I recently got the opportunity to interview London based politically-charged Electro Goth Punk band ‘Calling All Astronauts’about their recent album ‘Anti-Social Network’ and ask them a few questions about their music style and influences.
Your latest album ‘Anti-Social Network’ was released last month, do you think that this could be the album that grabs people’s attention?
“We live in hope, we believe we’ve made a great album, but let’s be honest, we are a DIY band, we are very lucky to get so much support from both radio and blogs, but we don’t have any marketing budget whatsoever. So if it is embraced by the mainstream, it will just be luck”
Who or what has influenced your music the most?
“We take influence from everywhere, I always say every piece of music you ever listen to influences you in some way. We do as a band take a lot of influences from late 70’s and 80’s alternative acts, but then we try and make it sound more modern, hopefully we manage it!”
Do you have one word that you use to describe your music?
I see you played Kendal Calling in 2013, how was that?
“It was really awesome! I looked out and I could see who books the festival watching us. I looked to my left and Tim Burgess from The Charlatans was stood at the side of the stage watching us too. We had a great day, though the drive from London was a long one!”
You have very strong political views, do you think music is a great platform to get your views across to people?
“Definitely! I wouldn’t say I’m political as much as socio-political, I have no real allegiance to any of our current political parties, I’m more concerned with social injustice, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia being eradicated from society. If by people listening to my lyrics, I can make them consider what is going on, I think I’m winning. We live in a society, in which more people seem to care if a reality star gets her figure back following childbirth, than care that children are dying in Africa due to lack of clean drinking water, how can that be right?”
If you could work with any band or artist, who would it be?
“J would like to guest on a KISS record, Paul would love to work with Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and David would love to co-produce with Skrillex”
I mentioned Kendal Calling earlier, are you playing any festivals or shows this year?
“We hope to, although it’s now getting a bit late to get onto the bill this summer. We have started working on the new live set incorporating lots of the new album, and reprogramming some of our debut album as well”
What do you have planned for the next year or so? New album or single maybe?
Our next single “Time to Fight Back” is out at the start of June, it will also include a version of the Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. There will also be several more singles and remixes over the next 12 months and we have also started writing the next album!”
Thank you so much to Calling All Astronauts for giving me the opportunity to interview them, I really appreciate it!
Check out Calling All Astronauts HERE:
Chin Up, Kid are a pop punk band from Indianapolis who formed in 2013. I recently got the chance to interview them, I’ve been a fan of Chin Up, Kid for a few years so it was an honor. I discovered them through my obsession with A Day To Remember a few years a go.
They released their latest album ‘The Way You Live Is Common’ last month.
I interviewed the band and got to know them a little better….
Firstly, introduce yourselves! Who’s in the band and who plays what?
Ben is the vocalist, Cheyenne is the rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist, Michael is the lead guitarist, Will is the bassist/backing vocalist and Davey is the drummer/backing vocalist.
What is the meaning/ how did you come up with the band name?
Chin Up, Kid came about because we wanted to write positive and influential music for people.
When did you form?
We formed March 3, 2013.
You released your 2016 album ‘The Way You Live Is Common’ (which is an awesome album by the way!) for free for a short time. I think that’s a pretty cool thing to do for your fans, what was the reasoning behind it?
We spent over a year perfecting this album and just wanted to give it away to make up for that wait. We just want our music in as many hands as we can get them in.
Do you have any plans for the next album yet?
We have talked about writing a new album but at this point we just want to play out and get some touring under our belt.
Who or what has influenced your music the most?
We have many influences individually. As a band though we have the same influence in pop punk bands such as New Found Glory and Sum 41.
I think you guys are going to get very big very quickly, who would you love to tour with?
We would love to tour with so many! Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, State Champs. New Found Glory, the list goes on!
If you could work with a band/artist on a record, who would it be?
Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, we are currently in the warped tour contest with hopes of winning to record with him.
Are you playing any shows or festivals soon?
