Sunday Spotlight: Movements

Our spotlight this Sunday is on the post-hardcore band Movements. Hailing from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the band currently consists of singer Patrick Miranda, bassist Austin Cressey, lead guitarist Ira George, and drummer Spencer York. Movements formed in 2015 and is currently signed to Fearless Records. Movements quickly found success after the release of their debut EP Outgrown Things which was produced by Will Yip. Soon after their release of Outgrown Things they took off by touring with Real Friends on a quite unconventional tour playing bowling alleys and skate parks.

From left to right: Spencer York, Austin Cressey, Ira George, and Patrick Miranda

Since their beginning in 2015, Movements has rapidly become very popular do to their vigorous touring and their release of music at the heightened time of the emo revival. Movements have toured with some pretty great names like, Boston Manor, I The Mighty, The Story So Far, Turnover, Good Charlotte, Mayday Parade, and Pierce The Veil. Along with some great tours both headlining and supporting, Movements has appeared on numerous festival bills such as, Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, Sonic Temple, the Vans Warped Tour, Slam Dunk, Sad Summer, and the ever popular Minecraft server festival, Block by Blockwest. A crowd favorite because of their tightness as a band and the crowd activity and participation, Movements is being one of the most popular bands in the scene today.

With their newest album, No Good Left To Give Movements used 2020 to their advantage by pushing their new record and releasing awesome merch that fans have eaten up like putting out limited amount of their legendary “fish shirt”. With tour plans ready to go as soon as the world is, Movements is going to be continuing to keep their names in everyone’s mouth’s. They have got unlimited potential that I believe they will be fulfilling over their career.

Top 20 Albums of the Year List!

This year has been a struggle for everyone, luckily we have all been gifted great music to help us get through this year. It honestly felt like we were receiving new albums and songs weekly which of course, brought a lot of smiles to the faces of the listeners. This list was compiled by myself (Spencer Davis) and it is essentially my twenty favorite albums from 2020. We saw quite a variety in the genres of albums released this year so this list is full of different types of artists. If you feel like an album that you loved deserved to be on this list, feel free to let us know! Now, on with the list!

20. Immortal- Lorna Shore

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The third studio album release from Lorna Shore, their first with new label Century Media, and the first and last with vocalist CJ McCreery who left Pennsylvania band Signs of the Swarm to replace former Lorna Shore and now Chelsea Grin vocalist Tom Barber. Produced by Josh Schroeder this 45 minute record is full of symphonic deathcore that will give old and new deathcore listeners something fun to check out.

19. Hello, It’s You- Bearings

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The official sophomore release of Ottawa, Canada base pop-punk band Bearings. This ten track album produced by Courtney Ballard and released on label, Pure Noise Records is chalk full of pop-rock, pop-punk, indie-pop, and emo rap songs that will make casual listeners turn their heads and draw attention from the unknowing listeners.

18. Honeymoon- Beach Bunny

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The debut studio album from Chicago basement indie-rock and power-pop four piece Beach Bunny, was released on Mom + Pop records and was produced by Joe Reinhart. This record came with almost exclusively, positive reviews and made its’ way onto album of the year lists such as, The New York Times‘ Best Albums of 2020, Rolling Stone‘s Best Albums of 2020, and charted very strongly on both those lists. It is well worth a listen from fans of the genre and those who are not fans of the genre.

17. No Eternity in Gold- Like Moths To Flames

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The fifth studio album released by Like Moths To Flame is just a shade under 40 minutes of modern metalcore, filled with nasty riffs, breakdowns, and the always desired “blegh”. Co-produced by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland and released under UNFD Records after all their departure from Rise Records who released all of their previous LP’s and EP’s. For those who are fans of Architects, Wage War, Northlane, and Polaris, give this album a rip I know you’ll like it.

16. I Disagree- Poppy

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With her first release on new record label Sumerian Records, Poppy brings us a ten song genre-bending album with four bonus tracks on the deluxe edition that will confuse listeners in the best way possible. Co-produced by Chris Greatti and Zakk Cervini, this record came with mostly favorable reviews and made its’ way onto the Revolver and Kerrang best albums of 2020 lists among others.

