HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD & ABANDON ALL SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX – CMF 2013 PT.1 FEATURE EDITORIAL

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas
All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

 FEATURE EDITORIAL

CANADIAN MUSIC FEST 2013 PART 1

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD & ABANDON ALL SHIPS

 

 

By: Fridae Mattas

This review was to be included with all of the other Canadian Music Week and Canadian Music Festival content but decided to split the editorials in half to give proper feature time to the artists that made the cut. After a few obstacles I am back to expressing my thoughts on these two bands.

Not too long ago I covered the headliners Hollywood Undead at a different venue but I have never seen Abandon All Ships live. They are one of those bands I always miss and the same thing almost happened again! Arrived at venue a few seconds to camera call, did not know if I missed it. Luckily for me the girl at the door was very helpful and the fabulous Live Nation escort came to get me, thank you for that! As we rushed into the pit I was scoping out the crowd, it was pretty packed already and Abandon All Ships was the second of three bands to grace the  Phoenix stage that night. DRUMS - ABANDON ALL SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013ABANDON ALL SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013Abandon All Ships is a five piece Electronicore band from Toronto, they have been on the scene since 2006 and will be releasing a new record July 3rd. I’ve heard two of their tracks before “Take One Last Breath” and “Infamous” which I recognized as they played them in their set. Aita’s screaming was fantastic, I love hearing growls that you can mostly understand. When Angelo Aita is not screaming he could be a little more entertaining and personable with the crowd as could Bassist Martin Broda. His vocals were decent, he has a nice tone to his voice and there is potential but he needs to work on his breathing, enunciation. The one reason I don’t listen tot his band is I am not a fan of autotuned vocals. Guitarist Daniel Ciccotelli was the most entertaining of the band, they all could have used a little more energy but overall a respectable performance…I recommend checking them out if you want a pleasant fusion of music in your ears.  MARTIN BRODA - BASS/VOX - ABANDON ALL SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CANGELO AITA - VOX - ABANDON  SHIPS LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013

