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Hello again everyone! Welcome back to another written episode of “Songs That Remind Me Of…” which is a series that nobody asked for but that I started anyways. So here’s another companion article to a playlist I made. This week, we’re putting some noise to everyones (my) favorite awkward supe-exploding, Billy Joel fan, Hughie Campbell.

If you haven’t watched The Boys on Amazon, I highly recommend checking it out. I fell head over heels for all the protagonists in the show instantly and the amount of angsty attitude this show contains makes me a little too giddy at points. Not only is it intense, but super well written and acted by all parts. Seriously…check it out.

As for Hughie, played by one of my favorite actors Jack Quaid, we see a lot of different tropes and ideas. However there are some big character points that create a pretty nice soundtrack if I do say so myself, so let’s check those out.

Hesitant, and almost shy

From the moment we meet Hughie, we are met with a sense of social awkwardness. We see his incredibly brief interaction with his boss, where he instantly drops the topic when he feels dismissed. *SPOILERS* Next when we see Hughie with Robin…in that brief interaction as well…because…well… A-Train…anyway. We see him interact with Robin in another awkward way but this was is endearing and cute. We immediately love Hughie and so after the run-through we’re almost as heartbroken as he is. Through Hughie’s anxiety, awkwardness, and innocence, we are met with a character that we not only adore but might even see ourselves in. Hughie quickly became one of my comfort characters for this exact reason. Songs for this are as follows:

  1. In Over My Head by Grandson
  2. 98 Degrees by Arrested Youth
  3. Tickle Me Pink by Johnny Flynn
  4. I’m Just a Kid by Simple Plan
  5. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
  6. everything sucks by vaultboy (we see his transition to our next character attribute through this song)

Emotionally traumatized

So, after the events of A-Train and Robin, Hughie’s world is completely shattered. First, he lost a girl he loved very deeply and probably even planned a future with. That’s then followed by the fact that he was completely unaware of what “The Seven” were actually like. He believed in what they stood for, what they were portrayed to be. That was quickly ripped out from under him, causing even more heartbreak and confusion. This leads him to Butcher and The Boys, allowing for Hughie to get a more developed and almost harsh outlook on life, while still keeping a bit of the innocence (and a lot of the anxiety) that we saw from him first. Songs are:

  1. Come A Little Closer by Cage The Elephant
  2. Honesty by Billy Joel (I had to make sure we had Billy Joel)
  3. Capital M-E by Taking Back Sunday
  4. Real World by The All American Rejects

Growth

Hughie quickly realizes that he is going to have to become okay with doing things he never ever expected to do. He is met with tough ethical choices and has absolutely no help from Butcher on those. Oh Butcher…we love him dearly…most of the time. Anyway! Hughie begins to not only understand that his comfort zone no longer exists, but begins acting on that sporadically through the two seasons of the show. The songs that lend to this are:

  1. The Setting Sun by Broadside
  2. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (could have fit in the previous category, but I liked it better here.)
  3. New Generation by New Politics
  4. Apply Some Pressure by Maximo Park
  5. Burning Pile by Mother Mother (song that relates to the moment he knew he had to make some changes)

Anger/Intensity

By the end of season two of The Boys we have seen Hughie take on almost an entirely new persona. He has not only unalived a supe (a member of the seven nonetheless) but he’s manipulated Starlight/Annie into being their informant. However, we can’t hate him for it because he opens her eyes to the absolute shit-storm that is Vought. Through season two we see him sneaking around to talk with Annie and grows into his own enough to stand up to Butcher when he comes back on a whim. He is even able to keep secrets from the group he was hesitant to be a part of. Songs for this part of Hughie’s character are:

  1. All The Way Down by French Style Furs
  2. No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age
  3. One Engine by The Decemberists
  4. Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
  5. Where Will We Go by IAMDYNAMITE

What are your thoughts? How well did I do? Let me know on twitter and make sure to share this article and playlist with anyone who watches The Boys! You better watch it too if you haven’t…both seasons are available right now on Amazon…do it.

Stay entertained…

For years I have considered myself an avid fan of horror. I remember the first time I watched Ghost Ship (yeah and I liked it…so what?) and from then on I was hooked. So needless to say I fell in love with The Conjuring series and did a little digging into Ed and Lorraine Warrens backstory, only pushing my interest in the scary shit further along.

However…this one was a different story.

What drew me into the encounters that Ed and Lorraine had and the films about them, was their ability to make me believe things that I haven’t always believed in. Up until this movie, they continued to achieve that (Not including the most recent Annabelle movie, but I don’t even acknowledge that one in general).

Arne Johnson played by Ruairi O’Connor in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The story of Arne Johnson starts in the early 1980’s with the possession of David Glatzel. David was 11 years old at the time of his possession and with the help of Ed and Lorraine, the demon left Davids body and took over Arne. Later Arne then…well…unalived his landlord after a heated argument. His legal defense was that he was possessed by that demon which made him commit the crime. This then became the first legal case to use this defense.

