Hinder Comes To Chicago On Their Lucky 7 Tour; Exclusive Interview With Drummer Cody Hanson Before Show
By Anthony Cannella
As the boys from Oklahoma, Hinder, hit the road on their Lucky 7 Tour, we were fortunate enough to catch them on their stop in Chicago at the venue Home Bar! For the first time, we were able to see first hand on why Hinder has been a huge name in the music industry for about eighteen years now and counting. Hinder is responsible for selling over four million albums and ten million singles, racking over one hundred and fifty million video views and counting, and passing the one hundred million streams mark. These numbers continue to grow as the years go on, due to their never ending touring and endless hits that they continue to produce. In addition, they use their experience to their advantage (Marshal Dutton (Vocals), Cody Hanson (Drums), Joe Garvey (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Mike Rodden (Bass) and Mark King(Guitar)) making the venue rock from start to finish, while getting the crowd in the mix of their set!
The show at Home Bar was the perfect night for Rock N Roll as Hinder had supporting acts Ravens and the notorious SOIL! It was everything in a Rock show that you could ever want with these artists, due to the fact that they shared their new music while hitting the venue with their chart-topping hits such as “Get Stoned”, “Lips of an Angel” and much more! Before these bands took the stage though, we had the honor to go on Hinder’s tour bus and have some words with founding member and drummer Cody Hanson! Check out below to see how the interview went!
HeadRush Tv: You guys are on your LUCKY 7 TOUR now, how has it been? I’ve noticed a lot of sold out shows so far so how has it been!
Cody Hanson: Its been great and pretty unexpected if I am being honest with you. There has been a whole process with our team being hesitant to pair up with SOIL, since they are quit a bit heavier than us and in the past that has caused some problems for us due to the two crowds, but so far on this tour we have had zero issues and its been great. Like you said, we have had multiple shows sell out in advance, which is pretty rare these days, ya know? So, it’s been amazing and we couldn’t be happier!
HeadRush Tv: So as of January 25, Hinder released the new single HALO, would you guys mind getting into that for a bit? What does HALO truly mean to you guys and what was the inspiration behind the writing for this new single?
Cody Hanson: Absolutely, we kind of just were paying attention to everything like on the news and watching the way people interact online and just how awful people are to each other now a days and its truly just been weighing on us a lot and I think that’s been coming through the writing so we thought this song was important for us to write cause you know of all those keyboard warriors out there right now. Especially that and also I think everyone has had that hypocrite in their life that tried to be holier than now, but ya know they have their own skeletons in their closet as well, if you know what I mean. So ya know, we thought it was a very important subject to touch on.
If you have not caught the chance to see Hinder live or if you just want to see them AGAIN, we suggest that you do so! These guys never fail to put on a fantastic show making it a night you will definitely not forget. Hinder will be on tour with Saving Abel, American Sin and The Adarna starting May 30 so get your tickets while you can! We guarantee tickets will be selling out fast so check out the dates above!
A War Within Takes Over Chicago, Illinois at The Subterranean; We Share Exclusive Words With Lead Vocalist Spencer Maybe Before The Show
By Anthony Cannella
Recently, we had the opportunity to share the venue with the one and only A War Within at The Subterranean in Chicago, Illinois! If you have seen A War Within before you know that there is one way to describe this band and that is HEAVY. Band members Spencer Maybe (Vocalist), Roy Guldenpfennig (Drums), Dustin Jones (Guitar) and Maxx (Bass) dominate the stage as they take over any venue that is presented to them with their high energy and crowd interactive performances. One thing that A War Within does to perfection is give their fans that Metal opportunity to hear their new music mixed in with their previous headbanging hits. As fans it is a thrill to catch A War Within when they are in your city, due to the fact that they hit the smaller, more personal venues, which allows you to get the full experience of what this band has to offer. Last year they hit the road with Bless The Fall, The Word Alive, DED and Thousand Below which allowed them to showcase their talents to another level, giving them the experience to blow the roof off any headlining or supporting show that is in their future to come. Before they hit the stage at The Subterranean and hit Chicago with their Metal, we were able to share a few words with lead vocalist Spencer Maybe, check it out below!
HeadRush Tv: So Spencer, a few shows have been played so far and your back in Chicago. How have these run of shows been going so far?
