by Nick Miley
Two years ago these boys really made a splash in the music scene. Not only with their aggressive online fan base but with their amazing sound. Over these last few years Allstar Weekend has proved themselves to be one of the top indie bands. Check out their brand new EP "The American Dream" on iTunes now!
Our music is a blend of acid jazz meets tripp hop meets soulful blues. But really it's a pop rock kind of sound. And we enjoy listening to stuff like Burce, Price, ASAP Rocky, and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
To be honest we just wanted to put out some more music.
We are going back into the studio to write a full length album that will come out early 2013.
It's the best!!!!! Without them we wouldn't be able to continue to do what we do. We love touring and seeing them all at the shows.
We wanna make a billion dollars each probably. Oh, and keep touring and making music :)
We love reading, surfing, and making more music.
Answers from Zach
by Nick Miley
A close industry friend of mine asked me a very interesting question about where the indie scene was going he asked me " What's Next? Is there anything else out there original left?" and that's when I slipped him a new demo from a band I recently discovered and interviewed. I said "these are the new kids on the block and I'm not talking about the boy band , They're called "Neighborhood Kids" and there new single "Lockdown" ft AJ Perdomo of "The Dangerous Summer" is something new, fresh, and yes maybe a little a dangerous. There New EP "Get Dumb" comes out next month and you can get your copy on iTunes 10/11/12.
upbeat and experimental pop music. with this project our major influences have been anything from The Ready Set to Gaga to Bowie.
It's George's creation fully. we supported his vision. Its about being trapped in a place and having people trying to make their way into your life. paranoia, fear and stuff that would go along with it. With Emily on lead vocals it only made more sense because typically boys always chase the girls, haha. the jungle part about halfway thru represents the *love making* hahaha
10.11.12 (October 11th, 2012) and its going to be called GET DUMB
gushers all the way...but were not really a junk food band.. i saw Emily eating pretzels the other day. George eats exotic stuff like alligator legs, there's no room for sweets in his diet!!!
We are talking to some really great bands about touring together and were recording a new single with Zack and Ken (the ready set, mayday parade, set it off) that will be released on Get Dumb !!!
promoting the album and traveling the land in our van/bus. A real long shot would be, even though we just started the band, if we could make some top unsigned 2012 lists ETC that would be rad!
Definitely Billy all the way.. he even knows how to sing R&B like r kelly!!!! Speaking of which, he wrote an R&B-type song called 'bros over ladies' and its about two friends duking it out over a girl... we've been talking to a very special male vocalist about duet-ting with George and being the 'best friend' that George is competing with! at this point were not sure if it will ever happen
George paints and is a magician. Emily actually is a vocal coach and teaches people how to sing. John manages bands and works with music business and I play the bagpipes work with my dad, big Willy-Fran Houlihan
thank you all for reading this, if you tweet @nbhdkids we'll write you all back!
Interview with Heroes and Underdogs
By Nick Miley
Heroes and Underdogs are a huge, new super talent; garage rock band with a kick. They remind me of Paramore and Alanis Morissette in their prime.
This is the hard question. It's hard for us to describe it or fit it into a genre because when we're writing we don't even think about that stuff. We just think "Hey, this is something personal I'm going through and hopefully people will be able to relate to it." I can't speak for the guys but I know my main goal, especially when writing lyrics, is to hope people can relate to my words. As for major influences I know the guys LOVE Brand New! My main influence will always be Alanis Morrisette.
I met Taylor when I was in my first band back around 2008. When WATIC got signed I sent her a message telling her how inspiring it is to see someone local go out into the world doing what they love. She thanked me and we've talked ever since! I consider her to be one of my good friends and she continues to inspire me every day.
Again I can't speak for the guys but I'm sure they would all agree on Brand New, WATIC, and Taking Back Sunday
As of right now we are dedicating our time to writing and recording our full length! Maybe another music video :)
It's very hard to tell right now because we're still deep in the writing process but keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook for updates!
I've always had a thing for gummy bears. We go great together.
Hopefully touring and releasing new music and continuing to do what we love
Joe, our bass player, does a lot of studio work. He's an amazing producer! Robbie skateboards and plays hockey. I watch Angry Boys and drinking wine. As for Kevin, the only thing he does besides play music is be awesome.
Answered by Kayla.
Interview with Life After Liftoff
by Nick Miley
New blood and it tastes good. Life After Liftoff is one of my favorite bands of 2012. They pop and they pop well. I was listening to their song "Getaway" and once the singing began it flowed so well, I could almost dance. I am excited to see where this band is by the end of the year.
I like to use the term "Alien Pop Punk," a mix of late 90's early 2000's pop punk and 80's arena rock. Major influences are Blink182, U2, Green Day, New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, Angels and Airwaves just to name a few :)
Within all of our songs there is a duality behind the inspiration and meaning. Brand New Life is really based on the idea of rebuilding ones self and creating a brighter future regardless of the roadblocks of life.
We've been able to open for OAR and literally last week played 2 days of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour with Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Anti Flag and Twin Atlantic which was incredible. I love that tour so much!
We are currently finishing our first full length album, Everything Is You along with tracking our second follow up album. As far as tour plans we are hitting the road this fall in support of Brand New Life! But before we leave we have another music video to shoot! I'm just excited for what the rest of the year has in store for us!!
My junk food of choice is Cheetos there is no denying that! lol I'm not sure about everyone else
Lee "I dance in front of mirrors" Weiss enough said ;)
I would love it if NASA would get back to us about shooting our next music video in space, (no seriously NASA, it's been 4 months!!!) I would love to be in space but I think wrapping up both albums getting ready for the release of "Everything is You" and touring our brains out!
I'm currently studying for my LSAT (Law School entrance exam) I also love politics, world affairs, fencing, sailing and soccer! and food yes food, I love the Travel Channel!
Answered by Lee Weiss.
Interview with Kat Parsons
By Nick Miley
Kat Parsons is a rare act; a one in a million. I heard my fiancé listening to her and I was like is that a new Katy Perry song? because I love it. She said nope even better. I said we needed to get her on the website for an interview. I'm not sure why she's not one of the top ten artists. She is hands down one of the best writers/musicians, I have ever come across. Watch out Katy Perry.
I am really influenced by strong voices and performance energy...I love Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar....I love Patty Griffin and Bruce Springsteen. I love Mumford & Sons and Joni Mitchell. And, like most others, I also love Radiohead and U2. I am influenced by people who care about the world and work hard to make it a better place. I am influenced quite a lot by my family....my dad was a professional opera singer, my mom a singer-songwriter, my Grandma & Grandpa were in a hillbilly band, all of my aunts sing and have traveled around in pretty impressive ways with their music. Music has always been in my house!
My music is passionate piano based singer-songwriter pop. My favorite description is "modern day Carole King", though I would say my album sounds a bit different from that. Live performance is from where that comparison came.....
"Fall for It" is a true pop anthem...windows down, radio up, and a good dose of indignance! "Talk to Me" is subtler in tone. The album is about transition and yearning, about the dissonance between what life looked like and what I thought it would be like when I was 5 years old, vs. what it actually IS....about growing into that change, into the present...making peace with the differences and loving it.
Sara Bareilles, The Dance Party, Maria Muldaur, Dave Mason, Charlotte Martin, The Knack, Toad the Wet Sprocket, etc... And I've worked with amazing instrumentalists who play with Sarah McLachlin, Rufus Wainwright, Aerosmith, etc.
"Talk to Me" is the first in a series of 3 EPs...I will be releasing the next one Oct 9!! Can't wait!
Ice cream with lots of candy and peanut butter in it! i have the taste buds of an 11 year old!
It is pretty wonderful! I have been really lucky and have toured all over the world- in 22 countries and people have been SO KIND to me.
Connecting with people....that is my favorite part of being a musician- laughing together, exploring together...I feel so honored people let me into their hearts and minds and I hope for more of that!
Prevention and treatment of human trafficking, and summer picnics. I feel strange putting those in the same sentence.
Interview with Kyoto Drive
by Nick Miley
Can anyone say Bedlight for Blue Eyes and Holiday Parade, hybrid and it's about time. Pop is coming back and it’s mostly because of new young acts like this coming out of the woodwork. "So Much Alive" is sweet as hell, it's a good time; it's a song you will want to show off to your friends.
We class our sound as a Pop/Rock & the band as a whole grew up listening to all the early Drive Thru Records bands like New Found Glory, The Starting Line, The Early November, The Movielife along with bands such as Alexisonfire, Blink 182, Thursday, Circa Survive & Coheed & Cambria.
We wanted to write a CATCHY/SUMMER record that people could have fun listening to and I definitely think we achieved that. Yeh?
Since forming we have been lucky enough to play and tour with some great bands from both the States & the UK including THE STARTING LINE, HIT THE LIGHTS, MAE, THE MORNING OF, THERE FOR TOMORROW, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, WE ARE THE OCEAN, YOUNG GUNS, DEAF HAVANA, TWIN ATLANTIC & MORE
We are currently writing our new record which is going awesome and we head out on tour for weeks in September with two awesome bands from the states – HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS & MAKER (Details are on our facebook page – www.facebook.com/kyotodrivemusic) then we plan to tour as much as possible whilst carrying on writing.
Personally my favorite is KFC!!
Hopefully we will have wrote our next release, toured a few times between now and then and just generally be in the public eye abit more.
Binder is a tattooist in his spare time, Mitch is a Gym Rat (HES HENCH), Marks big into Comic Books and Zombie Films & I am big on editing films (I’ve always got my flipcam with me).
by Nick Miley
Twin Atlantic is possibly one of the most underrated rock bands in the scene. They are fresh off their tour opening for Blink 182 and The All American Rejects. I was listening to their song "Free" which ironically is free online on Purevolume. Their music is so passionate and my ears love it. Yours will too, mark my words Twin Atlantic is one of the best indie rock bands of 2012.
I think we're all influenced by all corners of the musical world but bands like Queen, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Nirvana & artists like Bruce Springsteen are all pretty high up on the combined influence list.
It was a really fun tour to have been a part of to he honest. The shows were massive so it was a great experience to play to that many people and to play in those arenas.
Well we've just started The Warped Tour in the US for four or five weeks and then we're back for Reading & Leeds, some more writing, a headline tour of the UK in October / November & a few other bits & bobs before Christmas back in the states.
We would record a new one starting tomorrow if we could, but I reckon most bands would say that. We have songs, we just need to find a window to dedicate to a new record and recording it. I don't think any of us could have predicted how lucky we've been and all the support that Free has received so we're still riding that album as we keep getting getting great things from it and making new fans. Next year at some point there will definitely be a new Twin Atlantic album.
We're all trying to get a little bit healthier I think but we're all fairly addicted to Mexican food so whatever is Mexican and unhealthy is out vice.
Would have to be Barry. He's such a charmer.
If you has told me that we'd be where we are right now a year ago I would have laughed so I honestly have no idea. I think we just want to solidify all the new people we've collected over the past year and let them know how happy we are that they like the band as much as we do, so in that respect the UK headline shows that we're playing are probably a great way to end the year.
We're all quite creative so even things like cooking become substitutes for music if we have a few days off. We love photography, the art world, reading, documentaries, watching films, playing golf, swimming & growing beards. That's about it.
by Nick Miley
Hip, new, fresh, and very soon they will be lighting up the red carpet mark my words. "Jaguar" is the song that caught my attention within the first five seconds I was already bobbing my head to this catchy tune. The band was recently voted off of NBC's "America's Got Talent" during the quarterfinals. Don't worry guys us & all of Rockland County still love and support you guys!
(This interview was answered on July 9th 2012)
Our music is definitely Pop/Rock. But I think it's defined a bit differently with us. We take our pop influence from artists like Lady gaga and Maroon 5. Our rock influence comes from bands like Motley Crue and Def Leopard.
It is an AMAZING experience! Seeing ourselves on TV is probably the coolest thing ever, its like seeing yourself on YouTube, except you know that all these other people are watching it at the same time as you.
Our secret it not much of a secret, it's passion. We love what we do so much, and not just playing, but being a part of the musical revolution. Music is always evolving and changing so much, and we love nothing more than saying "hey let's try something new on this song" and it becomes a trend the more songs we write.
Well right now we are fighting for our lives on AGT, but after that who knows.
Hopefully within the next few years, we have always wanted to make sure our sound was fully developed before we released a full length album, but an EP or single here or there shouldn't be too far off.
We all have a different way with women haha. Pat has had a girlfriend for a few years now and they love each other so I think he's the true definition of a ladies man at this point.
On the top of Mt. Everest! No but seriously, if all goes right we want to be touring the world, releasing a full length album and living the dream as soon as possible!
We all have different interests I'll make a simple list.
Austin- Video Games, Acting, Sushi, Sleeping, his golden retriever.
Pat - Hockey, Chicken Fingers, Hanging out in the sun for extended periods of time ( not really, he gets sunburn in less than 4 minutes).
Ron - Ping Pong, Basketball, Ladies
Andre- Playing pool, swimming, working out, Smallville.
by Nick Miley
This is Cameron Walker just doing his thing. He is joined by Fast Times' Tom DeGrazia. Cameron is well known from his main project Weatherstar. "On My Way" has a little of everything. It's a catchy, witty old school pop rock song thats will knock your socks off. I hope to hear more of 1985 songs soon.
Feel good. Positive and rock and roll. We draw a lot of influence from bands like The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Blink 182 and pretty much anything you can surf to.
The Beach Boys, Jacks Mannequin, Fun
We have a new single in the works and some other really cool stuff we can't say too much about just yet.
We have a few more singles in the works and possibly an album in the Fall.
Chillin on the beach writing music we love. Oh and some touring would be really fun!
Skating, Scooters, Chillis, Back To The Future, Chillin, Pools, Beaches, classic old school cars.
by Nick Miley
These dudes remind me of early pop punk they remind me a little of early Blink-182. They have been landing a bunch of great opening slots recently and seem to be moving full steam ahead. "Stay Gold" is an energetic song that sounds a lot like a 90's punk rock band. They're different, they have a really old school sound. It's good to see bands still playing what most of us grew up on.
All: When describing our music, we usually come back to the term "energetic". We always work to make the music as good as we can but we do our best to lead by example while we perform and really put our backs into it. Bands like New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, Major League, The Runaround & Blink 182 have had an influence on us.
All: For us, it was impossible to avoid listening to pop-punk growing up, so it's just part of us at this point. These songs weren't necessarily made with one goal or concept in mind. It was just us being honest and sharing our experiences. We stuck with "Stay Gold" as the title because even though you may have some pretty rough times, the only way you'll make it through and stay same is to keep some positive thoughts. Keep some good people around you too, even if it's only one or two close friends or family. Do we hug now? I feel like this has gone on a bit of a tangent…!
Dylan: During high school my backpack was heavy because of the huge CD wallets I would keep on me wherever I went. I spent a good amount of my spare time learning what I could about bass and guitar. I always daydreamed in class about being in an important band, but it wasn't until Rich, Aaron and I met that I thought it might be possible to make a career out of it.
Rich-O: New Found Glory
Dylan: Less Than Jake
(…we try to be democratic)
Aaron: We love our home town fans and the craziness they bring to the shows, but we always have our eyes on the horizon. The only thing set in stone is writing new songs to record in December and putting together a tour soon after. Everything else is looking for an opportunity to find good people to work and play with. (We play with ourselves too much as it is!)
Rich-O: Cherry Twizzlers!
All: By the end of 2012 we will have finished living in a cave and recording our next E.P. We’d also like to get a music video out this year. By the end of 2013 though? Being able to quit our awful part time jobs and live the dream!
Rich-O: Aaron is from Texas so once he met Dylan's family, who are all into motorcycles (look up 'cafe racer' to get an idea…!) he found some new friends and discovered a new, expensive hobby! What else do we enjoy? Knitting, ping pong, naps, causing a scene in public to the extent that parents are forced to cover their children's ears and avert their eyes.
by Nick Miley
"California" is one of the most relaxing tracks I heard this year. It reminds me of early Never Shout Never with pretty acoustic guitar lines and emotionally charged vocals it shows a different side of "The After Party" I was a huge fan of their song "Secret Lover" it is one of
their older tracks but trust me when I say it's timeless, catchy, and impossible to get out of your head. The After Party's new album Kansas comes out July 10th!
Our music is a blend of rock, pop, and a little Kansas twist. Our new songs are definitely influenced a lot more by our lives at home in Kansas, and we've really come to take pride in where we are from. I wouldn't say we are country by any means, but we've allowed our roots to shine through a little more and I think its sounds incredible!
There really isn't too much of a story to be honest. When we were deciding on what to call our band, we wanted a name that was fun and catchy, and The After Party seemed to fit.
Our biggest inspiration is probably the Sunflower State herself. Growing up in a small town really has shaped who we are as individuals, and we've finally come to understand and appreciate that. We're no longer trying to be something we're not; we just want to write songs and play music that means something to us, and if the fans like it then that is even better!
After the release of our new EP "Kansas" on July 10th, we have plans for a tour later in the summer. I can't say who it's with yet, but I think its going to be an awesome tour!
Our music has definitely evolved A LOT. When we first started playing, we really had no idea what we were doing and where we wanted to go with the band, we just wanted to play music so we did. On our last Self-Titled EP, we were still figuring out who we were and what direction we wanted our band to go. We directed our music more towards top 40 pop, but still couldn't quite define ourselves in our music. I feel like now we have finally accomplished that.
I would love to see us taking a ski trip together, that would be uber fun!
We all enjoy sports, and play a lot of sand volleyball in the summertime. Other than that, my brother and I like to read, Kenny likes to watch movies, and Brandon likes to make fart jokes.
by Nick Miley
Lions Lions new single "The Undertow" off the hook. Their lyrics are smooth and their vocals are sweet and refreshing. They remind me of early Circa Survive and a little of Saosin. I'm very picky when it comes to music but even I knew better than to pass up "To Carve Our Names" by Lions Lions!
That's always a tough question. I guess it's considered "Post Hardcore", we see it as just energetic rock music, I guess, haha. We draw a lot of influence from bands like Story of the Year, The Receiving End of Sirens, Saosin, and Thrice.
