By Francesco Albanese
*Cue flashback* it's around the year 2000 and high school is just a drag. Teachers, significant others, and papers galore. You're walking home and you decide to pop in one of your favorite records into that sweet portable CD player you always carry around. What comes through the headphones? Probably Blink-182's Enema of the State or maybe New Found Glory's self-titled record (or if you're feeling particularly cheeky maybe NSYNC's No Strings Attached.)
Now picture yourself there, and imagine Neck Deep's The Peace and the Panic; you'd be hard pressed to imagine that it simply doesn't belong. Well friends, that's the beauty that is Neck Deep's third album; a meld of the classic pop-punk genre with modern elements of what the genre has to offer for today's audiences.
Looking on the album as a whole, the title isn't just the title here, but serves as provided functionality on to how to listen to the album track by track. There's a clear divide in tones between tracks on the record. One track will fill you with emotion and glee, while the next will exude manic and chaotic tantrums of moshing delight. For example, track five, "In Bloom" captures joy similar to jumping around in a colorful bouncy castle, while the preceding track, "Don't Wait" is the punk anthem that will have you breaking down the walls of the establishment in the traditional punk fashion, which is fueled by the screams of The Architect's Sam Carter assisting in the demolition of said establishment.
Now with The Peace and the Panic comes many different thoughts someone would have every day; messages to loved ones, significant others and family members, on tracks like "Wish You Were Here" and "Where Do We Go When We Go." Messages of tearing down the establishment and warnings to be careful not to believe everything you hear ("Happy Judgement Day," "Don't Wait") make this record something accessible to audiences old and new, and audiences of different genres; making this a refreshing reminder that "pop-punk's not dead."
This sentiment is especially evident in the opening track "Motion Sickness" where the musicianship of each band member piles into the front seat and drives. Vocalist Ben Barlow continuously impresses with his voice that embodies the genre; guitarists Matt West and Sam Bowden show off their skills in every track, which can usually get lost when it comes to the kind of sound, which is also where Bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans shines, proving that there can be complex bass tracks in pop-punk. Then last but not least, the drums provided by Dani Washington, are nothing short of professional, evident in the many opportunities he took in each fill.
From the sounds of nostalgic bliss of years gone past, to modern sentiments embedded in each song, this record delivers. In their own fashion, the band keeps the pioneers of the genre in reverence, but offers a modern hint of personal flair that makes them stand out today.
The Peace and the Panic is out August 18th and can be pre-ordered by visiting the link here and tickets for their upcoming The Peace and the Panic USA Tour kicking off in early 2018 can be purchased here.
By Haley Biermann
The Melvins did not disappoint at their show at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Massachusetts. The rock band took the stage on August 2, and drew in a large and diverse crowd. Concert-goers trickled in within minutes of the doors opening, and less than half an hour later, the floor space and the upper level surrounding the stage were filled with eager fans of the three-piece group. With the band’s formation being in 1983, it’s not surprising there was a bit of an age range, but even those of the younger generation were pumped to see the Melvins tear it up live.
Opening for The Melvins was Spotlights, a metal duo from Brooklyn, New York. The married couple offered a laidback yet psychedelic feel created through drawn out guitar chords. Interspersed throughout the drones were more melodic guitar riffs and intense vocals from Mario Quintero. Mario Quintero’s voice made for a cool contrast to Sarah Quintero’s, which was light and airy in comparison. Overall it was a great way to start a show- an impressive sound without attempting to steal the spotlight (no pun intended).
The Melvins were greeted with an energy that one can’t doubt made them feel right at home. Lead vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne rocked his famous wild hairdo that almost looked as though it had a mind of its own. The band opened with “Sacrifice.” They achieved a killer hard metal sound, but with a significant amount of tour experience, make it appear effortless. While Osbourne seemed to drift around the stage with an intense seriousness, bassist Jared Warren looked ready to explode along with the booming tones his guitar produced. He often crouched low to the ground for fans to see his fingers fly across the strings.
