Entering high school, I was somewhat quiet (I guess that could be attributed to not knowing anyone) and I was beginning to branch out into rock music.
I was evolving into a completely new person, at least as much as you can in high school. I was starting to wear Converse sneakers, so rebellious of me! I was frequenting the Hot Topic in Staten Island more often and scouring their website for the right bands and the latest, blackest, baggiest chained pants they had. While I was dying my hair every shade of pink or purple that Manic Panic hair dye made, or sitting on my high school’s campus hanging out with friends, these were the bands I was listening to.
1. The moment I heard Hayley William’s voice I just stopped what I was doing, looked up the song and made my dad drive me out to the store to buy Paramore‘s album “All We Know Is Falling.” After that, I listened to it for days on end.
All We Know Is Falling, $13.98 from Amazon
2. I’ll admit it, I was in love with Pete Wentz, there I said it! I had heard of Fall Out Boy while changing the channels while couch surfing one day and just knew I had to buy their album “Take This To Your Grave.” I was hooked by Patrick Stump’s voice and I was devastated when they announced their hiatus in 2009.
Take This to Your Grave, $7.98 from Amazon
3. Armor for Sleep, a local band of sorts (they’re from Jersey) made a really big impact on me during my freshman when my cousin passed away. Their album “What to Do When You Are Dead,” really spoke to me, it made me feel connected to someone who knew what it felt like to go through loss. When they announced that they were disbanding in 2009, I felt like a piece of me was missing.
What to Do When You Are Dead, $12.98 from Amazon
4. Brand New was my favorite band when I was 13 and they’re still my favorite band now that I am 22. When I first heard “Deja Entendu” in it’s entirety, I was blown away, it was just perfect to me. I still maintain that it’s my favorite album even though their entire discography is really my favorite. Jesse Lacey has a way with words that makes me wish that I had written them.
Deja Entendu, $9.99 from Amazon
5. I had heard of Taking Back Sunday before I had even knew of Brand New (they’re both part of the Long Island music scene), and they too have been one of my favorite bands since I was 13. “Tell All Your Friends,” Taking Back Sunday‘s first album was and still is one of my all time favorite albums. The combination of Adam Lazzara’s voice with John Nolan’s is like the perfect blend. The lyrics are witty, angsty and sometimes even clever.
Tell All Your Friends, $9.98 from Amazon
6. Dashboard Confessional, who are probably well known by many for their song “Vindicated” off of the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, is probably one of the bands I least listen to these days. Back in high school though, “A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar” was on heavy rotation on my iPod.
A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, $13.98 from Amazon
7. Hawthorne Heights were that band that I listened to during my “I’m so emo, no one understands me” phase. I listened to their album “Silence in Black & White” all the damn time, I even considered them to be one of my favorite bands. I grew out of their music but I’ll always be fond of them.
Silence in Black & White, $12.98 from Amazon
8. My sophomore year of high school, I began listening to My Chemical Romance, and it’s thanks to them that I met my best friend. Their album “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,” was one of those albums I listened to all day and all night. Gerard Way has this infectious voice that just gets stuck in your head and you find yourself singing along to the songs even when they’re not playing.
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, $13.98 from Amazon
9. Something Corporate, what can I say about them, other than that they’re just a bundle of excellence? When I was 13 I first heard the line “I woke up in New York City from my sleep behind the wheel,” and I knew that I needed to get the album “Leaving Through the Window.” The band went on hiatus in 2004 and I was sure I’d never get to experience the magic that was Something Corporate. But I was pleasantly surprised when they played Bamboozle festival in 2010, then surprised again that they went on a reunion tour that summer, which allowed me to see them twice! Until this day, they are still one of my favorite bands, and one of the best bands I’ve ever seen perform live.
Leaving Through the Window, $14.98 from Amazon
10. I used to spend a lot of time in the photography classroom in high school and one of the guys that used to hang out there as well introduced me to Motion City Soundtrack. Their album “I Am the Movie,” really had me hooked on their pop punk sound that is infused with the moog synthesizer. Not only does their sound have me hooked, but so does their vocalist/guitarist Justin Pierre, who has this unique voice and mad scientist hair.
I Am the Movie, $11.98 from Amazon
Even though I listen to most of the bands on a regular basis, they still manage to get me nostalgic for those high school days.
Do you have any bands or artists that make you nostalgic for something?