Band: Tears for Fears
Album: “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending”
By Amanda Huerter, DJ
Growing up as a child of the ’80s it was inevitable that one
would hear a Tears for Fears song and the retro British band has
proven that they are here to stay. With industrialized hit songs
from the 1980s like, “Broken” and “Shout,” anticipation has been
built up for the release of Tears for Fears’ newest album,
“Everybody Loves a Happy Ending” and their upcoming tour that hits
Colorado in November.
The new album has redefined Tears For Fears’ old, electronic and
intense sound. Now only a few songs are reminiscent of their
previously dark lyrics. The album has a ’70s-inspired rock ‘n’ roll
feel. A lot of songs sound much like the Beatles late in their
career or the more recent Flaming Lips. Like most of the album, the
title track, “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending,” has an upbeat sound
reminiscent of Pink Floyd/”Dark Side of the Moon” which may
alienate some fans because of the major departure from their
This album is a portrait of an evolving musical group, who are
trying to stay relevant in the music industry today but still
keeping true to their musical identity. Though it may not be
similar to older music it will definitely put a smile on your face.
The calming and up-beat nature of the music makes it a great
pick-me-up for the ever-so-soon and looming finals week.
*Casey Cisneros contributed to this review.
Band: The Firebird Band
Album: The City at Night
By Tucker Gumber, training director DJ
Once you put this album in you are brought into the world of
Christopher Broach and John Isberg, two Chicago boys who play all
the instruments, sing and mix the songs on their sixth album
release, “The City at Night.” Their world is made when you take
large doses of guitar, bass and drums and then overdose on the
synthesizer. If Hot Hot Heat’s emo-dance sound and the Faint’s
synthesized beats reproduced, The Firebird Band would be their
The Firebird Band has been very busy since their formation in
1998 coming out with six albums. This new album brings 14
full-length songs to the table for you to get your dance on. The
highlight of the new album is the song “Gift” which leaves the
listener enchanted by mellow vocals while being completely
surrounded by the keyboard/synthesizer. The band normally includes
Broach and Isberg exclusively but they added a full band for their
touring schedule, including Jess Gronewald, former KCSU DJ.
Gronewald now plays the keyboard and sings for the band. The
Firebird Band is currently on tour and will be coming to Denver
this Thursday at Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway.