New Music Video Roundup 14/08/20

First up this week is the larger than life vocalist of Paramore, Hayley Williams. Her video for ‘Pure Love’ is a track which is off her recently released solo record, ‘Petals For Armor’.

With all of her touring plans being thrown to the side, the video for the track has been compiled with the help of the muiscians fans from live footage from her shows over the years.

Last week Stand Atlantic released their stellar new record, ‘Pink Elephant’ via Hopeless Records right out into the world. But before the record dropped, they had the final instalment of their music videos to release in the form of ‘Blurry’ which features dizzying and claustrophobic vibes all around. Enjoy!

Ahead of the release of another Aussie bands record, ‘Glass Ocean’ have a taste of what’s to come on August 21st 2020 with their latest single, ‘Almaida’.

On the track, Tobias Atkins (Vocals) says:

v“Lost in malevolence and spite, sometimes we have travelled too far down a dark road for the light to turn us back. Sometimes, a taste of our own medicine is enough to wake us from the living dead into life. A taste of where our ideals could take us if we dare travel any further down this road. Feeding monsters make them grow until they’re all that’s left. It feels like nothing can turn you back at this point. Still, making friends with the dark will help you understand it. How it dwells inside you, feeds on your fear and insecurity. But it does not have to control you.”

For In Hearts Wake, their latest track ‘Moving On’ celebrates letting go of that which no longer serves us. The song and its video are a celebration of transformation and getting back to what really matters. As we regrow our roots, we remember our way forward. 
 
Like many songs from the album, it is a track of ruthless self-examination. Probing personal and transpersonal insights into the human condition, searching for what helps or hinders the way forward.
 
Just like many in the music industry, In Hearts Wake have faced their own challenges during recent times, as they’ve prepared for KALIYUGA’s release with members living in different locations and being isolated from one another. 

“In 2020 everything has felt quite uncertain. So, for us, ‘Moving On’ encapsulates the light at the end of the tunnel. It dawns the release of our new record ‘Kaliyuga’ and we are thrilled to finally share it with the world!” says frontman Jake Taylor.

Heading for some new metalcore music, Misery Signals ‘Ultraviolet’ have shared the video for their new release in ‘Sunlifter’ which is out now with Basick Records.

“There is a lot of playing back and forth between the drums and the strings. There is a rhythm theme throughout the whole song, and when it disappears from the guitars, my brother keeps it pulsing on the kick drum. He’s such an impressive drummer on a technical level and obviously he has great moments of flash, but I don’t know if people realize the amount of deep writing Branden is doing. I think a lot of people miss layers of details he’s putting in. It’s one of my favorite things about the band, and ‘Sunlifter’ is a great example of it. There are fully formed riffs on the drums, it’s like the drumming for the song could stand alone as its own complete song.”

Now, to coincide with the release of their upcoming fourth record, ‘To Better Days’, the Sacramento R&BCore band Slaves have released ‘Cursed’.

Following a period of time where they’ve been inactive, the metalcore quintet Conquer Divide have released ‘Chemicals’ into the world.

The comeback track premiered over on Revolver where Kristen Sturgis (Guitar) says:

“‘Chemicals’ is about addiction from the perspective of an artist. More often than not, addiction can get swept under the rug or is almost encouraged in some circumstances by the people who are the closest to the the person who is addicted. Sometimes, being on the road can be the absolute worst place for an artist struggling with addiction, yet they are encouraged to keep going. Those around them don’t always see or read the signs and we end up losing so many talented musicians to overdoses or mental health issues that frequently accompany addiction. This happens everywhere, from rock and metal music to the highest echelons of pop. This song talks about how you can turn a blind eye, but at the end of the day, that makes you part of the problem.”

Earlier this week, Like Moths To Flames announced the details surrounding their upcoming release of ‘No Eternity In Gold’ which is set to be released on October 30th 2020.

This is the first music to be released off the record. Check out ‘Habitual Decline’ below.

The release of Fit For A King’s upcoming record is getting closer and closer. ‘The Path’ is going to be a phenomenal record by the look of the new track, ‘Locked (In My Head)’.