Now, take all of that as you will. I personally am not a religious person, but there are some things that just hit a little different than others. The first two Conjuring movies made me deeply question what I did or didn’t believe. I had high hopes for The Devil Made Me Do It and those hopes were nowhere near met. On the surface, this encounter seems to be the most believable and logical out of all the rest. Yet the movie made me believe it the least out of all the films prior. This one seemed the most produced and exaggerated, which just did it a disservice. I pursed my lips and rolled my eyes more times than I could count and the ending was incredibly boring, overdone, and anti-climactic for the little bit of suspense that had been built up to that point.

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

I’ll end on a positive note however. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga have always done a great job of not only connecting to their characters but connecting their characters to the audience. This movie focused heavily on their resilience as a couple and how each encounter brought something new out of them. There were also some really interesting shots in the movie, such as the one from the morgue.

Overall, this movie was a pretty big dud for me. I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t behind the story, and the positive moments weren’t enough for me to look past anything negative. I give it a 3/10.

What are your thoughts on the movie? Love it? Hate it? Let me know on twitter !

Stay entertained…

Do You Dream of Armageddon?: Great intro to the album. I totally want to hear this in the next fantasy/action fight scene I watch. Someone get on that, or tell me who to talk to about it. It needs to happen.

Black Lungs: This one has some rhythm stuff that I find really interesting and intriguing, in the second verse specifically. “Sure sounds like heaven to me” is amazingly structured and sounds so good. THE BUILD TO THE BREAKDOWN IS IMMACULATE!

Giving Blood: I love the high pitched edit on the guitar and the drums are interesting. Sam’s soft falsetto is super pleasing to listen to. The bridge brings an eerie vibe and almost makes me think of some of the songs off of retrograde by Crown The Empire. Which is not a bad thing at all, considering I think that is their best album. Super good closing on this tune.

Discourse is Dead: A very nice intro to a very HEAVY song. I love the chorus, but I am not sure how I feel about the bridge. There are heavy vocals on flat heavy distortion and it gets a little muddy. I love the choral vocals after that though, that is super nice.

Dead Butterflies: With trumpets? Yes? This is definitely a break from the sounds we have heard on the album before. Still a little bit of heavy backing track with distortion but the brass gives a bit of a breather and a new vibe. Probably one of my top three.

An Ordinary Extinction: Okay Tron….wait this might be my favorite. The intro tease is amazing and I am totally here for it. This is another tune that feels much different from the majority of the songs prior to it. I really like it.

Impermanence: “Those afraid to die will never truly live” gives me chills and might be one of my favorite moments on the album, out of all the songs. This song is gritty and heavy and I love it. I have so many ideas of where this song would fit into different movies and shows and that makes me really excited too. I also love how the tempo picks up for the chorus.

Flight Without Feathers: This one is truly beautiful. I really enjoy it and it definitely creates range on the album. I always look for that in the music I listen to. I think this one really compliments Sam Carters vocal abilities especially with some of the other tunes on this album being incredibly heavy. He does both so well.

Little Wonder: So we are taken back to the techno stuff. I also really like this one. The chorus goes hard and reminds me of Bring Me The Horizon. Post chorus track is super good too and can we just talk about the RIFF IN THE BRIDGE?!

Animals: I have loved this one since it came out so I wont go into details on it.

Libertine: This one is definitely slower and takes us back to some heavy distortion. The bridge on this one is a work of absolute art. I love the mixing of vocals in the ending.

Goliath: My favorite intro on the album so far. The ton in the vocals with Simon Neil works incredibly well. I love the guitars on this song when they don’t feel muddy, they have a solo feel energy wise and I dig that a lot. Plus, the transition to the chorus is great.

Demi God: I lied, this is my favorite intro on the album, probably my favorite group of verses too. The chorus balances harsh and clean vocals perfectly. Dynamics are insane here and I love it. I think this song is the most diverse on the album and definitely in my top three, if not number one.

Meteor: More falsetto, favorite intro backing track, I feel like there could have been more done with this chorus. The track is super intense and the vocals don’t really match that intensity with their pattern. It’s not bad by any means but it definitely isn’t my favorite.

Dying Is Absolutely Safe: Again, another shift from the sounds we were hearing before. This one has a beautiful intro and the soft verse with the harmonies is amazing. I love the use of the acoustic guitar. Vocals on this one are my favorite through the album, for sure.

Overall: I think this album does a fantastic job of showing range in both sound and vocal abilities. The album is balanced between heavy and soft as well as between harsh and light vocals. There are some songs that get muddy and convoluted due to use of distortion on low range notes, and that sort of distracts during those songs. Some songs I feel could have used a bit more energy. In conclusion, I think this was a solid record and it brought a lot to the table, while some of that may not have been my complete cup of tea.

Until next time, stay entertained…

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The album starts off a little slower…but only for a couple verses and then we know Yungblud is here and he has a lot to say.

Yungblud has proven through his activism, lyricism, and vocal techniques to be one of the most influential up and coming artists of all time and a key figure in shaping this generation of musicians and fans. His connection to his fanbase is unbreakable and true, with many songs on “Weird!” coming directly from experiences with fans and his fanbase as a whole. Musically, this album covers all sounds and genres while simultaneously never conforming to a solid definition of one. There are twists and turns in every song and through the track list listeners are taken on a journey through emotions, be those happy, sad, loving, or “I want to flail around in a punk pit RIGHT. NOW.”