15.  I Let It In and It Took Everything- Loathe

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The sophomore studio album by British heavy metal band Loathe was produced by Loathe, mixed by George Lever, and mastered by Jens Bogren. This album drew a lot of attention towards the group with heavy metal listeners praising this record and speaking of it in very high regard. With its’ base heavy metal sound with influences that can range from anything between metalcore to melodic shoegaze. Truly a unique experience to listen to.

14.  Internal Incarceration- Year of the Knife

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With the release of their second full length album in two years, Delaware based straight edge hardcore band Year of the Knife, took on the task of dealing with the emotional toll that the brain can bring to a person every single day. This release retains the rawness of previous releases while spreading a good message through brutal hardcore. Production from Kurt Ballou of Converge brings major credibility and even more hardcore credit to this awesome piece.

13.  Razzmatazz- I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

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The debut studio album from the Fearless Records two piece is nothing short of wonderful. Dallon Weekes formerly of Panic! At The Disco really made sure to give it his all on the alt-pop duos first full length. Filled to the brim with synth, saxophone, keys, strings, and percussion, IDKHOW put their best foot forward with production from Tom Pagnotta, Brian Phillips, and Dallon Weekes. The vocals are beautiful and the melodies are infectious, a must listen record.

12.  Manic- Halsey

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The release of her third studio album, Halsey did what she always does and releases art. She described this record as changing its mind as much as she does. This record has countless genre influences while still revolving around Halsey pop sound. She handled most production work herself but brought in a plethora of special guests for help such as, Benny Blanco, Jon Bellion, Lido, and FINNEAS. This record is Halsey at her best that we have seen.

11. Wake Up, Sunshine- All Time Low

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With the release of their eighth studio album, pop-punk veterans and legends, All Time Low put out somewhat of a sentimental record with pulling out some classic sounds but keeping things new and fresh for our ears. Production took place in drummer Rian Dawson’s house so most of it was done by the band with some help from Zakk Cervini and Andrew Goldstein. Filled with serious heavy hitters like Monster (feat. blackbear), Wake Up, Sunshine was an album that 2020 listeners deserved to get.

10.  The Death of Me- Polaris

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The Death of Me is the second full length release from Australian metalcore leaders Polaris. Produced by the band alongside Lance Prenc and Scottie Simpson, this powerhouse was released under labels Sharptone and Resist Records. Staying true to who they are Polaris filled their ten tracks with mind numbing riffs, awesome choruses, and head splitting breakdowns.

9. Pink Elephant- Stand Atlantic

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Another sophomore album for the list comes from Australian pop-punk squad Stand Atlantic. Not sticking to the sound they were known for previously, Stand Atlantic gave us something new and exciting to check out while always keeping roped in with their pop-punk sound we heard on Skinny Dipping.

8. GLUE- Boston Manor

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Coming from Pure Noise Records, Boston Manor released their third full length album GLUE in the early half of 2020. Met with critical acclaim, GLUE piggy backed off of their last full length album, Welcome to the Neighborhood. Boston Manor took their tone from their sophomore record and expanded upon that working with different tones and themes for this thirteen song record.

7. ANTI-ICON- Ghostemane

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With his eighth studio album, Ghostemane puts out his most anticipated work, he described this record as, unparalleled, unrivaled, and career-defining. His genre-fluid style of music and art is at full power in this record. There truly was not an album remotely close to what Ghostemane gave to all of us this year and the success is well deserved.

6. The Bastards- Palaye Royale

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With their third album release, Palaye Royale put out their most aggressive sounding album yet with their label Sumerian to promote it. The three brothers had no issue getting wild, sounding crazy, and being ballzy with the messages of their songs, the tones they wanted to have and reception they wanted for the album. Some of their best work so far and will be a stepping stone to stardom for the boys.

