Article & Photos - Anthony Cannella
Shortly after the release of their debut EP ‘Still Breathing,’ John Cooper’s new project Fight The Fury hit the road and played their first stretch of shows. Their very first show was at The Forge in Joliet, Illinois and HeadRush Tv was there to cover it along with an interview with the rockstar John Cooper before the show.
Fight The Fury | The Forge | Joliet, IL | December 13, 2018 | Concert Review
As Fight The Fury took the stage, John Cooper (Vocalist, Bassist), Seth Morrison (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), John Panzer (Guitar) and Jared Ward (Drums) wasted no time as they hit the crowd right from the start with their venue rocking Metal. Leading off the setlist, they went straight into their new EP as they dropped their hit “I Cannot” and continued until they gave the fans a bit of a surprise as they snuck in the chart-topping hit “Hero” from Skillet.
As a fan, Fight The Fury gave the crowd everything that they could possibly want as they played their new EP in its entirety, while mixing in songs from Skillet that people have jammed out to for years! Fight The Fury is a new Metal project, but definitely a band you do not want to sleep on as they sound as if they’ve been together for years. The chemistry between the band goes unmatched and it shows as they deliver a set that gets the people talking! Before this debut show though, we had the honor of meeting with man who started this in the first place, John Cooper. Check below to view our interview with him!
HeadRush Tv: Your debut EP ‘Still Breathing' was just released not too long ago on October 26! Congratulations on that first of all! Do you mind sharing what Fight The Fury truly means to you and why you wanted to start this new project?
John Cooper: What Fight The Fury means to me, you know it’s funny because we’re here and this is the first show. It feels like starting completely over and its cool cause it’s like Rocky IV [film] where he goes back to the roots and he goes back to the basics and kicks it back to the start.
That’s basically what it feels like and its cool and it reminds me of when I first started to play in a band. It was about the riffs and about the sound and the aggression of Rock music. It was 1995 when I started - so you know in the 90’s it meant a little something different. I love Skillet and I loved the premiere because we got a lot of fans outside of Rock that don’t necessarily like Rock music, but they like Skillet cause that’s about as Rock as they would ever go.
Then we have Metal fans that also like Skillet, but we’re about as soft as they would go. I love that, but Fight The Fury is a bit more raw and I don’t have to add ten different cooks in the kitchen messing with my lyrics. Once you sold and once you’ve been successful and sold a lot of records, everyone wants to get involved and they start messing with your stuff and that’s okay and it has helped me sell a lot of records, but I wanted to do something were no one could mess with my music. Like you know, don’t mess with it!
HeadRush Tv: How surreal is it to see everything coming together for Fight The Fury? You released the debut EP, you shot a killer music video for ‘My Demons,’ you’re on your first stretch of shows seeing Fight The Fury on those venue signs, and then big shows coming up in the future with the Breaking Benjamin Tour!
John Cooper: You know its so good and its funny cause you don’t know what to expect when you're starting a side project. You think, I wonder if my fans and the Skillet fans are going to love this or completely hate it and be mad about it - because you really never know. So it feels good to be ramping up a little and it feels great to be landed on the Breaking Benjamin Tour. That’s great for Skillet and Fight The Fury, due to both bands releasing new music, so it’ll be a cool opportunity for people to see Fight The Fury. I feel like when people see Fight The Fury play, they’ll get it more like they’ll know it’s not just a fun side project that we just dropped in.
Seeing the band will really help so it feels great that it’s finally here and I don’t mind coming back and playing at the small venues, because to me that’s how you build a rock-band. You got to win a fan at a time by putting on a great live show and having the word spread.
HeadRush Tv: It’s kind of like everyone is trying to determine which project goes
harder/heavier Skillet or Fight The Fury but in reality, they both go hard and heavy in their own way which is the beauty behind your two bands! What are the things that you take from Skillet that helps you with Fight The Fury?
