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Simple Plan

Simple Plan Release First New Album In Six Years

Legendary Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan are killing it with new release, “Harder Than It Looks”.

After much anticipation, Simple Plan is back with a new release that is sure to bring multitudes of pop-punk nostalgia.

A concise thirty-four minute banger of an album containing brand new anthems for all of your angsty needs. Every song brings back memories of Warped Tour and finding your place in this world, a theme the group has stuck tightly to over their iconic career. Both of these are extremely boosted by the feature of Sun 41’s Deryck Whibley on track 2, “Ruin My Life”.

Having been six years since the Quebec Quartet’s last album, “Taking One For the Team”, this new release is a breath of fresh air for fans new and old, and gives us a good reminder that Simple Plan is here to stay.

Overall, Simple Plan’s catchy choruses and melodic introductions paired with their relatable lyrics has once again proven why they’re one of the biggest names in the scene. Check out their new album “Harder Than It Looks”, out May 6th, and be sure to catch them on their tour this Spring/Summer with their Canadian counterparts, Sum 41.

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How Scream 2022 Ranks Among the Originals

Photo: Ghostface in Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group’s "Scream."

Scream has become a household name for the horror genre since its initial release in 1996. Since that first film, we have gotten four solid entries with themes touching on loss, infidelity, and the overarching weight that suburban mothers have on their shoulders that horror movies can turn their children into killers. But after almost 30 years of the franchise, how does the newest entry, simply titled Scream, rank against the others?
Please be warned, spoilers are coming up for all five films.

Scream 3
With a series as short as Scream, even the lowest on the list is more than watchable, and even enjoyable. That being said, there has to be something in the bottom of the totem pole. Scream 3 was released in 2000 and left a little to be desired. With a returning cast of characters (including post-Mortem Randy), the film had a decent setup. However, its faults start with the weird hallucinations our protagonist, Sidney, is plagued with throughout the whole journey. This, along with the out-of-nowhere twist involving a long-lost brother, just put this movie more into the category of comedy with some horror elements.

Scream 2
In the long run, Scream 2 and 3 are rather close in ranking. The second entry in the series feels a lot more in the cookie-cutter structure built by the original. Our whole team (minus Loomis and Macher) are back, and it feels like a true sequel. The meta conversation about horror movies is very apparent, which is usually hit or miss for viewers. The film carries a decent twist ending that holds some merit, and even breaks our hearts a bit with the death of Randy (even if we thought he was annoying).

Scream 4
The “10-years-later” cliche fills out the fourth film in the series and the third entry in our list today. After the third film and roughly a decade without hearing of the Prescott story, a solid reboot came into our lives. While this one may have felt like it pandered a little too much to internet-obsessed teenagers, it did some of those aspects well. Bringing back the OG cast plus some new faces breathed some life into the series in an enjoyable way and gave us a twist that was unpredictable, new, and that actually made sense (I’m looking at you, Scream 3).

Scream (2022)
A surprising placement for a “requel”, Scream 2022 blew many of our minds and was a solid reboot for once in horror movie history. The movie’s strengths showed in character development, commentary on the horror scene in the 2020s, and with the legacy characters that returned. Compared to the others, this has to be the most gut-wrenching part of the series with the fate that Dewey meets. Furthermore, the score perfectly cements this film as one of, if not the best, reboots of a classic series. Plus, apparently, there was an appearance from Stu. Did you catch it?

Scream (1996)
For a series like Scream, putting the original anywhere but in first place can be considered sacrilege. In this film’s case, Scream, it deserves to take the top spot. A meta slasher/whodunnit that sparked inspiration for many other movies (Cabin in the Woods, namely) was unheard of and brought new life into the genre. The inaugural film brought us likeable characters to the point where the twist ending hurt. We never wanted Sidney’s boyfriend to be someone dangerous to her, but alas Skeet Ulrich’s amazing performance as Billy Loomis was exactly that. The pair of killers rounded out by Matthew Lillard’s Stu Macher created what may still be the most iconic movie killer duo, even almost 30 years later.

There’s our list for how the Scream movies, including the 2022 addition, compare to each other. Do you agree? Be sure to check out Scream 2022 in theatres or at home once it’s out.

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Spanish Love Songs

Spanish Love Songs Release Hard-Hitting Track Remake

LA punk/emo/whatever they want to be rock band Spanish Love Songs have just released the third single off their next release, Brave Faces Etc., which includes remade versions of the tracks off their 2020 release Brave Faces Everyone along with the original tracks. The third track released from this “remake” album of sorts is their song Dolores.

This is by far the hardest hitting one off the original album, and the remake just twists the knife a little bit more. The haunting lyrics surround the reality of school shootings and gun violence in America in a horribly real way. Singer Dylan Slocum’s vocals sit perfectly in the track and frame the subject matter in a serious and mildly matter-of-fact way as opposed to other songs that dance around the tragedies described in “Dolores”. To Slocum and many other US citizens, these things happen every single day. The idea of sirens echoing down a school hallway becoming a usual thing gives goosebumps to those familiar with these crimes. The highlight of this song is the bleakness of the lyrics combined with the calling out of politicians giving their “thoughts and prayers” to victims instead of doing something about gun violence in the US. This may be the pinnacle of how Spanish Love Songs’ lyrics don’t always hit on the “I’m so sad” sentiment but how they hit the “this is reality and it’s horribly dreary and grim” that so many of us have been feeling for the past two years due to COVID-19.

Be sure to check out Spanish Love Songs new album Brave Faces Etc. when it drops on April 15th, 2022 and catch them on The Wonder Years US tour this March.