DIE MANNEQUIN – NEON ZERO – FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

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NEON ZERO

FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 

Toronto’s female fronted punk rockers Die Mannequin released their third studio album Neon Zero today! They will be celebrating tonight at Cherry Colas where Tony and Care will be spinning their favorite tracks off of the new record. Since receiving this album back in August, I have been listening to it every chance possible and I’m so glad I did! Opening track “Welcome To The Badlands” sets the tone for this musical journey, collectively modern yet retro with an anthemic feel. Their strong first single “Sucker Punch” was an instant ear pleaser, if you haven’t heard it yet I suggest you take a listen and don’t forget to get your copy of Neon Zero. There were a few songs on this record like “Blood In Blood Out” and  “Pretty Persuasion” that I skipped at first listen. Had I not absorbed the records tunes entirely, they wouldn’t have grown on me as they have. Now, “Pretty Persuasion” is one of my favourites, I love the sound of the guitar riffs, they give the track this haunted vibe my ears are drawn to. “Murder On the Dancefloor” is another catchy tune that is worth a listen, compared to their previous records this is the most radio friendly I have heard DM. Quite surprised to tell you the truth but it turned out to be a pretty fucking fantastic surprise!

DIE MANNEQUIN - LIVE @ PRIDE TORONTO 2012
Photo By: Fridae Mattas

They have created a vibe that reminds you of 80’s music with a slice of Hip Hop, 90’s, Punk, Grunge and Dance. You can hear all of those influences in there. One track in particular “Girls At the Mall”, reminds me so much of Veruca Salt’s “Volcano Girls” with a little Nirvana to end the track. Very impressed with vocals, major props go out to Care for showcasing her vocal versatility, keep up the amazing work! The band sounded tight, the quality of sound in the production of each sonata is crisp and proper, no ghetto recordings here. “Prettier lips tell prettier lies” from the last tune, “Outta Time” on this eleven track musical adventure is one of my favourite lyrics. I also loved the randomness at the end of the fast paced “Ka-Ching” with the bonus. There are a few tunes like “I’m Just A Girl” that I just couldn’t get into. I tried, and I commend vocals, but the tune itself was a little too Avril Lavignesque for my ears to handle. Neon Zero is worth many listens, from the first time I saw Die Mannequin rock out at the Horseshoe to this album here in 2014 they have come a very long way and I’m liking this new direction. The nicest people you’ll ever encounter, and so beyond talented! Die Mannequin is; Care Failure – Vocals/Guitar, Anthony Bleed – Bass/Backing vocals, Stacy Stray – Guitar/Backing vocals and Dazzer Scott on the Drums. NEON ZERO is an essential listening need! Everyone needs to buy this record and support these great Canadian talents, Die Mannequin’s Neon Zero gets 4 music notes ♪♪♪♪ out of 5!  

COPYRIGHT © 2014 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

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FREDFEST 2014 WITH: BREACHED, PUP & HOLLERADO – VISUAL FEATURE EDITORIAL

HOLLERADO LIVE @ FRED FEST APRIL 11TH 2014
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All Photography By: Joanna Glezakos

 

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FRIDAE TV’S TOP 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2012

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TOP 10 BEST ALBUMS

OF

2012

By: Fridae Mattas

#1: DEFTONES – KOI NO YOKAN – Watch a tune from their set at Heavy T.O, 2012 here.

#2: ENTER SHIKARI – A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR: Read the record review by FridaeTV contributor Anthony Dell’Orso here.

#3: THE CULT – CHOICE OF WEAPON: You can watch the interview with Ian Astbury here.

#4: KRS One – THE BDP ALBUM – Read the record review and the DJ Kenny Parker interview here.

#5: PINK – THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE

#6: LINKIN PARK – LIVING THINGS 

#7: EMELI SANDÉ – OUR VERSION OF EVENTS – Read the live review on Emeli here.

#8:  GREEN DAY – UNO

#9: SLASH FT. MILES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS – APOCALYPTIC LOVE

#10: SOUNDGARDEN – KING ANIMAL

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

YELAWOLF AND TRAVIS BARKER – PSYCHO WHITE 

THREE DAYS GRACE – TRANSIT OF VENUS

THE USED – VULNERABLE

KRISTINA MARIA – TELL THE WORLD – Watch the interview with Mizz Kristina Maria here.

THE WALLFLOWERS – GLAD ALL OVER – Read the live editorial review here.

 

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

 

THE JOHNSTONES DROP 5TH RECORD “SUCK” OCTOBER 22ND 2012!

