by softer metal i meant, and i shoulve been more clear about this, anything but death metal/black metal.
I've been meaning to check out my Bloody Valentine but keep fogetting to, thanks for reminding me.
Los Campesinos is one ive never heard of, ill be sure to check them out.
as for the others:
The Shins (never really liked them, ill check em out again and maybe it'll click)
Broken Social Scene (never heard of these guys, will check them out)
Of Montreal (been meaning to check these guys out as well)
The New Pornagraphers and Death Cab are both bands that i listen to and enjoy a few songs from
Architecture in Helsinki (another one i have to look up.
I went through a RATM phase earlier this year, and still like a lot of their songs.
And finally, Muse. These guys are one of my favorite bands actually! im seeing them with U2 in September, mad stoked for that.
Thanks for all your help. ill edit this post with thoughts on the bands after i listen to them.