This album is one of the most raw and real records I have ever heard. In my entire life. It is an open book into the struggles within yourself, within those around you, and within life itself. Songs like “cotton candy” and “strawberry lipstick” are anthems for self-expression and acceptance. Yungblud is very open about his sexuality and expression which is something incredibly valuable. His fans are able to see themselves in him and begin to feel more comfortable with themselves through his music, especially these tunes. “mars”, “teresa” and “love song” are moments more than a song, to which we can hold onto and find comfort in. “quiet in beverly hills” gives us all a real look into Yungblud as a person and what he values in his art and himself. This is vital and incredibly refreshing to see from an artist these days.

“god save me, but don’t drown me out” knocked the wind out of me. Life has not been easy for anyone recently, myself included. This song was a perfect way to sum up everything I think I have been needing to hear and I definitely had a bit of a breakdown over it. I can tell that this song will always have a place with me and I am certain it will always have a place with all that listen to it.

This album front to back is creative, authentic, loving, and thorough. Not to mention musically intricate, vast, and enticing. Yungblud has become a voice for people in this generation who are finding themselves and looking for a new way to be who they want to be. His music and his artistry is impeccable and uniquely his own. “Weird!” as an album is a calling card to all people struggling with their feelings, but in a full spectrum of the good, the bad, and well, the “weird”. Overall, I think this may be one of my favorite records of all time, and it is definitely one of my favorites of 2020. If anything made this hell of a year livable, it’s this album.

Hey guys! I hope all your holiday events went well and lots of love was shared! Back to your regularly scheduled posting!

Everyone has the albums that made their year and the albums that made their decade. While that was originally what I had planned to make this post, I decided that there were certain songs, artists, albums, and aspects that should be highlighted as big parts of the decade for me as well…and why not have some fun with it?
All Time Low: My first concert in the alt-rock/lesser-known rock scene and my first GA show. The guys in All Time Low and the music they provided are so important to my musical preferences and my life today.


Breakdowns: This decade has brought us SO MANY amazing breakdowns, here are some of my favorites.

  • A Day To Remember “Resentment” (2:35)
  • Bring Me The Horizon “House Of Wolves” (1:47)
  • Ice Nine Kills “Thank God It’s Friday” (2:39) and “Me Myself and Hyde” (2:54)
  • Beartooth “Used and Abused” (2:18) and “Censored” (2:34)
  • I Prevail “Deadweight” (2:14) and “Come And Get It” (2:13)
  • Motionless in White “Thoughts & Prayers” (2:22) , “Disguise” (2:22) , and “Soft” (2:07)

Covers: Who DOESN’T love a good helping of Punk Goes Pop? Some of the most memorable covers include…

  • Beartooth “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones
  • A Day To Remember “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
  • Ice Nine Kills “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day
  • I Prevail “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
  • Hands Like Houses “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

Disease: When Beartooth dropped this record it sort of solidified them as my favorite band of all time. The raw emotion, the intensity of the tunes, the heart, and soul that Caleb Shomo poured into every song, makes for one of the best and most important albums of the decade in general. This album is also one of the most important albums to me personally as well. If anyone needs some music to relate to during hard times, give Disease a listen.


Entertainment: “Rare”, “11:11”, “Crybaby”, “Not Warriors”, LITERALLY the entire album is beautifully written and produced. These songs create a feeling of true love and heartbreak and even make you wanna punch some people in a pit…and by that I mean “Tantrum”…its a bop.

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Features: There are few things cooler than hearing an artist that you love chime in on a song from another artist that you love. Here are my favorites from this decade

  • Tonight Alive ft. Corey Taylor, “My Underworld”
  • All Time Low ft. Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, “Bail Me Out”
  • Simple Plan ft. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, “Freaking Me Out”
  • Pierce The Veil ft. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, “Caraphernelia” (This one is better than “King For A Day” and I will argue that to my dying day.)
  • Neck Deep ft. Sam Carter of Architects, “Don’t Wait”
  • Ice Nine Kills ft. JR. Wasilewski and Buddy Schaub of Less than Jake and Will Salazar of Finix TX, “IT Is The End”

Gone In Your Wake: Thousand Below is one of the best up and coming bands out there right now and this record solidifies that. The songs are catchy, intense and all-around amazing.

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Headspace: I am not really a fan of issues anymore, but this album will always be a 10/10 record. The bass is so fun on it and Tyler Carter really shines on the vocals in many of the songs. It’s a fun listen for sure.

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Ice Nine Kills: This band is one of the most, if not THE most, creative bands in existence. If you guys know of a band that can put together an entire record based on books and then follow that up with an entire record based on movies and then put on the same intense shows that these guys do…please inform me of them.

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Justified”: When A Day To Remember released Bad Vibrations, I knew the album would have its place in history. It is easily the most diverse and well put together album that the band has created and it brings in EVERY aspect of them as a group. “Justified” makes that album what it is. It’s intense, it’s emotional, it’s really the backbone of the record.