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TORONTO CROWD @ HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013Hollywood Undead were the headliners, the house lights were dimming , the fog started to emerge and once the beat dropped the crowd was fired up and ready for the band to blow them away! HU started in with the intro “Dust In The Wind” morphing into their set with hit single “Undead”. I was expecting the crowd to be a lot crazier than they were, it was like they were fighting the urge to crowd surf and mosh. A few were brave enough to fly around but in my opinion not enough people  were surfing considering how many bodies were in the venue, I was a little dissapointed in Toronto. It was good to see more females this time around, all were enjoying themselves and some were having a little too much fun! One girl in particular was escorted by security a few times because she was too intoxicated, some people just don’t know their limit or how to handle their liquor. As much as I dislike shooting in mosh pits or with crowd surfers, I love to photograph them and look forward to these shows just to get shots of the amazing crowd. Not this time…Although they were very energetic it did not compare to the crowd when I first covered Hollywood Undead at the Sound Academy. It could be because the band always comes to Toronto in the middle of cold ass Canadian winter, when most of us are hibernating in our igloos (ha ha). As I migrated out of the pit and back into the crowd area it was pretty packed for a Wednesday night where more than 300 other bands were playing across the city for the 2013 Canadian Music Week festival. DA KURLZZ - MC/DRUMS - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2DANIEL MURILLO - VOX - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2Once the band began to play, the first few songs were strong but soon enough I could hear there was something off, it sounded like they were having some technical issues with the equipment. Messier and a little strained but then again it was not their fault, the sound system clearly needs an overhaul. If you have the option to migrate around and shoot from different angles, always take it! The more options the bettter but there were a few newer photographers camping out at the same place for all three tunes. I love shooting the masks especially the ones that light up, I have mentioned this before in prior reviews so I will skip the details. I do wonder if they can see in those things? I did see that they were sweating bullets under those masks, I tried my best to avoid sweat drops on me or my lens. last time there was no pit and this venue usually doesn’t have one, I came prepared ready to shoot from anywhere  in the venue.J3T - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX  CMF 2013HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013On with the show! It was the same setlist as the last performance covered, the fans eagerly chanted and sang the words to each song before the beats dropped. Majority of them knew the track order off by heart. It’s always cool to watch all of this transpire after I am done photographing the band, you can feel the love the people have for their favorite musical act. The Larries of Hollywood Undead are stepping their game up every time I catch a set, Funny Man is not lurking in the shadows as much anymore however, I did see him standing in a corner taking it all in. His voice is full of bass when he flows, my ears like this sound! If  keeps up the crowd visibility and confidence enhancement, he will actually embody his nickname on stage. “I didn’t expect him to sound like that, he doesn’t look like he can rap” said a girl to her friend in the crowd. How can you tell by looking at someone if they can rap or sing? Some people are seriously delayed.FUNNY MAN - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013J DOG - MC/KEYS HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013The whole band had much more energy at the January show, but they had the charisma necessary to deliver what the fans were expecting, a great fucking performance. They just released a new record titled “Notes From The Underground”, working on that review. I like their style of Rap Rock crossbreeding especially the beats, these Eminemabee’s are growing on me. J3T and Charlie had the tightest flow with the most conviction followed by Funny Man and J-Dog. Danny sang his heart out as the crowd was singing along with him. There were moments he sounded a little tired but kept his energy up throughout the show. The Drummers had a nice solo which is always fantastic to watch because there are two of them, Da Kurlzz who floated the stage even more occasionally shaking out his curly fro hair. And, there was D-Rock who kept the beats on lock the entire set! I always try my best to get shots of every person on stage but sometimes it’s hard getting a clear shot of the drummer. And with this band it was more challenging because there are nintey five band members on the stage ha ha.DA KURLZZ - MC/DRUMS - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2CHARLIE SCENE - MC/VOX/GUITAR - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOEHOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013J-Dog was rocking the Axe and Keys throughout the set as was Charlie Scene and Danny. But, J-Dog took it to the next level and jammed out on the speaker with his guitar for a few minutes, the crowd loved that! J-Dog is the most improved this time, they need to do more stage antics and work on interacting with the audience. Bringing a few fans up on stage every show is a good start.J3T - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX  CMF 2013HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013During the set in January Charlie Scene’s twin Larry was chosen to come on stage. This time, they invited two little boys both of whom looked under eleven (all ages show). The little Larries were dancing around trying to rap with the big boys, that was too cute. I love it when bands acknowledge their fans even when they have mascara tears, make them feel special and they will always come back for more. Hollywood Undead closed the set with “We Are” the first single from the new album. On that note, I suggest checking both bands live if you get the chance.

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE PHOENIX CMF 2013
All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE MOD CLUB 2013 – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD

LIVE @ THE MOD CLUB

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW  

2013

All Photography By: Fridae Mattas
All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

By: Fridae Mattas

It has been a few years since I first saw Hollywood Undead live at the Sound Academy, they have recently dropped a new record “Notes From The Underground” released January 8th 2013, a review for that album will be published in the near future. This was the first official show of 2013 for Fridae TV, I chose to cover this band once again last Wednesday January 23rd because the people love them! From the day I published the 2011 editorial HU has been searched every day and the review is still one of the top viewed on Fridae TV. What the people want, I try my best to give. It was a sold out show and the people were already hype and ready to see Hollywood Undead in action. Too funny it was, the scalpers were asking everyone if they had extra tickets for them to buy. One scalper was so mad that this woman wouldn’t give him her extra tickets, I was laughing as he bitched about it to some chick.Once they let me in I wandered the venue to find a spot to shoot from, no pit for this one. The venue was the Virgin Mobile Mod Club which usually never has a pit. I brought different size lenses for that reason, there was no way I was going to shoot from the front of the crowd. The HU set in 2011 was insane, bodies were flying before they even hit the stage! This show was a little calmer but that didn’t stop the crowd from moshing and surfing, sometimes even a few of the band Larries dove in. As the crowd waited for the band, I was trying to find the perfect camera settings but that didn’t matter because majority of the lighting was red, I hate red lighting. Anyway, the crowd started to chant and the band eventually hit the stage kicking off the set with their hit tune “Undead” after an instrumental intro.CHARLIE SCENE - MC/VOX/GUITAR - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013 - All Photography By: Fridae Mattas

