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“French prog-metal giants tap grief to make a game-changing album.”
– Rolling Stone
“…if ever there was a moment that signaled Gojira’s status as leaders in the continuing evolution of the genre, it’s now.”
“The Duplantiers had to make this album for themselves. We are the fortunate witnesses.”
“Magma pulls off the all-too-rare trifecta of being heavy, complex, and catchy, while most of today’s best metal bands are happy to pull off only two of those three things (if that).”
“With its sixth LP, Gojira defends its status as one of metal’s most elite bands.”
– A.V. Club
GOJIRA ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE DATES
WITH KYNG, DEAFHEAVEN & CODE ORANGE
NORTH AMERICAN DATES WITH METALLICA GET UNDERWAY
JULY 29TH IN LOS ANGELES, CA
SPRING U.S. DATES WITH OPETH BEGIN MAY 4TH IN NASHVILLE, TN
TREK INCLUDES MONUMENTAL RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE PERFORMANCE ON MAY 11TH
February 15, 2017 – Gojira have announced a run of U.S. headline dates which will see the acclaimed group joined by Kyng (5/2 – 5/3), followed by dates with Deafheaven and Code Orange (5/16 – 5/18). Tickets for all dates will be available Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time. For tickets and more information visit, http://www.gojira-music.com/tour/
The announcement follows Gojira’s recent Grammy nominations for ‘Best Metal Performance’ and ‘Best Rock Album’ at the 59thAnnual Grammy Awards. Gojira’s crushing track “Silvera” received a nomination for ‘Best Metal Performance,’ while their acclaimed new LP MAGMA was nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’ at the awards.
Furthermore, Gojira were recently announced as support for Metallica on a string of North American dates. Gojira are set to join Metallica’s WorldWired Tour along with Avenged Sevenfold on July 29th at Los Angeles, CA’s Rose Bowl and continue on the road with them through August 16th (see attached itinerary). Tickets for the upcoming dates are set to go on sale Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time.
This coming spring Gojira are set to embark on a string of U.S. dates with Opeth which will kick-off May 4th at Nashville, Tennessee’s War Memorial Auditorium and will also see Gojira performing festival sets at Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion (May 5th) and Rock On The Range (May 19th-21st). The tour will also include a stop at Morrison, Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 11th (see attached itinerary). For tickets more information please visit, www.Gojira-Music.com.
Last year Gojira’s MAGMA staked its claim amongst the best albums of 2016, earning Metal Hammer’s coveted “Album of the Year” title while also landing on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2016,” Consequence of Sound’s “Top 50 Albums of 2016” / “Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016” lists, and Pop Matters’ “Best Metal of 2016” recap. Additionally “Stranded,” the lead single off of MAGMA, was named one of Stereogum’s “100 Favorite Songs Of 2016.”
This past June Gojira’s MAGMA took the #1 spot on Billboard’s ‘Hard Rock Albums’ chart upon debut, making Gojira the first French band to hold the #1 spot on the chart in its nine year existence. The release of MAGMA marked the highest chart debuts of Gojira’s career landing them at #4 on Billboard’s ‘Top Rock Albums’ chart, #6 on Billboard’s ‘Tastemaker Albums’ chart and Top 25 on the ‘Billboard 200.’ Furthermore, Gojira earned career high chart positions around the globe including Top 10’s in France, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, and Norway with Top 15 debuts in Australia and Germany. MAGMA is available at all DSPs and at www.Gojira-Music.com in a variety of exclusive bundles.
