Last Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona, Donald Trump came on stage to his presidential campaign rally to the Panic! At The Disco track, ‘High Hopes’.
How’d this go down with Brendon though? Not well. People need to have some hindsight with this sort of thing.
In a tweet, Urie has said:
“Dear Trump Campaign, Fuck you. You’re not invited. Stop playing my song. No thanks, Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco & company.”
He then added:
“Dear Everyone Else, Donald Trump represents nothing we stand for. The highest hope we have is voting this monster out in November. Please do your part” and added a link to HeadCount. This is an organisation that uses music to speak to young people and encourage them to vote.
Dear Trump Campaign,
Fuck you. You’re not invited. Stop playing my song.
No thanks, Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco & company.
The all things horror metalcore superfans Ice Nine Kills have released a new EP!
This isn’t any ordinary release as well because it’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Stanley Kubrick classic, The Shining! What’s more, the EP was recorded at the Overlook Hotel which was a location in the film!
Titled as ‘Undead & Unplugged: Live From The Overlook Hotel’, the EP was recorded at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado where Spencer Charnas of the band says:
“We decided to release this EP now to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Shining, one of the most influential horror movies of all time. As a life-long horror fan, I was thrilled when we were able to enlist the help of Stanley Kubrick’s grandson, Sam to provide guest vocals on the original version of our track, ‘Enjoy Your Slay’ and we were equally thrilled when The Stanley Hotel invited us to play in their infamous ballroom for this special, intimate, sold-out fan event.
The biggest highlight for me was getting to see the real Room 237 (217 in the book), the setting for one of the most terrifying scenes in The Shining. We got some intel from an employee who told us that whilst shooting Dumb & Dumber, which also features The Stanley Hotel, Jim Carey had insisted on staying in room 217 but got so freaked out on the first night, he had leave the room.
We’d like to thank 107.9 KBPI for helping to make this show a possibility and all the Colorado Psychos that came out to make this intimate, unplugged show so special.”
The EP is out now and you can check out the cover artwork, track listing and video for the track, ‘Enjoy Your Slay’ below.
01.) Savages 02.) Thank God It’s Friday 03.) A Grave Mistake 04.) Love Bites 05.) Enjoy Your Slay
We’ll it’s making its way back but in a different form than what we’re all used to.
The Utilita Live From The Drive-In series will see artists including Skindred, The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs and Dizzie Rascal perform across twelve venues to fans watching from the comfort of a private individual viewing zone next to their own cars. 300 cars are only permitted for each event.
Venue’s included will be in London, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bolton, Teesside, Newmarket, Bristol, Lincoln, Leeds and Cheltenham.
Tickets are on sale from Monday 22nd June from 10AM.
We’re back! We’re here for a roundup of ten of the best recently released music videos and sometimes a little information that comes with them! They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music (videos)!
We’re going acoustic for our first pick this week with The Amazons with the UK tour video for ‘Mother’.
Matthew Thomson has said on the track:
“This video encapsulates everything we love about being in a band. Performing live is in our blood. When we tour, the music evolves.
“It was such a fun process looking back on our UK tour with Phoebe Fox as she put the video together. We hope we can join our fans again soon, and safely.”
Keeping things a little light for the next pick this week is the phenomenal Machine Gun Kelly. The other month, the release of ‘Bloody Valentine’ saw him collaborate with none other than Travis Barker where now an acoustic version has been released. This version of the track sees him playing guitar, all the while looking out at a sunset over LA.
Bloody Valentine is the first off MGK’s upcoming record, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’, which is set to be released on July 17th via Bad Boy / Interscope Records where the narrative will “revolve around a complex and seductive love story”.
Heading for British shores for the next pick of this week’s roundup, we have Luzzy Farrall.
This latest cut from her record, ‘Bruise’ is the track ‘Okay’. And it’s a home made video for this one to!
On the track, here’s what Lizzy said:
“‘Okay’ is what I’d call the interlude on the album. The lyrics are very personal and the performance on the track is very raw. The song itself is based around being stuck in your own head and being forced, because of life situations, to be independent but also discovering whilst doing so, just how much self-hate is actually present. This is also probably more relevant to me now than when I wrote the song.”
Moving to Remo Drive for our next pick of the week, and with the band’s third record, ‘A Portrait Of An Ugly Man’ released today, they released this video for ‘A Flower And A Weed’ just a few days in advance for its release.