DANIEL MURILLO - VOX - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE - All Photography By: Fridae MattasThey mixed the tunes well in their eighteen track set with a variety CHARLIE SCENE - MC/VOX/GUITAR - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MODCLUB 2013 - Photography By: Fridae Mattas of new and older material. The crowd was mostly males but I did see quite a few females and people of all ages, at the last show it was a much younger crowd. I loved the boys who were near me, so polite and helpful. They also rocked out hard and knew every word to majority of the tunes. It’s always fun seeing the fans reactions as they watch their favorite band live in the flesh. There were moments when the whole crowd started chanting the song that they were to play before they even played it! Yes, the venue was smaller but the band and the fans tore it up like they were at the ACC. Vocals by the whole band were pretty good considering this was the last show of the tour. I heard a few pitchy notes and some cracklies from Danny but that is understandable. He did throw it down with plenty of energy, truly engaging the crowd as every frontman should. All of the MC’s were on point but I wish a few would have a little more conviction. However, I must say, they all have  improved vastly and I noticed they are looking healthier and have more stamina. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013 - Photography By: Fridae MattasJ3T - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 20 DA KURLZZ - MC/DRUMS - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013 - Photography By: Fridae Mattas                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FUNNY MAN - MC - HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013 - Photography By: Fridae Mattas              George Ragan “Johnny 3 Tears/J3T” who I thought is the most improved wasn’t so out of breath,  his  flow is getting pretty slick and he  interacted with the crowd a lot more. Charlie Scene – Jordon Terrel held it together by rocking that axe and rhyming! He does need to be a little tighter and give a little more attention to the fans even with the axe in hand. They had two fantastic drummers Daren Pfeifer who is always behind the kit while Matthew St. Claire “Da Kurlzz” floated around and rapped when he wasn’t drumming. I wish there was more visibility from Funny Man he was lingering in the background while the others took command of the stage, I noticed the same thing last time. He needs to gain more confidence and come out of his shell. They all have some phenomenal masks, the coolest ones being those that light up like J-Dog’s mask “Jorel Decker”. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013 - Photography By: Fridae MattasMy favorite part of the set was when Danny pointed out a fan in the front who was decked out from head to toe like Charlie Scene and brought him up on stage to rap with the band. I’m sure it was the highlight of his life so far and for a little white boy he wasn’t half bad. Like all of the fans, he knew every word to the track. I love it when bands randomly do things for their fans because they are the most important part of the show and so many artists and bands forget that.HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013 - Photography By: Fridae MattasThe newer tracks sound pretty solid but one track they played “Another Way Out” totally reminded me of a Backstreet Boys tune and I’m scratching my brain trying to figure out which one, my fourteen year old self would have known! The last track of the set before the encores was “Hear Me Now”, the crowd was so loud I wasn’t expecting those high decibels. I watched the set from every angle of the room and once I reached the back there was  one man who stood out, he looked about fifty or so and was rocking out hardcore joining the teens and twenty somethings head banging to the beats! They closed the set with their first single off of their new album  “We Are”, another crowd favorite. Hollywood Undead did it again, their fans love them and I’m sure people that went to the show not knowing who they were are now guaranteed fans. They finally stopped talking about their dicks every five minutes and now can be taken seriously as legit musical powerhouses in the making. Thanks to the fabulous folks at Live Nation for being so amazing! If you can and haven’t yet, I recommend you go see Hollywood Undead live and grab their latest record here.

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE @ THE VIRGIN MOBILE MOD CLUB 2013 - Photography By: Fridae Mattas

 

Fridae’s Choice TOP 10 LIVE 2011

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Happy New Year! It’s 2012 and I was going to publish this last year but I had to think about it a little more and finally I compiled a list of the top fifteen. I still needed some time to let it swirl, absorbing into my mind and reflect once again on the insanity of 2011. It was an incredible year for coverage many firsts, the two book signings which were chaotic , I am still undecided on if I or any of the team will be covering any in store signings again, only due to safety concerns, all were very confusing and clustered but nothing compared to the album signing…That was beyond insanity, it amazed me that the artist still had such an impact on his fans and how many females still cried.