Keep Your American Dream”: I really don’t have anything to say about this song, other than it is probably the best song on Disgusting and I seriously want to mosh to it. I never mosh. It’s that good.

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Lyrical genius: There are so many songs that I could highlight for this but this decade brought some of the most emotional and well-written songs. From tunes like “Clever” by Beartooth to songs like “And The Snakes Start To Sing” by Bring Me The Horizon, listeners were able to hear wordsmithing at it’s peak. The intense music behind the words was great too.
Motionless In White: Motionless In White OWNED 2019. They put out the album of the year and did extensive touring before the album even dropped, then they booked a co-headline with Beartooth to kickoff 2020. Plus they put on amazing shows throughout the decade and totally made themselves icons of the scene.


Neck Deep: The Peace and The Panic was easily one of the best albums of the decade and this bad seriously reinvigorated pop-punk. I sadly haven’t had the chance to see them yet but they’re on my list and very high on it too.

Overthinking”: Coming from the band’s most recent record “Anon.”, this song is easily one of the most important songs of the decade and creates such a unique mix of Jazz and Blues sounding guitar riffs with musical techniques that tie the song to this scene of Rock. It truly is a masterpiece.
Photography: I have been able to grow tremendously in my photography skills this decade and most of that growth has come from this past year. I had the opportunities to photograph The Wrecks, Thousand Below and Waterparks professionally this decade and had so many other great shots taken straight from my phone. Anyone can achieve great shots, all you have to do is try!

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Quitting: I couldn’t think of a word for Q and I know that while many members didn’t necessarily “quit” their bands, this decade had a lot of hiatuses and switching of members. Most recently My Chemical Romance ended their hiatus and Black Veil Brides parted ways with bassist Ashley Purdy. There were many others but I won’t list them all!
Revolution Radio: This solidifies that Green Day wins this decade. It was never debated that this group of guys weren’t afraid to make a statement when there was one to be made. Revolution Radio is just the statement that this decade needed and deserved. Plus the album is full of absolute bangers and the tour was INSANE.

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Set It Off: This decade brought me to one of my favorite bands of all time. Set It Off has been a huge part of my life for the last five years and I have made so many good memories with them and appreciate them and their music dearly.


Tours: I was able to experience SO many good tours this year and I am certain that they all did well.

  • Shinedown “Attention Attention” tour with Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria
  • Papa Roach “Who Do You Trust?” tour with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves
  • Set It Off “Midnight World Tour pt 2” with Emarosa, Broadside, and Selfish Things
  • A Day To Remember “Degenerates” tour with I Prevail, Beartooth, and Can’t Swim
  • Green Day “Revolution Radio” tour with Catfish and The Bottlemen
  • The Rolling Stones “Zipcode” tour with Ed Sheeran

Unopened Windows”: Cody Carson seems to know how to write a song that gets me right in the feels no matter how many times I listen to it. This song means so much to me and it has gotten me through so many rough nights and continues to do so. My heart goes out to Cody and the boys in Set It Off, as it always does.

Vessel: This album is easily the best album Twenty One Pilots have put out to date. Songs on the album are iconic and all-around amazing. House of Gold and Trees are the two that stick out to me most. My favorite, however, would have to be Guns For Hands.

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Warped Tour: There is no denying that the ending of Warped Tour was a defining moment in music for this decade. Warped Tour was the biggest platform for exposure that this scene had and it allowed for thousands to be brought together in one place for a day of acceptance and fun. This tour was a huge relief for kids and will be missed dearly.

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X: Okay so does anyone ever have anything for “X” when they do this stuff? No? Cool, because neither do I.

Youngblood: 5 Seconds Of Summer have been a part of my life for almost the entire decade. So when I finally found my way back to them with this album I was thrilled with the way it sounded and the new sides it brought out. I absolutely adore this album and this band!

Zero”: When Crown The Empire dropped Retrograde, saying I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. This is easily the best song on that album and I will always love it.

Not that these guys need any sort of introduction now, but I recently had the chance to see them again, and I feel that talking about them is pretty necessary.

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In 2013 I was totally head over heels for One Direction, but what 13-year-old girl wasn’t at that time? I was lucky enough to have a set of tickets for their Take Me Home tour with 5 Seconds of Summer as the opener. I did what any person does (or at least should do) and looked into them since I would be seeing them live. I was immediately hooked. I ended up being a bigger fan of them than I was of One Direction by the time the show rolled around. I’ve had a place for them in my heart and playlists since.

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When looking at the band from 2013 to now, it is honestly crazy to me to see how they’ve grown. First off, they had such a garage pop-punk vibe when they first started. It was almost like Luke wanted to BE Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low. They were energetic and young and new on the scene, but that didn’t slow them down one bit. Not much has changed in 2019, they’re still the energetic and fun-loving dudes that they were before but with slightly less heavy accents. They’ve also found their new sound and have become probably a staple fusion of pop and rock. While I am someone who tends to enjoy heavier music, I can easily say that there isn’t a song 5SOS have that I can’t enjoy. Seeing the band live again was something I never thought I would get to do. I was in the very back of the arena in 2013 and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to truly enjoy the performance from that far away. They proved me wrong. I was drawn into their performance then and I was drawn into it the same way when I was right in front of them this time.