The title describes the album pretty well. It's a solid representation
of our development as songwriters, and as a band. It marks our debut on our new label; (Hollywood Waste), and a chance for us to make our mark. A lot of the songs on the album are about the struggles of touring and the moments that make it all worth while.
We've been lucky enough to tour with good friends; A Loss For Words,
Such Gold, Our Last Night, Sleeping With Sirens. Awesome Hardcore bands; Shai Hulud, Foundation, Comeback Kid, Endwell. And other really cool bands; We Came As Romans, For Today, Texas In July, Woe, Is Me, The Word Alive, Abandon All Ships, and a bunch more.
Were playing the Massachusetts date of Warped Tour on July 19th. We're touring with Daytrader, Such Gold, and Silverstein August 16th-26th. Other than that we're writing for our next record, and filming a music video soon.
We get down on some basketball and frisbee. We're not very good at
neither one, but it passes the time. Brandon and Isaac skate pretty
often, but that resulted in Isaac breaking his foot on the Comeback Kid
tour, what a douche.
#1 on TRL, VH1 Behind The Music describing our rise and fall caused by
rabid obesity from Wendy's overdose, Finalists on Dancing with the
Stars, and a tour with holographic Milli Vanilli.
In my downtime it's all video games, comics, and snail collecting. The
other guys have been getting into zoo hopping.
Answered by Joshua Herzer.
by Nick Miley
Move Out West is full of emotion and you can hear it in each and everyone of their songs. I heard some of their new material and the song I liked the most was "All My Life" it is very radio friendly. Move Out West is not a band that should ever be counted out. They're hard working and their music is worth a listen.
That’s always a tricky question for us. I think that our band has so many different genre (especially with our new EP coming out) that I just kind of stick to rock n roll. Sometimes I’ll expand saying pop/rock but I think there is a lot poppier pop rock. Not sure if that makes sense but whatever. My personal major influences would have to be Tom Petty, Blink 182, Death Cab for Cutie, Punchline, and a lot of other rock/punk/indie/emo bands that came out in the 90’s and early 2000’s. I generally love 90’s music.
Music is my personal way of expressing myself. Never really had a best friend or many girlfriends growing up and I was alone in a house all through high school. It was always what I turned to when I needed to open up. To this day there is no greater feeling for me than listening back to a song I worked so hard on. Performing the songs live is just a massive plus.
The first producer Move Out West ever worked with before our band was even announced and just a rumor with no name was a man named Ace Enders. He sings in Ace Enders and A Million Different People, I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business and of course The Early November. He was a very big influence to me. Everything he did I was a fan of; especially I Can Make a Mess. He produced Move Out West’s biggest song to date “I’m All Smiles” and I truly believe he made this band everything it is. When I write a song something’s I hear his advice in my head… it’s kind of weird.
I am not completely sure. I know we have a new EP coming out hopefully in late August and plans to shoot music videos but as far as touring and shows I do not know if we will be making it out of the northeast or even Connecticut for awhile unfortunately. Fingers always crossed but our current priority is to make some amazing music and keep it coming.
Wherever the running water takes us. I’ve tried to plan my whole life or even a few months and it never worked out so we’re just taking it as it comes.
I like watching discovery channel a lot and playing hockey and snowboarding. I also like beer and drinking in general with my friends and family and occasional a guitar.
Answered by Eben West (vocals, acoustic guitar)
by Nick Miley
The Swellers are simply great composers. They're a quality Pop Punk band. I just finished listening to "Inside My Head" and it reminded me of the Foo Fighter's song "Best of Me." Right away I knew this song was going to be an instant hit. But I kept listening and I noticed that this band is not a one trick pony. Each one of their songs is as catchy as the last. One day you're just going to wake up and these guy are going to be everywhere. Love vs. Rock gives their latest record "Good For Me" a 5 out 5. You simply must have this record.
Lately on tour, we've been having what we call "Snack Attacks", which is where everyone participating grabs between 2 and 4 items from the gas station. My items usually include Junior Mints, Hot Buffalo Wing flavored pretzels, an Arizona Arnold Palmer (or other tea/lemonade flavored drink) and Sour Patch Watermelons. Definitely an unhealthy habit.. and I think I'm staying away from junk food altogether this summer because of too many snack attacks in a row.
My brother (Jonathan, the drummer) and I. We have been a writing team since we started the band 10 years ago, and if anything, we've just gotten better at being a team. He filters all of my ideas to make sure only the really good ones come through, and he has actually gotten decent at playing guitar which helps quite a bit!
The Swellers have tons of friends in bands, yet we have never had a guest vocalist appear on our records! I think that's probably because we like doing things ourselves and we're always in a crunch and don't have loads of time and money to spend on making a record. That would be pretty fun, but the next release we do is gonna be recorded SUPER quickly. Hoping for a release and a world tour in the fall, but that's still quite a few months away!
It was much better than expected! Every single person on the tour was a blast to be around and everyone seemed to be in it for the right reasons. It's rare that we have a really, really good time on a tour. It was also one of the first tours we've done in a long time where it felt just right. The mix of bands was a great bill, and the fans GOT us.
Absolutely. Whether its a few songs here and there or a whole lotta jams.. I love playing acoustic. You know a song is a great song when it translates well to acoustic guitar or piano!
The fact that we're not too good at anything else! Haha, just kidding. Well, maybe. But I think what keeps us busy is the fact that bands, labels, and anyone else in the industry keep wanting to work with us, despite "numbers" and the "business". People believe in us because they can tell we believe in ourselves, and won't stop for anything. The things The Swellers have been through in the past couple years is enough to shake the faith in any band, and lots of bands have broken up because of similar situations. People ask me, "when are you gonna get burnt out on touring?" and the answer is I got burnt out about 3 years ago. Still going. Can't stop.
All of the boys are single now, except me. Ryan and Anto take the "hey, what's up" approach at the bars and such, but Jonathan is the silent assassin. Newly single, total babes flock to the drummer. Proud of him.