John Cooper: Well you know everyone is a critic, everybody is saying and being like “I love Skillet, but this Fight The Fury stuff is so heavy I could never listen to it.” Then you have others that are like “Fight The Fury isn’t even as heavy as Skillet.” So, everyone has their own opinions and one of the things that I took from Skillet is that even with Fight The Fury when its at its heaviest, it still has a melody to it. I always grew up on heavy music, but it wasn’t just; using Metallica who’s maybe not as melodic as Iron Maiden - but I loved Iron Maiden and to me they were really heavy too just in a different kind of way that had a darkness to it. It was also very operatic, and it still worked. So for me, from Skillet that I’ve learned is that heavier isn’t always better.
Good music is good and bad is bad, if it sucks it sucks. If something is good and catchy someone will go, “Wow I feel that emotion.” So that’s probably the main thing that I have taken from Skillet and I believe Fight he Fury is a bit more experimental and something like that.
HeadRush Tv: Getting a bit more personal now looking deeper as a successful artist, What are your biggest influences and inspirations that helps you fuel that drive to still be killing it with Skillet and taking over the game with Fight The Fury?
John Cooper: I just love music. That might sound really silly, but you have to in this
industry. What it is though, is the passion for the music. As you said, you wanted to get personal and deep and this might be cheesy, but when I was growing up, music just meant so much. When I was listening to Metallica, Iron Maiden or even Bon Jovi for that manner. I loved more of the softer side of Rock as well, like I said, Bon Jovi and Motley Crew which was more commercial is what I would call it.
I always felt that those bands understood me and a lot of us can remember being thirteen years old and thinking Trent Reznor is the only one that knows what I’m going through, and it sounds dramatic especially when you’re a teenager and I was fighting with my Dad and my Mom died when I was fourteen years old. Me and my Dad started fighting a lot and got remarried two months after my Moms death and after I just felt very abandoned and forgotten and misunderstood. We would be screaming at each other all the time and just was always a step away from fist to cuffs and instead I would go in my room and put my headphones on and it’d be like “Screw it, Guns N Roses knows how I feel!” It was that kind of thing for me, music has always been an escape and for me I see those people at the show singing the songs and after they tell me stuff like “Dude this song is what got me through my drug addiction” and I’m always amazed cause they share how they’re clean now and your music is what got them through it or through other hard times like divorce or my parents divorce or suicidal thoughts.
So, it just drives me and I remember having that feeling very well so I love making music, because it is a way to help people and a way to help myself. It’s very therapeutic I suppose, but it is also a way to help other people and there is just nothing like that.
HeadRush Tv: As we conclude this interview here, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans and followers that will be reading this about what the future lies for Fight The Fury and what’s next to come!?
John Cooper: Well let’s see, you mentioned the Breaking Benjamin Tour already and we are very excited about that cause we are very big fans of Breaking Benjamin. They’re one of my favorites actually, especially over the past ten years. So, I’m excited about that run and we were able to twist to have Fight The Fury come on it, which is am great look for us because I really want to release a full length record and I think before we do that, we need to get on the road a little bit and start getting some fans and getting out there through word of mouth that we talked about a little bit ago.
Basically, get enough people excited about a LP, so that we could release a full-length album. In about six months I’ll be pivoting over to Skillet cause we are going to be releasing a new Skillet record so I’m just ramping Fight The Fury up to get as much momentum as I can. Then when the new Skillet album comes out while I’m on tour, I’ll start recording the next Fight The Fury project. It has just been a crazy 2018 cause we recorded three albums. The Skillet album which is about seventy percent done, we did Fight The Fury on the road as well, and then our drummer in Skillet released her project Ledger and that was done and recorded on the road as well. So, you could say we all worked very hard in 2018 and its all going to pay off in
the following year.
Tickets are on sale now for this Breaking Benjamin Tour and we suggest you get your tickets now before they are gone! Believe us when we say that you do not want to miss Fight The Fury on this tour with Skillet, Asking Alexandria, Underoath and Diamante! Click the photo below to the original source & pre-sale tickets.
