In years past, we’ve tried our hand at a column whereby staff were able to discuss physical media in its various forms and any other music-related purchases, and that was Heavy Buys. The column was used sporadically, but we felt that it was time to bring it back for 2021.
If there’s one album that could launch a band into the stratosphere this year, it’s Sleeping Lions, the third outing from Las Vegas mob Otherwise. Mark my words: this album is prepped and packaged for the radio airwaves, plus almost every track sounds capable of inciting an arena-sized singalong, but that's not always a bad thing. Their previous album cracked the Billboard 200 at number 50. This could surpass that. If they catch their big break with this record, the general population of rock enthusiasts will find something to appreciate about Otherwise. Generic? Absolutely. But it knows what it is.
When searching for new music it is not always a good idea to pick something out on a whim. There are an endless amount of bands out there, making countless hours of music, and only so much can be worthwhile. However, when the bands you've fallen on for years and years continually let you down over the first quarter of a new year, sometimes the unknown is exactly what one needs to re-spark that energy and love of music that is so important to people in this line of work. Enter Lapko, a finnish alternative rock band whose latest release seemingly fell into my hands from thin air, as it were.