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...
Watch Get Involved! (members of Thursday, Glassjaw, Death in the Park, and From Autumn to Ashes) play a live demo of their first song, "Serenity Now," on AltPress. With Kickstarter funding, the band is planning to record an EP with Ross Robinson (At The Drive In, Glassjaw).
At last night's CD release show for Circa Survive's new album, Violent Waves, the band performed "The Lottery" with Geoff Rickly of Thursday. You can watch the video in the replies. Don't forget you can stream and pre-order the new album on the band's website as well.
This Good Robot started as a solo project by former Patent Pending frontman Michael Ragosta. It wasn't long before it became a full band and has since blossomed into an eight-person group. They combine a variety of genres, from indie rock to pop punk to post-hardcore and everything in between. Check the band out on facebook, and you can stream their EP, The Human I Am, which was produced by Tim Payne of Thursday, here. Let us know what you think in the replies.
This week's Five and Alive is quite special. 2011 has been a great year for music, and has really reminded me why I fell in love with music and live and breathe through my headphones. Unfortunately, I lost three great bands this year: RX Bandits, Thursday and Thrice. Those bands are greatly part of my musical roots. Head here to see what I learned about music over the last decade of having them be a part of my life.
I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank Thrice and Thursday for everything they've done for the music scene, our website, and my personal musical journey. Both bands have played a large role in shaping what this website is today, and their music catalogs will remain staples and blueprints for the next generation. Thank you.
The beginning of July was quite a month. In the span of the first week, I had seen one of my favorite bands perform for the last time (an article I'm still killing myself over in producing some sort of justice, but will hopefully surface next week). Then I caught two more bands that were ten years back down the road from which I have traveled. Next month I'll be 25, and I think the next five years will be a good time to reflect on the music that mattered and nourished my senses in my late teens and early "adulthood" - or that span of awkward life we all have or will live. You can read my thoughts on the Taking Back Sunday/Thursday tour here.