12 Days of Brumotions: McBusted Album Review

On the 7th day of Christmas, Brumotions gave to YOU…

A McBusted Album Review

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McFly’s Danny, Dougie, Tom and Harry are teaming up with Busted’s James and Matt to release their collaborative self-titled, debut studio album ‘McBusted’!

And after seeing the lads live last year, we’ve been buzzing and very impatiently waiting for the release and to hear what this incredibly good looking group of lads have prepared!

The highly anticipated album was released on December 1st and we couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed as it features more misses than hits.

Check out our track by track review of McBusted’s newest release below!

And let us know what you guys think of the new album!


Air Guitar

This track was an obvious choice for a lead single from the album; it’s a feel good song with a great riff, infectious lyrics and a catchy, yet haunting bridge. It’s a great dynamic track to start the party and it really showcases the best of the McBusted lads.

Hate Your Guts

An incredible collaboration with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus is the best way to describe this track!

Hate Your Guts is a much edgier and rockier sounding track to be featured on the album and shows the heavy influence that Hoppus had on the song. This is definitely one of our favourite tracks on the album and we wished the lads would’ve leaned more towards this sound for the entirety of the album.

What Happened to Your Band

Written by James Bourne with the Busted counterpart of this group in mind, What Happened to Your Band was actually written back in 2007! And has only just been released as a McBusted track on the album – although you can watch James performing it live in the video above!

The track screams Busted, with it’s 90s feel and the heavy appearance of both James’ and Matt’s vocals, which were a nice change from the other tracks. However, it is a slight miss in terms of matching the rest of the album and some of the other incredible tracks on it.

Get Over It

This song is penned to be the second single release from McBusted, though the date is still to be announced, it is due to be released in early 2015.

Our Brumoters will be very pleased if this track will be released during it’s expected dates as it will kick start Pop Rock music released throughout the year. We’re quite relieved to hear Danny’s vocals make a further appearance on this particular record as it produces a more mature sound, which tends to be lacking in the other tracks.

Riding on my Bike

On hearing the title of this track, we were slightly worried that the McBusted lads were going to lose the mature sound held in the previous tracks and instead choosing to appeal to a younger audience.

However, Riding on my Bike has become one of our favourite tracks on the album for it’s fun sound and for making us smile every single time we listen to it (…which we admit is a lot!)

Gone

This song is one of the mature tracks on the album, both in theme and the gorgeous vocals by the lads. Written by James, Tom and Danny, this particular track holds a McFly sounding tone to it, which is a pretty refreshing addition to the album amongst the new McBusted based tracks.

Sensitive Guy

Sensitive Guy is one of the less serious tracks on the album, which still manages to get us to like it! It has a great tune, with catchy lyrics and an addictive instrumental that will no doubt have you rocking along with it.

Beautiful Girls are the Loneliest

This is another track that was written by Busted’s James, before McBusted was officially formed and was later tailored to suit the lads. However, this is one of the tracks that our Brumoters are not too keen on.

Beautiful Girls are the Loneliest sounds weird on this album, especially as it instantly cuts through the more hyped up feel from the previous songs. However, the track is definitely cute and James’ voice is certainly not unwelcome.

Before You Knew Me

Once again the album begins to pick it’s pace back up again and it’s a good track to do exactly that. Before You Knew Me is an extremely catchy tune with some amazing guitar riffs, which helps make it another track that our Brumoters would love to hear live.

Back in Time

This track is practically written about a dream we once had… waking up in bed next to a member of McBusted? Yes please!

It’s an incredibly catchy track, which has been stuck in our head since the release of the album and reminds us of an early McFly single – which could be proven true, especially as the track was written by McFly’s very own Tom Fletcher.

How’s My Hair?

This is admittedly our least favourite track on the album and is the track that was constantly skip when playing it. It’s the most immature song featured and we find it very difficult to like – the tune is the most simplistic and although the lyrics are incredibly easy to learn, we find ourselves not wanting to remember them or listen to the track.

Getting It Out

Getting It Out reminds us of an old school Pop song (Aka Busted!), it’s a track which is sure to be a crowd pleaser – especially when it will finally be played live. It’s pretty easy on the ears and Dougie’s vocals make a well deserved appearance (which make us extremely happy!) and shine throughout the song.

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This track is a pleasant addition to the album, though it certainly isn’t the most exciting song on the album – However, it does grow on you the more you listen to it and we have found ourselves putting it on repeat a lot in the office.

In Da Club

In Da Club is a fun track, which makes us want to rock out in our rooms, while singing into our hair brushes (pretending we have incredible voices… and maybe dating one of the lads, do you blame us?), it has an infectious tune and actually makes us want to head out to party – especially on a Friday night, like tonight!

It’s repetition cements itself into your mind and we can’t help but love this track.

I See Red

The McBusted lads definitely chose the right track to finish the album with, although the beginning of the song reminds us heavily of Letters of the Cleo’s version of the single ‘I Want You To Want Me’ (…You know, the version featured in 10 Things I Hate About You with the incredibly young and gorgeous Heath Ledger?)

This song is incredibly catchy and has us dancing around the office every time is comes on! The lyrics quickly implant themselves within your mind alongside the tune, which is pretty addictive.


Overall, the album is slightly disappointing – though the few tracks which are pretty incredible make it a decent album.

It was definitely interesting to finally hear the sound that McBusted are using – especially as it sounds nothing like any of Busted’s or McFly’s previously releases. We admit that we love a few of the tracks on the album, though some of the others could be better.