Spencer Maybe: So far for 2019 we haven’t done a whole lot, but we’ve been focusing on more writing and recouping. We did a tour last year with Bless The Fall, The Word Alive, DED and Thousand Below and we were just in Chicago at The Bottom Lounge, which was awesome. Chicago is a different kind of monster cause of the curfews meaning we get on and off the stage at a decent time. Usually at home, we play super late, but Chicago gets a bit bar happy at some of the venues, so they get us all drunk and then get us out.
HeadRush Tv: A War Within recently released new music. How was that process and how has things been so far?
Spencer Maybe: Yeah, we just dropped our new album, but its kind of a weird situation. We have been dropping singles the entire time, so its like we released this entire album. We started in 2017, when we released “Where The Lines Are Drawn” and since then we have been dropping a single every other month and we’ve culminated the last few songs in this month (February) so basically we are just packaging it all together and we already have new singles coming out. Now we just need to start shooting videos and get rolling with the process. Music has changed since the 70’s and 80’s to where its not all about releasing the album and then wait a couple years. Now, its like send us that single and that single and that single, because there are so many bands out there and they are releasing music all the time. So, to stay relevant you just have to keep up and the more music that you release and the better music that you release, the more relevant you stay. It’s a mix between quantity and quality and being an independent band, we aren’t going to be able to compete with an August Burns Red who’s raking it in and has a label and infrastructure. A War Within is just a small band from Detroit, doing everything by ourselves and trying to push our own material. We already dropped this album and we are ready to move onto the next which we have done with releasing the new singles.
HeadRush Tv: What is your biggest goal as an artist in this industry?
Spencer Maybe: My dream is to play in Japan, but its bad because I hate planes and ya know we can’t just ride or walk to Japan. To get to the other side of the world, I need to overcome that fear of planes and I just can’t imagine sitting in a plane for that amount of time. So having some drinks and maybe a Xanax, “Don’t do drugs kids”, will help with that to zonk out, cause I can’t imagine doing that without those things.
HeadRush Tv: With the new music that you released and the new music that you are putting out. What are you guys trying to get across with that music and what is the inspiration behind that fuels you to keep producing the music?
Spencer Maybe: We have always been that band that has overcame adversity. With the last tour it was thirty dates back to back and we didn’t miss a single date even though we broke down twice on the road with our transportation, but name a band that hasn’t and if they say they haven’t I will tell you that they are full of shit. But we are doing something that is no different than the other bands out there and we stay true cause it is not for us. We are not in this band for us. I love to make music, but at the end of the day it is all about the fans and people like yourself that come out and hang out with us and get us more out there. Tonight we are just in someone’s basement in the city of Chicago. Our music just speaks volumes to people, and we aren’t trying to stand for something that we are not and we’re just trying to express ourselves just like everybody else. Everybody has thoughts and emotions deep inside, especially now a days, everyone is trying to bombard other people with shit. I just try to take everything that we have together as a whole and present it in the way that we love t do it. I think that’s why the number one complaint about our band is that we haven’t had a specific sound, but to us it’s like we don’t give a shit because we just care if the music sounds good. It’s not always about labeling, at the end of the day music is just music. It is just noise that has a certain connection to it whether that be emotional or melodic or beat wise. People just always try to connect and if that was the case with me my band would sound like a Hair Metal Band cause I love bands like Motley Crue, Poison and Whitesnake. I love listening to where the hair music came into play like Journey and REO Speedwagon.
HeadRush Tv: Would you say those bands are your influences and what got you into music in the first place? What are some things you would like to share with your fans?
Spencer Maybe: Oh yeah totally, I mean I feel like they definitely play a role, but I feel I get more influence from the people around me. From my personal experience, I see people who work a 9-5 job cause that’s what I do as well when I am not doing shows. I see people complain all the time and that clearly means you don’t love what you’re doing. Even if there was like a few people that came out, and we have had those shows before just like any other band, but we don’t do this cause of that specific part, but we enjoy the fact that we can travel and if there are two people or two hundred people, it doesn’t matter cause there is a connection to it. As complete strangers at a venue, we can share a moment that we will never again have and that’s all through a connection due to the music. Being in a band is tough with everything that goes into it and you have to have a love and passion for it and your follow and that’s why we are extremely personable people. As for some new stuff to tell our fans, we have a new sound coming out that is going to be a bit more mainstream and marketable. We are reaching more of the Rock roots and we will be putting out a bunch of demos. We are also doing an EP for this movie that we got asked to write music for and then we are working on our forth full-length album as we speak. Other than that, just expect more music and we hope to get signed so we can go on more tours.
