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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 6/26/21: Lorde, Bastille join; Glass Animals still No. 1

OCTAVO the Dweeb
OCTAVIO the Dweeb

Another week with turnover on the Alt18 Countdown. Seven songs dropped off, though Twenty One Pilots simply swapped in “Saturday” for “Shy Away” and The Neighbourhood is back with “Stargazing” after a week off.

Bastille brought a new song, “Distorted Light Beam,” and Lorde’s “Solar Power” also joined the Alt18.

To make room for the changes, here’s who dropped out:

  • Vance Joy, Missing Piece
  • Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin
  • Coldplay, Higher Power
  • Saint Motel, It’s All Happening
  • Blu DeTiger, Vintage
  • Beabadoobee, Last Day on Earth
  • Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

Glass Animals spent another week at No. 1 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” while Modest Mouse lingers with “We Are Between.”

Here’s the full countdown for the week. Follow the Spotify playlist below for related songs, and join the Discord to chat with like-minded music fans.

Alt18 Countdown, 6/26/21

18. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (new)

17. Black Pumas, Colors | (-12)

16. Lorde, Solar Power | (new)

15. Briston Maroney, Bottle Rocket | (+1)

14. girl in red, Serotonin | (-6)

13. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (return)

12. Billie Eilish, Your Power | (return)

11. OCTAVIO the Dweeb, Someday I’ll Be Happy | (+7)

10. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (+1)

9. Cannons, Bad Dream | (return)

8. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (new)

7. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (-3)

6. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (-1)

5. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (-2)

4. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (+2)

3. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette | (+9)

2. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (+1)

1. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast | (same)

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my Spotify Playlist #84.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 6/19/21: Modest Mouse and Sir Sly lurk, but Glass Animals hold No. 1

Saint Motel (Photo/Atlantic Records/Jabari)

Topsy-turvy week on the Alt18 Countdown with seven new or returning songs joining the list and knocking off a stalwart of 2021. No change at the top, though.

New Alt18 bands this week include: OCTAVIO the Dweeb, Vance Joy, and Holly Humberstone. Returning from past countdowns include: Joywave, Briston Maroney, Coldplay, and Saint Motel.

All of those additions kicked off Joywave and “After Coffee,” Alice Merton and “Vertigo,” Billie Eilish and “Your Power,” The Band CAMINO and “1 Last Cigarette,” Cannons and “Bad Dream,” and The Neighbourhood and “Stargazing.”

This is the first countdown without “Stargazing” in nearly 6 months. The Neighbourhood anthem joined the Alt18 on Jan. 23 and spent time at No. 1.

Glass Animals repeat this week at No. 1 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.”

Alt18 Countdown, 6/19/21

18. OCTAVIO the Dweeb, Someday I’ll Be Happy | (new)

17. Vance Joy, Missing Piece | (new)

16. Briston Maroney, Bottle Rocket | (return)

15. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin | (new)

14. Coldplay, Higher Power | (return)

13. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening | (return)

12. Blu DeTiger, Vintage | (return)

11. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (+3)

10. Beabadoobee, Last Day on Earth | (+8)

9. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away | (-2)

8. girl in red, Serotonin | (-3)

7. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (+3)

6. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (-4)

5. Black Pumas, Colors | (-1)

4. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (+2)

3. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (+6)

2. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (+1)

1. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast | (same)

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my Spotify Playlist #84.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Meet Briston Maroney: His ‘Bottle Rocket’ joined the Alt18 Countdown

Briston Maroney

Briston Maroney is a Knoxville, Tenn.-based singer songwriter whose song, “Bottle Rocket,” debuted on the Alt18 Countdown on June 5, 2021. He’s connected to Manchester Orchestra through Andy Hull, Robert McDowell and producer John Congleton.

The Lines of Best Fit profiled Maroney in March 2021. Here’s a quote from the profile by Tyler Damara Kelly: “I remember finding a Rage Against The Machine record next to The White Album. I picked out the Rage one and was like: this scares me! The White Album looked a lot more pleasant so I took that one, and I sat there and listened to both discs when I was 11. I think that literally shaped why things in the world confuse me.”

Here’s another profile in The Emory Wheel by China Dennington, and a feature on Ladygunn.

Maroney’s first break came through the American Idol audition process, gaining attention for his rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” He was one of the 30 semifinalists in 13th season but didn’t advance further.

Maroney bounced around the U.S. as a teenager, briefly entering rehab and then settling back in Knoxville with a commitment to music as a career.

Maroney had a hit in 2018 with “Freaking Out the Interstate,” which has topped 66 million plays on Spotify.

He currently as fall tour dates with Mt. Joy. Here’s the calendar: Briston Maroney 2021 Tour Dates

‘Bottle Rocket’

“Bottle Rocket,” off of Maroney’s “Sunflower” album, joined the Alt18 Countdown at No. 18. The same week Audacy made it their “Alternative Pick of the Week.”

The personal lyrics seem to be about Maroney realizing he could take control of his life. From the chorus:

“Come to find I’m the one that will decide my life/
It just takes a little time/
It’s a bottle rocket”

Briston Maroney, “Bottle Rocket”

Full lyrics on Genius here.

Manchester Orchestra lead singer Hull and lead guitarist McDowell get writing credits on the song. Of course, they’re also on Alt18 No. 1 song “Bed Head.” Congleton, who has produced Manchester Orchestra and many, many other major acts, produced the song.

Official video directed by Joey Brodnax:

Song credits:

Performed by Briston Maroney

Written by: Briston Maroney, John Andrew Hull, Robert McDowell

Produced by: John Congleton

Released by: Canvasback Records and Atlantic

Official website: BristonMaroney.com

Twitter: @BristonMaroney