Following the premiere over on Triple J, the Aussie powerhouses Hands Like Houses have a new cut in the form of ‘Space’.
This is the second release of material since their 2018’s ‘-Anon’, following on from the track, ‘Headspace’ which came out in March of this year.
Trenton Woodley (Vocals) has said:
“It’s weird to think that we wrote this song about emotional isolation and this sense of claustrophobia before any of this crazy year had gone down. It’s about this emotional collage of situations where I felt like I was going through the motions, grappling with exhaustion, trying to do the right thing but still coming up short of other people’s expectations… it was really important to me that the lyrics carried the weight of what I was singing about without getting caught in the specifics.
I wanted it to feel tired, but not hopeless. I wanted it to feel worn out, but not ready to give up yet. I didn’t want to sound like I’d stopped trying, I just wanted it to feel like coming out of a long silence to say, “Be patient, I can get this right. I just need a little more faith, a little trust and some space to get myself back together.””
Here’s some new Pop-Punk from those lads you either love or hate, Neck Deep!
Following on from the release of their new track ‘Fall’, they have a new video where they team up with a lot of skaters including Cordano Russell, Alex Dechuna, Roxana Howlett and more! There’s some skateboarding footage (of course) and some tour footage back from when they actually could.
Ben Barlow says:
“COVID-19 has made shooting videos all the more challenging. So, we looked at some of the things we love most: fucking around on tour and skateboarding. We decided to reach out to skaters that we have met along our touring journey, that we believe deserve some recognition, and give them a platform to display their amazing talents.
We’re switching things up to a heavy track now! The giants Machine Head have dropped a double digital single (wait. Is that even a thing?) where the double single suggests the two tracks act as protest anthems which were written after the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
Here’s the video for the a side track ‘Stop The Bleeding’ which features Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach.
Second to last video now for this week’s roundup pick and we have the British singer/songwriter Inklinks (whom is none other than the ex- Fearless Vampire Killers frontman Kier Kemp!) as he lifts another track off his upcoming ep, ‘Is This Who You Are?’.
Here’s what Kemp has said:
“‘Dizzy’ is a song for everyone that ever felt that they needed a new start. Sometimes it can feel like things change and you’re never going to be the same… but ultimately the song is about combating that idea head on. You’ve got this.”
‘Is This Who You Are?’ is set to be released on August 28th 2020 via Marshall Records.
I had to choose this track as the last one and you’ll know why when you see the name. This is Chester Bennington’s pre Linkin Park band, Grey Daze. The track, ‘B12’ is off their upcoming release ‘Amends’ which will feature vocals Chester actually recorded before his tragic passing.
There’s also an appearance from Korn’s Munky and Head.
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
We’re here again! We have another roundup of five of the freshest and best recently released tracks that have been launched into the world. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music.
First up this week are the Hardcore favourites that are on the rise, Sharptooth. This is the latest single off their upcoming release, ‘Transitional Forms’. It premiered over on Brooklyn Vegan where Lauren Kashan has the following to say.
“I’ve always seen ‘The Gray’ as the emotional and conceptual turning point of the entire record, and arguably the most important song on it. Over the years, I’ve noticed how uncomfortable people are with nuance; whether that be in public discourse or personally. It doesn’t help that so many facets of our culture are presented in binaries: You’re ‘woke’ or you’re ‘cancelled’. You have depression, or you don’t. You’re a man, or you’re a woman. You’re a Democrat or you’re a Republican.
But nothing in the world or in ourselves is absolute, and nothing changes when we are only acknowledging constructs as black or white and utterly immutable. True progress can only happen when we make a decision to step outside of this way of thinking, and explore nuance.
So what’s ‘The Gray’ about? It’s about the search for and discovery of a world beyond binaries, beyond textbooks, beyond diagnoses, beyond red or blue. It’s about the power we unlock when we make that discovery. It’s about neuroplasticity, and the ability of each and every one of us to change our minds, both conceptually and literally. It’s about the ways that I have intentionally destroyed so many of these constructs in my life, so as to reshape my own existence, and rewire the very neuronal pathways inside my own brain. I hope it inspires others to find that power within themselves, because I believe that when we embrace the grey areas in life and in ourselves is where we can finally begin to cultivate real and tangible hope.”