THE JOHNSTONES SET TO RELEASE FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
“SUCK” OCTOBER 22, 2012

 
TV SERIES CROWN THE TOWN WITH RYAN LONG PREMIERES OCTOBER 3, 2012
ON ROGERS TV TORONTO
 

Toronto, ON – Multitalented Canadian ska/punk band The Johnstones are gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album SUCK (Stomp Records/Warner Music Canada) on October 22, 2012. In conjunction with the album, they have created and produced a half-hour mock/reality comedy TV series, Crown The Town with Ryan Long, premiering on Rogers TV Toronto Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough October 3, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. To celebrate the series’ launch, The Johnstones are hosting a premiere party at Toronto’s Comedy Bar on September 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to the public. The Ajax-born, Toronto-based sextet is comprised of Ryan Long (lead vocals), Jarek Hardy (guitar/vocals), Rene Gillezeau (guitar/trumpet/MC), Brent Marks (bass guitar), Julian Warmé (keyboards/trombone) and Mike Murphy (drums).
 
SUCK is of a mix of musical styles and attitudes; combining ska, punk and hip hop, delivered in true rock and roll fashion. The Johnstones have one of the wildest live shows in music today, and this album, recorded at Chilleville Studios in Mississauga and produced by James Robertson (Down With Webster, Esthero, Classified), has been able to capture the essence of that energy.
 
Greig Nori, frontman of Treble Charger, once asked ‘Why don’t The Johnstones have a TV show yet?” Now, finally the answer is ‘they do.’ Crown The Town with Ryan Long, airing on Rogers TV Toronto on Wednesday nights at 11:00 p.m., is ‘Bringing cool back to TV.’ Reminiscent of shows like The Tom Green Show, Jackass and The Ali G Show, the series finds a way to deliver a bizarre combination of sketches, music videos, interviews, stunts, special guests and more. Every episode features The Gang on a quest to find the best in categories like the ‘Best Place to Dig Through Garbage,’ ‘Best Pole Dance Teacher’ and the ‘Best University Campus to Pick Up Girls At.’ It is like nothing else on television right now and has already received praise from such television legends as Tom Green, Kenny Hotz (Kenny vs. Spenny) and Jackass alumni, Steve-O, who will be featured on the show for its inaugural season.
 
The Johnstones started as a band of high school troublemakers, creating their own off-the-wall music videos, now they have become a multimedia force. Aside from garnering over five million combined plays on YouTube and MySpace, The Johnstones have charted on the MuchMusic countdown and toured the world with bands such as Hedley, Gob, Reel Big Fish and The Mad Caddies. They have also been featured in various movies, TV shows, cartoons, commercials and comedy shows, opening for acts like Jackass’ Steve-O. The Johnstones are currently rehearsing for their 2013 tour. Dates to be announced.

SUCK – Track Listing
1. Bad, Bad Dream
2. The Wanderer
3. Jennifer’s Jacket
4. Bottom Of The Ocean
5. Mic In Hand
6. Million Dollars
7. S.O.S.
8. Mr. Gillezeau’s Opus
9. These Are The Times
10. Live Forever
11. Come Out With Me Tonight
12. Locomotion
13. The Menu

 

Web: www.thejohnstonessuck.com
Twitter: @TheJohnstones
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thejohnstones
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/phatbredrens
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thejohnstones
 
Crown The Town with Ryan Long
Web: www.crownthetown.tv
Showtimes: www.rogerstv.com/crownthetown 
Twitter: @CrownTheTown
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Crownthetown

PIERCE THE VEIL PREMIER NEW MUSIC VIDEO “KING FOR A DAY”

San Diego quartet Pierce The Veil has premiered their much-anticipated new music video for single “King For A Day”  today on VEVO, featuring Sleeping With Siren’s Kellin Quinn. The video, which was first revealed on MTV BUZZWORTHY, features the guys’ tongue-in-cheek take on a heist movie.  

“We wanted something that mixes Oceans Eleven with the old school 80’s heist movies like Point Break and Gleaming The Cube. It was so much fun shooting all the action in a real bank and getting to work with real actors and actresses. Definitely our best video yet!” – Lead Singer, Vic Fuentes.

The track is featured on the band’s critically acclaimed new album Collide With The Sky, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Alternative Chart, #1 on the Rock Chart, and #1 on the Hard Music Chart, selling over 27,000 copies in its first week. The album is available now on iTunes.   