5. Underneath- Code Orange

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With their fourth album release, Code Orange shocked a lot of people while simultaneously impressing them and drawing in loads of new fans. Released under Roadrunner records and produced by Jami Morgan, Nick Raskulinecz, and Will Yip, this record is layered with guitar parts, electronic parts, intense rhythm, and mental vocals that will knock you to the ground. This album was a huge step for the hardcore music scene.

4. How To Survive A Funeral- Make Them Suffer

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Australian metal band Make Them Suffer put out their fourth studio album under Rise and Greyscale Records. This record brings a really interesting sound to this new era of metal that is creeping its’ way into music today. With metalcore guitar parts and vocals, breakdowns, and heavy drum fills this record has the typical flare we would expect from metalcore but the kicker here is the clean vocals and beautiful piano parts that make this album stick out.

3. Tickets To My Downfall- Machine Gun Kelly

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Dropping his rap sound and picking up a pop-punk sound we have not heard outside of Blink-182 in a long time, Machine Gun Kelly released Tickets To My Downfall through BadBoy and Interscope Records. This release coupled with the deluxe edition of itself is just what pop-punk needed to bring the genre back into the spotlight of music today.

2. POST-HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR: OCTOBER- Bring Me The Horizon

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Produced solely by Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish, this Bring Me The Horizon release came with a lot of great reviews. Being praised for its’ variety and uniqueness, this record takes us through the entirety of Bring Me The Horizons discography in just nine tracks. From their deathcore beginnings to the more radio rock friendly tunes today, this album is going to become a classic in the coming years.

  1. weird!- YUNGBLUD
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Last but not least, sophomore album weird! by British rocker YUNGBLUD. Taking a different approach to the music he releases Dominic Harrison seems more optimistic rather than angry. This seems to be all of his best work slammed together into one album. You will get a little bit of everything on this album and it will all make you bob your head and smile, or bang your head and scream!

Slam Dunk Festival 2021 Lineup

This coming years lineup for the Slam Dunk Festival taking place in Leeds Temple Newsam and Hatfield park in the UK is chalk full of some of the current and upcoming bands in pop punk, metal, hardcore, and alternative. One thing that Slam Dunk tried their very hardest to do after having to cancel the festival in 2020 was keep the lineup the same and surprisingly they did just that, now there may be future changes to the lineup depending on the future of live entertainment but they are hoping to give people the same lineup they bought tickets for. Slam Dunk has become a staple festival over in the UK for those genre listeners and festival goers. A big draw for the festival is the Warped Tour vibe that people over in the UK have rarely been able to experience throughout the years. With two dates back to back in May all of those festival goers will be hungry to get back to it and there is no better way to get back to it than by going wild at Slam Dunk.

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Some of the most exciting names on the bill are, Sum 41, Don Broco, While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow, The Story So Far, Code Orange, Mayday Parade, Basement, and Ice Nine Kills. All bands are bands that bring a lot of energy, good quality songs, and impressive performances every time they step foot on those stages. Some of the other artists that will put on a great show each date are, Knuckle Puck, Trash Boat, Counterparts, The Faim, With Confidence, Grayscale, Free Throw, Doll Skin, and Yours Truly.

Slam Dunk is every year, becoming a more well known and important festival to bands such as these. Past lineups have always had serious heavy hitters on the bill and per the usual this year is no different. Each year the lineup seems to get better and better, it is going to be really interesting to see where this festival is at in five to ten years.

Sunday Spotlight: The Jacks

The Jacks are a modern yet classic rock band based out of Los Angeles. Formed in the summer of 2016, the rock & roll quartet currently consists of, Jonny Stanback (lead vocals/rhythm guitar) Tom Hunter (lead guitar/vocals) Scott Stone (bass guitar/vocals) Josh Roossin (drums/percussion). After entering a radio station battle of the bands competition just a year after forming, they ended up winning the competition as well as a record deal which they passed on signing. With the decision to pass on signing the recording deal they were quickly picked up by EDGEOUT records they were shoved them into the studio almost immediately and pumped out their debut self-titled EP. Their first EP’s producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More) had this to say about The Jacks, “The Jacks deliver lean, rugged rock & roll with songs that feel like instant classics that make you want to move, with earworm hooks and melodies that will have you kinda upset when you find yourself unintentionally and inappropriately humming their songs at work, in church, in court, or at wakes. If the Strokes, Cage the Elephant, and the Stones had an equally talented, but more handsome baby, it would be named The Jacks!”

