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Valentines Day Special: Bands Talk "What's Love" + Share Favorite Love Songs

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If there's one thing we've learned, it's that music and love tend to go hand in hand. We're a species obsessed with listening to our feelings through headphones, and quoting the lyrics of the things we wish we could say. That's why, with Valentines Day just around the corner, we've asked some of your favorite musicians to share with us their favorite songs about love, and why it represents love to them. This doesn't mean you should expect a heaping dose of candy hearts and teddy bears thrown in your face, though. We're getting realistic, and the truth of it is that there are many tiny, often conflicting pieces that make up "love" -- and the bad is just as important as the good. With the help of artists such as The Maine, Silverstein, Mayday Parade, The Hint, and more, you'll realize that love doesn't always have to be about the bond you share with a boyfriend or girlfriend. It can be the times you've shared with your friends, the nights you've cried alone to your stereo, the place you call home -- and sometimes just that simple idea of knowing you're not alone. We can't all say we feel the same about love -- or this holiday -- but we can all agree that music can make sense of even the undefinable. So here's to a Valentines Day filled with happiness, good music, and all the chocolate you can handle.

Silverstein: “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” by The Smiths

This was my wife and I's "song" at our wedding -- the first dance. Besides being my favorite Smiths' song, I just liked the lyrics. Some people might think it's a little dark, but the message is actually sweet. I feel it's about living in the moment with the person you love, regardless of what happens.  "To die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine."

The Maine’s Kennedy Brock [guitar/vocals]: “At Least That's What You Said” by Wilco

I think this song represents love at it's lowest point. A relationship ending and the difficulty in letting go of the inevitable. The guitars say a lot in this song. It feels like they struggle and fight as if torn by overwhelming love and frustration.

Versa Emerge’s Sierra Kusterbeck: “Love Is a Losing Game” by Amy Winehouse

This song is so beautiful. The lyrics are classic, yet the message is a pessimistic view on love.

Mayday Parade
’s Jake Bundrick [drums]: "Existentialism on Prom Night" by Straylight Run

This song got me through my worst break up to date. I used to sneak into my parents’ tire store in the middle of the night, and just sit in the office chair listening to this song. I spent hours just thinking while the song played on repeat. I'll never forget that feeling -- knowing your heart isn't in your chest anymore, it's somewhere at the bottom of a river, drowning in freezing cold water. Thanks John [Nolan] for this classic.

PK: “She Is Beautiful” by Andrew W.K.

We chose this song because we believe all good love songs need to be shouted. He doesn't get all sentimental and gets straight to the point. Real men show love not through flowers and chocolates, but through chugging guitars and partying.  

The Hint
: "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton

We've loved this song ever since Tim (guitarist) randomly started singing it at a house party
in Baltimore. Geoffrey (bassist) explains: "Tim laughingly sang that song to me for an hour when I was throwing up to make me feel better. Very romantic!"

Move Out West's Eben Wares [vocals]: “After Midnight” by Blink-182

I would have to say my favorite love song out right now is "After Midnight" by Blink 182.  The lyrics really hit home for me.  To be honest I don't think being in love is that easy and this song explains that.

The Good Natured’s Sarah McIntosh [vocals]: “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Divsion


In “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Curtis' emotionally-numb crooning strips his soul bare to the listener. Here, he documents his collapsing relationship and offers no excuses. 'Why is it something so good / Just can't function no more' is one of the most heart-wrenching and beautiful lyrics ever written. It is Curtis' sheer honesty which makes “Love Will Tear Us Apart” one of my favorite love songs.

The Spin Room: “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams

In my eyes, this song is love. It's a classic song that will always be popular and will always have a place in my heart. Bryan Adams was a love mastermind. It reminds me how much I love my lady, and how much strength, hard work, and sacrifice go into being in a relationship. Happy Valentines Day Purevolume!

Wayward: "Los Angeles" by The Audition

Los Angeles is a huge symbol for us as a band. It's almost a "finish line" of sorts. Every time we're there, our love for the city, and what it symbolizes, is reignited. Since we've been going there more and more over the past few years to record, it's been trying on our personal relationships. I think we'd all probably have different [song] choices individually, but this song really represents love for us as a band. Happy Valentines guys. <3

Austin Gibbs: "Let's Make a Night to Remember" by Bryan Adams

This song is awesome. Happy Valentines Day!

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster’s Brad Lehmann [Bassist]: "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes

Most people only write love songs about the beginning of relationships, or the end. It's either "I love you so much" or " why don't you love me?" Romantic nostalgia is like a roller coaster -- everyone remembers the excitement of the experience, and represses the middle part where you get jerked around a lot and want to puke. This song  is about a couple whose flame has died, but they are still living together. The chorus is the man’s classified ad looking for a  new woman to "escape" with. When he goes to meet said woman, it turns out to be his old lady.  And they both chuckle because they never knew each "loved piña coladas and walks in the rain" so much. This just goes to show, if your relationship isn't working, try talking it out -- because your significant other secretly despises you just as much as you do them. And that is the true meaning of love.

Sail By The Stars:"She Is Love (Full Band Version)" by Parachute

I love this song because it's filled with so much heart. You can tell that it's written from a place of such adorable cuteness that it is perfect for Valentines Day (and/or any other non-over-commercialized day that you feel like being romantic.) Parachute is such a brilliant band, and Will is such an amazing singer. As an added bonus, there is also an acoustic version of the song for an even more intimate vibe.

 
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