2017 U.S. DATES
** With Kyng
* With Opeth
^^ With Deafheaven and Code Orange
‡ With Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold
# Festival Date
5/2 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues **
5/3 Birmingham, AL Iron City **
5/4 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium*
5/5 Concord, NC Charlotte Motor Speedway – Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion#
5/6 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory*
5/7 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom*
5/9 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre*
5/11 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
5/12 Kansas City, MO Arvest bank Theater at The Midland*
5/13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*
5/16 Buffalo, NY The Rapids Theatre^^
5/17 Pittsburgh, PA Stage, AE^^
5/18 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live^^
5/19 Columbus, OH Mapfre Stadium – Rock On The Range#
7/29 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl ‡
8/4 Phoenix, AZ University of Phoenix Stadium ‡
8/6 San Diego, CA Petco Park ‡
8/9 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
8/14 Vancouver, BC BC Place ‡
8/16 Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium ‡
For more information, visit www.Gojira-Music.com
In addition to her breakout hit “Backbeat,” and its follow-up “Fool’s Gold” featuring BØRNS,Ultraviolet boasts the brand new single “Fight Sleep.” Combining energetic percussion withDAGNY’s inimitable delivery, the track comes to life as another unshakable alternative pop anthem, merging a tribal bounce and a soaring, sweet, and striking howl. Take a listen HERE, and stay tuned for the music video debut soon.
Ultraviolet just begins to illuminate the scope of DAGNY’s diverse artistic palette. In order to achieve this vision, she spent time stateside in LA, composing and recording alongside a veritable “dream team” of collaborators such as Tommy English [Børns, Tigertown, Ladyhawke], Dave Bassett [Elle King, Fitz and the Tantrums], Mattman & Robin [Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift], and Justin Tranter [Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, The Knocks, KYGO].
DAGNY has officially arrived on Ultraviolet.
In late 2015, DAGNY delivered an energetic, entrancing, and enigmatic anthem with “Backbeat.” Coupling a handclap stomp, resounding piano, spirited guitar, and an unshakable refrain, “Backbeat” instantly gained worldwide attention. Following its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the Norway-born and London-based songstress landed on multiple “Artist to Watch” lists from Apple, Spotify, and Tidal, with features in INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, NME, NYLON, FORBES and more! To date, the single has over 22 million streams on Spotify. Meanwhile, “Fool’s Gold” featuring BØRNS has quickly racked up nearly 5 million streams on Spotify.
DAGNY has also been making a name for herself on the international festival circuit with performances at Isle of Wight Festival, Belladrum, Cornbury, Koppaberg Urban Forest Festival, and more. NME recently named her as one of “The Hottest Brand New Acts At Oslo’sIcy By:Larm Festival.” Along the way, DAGNY has been handpicked to open for legendary artists including Sir Elton John and Sting.
Watch the video for DAGNY’s debut single “Backbeat” HERE.
ULTRAVIOLET EP TRACKLISTING
Saturday, July 30, 2016, started off with questionably ominous tones, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and Of Mice and Men were in town and the weather looked dreadful. As the afternoon rolled on it looked like Pittsburgh would possibly get passed over by the storms and all would be well. As Of Mice and Men put on their fantastic high energy set there were some very dark looking clouds passing by, but all looked like it would be a great night for a packed First Niagara crowd. Marilyn Manson began to absolutely destroy, putting on an amazing stage show, and pouring out a killer performance with “Angel With The scabbed Wings”. A bit of rain began to fall and quickly became a furious downpour. Manson was able to get in five songs (Angel With the Scabbed Wings, Disposable Teens, No Reflection, mOBSCENE, Killing Strangers), but the fourth and fifth were plagued by short power outages and then a full outage. Fans waited in the rain and after an hour gave up on seeing a full Manson set, even though his equipment and stage display was still up. By nine PM all hope was starting to be lost and the word from backstage was that Slipknot figured the power might not come back on for a long time, considering the outlying location (Burgettstown, PA). Sometime around 9:15 there was an announcement that for everyone’s safety the location had to be evacuated. Corey Taylor has since tweeted his apologies and a hope to reschedule.
All photos AWeldingphoto © 2016
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH
BAND COMPLETING WORK ON UPCOMING NEW ALBUM IN NASHVILLE WITH PRODUCER NICK RASKULINECZ
Mastodon have been in the studio in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibeland many more. More details about the new album will be announced soon. Until then, stay tuned towww.mastodonrocks.com. Details on the release of Mastodon’s anticipated 6th studio effort will be revealed soon.