From left to right: Scott Stone, Jonny Stanback, Tom Hunter, and Josh Roossin

Having only been around for less than five years, they have done a lot of short North American and regional tours, different festival performances at festivals like Sonic Temple, Louder Than Life, and Aftershock. Though they have not toured all over the world, that obviously will change when touring picks back up again and these guys keep getting their name exposed to music listeners. They actually have been able to get their music onto some pretty huge platforms like NFL on Fox, they performed at the pre-Super Bowl as well as the NHL Winter Classic with their single, “Walk Away” to be chosen as the official song of the 2019 NHL Playoffs. They are slowly making their way up the rock ladder and with every release are turning heads to their music.

The Jacks are a band that I had the pleasure of seeing at a festival. Going into their performance, they were one of the first bands to play that weekend and I had no clue who they were. I must say I was very impressed with those guys, their classic rock look and sound but with influences from more modern rock music was something I was and still am a big fan of. They are now a band that I listen to and suggest to friends that they should check them out. I am hoping this band hits the road as soon as they possibly can to get their name out there and make some fans and friends all over the world.

Interview with Valery Veings of Chaoseum

We were able to sit down and talk with Valery Veings guitarist of Swiss nu-metalcore band Chaoseum. It was great to talk with him and gain some insight on his musical upbringing as well as get some information on the band. They have taken a classic and loved nu-metal sound and fused with the metalcore tone that is desired by so many bands today.

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Spencer Davis: “Who first inspired you to become a musician?”

Valery Veings: “When I was 15, I saw Iron Maiden on TV and I often watched the Live After Death. After that I knew that I wanted to learn guitar.”

SD: “How would you describe the music you create?”

VV: “On our first album, we had a female vocalist and the songs are somewhere between heavy and metalcore style. On our new album, “Second Life” we are closer to Nu-metalcore.”

SD: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

VV: “I would like to write a solo album with Desmond Child, but he’s busy writing Alice
Cooper’s album…”

SD: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

VV: “Only one… New Jersey by Bon Jovi.”

SD: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

VV: “Personally, Iron Maiden of course, it’s a dream. But, bands like Korn, Slipknot, Trivium or Bullet For My Valentine would be perfect with our new album. I also would like one
more time on tour with Tarja. She and all the guys in the bands are really fantastic people.”

SD: “What are your favorite and least favorite venues?”

VV: “In our country, we have two incredible venues that I love. LesDocks in Lausanne where we recorded our live album and my favorite Swiss venue, Z7 near Basel. We played at January 19th Whisky à GoGo, that was an emotional gig. In Russia, we also played in some beautiful venues. But my favorite, I don’t know, maybe Z7.”

SD: “What does your songwriting process look like?”

VV: “Loïc write the main musical melody with our singer. CK and I write the lyrics and together we make the arrangement.”

SD: “What’s coming up next for the band?”

VV: “Our European tour was postponed to the fall of 2021. Now we are going to release some videos for YouTube and start to write new songs.”

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Interview with Sebastian Parris of Spacejam

We had the great opportunity to sit down and chat with the band Spacejam. They had a lot of awesome information to share with us that we are stoked to share with you all! Spacejam is an English/Swiss/French rock/punk/pop band based in France and led by singer/guitarist/composer Sebastian Parris.

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Spencer Davis: “Who inspired you to become a musician?”

Sebastian Parris: “The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, all the UK and US Punk bands (Sex Pistols, Damned, Clash, Ruts, UK Subs, Ramones, Television, DK, Dead Boys, Bad Brains…) Siouxsie & Banshees, The Cure, Joy Division, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam..”

SD: “How would you describe the music you create?”

SP: “We spread a powerful and melodic rock with poetic and dreamlike lyrics. We are a power trio and on stage the songs are much more powerful and they literally rock your socks off and blow your mind away. On stage, we go straight to the point, no time to beat around the bush. Our audience takes a one-way trip to escape and change of planet. Welcome to our world!”

