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Countdown To The APMAs, New Exhibit for AltPress

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The second annual Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, will be taking over the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio next Wednesday on July 22nd, 2015. Tickets are on sale now via ALTPRESS.COM/APMAS.

The awards will be broadcast live on AXS TV at 6:30 PM ET, and will be streamed globally on YouTube (outside of North America) and features LIVE performances from:

WEEZERPANIC! AT THE DISCOALL TIME LOW • SUM 41 • SIMPLE PLAN

NEW FOUND GLORY with HAYLEY WILLIAMS • ROB ZOMBIE

PIERCE THE VEILTAKING BACK SUNDAY • DMC of RUN DMC

MIKE HERRERA • COREY TAYLOR of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR
HALESTORM • PVRIS • TYLER CARTER of ISSUES • BLACK VEIL BRIDES

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE and many more surprises be unveiled!

And the APMAs is proud to announce new performances and special appearances by members of Shinedown, the Wonder Years, Nothing More, Escape The Fate, Transit, the Rocket Summer, Issues, Our Last Night, the Cleveland Cavalier Girls and Corey Graves of the WWE.

Presenters at this year’s event include members of ‘68, the Amity Affliction, As It IsAsking Alexandria, August Burns RedBeartooth, Bullet For My ValentineCrossfaith, Drama Club, Every Time I Die, Man Overboard, Major League, Mayday ParadeMemphis May Fire, Metro Station, Miss May I, Motion City SoundtrackNeck Deep, Never Shout Never, New Politics, New Years Day, Parkway DriveReal FriendsSenses FailSet It OffSilverstein, State ChampsThis Wild Life, We Came As Romans and While She Sleeps.

The APMAs AXS TV Red Carpet coverage will be hosted by Every Time I Die’s wisecracking frontman Keith Buckley and New Years Day’s striking frontwoman Ash Costello. The pair will interview many of this year’s stars as they make their way down the red carpet and into the main event.

There are still some tickets left for the event—get yours now before they are gone! APMAs Early Bird discount tickets, Ultimate Monster Travel Packages and Vans Warped Tour bundles are already sold out, but remaining available options include reserved seats at $59.99, premium seats at $79.99, general admission pit passes for $199.99 (which now include early entry) and special VIP packages are $249.99. Head to www.altpress.com/apmas for all ticket offerings and details on each option listed above.

As previously announced, Alternative Press Magazine will be honored by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum with the unveiling of a special new exhibit, Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine At 30, presented by Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen and Jakprints. The exhibit opening will kick-off with a special Sonic Session featuring Danish alt-rock group New Politics and one of AP’s “100 Bands You Need to Know In 2015,” Vinyl Theatre.

EXHIBIT OPENING TIMELINE:

7:00pm – Doors open to the public

8:00pm – Outdoor concert featuring New Politics and Vinyl Theatre begins

11:00pm  Museum closes

The exhibit opens on the eve of the APMAsJuly 21stFor more information, ticket options, and in-depth details about the exhibit, visit www.rockhall.com.

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15 SONGS FROM MAY ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

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It would be very easy to say that the month of May has been manic…and with good reason. Thankfully, that craziness also means some great new music! Below, check out 15 tracks from this month that you have to hear.

1. The Story So Far – “Phantom”

The short, slow track is beautiful…and somewhat soothing to listen to. In fact, the more I listen to it, the prettier the song seems. It definitely has a cinematic effect to it that just paints vivid pictures in my mind, all in shades of blue.

2. Taking Back Sunday – “Better Homes and Gardens”

You can’t go wrong with a Taking Back Sunday track, even when the subject is as melancholy as the disintegration of a relationship. The video is brilliant, but it’s the raw emotion behind the song itself that make it stand out as a great addition to Taking Back Sunday’s extensive discography.

3. Neck Deep – “Can’t Kick Up The Roots”

Neck Deep have mastered pop-punk storytelling, and it’s wonderful. In some ways, this reminds me of All Time Low circa So Wrong It’s Right. It’s definitely worth the listen!

4. Twin Shadow – “I’m Ready”

Twin Shadow’s new single is a striking listen anyway, but the black and white video, directed by Lance Drake, features Twin Shadow stepping up to a superhero role, facing off against his enemies in an attempt to save the city…and it’s AWESOME.

5. Handsome Ghosts – “Steps”

There is something so spectacular about this melodic pop single. I don’t know if it’s the gorgeous lyrics or the entrancing melodics, but I could listen to “Steps” all day long. It’s the kind of song you listen to 10 years from now and say, “Damn, 2015 was a good music year.”

6. A Promise To Burn – “Broken Bones” 

Broken bones? More like springs in your legs that make you want to jump around. A Promise To Burn have managed to change up their style and put forth a refreshing single that still rings true to their overall sound.

7. Sterling Fox“Freak Caroline”

Super-producer Sterling Fox has crafted an edgy/retro sound (might I add with some stellar vocals) that leaves me completely entranced. “Freak Caroline” gets better with every repeat.

8. Up The Chain“Windows Into Worlds”

The video is a beautiful visual to accompany the stunning track, filled with beautiful harmonies, lyrics that read like poetry, the love song is framed by melodic piano. It is perfect. Every piece of it is cinematic and simple all at once, if that makes any sense. It is quite possibly one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far in 2015.

9. The Color Morale – “Between You & Eye

The Color Morale have crafted an anthemic sound on “Between You & Eye.” I can almost see this on the soundtrack for a superhero movie, and god knows there’s enough of those going around!

10. Taylor Swift“Bad Blood”

Taylor Swift just released the star-studded video for her single, “Bad Blood,” from her hit album, 1989. The video isn’t quite as in-depth as I thought, but it’s still full of some cool appearances, and the song is ridiculously catchy!

11. Phases – “I’m In Love With My Life”

The unabashedly upbeat track is sure to bring some life back to your playlist, and the video is so clever, it will leave you wondering, “How the hell did they do that?!”

12. Daniel Johns – “Cool On Fire

I am so glad that Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has released new music. In fact, “Cool On Fire,” is the perfect new release just because of how it sounds both modern and reminiscent of the 90’s all at once. It’s brilliant and full of such great beats.

13. Rachel Potter“Jesus and Jezebel”

This is Rachel Potter’s way of standing up for the people that the Baptist Church (which she grew up in) discriminated against. It’s a quirky song and video, and will not soon be forgotten!

14. Leona Lewis “Fire Under My Feet”

New music from Leona Lewis, and, believe us, it’s catchy as anything and has this really amped up sound to it. I could play this a million times and not get tired of it.

15. Coliseum – “Dark Light of Seduction”

With an interesting title, you don’t really want to skip out on this track. It’s got a very…strange sound. My opinion on it changes every day. Some days, I really like it. Other days, I’m not so sure. Just give it a try.

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15 SONGS FROM FEBRUARY ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

It’s that time again: 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for February 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see. This month, we’ve got love, lust, hatred, and more; nothing the “month of Love” cannot handle, right?

Anyway, check out some of these amazing tracks below:

 

1. The Maine – “English Girls”

2. AURORA – “Runaway”

3. Microwave – “Stovall”

4. Fall Out Boy – “Irresistible”

5. Ashlinn Gray – “Battleships”

6. Austin Kolbe – “Lips”

7. Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”

8. Rory Indiana – “Empiricism”

9. Retox – “Let’s Not Keep In Touch”

10. Taylor Swift – “Style”

11. Echosmith – “Bright”

12. Falling In Reverse – “Just Like You”

13. The Veronicas – “Cruel”

14. Taking Back Sunday – “How I Met Your Mother”

15. Nate Ruess – “Nothing Without Love”

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Top 15 Albums of 2014 (Liv’s List)

This year has been a whirlwind for music releases; week after week, new albums have appeared left and right. Some have been amazing, and some…well, some could have been better (but we won’t name names). Anyway, here are my picks for TOP 14 Best albums of 2014 (in no particular order).

 

15. Lowborn by Anberlin, released on July 22nd, 2014, via Tooth & Nail Records.

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What a fantastic final album; it’s bittersweet, but such a work of art. It’s emotionally charged, with stunningly well-written lyrics, not that I’d ever expect anything less from Anberlin.

14. Cavalier Youth by You Me At Six, released on January 26th, 2014, via Virgin Records.

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The band’s fourth studio album is every bit of fresh, original, and entrancing as their first. You Me At Six seem to get more personal on the album, and approach a more pop-rock sound than on their previous releases.

13. Restoring Force by Of Mice & Men, released on January 28th, 2014, via Rise Records.

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You know an album is good when a band goes the extra mile and records an acoustic version of it in its entirety. There is a raw power throughout Restoring Force, and the brilliance behind it is impossible to ignore. The departure from the modern standard brings ripples to the scene overall, but also showcases the growth and artistic development of each member in Of Mice & Men.

12. Head Or Heart by Christina Perri, released on April 1st, 2014, via Atlantic Records.

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Personally, I adore this album. Not as much as her Ocean Way Sessions album, but it’s definitely up there as far as favorites go. There is so much vulnerability, personality, and vocal power on this album, it demands to be replayed.

11. Vessels by Stellar Young, released on December 16th, 2014.

 

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As said in my review, “Vessels has a sound that I could only imagine the musical lovechild between Anberlin and fun. would. Stellar Young prove to be a wildly talented group, not that there was ever any doubt about that. The album is beautifully executed, with a powerhouse presence and an undoubtable quality to it. ”

10. In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith, released on May 26th, 2014, via Capitol Records.

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There is so much beauty and power displayed on this album. Every song is enchanting in its own right, launching Sam Smith into the limelight as the true star he is. Finally, the soul has been brought back to pop music!

9. 1989 by Taylor Swift, released on , 2014 via Big Machine Records.

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As someone who has followed Taylor Swift’s career from the beginning, it amazes me to see the personal growth of the songstress, typically known for tearing down her exes and writing every girl’s breakup anthem. On 1989, Swift shows a more mature, poetic approach, with an original artistic flare. There’s something on this album for everyone, including some of the catchiest lines…and the best misheard lyric of 2014. “Gotta love those Starbucks lovers…”

8. Bloom & Breathe by Gates, released on October 21st, 2014, via Pure Noise Records.

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Wow. A debut album that has a cinematic, sophisticated sound to it, and is genuinely a work of art. Throughout the album, the band’s dedication to their craft, and their limitless talent, is obvious. I’m expecting a lot from these guys!

7. Imaginary Enemy by The Used, released on April 1st, 2014, via Hopeless Records.

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If you didn’t rock out to “Cry” at some point this year (especially you Octane Radio listeners/gym rats!), you’re lying to yourself. That single set the spark for this album, and once I listened, I couldn’t get enough. I daresay I’ve played this album more than I should have, but it was worth it.

6. May Death Never Stop You by My Chemical Romance, released on March 25th, 2014 on Reprise Records.

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Another bittersweet listen in 2014; it was brilliant in its musicality and as an overall summary of an amazing band’s career, but so hard to listen to knowing it was the last MCR release. As far as “greatest hits” albums go, I’m voting this as one of the best. “Fake Your Death” is such an anthemic, brilliant new track, and I love delving into my nostalgic side through the older tracks.

5. Forever Halloween (Deluxe Edition) by The Maine, released on June 17th, 2014, via Universal.

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Forever Halloween was amazing; the deluxe edition? INCREDIBLE. As I said in my review for Infectious Magazine, “While Forever Halloween was near-perfect as it was, it is difficult to imagine the album without these extra songs now that they’ve been heard. The Maine continue to show growth and excellence as the years wear on.”

4. Duality by Set It Off, released on October 14th, 2014, via Equal Vision Records.

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Brilliant, catchy tracks, all decorated with the originality of Set It Off. This reminds me of a heavier version of The Cab’s Symphony Soldier in that I just want to play the whole album again and again and again.

3. Talking In Your Sleep by The Cinema, released on December 16th, 2014 [independently released].

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I have so much respect for this album. First off, because it comes from the minds of two very talented men, but also because the album took two years to make, and was accomplished while they both worked on different coasts. Just…wow. It’s an incredible group of songs, and, best of all, it’s another release that avoided the cursed “sophomore slump.”