 

When I got the chance to go to this show, it was really eye-opening for me. I sat back and considered all that this band has done for me. I wouldn’t be in the position that I am without the music that I listen to, and I wouldn’t have found the music that I listen to without 5SOS. When they wrote with Alex from All Time Low, I looked into All Time Low. They did a song with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil, and so on and so forth with features on songs. That was the spiral into music. It all started with a small group of dudes from Australia, and I couldn’t be more thankful for them.

 

Until next time…

 

While I may listen to mostly metal, Waterparks have a special place in my heart. I was able to take photos of them this time and while that was an experience in itself this was the biggest headline that I have seen them play and I absolutely loved everything about it. This post will be a bit heavier on the photos but if you want to see all the photos I took head to my Flickr which can be found on my home page menu!

First, the show opened with D’Wayne Jackson, who has toured with the band previously. I absolutely love the energy that D’Wayne gives the crowd and he truly puts his all into performing. He has a very bright future in performing. Plus, damn can this man DANCE!

Then Kitten took the stage and absolutely CRUSHED it. From the stage to the barricade, to securities shoulders and finally, to the rafters, Chloe Chaidez was an absolute firecracker. With energetic songs and even covers, they covered Sk8r Girl…come on…they win, Kitten knows how to party. I can easily say that Chloe is one of the best lead singers out there right now and I am so glad that I got introduced to them through their live show first.

Finally, we have Waterparks. They always put on a fun show and are some of the nicest guys around. They always know how to create a tour that is fun for everyone and interact with the crowd so much. This was also the first show that I saw them where they had a video wall and their production/packages for that were mesmerizing. For the band themselves, Awsten is definitely a character and I have never left a show without laughing at least 12 times. Plus the band’s chemistry is absolutely adorable and you can tell that they really are the best of friends, no matter what they say about each other in Q&A’s. They’re close with each other and with their fans, which makes for an experience and atmosphere that can only be found at their shows and should be experienced by everyone.

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More photos are up on my Flickr if you are interested in looking further!

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

 

I know that I talk about Thousand Below quite a bit, but since they’re one of my favorite artists out there at the moment it doesn’t make sense for me to not post a review of their most recent record.

The band’s sophomore album “Gone In Your Wake” was released about a month ago. The record follows “The Love You Let Too Close” which the band toured for a couple years, so you could say it had a lasting effect and I can assure you, this new record will too.

 

1. Chemical: This was the first single that the band released for the album and I was excited to say the least. It’s quite the tune to start out with and starts the album with a bang. The chorus is really fun and the art for the single is incredible.

2. Disassociate: This was the second single the band released and probably the hardest song on this album. This tune is an absolute banger and is so fun to hear and experience live. When I saw the band perform it, I could tell that this one was the song that really got the crowd started and brought the energy up. Plus the chorus is incredible.

3. Fake Smile: Hearing this song for the first time had me in tears. We can all, and I mean everyone, can relate to this song somehow. The feeling of having someone they thought they could trust only to have that person begin to make them feel like they aren’t able to be themselves. I think that this song’s message is important and to add to that it gets stuck in your head so easily.

4. Alone (Out of My Head): When I saw Thousand Below recently they played this song before it had been released and it immediately made me stop taking photos and just listen and watch. Then they released the video for it the day before the record dropped and I was hooked. This is by far my favorite track on the album and quite possibly one of my favorite songs ever. The chorus is so catchy and the song overall is something that anyone can relate to in certain times. The song is beautiful lyrically and musically. There are very few songs that I would call flawless but this is one. I can’t find a single thing about it that I don’t love.

5. The Edge Of Your Bed: Feels. All of the feels. But seriously, this is one of the more emotional songs on the album and it really puts the band in perspective for me and hopefully for others as well. This song is a perfect example of how James focuses on the reality of hard times that he has gone through, which allows for the songs and lyrics to resonate with people easier and that is something I respect with any artist. This song also features Michael McGough of Being As An Ocean. His vocals are incredibly smooth and add another dimension to the song, especially since they lead into a harsh replay of the chorus which up until this point had been done softly.

6. Vanish: I think that this is going to be a really interesting song for them to play live if they chose to do so. The chorus is definitely one for crowd involvement and I think that the energy the band has mixed with the energy of the song would really bring a show to new levels. The intro is unique in itself and sets the song up well. Plus the faded vocals leading into the heavier guitar are executed perfectly. I think the bridges and the chorus in this song are the big-ticket items.

7. 171 xo: This one comes in a close second for my favorite tracks on the album. The chorus is super emotional and honestly, this song is so real that it hurts sometimes. Plus the vocals on this song hit differently than the other tracks. The easy flow of the verse to the shorter and harsh chorus is something I truly love about this song.

8. Learn To Lose And It All Gets Easier: There really isn’t much that I can say about this song other than its such a contrast from the previous songs on the album. It really shows the different techniques and routes that the band wanted to bring in. The lyrics are still emotional and sort of heavy but the use of more technical elements is something that they hadn’t really explored before and I think it worked out so well.

