Grouplove Releases "Traumatized"

Grouplove Releases "Traumatized"

Alternative band releases new songs leading up to the newest album!

Grouplove is an alternative band with a pop twist, and is on their way to a new album which would be their third album, with the latest being released in 2013. They’re preparing to release The new album on September ninth called “big mess”. As a huge fan of alternative music i can say it's to be expected that this album will be as big of a hit as their first one in 2011. The most recently released single from august 26th is called traumatized. This is the third song released that will be on the album. I think this really shows what is to be expected in this album with a lot of guitar and raw vocals bringing a definite alternative vibe all around.

The song has a kind of cool concept, because it's actually about the lead singer’s ( Christian Zucconi) mom and puts light on what she had done in sacrifice for him. “‘Traumatized’ is about becoming a parent, explores what my parents sacrificed when I was born, and shares the fear, excitement and bliss of being alive” He says in an interview with Rolling Stone. This song is most likely expected to be about a girl but I realized it was about his mother right from “A girl so beautiful sleeps on the couch/There's a little baby in her blouse/She is my only one true love” because I realized that was referencing a mother figure. This message is very down to earth in my opinion because it's an uncommon theme and the writer also puts himself in the shoes of his mother which I found unique.

The sound of this song makes me excited because it's a classic alternative sound with a lot of guitar and drums with harsh tone, which I like a lot. The vocalist also has a lot of raw vocals which is risky, but amazing especially considering the genre they’re probably aiming for. The uniqueness of the song, from what i can see would be bringing back a classic alternative rock vibe with guitar solos and harsh/raw vocals embedded in the song. This song is sure to attract the people of the alternative scene, such as fans of bands like Two Door Cinema Club and Foster The People! The vocals in this song have a very unique sound, something you’d distinguish very easily just because the vocalist’s voice is so different and unique to himself.

If you’re into alternative or rock music, this song is definitely for you, and you’d probably even like the upcoming album they have planned. With the outstanding instrumental work and vocals with an alternative feeling this is something all of you indie lovers would absolutely jam out too! I definitely foresee them getting more radio play than ever with their new music.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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