It’s a track and video which flexes their muscles a little with the word anthemic coming to mind where the riffs you can imagine straight from a live show.

Frontman Ryan Kirby says:

“While Locked may seem a little out of place on an album based on victory and overcoming life’s challenges, it’s a song about understanding that all the mental things we fight through can only be defeated by our own will and perseverance,” front man Ryan Kirby shares. “Along the road, we will get help, whether from God or others, but at the end of it all, it’s a war that YOU must fight, and YOU must win.”

And lastly we have the Grammy award winning Halestorm. Following the release of the reimagining of their track, ‘Break In’ with guest vocals from Amy Lee of Evanescence, the band have a video for it where Lzzy Hale and Lee perform the track in the studio together.

This will feature on their ‘Reimagined’ EP, which will release next week.

Hayley Williams Shares Fan Cover Of Paramore’s ‘Hard Times’ For Teens 4 Equality

Hayley Williams has took to Twitter to give a heap of praise over a cover of Paramore’s ‘Hard Times’ by a black female artist enlisting Teens 4 Equality to take over her Instagram.

The musician handed over control of her profile to the group after attending their Black Lives Matter protest in Nashville, Tennessee.

“What they are doing as a part of advancing the BLM movement is punk AF and completely heroic,” Williams wrote after participating in the event, adding that she’d be giving the group access to her Instagram “in effort to put a spotlight on [their] work”.

In a subsequent Twitter thread which followed the takeover, Williams spoke of T4E’s “inspiring” activism while thanking them “for entering into – and even starting!!!- these conversations” surrounding race.

“The conversation around systemic oppression was never going to be a comfortable one,” she explained. “nor is the convo around police brutality. nor is the one around white privilege. but the conversation is going to happen. it has to. IT’S OVERDUE.”

In response to the Twitter thread, one user posted a ukulele rendition of PAramore’s ‘Hard Times’ which caught Williams attention.

“You just singlehandedly turned ‘Hard Times’ into church,” the frontwoman said of the powerful cover.

You can watch the performance below.

Music Video Roundup 15/05/20

We’re back for another week! We have another roundup of ten music videos which have been recently released and they’re always some of my favourites! 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 enough talk, let’s get down to things.

First up this week coincides with the recent release of her solo debut record, ‘Petals For Armor’, it can only be Hayley Williams. The track in question today is ‘Dead Horse’.

The video for ‘Dead Horse’ was directed by HalfNoise frontman and Paramore drummer, Zac Farro.

 

Next up we have the British Emo / Pop-Rock musician Luke Rainsford. He’s got a new cut in the form of ‘Tip Toe’, where the video complies fan-submitted content.

On the track, Luke has shared:

“‘Tip Toe’ is about the honeymoon stage of a relationship. I think sometimes with how the world is, it is easy to focus on how tough life can be, but there are the little moments of happiness to be found within the smallest of gestures. I wanted to reflect that in the video, having fans send in clips expressing themselves, their creativity and having fun. I think the world needs that right now.”

 

Now, moving across to Wales for the next pick this week, we have the Pop-Punk trio in Junior.

Over the next weeks, the band will be releasing a series of covers, including Boston, Thin Lizzy, Death Cab For Cutie, and Alkaline Trio. All covers have been self-produced by Matt Attard of JUNIOR.

Their new video accompanies the track, ‘Where And When’ which is off their full-length record, ‘Beautiful Life’.

 

Keeping in the realm of the Pop-Punk genre, Aussie rockers Stand Atlantic have released a brand new track this week, ‘Wavelength. This is the third track in their line of releases following on from their debut record, ‘Skinny Dipping.

Bonnie Fraser has said this about the track:

“We wanted to push the boundaries with ‘Wavelength’. The song itself is about pushing your own boundaries and trying to assimilate with someone. Sometimes communication is lost to a point where it feels like you are speaking different languages. Music is its own language and we wanted to challenge everything you thought you knew about Stand Atlantic. The entire record is no exception.”

 

Moving straight across the pond to Bournemouth for the alternative group Laika who have a new release which is also the bands first offering of new material this year with ‘Our Vices’.