Oh this is all very top secret information! We'll be releasing info about our next release as the end of summer nears.. but I CAN say that these songs we're writing are the best, most real Swellers songs to date. No pressure, no deadlines.. just good old songwriting at 3am.
by Nick Miley
With The Punches is just getting better and better. These guys could be the next The Wonder Years, mark my words this band is an electrically charged punk rock group that can do more than just sing pretty pop songs, they can really shred on their guitars. They're the whole package. Their debut full length "Seams and Stitches" will be released July 3rd via Doghouse Records.
New Found Glory, Lifetime, The Bouncing Souls, H2O, Gorilla Biscuits, Lagwagon
I think the biggest inspiration on this record was just doing whatever we wanted songwriting wise and not worrying about whether or not it sounded like stuff we'd done in the past. We were all really excited to stretch out and try some things that are a little different.
Our new record "Seams And Stitches" comes out on July 3rd, which is awesome because it's our first record for Doghouse and our first full length. Then we go do a few dates with Mixtapes before heading out on the Property Of Zack Tour with Forever Came Calling and State Champs.
Me personally? I play my Nintendo DS a lot, read books and comic books, edit videos, stuff like that
Jesse is really into cooking, I (Dustin) like video games, Shane is really into sports, Mike and Vin pretty much just do music all the time, home or on tour.
by Nick Miley
For anyone who digs Circa Survive, Smashing Pumpkins, or even Evanescence then you won't be able to stop listening to Paul Thomas's (Good Charlotte) new project "Seeking Empire." With their soft female vocals and melodic guitar rifts this is a great band to listen to when you're trying to relax. They have a real tranquil sound. Good luck trying to get their lyrics out of your head. I have been humming their sound "liar liar" to myself all afternoon.
We are a female fronted rock band, in the realm of Paramore and Foo Fighters. We have heavy distortion as well as shimmery cleans. I would have to say that my biggest influences are Jim Ward, Tim Kasher, Stephen Carpenter, and Dave Grohl
8lb. 6oz baby Jesus, the Kardashians, 16 and pregnant....oh, for music? I'd say listening to random songs. Sometimes one note, or phrase can spark up an entire song.
Paul Thomas of course, he's been quite an inspiration.
We are going to record another album by the end of summer! We're working on material right now, as well as a tour schedule.
By the new year.....or perhaps a little sooner!!
ATV's, brewing beer, and family. Music is a very big part of our lives, so it's nice to spend some time with family and friends. They can be a nice stress relief.
by Nick Miley
Last time I listened to We Are Defiance they were the definition of a metal-core band. now they're showing that they are multi-talented. Their song "Sincerity" is so damn powerful. I can really feel this song run through my body all the way to my finger tips. Their new record "Trust in Few" is really something else. It's worth ever penny. If you think you already know We Are Defiance, you haven't seen anything yet.
I feel like our music is a blend of pop punk, metal and hardcore. We write what we like to listen to so all of our influences go into one big melting pot that becomes We Are Defiance.
Me and my guitar player Dean live together so we're always writing. We jam out ideas then bring them to the band to polish off.
We're currently home from tour writing out sophomore record "Live & Learn" we hit the studio with Andrew Wade and Tom Denney early September to track it. A new record should be expected late 2012/ early 2013. No release date has been set in stone yet.
There's so many to name, we've been fortunate to work with a lot of talented artist and bands. We had Telle Smith "The Word Alive" featured on our debt record "Trust In Few" on our song "Not Another Song About You". We also had Danny Worsnop "Asking Alexandria" on a song that didn't end up making the cut on the record unfortunately
but he was a blast to work with. We've done some pretty rad tours with bands such as For The Fallen Dreams, Oh Sleeper, Like Moths To Flames, No Bragging Rights, It Prevails, Legend ect..
We have a full US headlining tour coming up in August with some amazing bands we're announcing next week then hitting the studio for September.
That's such a hard question to answer because there's so many talented bands out there but I'd have to say, The Wonder Years, Transit and La Dispute even know we're different styles of music I personally love those bands.
Having our new record tracked and ready to hit stores, lots of tours announced and just a good end of the year getting ready for 2013.
Ah I'd say Dean our guitarist and me. He's the "pretty boy" of the band and I'm the front man so that always comes with attention wanted or not. I'm recently engaged so he's taking crown for ladies man for the band.
We do a lot of group activity while home from tour, we have a lot of cook outs at our house and we exercise together. We're all best friends and live close together so we're always hanging and trying to stay out of trouble.
by Nick Miley
I haven't heard a band this powerful since Ice Nine Kills or Escape The Fate (The Original Line-up). Their bass drum sounds like a machine gun at war, but behind all the metal influence, Broadway is really bringing it with their astonishingly smooth vocal attack that is bound to make the hair on the back of your neck stick straight up. The first song I heard off their new album "Gentlemen's Brawl" was "Faster Faster" and to tell you the truth I have been listening to this song all day. The album is now on iTunes and select record stores. This is a record you just need to have.
Wow, um anything from Queen, to Relient K. We pretty much enjoy all music, and we take inspiration wherever we can get it.
Every song in Gentlemen's Brawl came one at a time. Their inspirations came from real life, and real life had to happen before I could write them. So I'd say the main inspiration was being in your early twenty's, and really examining who you are, and what kinda life you wanna lead.
Well from this August to the rest of the year, we're all booked up. So I'd say the touring grind. After this year? Who knows? We'll see.
Play video games. Lots and lots of video games.
I would like the impact of our band to be deep in peoples minds. I want our records to spin 4 years from now with the same enthusiasm of when they first came out.
I play a lot of video games and watch netflix with my girlfriend. Jake records and engineers bands at Chango Studios. Sean spends his time at home with his girlfriend. Gabe is an unadulterated ladies man, and a world class scholar.
by Nick Miley
Jamestown Story has many successful records over the years. Their sound can be very diverse. Sometimes I feel like I'm listening to a younger version of John Mayor and other times YouTube sensation Alex Goot. With above average vocals and heartfelt lyrics you just can't go wrong with Jamestown Story. Their acoustic pop is catchy and electric. Plus they're one of my personal favorites. Love vs. Rock is proud to feature quality bands like Jamestown Story.
I call it acoustic pop music. I would say John Mayer, Blink 182, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Bon Iver, Owl City, Britney Spears, Coldplay, Elliot Smith, Lady Antebellum, Motion City Soundtrack, Death Cab for Cutie, and Say Anything.
