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[The Wrock Project] Installment III [B]

From now on, each post will review all the bands listed on the Wizrocklopedia by letter. Today, I bring to you the letter B, brought to you by bloody banshee bands.

  • The Bandon Banshees is a somewhat monotone band. I like the instrumental sections more than the singing, but the bands has a pretty nice lineup of songs.
  • I do find the previous band better and more complex than The Band of Requirement. Their one song, “Just Harry”, is cute, but eh.
  • So, The Band who Lived also has only one song, which is amusing in that it is dedicated to a Troll… a demo of the I assume will-soon-be-completed “Troll Song” about love for a troll? Eh.
  • The Band-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is Evanescence inspired, and is, of course, a Dark Wizard band. I actually like them – they’re entertaining, have a relatively clear sound and more skill in instruments than other bands, and maybe I have a soft spot for songs written from Bellatrix’s POV. That, and “Hortcrux Baby” cracks me up.
  • Basilisk and the Kreachers. Um. Huh? Uhh…
  • The Basilisk in Your Pasta. I really, really like this band – it was fun, cute, and are a bit of a teasing band. I like the way they wove French into the song, and will definitely be listening to this band in the future. Thumbs up!
  • The Bat Bogey Hexes has one a’capella song called “Lullaby for Molly”, which has cute, sweet lyrics and could be pretty catchy if performed a bit more professionally.
  • The Beater Broke His Club is another, somewhat shaky a’capella band. The name is fun, though.
  • The Beedles. I must say, The Beedles are pretty fun and do for some light listening every so often if you don’t mind a few jarring moments. I do, however, have a weakness for their song “Quidditch Field”. Maybe I can get my team to learn this song so we can sing it at the next tournament… hmmm
  • Bella and le Strangers is goood. I am happy to say that there is harmony and melody and it works well and that the songs make me feel pretty happy. They have a kind of campy Donovan feeling to them (Ok, only to me, perhaps, I suck at reviewing and comparing music and bands), but I definitely recommend them! Also, I have a weakness for Bellatrix POV music, apparently.
  • Bella and the Death Eaters is pretty fun. Also, the rewriting of “Hallelujah” in “Bellatrix Lestrange” is pretty funny. But that’s about it. Hm.
  • Bella’s Love. Wow, the “B”s have a theme. It’s pretty rough and kinda just eh, well, its an attempt at singing. I think that the reasons are so scathing and mean is because they can’t stand the awkward attempt at being nice that I do…
  • The Bertie’s Bott Band. Um. Nuff said. Just. Ugh.
  • Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Band is cute sounding, but I kind of already forgot every part of their songs.
  • The Bezoar Project. It might just be me, but I find it really uncomfortable to hear about a schoolgirl fantasy with Snape, as she sings in “Slytherin Lovin”. Umm. Yes. Otherwise, its pretty decent singing and songwriting.
  • Big Whompy. Definitely not my type of music, but the song is amusing. So listen to it for fun! But its a very simple melody garageband thing.
  • The Black Sisters is hard to gauge in that I can barely hear anything in their recordings. But what I can hear is cute and pretty good harmony. I’d like to hear what they could do with better recording equipment.
  • Blast Ended Skrewts. I have to say, I really enjoyed the simple, purely instrumental song. I think I’ll keep this one bookmarked.
  • The Blast Ended Skrewts! have a lot of excitement with that name. That energy passes onto their music. I will, however, pass. They were doing better until somebody started singing.
  • I want to point out that Blibbering Humdinger is a wonderful name. I also want to point out that the sense of humour inherent in the name carries onto their music. The lyrics are pretty funny, from the explicit minded “Huffepuff Sandwhich”. The tunes do get repetitive, but I can easily get over that for the lyrics.
  • The Blood Traitors. Oh dear. Their one song is enjoyable, but pretty dull and lacking in the energy of the original song it is based off.
  • The Blood Pops. Eh.
  • The Bludger Kids. Ugh.
  • A Bludger to The Head. It is pretty cute, actually. There needs to be more Luna love among the wrock bands.
  • Bronze and Blue was kind of painfully boring.
  • Blue and Yellow Wand. I’m confused. Is she singing?
  • The Blue Eagles is very… one chord strum and the repetition of the word “felix”.
  • The Boggarts. Finally! This was some nice triumphal music. Liiiike.
  • Books and Cleverness. Move along.
  • The Bookworms is a cute setup. However, I am falling asleep to the music. Bland, really.
  • The Boy Who Wrocked is by no means a particularly good band. But I am still having fun listening. This time it really is purely subjective.
  • The Boyz Who Lived has good singing! Makes me think of that band Cartel. It’s cute. I will definitely listen to this more! Except, they have like, one song.
  • The Broom Closet Diaries. Bleh. (I’m getting pretty monosyllabic…)
  • The Brothers Black. Yes yes yes thank you, a good catchy band. Goes to my listening list! Especially their song “Don’t Wanna Be A DeathEater”!
  • Buckbeak and the Hippogriffs was cute, in a country sort of way. They can actually play music, its just not my type.
  • The Bulstrodes is definitely a pretty cute band. I don’t know why I use that term so much. Too bad the sound quality does not make me want to listen much.
  • Butterbeer Chuggers. Based on the name alone, I think they’d be great friends with the team. Until I listened to the song Veritaserum. Um.
  • The Butterbeer Experience. See, this name makes me think if somehow the singer got drunk on Butterbeer. That said, this is a pretty decent setup. The lyrics are nice, and she has a good voice. The more I listen to it, the more I like this.
  • The Buttermellows. I like the folksy thing going on, although it is a bit “whiny”, like my roommate commented. Problem: every song really just sounds like the other.
  • By The Great Beard of Hagrid is a GREAT name. I will use it in exclamations now. The song, however, is very…eh. But good name.

