In the wake of the death of Keith Flink in March 2019, The Prodigy have announced they’re reflecting on their story as a band in a new documentary film.
Sharing the news on social media, Liam Howlett and Maxim write: “We are making a band documentary film… so fukin what?? After the devastating passing of our brother Keef in 2019, the time feels right for us to tell the story of our band, all of it, the whole 9… It’s a story of the chaotic and troubled journey of our gang, our band, the people’s band – The Prodigy.”
They add: “Or simply – a story of brothers on a mission to make noise… to ignite the people’s souls and blow-up sound systems worldwide… that’s fukin what! This film will be made with the same integrity that our music is: uncompromising, raw and honest…
Long Island pop-punkers Card Reader haven’t let their foot off the gas pedal in 2021. The band is buzzing off their recent first-place finish at the Interstate Music Awards. An underground artist competition hosted by Jeff Peterson CEO of Interstate Music (www.interstatemusic.com).
Card Reader was selected out of hundreds of submissions to be named a finalist. First place earned them $5000 in gift cards and a trip to perform live on the Interstate Music stage in Wisconson later this year.
Winning the contest has been icing on the cake for a band continuing to make strides in the new year. Upcoming releases for this spring include a new music video for “Smiling Ghost” and an acoustic EP set to release on Friday, March 26th. The acoustic EP will contain stripped-down versions of previously released tracks and has been engineered by their very own Matt Sullivan. The band is also scheduled to record their sophomore EP with veteran producer Nik Bruzzese at Gradwell House in Haddon Heights, NJ this April.
Guitarist/vocalist Tom Petito elaborated on Card Reader’s big win and the road ahead. “We’re fired up right now. Starting 2021 off on the right foot is crucial for any band. I think we did just that. We received a big wave of support in this competition and winning it all has been an unreal experience. Our family, friends, & fans had our back in a big way. We’ll use this momentum to help fuel the fire as we prepare to record our new EP in the spring. Nik reached out to us after the contest win and expressed his desire to take our sound to the next level. We couldn’t agree more. It’s our move now and our opportunity to show the music world that Card Reader is for real.”
You can watch a brand new studio mini-documentary on the band’s 2020 ‘Mental Scars’ EP below.
Following the premiere of the film over the weekend, Machine Gun Kelly has announced that his Downfalls High musical amassed 16 Million Views over the last weekend.
The adaptation of his record, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’, was uploaded to Facebook on January 15th 2021 and has now been uploaded to Youtube as well.
At the time of writing, it currently stands at 3.3 Million views on Youtube.
“Opening weekend did over 16 million views!!” says MGK. “Now we’re premiering it on YouTube today for everyone to watch. Thanks to everyone who helped us turn the album into its own world and era.”
Check out some Behind The Scenes photos below.
“It was almost like shooting 14 music videos back-to-back, but with a narrative that’s outside of my personal life stories,” the musician previously told NME, adding that it was shot in just four days. “It focuses on other characters, and then me and [Travis Barker, Blink-182] are just the narrators. It’s an interesting concept because it hasn’t been done for an album ever, maybe outside of like Pink Floyd’s The Wall.”
After the wait, the long awaited film to accompany Machine Gun Kelly’s film to his latest record, ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ is finally here.
‘Downfalls High’, written and directed by Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun, the 49 minute film documents MGK’s ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ track by track with all the romance and drama you can expect in a high school. Blackbear, Trippie Redd, Iann Dior and Travis Barker all make appearances in the film.
It premiered last Friday but you can watch it over and over below.
Rage Against The Machine have shared a new short documentary on race titled as Killing In Thy Name.
It was released in collaboration with international artists collective The Ummah Chroma, where the film follows a teacher as he educates a group of small children on the history of oppression in the United States.
“The following is a document of true events,” an intro to Killing In Thy Name reads. “Our aim is for this piece to be a fire escape from the fiction known as whiteness and a spring for discovery. Remember, the children are always watching.”
The track ‘Killing In The Name’ by Rage Against The Machine is used throughout the film.
“My mom [Mary Morello] is a white woman with a radical voice,” said Tom Morello. “For three decades she was a progressive teacher in a conservative high school inspiring students to challenge the system – in her actions and words she has always taught that racism must never be ignored and must always be confronted.”
Ahead of their record, ‘The Hope List’, which is set to be released on January 22nd 2021 Lonely The Brave have released a brand new track as well as a mini documentary.
In the film, the band take fans inside the beautiful Keeper, which was the first track they finished with their new frontman, Jack Bennett.
“Keeper was the first song we fully completed for the album and remains one of our favourites,” enthuses bassist Andrew Bushen. “It will always hold a special place as the beginning of the new chapter.”
But even more than just being significant for the band, Keeper also serves as a touching tribute to those who have helped us through this enormously tough time; as you’ll see in the doc, Lonely The Brave discuss their own personal ‘keepers’ throughout the pandemic (spoiler: there’s lots of lovely family stuff and cute dogs).
Discussing The Hope List as a whole, guitarist and founding member Mark Trotter says, “Given everything that’s happened to this band, it would have been remiss of us to try rushing into this or do something that wasn’t right. It takes time. We’ve been a band for over 10 years and stuck in our ways a lot. There has been a huge shift in dynamic now. It’s a completely different vibe from where we were before. There’s a renewed energy and a renewed focus. Everything feels very positive in the Lonely The Brave camp.”
There’s only days until the release of You Me At Six’s brand new record, ‘SUKAPUNCH’ and the band have a little behind the scenes look for everyone in the form of a mini-documentary on the making of the record.
The lads flew out to Thailand to record with Dan Austin, who also worked on their previous album ‘VI’, at Karma Sound studio in Bang Saray and looked like they had the most beautiful and inspiring time ever.
Every member adds their own piece of context in the clip which has been released in association with Amazon Music.