Frankie Palmeri from Emmure responded to an Alt. Press question of "whether artists should be more mindful of what language they use." Creating a straw-man to argue against is sort of a weird way to respond though.
I want to first answer this question by simply addressing the question at hand with a counter-question: Are you asking if artists have some moral obligation to make sure their lyrics are nice and safe for people of all walks of life? Should all artists be concerned about the influence they have over the possibility of someone hearing or reading something that would motivate a person to commit some sort of heinous or unlawful act?
Flashback to 2005: I was that reviled age and waiting in line, clutching tickets for my first My Chemical Romance show (which I had cried and screamed over at my birthday party the week prior). I heard the man in front of me going on about “stupid, little My Chemical Romance fangirls” wearing the band’s T-shirts and “ruining” the show. I looked down at my brand new MCR shirt and hoodie and turned my back, self-consciously zipping up. It was easier than to think, “Is there something wrong with me? Am I stupid? Maybe he’s right. I can’t act like a stupid fangirl.”
One of the most headache-inducing experiences I've had is being straight-up blocked from getting onstage by security even though I was carrying equipment and had a laminate. I walked up to the bouncer and asked him, “Hey, how do I get on the stage?” And he was like, “Why do you need to go there?” I said, “To sing,” and he sill wouldn't let me onstage until I was like, “Well we can wait here until no band starts playing because I'm not there.” Then he finally let me on.
You can now watch a bunch of footage, interviews, and performances from last night's AltPress APMAs, including performances from Fall Out Boy, Brendon Urie, Sleeping With Sirens, All Time Low, A Day To Remember, and more.
Alt Press has posted an interesting article about Australian boy-band pop-punk stars 5 Seconds of Summer, in which the author makes the claim that this band could have major labels turning to scene bands yet again for radio success. Check out the band's video for "She Looks So Perfect" in the replies if you want to see a lot of people in their underwear.
Major labels are ready to push pop-punk again? Push on. The last time we saw an explosion of the genre with the full backing of the music industry, we got Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory and more. Those bands sold millions of records. Those bands pushed the genre decades forward and inspired a massive subsequent wave...
AltPress has posted part 2 of its interview with Falling In Reverse frontman, Ronnie Radke. This time, Ronnie discusses his relationships and being a father soon. Watch part 1 here if you missed it, and part 2 is in the replies.
Alternative Press has revealed the three different covers for its Warped Tour issue. There are three different musicians on each cover, which you can check out in the replies. All Time Low and We Are the In Crowd are the only relatively pop-punk bands represented, with Falling In Reverse, Of Mice & Men, Motionless In White, Miss May I, Blessthefall, Sleeping With Sirens, and Pierce The Veil taking the other featured spots.
Alternative Press now holds voting to pick bands for their AP&R section in their magazine. This month, Young Hollywood, Small Talk, Rival Summers and more are up for voting. Only the top 8 will make the magazine and you can place your votes here.