Pierce The Veil – “King For A Day” Music Video (Ft. Kellin Quinn)


Following a colossal summer on the main stage of Vans Warped Tour and a UK headline run in September, Pierce The Veil will charge into fall to headline the “Rockstar Energy presents The Collide With The Sky Tour” with direct support from Sleeping With Sirens, labelmates Tonight Alive, and Hands Like Houses.  

PIERCE THE VEIL – Vic Fuentes (Vocals), Mike Fuentes (Drums), Tony Perry (Guitar), Jaime Preciado (Bass) – With a unique brand of progressive post-hardcore, Pierce The Veil have captured a rabid fan base across the globe. Gaining a reputation for their explosive live show and the unique vocal style of singer Vic Fuentes, the band has received press support from Outburn, Kerrang!, Revolver, AOL, FUSE TV, warped tour coverage feature by The NY Times, and were recently featured on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Alternative Press Magazine and AMP Magazine’s Warped Tour Issue. Primed with an incredible new album and a rigorous tour schedule, Pierce The Veil are truly on fire!

TOUR DATES

UK headline tour w/ Crown The Empire
Sept 16 – Leeds @ Cockpit 2 
Sept 17 – Newcastle @ Academy 2 
Sept 18 – Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
Sept 20 – Nottingham @ Rock City Basement
Sept 21 – London @ Underworld
Sept 22 – Birmingham @ Asylum 
Sept 23 – Manchester @ Moho Live
Sept 25 – Southampton @ Joiners
Sept 26 – Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Sept 27 – Bristol @ The Fleece
Sept 28 – Kingston @ The Peelw/ Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, Hands Like Houses  
Oct 12 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse 
Oct 13 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA  
Oct 14 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater 
Oct 17 – Dallas, TX @ The Door 
Oct 18 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit  
Oct 19 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse 
Oct 21 – Nashville, TN @ Rockettown 
Oct 23 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live  
Oct 24 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room  
Oct 25 – St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater 
Oct 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 
Oct 27 – Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club 
Oct 28 – Baltimore, MD @ The Recher Theater 
Oct 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
Oct 31 – Albany, NY @ Northern Lights 
Nov 2 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium  
Nov 3 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre (w/ Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, & I Am King)  
Nov 4 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House (w/ Sleeping With Sirens, Tonight Alive, & I Am King)  
Nov 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater 
Nov 7 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues 
Nov 8 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot 
Nov 9 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues 
Nov 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
Nov 12 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Nov 14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue  
Nov 16 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon  
Nov 17 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 
Nov 18 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 
Nov 20 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims  
Nov 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues 
Nov 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – Strip 

REFUSED LIVE @ THE SOUND ACADEMY 2012 – FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

REFUSED

LIVE @ THE SOUND ACADEMY 2012

FEATURE EDITORIAL REVIEW

By: Fridae Mattas

It has been fourteen years since Swedish Punk band Refused hit the road together. They dropped one last record “The Shape Of Punk To Come” in 1998 and called it quits. Recently, the band reunited to do a tour hitting up various venues across the globe, one of those stops was Toronto for two nights at The Sound Academy.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

The current band is: Dennis Lyxzén – Lead Vocals, David Sandström – Drums/Melodic, Kristofer Steen – lead Guitar/Bass, Jon Brännström – Backup Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Magnus Flagge (aka Magnus Björklund) – Bass/Cello.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV

We hit up the July 23rdshow, it was packed but not sold out like the previous evening for the first show. The venue filled up nicely and the crowd was fantastic. As a bonus we saw some cool lightning action by the water as we waited for the bands to start. There were a few people I recognized at the show; it was good to see familiar faces. I was texting by the pit entrance waiting for OFF! to hit the stage as the security guard excitedly pointed out a member from Billy Talent as he passed us by, it’s always awesome to see male security guards teenie out! OFF’s set began at about 9:30 and they played until approximately 10:15. I have never heard of OFF! before so this was intriguing to me, I always like to see fresh bands because it leaves me curious to see how they sound without anyone’s opinions trying to cloud my ears.

OFF is a Hardcore punk band from Los Angeles, the band formed in 2009 known to be a supergroup of sorts and consists of; Keith Morris – Vocals (Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats – Guitar (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald – Bass (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba – Drums (Hot Snakes/Earthless/Rocket From The Crypt).

Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV

The tracks were so short and the vocal mic didn’t have the greatest levels to start, eventually the sound evened out but it really didn’t matter, my three tracks were over. The guitar sounded amazing but was drowning out frontman Keith Morris’ vocals. The band had great energy and I was enjoying their performance but was getting restless because Morris talked longer than he sang, it was boring me. I wandered off to the patio for a smoke, I could still hear the band which was fabulous and could watch the set at the bar on a flat screen TV. The Sound Academy is a fantastic venue, it’s only hindrance is the lack of TTC access.

Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV

Set time for Refused was eleven but they rocked the stage earlier than expected. They had this big reveal before the first tune so we had to wait until it was dropped and put away. This was nothing new for me, many bands I have covered do this and of course I don’t mind, everything is for the fans. They were so excited and loving every second of Refused being on that stage. I always try my best not to get in the fans way because they just want to enjoy their favorite band live without big heads in the pit for the whole set. I understand why the three track rule exists but it would be smart to have media do songs 4, 5 and 6, because with most sets the kinks are usually worked out by then. The only artist I have ever covered that has had media shoot songs 4, 5 and 6 instead of the first three was Rapper Nas, very bright on his team’s part. 

Refused started in with Worms Of The Senses / Faculties Of The Skull, I wish I could have filmed the reveal but we had to wait. If it weren’t for the fans I wouldn’t have been able to film Liberation Frequency because security thought the three tracks were already over until the fans confirmed they only played two, thank you! They thought the long intro and first two songs were it, many security guards make that mistake and that lack of communication gets very annoying. Thank you so much to AEG/Goldenvoice Canada and new Fridae TV photographer Dipan for taking some cool shots. You can watch the mentioned songs by clicking the title links and can find more photos here.

Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV

These extremely enthused and energetic Swedes put on a spectacularly entertaining show, frontman Lyxzén was flying all over the place doing his thing. By the end of the set he was topless, it was a scorcher that day and he first came out in a suit. The band was so impeccably crisp, I loved how the guitars sounded, very clean with a few crazy riffs. The only thing I have to say is the  rest of the band needsto match the singers vitality. They seemed a little delayed at first but once they warmed up they got into it a little more . It is hard to be the lead, many artistic performers are shy and others love to soak up all the attention. What I have come to notice is the shyer modest artists are usually the extremely talented, unlike the majority of the “Artists” that crave all the attention and boast profusely about how gloriously amazing they are. When on stage everyone gets nervous, unless you are bored with your job or intoxicated to the point where the whole audience looks like DeadMau5 you get nervous.

Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV

The trick is to act, create a character or stage persona to help you be who you want to be on that stage, it makes it so much easier to calm and control the nerves. But having a different persona on stage can come with a price for many artists. For some, after a few tours they cannot find their true self becoming lost in the world they have created. And the lines between fantasy and reality are so blurred they can’t tell the difference anymore.

As the band played on I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were, I have never in my life seen them perform and had only heard a few of their songs. Vocals were stellar, I did not hear him go flat once during the fifteen track set which is extremely rare for a live show. What I liked about this Swedish punk band is their music had melodies and guitar solos, it was not all yelling and auto-tuned pop hooks. The songs have a creative trance like ambiance with a solid structure that draws you in. Refused put on one of the best shows I have seen this year and they didn’t need to use any pyrotechnics to make that possible. They ended off the last Toronto set with encores “New Noise” and “Tannhäuser / Derive”. If you are a punk fan and you have the opportunity to see this band live, I suggest you take that chance before it ends, who knows if anyone will ever see Refused rock the stage again.

COPYRIGHT © 2012 FRIDAE MATTAS. All Rights Reserved

Photography By: Dipan Cheema for FridaeTV

YELLOWCARD RELEASE 1ST SINGLE “ALWAYS SUMMER” FROM NEW ALBUM!

YELLOWCARD RELEASE “ALWAYS SUMMER”


First Track From Upcoming Album on Hopeless Records

After coming out of hiatus last year with their seventh studio album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes to worldwide acclaim, Hopeless recording artists YELLOWCARD are getting ready for another big and powerful year with “ALWAYS SUMMER”, the first released track from the upcoming album due out later this Summer.  With a new and firm lineup (Josh Portman fills in for departing bassist Sean O’Donnell), Yellowcard have been hard at work in the studio with longtime producer Neal Avron, creating another career highpoint in a history filled with pinnacles.

A fresh and energetic guitar-led track, “Always Summer” crashes out of the gate with their dual-guitar attack with a muscular rhythm section and punctuated by Sean Mackin’s distinctive violin, providing a perfect rallying cry that not only are Yellowcard back, but they’re here to stay.  Confident and strengthened by the fan support they’ve received on their return with WYTTSY, this song is not only a love song of sorts, but also a thank you to their fans, in which Ryan Key sings, “I think I have everything I need / It got dark, but now I think I see / The World around is full of arms still reaching out to me.”  The track will be streamed exclusively on Absolutepunk.net on Monday, May 21st and will be available on iTunes  starting Tuesday, May 22nd.