Let us know what you think about the new McBusted album and sound!

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Hollywood Ending didn’t let us down!

Hollywood Ending impressed a sold out crowd at their gig at the O2 Academy3 in Birmingham on Sunday night, much to the delight of their dedicated fans and Room94 who made a surprise visit after their support slot in the room next door!

The foursome from various locations in both the UK and USA came to Birmingham as part of their tour across the UK on ‘The Anywhere Tour!’

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The group, consisting of Chris, Tyler, Danny and Cameron (Left to Right) made sure to keep the energetic crowd entertained and wanting more with a range of songs from their EP: ‘Anywhere’, including ‘Good Time Girl’ and ‘Not Another Song About Love’.

The impressive set also contained a number of hilarious sections where the band and the crowd laughed along with one another – like when the lads spoke to ‘god’ who was watching the show from above to hear the boys perform their ‘Grocery Store Rap’.

Although the group entertained and impressed with their relentless energy and catchy tunes, attendees were stood waiting for an hour for the first support act to arrive – though it is speculated that another support act skipped out on the show.

The group, more popularly known for supporting McBusted during their gigantic tour across the UK, sold out the venue with a range of older and newer fans who shared appreciation over the talent of the group and the electric atmosphere showed how ecstatic they were to see the boys live!

Hollywood Ending started their magnificent set with one of their first singles ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and rounded it off with their newest single ‘Freak Like Me’!

We would definitely recommend going to see these hilarious and incredibly talented group as they did not let us down! – They have the talent and an impressive setlist to make it far!

Brumotions gives their performance 5/5 Microphones!

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You can also order their brand new EP ‘Anywhere’, which is available NOW on iTunes!
And why not check out a few of our favourite videos by the boys below:

 

Follow Hollywood Ending on Twitter:

@HWoodEnding

@HollywoodTyler

@HollywoodCamB

@HollywoodDanny

@HollywoodChrisB

 

(No images or video footage included is our own)

All about McBusted!

After facing their own demons in their own band counterparts and selling out a number of shows across the UK (including three already held in Birmingham alone), the year old band, McBusted triumphed at their fourth and last show in Birmingham!

McBusted – the joint collaboration between one of our favourite group’s McFly and 2/3 of our childhood obsession Busted – performed at the LG Arena in Birmingham last night, much to the excitement of the energetic crowd!

Danny, Dougie, Matt, James, Tom and Harry (Left to Right) entertained the crowd immensely from beginning to end, with an array of Busted and McFly singles, including ‘Air Hostess’ & ‘Five Colours In Her Hair’, a Jackson 5 cover – which featured some pretty smooth moves from the lads, as well as a bunch of much loved innuendos and dirty jokes!

With a line-up of McFly and Busted members, it was obvious that the lads were going to pull out all the stops. However, unlike the previous Birmingham shows, which featured a number of songs on top of a UFO above the sound desk.

That’s right people, McBusted performed on a UFO.

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 The last Birmingham show were left to question where the UFO had disappeared to, as many of us had spoken so highly of this section of the show!

However, not all was lost as the Busted boys showed up on stage in a DeLorean (and we’ll forever wonder whether it was the real one… if so, we’re jealous!)

And three inflatible boobs turned up during their performance of ‘Year 3000’ – Probably wasn’t the best show for the young people attending.

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The relentless energy from the McBusted group was shared by their highly intense and dedicated fans as everyone in the venue screamed, sang and cheered to their hearts content.

The sixsome rounded off their incredible setlist with McFly’s ‘All About You’ and Busted’s ‘Crashed The Wedding’, which has us oldies reminiscing about the good ‘ol days, while still singing and dancing along.

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With a McBusted album on the way, we wish the boys all the best in the future, whether that be in their respected groups or McBusted!

And we definitely recommend that you see them at your next given opportunity!

Brumotions give their performance 5/5 Microphones!

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Brumotions Playlist of the Week – McBusted Special!

Here is this week’s Brumotions playlist, a McBusted special!

We saw the lads at their Birmingham show on Saturday and we’re still hyped up from the gig!

So to keep up with the hype (and to also help hype up those who are still to see the lads at their other Birmingham gigs!)

So check out our Playlist of the Week and enjoy!

Introducing Hollywood Ending…

With so many new artists appearing on the music scene, we have once again completed a search both far and wide! (though luckily this one was closer to home…) and we want to introduce you all to the amazing band that is… Hollywood Ending!

Although we – here at Brumotions – had listened to these guys nearly two years ago. We finally gained the chance to see them live at this years OMG Live event in Birmingham (alongside Union J and Lawson).

Consisting of Tyler, Cameron, Dan and Chris (the last of which is related to the incredible James Bourne from Busted), the band have appeared on many tours across the US and Canada.

But don’t you guys worry!

The lads are staying in the UK for a while, to not only support McBusted on their tour from May 11th until the end, but you can also catch them on their very own, headlining tour in June!

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Hollywood Ending are a young group of lads who love to have fun on stage and their relentless energy is contagious and will leave you dancing and singing along!

With an incredible arsenal of songs and amazing musical talent, these boys are definitely one’s to look out for and we recommend that you take advantage and see them on their headlining UK tour in June!

You can also order their brand new EP ‘Anywhere’, which is available NOW on iTunes!

And why not check out a few of our favourite videos by the boys below:

Follow Hollywood Ending on Twitter:

@HWoodEnding

@HollywoodTyler

@HollywoodCamB

@HollywoodDanny

@HollywoodChrisB

(No images or video footage included is our own)