Article & Photography - Vicky Branca
If you went to 8123 Fest in January, there’s a good chance you’re still having post concert depression. I know I am! In our archives we promoted the event: here.
If you’re not familiar, 8123 Fest is a bi-yearly music festival that had it’s second run just a few weeks ago in Phoenix, Arizona. It is run by 8123 and The Maine, usually coinciding with the band’s anniversary or 'album birthdays.'
Bands also from that “neon/scene” era like We the Kings and Mayday Parade joined the lineup along with Real Friends, Twin XL, Teenage Wrist, the Technicolors, and more.
8123 Fest | Event Details | 2019 Stage & Activities
What separated 8123 Fest this year from 8123 Fest in 2017, was the size. Over 5,000 fans filled Civic Space Park on 1/19 and there were multiple stages to accommodate the bigger lineup. There were also more food trucks, photo booths designed after previous album eras (CSWS, Black and White, Lovely Little Lonely), the iconic white van was available for fans to sign, and organizations like Girls Behind The Rock Show were part of the day.
8123 Fest | Event Details | 2019 Performances
Real Friends had an earlier set and really set the tone for the rest of the day, playing crowd favorites like “Summer” and songs off of their new album.
Mayday Parade also played crowd favorites like "Jamie All Over" and were the perfect interlude into The Maine’s set.
The Maine’s first full length album, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, turned 11 while the band turned 12 in 2019. What made the fest even more special is that Maine played CSWS in full, playing songs live that they haven’t in years. Old and new fans were both losing their minds, and I know I screamed the whole duration of “You Left Me.”
It was an amazing moment to hear thousands of people chant “8123 means everything to me” during "We All Roll Along" and while the band had played their new single, "Numb Without You," at the request show the night before, the crowd had such a higher energy for it at the fest.
The band also had pyrotechnics on stage.
8123 Fest | Event Details | 2019 After-Party:
To end the night, an after party was held at the Van Buren and the acts from the fest took turns DJing. And honestly, if Mayday Parade ever wants to call it quits from music, they could restart as Emo Nite DJs. They played the perfect mix of My Chemical Romance and Say Anything.
Ted Lavender (DJ name), aka Eric Halvorsen, also made an appearance. And yes, an exercise bike was involved.
8123 Fest | Event Details | 2019 Memories:
While the music and good vibes created a magical weekend, perhaps the most powerful aspect was the 8123 family coming together.
I got to see friends from the internet for the first time and also reunited with old friends. I can’t imagine a better experience and did things out of my comfort zone this trip such as hiking and taking spontaneous trip to somewhere we’ve never been before - Sedona, Arizona.
I’m not the only one that feels the strong sense of community from The Maine’s fan-base.
In fact, Leslie describes 8123 as being “family.” Adriana P also feels a strong connection. She shared two photo, which is included below yet above her quotes.
“I’m from CA. As a fan who’s been there for the past 10ish years, 8123 has slowly morphed into more than just a number, a lyric from one of my favorite songs."
"On the way to Arizona, I went solo, but came back with a ton of memories & more people who understood the feeling."
"Their music may have evolved and we all grew up, but 8123 remains the same. Those people who I met in Arizona are people I would never have crossed paths due to distance and just being from different walks of life."
"Aside from the 8123 fest, I just walked around Arizona and took some photos on my polaroid. It was a new place, so I didn’t want to commit to anything. I can’t wait to go back, Arizona has a different atmosphere than California.”
-Adriana P | @drianaplz on Twitter
All in all, 8123 Fest was a rejuvination; certainly it was a weekend to remember.
Article & Photography - John Indiveri
January 25, 2019
Bring Me The Horizon embarked on their North American tour and made their second stop in Orlando, FL at the CFE Arena. Coincidently this stop was also the drop date for their new album 'Amo' and HeadRush TV was there to cover it!
