listen!
Who is your favorite band? What would your top 8 be?