9. Lost Between (feat. Marcus Bridge): The transition in the intro is impossible not to sway along to, seriously. I also have listened to this album probably close to 50 times and I think I’ve cried to this song close to maybe…47 times? It really hits you hard, especially on those days when you just sit and think. While I’m not a fan of crying (who is really?), it’s always nice to have a song that you feel gets you and that you can relate to.

10. The Other Side Of Things: This song has an incredibly personal tie to lead singer James Deberg and you can hear it in every aspect of the song. Going through a loss such as the one he did is something that completely alters a life. Hearing the emotion in the lyrics and delivery that this song has, it’s really incredible.

11. Gone In Your Wake: Speaking of crying. The pure emotion James pours into this song absolutely broke me the first couple times that I listened to it. Knowing the struggles that he has faced and hearing this song be almost an episode of closure is something so intense that you can’t help but respect him and honestly just want to give him a hug or something.

 

In conclusion, “Gone In Your Wake” is probably one of the most vulnerable and honest records out there. It’s beautifully put together and there isn’t a bad song on it. You smile, you get your anger out, you cry and you do it all in the time span of 11 songs. Thousand Below are seriously such a unique group of musicians that have firmly planted themselves in this scene and I can not WAIT to see what is next for them, because we all know it will be incredible.

 

Until next time…

 

And now we fall to our last post in the series, highlighting my favorite guitarists. They shred, they spin, they throw their guitars in the air, they play intense and intricate riffs that have us air-guitaring along like nobodies business. They come to party, and they party hard.

5. Jack Barakat of All Time Low: When it comes to fun energy, I don’t think anyone can sum it up better than Jack. I also don’t think he stands in one spot for more than 10 seconds during the entire show. He is constantly engaging the crowd with either jokes or playful banter. He is incredibly charismatic and fast on stage and I think he really makes the shows what they are.

 

 

4. Ricky Armellino of Ice Nine Kills (vocalist for HAWK): You can’t be in the presence of Ricky and not laugh, it’s not possible. Plus he is incredible on stage. I think my favorite moment of seeing them live was watching him follow Spencer around screaming about getting his boat back before they played “IT Is The End” when I saw them in Chicago. Ricky is incredibly energetic and has a very focused attitude when he plays. It’s really amazing to see him perform.

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3. Kamron Bradbury of Beartooth: Kamron is incredibly quiet in the meet and greets and such but he is always super polite and kind. Seeing him play live is honestly captivating, he is intense, focused, powerful, and energetic. He seems completely in tune with the performance and the band and drives the show to a new level of fun. He is easily one of the best people to watch play live and amazing at what he does.

 

 

2. Elliott Gruenberg of Blessthefall: Look, Elliott is one of the coolest guys around. He’s nice, he’s funny, he’s incredibly easy to work with and then you watch him play guitar and he absolutely crushes it. Blessthefall is one of the most energetic bands I have ever seen and I think that most of that energy comes from Elliott. He’s fully connected to the crowds and the music no matter what. He’s always jumping around or screaming the words back at you. He really knows how to put on a show.

 

1. Zach Meyers of Shinedown: I have never, in my life, been so captivated by a guitarist. Zach’s chemistry with the band as a whole was astonishing but then being focusing on him playing was a completely different experience. Shinedown is an incredible live band and Zach is easily one of the heaviest factors in this. He’s intense and purposeful with everything and his energy radiates to every single person in the crowd. He wins at the live show game, hands down.

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Honorable Mentions:

Kevin Skaff of A Day To Remember

Ricky Olson of Motionless in White

Ronnie Ish of As It Is

Zach DeWall of Set It Off

I have been talking about nothing but Thousand Below for the past couple of weeks and guess what, I am not stopping yet. Here we go,

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The first time I saw Thousand Below was when they were a part of the “Nightlife in Revolt” tour with Youth in Revolt and Light Up The Sky. I went into the show knowing nothing about them and came out of the show a massive fan. So you all can only imagine how absolutely STOKED I was when they went on tour with Blessthefall last year. A band that I loved opening for one of my favorite bands of all time? I was hooked, obviously. Then watching them play to that crowd, definitely put Thousand Below on the same list as Blessthefall. Then they open for Of Mice & Men (They’re currently still on that tour, make sure you make it out to any date near you!) and hit Lawrence again, which made me incredibly happy.

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Music-wise, they don’t have a bad song. Not one. All the tracks on their first album The Love You Let Too Close are incredibly emotional and can totally be the tunes you scream at the top of your lungs on your way to work or class or on the way home from a long day. Their two new singles “Chemical” and “Disassociate” are absolute bangers and incredible to witness live. When it comes to their live show these guys absolutely NEVER disappoint. The chemistry and energy is through the roof and it radiates into the crowd. Also, they have really sick tour merch? I have no idea who designed it but I wish I could have bought all of it.