As Spencer Maybe said in the interview, these guys are personal people that respect their fans and huge following. We suggest that you see A War Within any chance that you get, due to the fact that you will not be disappointed and given a solid night of live Metal music. If you want to connect with the band or reach out, they will definitely get back to you, we will be listing their socials below!
By John Indiveri
Earthday Birthday 26 hit the Orlando Fairgrounds on April 13, 2019 with a stacked line up of Rock and Metal favorites!
Earthday Birthday is the brainchild of 101.1 WJRR radio in Orlando, FL (one of the few stations around still playing rock and metal music that I know of) and has been running for 26 years now. Past artists have included Shinedown, All That Remains, Escape The Fate, Dirty Heads, From Ashes to New, Bush and many more. The locations have changed over the years as the festival grew of course and is quite impressive that WJRR has been able to put on this event for 26 straight years. Kudos to you WJRR!
Now, Florida is of course normally a fairly warm state, especially in the summer months. It’s one of those things you just have to cope with if you live here. Typically it doesn’t start to get really warm until the end of April and start of May, however on April 13th it was a scorcher. Temps hovered around 90 degrees most of the day with ~80% humidity and the sun out for most of it. It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to stand in an open field basically with the sun beating down on them all day. But stand they did. While I don’t have an exact count of how many were in attendance, it was easily in the thousands. With a line up like this years, any rock and metal fan in the area would be remiss to skip this show! The festival organizers, obviously being from Florida, are well aware of the temps that could be reached and did a great job at ensuring there were cooling stations throughout the grounds. While there could have been a few more tents in the GA areas, they did have a large cooling center (which also doubled as the acoustic sessions stage) in a large hanger. This photojournalist took advantage of this area quite a bit throughout the day!
Earthday Birthday is also not just about the music, but about the experience as well. From the food trucks to wrestling to helicopter rides (yes you read that correctly), there was a little something for everyone.
Now onto the music. EDBD had 3 stages plus the indoor acoustic stage. The main stage (aka the Bud Light Stage) was set up while the second stage (aka the Amp Stage) was already existing in the Amphitheater portion of the fairgrounds. There was also the Ink stage where smaller and local bands performed.
The day for me started with Eve to Adam playing on the Amp stage. I wasn’t super familiar with them but they came on stage with quite the show! Singer and founding member Taki Sassaris was dragged out by members of their crew in a straitjacket “struggling” to get away and placed in front of the mic. He sang the first song still in the straitjacket before it was removed. From there it was quick walk over to the Bud Light stage to catch Canadian rock n’ roll band The Glorious Sons. They opened with their hit single S.O.S and put on a great show. I stuck around the Bud Light Stage for the next act to play, Rival Sons. Man the sound these guys produce is refreshing. It brings you back to the classic rock and roll of the 70’s with a modern flare. The performance started out a bit rocky before they took the stage due to some technical difficulties, but once fixed they took the stage and put on an amazing show. High energy, powerful guitar riffs (courtesy of Mr. Fuzzlord) and commanding vocals is how I would describe Rival Sons live.
Once Rival Sons was finished it was a quick walk back over to the Amp stage to catch one of my favorite artist, Atreyu. This is the second time I have covered them and as always they did not disappoint. This was their first show since the In Our Wake tour and the following day was their spring kick off tour with Motionless In White. To my surprise they played a good deal of older tunes which was awesome and of course, the energy on stage was second to none! They went on around 4pm and unfortunately this stage faced towards the West so the sun was BRUTAL, but to their credit they didn’t skip a beat. Definitely one of my favorite artists to see live! From Atreyu it was back to the Bud Light Stage to catch Motionless In White, back from a bit of a break. Joining them as always on tour was Justin Morrow on Bass however he is now a full time member of the band, departing Ice Nine Kills. I had the chance to photograph Justin while he was in Ice Nine Kills and just as when he was with them, he put on an amazing performance as did the rest of the guys.
The evening rounded out with Underoath, Three Days Grace and the headliner, Godsmack. For me personally, it’s been a bucket list item to photograph Godsmack. I first saw them live back in 1998 when they started getting more national attention and have followed them ever since. The show was phenomenal! Fast paced, hard hitting and the guys were very engaging with the crowd and the photographers.
