I think when I was envisioning what this was going to be, I look up to the greats like your Disneys and Marvels and DC Comics and all those kind of intellectual property rights kind of companies, but a lot of them were unrelatable to me because I wasnít going to do a bunch of stuff about superheroes. I wanted to be more philosophical and cerebral in some ways. So, I got really hot on the idea of creating a reoccurring character around themes of human behavior or humanity. The first one, the ĎLoveí project, was all about human consciousness and connection and losing everybody around you to realize the importance of every relationship around...
Lyrically, things have changed slightly. You know, itís not 13 songs about girls, where most of our songs in the past have all been about relationships. There are a couple relationship songs on this record, but thereís also a lot of songs that deal with regular life questions, and a lot of things about how you overcome struggles; how do you get past things? Are you even living your life the way you want to? What are you going to do with your life? Are you okay with trying to push through anything to get what you want?
Itís like the author who is writing the Poet novel is a very accomplished best selling author named Suzanne Young. I just put myself out there and told her about this to see if she found it interesting and intriguing. On this project, everything started rolling together faster and faster, and itís actually all happening! Itís very exciting and if it starts to work, it could be transformative for the music and film industry in the sense that people collaborate together on one project rather than everyone doing their own. I think thatís where the arts can go over the next few years
The last record was just kind of like, ďThis is what this is about.Ē I feel like if youíre a fan of the band and follow our records, you know that Iíve always harped on the same subject and Iím not embarrassed or ashamed of that. Iím gonna write about what I wanna write about and I didn't want to be like, ďOK, now that Iíve been writing about this I have to keep writing about it.Ē So I let myself feel out the songs; I wanted to touch on certain topics, but maybe not so specific as, say, mortality. Thereís definitely been topics that are the same for most of the songs but itís also a different take on...
"The song is about an internal battle and feeling like everything is crashing down on you, it's raining down on you, drowning you," says singer Austin Carlile, who calls Feels Like Forever his favorite song on the band's latest album, Restoring Force. "It's a song that we want to empower people to know that everybody goes through storms, everybody goes through trials and tribulations. It's the focus of how to get out of it, how to better yourself from it, how to learn from it so it doesn't happen again. Then, if it does happen again, you know exactly how to handle it."
The members of GWAR are paying tribute to [Dave] Brockie the only way they know how: a killer rock show. Filled with monsters, metal and mayhem, it's exactly what he would have wanted. If you have the chance, support GWAR, the Slave Pit and Brockie's legacy by attending this tour. There's never a dull moment at a GWAR show - an understatement if there ever was one - but this one feels particularly special.
Holy Pinto is about to embark on a tour with Chris Farren of Fake Problems. Dates are in the replies, along with an exclusive live video of the band performing "Congratulations" from their Brunswick Mill EP.
Lost Like Lions is a new pop-rock band from New York just gearing up to release their debut EP The Way of the World. Today we're premiering the album's closing track, "Peace at Hand," featuring AJ Perdomo of The Dangerous Summer - band who's not a poor reference point for Lost Like Lions' sound, actually. Check it out in the replies.
We recently interviewed Hozier about his No. 2 selling debut album and Saturday Night Live performance. Check it out here.
I was trying to look at the more natural parts of being a person. How sad that can sometimes be, how limited you are and how lost you can be, but also how there is a joy and a wonder in that, too. Youíre born alone and you die alone, but youíre alone together with other people.
Copperlily (side project of Tim Skipper from House of Heroes) has announced their full-length self-titled debut will be released March 2015. Pre-orders are available here, which include an immediate download of a three song EP with two songs from the album and a b-side. The EP is also available now on iTunes.
In the release announcing the AMP, Pandora says the platform will offer data about each song (including the total number of plays and the number of thumbs up), as well as the number of fans who have created a station for each artist, plus geographic and demographic breakdowns of their listeners.
La Bella Charade spent the summer recording their second EP of the year called Born To Crawl, which releases on October 31st. We are streaming the whole thing a week early. Check it out in the replies if you're a fan of pop-punk.
Kent, England based duo Slaves (no, not the Jonny Craig lot) performed their new single "HEY" last night on Later Live...with Jools Holland. The episode featured a line up consisting of Interpol, U2, Zola Jesus, Sam Smith and more but the newest band on the bill absolutely tore it up. Head to the replies to watch the performance. They are also about to head out on tour with Jamie T across the UK.