I FINISHED THE Bs! Oh dear Merlin, this is going to be long.

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Review: Runaways Vol. 1 : Pride and Joy

I decided to start reviewing what books I read… and this time I start with the comics I just picked up my school’s library! New shiny books… hmm… beware for spoilers, but it’s the first volume, so it isn’t much of a problem.

I had heard about Runaways before, and it was mostly good. I did like the beginning, although the pacing threw me off, the art threw me off, and the comic in general threw me off because I have gotten so used to manga. Manga tends to have a different pacing, and the art is very different – in this case, the lack of exagerated expressions shocked me a bit. I’m looking forwards togetting over this and start reading comics more regularly (when I was a kid in Boston I would read some X-men completely out of continuity or order, but I didn’t care.)

The story seems promising: we have a group of teens whose life is turned upside down overnight, and trying to do the right thing, even if it goes against their parents. The kids seem to have good personalities overall, and the way the groups (both The Pride and their kids) interact is interesting.

Things that irked me:

  1. The scene where Nico is inside her room going frantic for her black nail polish. I mean, can we stop with the “girl takes forever to get ready” scene?!
  2. Molly acts so childish. I swear I wasn’t so childish and innocent at that age! Or my friends!
  3. The dumb jock stereotype with Chase… I get the feel he won’t create much problems anyways and wil lalways be the annoying guy in hte group, but create really minor problems. Big problems are saved for the female characters…
  4. “Lucy”‘s crying scene when she discovers she’s well… not of this world. It bugged the heck out of me.
  5. Parental race stereotype: Alex’s dad is like a a Gang boss (Anybody else headdesk at the idea of the africanamerican guy being the suit-dressed gang boss? It might just be me, I haven’t seen him yet.)
  6. Parental race stereotype 2 : Nicos’  parents (asian) are apparently dark cultists.
  7. The whitey alien parents are hollywood celebrities! XD

Things I found interesting:

  1. Two characters out of five are not caucasian. And one of them is their leader.
  2. Well, the story is interesting ❤
  3. I have no idea what to write anymore

I’m off to do homework now! T-ciao!