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If you’re not already listening to Thousand Below, you should probably start doing that pretty soon, because I firmly believe that they’re one of the best up and coming bands in the scene. You guys are totally missing out if you’re sleeping on them, but the good news is, you can change that! Their second album Gone In Your Wake drops October 11 and you can make sure to check it out on your favorite streaming platforms!

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Basically, Thousand Below is great and you should make sure to check them out.

Until next time…

I am so so so excited to share this with you all and to have had this opportunity in the first place. I received an email awhile ago from a post that I made on Reddit, which eventually led me to find heavyvibe.blogspot.com … or for them to find me. After many many emails back and forth deciding the best way to go about this, we created this collaboration post about each others blogs. Here are the answers to my, and some of your, questions for Heavy Vibe!

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1. What is your name and what is your publication?
Hi there everyone! I say my screen name is Coleman, just because I wouldn’t want to go by my full real name due to the fact I am a wussy. I am the head (cough cough, only) author on my blog/wannabe entertainment website Heavy Vibe. A collection of shitposts that I try to make look professional because I have no idea what I am doing.

2. How long have you been blogging?
I have actually been blogging for more than 6 years if I gauge it correctly. I haven’t had Heavy Vibe for 6 years, but when I was younger. (probably 7th or 6th grade) I started a blog on this National Geographic game called Animal Jam and became famous on it. It was really weird and I had a better posting schedule on that blog when I was 12 than I do now and I am 17, so that says a lot about ambition. I’m joking, AP classes suck your soul out of you, and having a blog/website project on the side is like a ninja kick to the breadbasket.

3. What was the first concert that you attended?
The first concert I attended was this dinky screamo garage band in my town before my parents took me to Aftershock so I could get a taste. Well, that taste I hated 100%. I clearly remember shoving toilet paper in my ears because I still had a relative sense of hearing that I have now lost completely, because of the strategy the band employed or if it’s loud enough, they’ll think it’s good.  Just imagine a monkey banging on a drum set while someone screaming off mic and a guy in the corned strums the bass to some Metallica song that wasn’t even what the other band members were playing, and I don’t think they had a guitarist. The only thing I really remember about it was that the flyer for it had Goku from DBZ in the background, and that’s all I remember about my first concert.

4. What led you to start blogging about music? (Caitlin H., KS)
I was already going to all of these concerts, and one night after I had shepherded my group back to the hotel I saw this guy smoking cigarettes next door to my hotel room, and my dad approached him and I think offered him a beer or something and they got to talking. Well, it turns out that guy worked for Honest Brutality, they have a radio show for Rock Rage Radio- it’s like an online radio thing. He gave me a rolling tray he got from the backstage that was signed by a bunch of bands I liked. I told him I was thinking about being a blogger or something- he said doing Youtube is a nice safe thing to do. I decided later on that A: I didn’t want to have to look decent when I want to make content and I already know how to blog, where I can look as bummy as I want to make blog posts. And B, I don’t want anyone I know at school finding a video of me on youtube trying to Gordon Ramsay some Black Sludge Metal. So yea, that’s the overcomplicated answer as to why I made Heavy Vibe.

5. What has been your favorite show or interview that you have done? (Megan S., KS)
I can’t exactly say I have had a favorite interview because I like certain things about every one of the INterviews I do that are unique to each person I do. But hypothetically if I do get a press pass for Aftershock this year (praying on it), and I could slink my way back into getting an interview with Ghostemane- that would be a plus. My favorite show was probably going to see The Fever 333, other than hoping he wouldn’t throw a mic stand at me, the concert was so full of energy that felt really genuine rather than when I see some really big bands that are just going through the motions.

6. How do you go about listening to an album to review it? (Zach Z., KS)
Find a super comfortable place- my bed
Open your post template or a Google Doc
Open the album and play it, then go back to whatever your writing on.
Write down whatever pops into your head at that exact moment while listening to the music, you can sort it all out later.
After you’ve got it all down, go through it and turn your gibberish into complete sentences (or not, sometimes I don’t)
Finish it up, and Publish it
Send an email/DM to the band
Hope they don’t make you feel horrible about your advice/critiques/things you didn’t like about the submitted album
Advertise the heck out of it
Finally, start your homework at 1 am


7. What has been the most challenging part of being a music blogger? (Gavin S., KS)
Time management, management in general actually. I’ll go in waves of having maybe 5 bands or singular artists asking for a review or something really simple, that I can crank out in a day. But then I’ll get 55 bands with super fancy requests for really unique things, that I do all for free, that takes much, much more time. And the majority of the time gets much fewer thanks that doing a simple posting of someone’s new music video. Another problem I have is finding shows/ bands coming to my area. Or simply venues that would let me get the press pass to go and do my thing. Maybe it’s my age, because to some it’s a liability to have a minor go backstage and talk to a group of guys. And I have been warned of bands to stay away from, and not to be alone with. Which is really scary to me, because what if the guy I am going backstage with (my roadie, or Broadie I call them) aren’t allowed back there, and something bad actually happens. It’s all speculation for that last part. But having your stuff together, being professional, and finding people that take you seriously are some really hard parts about being a music blogger.