Along with some of their hits including “It’s Shoved” and “Opinions Make the Milk Taste Bad,” the Melvins also performed some pretty awesome covers. They offered fans a hard metal version of the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and David Bowe’s “Saviour Machine.” The sound usually did not break between songs, as a drone continued straight into the next track on the set list. Rather than becoming monotonous, the fluidity made the concert similar to a theatrical performance. The Melvins seemed to say that the music would only stop when they felt like it, creating an awesome “we do whatever we want and have a great time doing it” vibe. With incredible guitar solos, on point vocals, and nonstop energy, the audience certainly wasn’t complaining, and neither were we.
By Vicky Branca
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in the seaport of Boston, MA was the place to be Sunday night (8/6) as The All American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional, and The Maine were in town.
Despite having a quick, 7 song set, The Maine pulled in quite a crowd and die hard fans radiated excitement when the AZ natives crossed the stage.
Even while battling a fever, lead singer John O'Callaghan charmed the crowd and sang cult favorite songs like Am I Pretty, even pulling up a fan named Michaela to help him sing Girls Do What They Want. Without a flaw. While the set was short, The Maine captivated the crowd and created a fun, passionate start to the night.
The All American Rejects created a nostalgic buzz as people rushed to their seats and made sure to snap videos of iconic songs such as "Gives You Hell" "Swing Swing" "Move Along" and more.
Dressed in a blue, 70s era pantsuit, Tyson Ritter held an interesting stage presence and the set brought fans of all ages together.
And of course, Dashboard Confessional wooed the venue with their heartbreaking yet relatable lyrics. The legendary band pulled in quite the crowd and fans sang along with gusto.
Overall, the weather was warm yet breezy and the music was loud and inviting. It was the perfect summer concert.
By David McNally
Last night Set It Off performed at Brighton Music Hall in and Headrush TV was there to catch the show!
Hailey Biermann was on location and had the chance to catch up Cody Carson and Dan Clermont. When asked about how the bands music videos helped propel them to where they are today Carson said “[videos] add another dimension and layer to not only the song, but the album as a whole” and allows the artist to drive in their point more precisely.
“I think in often cases when you have a music video, its another way to showcase the meaning of song. “ Carson said on the role that music videos play in their writing.
Watch the full video below!
Set It Off is currently on tour with planned dates in Buffalo, Los Angeles, an Dallas. Click here to purchase tickets.
Set It Off Tour Dates
Aug 02 – Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
Aug 03 – Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY
Aug 04 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
Aug 06 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
Aug 08 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Aug 09 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
Aug 11 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 14 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Aug 15 – City National Civic – San Jose, CA
Aug 18 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 19 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Aug 20 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
Aug 22 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 24 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Aug 25 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Aug 26 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Aug 28 – Orpheum – Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 29 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
Aug 30 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Sep 01 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Sep 02 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Sep 03 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
By David McNally and Chris Coutsoukis
Don't miss any of our Vans Warped Tour coverage! Use the hashtag #HRtvWarpedSummer to share your photos and stay connected with the tour!
In the latest edition of our Vans Warped Tour 2017 video series, Chris Coutsoukis sits down with Steve Menoian of I Prevail. This is the bands first year on Warped Tour and comes after a recent spark in momentum for the group following the release of their latest album Lifelines, last October.
“Overall, I don’t think we could be any happier with where we are at. This album has taken us to the next level. When we were writing it, we felt like we had something special and there was a lot of optimism in the room, it’s a really exciting time when you’re in that stage and everybody’s excited about the music.”
Touching on at where I Previal is at now and how far the band has come from playing in storage containers, Menoian says the band is “stoked.”
“It’s how the music industry works; the hard work you put in a year ago, projects where you’re at today, and the work you put in today will project where you’re at in a year from now.”
Watch the full interview below and be sure to stay tuned for more of our coverage from Vans Warped Tour.
Remaining Vans Warped Tour 2017 Dates:
7/29 — San Antonio, TX
7/30 — Houston, TX
8/04 — San Francisco, CA
8/05 — San Diego, CA
8/06 — Los Angeles, CA
By David McNally
Don't miss any of our Vans Warped Tour coverage! Use the hashtag #HRtvWarpedSummer
Our very own Chris Coutsoukis recently caught up with Hawthorne Heights front man, JT Woodruff at Vans Warped Tour. The two discussed just about everything from the unforeseen occurrences and the ups and downs of tour life, the required preparations of a rock vocalist, and which rock legends JT wants to open for.