SD: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

SP: “Robert Smith from The Cure.”

SD: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

SP: “Pornography by The Cure”

SD: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

SP: “My answer is not going to be very original but I am going for The Cure once again, because I have two major musical influences in my life as a musician, who are: The Beatles and The Cure. I choose the band in which there are the most living members! I would like to open for The Cure because being able to show Robert Smith that I had the chance to meet regularly for several years, the work that I have done since; would be an honor for me as a songwriter. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Robert Smith are genius songwriters who shaped the songwriter that I am today. I cannot thank them enough.”

SD: “Favorite concert you’ve been to?”

SP: “My first ever gig was the Sex Pistols at Brunel University (Uxbridge) in December 1977 and I was 12.”

SD: “What are your favorite and least favorite venues?”

SP: “The best show we played was the Zenith in Toulouse (SW France) We played in front of 8000 people and the worst, a festival called Festirock (SE France). We were to end the festival around 11:30 PM Due to delays and bands not respecting their time on stage, we finally started our show at 01:30 AM and played in front of 50 Drunk geezers screaming at us and throwing things on the stage at us. It was hell on stage for 30mn we kicked a few out of the stage, brilliant!

SD: “What does your writing process look like?”

SP: “I usually write the song melody first, a chord suite with my acoustic guitar and a vocal melody without lyrics. I use my phone as a recorder, and I immediately have a result that allows me to develop the construction of a song. Then I listen again one or a few days later and if I find the musical theme interesting, I will develop the song by first defining the general attitude and story I want to talk about, what the music inspires me. At the end of the process I will take care of the post production of the song by defining the number of verses, of choruses, and in what order, the musical color… In other words I take care of the sauce last.”

SD: “What’s coming up next for you?”

SP: “We will be recording a brand new song called Weirdo in December at the Onemusic studio in Geneva (Switzerland). Then we will produce the video clip. I have a lot of songs in stock that’s one of the advantages of this lockdown I guess!”

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Sunday Spotlight: Boston Manor

This week’s spotlight is on one of my personal favorite bands right now. Hailing from Blackpool, England is the pop-punk/alt-rock five piece, Boston Manor. Formed in March of 2013, now one of the biggest names currently signed to Pure Noise Records, these boys have had great success over the last few years with all of their LP releases coming with good response from fans and casual listeners. From starting out their careers as a much more aggressive pop-punk sounding band to a more aggressive sounding alt-rock band. The group currently consists of vocalist Henry Cox, lead guitarist Mike Cunniff, rhythm guitarist Ash Wilson, bassist Dan Cunniff, and drummer Jordan Pugh. Boston Manor has really made a way for themselves to stand out from the crowd and grow a large fanbase.

From left to right: Mike Cunniff, Jordan Pugh, Henry Cox, Dan Cunniff, Ash Wilson.

With four EP’s and three LP’s under their belts, Boston Manor has put a lot of really good music out in the world. Along with just releasing music, these guys have also toured a lot in the past seven years. Having both supporting positions for some pretty big names as well as having their own headlining runs in both Europe and North America. Some of the notable names they have supported on tour would be, Have Mercy, Movements, Knuckle Puck, Four Year Strong, The Amity Affliction, Good Charlotte, and A Day To Remember. They have also had headlining runs with support from bands such as, Microwave, Homesafe, Free Throw, and Heart Attack Man. Along with many tour appearances these guys have had more than a few festival slots on bills of festivals like, Download, Sonic Temple, the Vans Warped Tour, 2000 Trees, Good Things, Nova Rock, and Riot Fest.