2. Slow Me Down by Sara Evans, released on March 11th, 2014, via RCA Nashville.

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Catchy as hell, with a poppy, uptempo tone that is impossible not to love. It’s a perfect driving/car-aoke record; I promise, you’ll sing your heart out to basically every song.

1. Heart On My Sleeve by Mary Lambert, released on October 14th, 2014, via Capitol Records.

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Mary Lambert can do no wrong. The songstress has crowds enchanted with her stunning vocals and her fearless way of tackling subjects people don’t want to talk about. With songs like “Secrets,” Lambert has resonated with listeners, and opened up a beautiful story.

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

House of Mercury by Ship Captain Crew

Fictionist by Fictionist

All That Gold by James and the Drifters

High Noon by Arkells

Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem

 

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John Nolan “Here Comes The Wolf” Video Premiere

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“Here Comes The Wolf,” the new song from John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday) for the film Bridge and Tunnel, finally has a video. Alternative Press premiered the video on their website, but you can view the video below:

 

 

The video was directed by Jason Michael Brescia and shot on location around Long Island, much like the film. The song has already won “Best Original Song: at the Long Island International Film Festival and The Other Venice Film Festival. It is also officially qualified to be nominated for a 2015 Academy Award.

For the track listing of the Bridge and Tunnel soundtrack, please see below.

Track Listing:
1. Ryan Hunter – My House is an Empty White Box Too
2. John Nolan – Here Comes the Wolf
3. Bayside – Indiana*
4. NGHBRS – Hold Up Girl*
5. Giants at Large – Old Barman’s Song
6. theMOUTH – Captain Kidd’s Theme
7. Vinnie Caruana – It’s Been Way Too Long
8. Dan Pursino – Wild Hogs
9. Happy Body Slow Brain – Residue
10. Gabriel the Marine feat. John Nolan – Round and Round
11. Ryan Hunter – Subways*Vinyl Release Only
For more information please visit: BridgeTunnelFIlm.com
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Bridge & Tunnel Soundtrack OUT NOW

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The soundtrack for Bridge and Tunnel is out NOW. You can purchase the album on iTunes HERE or listen to it on Spotify.

The Bridge and Tunnel soundtrack features original songs from a variety of Long Island musicians, including John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday, Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche), Happy Body Slow Brain, Garbiel The Marine, and Dan Pursino. Ryan Hunter of Envy On The Coast also contributed two songs, as well as creating the original score for the film. The soundtrack is now available on an array of music distributors, from Amazon to Rhapsody. Listeners can also expect a vinyl release through Enjoy The Ride Records this December, as well as on CD as a part of a Blu-Ray/DVD/CD combo pack in early 2015.

Track Listing:
1. Ryan Hunter – My House is an Empty White Box Too
2. John Nolan – Here Comes the Wolf
3. Bayside – Indiana*
4. NGHBRS – Hold Up Girl*
5. Giants at Large – Old Barman’s Song
6. theMOUTH – Captain Kidd’s Theme
7. Vinnie Caruana – It’s Been Way Too Long
8. Dan Pursino – Wild Hogs
9. Happy Body Slow Brain – Residue
10. Gabriel the Marine feat. John Nolan – Round and Round
11. Ryan Hunter – Subways

*Vinyl Release Only

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STREAM: John Nolan – “Here Comes The Wolf”

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On October 21st, the soundtrack for the film Bridge and Tunnel will be released. The film’s theme song, “Here Comes The Wolf,” by John Nolan, is now streaming. The song has won “Best Original Song” at the Long Island International Film Festival and is also in the running to be nominated for a 2015 Academy Award.

The Bridge and Tunnel soundtrack features original songs and contributions from an array of Long Island Musicians including John Nolan(Taking Back Sunday), Bayside, Vinnie Caruana(I Am The Avalanche), Happy Body Slow Brain, Gabriel The Marine, and NGHBRS. Ryan Hunter(Envy On The Coast) also contributed two songs as well as created the original score for the film. The soundtrack is now available for pre-order on iTunes (http://bit.ly/1sliACa) which features an instant download of “My House Is An Empty White Box Too” by Ryan Hunter. The soundtrack will also see a vinyl release through Enjoy The Ride Records this winter.