After much consideration among the incredibly talented candidates the conclusion is…My most favorite live performance was Boyz II Men at the KoolHaus. I grew up listening and singing to these R&B legends but that is  not why I chose them. Their set was a pure raw performance without auto-tune, stage theatrics or drama, it was just the backing tracks and their voices but it was not perfect there were some issues but there never is the perfect show, shit happens things go wrong all the time and people do make mistakes! Never the less Boyz II Men brought it back to how it used to be in music, when the real talent prevailed and the over glorified tacky redundancy was shunned. Regardless of the time period Boyz II Men were still able to draw and captivate a crowd without the need for explosives or a five minute prerecorded badly acted introduction skit. In this case less is always more and as a singer I have to give it up to them for being able to still throw it down showing everyone how it’s done. Below is my top 10 live of 2011 list and the top 5 honorable mentions. Each artist, group or band are at the top of the game when it comes to making those records come to life on the stage, electrifying audiences globally.

Thank you to everyone I have worked with over the few years, lets hope we have some amazing times again this  year! And a humongous THANK YOU goes out to YOU! The FridaeTV audience worldwide, it’s all because of you I am fortunate enough to interview, photograph, film and review some of the most talented in this small yet so vast entertainment world. Thank you to everyone for actually caring about this budding little publication and I appreciate all of your continued support! Wishing you all a miraculous 2012! Much Love xxoooo ~ Fridae

FRIDAE’S CHOICE TOP 10 LIVE 2011

#1.

BOYZ II MEN

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#2LINKIN PARK

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#3. DEBORAH COX

Read the Pride Toronto 2011 Review Here!

#4. COLLIE BUDDZ

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#5. COHEED AND CAMBRIA

Read the Editorial Review Here!

#6. YELAWOLF

Read Editorial Review of Vans Warped Tour 2011 Here!

#7. ROB ZOMBIE

Read the Heavy T.O. Festival 2011 Editorial Review Here!

#8. AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Read The RockStar Uproar Festival Editorial Review Here!

#9. THREE DAYS GRACE

Read The RockStar Uproar Festival Editorial Review Here!

#10. HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD

Read The Editorial Review Here!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

1. FINGER ELEVEN

2. A PERFECT CIRCLE

3. ART OF DYING

4. RISE AGAINST

5. NKOTBSB

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He’s Alive! Former Hollywood Undead Frontman Finds A New Home.

 

DEUCE LIVES ON FIVE SEVEN MUSIC

Los Angeles, CA – California based lyricist, producer and knows-no-boundaries singer/rapper Deuce has announced plans to release his intensely anticipated debut solo album Nine Lives via Five Seven Music on March 27, 2012 worldwide. Experiencing unprecedented success as the Frontman for Hollywood Undead, and creatively fueling the band’s fire that lead to millions of views on YouTube and over 800,000 in album sales of Swan Songs, Deuce’s solo effort picks up right where the aforementioned sensation left off.

“This album has that signature Deuce sound and is similar in flavor to what I created on Swan Songs but completely unrestricted and rated NC-17. I took some of the shit I couldn’t get away with on Swan Songs and brought it to another level for Nine Lives. If you liked what I did before you will love this shit. Deuce lives mother-fucker,” says Deuce.

Deuce recently wrapped two music videos in Los Angeles, directed by Nathan Cox (Marilyn Manson, Linkin Park, Black Veil Brides), for “Let’s Get It Crackin'” and “America” from the upcoming album.

Deuce is a songwriter, producer, singer/rapper hailing from Los Angeles, CA. As the co-founder, former lead singer and main songwriter/producer for Hollywood Undead, Deuce emerged as the creative force that led the band to staggering albums sales of their debut, Swan Songs, which also reached #1 on the Alternative, Hard Rock and Rock album charts. Deuce is known for his signature masks and ability to jump start any party with his often raunchy and vulgar lyrics. Since his departure with Hollywood Undead in 2010, Deuce has performed in front of thousands at 2011’s Epicenter and has been gearing up for the release of Nine Lives.

