Backstreet’s Back…

One of the more exciting parts of my weekend was covering the Backstreet Boys 20th Anniversary Fan Celebration at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday. Of course I wasn’t as excited as the people who camped out from 8pm on Friday, or those who paid $150 for a meet and greet [ie a quick hello and a picture if you’re lucky] but I’ll admit I did struggle to contain my inner fangirl when Brian Littrell walked past me.

Along with doing interviews with the press, a Q & A with the fans and giving a sneak peek of their upcoming documentary, the group gave the crowd a preview of their new album and for any BSB fans out there, I’m happy to say it’s a return to form. Uber producer Max Martin [ who is responsible for Quit Playing Games, Everybody and I Want It That Way, to name just a few] is back and his influence is clear on the new record.

We heard eight songs [full album which was also produced by Prophet and Morgan will be 13 plus bonus tracks] and the guys gave a little bit of background on each.

Soldier: Nick and Howie wrote this one and it’s a typical, upbeat BSB song. Instantly recognisable as one of theirs.

Breathe: This is similar to any slower song on a typical BSB album

Trust Me: More acoustic driven, none of the group wrote this but they all agreed they instantly fell in love with it and had to have it on the album.

Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of: This was inspired by the Backstreet Babies and Kevin started crying twice when talking about it, once during press interviews and again with the fans.

In Your Arms: Howie and Nick teamed up to write this dance track.

Madeleine: More guitar led and co-written by AJ, who wanted to write something about the epidemic of bullying.

Try: James Morrison wrote this and AJ takes lead vocals. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a Morrison song, quite soulful.

Permanent Stain or PS: Even more so than Soldier, this is classic Backstreet Boys, just a pity about the terrible title!

Check out a mash-up below 

 

Little Green Cars at Troubadour

Little Green Cars have been getting a lot of buzz lately, winning rave reviews for their performances at festivals including SXSW and Coachella, not to mention all of those Mumford & Sons comparisons.

The Dublin five-piece – Stevie Appleby, Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch – are even signed to Glassnote Records, Mumford’s US label.

To see what all the fuss is about [and to support my fellow countrymen and woman], I decided to check out their gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night and was not disappointed.

I only knew a few of their songs beforehand but it really doesn’t matter with a band last this, you’ll still find yourself dancing along. With a set lasting about an hour they ran through all the tunes you’ll have heard of including The John Wayne, Harper Lee, Kitchen Floor and My Love Took Me Down To The River and many you haven’t.

While they are all talented musicians, this band’s main strength lies in the fact that they can all sing.

Highlights of the night were The John Wayne, which as probably their best known song got the entire crowd singing along and the finale when the entire band came down from the stage into the middle of the crowd for Consequences Of Not Sleeping. Stevie was the only one armed with a guitar, while the others showed off the group’s incredible harmonies for a stunning finish. Everyone left knowing we had seen something pretty special.

Little Green Cars at Troubadour

Little Green Cars at Troubadour

Stevie Appleby

Stevie Appleby