The first time I saw Boston Manor was at Sonic Temple Festival in May of 2019. My friend and I ended up being at the barricade to watch them not knowing much of their music at all. They were the second band to perform that day and tour the place down. The crowd started out at maybe 350 and by the time I turned around during their last song, there had to be at least 1,000-2,000 people. Their tightness and energy that they brought to the stage made the festival goers flock over to watch these guys show their stuff. I immediately fell in love with these guys and knew I had to see them again. When they went out on their North American headlining run I saw them twice over the span of a week and a half, knowing those shows would be some of my favorite club shows of the year. These guys have such a unique style of music and they have super creative minds and put out something different and new whenever they release music. I want these guys to be hitting the road as soon as they can so I can be right back in those pits with the other crazy fans in those sweaty venues.

Interview: Paul Love of Plastic Barricades

We got the chance to sit down and talk to Paul Love (drummer and producer for Plastic Barricades) recently and got some awesome insight into the band, his influences, and their latest album ‘Self-Theories’. which you can listen to here, https://bit.ly/selftheories. Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Based between London and Paris, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars and vocals and Paul Love on drums and production. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Snow Patrol, The Shins, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

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Spencer Davis: “Who inspired you to become a musician?”

Paul Love: “Jake and Elwood Blues.”

SP: “How would you describe the music you create?”

PL: “Guitar music with no particular desire to sound like anyone else but it comes out as rocky and British because that’s just who we are.”

SP: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

PL: “Paul McCartney. Sue me, I’m Scouse.”

SP: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

PL: “Led Zeppelin I”

SP: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

PL: “Foo Fighters because then we’d get to party with them after.”

SP: “Favorite concert you’ve been to?”

PL: “Deerhoof, Dinosaur Jnr. and The Flaming Lips at Alexandra Palace. I went with my best mate after we’d been naughty and dabbled with some acid. I didn’t know he had a terrible phobia of balloons until they played “Race for the Prize” and hundreds of them dropped from the ceiling.”

SP: “What does your writing process look like?”

PL: “Dan locks himself in a shed until a song comes out and then we record it. Then I lock myself in my home studio and mix it.

SP: “What is your favorite song you’ve written?”

PL: “Right now I think it’s ‘Don’t Follow Me!’”

SP: “What’s coming up next for you?”

PL: “We were supposed to be on tour but instead I’m being a stay at home dad, Dan’s working on PR and we will start writing after New Year. Looking forward to that vaccine.”

“Self-Theories” IS OUT NOW, an album about despair and hope, anxiety and optimism, lack of self-esteem and active search for it, maladies of the modern world, our responsibilities and reinventing ourselves for the sake of a brighter future.

Written and recorded in a backyard shed in North-West London, mixed by Paul Love in London and Paris and mastered by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London. 

Three singles “One for the Road”, “Optimist” and “Tunnel” have truly DIY music videos. “Tunnel” was filmed using a digital microscope, “Optimist” had a cast of 300+ in a fish tank and “One for the Road” used vintage road trip footage from the 50-s. 

Artwork for the album and singles was created by Elina Pasok. “When your world is turning upside down – step outside, change your perspective and have a look from a distance.” 

10 album tracks are followed by 2 previously unheard demos, that conclude the LP on a vulnerable note. 

“Self-Theories” is a follow-up to the 2017 “Mechanics of Life” LP. 

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Tunnel – How would your anxieties look under a microscope? The video was made using a microscope with up to 1000 times magnification.

Optimist – “Labyrinths with open doors for an optimist”. Video featuring 8 houses, 8 cars, plenty of glassware, some benches and trees, a crowd of 300 cast members and around 20 buckets of water.

One for the Road – An ode to the freedom of exploration. Footage filmed in the late 1950s around the US by families with their brand new cutting edge handheld cameras.

Sunday Spotlight: With Confidence

For our spotlight artist this week, we selected the Australian pop-punk trio With Confidence. Formed in middle of 2012 and hailing from Sydney, Australia; With Confidence has become one of the household pop-punk names. The current lineup consists of lead vocalist and bassist, Jayden Seeley, drummer Josh Brozzesi, and guitarist Inigo Del Carmen. Though having formed in 2012, the trio has only released two EP’s as well as two LP’s. The EP’s “Youth”, and “Distance” have both been self-released records, whereas LP’s “Better Weather”, and “Love And Loathing” have been released under the label, Hopeless Records who they are still currently signed to. The band has cited some of their musical influences as The Dangerous Summer, All Time Low, Blink-182, Kings Of Leon, The Strokes, and La Dispute, among others. Their debut album “Better Weather” came with a lot of praise and recognition for their classic, yet modern pop-punk sound coupled with the mental health theme for the album.