BMTH brought along with them rock veterans Thrice as well as the highly energetic and explosively charged Fever 333 to open things up.
Photo | BMTH via FB
Bring Me The Horizon | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
I’ve been a fan of BMTH for years and this was only my second time seeing them live (last time was Fort Rock 2016) and to be able to cover the show was a huge opportunity. And knowing what I know from the last show of theirs, I knew it was going to be wild.
The base of the stage was roughly 6 feet tall and on top of that they had a platform extending the total height, by estimation, to 10-12 feet. So needless to say it was TALL! Given what they had going on underneath it (smoke machines, etc) I could see why. They also had a catwalk that jutted out from the stage, which was very cool.
With the stage set, fans were getting antsy. Cheering for BMTH to come on, getting themselves prepared for the amazing show they were about to watch. The lights went dark, fans erupted in cheers/screams and “I apologize if you feel something” started to play. Oli Sykes and the band walked out onto the stage, with Oli walking to the base of the catwalk singing. The crowd went absolutely wild. From there, they went into "Mantra." New hits kept coming: “Medicine” and “Wonderful Life."
They played quite a bit of older music, tracks such has “Happy Song,” “Avalanche,” and “Shadow Moses.” The energy Oli had was second to none, running back and forth on stage and spending a good deal of time on the catwalk as well; engaging with the fans and doing something I’ve seen him do before. I call it his "push it back” call-to-action where he instructs fans to make the biggest open circle they can. When he goes back into the chorus, the fans run towards each other and a mass circle pit ensues. This time around I got to see it from the 2nd tier, it was an amazing sight to see.
As for the production of the show, it was very “BMTH”-ish just amplified 10x now that they have a bigger stage! They had what must of been 5-8 smoke cannons shooting smoke vertically from under the stage, two confetti cannons on either side of the stage that shot into the crowd and a lighting rig above that moved up and down as well as tilted in all directions. It was quite a thing to see and masterfully executed by the production crew.
Thrice | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
Rock veterans Thrice warmed up the stage for BMTH and put on a spectacular show (as usual). They opened up with "Only Us" (which they did the last time I saw them live, such a great opening song) and really rocked it out. They played other songs such as “Silhouette,” “Black Honey” and “Hurricane.”
Fever 333 | Orlando, FL | January 25th, 2019
Fever 333 got the evening started with a highly energetic show. This was my second time seeing them, previously seeing them at Welcome to Rockville, and their energy was even greater. Singer Jason Aalon Butler ran around the stage, covering all sides as well as the catwalk. He also decided to jump down right in in front of where I was standing and go into the stands. Now mind you, his mic was not a wireless mic so it took many people (including myself) keeping the cord raised up. Frankly, I didn’t know they made cords that long! Guitarist Stevis Harrison also kept the crowd engaged and had some serious ups, jumping all around the stage.
All in all, this is a Tour you do not want to miss if it comes through a city near you. Get your tickets now by clicking on the link in the poster below.
Machineheart | The Back Again Tour | 02/21/19 | Allston, MA
Machineheart opened the night with a chill vibe, reminding me of the band Lydia. I can see a big future for the band; they just released an album, check it out below!
Dreamers | The Back Again Tour | 02/21/19 | Allston, MA
Dreamers came on next, and the crowd immediately went wild. They stop by the Boston area quite often, and everytime I see them, it’s something new. They are a band that opened for The Maine over a year ago; I’ve attended their shows since.
When I think of Dreamers, I think of self expression and color. I love their upbeat energy and passion on stage; their lyrics are fun yet still meaningful.
Some of my favorite songs include "All Washed Out," "Wolves," and "Black & White." Thankfully, all 3 were played and the band even played a new song “Die Happy.”