Mastodon’s upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:
04/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
05/01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
05/02 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
05/03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
05/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
05/08 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
05/12 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
05/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
05/15 New York, NY Terminal 5
05/16 Boston, MA The Palladium
05/17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
05/18 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range
The recently released Mastodon Live At Brixton is available now. This live concert experience is available as an audio-only version and a live digital video version directed by Ryan Mackfall (Crashburn Media) (both featuring the full 97-minute performance) and is available from all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. The full set-list is as follows:
Dry Bone Valley
I Am Ahab
Colony of Birchmen
Ghost of Karelia
All The Heavy Lifting
Curl of the Burl
Circle of Cysquatch
Crack The Skye
Where Strides The Behemoth
March of the Fireants
Blood and Thunder
Nashville’s Anthony Rankin has released his latest EP, Love Elektrik, on September 3rd. Give these four power-tracks a listen if you like to dance to hip-moving pop music and you’re not afraid of having a good time under an influence or two – whether it be romance or whiskey. His soaring vocals match up perfectly with steady beats and soulful breakdowns. Rankin makes his music for everyone. “They could be 80 years old or a junior with no date to the prom. I strive to write music for those people, who have really deep feelings they can’t get away from (because that’s me, too).” Honest, bold, and full of a dreamer’s spirit, Rankin is sure to be heard everywhere from club dance floors to your girlfriend’s shower, as she sings all the words into her loofah.
Maybe you haven’t heard his music before, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard his songs. He’s written country pop songs that broke the Top 100 of the national Medibase Country chart and his guitar playing was featured on popular video game Guitar Hero 5. He’s played venues as big as the Berkman Ampitheather and First Niagara Pavilion and as small as local coffee shops throughout Pennsylvania, where he was raised. You may have heard him on the radio, at a local festival, during the Borders Books & Music Tour back in 2007 or playing lead guitar on tour with Country superstar Randy Houser. He’s received more credit for his writing than his own music and vocals, but now he’s ready to take his seat as the driver on his own musical journey.
Rankin’s music fits the pop mold very well and could sit on the shelf next to Maroon 5 or Rob Thomas easily. What makes Rankin stand out a bit is his lyricism, evident in tunes such as opener “Two Glasses” that paints a scene that many an unrequited lover has experienced for themselves. Other standouts on Love Elektrik include “Name in the Stars” which is a nice piano based ballad that has a moody and contemplative feel as well as “Lexi J” which gets a bit funky while retaining some rock edge à la Prince. The result of the EP is a nice amalgamation of an eclectic sampling of what Rankin can produce which is power pop in various modes. What might improve Rankin’s musicianship is some much needed production that does not feel so ‘electronic’. He clearly does not need to be so overly ‘canned’ and 80’s synthed-out to see where his talents lie, but if this type of ‘Miami Vice’ type sound continues on some of the tracks he will keep himself in the back of the bin and behind the scenes. This Pittsburgh native has true talent and it will be exciting to see where he takes his many skills as he applies them to his own music and career as his projects come to light.
Photo: Fred Blauth
Trace Cyrus spoke with me before his show at Altar Bar on April 27th. Miley’s brother. Billy Ray’s son. Shirtless, covered in tattoos, and without removing his sunglasses he prepared for my barrage of questions, a slight disinterest in his body language. You can imagine how one might feel conducting an interview with such a first impression. While I geared up in an attempt assert my own coolness despite my age, humble income, and complete lack of tattoos, Trace Cyrus began to open up about his shortcomings as a songwriter and musician. He freely spoke of his family’s connection to the industry and how fortunate he has been because of it. He acknowledged that without his sister he wouldn’t have had access to his first band (it was on the set of Hannah Montana where he was connected with Metro Station, a teen pop foursome who made a splash on the charts with their single “Shake It.”) All in all, Trace Cyrus is an extremely likable guy, humble and down to earth. Shame on me for assuming otherwise.
All that being said, real people like you and I may acknowledge that while he may be down to earth what earth is he down to? Certainly not mine. He never finished high school, never had a real job, and experienced immediate musical success. But our experiences are always our own and there are still universal emotions and struggles. Trace Cyrus isn’t entirely void of the existential crises that post-modern intellectuals like to boast.