Overall Earthday Birthday 26 was a well thought out and fun festival, and after 26 years of putting on the show it’s evident they know what they are doing. This is one festival you do not want to miss next year.
Be sure to check out the gallery below!
Migrant Motel's "Different Kind of Leather" Brings a Different Kind of Style - Headrush TV Exclusive
What's more rock 'n' roll than power chords in an empty bar? Those of us who have played those stages know the feeling, which is exactly how Migrant Motel's newest music video begins. If the atmosphere wasn't enough to evoke those memories, the entire thing boots up like a busted VHS tape from your parents' basement. Where the video goes after, however, is even more interesting.
Headrush TV has got your exclusive first look at Migrant Motel's newest single and music video, "Different Kind of Leather."
Full music video for "Different Kind Of Leather" by Migrant Motel
The '80s are back. We hear power-ballad synths and firework drum fills in song after song on the radio today - and honestly, we love it. We see fashion trends from 35 years ago, pastel and neon color schemes are shining on our high-tech phones, and even our movies are taking after the Flash Gordons and Breakfast Clubs of yesteryear. The area that this revival hasn't fully hit yet, however, is rock. Migrant Motel is here to fix that.
"Different Kind of Leather" is a new bridge between 1980s pop rock and new wave, blues-driven, whiskey rock. With the verse leaning on a classic overdriven bass line and snappy electric drum samples reminiscent of an 808, you can't help but bop your head along. Then the chorus roars in, and David Stewart Jr.'s falsetto and Chava's drums mixed with a pinch of synth create a nostalgic cocktail best shaken, not stirred.
Even the lyrics alone point to a story of how music trends are changing and becoming a twisted and engaging version of what has inspired our current artists in their youth.
She wears a different kind of leather,
a kind of skin I've never seen before.
Like 1980 never left her.
Is she an alien or animal?
She said "I used to be an actress on TV"
If you look at these lines with the lens of the music industry as a whole, you can see a sort of mutation that Migrant Motel is alluding to. The different kind of leather we wear is an iteration on what came before, what drove new musicians to create and model their work on. It all seems new and foreign, but there is always that underlying feeling of remembering the past, and improving upon its successes and failures alike.
But don't just take our word for it. Check out the full music video at the top of this article!
David Stewart, Jr. and Chava of Migrant Motel
Migrant Motel will be playing some very exciting shows in the near future:
Check out Migrant Motel tickets for their upcoming shows!
By John Indiveri
From the Royal Court of Avatar Country, The Kingdom announces they will release a new Live LP titled “The King Live in Paris”, recorded live at Download Festival 2018 in Paris, France. The new release will include favorites such as “A Statue Of The King”, “Let It Burn” and “Hail To The Apocalypse”.
Says frontman Johannes Eckerström: “Looking back at all that’s happened and what’s still going on it feels more like a document from a pivotal battle than a live album”
He continues: “In the past, I've found it hard to motivate making something like this, but as time goes on, I find it fortunate that we get to have our work captured like this. I realize now more than ever that we are in the process of constant change. This release is a version of Avatar that didn't exist a year prior, and that already has morphed into something else. The show at Download Paris was a particular one for many reasons. We are very proud of the result."
Avatar will release the live LP on May 17, 2019 via Entertainment One (eOne). Pre-orders are available right now and those pre-ordering on iTunes will receive an instant download of “Bloody Angel”
Here are the track off the LP:
Statue Of The King
Paint Me Red
For The Swarm
The Eagle Has Landed
Smells Like A Freakshow
Hail The Apocalypse
You can pre-order the album now.
The band will also be hitting the road in North America for the “Avatar Country World Tour 2019” starting May 16th in Buffalo, NY and wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15th. These dates include three major festivals including Sonic Youth (Columbus, OH) on May 17th, Rocklahoma (Pryor, OK) on May 26th and Domination 2019 (Mexico City) on May 3rd. Devin Townsend will be providing direct support.
“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga, and if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!” says Eckerström.
Tickets are on sale now.
Article & Photos: John Indiveri
Aimee Allen (aka Aimee Interrupter) & The Interrupters brought the house down on Friday, March 8th to a packed house at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It also coincided with #internationalwomansday!