Here is sneak peak of the show; recorded from the crowd at the Allston, MA venue:
Video: Vicky Branca
You Me At Six | The Back Again Tour | 02/21/19 | Allston, MA
When You Me at Six came on, 2011-2012 me was thriving. I had never seen them live before that night, and it was definitely on my bucket list. I loved throwbacks like “Mr. Reckless,” “Loverboy” and “Bite My Tongue” - that alone was made the whole show.
Their set really showed the power of music and how new AND old fans can appreciate the same band and have so many similar memories but with different eras of the band.
You Me at Six also ended the show with a 4 song encore, which given the reaction by the crowd, was much appreciated.
The Back Again tour was a great experience. I already wish I could relive this night.
Article & Photo - John Indiveri
Australia’s The Amity Affliction [TAA] brought their Misery Will Find You Tour to the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida on January 12, 2019. They brought along veterans Senses Fail as well as Silent Planet and Belmont to round out the punk/metal extravaganza. Not only have I wanted to photograph TAA, but also even to attend their concert live; the stars aligned for me this night!
The Amity Affliction | Misery Will Find You Tour | Orlando, FL | 01.12.19
The lights went dark - the disco ball light turned on overhead and the on stage lights illuminated shooting soft white light beams over the crowd. The pre-recorded intro music started up and immediately the crowd went crazy - it was "Drag the Lake." Dan Brown, Ahren Stringer, Joe Longobardi and Joel Birch step onto the stage with Joe starting the drum roll, then.. “KICK IT!” Joel screamed into the mic and the crowd went absolutely nuts.
The stage lights went from the soft white to a blend of blues, purples and oranges in quite an impressive light show. They followed up immediately with "Ivy" then gave the crowd a chance to breath for a moment, talking to the crowd. They went into "I Bring the Weather With Me" next (one of my favorites) and later on in the show they played my absolute favorite TAA song, "Death’s Hand." This also was an apparent favorite of the crowd given the amount of singing, screaming, moshing and crowd surfing that ensued.
Speaking of the crowd, this show has to be the most interactive crowd at a show I’ve shot in recent memory. The amount of passionate singing, screaming and steady flow of crowd surfers (I even helped catch one during Senses Fail) was unbelievable and awesome to see. TAA ended their set with "Pittsburgh" and as soon as they walked off stage, the crowd was chanting “one more song!” over and over again. Of course, there was an encore. Joel and the guys came back on stage and finished out the show with "All Fucked Up." The Amity Affliction put on an amazing show, one for the books.
Senses Fail | Misery Will Find You Tour | Orlando, FL | 01.12.19
Senses Fail. What can I say about these New Jersey Punk Rock/Metal veterans other than wow. Senses Fail has been around for quite some time (since 2002), with many hits such as "Calling All Cars," "Buried a Lie" and "Bite to Break Skin." Despite several line up changes over the years, they haven’t skipped a beat and their performance at House of Blues, Orlando showed just that. Buddy Nielsen, Jeramiah Pauly, Greg Styliades, Steve Carey and Jason Milbank took to the stage and hyped the crowd up immediately.
Buddy, donned in a leopard print suit, has to be the most energetic frontman I’ve ever seen (and props to him for wearing that in Florida). From running around, to push ups - to handstands he was all over the place. Very, very entertaining! After all, it was #Caturday (according to him).
Senses Fail, start to finish, brought energy and plain fun to the stage. They played a good amount of older tunes (including the three mentioned above) and newer songs, all of which the crowd sang and crowd surfed too. As a band I’ve followed for years but never got the chance to see, this was a real treat for me personally.
Opening up for TAA/Senses Fail was Chicago-based Belmont and Los Angeles-based Silent Planet, both of which I wasn’t too familiar with. Belmont is touring in support of the self-titled debut LP. Bringing punk and rock together, this 5 piece band was a great starting opener.
