Geoff Rickly has written a blog titled "The Nine Circles of Vans Warped Tour." It's a pretty good read. There's an excerpt below and the full things can be read here.
Blood on the Dance Floor makes me feel old and irrelevant. Why? Because I don't know what the fuck it is. It's electro-pop-scream-metal-violence in goth drag that celebrates "cumming" on the audience with giant foam canons and has one of the most positive, inspirational record inserts that I've ever read. It's either horrible nonsense or next-level art. But it's truly made me realize, I don't know the difference. So the singer with red hair and scary make-up told me that Thursday's song, "You know," he says, "the car...
i have written, deleted and rewritten this letter way too many times than i care to remember. i am not much for eulogies so i will keep this short and to the point. i don't believe in holding back your feelings or emotions until it is too late. if you did not appreciate someone or something while they were still here then you have no business expressing cute anecdotes when they are no longer around to enjoy them. in the 12 years i have been in mcr i believe i have said all i needed and wanted to say about it when it counted. if you know me or have ever listened to me speak about mychem you know what it meant to me. i lived,...
Let me remind you guys of something here. Throughout this entire year of touring with BOTDF, everyone who toured with them knows what that man does. Everyone knows how/who he is. But everyone is too scared of him to do a thing about it. I’ve had countless fans come up to me and tell me how rude he was and how creepy he was with them. I’ve seen many girls who were not of age with him and eventually on the bus with him. I’ve seen him treat his entire crew and band like animals. I’ve seen him...
When it began, straight edge was a term coined by Ian MacKaye in a Minor Threat tune and it had to do with his personal technique for keeping it together and how it sometimes made him feel like an outsider. He’s been pretty vocal about the fact that he never set it up to be a dogma or anything. In fact, in the very song where he lists off what gives him his ‘straight edge,’ he literally says “listen, there’s no set of rules.” However, like so many people who condemn homodom based on scripture, yet persist in eating shellfish, a lot of people took the “I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t fuck” section to be...
Squid The Whale is back on #whalewednesday with an excellent brand new song, "Drown Pt.2", which you can check out on the Stheartblog. A new song will be released on Wednesdays, leading up to the release of a brand new EP, Four More out Jan 30th.
Update: I just got off the phone with Cathy Pellow. I will be moving to L.A. in January to work for Sargent House. - AP
Whoa, why is Drew Beringer posting this week's "Consequential Apathy" column? Where's Adam? Well, as of today, Adam Pfleider has decided to take a break from AbsolutePunk.net and writing in general and I wanted this space so I could wish him well. Adam is one of the most passionate, genuine, and hard-working music fans I've ever encountered during my time at AbsolutePunk.net. Whether you agreed with him or not, he definitely believed in good music prevailing and engage all of us in fantastic debates. I'm very sad to see Adam go and I'll miss these weekly columns,...
Photographer Adam Elmakias has posted a 5 part blog, detailing in depth the first 29 days of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. He has also updated his webstore with limited edition metallic prints, featuring Pierce The Veil and Of Mice & Men. You can also watch an 90 minute video showing Adam's point of view on the tour through his GoPro lens on his camera, which you can view in the replies. If you enjoyed yourself at the Warped Tour, you definitely need to check this stuff out.
Today, we're bringing you another road blog installment from The Devil Wears Prada. Hit the replies for another blurb from the band as well as a few more pictures of them on the road as a part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Today, we're bringing you the chance to see a little bit of the road life through the eyes of The Devil Wears Prada. In the replies, you'll find a blurb from vocalist Mike Hranica and some photos of the band on the road. You can catch the band on the remaining dates of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which runs through August 5th.
This week's column is pretty personal. I won't go into detail, but you can read it here. Taking a cue from this interesting video, if you could make a compilation of music that was attached to certain people and certain moments in your life (best if in chronological order), what would be your choices? If you have any blank CD-R discs lying around, why not copy it and take it with you this weekend for a ride.
Culprit turned to AP.net forums when they needed a new guitarist, and there they found Brian Fulda (username fuldanips), a 20-year-old who quit school and moved across the country to join the band. Brian has made a blog post explaining his story and mentioning AP.net, which you can read here.
Last week blogs went buzzing about the departure of two members from Chiodos. Speculation also spread like wildfire about a possible return to the group from former frontman Craig Owens. This week I've been jotting down some thoughts on why an original line-up of any band is so important to us. What makes one person's addition or subtraction so crucial to any band? Do we sometimes hold onto the past so much, that we constantly base our future expectations on one album or song written years earlier? Give the piece a read, and let us know your thoughts on it in the replies. I'm very interested in the examples you guys come up with on this one.
Last night I finally sat down to unload a lot of my thoughts on this year's South by Southwest music festival. You can read it here. Thank you to all the people and bands that continue to inspire me. To the industry, artists big and small, managers, publicists and anyone involved in the day to day out there - don't ever forget why you started your job to begin with. Never let the little naive kid who just wanted play a show or even attend one get smothered by the business side of things. Thank you and enjoy. You can read all of our coverage here.
This Is Hell vocalist Travis Reilly has posted a blog right before the band embarks on a 3 week tour of the East Coast/Midwest. Check out the blog here, and be sure and pick up the band's latest album, Black Mass, out now on Rise Records.
Since I live in Austin, I've been able to catch a few more things before the official days for the music portion of South By Southwest. After last night's Topshelf Records showcase, I came home and sort of flooded a few feelings about how things are going so far into my blog. You can read them here. Be sure to keep up with updates here and don't forget our guide to the next four days of music industry spring break here.