Growing up with Billy Ray Cyrus as a father would get any Nashville youngster in the early-mid ’90s an immediate identity, and perhaps it brought more comforts than most people have. But his identity, regardless of its fortunes, was crafted. Crafted by the music industry and music fans. This realization does not escape him. His celebrity persona followed him to Toronto, Canada where Billy Ray agreed to make a television show. “I hated living in Canada,” Cyrus admits. “I got bullied a lot, it was probably the worst part of my life.”
All this time Cyrus had attended nine different schools, his father was continuously under pressure to repeat the success of “Achey Breaky Heart,” and Trace had no identity to call his own. Then, on the brink of adult hood, Trace made a bold decision. He dropped out of high school and moved to California. ” In California, nobody gave a crap that my dad was Billy Ray, I just got to be me.”
Hollywood clubs, and parties attracted the young Cyrus. Now he admits that those days are over and looks forward to moving back to Tennessee and buying a house. At the the time however, upper tier socializing advanced his confidence and laid the foundation for his energetic on-stage presence that served Metro Station well. All of this he credits to California.
That is not to say that it has been one success after another. Metro Station parted ways, best friends separating. His first album under the moniker Ashland High, Geronimo, was released to mixed reviews, and Trace admits that Miley and Billy Ray are still referenced whenever anyone discusses his music–it has to happen, though and ultimately Cyrus knows that.
Growing up within the music industry is still growing up and the pressures of adult hood have not gone unnoticed by the 24 year old. Cyrus takes in all in stride, however. He’s recreated himself once, he can do it again.While he still mainly plays to the 15-17 year old market, and this is not surprising, Cyrus strays little from the teen-pop genre, Trace asserts that he is trying to reach out to his older fans who grew up with Metro Station. It seems as if it is working. There was a substantial number of folks in their early 20’s who attended the show. Maybe they were there out of nostalgia, or maybe, as Cyrus’ presence has become far more personal on stage old Metro Station fans are getting a vision of what one of their teenage idols has experienced entering adulthood. And they’re realizing that he’s feeling the same sort of pressure, expectations, and confusion they are.
While there is certainly room for the young Cyrus to grow musically and lyrically, Trace Cyrus doesn’t seem to ignore experience and so it is a growth that is sure to happen.
This band is called Bad Cop, from Nashville, Tennessee, and at the center of it are the things that make all great rock bands the way they are: tight musicianship, remarkable songwriting, and above all, the ability to pull together a performance that makes you believe whatever frontman Adam Moult tells you. The songs on Bad Cop’s forthcoming EP play as instantly memorable, catchy pop melodies – because, after all, they are, whether creaking across the wooden barroom floor or barreling full-speed towards the reckless abandon of hardcore punk. But moreover, there is a spirit, wild-eyed and desperate, pulling you in no matter what their approach may be.
First drawing inspiration from iconic groups like The Doors, The MC5, Joy Division, and Nirvana, Moult set out onto the punk scene in Nashville in 2002, playing with bands at Guido’s Pizza when he was just 12 years old. Three years afterwards, he was sent away against his will to Hidden Lake Institution, an “alternative to prison” boarding school in the Georgia mountains, a facility that’s since been sued out of existence due to allegations of abuse. Through two years of such dark, nightmarish conditions, this young man kept his time growing up around music as the means to keep him going in there, writing his first songs while incarcerated, and starting a new band the moment he was able to return home.
That band was Bad Cop, and following a string of demos and the full-length Harvest The Beast, released on NYC’s ROIR Records in 2010, Moult found himself dismantling the lineup that had been circling around the band since its earliest days. Longtime collaborator Alex Hartness returned, and the two began to expand their approach beyond the shadowy regions of their earliest work, with a renewed interest in garage and glam rock. “We’re kind of the dark horse band in Nashville,” claimsMoult, diverging from other sects of the local scene to build their own following on their own terms.