JT also announced that Hawthorne Heights will begin an Australian Tour in late August and that the band has twelve new-songs written, but there are no set plans to release the tracks anytime soon, as of now.
“We’re ready to make a new full-length record. We’ll be doing it between tours and at our own pace, and really concentrating and focusing on each song individually as well as the album as a whole.”
Watch the full interview below!
Hawthorne Heights Tour Dates:
July 26 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - Maryland Heights, MO, USA
July 27 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - Bonner Springs, KS, USA
July 28 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - Dallas TX, USA
July 29 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - San Antonio, TX, USA
July 30 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - Houston Texas
August 1 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - Las Cruces, NM, USA
August 4 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - Mountain View, CA USA
August 5 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - San Diego, CA, USA
August 6 - Vans Warped Tour 2017 - Pomona, CA, USA
August 28 - Amplifier Bar - Perth, WA, Australia
August 29 - Fowler’s Live - Adelaide, SA, Australia
August 31 - Corner Hotel - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
September 1 - The Small Ballroom - Newcastle, NSW, Australia
September 2 - Bald Faced Stag Hotel - Leichhardt, NSW, Australia
September 3 - The Zoo - Fortitude Valley, QLD, Australia
September 4 - Shark Bar, Miami Tavern - Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
September 5 - The Kings Arm - Auckland, New Zealand
By Chris Coutsoukis
Make no mistake about it, 311 is down for the unity. This Sunday, 311's annual 'Unity Tour' returned to Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for a night of new music and fun in the sun.
Year after year, 'Unity Tour' has featured a diverse range of musical talent such as Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, and even Snoop Dogg. This year, 311 shook things up with U.K.'s The Skints and New Politics, offering a fresh look and feel for the tour.
All summer long the band has been playing brand new music from their latest album, Mosaic. In typical fashion, 311 delivered on a hard-hitting set of fan favorites as well as breaking in new favorites like "Too Late," "Too Much To Think," "Til' the City’s on Fire," and "Wildfire." For anyone paying attention to the set list, the band played a lot of new music... and that's a good thing.
Mosaic offers an exciting evolution to 311's well established sound and is one of our favorite albums of the summer. Want more? Check out the band's latest album and tour schedule below.
Review and Photos by Francesco Albanese
This past Wednesday (May 17th ), Hampton Beach was graced with some big names in music today. Pierce the Veil and Sum 41; two names any punk/pop punk fans are quite familiar with. The respective legacies of the bands fit in perfectly at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, a venue that is no stranger to big names in entertainment.
Along for the ride, the powerhouses brought along post-hardcore band Emarosa and indie/pop newcomers Chapel.
First up on the bill was Chapel. The duo comprised of lead singer/guitarist Carter Hardin and drummer Kortney Grinwis had a lot to offer with their blend of pop, electronic, rock, and indie elements that make for a great start to any party, or in ths case, show. Keep them in mind when you’re driving along the beach/coast/body of water this summer looking for something to listen to.
Next up we had Emarosa. These live wires kept the room electric with their stage presence alone. Lead singer, Bradley Walden, found himself among the crowd on multiple occasions during their set, and the crowd welcomed him with open arms. Aside from their showmanship, the notes poured out of each strum, drumbeat, and word was full of passion and fire that has kept this band going for years. Hit songs like “Sure” and “Helpless” would have anyone singing along for days. While singing about heartfelt and emotional content, the audience still found it in them to dance and jump along to the catchy and powerful melodies of each song. Catch these crowd pleasers next time they come to a venue near you.
Then finally came our first headliner of the night, Sum 41. The Canadian-born punk rockers are back on a mission to remind the kids of their pop punk roots and remind the veterans that these guys aren’t slowing down any time soon. Among the 12-song set was a perfect showcase of the band’s repertoire of classics, hits, and new jams. It’s as if someone asked, “Give me a playlist of what Sum 41 is all about,” this set would be the perfect playlist. The boys opened with their classic hit “The Hell Song” an instant crowd pleaser by any means, followed by “Over My Head, Better Off Dead.” Then they dove right into new jam territory with the single “Fake My Own Death” from their 2016 LP release of “13 Voices,” along with “Goddamn I’m Dead Again.” Next up were old favorites, “Motivation,” “We’re All to Blame” and “Walking Disaster,” which overcharged the crowd’s batteries. What came next was a most welcomed surprise, a punk cover of Queen’s triumph anthem, “We Will Rock You,” which can only be summed up in two words: hell, yes. Finally, the band had to say goodbye, but not before giving the crowd, “Still Waiting,” “In Too Deep,” and “Fat Lip” as the perfect parting gifts.