Following Belmont was metal band Silent Planet. With a Wage War-esque sound, they got the crowd moving and warmed up for Senses Fail. Although hard hitting, they clearly have a passion for current political events and issues such as PTSD. Frontman Garrett Russell used the platform to talk about such events (briefly) and had some kind words for troops in the service that may suffer from PTSD.
Overall, the Misery Will Find You stop in Orlando, FL goes down as one of my favorites I’ve covered so far. Should the tour be stopping near you, I highly suggest you pick up tickets: http://www.theamityaffliction.net/tour.
Article & Video: Alison Bauer
VCTMS of Streamwood, Illinois opened for Veil Of Maya on December 21st, 2018 at the Bottom Lounge; visit the photo gallery here. Below, watch our exclusive highlight of the evening's performance including an interview with band members: Meredith Henderson (drums), John Matalone (vocals), and Ryan Walter (guitar).
Not to miss! VCTMS announces kicking-off 'The New World Order Tour' in Spring 2019 with Traitors, Angelmaker and The Last Ten Seconds Of Life; details below.
VCTMS | Interview | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL | 12.21.18:
Join us for live concert footage of tracks from VCTMS third studio album 'Vol. III Halfway Happy' released August 31st, 2018: "Tape // Worm" and "The Past Tense."
Fan-favorites from their past albums captured above include: "Emptiness & Everything In Between" , "Subdued" , and "Sinister" .
Three guest vocalists provided unforgettable energy on stage for the audience; in the interview, VCTMS expresses their commitment to inclusion and collaboration.
VCTMS | Official Photos | Music Videos | Follow:
Photo | Courtesy of VCTMS on Facebook
VCTMS | 'The New World Order Tour' | Spring 2019:
[02.05] // Tampa, FL // The Orpheum
[02.06] // Madison, AL // Insanity Skatepark
[02.07] // Little Rock, AR // Vino's
[02.08] // Houston, TX // BFE Rock Club
[02.09] // Fort Worth, TX // Tomcat's West
[02.10] // Austin, TX // Come And Take It Live
[02.11] // Lubbock, TX // Jake's Sports Cafe
[02.12] // Phoenix, AZ // Club Red
[02.13] // Las Vegas, NV // Eagle Aeries Hall
[02.15] // Anaheim, CA // Chain Reacion
[02.17] // Paso Robles, CA // Manny's Pizza
[02.18] // Sacramento, CA // Holy Diver
[02.19] // Seattle, WA // El Corazon
[02.20] // Portland, OR // Bossanova Ballroom
[02.21] // Spokane, WA // The Pin
[02.23] // Salt Lake City, UT // The Loading Dock
[02.24] // Denver. CO // Trailside Saloon
[02.26] // Omaha, NE // Lookout Lounge
[02.27] // Chicago, IL // Reggie's
[02.28] // Cheviot, OH // Legend's
[03.01] // Detroit, MI // Hot Rock Cafe
[03.02] // Rochester, NY // Montage Music Hall
[03.03] // Cambridge, MA // Sonia
[03.04] // Amityville, NY // Revolution Music Hall
[03.05] // Lancaster, PA // Chameleon Club
[03.06] // Sparrows Point, MD // Sparta Inn
[03.07] // Greensboro, NC // Blind Tiger
[03.08] // Columbia, SC // Soda City Live
[03.09] // Orlando, FL // Soundbar
This past week, Headrush TV had the opportunity to catch up with the beautiful and upcoming artist, Dayme! Dayme released one of her latest singles, “Cuz it Hurts,” on December 14, 2018 and has become a very special work of art to her fans. “This song deals with the unfortunate increase of depression and suicide cases now being reported,” says Dayme.
So when did you decide to start preforming?
Dayme: “I’ve been one of those kids that just loved music and I would write my own poems. I took some breaks here and there and about 5 years ago is when I really started. I was going through a lot of changes and like I guess that period of life where you’re just trying to find yourself, your direction, what you want to do with yourself. I don’t know where I get into that mindset I just start writing and creating.”
How has your career been going so far?