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HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD LIVE IN TORONTO @ THE SOUND ACADEMY REVIEW

HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD

LIVE @ THE SOUND ACADEMY

Toronto Review

By: Fridae Mattas

 

Not everyone knows who this band is but those that do either love them or hate them. The lyrical content in their songs sometimes strikes a chord with people and becomes controversial topic. Their new disc “American Tragedy” is the first record without founding member Aron Erlichman “Deuce/ The Producer”. On April 3rd they hit the Sound Academy on their North American tour in support of their new record; it was released a few days after the Toronto show and is now available for all of you to buy. Hollywood Undead first made a little splash on the scene when they signed with MySpace Records in 2005, soon after they left the label due to the censorship of their material and signed with A&M/Octone records finally releasing ‘Swan Songs’ in 2008. What drew me to this California native band was their fusion of Hip Hop, Rap and Rock, my ears liked the way they sounded. Many compare them to Limp Bizkit but I beg to refuse, Limp Bizkit is just that…Limp! I can’t stand that band’s music most importantly Fred Durst’s voice is so ugly to my ears.

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They opened the thirteen track set with their hit tune “Undead”, I actually really like the beat of that track, the lyrics eh they are honest but need work. When they first popped out on stage I was so lost because I had no idea who was who and the fog was taking over. There are six in the band and after a few tunes I was getting more familiar with their masks which looked spectacular when the light reflected off of a few making them glow. A few of the members apparently were in gangs, have been in and out of the bin and the masks they wear are for hiding identities. In reality, they wear the masks for aesthetic purposes so the fans can have individual character types to identify with. The masks are usually worn every show for the first few songs and then they take them off. Recently the masks were pimped out and look eight thousand times better than the ghetto ass Jason masks they originated with.

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While I was shooting in the pit, it was hard to get clean shots because they used way too much fog! I couldn’t see shit but thankfully the security team was there and had my back as they pulled crowd surfers over and over again. They all had great energy, the new guy Danny didn’t do too badly on vocals; I like his voice better than the singer they booted.

The current band is “Charlie Scene” Jordon Terrell – Vocals/Guitar, “Johnny 3 Tears” George Ragan – Vocals, “J-Dog” Jorel Decker – Vocals/Bass/Rhythm/Keys, “Da Kurlzz” Matthew St.Claire – Drums/Screams, “Funny Man” Dylan Alvarez – Vocals and Daniel Murillo “Danny” Vocals. The set was mixed with a few new tracks and the first albums key “Swan Songs”. The show was not sold out but people were there, I honestly thought nobody was going to show up at all because of the extreme schizo weather we were having in Toronto.

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I left my house it was warm with a side of sunshine, I got off the subway and it was pouring rain, a half hour after I got to the venue I went for a smoke and tada! It was snowing these ginormous flakes, even better was when I left the venue it started to hail! Only in Toronto can we find all of that weather in a matter of hours! When I went back around into the venue to see the rest of the show after my three media tunes were over the masks were off…That confused me because now I had to figure out who was who all over again. Most of them I wish would have kept the masks on especially when they sang lyrics like “Girl, come and smoke my poll like a Marlboro” Yeah…No thanks!  By the end of the set some of them were getting tired and lazy but the crowd didn’t seem to notice they loved every minute. Their flow wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and they played their instruments fluidly.

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The set closed with ‘Hear Me Now’ as the encore which made the crowd fanatical, what else is new!? The fans went nuts during all of the songs, singing along, moshing, crowd surfing the usual rock show antics. The lighting was done well, they had smoke shooting out during certain tracks blending with the lights emulating the look of fire but it was just lighting tricks. The only thing I would have preferred was less red lighting and more blue or green but what can you do when it’s not your show. All in all I enjoyed their clowning around and they have pretty tight flow for a bunch of white guys, Eminem could easily blend well with this band. If you get a chance to see these larries of Hollywood Undead live go for it! This band may not attract the older crowds but the teens and early twenties love them, you have to try mostly everything once. Hollywood Undead is Fridae Approved!

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