From left to right: Inigo Del Carmen, Jayden Seeley, Josh Brozzesi (With Confidence)

Over their time as touring band, they have had the pleasure of touring as support for some amazing acts while also having headlining runs all over the globe. They have supported the likes of Tonight Alive, Marianas Trench, The Maine, State Champs, The Wonder Years, and the worldwide renowned 5 Seconds Of Summer. They have also been on some headlining tours with bands like ROAM, Seaway, and Set It Off that have all three made themselves quite big names within the alternative scene of music. They have steadily grown in popularity as a band also through playing festivals such as The Vans Warped Tour, Slam Dunk Fest, Unify The Gathering, and Tape Deck Fest. They have always seemed to impress with their live shows, playing their fan favorites, keeping the energy high, and always requesting the most participation from the crowd.

As a band, these guys have become one of the most popular and tightest bands out there today. We do not have any word yet as to when they will be releasing a new album but, I think I can speak for all of us fans when I say that we cannot wait to hear what these guys have in store. They have some serious potential and can be one of the next huge bands in pop-punk if we see the revival of pop-punk that we are all hoping to see of it.

Song to check out: Voldemort

Album Review: weird! by: YUNGBLUD

The most exciting release of 2020 for me is the sophomore album “weird!” by rock and rolls newest representative YUNGLUD. With this record, we are finally seeing Mr. Dominic Harrison in full YUNGBLUD form. In this hour-long roller coaster ride no two songs are the same, we are delivered with messages of hope, optimism, and pride. We can hear through the lyrics and instruments that this album was a testament to the wild ride that Dom has been taken on over the past year and a half. He’s gotten wickedly popular, worked with some of the hottest artists in the world, fallen in love, had his heart broken, and found the people that he needed during such a weird time of life. There’s tracks on here that could easily be found on an Amy Whinehouse, Oasis, Beastie Boys, and All Time Low. Every song has something special wrapped inside of it that the listeners will surely unwrap with every listen.

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Album-opener, “teresa” was inspired by the story of a girl who told Dom of her boyfriend who had passed away, the couple would go to his shows together. He wrote about how he was watching over her from the other side, relating that scenario to himself and all his fans. For all the bubble-gum pop music fans out there, listen to “cotton candy” the upbeat and sweet sounding bop with a meaning you might not expect is a serious highlight. Emotionally driven track, “mars” was the first song on the album to me tear up. Beginning more somber sounding and building to the culmination chorus at the end tells the beautifully relatable story of being accepted or not being accepted by anyone, even yourself. Possibly the most excited sounding song on the album, “superdeadfriends” is all about drugs, not saying whether to do them or not because, you can lose friends or your life if you don’t take them safely. But, if you’re going to, “be safe” he pleads in the short track. Acoustic driven ballad, “love song” is just that; a love song, focusing on him not knowing what love was until till he found his love and was all in with her and it not working out. He says for everyone, it’s about the cycle of falling in and out of love. The last song to highlight is the very last song on the album, “the freak show”. Possibly his most intricate and musically changing song of his discography is riddled with four different key changes and five time changes that turns heads. This is YUNGBLUD in song form, crazy, all over the place, passionate, scary, pretty, and inspiring. By far my favorite track on the record, all four minutes and twenty-seven seconds of the album closer is perfect.

This twelve-song hodge-podge of genre bending music is the perfect way to wrap up a less than desirable 2020. He knew we needed this, his fans needed this, and I believe he needed this. We can leave 2020 with a smile knowing that we received Dom’s very best work. May be a bold claim but, YUNGBLUD is the future of music and influence on the younger generation. He is exactly what rock and roll needed to help get itself back in the spotlight and give the underrated youth a reason to go out there and do whatever they put their minds to.

Rating: 10/10