 

You can stream the song below:

 

 

Track Listing:
1. Ryan Hunter – My House is an Empty White Box Too
2. John Nolan – Here Comes the Wolf
3. Bayside – Indiana*
4. NGHBRS – Hold Up Girl*
5. Giants at Large – Old Barman’s Song
6. theMOUTH – Captain Kidd’s Theme
7. Vinnie Caruana – It’s Been Way Too Long
8. Dan Pursino – Wild Hogs
9. Happy Body Slow Brain – Residue
10. Gabriel the Marine feat. John Nolan – Round and Round
11. Ryan Hunter – Subways

*Vinyl Release Only

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New Bridge and Tunnel Trailer ft. Music By John Nolan

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Bridge and Tunnel will be making its theatrical debut at the Beverly Hills Music Hall in LA on September 26th. The film released a new trailer to coincide with the premiere, featuring the debut of “Here Comes The Wolf,” an original song from John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday). You can view the trailer below:

 

 

The film was written and directed by Jason Michael Brescia (The Newest Pledge). Bride and Tunnel follows a group of friends in their mid-twenties, caught in the crossroads of post-college lives, focusing in on childhood friends Sal, Terry, Nate, and Lina, who grew up in post-9/11 New York. Starring Annet Mahendry, Mary Kate Wiles, Arjun Gupta, and Ryan Metcalf, Bridge and Tunnel’s score was created by Ryan Hunter (Envy On The Coast), with Taking Back Sunday’s John Nolan creating the film’s theme. The soundtrack also features music from Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche), Bayside, NGHBRS, Happy Body Slow Brain, Giants At Large, and Heavy English.

For more information on the film and the soundtrack, please click HERE.

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The Used & Taking Back Sunday 10″ Split Out September 9th

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To celebrate the final leg of their North American co-headlining tour together this fall, The Used have announced that they will release a limited edition 10″ Split with Taking Back Sunday on September 9th. It is available for pre-order now here: http://bit.ly/splitpreorder.

This special release features a single and rare b-side from each band. It includes The Used’s “Revolution” off Imaginary Enemy and b-side “Money Monster” as well as Taking Back Sunday’s “Flicker, Fade” off Happiness Is and b-side “How I Met Your Mother.”

 

 

 

 

Only 1000 copies are available on two vinyl variants:

–       500 black and dark blue half and half vinyl (webstore/tour exclusive)

–       500 on black vinyl (retail)

Limited copies are available for pre-order now in the Hopeless Records webstore here: http://bit.ly/splitpreorder. The remaining copies will be available from select retailers in the US and directly from the band on their upcoming tour dates.

Split track listing:

SIDE A

1. Taking Back Sunday – Flicker, Fade
2. The Used – Revolution
3. Taking Back Sunday – How I Met Your Mother
4. The Used – Money Monster

 

SIDE B

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The Used’s North American co-headlining tour with Taking Back Sunday and frnkiero andthe cellabration (Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance) kicks off on September 8 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH. The band will also hit the Chicago and Denver stops of RIOT FEST before wrapping up their fall touring with two special shows with letlive in Tucson, AZ and Las Vegas, NV in October. Purchase tickets now at www.theused.net/tour.

 

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

All dates with Taking Back Sunday and frnkiero andthe cellabration unless noted

* with Taking Back Sunday only

^ with letlive

 

AUG 21                      HQ                                                  Adelaide, AU *

AUG 22                      Eatons Hill Hotel                             Brisbane, AU *

AUG 23                      UNSW Roundhouse                       Sydney, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 25                      170 Russell                                    Melbourne, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 26                      170 Russell                                    Melbourne, AU * SOLD OUT

AUG 30                      Bazooka Rocks                              Quezon City, PH *

SEP 08                      LC Pavilion                                      Columbus, OH

SEP 10                      Stage AE                                         Pittsburgh, PA