 

How about some math-rock next? Yeah, you saw it Math Rock!

The Californian rockers Covet have a track which is the second offering from their upcoming record, ‘Technicolor’.

This also marks the first track to come from the band which features vocals and not entirely be instrumental.

Yvette Young (vocals) shares what the track, ‘Parachute’ means to her.

“This track, ‘Parachute’, is really special to me. I remember I wrote it basically in one sitting and immediately I heard that it needed lyrics. My whole rule for writing is to never rule anything out, as long as it serves the music… so here we are, at Covet’s first departure from being instrumental. The song is about taking a risk for yourself and stepping away from something or something that once made you feel safe, only to realise that you never needed any of it in the first place. We hope you enjoy it and that it uplifts you.”

 

We’re all over the places this week and our next stop? Ukraine. We’re going with Jinger and their release for ‘Noah’. This is the fifth single off their upcoming release, ‘Marco’.

On the track, Eugene Abdukhanov (bass) has said this on the track.

“Tatiana wrote ‘Noah’ from the point of view of what if he did not succeed in perpetuating life on Earth? Looks like we might find out sooner than we think! Times are scarier, tougher, and stranger than ever. Our/your livelihood and everything we know and cherish are on the verge being swept away by a storm like nothing we’ve faced before. Will we have our own modern day Ark? Will we manage to jump on board in time or has it already set sail? What will be left over after it’s all said and done? These questions are torturing all of us right now and the future is disturbingly uncertain. But we will survive and will get through this, like we did during so many dark times before. Together. Strong and revitalised with a much better understanding of what we are.”

 

Now for some pounding drummer, fantastic vocals and the best beats. This is Texans metallers Kingdom Collapse who reach new heights with ‘Uprise’.

Jonathan Norris on the track says:

 “We’re excited to release the new single at this time with everything going on in the world. With what we’ve all endured globally with the recent pandemic, this is an anthem assuring the fact that we will not only recover but we will rise even stronger.”

 

Keeping in the same country for the penultimate band on this weeks list is Ded. They’re an Arizona outfit who’ve released ‘A Mannequin Idol (LUllaby)’ which is the latest single coming off of the band’s recently released EP, ‘Mannequin Eyes’.

On the track, Joe Cotela talked to ABC Audio.

“[The song is] kind of taking a shot at the music industry,” Cotela explains. “[It’s about] the way consumers consume, and questioning why they consume what they do, why they identify with certain things, [and] hopefully posing those questions for people to think about themselves.”

 

And lastly today we have the almighty Asking Alexandria.

The band released their latest record, ‘Like A Gouse On Fire’ today via Sumerian Records but earlier this week to hype up the release, they put together a video together during where they shot everyone individually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The track they released? ‘House On Fire’.

Check out the video below.

 

And that’s it for another week of the music video roundup! Be sure to check back next week for another look at the latest music video releases from the best bands around and who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new favourite band on that list.

Hayley Williams On New Paramore Record

Paramore’s Hayley Williams has said that the band’s new record will see them return to their Pop-Punk roots.

Speaking to NME for their Big Read segment, where she said the bands new album will be a contrast to their 2017 release ‘After Laughter’.

Williams explained: “It’s a summer/winter thing,”. “When it’s winter you can’t wait to be sweating your balls off, and in the summer you’re like, ‘Fuck — I hate this!’”

She adds:  “After making After Laughter it’s like, ‘Okay, we’ve tried this on and it actually fits and feels great. Now lets see what else we can do to fuck this up.’”

In a move back to their earlier sounds, Williams said:

“Taylor [York, guitarist]’s mentioned things like: ‘Oh, God – I miss guitars’. “We’ve found ourselves listening to a lot of older music that we grew up being inspired by.”

But despite making a move into a solo career with her latest release in ‘Petals For Armor’, Williams has insisted that Paramore was still her main priority.

“That excitement and curiosity that keeps us a band,” she said. “We won’t let it happen unless we think it’s the coolest thing in the world, I mean, Paramore’s my favorite band. How dare I ever ruin it?”