Our next show is our last hometown show for awhile. It’s April 15th at The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, IN.
What do you have planned for the next year or so?
Tour, tour and more tour! with a couple of music videos thrown in there.
Do you guys have any plans to come to the UK?
As of now we don’t but that would be really sweet! We would totally come there!
Where can people check out your music?
We are on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Bandcamp and more!
Thank you so much to Chin Up, Kid for giving me the opportunity to interview them, it was awesome and I wish the guys all the luck in the world. Please check out their album The Way You Live Is Common.
You can also find Chin Up, Kid here..
Sorority Noise are a band from Hartford, Connecticut consisting of;
Cameron Boucher – guitar/vocals
Ryan McKenna – bass/vocals
Adam Ackerman – guitar/vocals
Charlie Singer- drums
Vocalist/Guitarist Cameron’s lyrics focus on his experience with addiction and depression, which is strangely what attracted me to them in the first place. There’s something inviting about hearing someone sing about their struggles, maybe it’s because it’s easy to relate to. Their most recent album ‘Joy, Departed’ is brilliant, I felt so at ease and happy listening to it.
I’m so excited for their EP ‘It Kindly Stopped For Me’ which is released April 22nd!
For fans of: The Wonder Years
Highlights: Using and When I See You (from Joy, Departed)
The King of Rock n Roll, The King,just a few words used to describe Elvis Presley. He is the best selling solo artist of all time, with estimated record sales of around 600 million records worldwide.
I’m a fan girl, so I thought I’d list my top 10 songs by The King himself.
10. Love Letters from the 1971 album ‘Love Letters from Elvis’
9. Moody Blue from the 1977 album ‘Moody Blue’
8. It’s Easy For You from the 1977 album ‘Moody Blue’
7. There’s Always Me from the album ‘Something for Everybody’
6. If You Talk In Your Sleep from the 1975 album ‘Promised Land’
5. Are You Sincere from the 1973 album ‘Raised On Rock, For Ol’ Times Sake’
4. Take Good Care Of Her from the 1974 album ‘Good Times’
3. And I love You so from the 1975 album ‘Today’
2. Are You Lonesome Tonight? from the Album Are You Lonesome Tonight
1. Always On My Mind from the album Burning Love
By Lindsey Thompson
BABYMETAL are a group of Japanese school girls who burst onto the scene internationally a few years ago with the release of their first album (self titled). Their interesting blend of fast, crunching metal music with ‘idol’ style vocals (very clean polished Japanese language vocals seemingly exclusively performed by young girls) polarized opinion wildly, although their popularity has soared (just recently headlining the prestigious Wembley arena) many (including myself) still question whether their wild stage productions, choreographed dance routines and polished image where all just evidence that this is simply style over substance. Would their second release ‘Metal Resistance’ silence the critics?
Well I’ll start with my only real criticism, Listening to this from start to finish can prove to be something of an endurance test. Clocking in at 54 mins the blend of lighting fast very technical metal with lyrics 99% of people reading this won’t understand will prove testing. As brilliantly played and sang as this album is it is much like the musical equivalent of eating too many sweets by the time you reach it’s climax.
That said it is still well worth persevering with. Opening promisingly with the relentless title track (featuring members of Dragonforce) Metal Resistance very much starts as it means to go on. Second track and first single KARATE is an absolute beast of a track fitting of the arenas BABYMETAL now find themselves playing as well as providing the first of many hooks that will nestle into your brain and won’t leave for a good while. Although an uncompromisingly heavy effort it isn’t without it’s ‘slower’ moments, tracks such as Amore, From Dusk Till Dawn and No Rain No Rainbow provide slightly more “easier on the ears” breaks from the madness that precedes and follows them leading up to the suprising English Closer The One. Although not perfect this album certainly will silence a good portion of their critics and provides a glimpse into what is sure to be a very bright future for this bizarrely brilliant band.
