By Matt Melia
Whether you’re walking to class, heading to one of the dining halls, or just strolling through campus, chances are you have headphones in, bumping your favorite jams.
This past week, Bridgewater State University students shared the artist, album, or song that help get them through their day.
Senior Nick San Angelo said he listens to a lot of acoustic and alternative rock.
“I’ve been rocking out to some Dave Matthews Band,” San Angelo said. “The beat is catchy and the pace is very upbeat. The drumming is wicked tight, but it’s always changing; it’s not just the same beat the whole song. I like it because it’s not slow and depressing, it’s a song that gets you moving.”
To say that Dave Matthews Band (DMB) is popular among college kids would be an understatement. Ever since the early 90’s, bands like Dispatch, O.A.R., and DMB have all had their fair share of success with the college crowd, and it seems that there’s no slowing these alternative rock bands down.
For students into more mellow rock, freshman Tess Beaudoin discussed why she has been listening to more of indie-pop.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of The 1975 lately,” Beaudoin said. “They’re like dreamy, ethereal, indie-alt-rock, and I guess I like them because their music is really hauntingly beautiful and they’re very chill.”
If you’re looking to relax, zone out, and calm down before a long day of classes, bands like The 1975, The Neighborhood, and Bastille will help you accomplish that goal.
To keep the laid back vibes going, junior Chris Henderson spoke about how reggae is his favorite way to destress during the day.
“The band I am listening to right now is Pepper,” Henderson said. “I like them because of their deep, and sometimes funny lyrics coupled with solid bass lines.”
Bands like Pepper, The Expendables, and Slightly Stoopid also do extremely well with the college crowd, mainly because of their relaxing and mellow grooves.
For all of you who are not really in to the mellow, indie, and alternative genres and don’t want to listen to entire albums, or just enjoy an upbeat party jam, senior Mackenzie Gillis has the perfect answer for you.
“I don’t really listen to albums, I just kind of listen to songs,” Gillis said. “I don’t think I’ve ever just sat down and listened to a whole album by someone. I was just listening to Jason Derulo, ‘Talk Dirty.’ It pumps me up. I’m not much of a Derulo fan, but this song has me head over heels.”
It goes to show that whether you like mellow tunes to prepare for a long day of classes, or straight party jams to keep your energy up, students at Bridgewater State listen to a diverse and wide variety of music to destress and get them through the average school day.
Matt Melia is a Comment staff writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.