‘Transitional Forms’ is set to be released on July 10th 2020 via Pure Noise Records.
Keeping in the the hardcore vibe for the moment, trio Teeth have announced that they’ve signed a deal with New Damage Records over in Canada.
Along with the news of the signing, the band debuted ‘Writhe’. Chris LeMasters (Guitar) talks about the emotion behind the track as he says:
“‘Writhe’ hits extremely close to home for me. I wrote it after finding out that a woman very near and dear to my heart had been both physically and mentally abused over the course of 15+ years. I never knew — she never felt safe enough to tell anyone. But that’s just MY experience. ‘Writhe’ touches on those moments of helplessness and anger when you or someone you know and love has been oppressed, harmed, or abused by someone in a position of power. It dives into those dark moments when you fetishize doing awful things to that person. ‘Writhe’ is directed towards the oppressors, the cowards, the abusers, and the people who violate your trust, and take advantage of it — whether it’s crooked police, a family member, or a spouse.
I know this applies to so many people’s lives right now, too. Whether it’s the repeated, systemic abuse (and murder) of innocent black/POC citizens by corrupt law enforcement, or COVID-19 causing so many of us to be stuck at home unable to work, attend school, etc., resulting in more and more instances of domestic abuse as victims no longer have a daily escape. We wanted/NEEDED to write a song that gives those people a voice. It’s angry, spiteful, and violent because we refuse to ignore those primal human emotions — good or bad. They’re REAL, and I hope this song acts as an outlet of sorts to those victims.”
Next we’re headed to Canada for the award winning The Dirty Nil with their new track, ‘Done With Drugs’, which is their first material released since their 2018 record, ‘Master Volume’.
Speaking on the track, Luke Bentham (Vocals / Guitar) says:
“At this time in my life, I see a lot of people who are trying to stop doing cocaine or stop drinking rivers of liquor, or stop eating lots of shitty fast food. On Facebook, I see these posts from people declaring, “I’m done with this!” – they’ll have a six-paragraph post about how they’re changing their lives. I’m definitely not against self-betterment, and I’m not trying to make light of anyone’s struggle; I’m just kind of amused and fascinated by that whole aspect of social media. Like someone will post, “I’m done drinking coffee!” Okay, well then just stop drinking coffee – you don’t have to try to stop the internet for the day to tell everybody that you’re done with Maxwell House! I find that funny, and somewhat narcissistic. But that’s just my opinion, and I’m kind of an asshole!
We were on tour with White Reaper and I don’t think I would’ve written that riff if I wasn’t hanging out with [their guitarists] Tony [Esposito] and Hunter [Thompson]. They had just played with The Killers, so every day we were always playing the ‘Mr. Brightside’ riff together. I think that opened my mind to stadium-rock cheese, even more so than before. There are songs on this new album that are much heavier than this song, and then there are songs that are a bit more vulnerable than this one – so ‘Done With Drugs’ is kind of an outlier in the fact that it’s in the middle of the spectrum.”
Time for some British music in the weeks Music Roundup! Post-Hardcore quintet Wars have a new single off their upcoming release, ‘A Hundred Shivers’.
It’s the first track to come from ‘Chapter Two’ which is the new instalment of what will be the aforementioned record.
Rob Vicars speaks on the meaning of the track.
“‘Murmurs’ is really about feeling drowned out by the noise in your head; the fight to not feel swept away by a storm of self-defeating thoughts. It’s a strange time to be releasing new music, with the world trying to juggle a pandemic while also standing up to one of the greatest injustices in history, something that seems so insurmountably woven into our societal structures.
At times like this, it is easy to fall below the waves, to let those self-defeating thoughts take over and drown out any positivity. If there’s a chance this track could be a foothold for anyone struggling, a sign that others feel this too, then it is worth it being out there.”
The second track from ‘Chapter Two’ is hopefully being released soon but their upcoming release ‘A Hundred Shivers’ is expected to be released next year via A Wolf At Your Door Records.
For the time being though, here’s ‘Murmurs’.
And for the final pick of the week we have someone who have recently signed with Jason Aalon Butler’s (Fever 333) label 333 Wrekords crew.
This ones with the new release of ‘Justice’ where all profits from the track are going to be donated to charities, nonprofits and movements in their community.
