Grey Daze Announces Four Part Documentary Series: Grey Daze: Creation Of The Phoenix

Following the recent announcement of their forthcoming album The PhoenixGrey Daze, the band who introduced the world to Chester Bennington, today reveals plans for a new documentary series Grey Daze – Creation of The Phoenix. The 4 part series tells the story of the band through the experience of creating the album and Episode 1 is out now on Grey Daze’s Youtube and available to view below.

From their teenage days in Phoenix, Arizona, to taking on the challenge of finishing Chester’s dream; to the album’s reworking and selecting the album title and cover art; Grey Daze – Creation of The Phoenix is story of brotherhood among a band, dealing with changes, and recognising how full circle life and art can be. The series will roll out episodically this Spring in the lead up to their new album’s release date.

Amends was more emotional and reflective,” explains drummer and songwriter Sean Dowdellof the different mood and feel displayed on The Phoenix, which also sees contributions from Dave Navarro, Richard Patrick and Bennington’s daughters, Lily and Lila Bennington. “We felt sad when we were writing it. Now that we’re a couple of years removed, it’s very clear what we were going through. We were at a different stage of grief. We went through the shock and the sadness. Now, we’re back to gratitude. So, The Phoenix is more of a celebration of our friend, his talent, and the music. It captures Chester’s angst and energy that people fell in love with. It’s much more aggressive. If you love Chester’s scream, you’ll love this record.”

Over the course of Grey Daze’s first incarnation, which ran 1993 to 1998, the group recorded and released two albums. It is those albums that serve as a foundation for both Amends and The Phoenix. Prior to Bennington’s passing he publicly announced the Grey Daze’s return, which included re-recording the band’s largely undiscovered discography. With Talinda Bennington’s blessing, and working with Producer Esjay Jones, the surviving band members: Dowdell, bass player Mace Beyers, and guitar player Cristin Davis, moved forward, as both a way to pay tribute to their fallen brother and bandmate, but also to expose his fans to another dimension of the dynamic singer. Amends arrived in 2020, with Rolling StoneRevolverBillboard, and Kerrang! praising the once-in-a-lifetime collection. NME summed it up best as “a great modern rock record fronted by one of the best vocalists in the game.” In late 2020, the trio reconvened with Jones re-recording, and re-working the remaining 10 tracks that would become The Phoenix

Saturation (Strange Love)
Starting To Fly
Be Your Man
Holding You (featuring Dave Navarro)
Hole
Drag
Believe Me (featuring Richard Patrick)
Anything Anything
Spin
Wake Me

Pre-orders for the album are available via the following link.

Yungblud Creating New Short Film Inspired By The Track, ‘Mars’

Yungblud has announced that he is teaming up with Mercury Studios & Interscope Films in order to create a short film based on his track, ‘Mars’.

The film which is initially inspired by a conversation with a fan in Maryland says the film will follow a day in the life of a character called Charlie Acaster who all they have “ever wanted is a normal teenage existence – at least that’s what she thinks. Now one extraordinary night will make her reassess what truly matters.”

Dom had this to say about the story:

“This story is an uncensored, unfiltered portrayal of youth. It revels in the fragile beauty of it, flirts with the pain of it and most importantly the undeniable, glimmering hope of it. It presents a generational shift towards acceptance of one’s self and others, and ever growing confidence in our own insecurities.”

The screenplay for the film has been written by Chris Bush and will be directed by Abel Rubinstein. It will be produced by Dom alongside Cat Marshall, and Stefan Demetriou. They are also committed to securing on and off-screen talent from the trans, non-binary and wider LGBTQ+ community for the project as well. It’s being aimed to be released in the Spring of next year.

He adds: 

“I cannot wait to make my first film. This whole journey started with an encounter. Then it became a song, now it’s becoming a movie. All my art is about and forever will be about, is making people feel like they can be undeniably themselves, whoever they are – and with this project we’re turning that message up to 11.

“The team we’ve assembled is incredible, I am so honoured to stand with them all behind this beautiful project and to have them help me bring it to life. I can honestly say if you don’t adore this movie, then I can guarantee you’ll fucking learn something from it.

‘You’ll see our stars and touch our scars, only when Mars doesn’t have to wait!’”

And Chris Bush had this to say about being involved:

“Mars is a story where the mundane and the magical sit side by side. It’s Space Age escapism shot through with Northern grit. More than anything I hope it’s honest. I’m hugely proud to be working with YUNGBLUD, and the fantastic creative team we’ve assembled. The queer kids are alright.”

And the track it’s based on? Check it out below.

Holding Absence Debut New Documentary ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’

Holding Absence have debuted a new documentary for their upcoming record, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’.

The 30-minute long documentary showcases the band creating the record at Middle Farm Studios in Devon with producer Dan Weller, whilst also offering a deeper look into each member of the band.

Check out the Documentary below.

Holding Absence’s upcoming record, ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ will be released on April 16th 2021 via SharpTone Records.

Pre-orders for the upcoming record can be made via the band’s Webstore.

Paramore Have Three Unfinished Documentaries

Hayley Williams has shared that the band have three separate documentaries about them that were never completed.

Williams shared this with a fan via Twitter, confirming that the three documentaries were filmed across the past decade but “were never finished”.

The Prodigy Are Making A Documentary

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…

“This one’s for Keef!”

Card Reader Wins Interstate Music Awards, Set To Record Upcoming EP w/Nik Bruzzese This Spring

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.

Alpha Wolf Release Their ‘Almost World Tour’ Documentary

After the released of their EP ‘Fault’, Alpha Wolf had scheduled to play over 100 shows around the world.

After the 77th (not a bad total given the circumstances) the world shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The band have now released a documentary of the tour throughout the course of the 77 shows.

They played Asia, USA and the UK and they have distilled their experience into the 56 minute video. Check out what happens in the video below.

Alpha Wolf’s latest record, ‘A Quiet Place To Die’ in 2020 via SharpTone Records. Orders are available via the following link.

Downfalls High Gets over 16 Million Views On Opening Weekend

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.”

Check out Downfalls High below.

Check Out Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Tickets To My Downfall’ Film, ‘Downfalls High’ In Full

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.

https://fb.watch/35Fy6im-MN/

The record, released in 2020 debuted at No.04 in the UK Albums Chart.

In addition, check out the Downfalls High website via the following link.

Rage Against The Machine Share Documentary On Race ‘Killing In Thy Name’

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.”