Live at High Dive: Gritt and Stop Light Observations

Saturday night at the High Dive, audiences danced to the sound of local Gainesville band, Gritt, and Stop Light Observations, a band from Charleston, South Carolina.

Although the venue was not packed, those who attended were nothing short but energetic. Many danced as though they were at a dance club instead of a rock concert.

Gritt performed first. They were critically received by the audience.

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Most of the songs the band performed were originals. They did, however, performed covers of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.”

Much of their original music had an edge of country with a sprinkle of rock-n-roll anger.

After taking a moment to set up, Stop Light Observations went after.

With a service dog playing on the middle of the stage, the band went on to play original songs with southern influences.

Though, unlike Gritt, the band held a more soft, folksy sound instead of the strong southern rock that boarder lined on country music. Though they do have one song titled “Leroy” allows listeners to rock out to the strums of a banjo.

The band also performed covers of Radiohead’s “Creep” and M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes.”

The night was well and everyone at the venue enjoyed themselves.

Both the Stop Light Observations and Gritt can be found on Spotify. They are also available to listen on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/grittunes and https://soundcloud.com/stoplightobservations.

They are also available for purchase on ITunes.

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They truly are The All-American Rejects

Last Friday on Nov. 4, pop-rock band The All-American Rejects came down to UF to play at Flavet Field.

The concert was free and part of the “Rock The Vote” show, with electronic rock band Magic Men as their opener.

Many students arrived to the event, excited to get very nostalgic while listening to the band play past hits such as “Dirty Little Secret”, “Move Along”, “It Ends Tonight”, and “Gives You Hell.”

The band did not disappoint in that aspect. They also performed their new song, “DGAF,” which Tyson Ritter, lead singer of the band, said was inspired by this year’s presidential election.

Although The All-American Rejects were popular during the early 2000s, with songs perfect for every basic teen movie taking place in a high school, it would have been better for everyone if they stayed there.

Our younger selves may have appreciated The All-American Rejects’ lyrics, but our older selves are now mature enough to realize how basic and awful they actually are. Everything was just a flashback to middle school, a time no one should ever be forced to relive.

Even their newest song lacks substance. With the repeated line of, “We don’t give a f***,” one could easily tell that this band is trying so hard to stay relevant.

It will take some time of listening to better, mature music in order to fully recover from the concert.