The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?


Do you ever put on a song and immediately start jigging? That’s how it is when I press play on The Preatures’ “Is This How You Feel?”. The bass & guitar mesh well together in a Fleetwood Mac-esque sound. The male singer, Gideon, has a verse sandwiched between lead female vocalist Isabella’s, who takes the spotlight throughout the song. The pair balance really well together; she slides her way back into the verse seamlessly. I hardly noticed her takeover until writing this post!

The content of this song is simple.. we’ve all been there. Liking someone and being in the dark about how they feel toward you. Part of the mystery is fun, but the unknown brings on an uneasy feeling- a feeling of something that needs to burst open. Hey how about you sing this song to your crush and see how she/he reacts? Joking of course, but how about you take the plunge and just ASK!

Shake it right tonight”

The sound of the Australian band sounds rather like a pop tribute to the 70’s scenario of dance house-based compositions. Along with Fleetwood Mac, their sound is very reminiscent of HAIM, so if you’re into singing along to something upbeat, you’ll take a liking to this track. As a child who grew up with music-centric parents, I can definitely empathize with the sound of this track. Might you?

The band’s style varies tremendously song-by-song. You’ll notice this on their EP titled “Is This How You Feel”, released back in 2013. Also be sure to check out their latest album: “Blue Planet Eyes”.

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Born Ruffians – Needle


I belong to no one, like the watermelon
Rolling with momentum 
Spitting out its seeds
Buried under snow and waiting just to show us
How it grows and knows how yummy it will be.”

I’m 100% on board with any song that opens with a verse personifying a watermelon. Also, any song that uses the world yummy in any context.

Born Ruffians are from Canada (do they have watermelons there?) and are a band built to thrive in an era of music industry reformation. Their brand of pop-rock is appealing and unassuming, which has led to a number of advertisement features for brands like American Express and Orange (a major telecom carrier in Europe). They’ve played on webisodes, appeared on major TV programs and of course completed a number of tours and festival appearances.

“Needle” is my favorite track off the band’s newest record “Birthmarks.” It’s catchy without being overly sugar-high (like Fun) and slightly odd-ball. The bouncy peaks of the chorus and sharp guitar stabs throughout give way to a hands-up-and-waving  bridge that you’ll want to crank up while driving dangerously fast.

Born Ruffians – Needle