Kicking off the Summer with a special performance at USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester, PA, on Saturday, June 2nd, Yellowcard will be one of the headliners on this Summer’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour which begins in Salt Lake City, UT on June 16th and wraps up on August 5th in Portland, OR.

With over two million albums sold and eight singles that have received significant Top 40 and Alternative radio airplay including the smash “Ocean Avenue”, Yellowcard’s most recent studio album, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes debuted on at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums and top ten charts worldwide when it was released last Spring. Their upcoming album is set for release this Summer and features guest vocals from Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Cassadee Pope (Hey Monday), and Tay Jardine (We Are The In Crowd).

Yellowcard is Ryan Key (vocals/guitar), Sean Mackin (violin), Longineu (“LP”) Parsons (drums), Ryan Mendez (guitar) and Josh Portman (bass).

BUY YOUR COPY OF “ALWAYS SUMMER”

TOUR DATES
07.14 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
07.15 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

www.yellowcardrock.com/
www.facebook.com/yellowcard
www.twitter.com/#!/yellowcard

THE USED RELEASE “I COME ALIVE” FRIST VIDEO FROM VULNERABLE LP

THE USED
Release First Music Video For
“I Come Alive”


Vulnerable Debuts at #21
on Top 200 Current Album Chart!


April 5, 2012 –
The Used have released the first music video for “I Come Alive” off their 5th studio album, Vulnerable, which hit #21 Top 200 Current Albums, #4 Independent charts, #3 Hard Music charts, #12 Digital Album chart and #7 Alternative Chart one Neilson Soundscan in Canada.  Vulnerable also chartted #8 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in The USA.



The Used and director Aaron Hymes came up with the treatment for the video that was shot over the course of two days in California. Singer Bert McCracken wants to share: “The music video for “I Come Alive” is simply a piece of art to be enjoyed. Our band in no way condones violence or teen bullying. The song, for me, is about falling down or hitting the ground; when things happen to you in life. That’s pretty much what ‘Box Full of Sharp Objects’ was about as well, on the first record. Taking a hit can be the most inspirational thing that can happen to you.”
 
This is the first album release off their own record label Anger Music Group partnered with Hopeless Records. The band recently announced a headlining tour kicking off May 12th with Dead Sara and Stars In Stereo and will also play Main Stage on this summer’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour.
 
Turning personal adversity into art is The Used’s trademark and Vulnerable was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.
 
“Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me,” says McCracken. “This record’s really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It’s a lot more positive than a lot of records we’ve written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays.”
 
The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like “Box Full of Sharp Objects,” “The Taste of Ink” and “Buried Myself Alive.” The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004’s In Love And Death—spawning singles “Take It Away,” “All That I’ve Got” and “I Caught Fire.”
 
2007’s Lies For The Liars, hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200, led to 2009’s Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. As if that weren’t enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who’s who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals.
 
“I think Vulnerable is really new for us. There’s a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it’s also still a Used record, by all means,” explains McCracken. “Just like any other Used record, it’s a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record.”
 
“This record is for all those people who weren’t the coolest people around. We never were. This record’s for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day,” McCracken says. “At the end of the day, I’m the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live.”
 
The Used Headlining Tour Dates:
5/12/12- Buffalo, NY                Town Hall

5/13/12- Albany, NY                Northern Lights
5/15/12- Philadelphia, PA        TLA
5/16/12- Huntington, NY         Paramount
5/18/12- Providence, RI          Lupo’s
5/19/12- Boston, MA               House of Blues
5/21/12- New York City          Irving Plaza
5/22/12- Allentown, PA            Crocodile Rock
5/23/12- Charlotte, NC            Fillmore
5/30/12- Silver Spring, MD      Fillmore
5/31/12- Cincinnati, OH          Bogart’s
6/1/12  – Milwaukee, WI          The Rave
6/3/12  – Winnipeg                   Garrick
6/5/12  – Edmonton                 Starlite
6/6/12  – Calgary                     Macewan Ballroom
6/9/12  – Vancouver                Vogue
6/10/12- Seattle, WA               Showbox at the Market