Highlights: KARATE, Awadama Fever, From Dusk Till Dawn
For Fans Of: Dragonforce, Metal played very Fast, Big Choruses and Absolute Insanity
I’m sure we all have heard the phrase “music is good for the soul” once in our life time. It’s such a cliche thing to say, but now that is have been scientifically proven, maybe we should actually pay attention to it.
Listening to music releases the feel good chemical ‘dopamine’ (it even sounds soothing!) into the brain, giving us the feels. Music that has a tempo of 60 bpm (beats per minute) increases the efficiency of the brain in processing information.
When you’re in love, you tend to listen to soppy love songs. When you’re sad, you tend to listen to sad songs. (I know some people do the opposite, maybe I’m just strange!) You put something lively on when you want to get motivated. Music has been a savior for me personally, I suffer with panic attacks (thank fully, not as often any more) and anxiety. Whenever I feel a panic attack coming on, I’ll pop on some Zen music (I will link the one I listen to at the end of this post) and it will immediately help me unwind and relax, the sound takes me to a beach with lapping water. (Like this picture taken on holiday)
I bet you’ve been listening to a song before and thought, “wow, this person thinks and feels how I do!” and I’m sure that person does. In fact, I bet that person you’re listening to just sat down and wrote EXACTLY how they were feeling at the time, and put it into a song. Maybe they didn’t intend for it to be a song, but even just writing how you’re feeling can help you say things maybe you find difficult verbally, almost like keeping a diary of how you’re feeling. You could do this too, if you can play an instrument, why not create a beat to go with your words?
Music helps you socialise with people you maybe never would, I’ve struck up conversations with people who like the same bands I do, but I have also had conversations (more like a debate, especially when they are tearing your favourite band down!) with people who don’t like my favourite bands. But hey, it’s socialising nonetheless.
Music for me is motivating too, I have my own playlist for cleaning (Yep, you heard it.. a very old woman move) especially as it does have Wham on it. But it really motivates me and makes the jobs seem less of a chore. Is there anything better than having a sing-song when you’re vacuuming??! (think Break Free – Queen) if Freddie did it, then it’s okay.
Of course, listening to music can just be as simple as needing an escape, blocking out the sounds of the world around you. I think my reasoning behind this post was to let others know that something as simple as a song can really make you feel less alone, even though you don’t actually know the person you’re listening to, you feel like you do. You form a bond with the band/artist. They’re singing the words you feel, and to me that’s like therapy.. like someone is telling you everything is going to be just fine.
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without” – Confucius
Zen music link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGiH6oUDXVg
If you feel like music just isn’t doing it for you, and you need a little bit more help along the way, check out these links.
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7 years by Lukas Graham is the best selling song so far this year, played repeatedly on radio stations across the world, it’s no wonder their self titled album has been highly anticipated. Lukas Graham are a pop-soul band from Denmark, who have been very successful across Europe with their 2012 self titled debut album, which went quadruple-platinum in Denmark.
Now they have released their 2016 self titled album to the world. They describe their sound as ‘ghetto pop’. “Mama Said” seems to sample the Jay-Z smash hit “Hard Knock Life” and if released as a single, will surely be a huge success for the lads. The whole album is about trying seeing the positive in negative situations and Lukas himself takes you through various parts in his life. “Strip No More” is about Lukas losing his virginity to a lap dancer at a lap dance club (that is surely ghetto?) The piano balled “better than yourself” certainly pulls at your heart strings and adds a little something different to the whole theme of the album. The track “Funeral” is Lukas seeing the bright side of his own death, telling his friends to party for him when he passes, it is my personal favourite track on the album as it has a gospel vibe to it.
Fans of Maroon 5 earlier work (Songs About Jane) would love this album as it has a similar theme and sound, and Mika’s “Life In Cartoon Motion” album. If you’re looking for an album that will fill you with positive thoughts and you can relate to Lukas losing his virginity in a lap dancing club, then this album is for you! I think this album could be the key to their success here in the UK.
I give it a 7/10!