Life, and the things we go through on our journey.
Quietdrive, Sing It Loud, The Spill Canvas, Stephen Jerzak, Chase Coy, Swimming With Dolphins, and Patent Pending.
We are currently working on a new CD. We're about 6 months into recording it (going back and forth from Minneapolis to Nashville where the studio is) and are getting close to finishing it! Need 3-5 more songs and we'll be all set! We're extremely happy with the songs we have so far and cannot wait for everyone to hear what we've been working on!
Hopefully still doing this! It's getting tougher and tougher each day to stay relevant so we're really trying to come out with a CD that will really turn people's heads. I hope to have the CD out, doing well with sales, and getting some TV placements for the songs by the end of 2012!
I (Dane) personally spend my time playing poker on the side, hanging out with my wife and friends, and taking care of/working on our house/studio down in Nashville. Brandyn enjoys playing with fish and eating carrots.
Interview with I Call Fives
by Nick Miley
Sometimes there is just nothing better than a band that rocks that old school Blink-182 sound. If you're craving something upbeat and fun you should take a listen to "Elevator Music" by "I Call Fives"! Growing up on bands like MXPX and New Found Glory, I can't help but respect these dudes. Their brand new "Self Titled" record comes out July 10th 2012. If it's anything like their last one it's a must have for any pop punk fan.
We are an upbeat, pop punk / rock band. We all really liked Blink182 and New Found Glory when we were younger and started a band.
Simply put..it's life. To some extent, we've been a band for almost 6 years now. I was 18 when it started and I'm about to be 24, so over the years a ton of stuff has happened and kinda fueled me lyrically and musically to write the stuff we did. I'm excited for it to come out.
We've been lucky to tour with The Wonder Years a couple of times, as well as a few dates with Senses Fail, All Time Low, and a tour with The Dangerous Summer. We're on the Vans Warped Tour this summer and can't wait to play with a ton of great bands there.
In a little less than a month our new self titled LP comes out on Pure Noise Records and then we join the Warped Tour.
I like to sleep in when possible, occasionally drive, and just get to see a ton of friends -- new and old. We eat fast food all of the time so that's probably my least favorite part of touring.
With the new record coming out I'm just hoping that we will have gotten attention from new people..ultimately, we just want people to hear the new stuff. It's taken us a while to release this and we're super proud of it.
I'm a huge basketball fan and I like keeping active with basketball and running, otherwise I'm a big movie person. The Shawshank Redemption is probably my all time favorite movie. The rest of the guys all work jobs and have hobbies of their own -- Mike really likes golfing, Chris is a beer snob, and Jeff loves to play video games.
by Nick Miley
One Step Away had me at hello. The first song I heard by these guys was called "Next to You" and the first two words that came to mind was "Hit Song." Keep your head up because I expect big things from these guys they have good music.
Our music has a pop/rock influence, from bands like Boys Like Girls and Fall Out Boy.
Any artists who can do big things with their music. A song can have a big impact on people. Music is really an emotional art form and we hope our music connects to a lot of people.
We've got a pretty good list! :) Adam Lambert, Flo Rida, Enrique Iglesias, Hot Chelle Rae, Gym Class Heroes, Jordan Sparks, The Wanted, and a bunch more.
We're currently writing our next record and working on our sound. We want to do something innovative with our next record and we're trying to find a sound that can let us do that. We're hoping to write an album that shows us maturing as song-writers.
We'll be recording around the end of Summer, so most likely a single release in September and EP out in October.
Trying to start out as a high school band was tough for us. I'm glad we were able to do it, since being as young as we are with the fan base we have gives us lots of potential. At first, people doubted us and didn't really see us as musicians. We had to prove ourselves since people were expecting us to be another garage band.
We're all into sports and working out (especially Adam and Tito). We listen to lots of music in our free time of all genres as well. I (Mike) record a few other bands in my free time as well. We're all into video games, movies, going to the beach - the usual.
by Danielle Nicole
Just last week I was listening to the song "True" by Ryan Cabrera and I realized the he was a visionary. If his original stuff came out this year he would still have been the super star we know and love today. He was know for more than just his music he also was a cultural icon. Lets face it he made wearing high hair cool.
Experience is my main source of inspiration when it comes to writing... whatever is going on at that time in my life I write about... both personal and observations I make along the way.
I've worked and with tons of artists with a crazy range...people like Smokey Robinson and John Fogherty, to Johnny Rzeznick, Shawn Mullins, and John Ondrasik.
Right now the main focus is finishing my new album... I constantly perform and travel but the main goal is to record a record I am proud of and that is honest and unique.
In the music business, that is the hardest question to answer, haha... I learned that when it took two years to release my first album, Take it All Away - I hope to put out something, (probably a new song) by this summer
Same place as always, on stage!! Opening doors to new listeners and old...spreading the word and putting in hard work
I paint a lot...I DJ....I even catch the occasional tattoo!!
by Danielle Nicole
Fresh as hell, one of the best new bands to hit the scene in the last 3 years. "Rocky Loves Emily" is not just a band they're a pop-punk adventure. Slap "A Rocket to The Moon" and "Bowling for Soup" together with clean vocals and a futuristic pop-rock sound. There is something special about this group. When I heard there track "I Don't Like You" I was instantly hooked.
Windows down, summer driving music! Our major influences aren't always necessarily what our music may sound like. We listen to just about anything. Our new record had a lot of 90's influences.
My parents have always been a huge inspiration to me. They have always been a constant in my life, showing me what real love looks like, being spiritual examples, and just plain great folks. My dad is my biggest fan and is really proud of what were doing. Love you mom! Haha
We've had the privilege to share the stage with some really amazing bands over the last couple years. Hot Chelle Rae, Action Item, Paradise Fears, The Almost, Eve6, Emery, Neon Trees, The Dangerous Summer, Sparks The Rescue, to name a few.
We are on tour with Sparks The Rescue in June, and we will be on another summer your after that that we haven't announced yet. We are just trying to tour as much as we can and stay busy right now.
Our brand new full length just came out April 24th! It's called Secrets Don't Make Friends and you can pick it up at Hot Topic, Best Buy, iTunes, and Amazon.
