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.
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.
Catch Nothing More on this tour as it continues into early spring! Click the button below for dates and info:
Author, Photographer - Anthony Cannella
[10.21.18] As Light The Torch and Avatar wrapped up their sets at the sold-out House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois it was time for the mighty Trivium to take the stage. For part one of this editorial visit the link here; continue below to part two.
Trivium | Concert Review | 10.21.18 | House Of Blues | Chicago, IL
Wasting no time, Trivium went straight into their heavy material, which implanted in the crowd’s head that we were in for an amazing set. Rockstar’s Matthew Heafy (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Corey Beaulieu (Backing Vocals, Guitar), Alex Bent (Drums), Paolo Gregoletto (Bass), and appearance by Jared Dines (Guitar) were honestly a site to see together as they rocked Chicago with their talent that goes unmatched.
Trivium gave Chicago a little bit of everything from their new material all the way through their productions from the beginning. Lead Vocalist, Matt Heafy, recognizably sounded unflawed, which was amazing to see due to his vocal injury he endured not too long ago. With this tour having an insane amount of experienced musicians and vocalists, it was awesome to see Trivium close out the show with Lead Vocalist, Howard Jones, joining them on stage giving the perfect
ending to an unforgettable night.
Before Trivium took the stage though and crushed it at the House Of Blues Chicago, we had the honor of meeting and interviewing guitarist Corey Beaulieu! Check out below to see what Corey had to say!
HeadRushTv - You guys are kind of in the final stretch of this tour with Avatar and Light The Torch! How has this tour been so far with these bands and as a whole?
Corey Beaulieu – Its been pretty awesome. It’s been a really cool lineup and all these shows on this tour, it’s our first time in a couple years we have done a U.S. headlining tour. Our previous tour was with Arch Enemy and we were co-headlining. So this tour, all the cities its nice coming back to cause we played at them a year ago, but there are some cities we haven’t played in a while so its cool to see people and be at the different festivals like Rock On The Range and Carolina Rebellion. Its been really great and I’m sure tonight (Chicago) will be another crazy one. Chicago has always been one of our best cities in America cause last couple of times we have been here it sold out very quickly. Chicago definitely kills it.
HeadRushTv - It is well known that you guys are constantly rocking out and busy with your tour going on and performing at festivals! How do you guys do it?! And what is the transition like from performing on tour and then being in the lineup at a festival?
Corey Beaulieu – We have really good management that knows what they are doing and all the people on our team are long term thinkers and know how to grow and develop more and what we need to do and who we need to get in front of. So its like getting out and doing our own headlining tour and then doing festivals cause you’re always in this process of trying to get in front of new people to grow your fan-base.
Then there’s like every time we play a festival somewhere whether it be in Europe or somewhere else, there’s always a new generation of music fans that are going like Download Festival or Rock On The Range for the first time and seeing bands they don’t know so you’re always trying to get to those new people and more people at those festivals cause we have done them three or four times now and its finally like we’ve been there enough times so its cool seeing our strategy really paying off that we started a couple years ago.
It was amazing seeing more people coming in at the festivals slowly over time. We could honestly say the past five years have been a growth process with getting our name from not just being a Metal band, but a Metal band that can cross over into the Rock oriented stuff. Hopefully we could open people’s ears and eyes and introduce them to this amazing music that doesn’t get played on the active Rock radio. We really wanted to make more metalheads out of the rockers and truly be that transition band.
HeadRushTv - So as of yesterday, its officially the one-year anniversary of the album The Sin and The Sentence. What was the making of that album like and what truly inspired the process of that album?
Corey Beaulieu – We kind of just knew after the past couple of records we dabbled into something and we went towards a sound/record being geared toward a different direction. We were talking while on tour and we wanted things to be done darker, hookier, angrier, and bring back more of the aggression that the early records had, but keep the melodic approach that we developed on the previous two albums. So its basically just us doing what we wanted to play, like we wanted to play heavier shit, so we did and then also more flash and intricate stuff. In the end it was us doing what we felt was the best direction we needed to go in and also the direction that we felt inspired to do and write cause the previous record had no screaming due to Matt Heafy’s voice injury so we had to develop a record to make sense with all vocals so it wasn’t that intense as the new album is.