8. What are some difficult aspects of promoting your blog? (Kacy T., KS)
It’s actually not that hard. Other than the fact it’s hard to get your blog up on the google rating list because apparently, MetalSucks.com is more relevant when you Google “Heavy Vibe”. But something really easy I wish people knew more is this amazing thing called Facebook. Make a profile on FB, join a bunch of groups, and friend a bunch of people (that are typically band members, etc.). Share the links to your blog into those groups. Then bang, the targeted audience that you wanted to reach is condensed into that Facebook group. But the tricky thing is, is using the algorithms to your advantage. The more comments- the more people the post is put onto people’s timelines. Then it turns into a once they see it, they link and comment- so it sends it to more people. It is all reliant on those first few mins of it being posted on those groups. If no one takes a bite on the post. (Mobile-friendly, have some pictures breaking up the text, basically the “Scroll Friendly” rules, it will do amazing and you’ll wake up the next morning with 5 thousand new views on a post.


9. How do you go about getting interviews at shows? (Alexa G., KS)
Make a good email (relevant to your blog, like Heavyvibeoffical@gmail.com)
Find the contact info of the venue/show manager.
Say that you are a blogger, Youtuber, etc. Explain what you want to do, that you aren’t looking for freebies and already have tickets. And give links to whatever your thing is.
Harass them relentlessly until they tell you no-or yes. Don’t let them ghost you, they like doing it.
Make sure you send emails at least a few months in advance.
Rinse and repeat.


10. If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner blogger, what would you tell them?
Simple: Facebook is your best friend. Make everything scroll friendly. Bands are super happy to work with you- for free. (Smaller ones at least). There is TONS of music out there, don’t be afraid to post about a smaller band that doesn’t have a lot (or any) attention on them, and don’t be afraid to post your love letter to Ivan Moody of FFDP, do whatever you want to do. Find other bloggers- like the amazing one that runs this blog. People are willing to work with you if you put yourself out there, and if you do and a few don’t reply, keep trying! Trust me, plenty of people are trying to make there way in the music world. And you as a blogger can help!

 

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Make sure to check out Heavy Vibe and keep up to date with their posts! Thank you again for the collab and thank you all for reading!

 

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Twitter: @Natlindz

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Facebook: justmenatalie.com

 

 

Alright guys, this may come as a shock to some of you, but I saw Beartooth again this past weekend. I know, who would have guessed. Well, all sarcasm aside, it was definitely a tour that I reccomend pulling up to at some point because it was a thrill ride to say the least.

Dead American:

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These guys are something alright. They opened the show in a very energetic and gathering way, bringing people in and making sure that the crowd was up and moving. I think there were three different circle pits in the span of their 30 minute set! While I didn’t find myself loving them at first, they definitely grew on me through their set. Overall, I think that they have great energy and know how to play to a crowd. You may not find their sound something you enjoy but hopefully that doesn’t take away from their show for you. That is something you don’t want to miss. At the end of it all, I found myself really enjoying their music too, which is always nice to find. I went in not having heard them at all and now I have a new band on my playlist. You can never have too many new bands. Look them up!

Hands Like Houses:

Okay, these guys absolutely crushed it. Everything about their set was incredible. I had seen them from afar at Warped Tour in 2017 and their sound never got out of my head all while I could never…for the life of me…remember who they were. Much to my surprise when I looked them up prior to this tour, I was met with a voice I could attach to the name. Their set encompassed their many albums really well, and I had one of the best experiences in their crowd. Vocally, these guys knock it out of the park and down the next two blocks. Smooth vocals and some nice full guitar tracks make for a band that you really don’t want to sleep on. I will do an artist highlight on them in the near future but for now, all I can tell you is to look them up, that is truly all it will take for you to fall in love with them and that I can guarantee.

Beartooth:

I have discussed Beartooth many times on this blog, so saying that I find them to be one of my favorite bands is something we all know by now. This set in particular was probably one of the most enjoyable for me, out of all the sets I have seen and out of all of theirs that I had seen. There was a energy put off by the band that was equally reciprocated by the crowd, this particularly surged during the drum solo (Thank You Connor Dennis). With the set full of some of the best songs to play to a crowd, meaning Body Bag and Enemy, they had me banging my head from beginning to end. With the exception of Afterall which made me tear up a bit, not going to lie. Caleb Shomo is definitively in my top five when it comes to frontmen. He proves that getting up on stage and simply singing can be just as powerful as jumping around and getting on the barricade and stuff like that. Their Meet and Greet was also incredibly relaxed and organized, you had time to actually talk to the band members and didn’t feel rushed AT ALL which is always a lovely time. I also want to point out that each time I have met them, I have never initiated the conversation? You walk up to these guys and one of them is always greeting you or asking you how you’re doing before you can get a word out. I wear Kamron Bradbury’s pick in my necklace everyday, and have since 2017. I walk up to the band and the first thing that happens is Caleb points out my necklace, I haven’t even said hello yet. They genuinely love meeting their fans and take the time to listen and talk to them, which is massively appreciated.

 

P.S: Of Mice and Men were supposed to be on the lineup for this show as well, but had a medical emergency and had to delay their start on the tour. I hope to see them in the future and will hopefully get to chat with them as well!