Dayme: “It’s basically picking up again, that I’ve started doing my own music. It was weird because I put this work of art out on my own from my basement, I just started recording my music and doing my videos then I learned how to edit and even shoot my videos. I put them out there and slowly but surely people started to gravitate them and I started to get this following and they would send me drawings and they
would just basically reach out and ask me for more music and it started everything for me again. It encouraged me to just go.”
Do you have any certain music groups that you look up to?
Dayme: “I love Jack White, he’s like the ultimate for me and of course I love the White Stripes when they were together. I know some people are going to laugh at me for this but My Chemical Romance, it cant get more amazing, they’re great! Then when it comes to female singers, I like Gwen Stefani. I like some of her earlier stuff: No Doubt. I also love Stevie Nicks, Lana, and Grimes.”
What would you say is the most special about your music;
and what would be your favorite song you’ve made?
Dayme: I love "Blue Sunday" and "Fairy Tales" and "Evil" because they were the first two songs that I did. And funny enough I had a meeting in California, I was staying in New York and I remember I just wanted to stay there cause of its history cause of Jim Morrison and Marilyn Monroe. Its just a very iconic place to stay. I remember my meeting got cancelled and it starting raining an I this thought came to my head, Blue Sunday, Blue Sunday, Blue Sunday. I didn’t realize after I recorded it not after too long ago, Jim Morrison has a song called Blue Sunday. Its really the same kind of vibe.
How would you describe your music to others that haven’t heard you before?
Dayme: “I would describe it as nostalgic, like very dreamy and very mood. You have to really, hands on, with your career by learning how to use protocols, learning how to use logic, learning how to edit videos because you’re constantly putting content together.”
If you would like to learn more and catch up with Dayme, go visit her website Imperfectrecords.com. She will have the latest news about herself posted, as well as live videos of some of her performances, photos, and merchandise store. You can also catch her latest “Behind the Scenes” of her EP – 'Pretty Life' on YouTube.
Article & Video - Alison Bauer | Photo - Molly Kinnunen
Happy Holidays! On the evening of December 21st, 2018; Veil Of Maya hosted and celebrated a hometown holiday show at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL. #IllinoisMetal guests included: VCTMS, El Famous, Deville, and The Levitated.
Veil Of Maya | Interview | Lukas Magyar & Marc Okubo | 12/21/18 | Chicago, IL
In our exclusive interview below, vocalist Lukas Magyar and guitarist Marc Okubo share their experiences producing the band's sixth studio album False Idol  via Sumerian Records. Not to miss: "- want to know the secret to djent?"
Captured on [12/21/18], the video includes Veil Of Maya performing four #FalseIdol anthems: "Echo Chamber," "Whistleblower," "Doublespeak," & "Overthrow."
VCTMS | 12/21/18 | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL:
El Famous | 12/21/18 | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL:
DEVILLE | 12/21/18 | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL:
The Levitated | 12/21/18 | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, IL:
Veil Of Maya | Tour Announcements | 2019:
Visit Veil Of Maya via Facebook [@veilofmaya] for upcoming 2019 tour dates!
The Devil Wears Prada Perform ‘With Roots Above and Branches Below' For The 10 Year Anniversary; Special Guests ’68 & Fit For A King
Author & Photographer - Anthony Cannella
Think about May 5th, 2009, and how old you were at that time. Think about how in things were life and how music was during that era. On that exact date after their 2008 Warped Tour appearance, The Devil Wears Prada graced the music industry with their third studio album ‘With Roots Above and Branches Below’ . Years later, they give us a taste of those times again with giving their fans a 10 Year Anniversary Tour with guests ’68 and Fit For A King. Check out below to view how these bands brought down Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Illinois on Nov. 23, 2018!