Hayley Williams Releases Second ‘Petals For Armor’ EP

Her solo record is getting some tracktion and now, Hayley Williams has released her second EP, ‘Petals For Armor II’, which makes up her debut solo record of the same name.

On the EP, the musician has said:

“PFA ll is the perfect interlude between where Petals began and where it’s going… Part lll isn’t far behind. I needed these songs to help me get to a place where I could name my shame, take inventory of emotional scars, true friends, awful coping mechanisms, and discover what I desire for my life.

“The latest single, ‘Dead Horse’, offers strength back to a younger, weaker version of myself. I feel like all of this needed to be said in order to embody the kind of woman I hope to be.” 

The full record is set to be released on May 8th 2020.

And you can listen to the EP below.

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Hayley Williams Releases Debut EP, Music Video For’Cinnamon’

Hayley Williams has released her debut EP, Petals For Armor 1′.

Following on from her previous singles, ‘Simmer’ and Leave It Alone’, which also contains more new tracks which were co-written and produced by her bandmate from Paramore, ‘Taylor York’.

Check out the music video for ‘Cinnamon’ below.

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She has also revealed that her new record, ‘Petals For Armor’ is set to drop on May 8th 2020.

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Paramore’s Hayley Williams Releases Debut Solo Single, ‘Simmer:

Everyone got just what they wanted. Paramore have been very quiet for a while now, but that doesn’t mean Hayley Williams has been.

The world has now been graced with her first solo material in the form of her debut single, ‘Simmer’.

This track was co-written with her Paramore bandmate Taylor York and touring bassist Joey Howard, which premiered January 22nd with the accompanying music video.

Check out ‘Simmer’ below.

On the track, Williams has said:

Williams said “I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project. Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing PETALS FOR ARMOR. And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation. I’m in a band with my favorite musicians so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records. This project, however, benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more.”

“I made this with some of the closest people to me. Their respective talents really shine bright throughout the record. I like to think we all make each other better and the result is something that sounds and FEELS exactly as I’d hoped it would. Now that it’s time to put it all out there, I can finally exhale. I’m excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I’ve only very recently become familiar with.”

At the time of writing, there’s no evidence to say this would be either a solo single or part of something larger, but if I was to guess, hopefully following in the footsteps of SAINTE (We Are The In Crowd’s Tay Jardine), more will be on the horizon soon.

Hayley Williams Goes Back To Her Roots

Hayley Williams has sent her fans into a frenzy after revealing she’s returning to her roots. By this, I mean that she’s going back to her signature hair colour but it isn’t the riot! branded hair we all know.

The vocalist can be seen with The Good Dye Young Creative Director Brian J. O’Connor in a video for the brand. She’s sporting a beanie but you can still see the look.

 

 

Hayley Williams Shares Message For World Suicide Prevention Day

Hayley Williams shared a message via Twitter for World Suicide Prevention Day.

“yesterday was #WorldSuicidePreventionDay. really i just wanna say that when my mind was super dark and hopeless, there was a part of me that felt safe being cynical & shut down. im trying to get healthier now… and it’s a lifestyle shift. sometimes it feels uncomfortable…

and i don’t always do it well… but i hope that if you struggle with darkness that you will try and remember to let yourself feel joy when it comes. im trying too. sometimes i feel like i probably look less “cool” or i worry that i’m somehow faking it.

but! i try hard to call out and recognize joy when i feel it, or even when i see it on my friends. thankful for any chance to feel a genuine smile… not only on my face but deeper than that. if you feel darkness, i hope you’ll wait for joy. it will come again and it is worth it.”

Mark Hoppus, Hayley Willams and More Take Part In “March For Our Lives”

Popular musicians including Mark Hoppus, Billie Joe Armstrong, Alex Gaskarth, Hayley Williams and more have voiced their support for the ‘March For Our Lives’ which took place across the US this past weekend (March 24th). The event was organised in response to the February shooting at Stoneman Douglas Highschool in Parkland, Florida Which left 17 people dead.

Thousands attended marches across the country with the central event in Washington DC led by several survivors from the shooting who gave speeches at the rally.

 

Here’s what happened at the rally.