SEP 12                      Orbit Room                                      Grand Rapids, MI

SEP 13                      RIOT FEST                                      Chicago, IL

SEP 14                      Egyptian Room                                Indianapolis, IN

SEP 16                      The Myth                                          St. Paul, MN

SEP 17                      The District                                       Sioux Falls, SD

SEP 19                      KC Live! (FREE)                              Kansas City, MO

SEP 20                      RIOT FEST                                      Denver, CO

SEP 21                      Shrine Auditorium                            Billings, MT

SEP 23                      Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium            Idaho Falls, ID

SEP 25                      Showbox Sodo                                Seattle, WA

SEP 26                      Roseland Theater                            Portland, OR

SEP 29                      MacEwan Hall                                 Calgary, AB

SEP 30                      Union Hall                                        Edmonton, AB                     

OCT 02                      Burton Cummings Theatre              Winnipeg, MB          

OCT 03                      The Venue                                       Fargo, ND                

OCT 04                      7 Flags Event Center                      Des Moines, IA        

OCT 06                      The Pageant                                   St. Louis, MO

OCT 08                      The Rialto Theater                          Tucson, AZ  ^

OCT 09                      Brooklyn Bowl                                 Las Vegas, NV ^  

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Best Foot Forward: WASI

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There is nothing like the summer. From the music festivals to the new releases, everything about the music scene screams fun and fresh. There’s nothing better than coming across a fresh-face on the music scene. WASI, comprised of Jess (bass/vox/synth), Cosmo (guitar/vox/synth), and Carlo (drums), is one of those extraordinary new bands gracing the scene. Despite being relatively new, the band seems to have it all dialed in, working on their debut EP and already causing a lot of buzz.

When it comes time to release a debut EP, many artists are a mixed bag of emotions, ranging from ecstatic to frantic. “I can’t tell if there’s any nervousness involved… it’s all just a bundle of excitement right now,” Cosmo claims. “Of course there’s the worry of no one liking what you have to put out, but, at the same time, we know that we’re doing this for ourselves and for the ones who care about WASI (not the ones that don’t) and that’s whom we have to stay true to.”

“We’re very excited about getting out the material we’ve been working on,” Carlo adds. “I think anyone who liked our songs so far is going to like the new stuff too.”

Putting their best foot forward, WASI is off to a great start before they’ve even entered the studio. Not only do they have the right attitude, but they’ve also picked the right producer, which goes a long way on a debut. Matt Squire, known for working with acts like All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Panic! At The Disco, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Boys Like Girls, The Cab, and many more, will be behind WASI’s debut EP. “We’re on the same page on what we want to showcase through our new songs. We love the guys we’ve been working with as We Are / She Is (Pete Mills and Donal Finn), but we figured we might as well try something new with a new producer. Sometimes not changing anything up at all can be scarier than the changes themselves! But Matt was so cool. The minute we met him, we instantly clicked,” Cosmo says, explaining the choicee of Matt Squire. “We vibe on each other’s styles and personalities. He’s incredibly approachable and passionate with what WASI is about. He dug ‘And the World’ and shared with us how it made him feel – and hearing that from such a legendary producer was so rad.”

Treating every song like single, WASI produce tunes that are unlikely to become stale. With two singles out already, “And The World” and “Adolescents,” the group’s fan base is just getting larger by the minute. “Adolescents” has already received radio play throughout the country, as well as in Sweden and New Zealand. 

When asked if she knew the song would blow up the way it has, Jess is quick to say: “Absolutely not! [Cosmo and I] write together with me on synth and her on guitar, then start to hum a melody as she writes lyrics on the spot that fit the melody. This is how she and I have always written together. 

“In fact, when we started a band together in high school, neither of us knew how to play our instruments. Cosmo booked a show and it was on and we learned to play our instruments after.  We pretty much learned how to play our instruments together while writing songs. It’s really cool because now that we have Carlo, we have a third head and perspective and he is a big help in the arrangement of the songs.”

