FIVE ALBUMS WITH COBRA: SARAH NICHOLE FROM ABSOLUTE HERO
A few years back Tuned Up booked a show at Woodlands with touring band, Samuel Powers. Among the local acts in that show was a band called Crashing the Kids. You could tell they were a newer band, but the an aspect that stood out was their lead singer. Fast forward a few years, and that singer is back with a new band. That singer is Sarah Nichole, and the band is Absolute Hero.
Over the past three years, Absolute Hero has become a force to be reckoned with in the local pop-punk scene. I would attribute a lot of that to Sarah. If you know her or have ever talked to her, then you know why. She is a warrior, and her passion for music is amazing. This is what she was born to do, and by God she’s doing it.
In the past year Absolute Hero has grown into something else, something a bit fiercer. And so far it has been received well. They decided to change their sound a little bit, leaving pop-punk behind. Their new sound is inspired by bands such as Halestorm, Beartooth, and A Day to Remember. If the single “Death of Innocence” is any indication, the sky is the limit for this hard-rocking unit.
Be on the look out for some tour dates soon. Until then Columbus and surrounding areas can catch them on May 27th at Big Room Bar with Foreveratlast and Human After All. But for now you can you can read five albums that are important to Sarah.
My Chemical Romance- I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Would you believe I was just ten years old when this album hit, and I still listen to it? Raised by a mother who heavily influenced my life with rock and roll, and stuff like this; this really got me through the hardships in life—especially the divorce of my parents soon afterward. I struggled with a bad lisp, never brushed my hair, and was constantly mocked. It was so bad that I remember even a teacher laughing at me at one point. It felt like music was always there for me, no matter what, bringing out the emotion I never thought I had until I was older. A lot of hours were spent in my room dramatically lip syncing to this album and consistently thinking I would never be one of the lucky ones to eventually know how to actually sing. “Demolition Lovers” was always my favorite.
Paramore- All We Know Is Falling
Oh my god, who wouldn’t love Hayley Williams? (The answer is someone without good taste in music.) She’s got a beautiful voice to soothe any soul, and of course being a female in this world that’s made to be hard for us, I fell in love. Much like her, I was a confused, heartbroken teenage girl in this crappy world, trying to fight through it when I started listening to Paramore. I admire all 5’2 of this icon, because she’s powerful and just takes life by the reigns and steers it. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sob through the entirety of “After Laughter.” It just captured the struggle of depression. Off of this album my favorite song was “Pressure.” It really highlighted for me the struggle through life, growing up, and dealing with your problems headfirst. I wasn’t a terrible kid: I snuck out with my best friend a few times and downed a bottle of vodka in the park, got into fights at school, and pissed off my English teacher, because I excelled in this topic and would correct her sometimes. But it coulda been worse, right? I aspired to be like Hayley Williams, because she’s legit a badass.
Incubus- Make Yourself
When I was a teenager, maybe like 16/17 years old, I used to have these blackout rage fits and knock stuff over—bookcases, couches, you name it. I was embracing an inner rage close to the time when I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and when a case worker was visiting me in my home. This seemed like this was the only album that ever made me feel at peace. I especially liked to listen to it whenever I’d skip school and smoke weed with one of my exes. (Don’t do this, don’t do what I did.) Incubus is just an all-around amazing band; everything they’ve ever put out is stellar, (see what I did there), and Brandon is just a phenomenal person in general.
The biggest reason I got into this band was because my mother was, and is, obsessed with them. She would always play their albums in the car, and eventually I was singing along. Regardless of how unique and weird they are, Jonathan has a great voice for what he does, and the words hit home pretty hard. Essentially, I was and always will be just like my mother—broken, different, headstrong, and unique. So it only makes sense for me to like a lot of the same things she did. She also played bass in a band back in high school, so our musical tastes are very similar. Korn resembles very dark and powerful emotions, the ones we can’t really let surface because we’d be judged. It captures what it’s like to hold your breath while you’re secretly losing it in this world. Off this album, my favorite song was “Make me bad,” which was one of the inspirations to naming Absolute Hero’s “Gone bad.” Since the new EP is very much a call out to everything and everyone that “made me bad,” it was perfect.
This album came out a year before I was born, but I still jammed to it years later during some of the worst aspects of my depression. Some darker times were spent crying to Kurt Cobain’s lyrics and trying my hardest to stay alive. “Been a son” (not on this album) was my favorite song to listen to, considering it was a big part of me wishing I was an entirely different person with a different life back then. Today, however, I’m thankful for the things I have, the people I’m surrounded by, and my band. My favorite song on Nevermind was “Lithium.” I think that without any of this music I had, I wouldn’t even be alive. We always need to take a moment to appreciate things like this, what empowers us to get through life.