Flyer | The Interrupters via Facebook
The Interrupters | March 8th, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
The stage was set very punk-ish with their fender guitar cabs, battery powered candles, rugs and various other decor giving it a calm yet punk feel. They had a large ‘Interrupters’ banner displayed behind the drum set as well. Kevin, Justin and Jesse Bivona (all three brothers) took the stage first and got the crowd hyped. After a minute or so Aimee came out like a ball of fire, jumping up on to a stand and putting her arms straight out greeting the crowd.
From there they jumped right into the music, playing 3 songs back to back without missing a beat. I must say, Aimee and the gang were highly energetic and you could tell they love playing their music in front of their fans. They thrive on the energy and excitement they see out in the crowd.
They played a mix of older tunes and newer, including the first single of their new record: "She’s Kerosene" and the newest “Gave you Everything.” They also played “Take Back the Power” and “She Got Arrested.” If you have yet to check out The Interrupters, I highly recommend it; you’ll be up on your feet the entire time. As it so happens they will be going out in support of 311 and Dirty Heads this summer!
Masked Intruder | March 8th, 2019 | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Opening for The Interrupters was the mysterious and mischievous punk rock quintet Masked Intruder. Their sound definitely brings me back as a punk skater! Fast beats, quick guitars and lots of aggression is a good way to describe these masked menaces. On lead guitar you have Green, singing and rhythm guitar you have Blue, on the drums you have Red and on Bass you have, normally, Yellow however Purple was filling in while Yellow is in the slammer. Standing watch over the band was the “officer,” making sure they didn’t get into any further trouble.
The band played tracks off their current record including “Please Come Back to Me” and “I’m Free at Last” as well as some older tunes like “Stick ‘Em Up” and “Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt.” One lucky fan was even brought up on stage to sing and dance along for a song, she did great! If the Masked Intruders are in your area I recommend going to see them live, just keep your valuables safely guarded.
Article & Photo: Peter J-T
August Burns Red headlined another stacked bill; filled with both veterans of the scene and promising young talent at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT; March 1st, 2019, including performances by Crystal Lake, Miss May I, and Fit For A King.
Crystal Lake | 03.01.19 | Hartford, CT:
The show opened with Crystal Lake, performing all the way from Japan on their first North American tour. They played with experience far beyond their years, it was hard to believe this was their first major tour!
Miss May I | 03.01.19 | Hartford, CT:
Miss May I followed, keeping a more traditional “metal” performance alive. They played a blend of songs dating all the way back to "Relentless Chaos," commanding the stage with an assertive presence.
Fit For A King | 03.01.19 | Hartford, CT:
Fit For A King put on the most hectic set of the night, with their guitarist and bassist
finishing the set walking out over the crowd. It was a fun set to watch, and an even better set to listen to. From drummer to vocalist, the band was dialed in their entire set, and it sounded incredible.
August Burns Red | 03.01.19 | Hartford, CT:
August Burns Red headlined with their typical, overwhelming stage presence. While all of the supporting acts were good, the headliners were not to be outdone. August Burns Red passionately played songs from much of their discography, catering to the new fans and the long-timers.
It was a thrilling conclusion to an exhilarating night!
Article and Photos : Peter J-T
Sevendust continued their musical legacy with another headliner to start off 2019. The tour came through Connecticut on February 18th, a chilly Monday night; selling out Toad’s Place in New Haven. Openers included: Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater, and Kirra. Click the flyer photo below for further tour information:
Kirra | 02.18.19 | New Haven, Connecticut:
The first band to hit the stage was Kirra; they wasted no time getting to full energy.
Lullwater | 02.18.19 | New Haven, Connecticut:
Lullwater followed suit setting the scene.
Cane Hill | 02.18.19 | New Haven, Connecticut:
Cane Hill played the heaviest set of the evening. It was a huge boost to the energy.
Tremonti | 02.18.19 | New Haven, Connecticut:
The lights dimmed to begin Tremonti's set. Each of the bands added to the energy harnessed by the previous acts; a perfect night for Sevendust to do what they do.
Sevendust | 02.18.19 | New Haven, Connecticut:
Sevendust capped off the night brilliantly, as they will surely continue to do for years to come. The headliners proudly shared that this year would be their twentieth on the road, which is truly an incredible feat. The crowd sang along to songs from the band’s lengthy catalog, as the headliner’s played with an undeniable passion.
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.
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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.
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