6/11/12- Portland, OR             Roseland Theatre

Vans Warped Tour Dates:
Jun 16             Salt Lake City, UT

Jun 17             Denver, CO
Jun 20             Las Vegas, NV
Jun 21             Irvine, CA
Jun 22             Pomona, CA
Jun 23             San Francisco, CA
Jun 24             Ventura, CA
Jun 27             Chula Vista, CA
Jun 28             Scottsdale, AZ
Jun 29             Las Cruces, NM
Jun 30             San Antonio, TX
Jul 01              Houston, TX
Jul 03              Dallas, TX
Jul 05              Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 06              Auburn Hills, MI
Jul 07              Tinley Park, IL
Jul 08              Shakopee, MN
Jul 09              Bonner Springs, KS
Jul 10              Noblesville, IN
Jul 11              Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 12              Burgettstown, PA
Jul 13              Holmdel, NJ
Jul 14              Montreal, QC CA
Jul 15              Toronto, ON CA

www.TheUsed.net 

THE GLAMOUR KILLS TOUR ON SALE TUESDAY!

THE GLAMOUR KILLS TOUR FEATURING THE WONDER YEARS


PRE-SALE TO START JANUARY 17TH @ 3PM LOCAL TIME

Pre-sales for the Glamour Kills Tour Featuring The Wonder Years, Polar Bear Club, Transit, The Story So Far, A Loss For Words and Into It Over It will begin at 3 pm local time on January 17th at www.theglamourkillstour.com, www.ticketmaster.ca, www.ticketmaster.com.

Fans will have the option to purchase a regular show ticket or a special bundle package which includes a ticket plus a limited tour 12”

The 12” is limited to 1,000 copies and is comprised of each band covering a song from another artist on the tour.

The track listing will include :
The Wonder Years covering Into It Over It’s “Anchor”
Polar Bear Club covering Transit’s “Skipping Stone”
Transit covering Polar Bear Club’s “Resent and Resistance”
The Story So Far covering A Loss For Word’s “Wrightsville Beach”
A Loss For Words covering The Story So Far’s “Quicksand”
Into It Over It covering The Wonder Year’s “Don’t Let Me Cave In”

TOUR DATES
3/9 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
3/10 The Gramercy Theatre -New York, NY
3/12 Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
3/13 Ritual – Ottawa, ON
3/14 Annex Wreckroom – Toronto, ON
3/15 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
3/16 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
3/17 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/18 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
3/20 The Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
3/21 Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
3/23 The Venue – Boise, ID
3/24 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
3/25 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/27 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
3/28 The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA
3/29 The Glass House – Pomona, CA
3/30 Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA
4/1 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
4/3 Trees – Dallas TX
4/4 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
4/5 Antones – Austin, TX
4/6 The Studio @ Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
4/7 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR
4/8 Rockettown – Nashville, TN
4/10 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
4/11 Rocketown – Pompano Beach, FL
4/12 The Social – Orlando, FL
4/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/14 New Brookland Tavern -Columbia, SC
4/15 The Soapbox Laundrolounge -Wilmington, NC
4/16 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
4/17 The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
4/18 Madison Theatre – Covington, KY
4/20 Theatre of Living Arts -Philadelphia, PA

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INDIE WEEK 2011 EDITORIAL REVIEW

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

INDIE WEEK 2011

By: Fridae Mattas

Every October for the past eight or so years, Toronto celebrates five days of Independent Music since creator Darryl Hurs birthed the festival. This year it was October 12 to the 16th and Toronto isn’t the only place this festival is held, Indie Week also has a full five days of music in Ireland and Indie Week Ireland winners play Indie Week Canada and vice versa. Many bands have played this festival since its inception and it is one of the best ways for an Indie Artist to be seen and heard by industry professionals. Like any other music festival there are panels to bring some key information to artists and bands about how things work in the music industry, I did not attend any of the panels. Many people I know always ask what makes Indie Week different than NXNE or CMW? Indie Week is a fun competition for Unsigned Independent artists around the world, three bands occasionally four bands per venue are judged in a showcase and if they win their showcase they advance to the semifinals on the Saturday. If they are that good they will make it all the way to the finals held on Sunday for the best of the fest. I did not make it to the finals but I did make it to the launch party and the FridaeTV crew and I were in flotation for pretty much the whole week.