Next up was the other moment everyone was aching for, Pierce the Veil. Now as people who have seen these guys before, they know that these guys know theatrics and showmanship, which is why an unnamed person in a jumpsuit and skull mask with glowing eyes came out to greet the crowd first before getting it started. Accompanying the band was a light show of epic proportions that made the venue come alive. Just like the band before, PTV mixed a perfect setlist that united longtime fans and new fans in one welcoming swoop. Kicking it off with “Texas Is Forever” and “Bulls in the Bronx” gave way for some of the most in sync and loud vocals you’d ever hear in your life from a show of this genre. It’s a testament to the loyal and diehard fans that this band has been able to cultivate. Coming up next were “A Match Into Water,” “Today I Saw the Whole World,” “Yeah Boy and Doll Face,” and a new favorite “Floral & Fading.” Halfway into the set and the crowd was still fully charged, just raring to go. Next up the band gave their rendition of “Issues” by Julia Michaels before going into “Stay Away From My Friends,” “Dive In,” and fan favorite “Caraphernelia.” But the band and crowd’s time together sadly had to come to an end, giving way to a home stretch made up of “Circles,” “Hold On Till May,” and “King for a Day.” The swell of emotions left by the band on their way out just goes to show, no matter how many people or how big the venue, Pierce the Veil are loyal to all of their fans, giving them a show as if they were at Wembley Stadium.
By Francesco Albanese
Ah, the comforting sounds of a great show waiting to happen, and for some, the comforting smells. The tracks on the loudspeaker are your favorites, and the smell of beer coming from cans and the floor (and of course my pants if you’re lucky enough to get it spilled on you). These signs are amplified when the combination of artists performing is perfect; you know, when you go to a show for all the artists and not just the headliner. We were lucky enough to attend one of these shows with punk/rock band the Menzingers on their stop at the Royale in Boston with Rozwell Kid and Jeff Rosenstock.
First on the bill we had Rozwell Kid. The indie rock quartet that’s only been around since 2011 seriously wowed us with a happy attitude and tight showmanship. If you’re looking for something new to let your ears chew on, give these guys a listen.
Next up, Jeff Rosenstock. This man has been going strong since he was the lead singer of the former ska-punk group The Arrogant Sons of Bitches and other projects. Recently, he’s begun a solo career with his 2012 debut release of I Look Like Shit. On the tour, Rosenstock, along with himself, brought along a 5- piece band to assist in his solo career. From what we saw, these guys have been in the game a long time and don’t need any advice from anyone. They tackled genres from hard shoegaze to a quick U-turn to ska-punk, and a quick detour to 50’s doo-wop. Put this guy on your musical radar for sure.
And of course, we finally have the Menzingers. The quartet from Scranton, Pennsylvania (yes I see you “The Office” fans) came out to a roaring crowd clamoring for their best. To catch up the folks wondering, “who or what are the Menzingers?” they are a beautiful mix of punk with rock fit for the modern music world. It’s a little hard to pinpoint exactly if they’re punk or rock, but that’s why you love them. They bring a fresh sound to two genres that fans of either will be pleasantly satisfied. The band sauntered out greeting an already wild crowd to a new favorite “Tellin’ Lies” off their most recent record “After the Party.” They continued with favorites like “Nice Things,” “Mexican Guitars,” “Good Things,” “Burn After Writing,” and “Obituaries” all from the 2012 release of “On the Impossible Past.” Fans didn’t let up as song after song played; they just kept getting more and more energized for more. This continued finally until the last song of the night, “Bad Catholics.” Just before we knew it, the show was over, but the impression the band left on us would stay as we wait in anticipation for their next show in the future. From a Menzingers fan to potential fan, I can promise you will not be disappointed with what these guys have to offer, and continue to offer in the future.