Making a statement on the track and what it represnts, the band say:
“‘Justice’ is more than a song, but an act of solidarity with the people. All revenue from streaming, merchandise, and downloads both now and in the future from this song will be given back to the community through various charities, non-profits, and movements. We want this to be a never ending cycle to our people to continue to develop the youth, enhance our culture, and fight the inequalities that we have suffered for too long. We will continue to fight, continue to speak out against oppression, and stand for change.
We are angry.
We are traumatized.
We are scared.
But mostly, we are tired.
Tired of our people dying in front of us in broad daylight from a senseless act of racism.
Tired of harassment from the very people whose job it is to protect us.
Tired of screaming at the deaf ears of a government who never had our best interest in mind.
We are enraged.
We are frustrated.
We are beyond fed up.
But again mostly, we are tired.
Tired of the system put in place since the beginning to keep us down.
Tired of the constant worry of getting a call that our loved one was next.
Tired of not being able to determine our destiny.
We will stand tall.
We will stand united.
We will speak loud and proud against our oppressors.
But how much longer can we be this exhausted.
We are tired, but we’re not giving up!!!!”
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next week for another round of great singles. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
The Maine have announced the details of this year’s 8123 Impact Day, which is set to take place on Saturday 20th June 2020.
It’s a project the band have been running since 2017, where it encourages “fans to take the day wherever they are and in whatever form they can to do good. Normally, the band would bring fans together in each market of their tour routing for a volunteer initiative on the day of the show. Given the current inability to tour – 8123 Impact Day will serve to unite the fanbase – while apart – through philanthropic efforts.”
You can visit the Impact Website for ideas on how you can participate and are encouraged to use the hashtag #8123impact on Social Media on the day of, to share their own projects and to see the photos reposted from the brand and the band accounts.
In addition to the 8123 Impact Day, The Maine have announced that they’re in the studio, working on their upcoming eigth record!
The news was confirmed during their worldwide fan conference earlier this week. The untitled record is set to be released sometime in 2021.
Last week allegations have been brought to light that Austin Carlile (Ex – Vocalist for Of Mice & Men and Attack Attack!) had sexually assaulted a woman in the past.
The allegations surfaced via the music publication Alternative Press in a now deleted article regarding Carlile’s faith, following which an alleged victim came forward and brought up that an article intended to be published but was ultimately dropped due to “legal purposes”.
The former vocalist has now shared his statement in response to the claims which have been made against him via his personal Instagram account, which you can read below.
“In my younger years, I absolutely was not the best person, but I have never physically abused, preyed upon, forced myself upon, or drugged any woman. These accusations are false and defamatory.
I am not a perfect person: I smoked marijuana daily, drank often, got into fights and acted like a jerk more times than I can count. I did things and acted in ways that I am not proud of, but never have I violated anyone. These ‘accusations’ being thrown around on social media, in our current ‘cancel culture’ climate, are extremely heinous and completely without merit.
My wife is a molestation and rape survivor, and I have personally seen the deep, long-standing pain that she battles with every day. I have spent years surrendering my flesh over to God, allowing Him to constantly improve who I am as a man, husband, and father. During this past week, I have even had the joy of seeing the heartbeat of my new child for the very first time. Today, I am focused on supporting my pregnant wife, our daughter, this new blessing in our lives, my health, my wife’s health, and striving to be a better person every day.
These accusations have been investigated by the appropriate authorities as well as independent journalists and were determined to be unfounded. I apologize to the Marfan Foundation, I Am Second, my former bandmates and any of our dedicated fans who have been unjustly brought into this controversy and wish them all nothing but the best.
All women deserve to feel safe, supported, and heard, but these unjust attacks upon my family and accusations against me, are decades-old claims that are unfounded.”
In 2016, Carlile let Of Mice & Men due to his ongoing struggles with Marfan Syndrome.
For those who are facing or are survivors of sexual abuse, harassment or misconduct, help and support can be found via the following links.
Having recently confirming the news that a new venue name would be selected by Autumn 2020, Colston Hall in Bristol took down the letters on the outside of their music hall.
In a timelapse video which was shared by BBC Radio Bristol, you can see the words ‘Colston Hall’ being removed by builders just over a week on from the pulling down of the nearby statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston by protesters.
A spokesperson for Bristol Music Trust has said that it is a “symbolic moment”.
They continued: “The name Colston has been divisive for many years and we have experienced strong views from both sides since our declaration in 2017 that we would be changing,”.