And the path they’ve ended up taking has opened up Bad Cop to new possibilities and solid friends, like Cage the Elephant, who handpicked Bad Copto support them on their 2012 tour, and whose guitarist Brad Shultz wound up liking the band enough to produce their latest EP, which is due for release in summer 2013. Tracks like “Light On” linger with a hangdog leer that only intensifies its allure as it rolls onward, while burners like “Kick It Out” know better than to try to subvert their high-octane punk roots and fuckin’ floor it. Moultattributes the change in direction from earlier efforts to the cumulative effects of being a music obsessive. “You hear music that’s new to you, you start to make connections. It’s showed me that we can write songs that help return rock ‘n’ roll to what it used to be.”
Following the release of a split 7” with fellowNashville band Turbo Fruits, Bad Cop will be finishing up work on their new EP, currently being recorded at Battletapes in Nashville. They toured these releases in the last months of 2012, around the time the Mayans predict the world will end. ButAdam and Bad Cop would rather you not think of it that way. “We play so that the people in the crowd will have the chance to step out of their lives for 30-45 minutes and help them to feel free.”
The album Wilderness has established Nashville’s The Features as one of the most exciting and imaginative bands working today. The singles “How It Starts” and “Another One” have captured the imaginations of music lovers everywhere. By combining elements of indie rock, classic AOR and psychedelia, the band has made their mark with a unique sound.
Speaking of psychedelia, The Features are paying tribute to the trippy visuals of that era with the clip for “How It Starts,” which premiered on Rolling Stone November 21st. “How It Starts” has already been featured in a national Ford Mustang campaign, and for this video, the band members have taken visual cues from classic musical variety shows of the Sixties and Seventies.
The Features’ drummer Rollum Haas told Rolling Stone: “I’m a big fan of those old, live music shows like Beat Club, Old Grey Whistle Test, Midnight Special, etc., and thought it would be good to shoot a video in that style. The Beat Club ones are particularly hilarious and interesting to me because they gave the bands room to stretch out, and the visuals that they chose had no connection to the music being played.”
“How It Starts” is available on The Features’ current album, Wilderness. A new album is being readied for release in 2013.
Machina is the ex-Evanescence and Future Leaders of The World members first album release for San Francisco indie metal label, Rogue Records America.
Originally from Little Rock, AK, Phil Taylor (former Future Leaders of the World) and John Le Compt (ex-Evanescence) met on the local metal scene between breaks working and touring with their former bands. The two established a musical connection and decided to work together on a shared project with a sound distinct from their better-known bands—MACHINA.
The result is To Live and Die in the Garden of Eden, which contains 11 melodic hard rock tracks including first single ‘Crown’. “Crown” is just what you would expect from Taylor and Le Compt- radio friendly hard edged melodic metal rock in the vein of Stone Sour meets Fuel type fare. Phil Taylor’s vocals have that familiar raspy feel combined with the ability to carry the melody and can compete with the best of them. Standouts include, ‘This Goodbye’ which is more of an acoustic rocker that fits well with the tempo of the record. In fact, the presence of acoustic guitars are equally felt in the mix with the crunching electric throughout the entire record. Other stand out tracks include ‘Trust’ with its haunting melody and searing guitar and the dark ‘Marie’ that has elements of NIN and Marilyn Manson. It would be no surprise if Machina is dominating the airwaves very soon. If you dig melodic power rock/metal this effort definitely needs to be on your immediate download/purchase list. The album was recorded at The Sound Kitchen in Nashville, TN with Grammy-winning producer Toby Wright.
To Live and Die in The Garden of Eden is released by Rogue Records America and is available NOW for digital download at iTunes and other digital retailers. CD’s will be available by mail order through CM Distro.
It was a rainy Monday afternoon. Sitting in a truck down by the Allegheny River, Heinz Field was visible in the distance beyond the streaky windshield and it was natural to ruminate on the Steelers’ hard luck after week 6 of the 2012 season. The scene was set for a lonesome, drizzly country song, but this dreary scene was burst in by some bubbliness – as Pittsburgh Music Magazine was about to learn – Lauren Winans, singer songwriter and proclaimed “Steeler Princess” (of the blog SteelerAddicts.com and Blitzburgh Radio podcasts) has left the country scene behind and been on the road to defining herself as a pop star to watch for.
