ďTranssexuals are the stormtroopers of the future.Ē So says Genesis P-Orridge, the iconic, visionary musician who has fronted influential bands like Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle. While P-Orridge isnít transgender ó they* call themselves a pandrogyne ó their partner in this Talkhouse Music Podcast, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, came out as transgender in 2012. Still, as P-Orridge points out, both musicians have done something very brave: theyíve transitioned, in one way or another, in front of their audience. And it was P-Orridge who paved the way. As Grace says...
At the recent Pinelands Music Festival, we spoke with CRUISR about the pressures of writing songs, the future of rock music on the radio, and when we can expect to see a full-length album. You can find the full interview here.
Thatís my opinion. Every song, whenever we work on songs I try to think, ďOkay, you donít have one song to speak for yourself at all. You donít have anything. You donít exist.Ē And then I make a song, and thatís going to be the song. I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself. But hopefully we put an album out that speaks to that.
I've recently stumbled upon a really awesome new YouTube channel that popped up recently, 180 Drums. It features full drum lessons from talented individuals such as Luke Holland (The Word Alive), Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/Paramore), and Steve Augustine (Thousand Foot Krutch). Hit the replies for a couple of my immediate favorite videos.
Soilwork will be doing a listening session in Brooklyn at Duff's for their tenth studio album, The Ride Majestic, which drops on August 28th via Nuclear Blast. More details, along with pre-order information is in the replies.
Texas In July have announced their U.S. farewell tour, with support from Reflections, To The Wind, and Invent, Animate. You can catch all the tour dates and press release in the replies. If you're a fan of heavy music, I'd definitely recommend coming out to a date if this tour comes through your area.
CreativeLive 'Music & Audio' will broadcast a free audio production workshop called "Studio Pass: Periphery," with hosts bassist/producer Adam "Nolly" Getgood of Periphery and drummer Matt Halpern. The stream will be August 26th and 27th from 10am-4pm PDT.
Itís also complicated because of the band/fan dynamic. If you read a lot of these stories, the women in them trust the band members. We are talking about teenage girls here, and I donít want to generalise teenagers at all, but do you remember idolising a band when you were a kid? I know that if any of the bands I loved when I was 14/15 had been texting me I would have been super excited and knowing me, done most things they would have asked. Youíre young, a little naive and you donít expect people to use you for things. So to shout at them for going along with sending nudes, or having sex with men in bands isnít right.
I just wanted to thank everyone for being so understanding and supportive during this time. It is with much difficulty to announce that we unfortunately have canceled our upcoming plans of playing Reading and Leeds as well as our upcoming Australian tour with Iron Chic.
I've spent most of my life struggling with anxiety and depression, and after the last few months it's evident that it's time to put everything else aside to focus on making steps towards positive mental health. Like I said before, thank you to everyone who has been so understanding through all of this, the...
I cannot believe this isn't a national holiday! Why are we at work?! Bruce Springsteen's legendary and influential breakthrough album, Born To Run, was released 40 years ago today. Our own Craig Manning wrote a neat 40-year retrospective about the perfect record (and I did my own retro review years ago, which isn't as good as Craig's, in a series where I reviewed all 16 of Springsteen's records at the time), and The Atlantic also has a long feature about the album. Please join me in celebrating this holy day in the replies. Additionally, if you've never listened to this album, I very highly encourage you to listen to the thing in its entirety today. "Thunder Road" is the best song of all...
Post Modern are releasing their debut EP, entitled The Current today August 25th. It's currently up for purchasing via iTunes, Amazon Music, and Bandcamp. You can hear a taste of Circa Survive with a bit of a post-hardcore new age twist. Post Modern has a unique sound that will intrigue people who enjoy many different genres. You can check out the entire EP right here. The EP is found below in the comments section.
Parkman Sunglasses has teamed up with Patterson Guitars (30 Seconds to Mars, Nick Jonas, Neon Trees) to take the leftover wood from the guitar building process and turn it into sunglasses. Hit the replies for a behind the scenes video.
The full press-release for Ryan Key's (Yellowcard) Kickstarter for a new recording studio is in the replies. No word on a stretch goal of me coming down to critique your tunes yet.
"After working on six Yellowcard albums, I can honestly say that Ryan Key is a true talent," said Avron (producer and mixer of Linkin Park, Weezer, Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard). "I have watched Ryan successfully hone his techniques as a songwriter and now producer. Armed with these skills, Ryan truly has an innate sense for what a song needs."
While Anthony and Staci have already given you their great photos from the Pinelands Music Festival, we thought we shouldn't just stop there. So over the next few days, we'll be bringing you some interviews from some of the best bands on the Pinelands lineup. First up, we have Philadelphia's PALMAS, who gave me one of the funniest interviews I've ever done. You can read the whole thing here.
We were putting out the EP, and we were playing at the Boot and Saddle, and itís now October 10th, our EP release show. But it was originally scheduled for Pope Weekend. And actually, one of your contributors, Staci, she sent me a text and said, ďI think you need to reschedule your show.Ē
Safer Scene wishes everyone a great start to the school year. Creating a Safer Scene starts with being mindful of your surroundings and of the experiences of your peers. Hereís some important information to keep in mind as you start the Fall semester.