We kind of just got rid of everybody like the producer. We were writing songs to block everything out, so it was just the four of us making a really fun record cause that’s basically all the records that fans hold as their favorite, where all of us are just playing what we enjoy. We basically weren’t back to that mentality and there were a lot of people trying to tell us what to do and we said no, and it worked out cause we rode out our gut feeling on every decision. Its crazy how it shows at the venues cause songs off the new album when we play them go harder and crazier than our old stuff that as been out longer. Its very cool to see these fans and their responses. Especially the ones coming back to see us and the new fans that bring the energy and have a good time.
HeadRushTv - For the album The Sin and The Sentence, you guys went back to your deep and heavy sound which fits you guys so well! While on tour what are your favorite songs to perform off the album and why?
Corey Beaulieu - Honestly all of the are fun to play. I think they’re really fun to play live cause we rehearsed them that exact way. A lot of times, you write songs and then kind of start doing he final touches on vocals in the studio, but this time we really wanted to make sure everything was done before we started recording. So we played everything and did all the vocals, made sure they made sense with he guitar parts so everything we play live is just very comfortable and easy to play. It feels like we have been playing it for ten years instead of one year. But all of them are cool cause "Beyond Oblivion" and The Sin and The Sentence are really fun. Also, "Heart From The Hate" is really fun cause its very crowd singalong. "Sever The Hand" is really fun cause the whole middle section of the crowd goes crazy, so yeah we try to have a balance of songs from the record and feel out the ones that the fans rock out to live so its been fun. A lot of those songs we haven’t played in America until this tour, so its cool to mix it up.
HeadRushTv - So speaking of songs off the album, you guys just released a music video a couple weeks ago for the song "The Wretchedness Inside" which we all viewed! How was the filming for that video like and where was it filmed at?
Corey Beaulieu – We were actually in Germany headlining a festival and we had a guy taping. It was last minute cause we were flying over to do this festival and we were doing rehearsals and we were like well lets have this guy come out and film some stuff so we got some footage and it was such an easy way to do a video cause he was going to record the show anyways. We already had all this stuff as well to make a really cool visual music video that we didn’t really need to put much time into. We also knew ahead of time so that’s why there are certain shots that we got along with shots of the actual show.
HeadRushTv - Getting a bit off topic here and a bit on the personal side, as an amazing artist and musician like yourself who inspired you to get to this level and point you’re at in your career?
Corey Beaulieu – My gateway into music was Guns N Roses so Slash was obviously my first guitar hero that got me into guitar and then Metallica. They were the first couple of bands that I started playing that were the big ones. Also, like Megadeth, Slayer, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden and then a whole slew of Testament and guitar players like George Lynch so those were some of my favorite bands and guitarists still to this day. My favorites are the ones that helped me discover the whole process of playing and learning guitar and what I like to hear. So yeah it’s the ones you grow up listening to that helps you form into the musician you want to be.
HeadRushTv - So on an ending point, for all the local bands out there or beginning artists or bands that are still playing in their garages or homes, as a successful artist what is the best advice you could give to those people that are going to be reading this?
Corey Beaulieu – Well practice is obviously a big part of it. But also just trying to find your own kind of uniqueness and sound. There are a million bands out there now a days and there are a million bands that could record themselves in their home and stream and do the online stuff like put your album up. To get the recognition and to get signed or to be picked up by a label, you have to have something that is going to stand out and has a unique sound. You need to find what it is about your song writing and creativity that’s going to make you stand out from the hundred bands that are all trying to sound the same. So you have to stand out and have something that’s going to perk people’s ears. Use your favorite bands as inspiration, but try no to copy them or follow it too hard. I call it 'Frankenstein-ing' ideas cause I might get an idea for a solo or like I’m writing something where I know exactly where it came from, but you manipulate it and put your own creativity on it that someone else who hears goes, “Wow, that’s a cool riff” and they don’t even know it was from another bands song. Get the inspiration, but then find a way to mess with it and change it while adding to it. That inspiration then turns to originality, so yeah some bands can instantly find the chemistry and find what’s really unique about them and with some bands it takes trial and error. Just have a vision of what you want your band to be and just keep working until you got your sound.