Photography By: Brystal Allan for FridaeTV
Photography By: Brystal Allan for FridaeTV

Last year I only judged one night, this year I was judging  two nights at different venues so I had to figure out my coverage in advance. Thankfully I was able to get some much needed help to implement and execute the coverage schedule. As a judge I have to stay at the same venue until the last band I am judging completes their set. Did I actually stay at the same venue? Nope, the first venue was The Underground Garage where I was to judge three bands with two other industry professionals. I have never been to that venue but passed it a million times before and didn’t know any of the judges but they turned out to be pretty chill people. All the bands at this venue I have never seen or heard before and that was exactly what I wanted, fresh faces and music. The Toronto music scene is pretty small and if you are continually going out to shows you tend to see most of the same bands out there on repeat. It was no surprise to me when I was constructing the schedule, of how many bands in the festival I knew or have already covered. My team of two photographers were shooting sets I could not physically be at for the  “Indie Week Xtra Series” you can find those shots on FridaeTV Facebook, I also had help with filming at the venues when I was judging. They were a little confused at the Underground Garage with how things worked but soon they figured it all out and it was smooth sailing from there. While they figured it out, I had to pop into the Peacock another venue directly downstairs from the Underground (You would think the venues were reversed considering the name). The Peacock was also an Indie Week venue and on stage was Angela Saini and The Residents entertaining the crowd, I really wanted to cover her set but knew it would be tight so I did send a photographer to shoot while I judged but of course I had to go check her out again. I don’t know why she’s not signed yet, she has great tone in her voice, has the natural talent and is a mufti-instrumentalist; the songs are done well but could use some tweaking. Angela has improved her vocals from previous performances and she seems to be a lot more comfortable and relaxed. You would never know this venue even had a performance area because there really wasn’t a stage, just a bunch of speakers and gear in a corner by the front entrance.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

I caught a full song and then had to run back upstairs to fulfill my judging duties, three bands: Skinny Bitches, Paint and Oh No Yoko were the contenders. The first band Skinny Bitches comprised of two people, a female Drummer who also does the vocals and a male on the Axe doing lead vocals. The first thing that came to my mind was they need more band members it did not sound full, they were not strong enough as a duo and they both need to work on vocals and songs, a lot. Many of the harmonies or attempted harmonies were off more than the drumming. A little piece of advice, if you are going to take the lead in a song, have the confidence in yourself to deliver the song, I understand nerves but you have to be on your A game if you are being judged. The Drummer should practice a lot more on those skins because she isn’t a singer, I wish I knew their names but I don’t recall any of them introducing themselves nor does it say anywhere on their website or Facebook who they are.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

The next band “Paint” was better but not by much, the guitarist was newly recruited filling in temporarily and learned the songs in a matter of days which is extremely commendable but if you don’t know the lyrics don’t pretend you do because it was blatantly visible to us that you were singing the wrong words. The band once was a four piece but all of the members left the band leaving only Vocals/Guitar Robb Johannes who had two of his friends come in as Drums and Lead Guitar. Honestly,I do not remember their names because the sound was muffled, the venues sound  system isn’t the greatest and that was what it was like for the majority of the set. You have to make sure to enunciate the words when you have such a bad sound system to work with, who knows maybe it wasn’t the venue’s gear, it could have been the bands equipment. Regardless, the show must go on and they did deliver a high energy performance but the songs are not something I would hear on mainstream airwaves or listen to on the regular.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

The final band to judge for this evening was “Oh No! Yoko” from Vancouver and were the youngest of the performers. The three amigos met in Kindergarten and are only eighteen, its sad to say they totally kicked ass in comparison to the first two bands. They have a great sound it is not unique but they do have chemistry together and it showed as they played. The front man of the band was the only one who migrated off the stage with his guitar giving that extra effort the other bands lacked. The skill they had with their instruments was incredible for their age and in the end they won their showcase. Drummer showed his game face every time those sticks hit the cans; the band is Everett Morris – Vocals/Guitar, Liam Hamilton – Drums and Nic D – Bass.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Moving right along to Friday October 14th, I was to judge at the Bovine a venue I frequent on the Queen Street strip so I was excited to be close to majority of the venues making it easier to float around. The bands to be judged were Broomfiller, The Hit Back and All But Over, I have seen two of the three perform already but it has been a while so I hoped they would have improved since. First band Broomfiller hit the stage, the music is decent but the band was off quite a bit, vocals need a lot of work as does their image and songs. If you don’t have that sparkle, the charisma or chemistry among yourselves, your band could play a thousand shows and still won’t be making it to the mainstream anytime soon. This band has been around quite a long time and only time will tell if they have what it takes to make it to the next level. From what I saw and heard at this set, they are still situated in the same place musically from the first time I saw them three or four years ago. I noticed slight improvements but most bands are far more advanced in shorter amounts of time.  I do not picture this band selling out stadiums or clubs for that matter, to play with the big boys you have to be able to keep up and outshine your peers.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas
Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Indie Week is a great gathering of undiscovered music but most importantly it is a great event to see and hang out with your friends and network with new people. The next band to hit the Bovine stage was “The Hit Back” from Chicago who had more of an Adult Contemporary, Electronic, Pop Rock sound completely different from the previous band and it really wasn’t a good fit for this venue. They should have been placed at the Underground Garage or Horseshoe. The band itself is really good, vocals are almost pitch perfect, he had this rich smooth steady tone but the songs…The songs ruined it for them, they are too Cold Play very slow and nappy completely opposite of the venue they were playing. They need to find themselves an image and a distinct sound before they can become something more. Adding a few band members wouldn’t hurt either, not everyone can pull off being a duo like USS can. Jesse Hanabarger and Seth Weidmann of The Hit Back have something special but need to work harder to take it to the next level. Sadly they did not win their showcase but their music made an immense impact on a few people.

