Sunday, 25 January 2015

(L-R Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings)

So I obviously had to pick this band for my first album review as i probably can't go a day without listening to them, and if you're a friend of mine then i've probably succeeded in converting you into a fan throughout the past year.

I first heard of these 4 Aussie guys back in 2013 when one of their members followed me on twitter and with him being verified, I obviously took an interest and decided to check them out on YouTube. I heard a track called "Heartbreak Girl" which was insanely catchy and they also happened to be supporting One Direction who i was coincidentally seeing in concert the week after.

These guys are great live, and I've probably seen them around 5 times now, and it's been amazing to have been able to meet them and speak to them on twitter before they took the world by storm.


So their Self-Titled album "5 Seconds of Summer" was released in June 2014, following a series of EPs. Now i'm sure you've all heard their tracks "She Looks So Perfect" and "Don't Stop" in shops, on the radio, at a kebab shop at 3am on your way home, and sure they're catchy, but I've heard a lot of people say "they're too pop for me" etc. BUT their whole album gives more of a pop rock vibe, and they've worked with artists such as Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Scouting for Girls and the Madden brothers (Good Charlotte) on some of the tracks.

So from a completely unbiased view I've tried to pick my favourites on the album (judging by my iTunes play count) so if you haven't heard of them you can kinda just listen to these and make your mind up for yourself.

She Looks So Perfect - perfect addition to your pre-drinks playlist, but please don't try and reenact the music video.

Everything I Didn't Say - relatable, catchy, relatable.

End Up Here - play this on blast in your car, it will have you singing "YOU SAID YOU LIKED MY COBAIN SHIRT" at the top of your lungs.

Long Way Home - one of those songs you just wanna smile through.

English Love Affair - saucy, probably about me. 

Amnesia - you'll cry.

Close as Strangers - anyone who's been in a long distance relationship will get major feels, and Luke Hemming's voice is just heaven.

VooDoo Doll - full of sassiness, fell in love with this song the first time i heard it live. 

If You Don't Know - this isn't actually on the album but on their Don't Stop EP but it's a slow, deep song that most people can relate to if you've been in a relationship. I unconsciously used one of their lines when having an intense phone conversation with someone, so if you're reading this and hear this song, my bad. 

Having heard most of these songs live before the album came out made it even more exciting to finally hear studio versions without screaming fans in the background via YouTube. Anyone who's interested in seeing them there are currently still tickets available for their 2015 "Rock Out With Your Socks Out" headline tour.


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Saturday, 24 January 2015

If you know me personally you knew this post was coming. I'm a fan of all things Disney, but that being said I could go at least a year without having to hear "It's a Small World" again.

With me moving to Orlando, we decided to make it a family trip, and so they could take my 5 year old brother to DisneyWorld etc. for the first time. Looking back, I probably was more excited than he was getting photographs with the characters whilst he stated "that's not Mickey Mouse that's a silly man in a costume"  and the fact we took him on rides like the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror and that creepy Yeti ride in Animal Kingdom, didn't make him any more keen on going on any more rides that left the ground. As you can see, he wasn't thrilled. (top right)

Moving on from that, i didn't want to make this post a detailed thing on every park i went to and how magical they were because let's face it, most of you don't care and i'm sure many of you have been yourselves, so after a lot of thought and consideration i've complied a list of my favourite/most memorable attractions at each place, i mean hey if you're going soon, you might wanna get FastPasses for them so this could be slightly worth a read!

Magic Kingdom

Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor - who doesn't love seeing people get made fun of (including my step-dad)

Space Mountain - I'd been waiting to go on this since i was 9 and couldn't go on in Disneyland. P.S. don't put your hands in the air, you will lose them.

Big Thunder Mountain - just brings back a lot of memories when i went as a child at Disney and was also the first ride we went on at the park this time round!

Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest - it went backwards and it was kinda creepy, but it was the only thrill ride here so hey, was also accompanied by my brother screaming and crying behind me.

Kali River Rapids - we got very wet.

DINOSAUR  - my brother cried, again.

Hollywood Studios 

Rock n Roller Coaster - ALL TIME FAVE. Rock n Roll music whilst you're speeding through and swirling all over the place, doesn't get any better than that.

Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror: not just a lame "you go up and drop" ride, couldn't tell what floor I was on half the time.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-A-Long: ok so this wasn't a ride but who doesn't love singing all the frozen songs at the top of their longs amongst a room of children. My brother also decided to get up on his chair and start enthusiastically interpreting the "Let it Go" music video, hip sassy walk and all. -face palm-


food, and more food.


Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey - the effects on this o m g, actually felt like I was flying through the quidditch pitch, hands in the air and all.

Revenge of the Mummy - i don't remember much, but i'm pretty sure it was cool.

Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt - I was kinda s***ting myself at first because the harness only covers your legs so I immediately saw my death flash before my eyes, but again adrenaline and music = worth the risk of death.

looking back i guess all the 8am wake ups, aching feet, queue waits and family arguments over where we were going for lunch and what fast passes we were going to get were worth it.


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Thursday, 22 January 2015

or should i say, moving 7007km from home (yes i googled that).

So before I delve into everything i have to say about everything i am passionate about on this blog, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself, and if you find me slightly interesting that might persuade you more to read the ramblings i post on here.

So i'm from a small country called Gibraltar, 10 points if you don't have to google that! But for those of you who don't know it's a small country located at the southern tip of Europe, bordering Spain, and yes I do speak fluent Spanish.

So in 2013 I moved to the beautiful seaside resort of Bournemouth in the UK to study Events Management, but obviously moving to the UK wasn't enough for me so here I am, typing away from my new apartment in Orlando where i've come to do a semester abroad whoopie! This is actually my first time in America and the fact that I'm actually living here for 4 months too is still a bit surreal, and i'll be sure to blog about all my wacky adventures during that time on here (i promise it will be more than my trips to DisneyWorld)

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This is me and my mum in one of those standard, "let's take a photo -insert location here- so i can show everyone back home" photos mum's seem to like doing.

I'm a big fan of bands, naps, wasting time on the internet, being weird and reading cliche books that everyone seems to be reading at that time, other than that, i guess you'll be learning more about me as you wander deeper into my mind as my posts unfold, yay! 


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