The heavy scene in Germany is real and a lot of amazing bands hail from the western European country. Venues, from Stuttgart, want to become a household name with their debut, Aspire (Aspiring Empires.)
With four years under their belt, Venues know what they are doing with this debut. At first listen, the vocals are soft, serene and then from out of nowhere they sucker punch your eardrums at full force. The different tones in the guitar work and how it parallels the drumming in first track ‘We Are One’ introduces you to the catchy heavy pop-rock vibes found throughout the album. Continue reading →
HBO’s Westworld is aiming to do for Sci-Fi for what Game Of Thrones has done for the fantasy genre. On the most recent episode (S01 E05) ‘Contrapasso’, an instrumental version of Nine Inch Nails‘Something I Can Never Have’ was heard in a pivotal scene. You can hear it below:Continue reading →
Chicago rockers Romantic Rebel have a string of tour dates booked. They are supporting their self titled release, out now via Pavement Music. Watch their music video for “Believe” here.
ROMANTIC REBEL Tour Dates: Jan 16: Schmitt’s Saloon – Morgantown, WV Jan 17: Six Pence Pub – Parkersburg, WV (w/ Bobaflex)
ROMANTIC REBEL Tour Dates w/ Seasons After: Jan 23: Roxy Theatre – Denver, CO Jan 24: Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO Jan 26: O’riginal Bar – Minot, ND Jan 27: DK’s Bar – Williston, ND Jan 29: LaCrosse Center – Lacrosse, WI (w/ Buckcherry & The Last Vegas – NO Seasons After) Jan 30: Freaksters – Pontiac, IL (w/ Buckcherry & The Last Vegas – NO Seasons After) Jan 31: Hipps Pub – Eau Claire, WI Feb 03: Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA Feb 04: Rt 20 – Racine, WI Feb 06: The Machine Shop – Flint, MI w/ Tantric Feb 07: The Foundry – Jackson, MI Feb 13: Firebird – St. Louis, MO Feb 14: Aftershock – Merriam, KS Feb 20: Club Fever – South Bend, IN (w/ Flyleaf, Adelitas Way, Framing Hanley and Fit For Rivals – NO Seasons After)
ROMANTIC REBEL is: KT Paige (Vox) Alex Vincent (Guitar) Danny D (Bass) Marcus Lee (Drums)
The 2015 SnoCore Tour featuring Flyleaf, Adelitas Way, Framing Hanley and Fit For Rivals have unveiled the touring schedule. The itinerary is as follows:
Feb 03: Amos South End – Charlotte, NC Feb 04: Rams Head – Baltimore, MD Feb 06: Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY Feb 07: Jewel – Manchester, NH Feb 08: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA Feb 13: Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY Feb 14: Rapids Theatre – Buffalo, NY Feb 15: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA Feb 17: Expo Five – Louisville, KY Feb 18: A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH Feb 20: Club Fever – South Bend, IN Feb 21: Machine Shop – Flint, MI Feb 22: Mojoes – Joliet, IL Feb 24: Austins – Libertyville, IL Feb 25: POVS – Minneapolis, MN Feb 27: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO Feb 28: Mesa Theatre – Grand Junction, CO Mar 03: Hangar 18 – Salt Lake City, UT Mar 04: The Wilma – Missoula, MT Mar 06: Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA Mar 07: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA Mar 10: Knitting Factory – Reno, NV Mar 11: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Flyleaf recently completed their first video for ‘Set Me On Fire’ in Los Angeles, CA for their forthcoming record titled Between The Stars, due out September 16, 2014 via Loud & Proud. This is the first song featuring new vocalist Kristen May.
This is the lead single from their forthcoming album, and like the title, Flyleaf went for a song with impact and a theme that longtime fans could easily digest.
“It’s an empowering song,” explained guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya, about the song. “It’s about discovering who you are, discovering your strengths, and your potential.” Following a common theme about positivity in their lyrics, ‘Set Me On Fire’ stuck to that and once again pieced together a song that would win over longtime fans.
“It’s not that we want it for ourselves. I think a lot of people lost hope in themselves and their potential, for their lives. I think it’s important for people to realize that they could be bigger than they could ever dream. The potential is unlimited and that’s real. It’s not some dream you had as a kid or some fantasy. There’s a power out there that’s bigger than themselves and it’s open to you.”
Bhattacharya talked about the making of the video. “One thing we’re not going to do – there’s no CGI,” he said, explaining the making of the video. “It’s something new and very theatrical with backdrops and projections. It’s in real time.”
Flyleaf returns with their fourth full length release Between the Stars on September 16, 2014 via Loud and Proud. Produced by Don Gilmore (Korn, Lacuna Coil) Between The Stars is the first album featuring former Vedera vocalist Kristen May, who joined the band shortly after the release of their prior release, 2012’s New Horizons and the departure of original vocalist Lacey Sturm (formerly Moseby).
“She’s an incredible singer and she clicked very well. Her personality was very important to us because we’re a touring band, made a record and put a song on the radio,” said guitarist Jared Hartmann.
“I think one think that’s always a reoccurring theme in Flyleaf is the freedom in the music, the freedom of expressing yourself, exploring certain feelings of certain parts of your life that would otherwise hold inside and not letting go,” added guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya. “Kristen is such a free spirit. She doesn’t hold back. She is who she is. That’s really important to who Flyleaf is. Before we were Flyleaf, we were called Passerby, because no matter what platform we were given, no matter how tall our soapbox might be that’s given to us – our story’s just as important as anyone else’s. Your story’s just as important as ours. We all have a story to tell. I think Kristen brings that spirit to Flyleaf.”
May came into the band through an extensive search and audition process. “We compiled a list of singers. We had people who were on The Voice. We were reaching out to a lot of different people. She came up and auditioned and clicked very well,” said Hartmann.
“As we went through the list of singers, we were also inquiring about certain singers. The singer had the same booking agent as Kristen, and that’s who we contacted to contact to audition.”
“They said ‘Kristen May was available. Her band Vedera just broke up and I highly recommend her.’ I think she was on the list real early. I think we crossed her off because we thought her band was still together. We contacted each other and she came down to Texas and had a sushi dinner. And from that meeting, it was like ‘wow! What a cool person.’ The next afternoon, we went into the rehearsal space and hit that first note, and what comes out was incredible. Her abilities are unmatched,” added Bhattacharya.
Once they began writing for Between the Stars, they discovered the true magic behind their new vocalist and a new era of the band officially began.
“I felt the writing came very easily,” said Bhattacharya. “There’s this fresh feeling writing this record with Kristen. We need it. You get stuck in a rut doing the same thing over and over again. So it’s time for a new perspective in the writing process.”
Once the writing began, Flyleaf found new creative energy working with May. Their first single ‘Set Me On Fire’ gave the public a taste of what is to come.
“I think it’s really doing something new. It’s the first record with Kristen so everything’s real new. It’s becoming a band again,” said Hartmann.
“I’m really getting excited about the songs on this record. There’s this growth in the music. This record transcends so many genres. Every song stands on its own. They’re all really great songs.”
“Every record we’ve done has stood on its own,” said Bhattacharya. “We’ve never gone into a writing process with an agenda or a certain goal in mind other than writing good songs. We approached this record the same way as before.”