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Thoughts about Nemesea’s album “The Quiet Resistance”

I discovered Nemesea through Spotify in the beginning of May of this year.  I have been captivated with this up and coming band from the Netherlands!

“The Quiet Resistance” was released back in 2011.  This is my first time to give my thoughts on lyrics from bands I like, so cut me some slack.

Track 1- The Quiet Resistance

Track 2 -Caught In The Middle: This song makes me think of the struggles we all go through in life.  “Should I go this way or that way?  Am I doing the right thing or the wrong thing?” I feel like I am stuck in the middle and I’m being pulled to be good or evil.

Track 3- Afterlife: The song makes me think of “Frozen” by Delain, but on a different level. Frozen, to me, is about wanting to have a relationship with someone who is closed off to any outside emotions. Afterlife is about wanting a relationship with someone that did not work out in real life, but could happen in the afterlife.

Track 4- Whenever: This song reminds me so much of my ex-girlfriend and how she could never admit she was wrong; in her mind she was always right.  She was like an addiction for me but I had enough of the lies and had to walk away even though it was hard.

Track 5- If You Could: When I first heard the song, I thought it was about a relationship gone bad and losing the other person. The more I listened to it though, the more I came to realize it is about the death of a loved one. This song brings me to the edge of tears at times when I think of loved ones of mine that died.

Track 6- Higher: I have to admit I love this song! I get a huge grin on my face when I hear the intro. Manda and Charlotte’s voices blend so well with each other! The lyrics make me think of the last relationship I was in a year ago. I had dated the person in the past, but things between were worse than before. Basically they couldn’t take me high enough anymore.

Track 7- Say: Be straight forward, say it like it is and don’t sugar coat your words. Words can be just as strong as actions. They can come across as being sweet or bitter or both.

Track 8- It’s Over: The way I interpret the lyrics is that decisions we are trying to make can cause anxiety and fear in us. Trying to move out of our comfort zone is scary enough, but we all have to take that leap of faith to get out and up to the next level in life. It’s over being scared; jump and learn how to fly.

Track 9- I live: To me this song is about gaining trust with someone. The visual I see in my head is someone who has been hurt before and the other person is telling them they can be trusted, so give them a chance. Let them show you how much they care about you so you can build trust.

Track 10- Stay With Me: My interpretation of this song is that you give your all to someone, the foundation of the relationship is rocky but the two of you will overcome it all.

Track 11- Rush: All I can think of when hear this song is getting a high off of life or something that just gives you a rush such as certain music, going fast in a car or on a motorcycle, whatever it may be.  That rush takes you away from reality and it’s as if you can’t get enough of it.

Track 12- Release Me: No interpretation for me, just an awesome song is all I can say, meaning I’m speechless.

Track 13- 2012: Very kick ass instrumental! \m/

Track 14- Allein: I read that Allein means alone.  With that being said, this song reminds me of the demons that show up uninvited in my life and my angels are there protecting me.

Give Nemesea a listen and I’m sure that you will become a fan as well! 😉


So When Is The Next Album Being Released?

“You guys make great music! I have your first three albums! So when is the new one set to be released?”

I have seen a comment similar to this one on a couple of bands’ Facebook pages recently. To me personally, I would be annoyed to be asked that question constantly. Some bands have different work ethics from one to the next. Some release albums one right after the other while others take their time to perfect their music. It’s great to hear new music from our favorite artists, but they are not robots. Bands and solo artists are humans like everyone else; they need some down time.  Take into consideration they have personal lives away from the spotlight. Some of them are teachers, have their families to care for or have other side projects they are working on. There are even times when the band members need a break from each other. They are like a family and being around each other 24/7 for long periods of time can work on their nerves. Think about going on a road trip with your parents and siblings, after a few minutes or few hours, everyone starts to get on each other’s nerves.  Okay a family road trip and being in a band may not be the same thing, but you get the picture.  Being patient for new albums and tour can be hard, but it’s a fact of life.  There is a process to everything with recording and mixing an album.  The best advice: Stay up-to-date through their site and Facebook page.  For the love of all things pure and evil, new music will be released when the time is right!

Updated Bucket List

Here is part of my growing bucket list:

1. Take vocal and guitar lessons for improvement.
2. Record an album.
3. Personally know someone famous.
4. Get a degree in Criminology.
5. Learn Danish, German and Dutch.
6. Visit San Francisco.
7. Travel to Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.
8. Research my biological family history.
9. Own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
10. Start an outreach for those who feel like they don’t fit in with society and show them they are valuable to our world.
11. Spend couple of days each with my favorite bands and solo singers.
12. Publish two books.
13. Live in Göteborg and Copenhagen for six months each.
14. Compose lyrics for a Eurovision or Melodifestivalen song.
15. Become an advocate for abused children and animals.
16. Take karate lessons.
17. Go skydiving.
18. Learn how to surfboard.
19. Own a home rather than rent an apartment.
20. Die happy.