By Chris Coutsoukis
Savagery, absolute savagery. That's a great way to introduce Motionless In White's brand new album, Graveyard Shift. If you are looking for a record that breaks all the rules and does it with grace and callous, this is your album. In this review, we break the band's fourth studio record song by song... hold on to your seat.
Motionless wastes no time kicking the album off with, "Rats." After a quick EDM intro, axe-man, Ricky Horror breaks into a monster riff that will drives the rest of the song. Like most tracks on Graveyard Shift, "Rats" is a straight forward, fist pounding, anthem designed to leave fans ready for war.
Queen For Queen
Get comfortable being uncomfortable, because Chris Motionless has no plans of letting you slow down. Another monster-sized riff brings us "Queen For Queen." The track is a straightforward metalcore tune with a catchy chorus, "When you fall down will you back out, As you crawl through life with no crown."
Necessary Evil (Ft. Jonathan Davis)
It's our bet this one is the next single from Graveyard Shift. Join Motionless as they invite Nu Metal legend Jonathan Davis of Korn for some crushing guest vocals on "Necessary Evil." This monster sing-along has Chris Motionless reminding you, "It's my party and I'll die when I want to."
Damn... This song is designed for a rough day. If you're having one, crank this track to 11 and enjoy the ride. We will compare this track to Avenged Sevenfold's "God Damn," the song on the album leaving you ready for pretty much anything. We can't wait to see what favors frontman Chris Motionless asks for from his pits during this track.
Returning to sensational catchy EDM beats, "Untouchable" is an upbeat anthem built on self-confidence. The song is driven by a simple and memorable beat, reminding you, "Through everywhere that I go, Every failure I fold, Every crack in my bones, I'm untouchable." This is song is designed to carry you through and remind you your inner strength, thanks Motionless :).
Not My Type: Dead As F*** 2
Would it really be a Motionless album if there wasn't a song you could picture your self having the best Halloween of your life to? No. That's why we have "Not My Type." Drawing on their Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson influences, "Not My Type" is one of the most cinematic tracks on the album. If a haunted hayride with Ghost and Vinny sounds like a good time, jump into this one.
Chris Motionless reveals his inner romantic on, "The Ladder." This song is all about finding true love, your yellow umbrella. Well, Motionless In White style at least. Gotye fans can rejoice as the band shows tribute to, "Now you're just somebody that I used to..." Well let you figure that one out.
"Voices in my head again, Trapped in a war inside my own skin, They're pulling me ." This track is guaranteed to be one you will not forget. "Voices" is an old-school, contagiously catchy rock song. Keeping company with bands like Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, Motionless executes flawlessly on "Voices." If you're looking for a song to have stuck in your head, click the triangle.
You may have heard this one, it was the band's first music video for Graveyard Shift. One of the band's leading singles "LOUD" is total jam. This song is about making a name for yourself no matter what life throws out you. We're all about that here at HR TV, "You gotta be loud, You gotta be rude, So the world can hear you, You gotta be crass, You gotta be cold, It’s everything we know, Turn it up, turn it up now!"
In case anyone needed Scranton, Pennsylvania's Area Code, here you go. This song is about knowing your roots and knowing your phone number. Hey Chris, we're 617 in Boston. "570," is a throwback to the Motionless you first discovered at Warped Tour. It is always great to see a band protect elements of who they have always been, "570" hits that mark.
Life is short guys, listen to metal. "Hourglass" is another old-school Motionless tune. With metalcore riffing in full force, "Hourglass" reminds us to take each step carefully, "It's too late to feel I've lost my breath, With the hands of time around my neck, Am I more than a pillar of the past, Or am I just a sand enslaved by the hourglass."
The first single from Graveyard Shift is the same song that sends us home. "Eternally Yours" is an impressive evolution of Motionless' sound. "Eternally Yours" is an all out sing-a-long, with the riffing and breakdowns the band would be remiss to leave behind. We can see why the band chose this as the first taste. "Eternally Yours" has the punch that make the pit bounce and the melody you will sing the whole drive home from their show.
Graveyard Shift, might by our favorite from Motionless yet. It has attitude, it has creativity, and above all else, well-written melodies. Enjoy the album and be sure to catch the band on tour this summer.
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