We would like to be supporting some bigger tours this fall and continuing to spread the word about our band! We will also be writing new music this fall for another record. But for now, just focusing on the new record :)
Pete our drummer loves tennis. Haha. I like going to the gym, film, hanging with friends, having BBQs, being a professional instagrammer... just kidding about that last one. I think we all just like to hang out and have a good time!
answered by Brandon James Ellis - vocals
by Danielle Nicole
Underwater Tiger is one of those up and coming bands that you just know is going to make a lot of noise in the indie rock scene. Their strong backup vocals and catchy instrumentals are going to make these guys a staple in the emo rock community.
We like to describe our music as “melodic alternative rock”. We put a really big focus on catchy vocal hooks and lead guitar lines, but we are heavily influenced by alternative music. Our reverb and delay pedals are used quite a bit. Our influences include Circa Survive, Sigur Ros, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, and Third Eye Blind.
The worst part of starting a band is finding a name that works for your music, and more importantly, that nobody else has. We spent weeks trying to figure out what to call ourselves to no avail. Then one day Anthony (aka Budj) texted all of us this sweet picture of a tiger underwater. I think it was Ron who then said, “Why don’t we just call ourselves ‘Underwater Tiger’.” We all just kind of looked at each other and knew it was meant to be, haha.
We wrote about a number of things on this record, from new love, to love lost, to finding yourself, and what the hardships in life mean for one's personal growth. The album title "Where Miles Become Meaning" references the idea that your journey through life, the decisions you make, and the people you touch sort of define who you are, rather than the money in your pocket or the clothes that you wear. Furthermore, both the successes and failures in life are just steps and lessons getting us to where we want to be. The middle of the record is mostly about love and relationships, but still keeping the theme that the title track set, referencing things like regret, questioning whether you made the right decision, moving on after you've been hurt, and finding ways to work things out. The final track "The Summer Came" really tied the album together musically, and thematically for us. Matt wrote the lyrics for the verses and pre-chorus at a time when he was feeling really lost and fed up and not sure of really anything in his life. Then Nate wrote the chorus lyrics to be almost a conversation with the verses saying "you're not alone, I understand, pick yourself up". Then the outro is kind of the realization of "yeah, it'll be okay. I'll find my way, this has only just begun" bringing us back to the "Where Miles Become Meaning" idea. Ending the album with all 5 members' voices harmonizing, and the lyrics "This has only just begun" is really symbolic for us, and we knew that's how we should end the record.
Well we are great friends and have played many times with The Assembly Line, based out of NYC. Those guys have been featured on a few MTV shows, and I (Matt) have played keyboard for them at a few shows, including one at Gramercy Theater opening for 100 Monkeys. A few weeks ago we played with Letterday out of Boston. Those guys are great!
Well we are currently writing, and we’re scheduled to get back in the studio in September to record an EP. We are almost done filming our 5th music video. This one is for “Shipwreck Love”, and should be ready for release in July. We’ll be playing a bunch of shows this summer around the Northeast (dates can be found on our website). I’m really pushing for us to get a Christmas song or two recorded for this holiday season too. I love Christmas music, haha.
When we first started, individual band members had written most of the songs on their own before the band got together. We took those songs and tried to have everyone add their own flare. “The Summer Came” was the first song that was a true group effort from the ground up. This next release will have more of that “ground up” group influence. A lot of our fans tell us “The Summer Came” is their favorite song, so that’s really great sign for what’s to come. Catchy vocal hooks remain and will remain an important focus for us, but we are having a lot of fun experimenting with This Will Destroy You, Sigur Ros, and Explosions in the Sky style instrumentals. I’d say “Bones” and “Rocky Loves Emily” would be good examples of the direction we are taking for this next release.
Aside from releasing this new EP and music video, a big focus for this year is to network with different artists, and just get ourselves out there more. We’d love to get on some bigger venue shows and show people what we have to offer. Most importantly, we would like to double or triple the amount of people that have our album in their stereos. Expanding our fan base and increasing listeners means the most to us.
Nerd stuff, haha. Video games like Diablo 3, Halo, Battlefield 3, Resident Evil. I can’t wait for that ZombiU game when the WiiU comes out. The whole band is super into Game of Thrones and the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series right now. I’m looking forward to Breaking Bad coming back in July! The Walking Dead, comic book and super hero stuff. We’re all pretty big pro football fans as well. The Furstoss brothers are Giants fans, the Miner brothers are Bills fans. Every week we do a fan photo of the week on our website, and when we received the fan photo of the week from a fan wearing our “UT” hoodie at Super Bowl 46 where the Giants won, we flipped.
by Danielle Nicole
"Sail by The Stars" is one of the most underrated unsigned artists in the country. He should definitely be a signed artist. His music is very good, just as good as many other bands that are already on big indie labels. This kid has a loyal fan base and I think he's only going to get better.
My biggest inspiration is life, love and the world around me.
I've shared the stage with The Ready Set, Brighten, Lydia, and This Providence
That's a great question. I'm currently in the process of writing a new record. I'm crossing my fingers I'll be able to make a full length happen. It's definitely a different direction for me. Not to sound cliche, but it's going to be a little more mature. More grown up sounding. I'm hoping it translates well and even more people can enjoy it.
I wish i had a date, but it's still early enough on that unfortunately I don't even know. It's in the works right now, so definitely before the end of this calendar year.
My biggest challenge is trying to stay relevant. In today's 140 character twitter world, most music fans are so quick minded, and bands are easily
forgotten about. So it's a constant game of trying to stay fresh in their minds.
Outside of music, I really enjoy hanging out with my family, photography,
going to the beach and I get really into college football in the fall.
by Danielle Nicole
This Century is a pop-rock band from Tempe, Arizona made up of Joel Kanitz (vocals), Alex Silverman (bass), Sean Silverman (guitar) and Ryan Gose (drums). They are currently signed to The Maine's Action Theory Records, a branch off of Warner Bros Records. They have toured with such acts as The Ready Set, Never Shout Never, The Maine and Good Charlotte. "Bleach Blonde" proves that This Century is more than just your average pop punk act. In "Bleach Blonde" these boys show off with their melodic harmonies and their radiant back up vocals. This Century is definitely not a one trick pony they just keep burning bright. You can grab "Bleach Blonde" for your summer playlist oniTunes now!