“Yeah, we seriously had no idea people were going to like it as much as they did! We took it to the studio to record within a month of writing it. We didn’t have any plans for what we were going to do with it, but we liked we had and it meant something to us, so we rolled with our guts, which is so much of what WASI stands for; we’re not about selling our souls or molding to what other people want to see of us. We’re about doing it our way,” Cosmo adds.

Previously named We Are/She Is, WASI pulls from unity in individuality. Even when shortened, the name is memorable and thought provoking. “We’ll let you finish the start of the sentence “We are/ She is …”  for yourself. But I hope you end it with the word ‘badass’! ” Carlo laughs. It’s the unapologetic boldness of the group as a collective that make WASI one to watch.

“Since the three of us have been playing together, it feels like the chemistry has taken off,” says Jess. “I’m most excited to start playing new songs in our shows. It is always fun to think of new ideas of how to make the live show better and I feel like the new songs will showcase that.”

Even if they haven’t finished picking all of the tracks that will make the cut on the EP, WASI know exactly what direction they’re heading to with their unique sound. “Our new music comes from an dark, angsty, yet optimstic, place…which is hard to grasp because our sound is so upbeat and happy,” Cosmo admits. “This particular EP is going to be a blend of the songs on our Double Single, ‘And the World’ and ‘Adolescents.’ We write songs built around a bunch of hooks and a beat that will keep you on your feet; they tell stories of what we go through emotionally and physically, from being dead broke eating PB & J sandwiches three times a day to rioting on the streets for something you believe in.”

One listen to WASI’s double single, and it’s doubtful that they will be singing about being broke and eating PB & Js for much longer. The true ability of an artist lies in their capability to connect with their audience; to move them. You can be as talented as you want, but if you can’t connect, it doesn’t mean much.

Along with their wonderful ability to connect to listeners via music, WASI can also connect on a personal level. Recently partnering with the Keep a Breast foundation, WASI strive to work with the foundation to promote awareness of methods of both the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. “It was a huge deal for me that Keep a Breast was interested in partnering with us,” expresses Jess. “I have been a huge fan for years and both my mom and grandmother were inflicted with breast cancer.  In 2010, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which I know isn’t breast, but cancer foundations have been a big part of my life for some years now.”

“We all have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer and therefore cancer awareness (be it breast cancer or any other) is very dear to us,” Carlo explains. “We believe that everybody should commit to causes greater than themselves in general, it’s the only way we can become better as a society.”

Cosmo agrees, stating: “Keep a Breast in so inspiring to us, and we share that vision of eradicating breast cancer. The first place to start is to spread the knowledge!”

As their career rapidly moves forward,  WASI seem to be on the fast-track to success. With a self-proclaimed “do-it-yourself attitude” and an unbelievable amount of sheer dedication, there is no doubt that the next few years will be a whirlwind for the trio. When asked where they see themselves in five years, Carlo, seemingly the jokester of the group, deadpans, “Retired.”

“[J]ust joking,” he says. “We’d all be terribly bored not playing out music all the time! Hopefully, we’ll be headlining our own tours and have a few albums out by then.”

“I really want to tour, tour, tour, because the live show is such a huge part of what we do,” chimes in Jess.

With a summertime sound and an electrifying amount of personality, WASI are here to stay. For more information on the band, please click HERE. To purchase their double single, click HERE.

 

Some tidbits from the Q&A:

 

PS: What advice would you give your younger self and why?

Cosmo: Trust your guts. If it doesn’t work, change things up and keep going.  Stay smart, keep up a great attitude, and have fun.

Carlo: Don’t doubt yourself. There’s a lot of energy being wasted in doubt and insecurity. If you are dedicated and focused and humble enough, everything else will eventually fall in place.

Jess: You can play music if you really want to.  Make a bunch of friends and as the quote goes, “Find what you love and let it kill you.”  Don’t give up.  It sounds really cheesy but we have seen great things happen for friends that stick with it and we have been encouraged by many people in the industry to do just that.

 

PS: Any last words?

Carlo: Just a quote from Karl Marx on his deathbed: “Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” 

Cosmo: Winter is Coming

Jess: Take everything with a grain of salt.  If we took what everyone has ever told us seriously we would have given up a long time ago.  

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