’68 | Bottom Lounge | 11/23/18 | Chicago, Illinois
As the smashing duo ’68 took the stage, they were exactly what Chicago needed to start off the night. Josh Scogin (Guitar and Vocals) and Nikko Yamada (Drums) are truly something special to see due to their high energy performance and intense Punk Rock style. Seeing this type of Punk Rock is rare now a days and these boys pull it off to perfection. Seeing the ’68 live, you can expect an experience close to what the grunge scene was like in the 1990’s, which is a compact crowd, loud, things getting tossed on stage, and a set that allows the crowd to give them energy to feed off of. ’68 tours frequently, so see if this duo will be near you anytime soon!
Fit For A King | Bottom Lounge | 11/23/18 | Chicago, Illinois
As ’68 finished up rocking their set, Fit For A King controlled Bottom Lounge as they wasted no time with coming out to “The Price Of Agony”. They gave Chicago a bit of everything including songs of their smashing new album ‘Dark Skies’ that was released September 14, 2018. Jared Easterling (Drums, Backing Vocals), Ryan Kirby (Lead Vocals), Ryan O'Leary (Bass), and Daniel Gailey (Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals) are a group of guys that you must see, due to the fact how much in sync they are with each other at all times.
Because of that, they produce such a live powerful sound that gets the crowd going from start to finish. After the show we met with Vocalist Ryan Kirby and he stated, “We couldn’t be happier on how you guys all reacted to Dark Skies and the support that you all give to us.” If you want to see for yourself what we are talking about, you are in luck! Fit For A King will be touring early 2019 in the United States with August Burns Red and Miss May I and also in Europe in April 2019 with headliners Emmure! Dates and venues have been released for both tours!
The Devil Wears Prada | Bottom Lounge | 11/23/18 | Chicago, Illinois
As the lights cut out and the intro music came in, it was time for the moment we all waited for! The Devil Wears Prada took over Chicago as they played their hit third studio album ‘With Roots Above and Branches Below’ in its entirety. Knowing the fact that this album was released ten years ago, we can assure you that Jeremy DePoyster (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), Mike Hranica (Lead Vocals), Andy Trick (Bass), Kyle Sipress (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Jonathan Gering (Keyboards), and Giuseppe Capolupo (Drums) aged well, due to their sound and performance being flawless as ever. The Devil Wears Prada came out with ‘With Roots Above and Branches Below’ in 2009 after their killer appearance at Warped Tour in 2008.
They stated how they wanted this record to be their most epic on, so that it would reflect in their shows and we can assure you years later it is still amazing. The whole album is honestly one big epic rollercoaster ranging from its insane songs like “Danger: Wildman” to “I Hate Buffering” to its more melodic songs like “Louder Than Thunder.” Due to that, you can only imagine how it was live at a loud compact venue like Bottom Lounge in Chicago. ‘With Roots Above and Branches Below’, at the time, served as a gateway into that genre as a whole for that generation and it truly showed based on its younger crowd. Due to that, it served as a special night as it allowed those fans relive their memories from 2009.
Author and Photographer - Erica Doubek
For a Sunday night show, there was certainly no shortage of late night rockers ready to stay all night. The Sylvee, a newer theater in Madison, WI, was packed wall to wall, top to bottom. Nothing More on December 02, 2018 - A show that had originally been booked at the Majestic Theater, this performance was later moved to The Sylvee in order to open up more ticket opportunities - a move that certainly did not disappoint.
Fans were welcomed to the show with opening performances by Burden of the Sky, followed by Greyhaven. As more and more people trickled in, they were greeted by the heightened energy filling the venue and setting the stage for the evening.
Next to the stage was Palisades, revving up the tempo to yet another level. This high paced energy was matched with equally passionate ballads accompanied with lighting from the crowd itself.
Then came the long awaited moment - Nothing More broke out from the shadows with a thundering sound. The crowd held a relentless energy as a combination of recent hits and throwback songs were scattered throughout the set. Apart from a heartfelt acoustic performance mid-set, the upbeat tempo never ceased for more than a moment before rising up again.
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