The Rock Band Network Community recommends some of their favorite tracks from recent releases.
Cohesive - "The Only Difference"
I've described this song as "space pop", and that's really the best way to give a sense of the atmosphere here. The synths give a great layered sound, with enough body that the keys part is actually fun too. Guitar and bass aren't too involved, putting more of their weight to maintaining the feel. But vocals are the real highlight, if only because it's just one voice- yes, no harmonies here- but it keeps up with the song's epic feel perfectly, which is no small feat. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community
Goin' Places - "Relationship Sneakers"
The lyrics may be a little odd, but darn if this isn't some catchy punk. It definitely falls under pop-punk, but more along the lines of The Ramones-style pop-punk than the '90s Blink-182 style. The instruments have more of that rock 'n roll feel of early punk music, but the vocals are pure pop. The chorus may be short, but if you're anything like me it'll be stuck in your head for days. - machetemonkey, RBN Community
ETHS - "Adonaï"
French is a romance language, in more ways than one. This song is in French, but it's not romantic, despite the singer's lightly sultry tone. Combine that with the religious incantations and you get a somewhat sinister overtone. The music doesn't quite keep up the same tone, which both makes the parts easier (though not exactly easy) and keeps the whole thing from being too dark. The result is an interesting musical confusion worth checking out- it's evil, but not really, which almost makes it moreso. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community
Look Left - "Crack My Head and Let the People Out"
Someone needs to tell Look Left's bassist to calm down. In fact, the whole band could use a bit of relaxing, if this track is anything to go by. What seems like it should be a simple acoustic-driven ditty just keeps building up into a pile of tense, nervous performances. It could become a train wreck, but Look Left is just together enough to make it all work, resulting in a very tricky and interesting track for everyone. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community
Dance for the Dying – "Death in the Garden"
Dance for the Dying have become a favourite of mine and it's great to see their entire EP available on RBN. This final track contains all the hooky vocals, active bassline and infectious indie-dance-pop grooves that make all of their songs so much fun to play in Rock Band. "Death in the Garden" is definitely recommended for vocalists, particularly if you like female vocals, but all instruments have a pretty good time. Keyboardists will also gets to play two glockenspiel solos, how many songs can you say that about? - Oscarvarium, RBN Community
Sonic Boom Six – "For the Kids of the Multiculture"
This British band defy classification somewhat. One moment they're showing off a standard hard rock sound but then you hear bits of electronica, pop-punk and hip-hop, even leaning towards metal at times. Guitar and bass have lots of really fun HOPO chains alongside some heavy driving rhythms, the keyboard has a great mix of single-note lines and big chords, and drums have some great kick/snare patterns to get your teeth into. Not only is this ridiculously high-energy track a blast to play on every instrument but it also has a very positive message. - Oscarvarium, RBN Community
Less Than Jake - "Goodbye, Mr. Personality"
For those who were looking for more of a ska-like substance from the ska-punk mainstays than what they got from "Younger Lungs," this cut should satisfy. Up-stroke chords on guitar, a very active bass part, and an anthem of a chorus that will stick in your head for a good long while all make this a great buy for fans of good music. - weffjebster, RBN Community
Less Than Jake - "Younger Lungs" & "Goodbye, Mr. Personality"
Less Than Jake have been a favorite of mine since I was in high school, and they’ve also been one of the most requested ska bands among the RB community, so it made perfect sense for us to meet up with them to chat about RBN (check out our interview with the band at last year's Warped Tour). Fast forward a year later and now we’ve got two LTJ tracks in the game and all is right in the world! “Younger Lungs” is a bit more ballad-y than their usual fare, but it opens with a nice guitar lick and some downright bouncy bass before a trademark sing-along chorus. “Goodbye, Mr. Personality” is vintage Less Than Jake, with great classic upbeat ska upstrumming punctuated by horns and, if I’m not mistaken, there’s even some cowbell hidden in the drum track. So if you were on the fence about these tracks, my advice is definitely PICK IT UP, PICK IT UP, PICK IT UP! ;) - HMXHenry, Manager, Community Development