Photography By: Brystal Allan for FridaeTV
Photography By: Brystal Allan For FridaeTV
Photography By: Brystal Allan for FridaeTV


Photography By: Brystal Allan for FridaeTV

The final band I judged was All But Over, four larries from Toronto who are newer to the Toronto music scene yet have quickly been able to grow a fan base that you could not miss. They were the only band that night that had fans at the venue and they were not industry related. At one point throughout the night I was outside jibbering with a few friends when I heard a bunch of girls singing a song, it was one of All But Over’ssongs which they played during their set and have a music video for.

Photography By: Brystal Allan for FridaeTV
Photography By: Brystal Allan for FridaeTV

Throughout the bands set everyone was crowded around the stage, the Bovine was almost to capacity and then this Black guy walks into the club. It was random to see one Black dude in the whole club and he immediately started rocking out to All But Over’s songs trying to get a mosh pit going but he failed. The band is John Riess – Vocals, Rob Matthews – Guitar & Keys, Darryl Siegmund – Drums and Micky Mo – Bass. They had a rough start opening the set but soon managed to get everything under control, the guitarist loves to play his songs, although the stage is extremely tiny he managed to rock out like he was jamming at the Sound Academy, same goes for Drums and Bass they killed it. Vocals were not bad; Riess needs to work on using his diaphragm more than his throat and stop biting down on the words when singing. Other than that this band has the package labels look for, with their own image and catchy tracks it’s no wonder all of the judges chose them as this showcase’s winners. During their second track, the token black guy wasn’t happy with moshing on the floor, he decided to jump on stage and rock out with the band for two songs until security managed to pull him off. I definitely think that was the highlight of the night and the crowd was loving all this excitement and energy the larries of All But Over created.

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

As soon as All But Over wrapped their set, we booked it to the Hideout to see what “The Suburbians” a four piece all the way from the UK had to bring. The first track I heard played was a cover, once they played some original material I wasn’t disappointed, the whole band is extremely tight musically and vocals are not too shabby either. They had genuine love for performing and it shone through as they tore up the Hideout stage, they all played off each other and didn’t look too hard at the notes they were playing. I definitely want to see this band live again, hopefully they come back to Canada.

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

Saturday was play it by ear, I popped in and out of the venues on Queen Street West even ended up going to Czehoski’s where I thought Cai.ro was playing but quickly ran out because the artist on stage was horrible. Totally missed a few of the bands I intended to see because when you run into people you haven’t seen for a while you tend to lose track of time when you’re jibbering. I did however manage to reach the Hideout four times in one night, first time I was checking out Jerad Finck who came to Toronto from the west of west Washington State. I listened to a track before I decided to take a few shots and film a tune as I do with all new festival artists and bands I have never seen before. Not bad, vocals need some work and a few of the tracks sounded a little too similar but there was major potential there and I was intrigued because he played barefoot. They were sounding pretty good so I took a few shots and filmed a track that you can find with those who made the Indie Week cut on FridaeTV. I thought they were a band and wanted to know what they were called because I missed the introduction, it was mid set when I arrived at the Hideout. After the set I had to migrate to a few other venues, met up with friends and migrated back to the Hideout where Jerad found me and handed me his record. I asked him what the band was called and he said it was him and his live band, printed clearly was his name on the album in my hand. Duh! I was a tad cloudy at this point so I was a little delayed. This Indie Week was more of a blur than most, it went by extremely fast absolutely amazed that I remembered this much! Many thanks go out to FridaeTV family Joanna, Brystal and Kenny for the hard work, the Indie Week team Darryl, Sarah, Lori for the incredible hospitality and asking me to participate as a judge. Hope everyone who reads this hits up Indie Week 2012 Canada or Ireland and if you can, go to them both!

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