Trivium | Social Media Updates | End of 2018:
Author, Photo & Video - Alison Bauer
Announced Fall of 2018, from Sept. 21st to Nov. 11th; Cane Hill embarked on their first-ever headline North American tour with guests Sharptooth and Afterlife.
On October 13th, the metal tour stormed the Beat Kitchen in Chicago; Illinois locals El Famous opened the night. Justice, self-empowerment and community are ardent themes of choice for the line-up. In honor of the action, courage and integrity they shared; we dedicated a segment to each band on the tour.
Cane Hill originate from New Orleans, LA; which is where they chose to conclude their Fall 2018 tour. Watch below! Our exclusive interview with Elijah Witt, vocalist, also features live-concert footage of the band's Illinois tour performance at the Beat Kitchen on October 13th, 2018.
Introducing further members of the ensemble, there is Elijah James Barnett (guitar, back-up vocals), Ryan Henriquez (bass, back-up vocals), and Devin Clark (drums).
Elijah Witt comments on the release of [two] 2018 Cane Hill albums via Rise Records: 'Too Far Gone' (1.19.18) and 'Cane Hill: Live From The Bible Belt' (9.14.18).
Expressing the inspiration behind their art; Slayer, Metallica, hallucinogenics, metaphysics, politics, self-empowerment, history and social justice reform each had a chapter in the open and honest conversation. The video includes a candid film of Sharptooth encouraging discourse as Witt describes activism on stage.
To visit archived resource footage used in the interview; visit:
Andy Leo | Crown The Empire | HRTV | Interview | Hartford, CT | 07.24.18
Since the recording of the video; Cane Hill have announced an upcoming release of a second EP titled 'Kill The Sun' out on January 18th, 2019. Pre-order is available now; fans can visit the official link at: https://riserecords.lnk.to/KillTheSun.
In anticipation, the band shared [two] music videos for the new tracks: "Kill The Sun" (11.15.18) and "Acid Rain" (12.13.18).
The band commented on the new EP, "We've been in the studio with the incredibly talented Kris Crummett, working on music - It's six songs of dark, twisted, and semi-acoustic beauty. We're incredibly proud of it and can't wait for you to hear it."
KILL THE SUN TRACK LISTING:
1. "86d - No Escort"
3. "Save Me"
4. "Kill the Sun"
5. "Acid Rain"
6. "Smoking Man"
Sharptooth are from Baltimore, Maryland and consist of Lauren Kashan (vocals), Keth Higgins (guitar), Lance Donati (guitar), Phil Rasinski (bass), Conor Mac (drums).
Written in their artist bio, the "unapologetically enraged" band focusing on "the brutality of hardcore through a femme lens," and believe in "carving out space for marginalized voices in aggressive music." Pioneering social-justice revolution in the metal scene; Sept. of 2017 they joined Pure Noise Records.
The band's first full-length album is titled, 'Clever Girl' (2017).
Afterlife visited from South Palm, Florida; on January 11th, 2019 their new album 'Breaking Point' will be out via Hopeless Records. The album's music video includes: "Throat" (below.)
El Famous were the Illinois local band of the night; this is a music video to their song "You Don't Know A Damn Thing."
Cane Hill | On Tour With Sevendust | Winter 2019:
Cane Hill updated their agenda for 2019 with this message: "Next year we kick off touring with absolute legends. Catch us with Sevendust +Tremonti + Lullwater & Kirra." The full tour dates are below; otherwise visit: www.wearecanehill.com.
2/1 — Houston, TX — Scout Bar
2/2 — New Orleans, LA — Southport Music Hall
2/4 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Revolution
2/5 — St. Petersburg, FL — Jannus Live
2/6 — Greenville, SC — The Firmament
2/8 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
2/9 — Norfolk, VA — The NorVa
2/10 — Baltimore, MD — Rams Head Live
2/13 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount
2/14 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
2/15 — Providence, RI — The Strand
2/16 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
2/18 — New Haven, CT — Toad's Place
2/19 — Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance
2/20 — Buffalo, NY — Rapids
2/22 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
2/25 — Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall
2/26 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues
2/27 — Columbia, MO — The Blue Note
3/1 — Wichita, KS — The Cotillion
3/2 — Oklahoma City, OK — Diamond Ballroom
3/3 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Event Center
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