The song was inspired by the break up of the first real love of "someone's" life and then picking up the pieces by finding all of the muses of summer to change your heart around
We've got a brand new record to finish up, lots of touring, lots of video making, lots of big plans in the works
Hopefully sometime before the end of 2012
We really enjoyed sharing the stage with Cartel, Good Charlotte, and of course the guys in The Maine
It's always amazing when you get an opportunity to tour with your friends!
We would hope during the end of summer/early fall
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by Danielle Nicole
The Spin Room is the stage name of pop punk musician, Long Islander, Nick Miley. On May 18th, Miley released his most personal album to date "Forever & Ever & Ever After." It's an album all about his fiancé! The Spin Room was one of Purevolume's Top Unsigned Artist of 2011. There are many big things to come for Nick & The Spin Room. "If you blend love, passion, drive and old school Taking Back Sunday together in a bowl and add some sugar, that's The Spin Room" says Miley, and we couldn't agree more! Pick up The Spin Room's new album "Forever & Ever & Ever After" on iTunes now!
The meaning behind the song is simple. When I'm on the road I miss my fiancé so bad that I wish she was there with me and as much as I love music that I would do anything to be with her at that very moment. I want her to know that I'll always be there for her.
Given the right opportunity, for example I'd love to open for Mayday Parade or Go Radio because I really respect their talent. If I get offered something breathe-taking how could I say no.
The rumor is true. She's worth a million more albums. Music is very personal for me, I don't write music for anyone but her. All my songs are about my love for her. Don't expect that to change.
I'm glad you asked that. I am in the middle of writing my most personal album ever and my fiancé will be singing all the songs with me. The next album will be our wedding album. I wanted to write our own wedding song. So we are taking our relationship to the next level and writing an album together. My fans are going to love it, it's coming out great.
If you blend love, passion, drive and old school Taking Back Sunday together in a bowl and add some sugar, that's The Spin Room. Mayday Parade, The Starting Line, Hidden in Plain View, Armor
For Sleep, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional & Senses Fail are my major influences.
Marvel Comic Books (X-Men, The Avengers etc.) and Movies, I'm obsessed with both.
by Nick Miley
“Rookie of the Year” was originally formed in 2005 and 7 years later Ryan Dunson is still rocking out. Rookie started as Ryan's solo project and he signed to a small Tennessee record label called “Vice Verse Virtue Records” and it didn’t take long before well know indie label One Eleven Records (The Spill Canvas, This Day and Age) to sign Dunson. “Rookie of the Year” had the chance to play on the Vans Warped Tour all through-out North America as well, with well know acts such as Secondhand Serenade, The Rocket Summer, Cute is What We Aim For, MUTEMATH, and indie rock power house The Spill Canvas. Last January Rookie released a Acoustic EP called “Along for the Ride” featuring the song “Dallas“. New demos are in the works for Ryan’s rumored upcoming release The Goodnight Moon Part II. Pick up Rookie of the Year's acoustic EP "Along for the Ride" on iTunes now!
Rookie is like a mix of U2 meets Copeland. I love everything from Hit the
Lights to The Cure!
Definitely past girlies to everyday life.
We toured with Mute Math to Relient k to Secondhand Senerade and Warped tour three times.
Recording a new record at the end of the summer!
Both horrible.. Just be happy and play your songs.
boating to fishing to basketball
by Danielle Nicole
The Icarus Account duo Ty and Trey Turner are twin brothers from Fort Myers, Florida. They play their own addictive breed of acoustic pop/rock. They were one of Purevolume’s Top Unsigned Artist of the year in 2010 and 2011. Their latest album “Keeper of Your Heart” would give any girl chills. Their heartfelt harmonies and graceful lyrics is what makes them stand out from the rest. Keep an eye on these brilliant brothers because they're meant for great things.
We would typically describe it as a singer/songwriter acoustic/pop sound. There's definitely a more indie element to the sound than a typical Top 40 track, but for the most part we are an acoustic based band that writes pop songs. Some artists that have been major influences in our writing are Taking Back Sunday, Shawn McDonald, David Crowder Band, Underoath, Dashboard Confessional, Brand New, Augustana, Blink - 182, Chasing Victory, Coldplay, The Fray, and Ben Rector.
We have a lot of inspirations, I mean everything around us inspires us. But mainly it would be God, our family, and our friends. We have the benefit of having a huge support system around us of family and friends that have encouraged us and along the way and given us the experiences and the stories to craft our songs so those things are definitely the driving force of our inspirations.
We have had the pleasure of working and playing with a number of solid musicians since we started this whole thing. We have shared the stage with some bigger name acts such as Forever The Sickest Kids, Saosin, Ryan Cabrera, Hey Monday, There For Tomorrow, Versa Emerge, and Aaron Gillespie to name a few. WE have had the privilege of doing small tours with some other great bands including, Avian Sunrise, Alex Goot, Backseat Goodbye, Rookie of the Year and others. ANd we have also had the chance to work in the studio with Chase Coy on our last couple albums. He was a very successful musician himself and is becoming a great producer!
We are doing a lot of behind the scenes work right now, kind of doing a lot of game planning and strategy to make this next year a really big one for TIA. We are working on finalizing a team, finishing up a new record, and making some new marketing and advertising plans to hopefully make our next album the biggest one yet! And once the album is out we will be touring all over the country!
Well we recently finished up a new full length album! It's going to be called "Carry Me Home" and it should be out sometime towards the end of the summer of this year. We are really pumped about it.
I would say that it's a tie between building a solid fanbase that believes in us and keeps up with our music and just earning the respect of the music industry. It's really easy to get looked over by people in the industry if you aren't selling thousands and thousands of records. The industry runs more on numbers today than ever before so gaining the respect doesn't have quite as much to do with talent, but rather with numbers and dollar signs. As an artist that can be challenging!
I'd say that our biggest interests outside of music are definitely sports. We love playing and watching sports! NFL football is probably our favorite sport to watch (Go Bucs!) and we love playing Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, and raquetball to name a few!