Lauren has also been on the road back-and-forth between her hometown of Buckhannon, WV (outside of Morgantown and in the center of Steeler Country South) and Nashville, TN – where she has been writing song material that goes on to be cut by known artists as well as doggedly charting her own path toward recognition through her music and a variety of talent work and promotions. Pittsburgh Music Magazine spoke to Lauren while she was home to visit her family in West Virginia.
The bio posted on your site (www.laurenwinans.com) depicts a lot of tenacity and drive to build your audience, but you are also making it now as a songwriter. In the spectrum of songwriter v. performer do you have a stronger interest in one or the other, would you be willing to give up one for the other? Do you have a preference for one or the other based on how things are going for you right now?
No… I love both songwriting and singing, because there is always an opportunity to get your song cut and be, you know… you never know, sometimes you’re more popular as a writer than you ever are as a singer. I mean look at Katy Perry, she has lots of songs cut by other people. These things are really something I want to choose between, but if something were to happen and I’m a more successful songwriter I’m not going to be upset, because it is still a really cool thing to do in life… but I can’t really pick.
How long have you been working in Nashville and what were your first foots-in-the-door there?
I’ve been back and forth to Nashville since I was about 18, so about four years… and I’ve been living there for about two-and-a-half. And… you know, I was doing country at first and it wasn’t me …at all. So, I ended up [not moving there right away]… I was at Ke$ha’s house for a week, you know crazy Ke$ha. Then I went back home and did more country stuff because some people that first started to listen picked me up and tried to build some buzz around me… and I did a small radio tour and didn’t really enjoy it. So I went back to Nashville and a producer I had met there a while back got in touch with me and said, “I really feel like you’re pop, I feel like you’re doing the wrong thing.” And I was like “Me too,” so we ended up getting together and I started working with more of the pop writers, and that’s where we’re at now. Everything’s finally coming into place where I’m happy and that’s what suits me best.
And that’s great because you really need that kind of common vision with your management and production. At the same time, within the pop realm, in listening to some of your music [No Boys Allowed, Lipstick, etc.] I hear some influence of country. What is a quality, or are some qualities of country music that did resonate with you even if that industry or focus in music wasn’t working for you?
I’m just not very country, the things that we right about and stuff… is just not something that country radio is going to play. There’s still some stuff out there on the Internet that still sounds like [the country music I was making], but what we did was we tracked in Nashville and then went out to LA and had it all synthesized, and came back and recorded vocals back out here in Nashville. I’m getting ready to release one of those songs and it is very techno-pop meets kind of the band-driven thing, but you’ll definitely hear a new sound. It’s definitely what I’m happy with and what’s popular right now, so I’m excited to release that.
Nice. And you definitely mention some neo-divas as your influences, in particular Britney Spears.
I love Britney!
And some of that definitely comes across strong in your videos, in terms of your performer aspect. Can you speak to that and what other artists, musicians, or forms of music that might be less obvious to someone hearing (and seeing) your work for the first time?
Yeah, I’m a hardcore Britney Spears fan and really, since “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” that’s really where I got most of my inspiration from, but… kind of growing up I really started to like Ashley Simpson, and I thought I wanted to be a little pop-rock star. A lot of the Christian artists I was listening to influenced me also, like Joy Williams – who’s part of the Civil Wars now – and Rachael Rampa, so there’s kind of a bunch of random artists in there, but Britney is definitely the main one… and I had to do everything Britney did… it was Britney, Britney, Britney! So, as far as that goes I am crazy about Britney Spears. Kind of sad, but it’s mainly all Britney Spears… all the way. Yes.
Well, and to that end, there is also an awful lot out there in regard to your modeling and your video-blogging. How do you see that continuing with your music career where it’s at? Do you see yourself also taking that to a higher degree or is it dependent upon where you go with your music?
Well, I’ve got some really great sponsors: Hot Spot Tanning in Nashville does my spray tanning so that I always look pretty, Norvell is a part of that, Norvell Sunless Tanning, and Nashville Lash sponsors me, so I always have big pretty eyelashes, and I am sponsored by a makeup company called SeneGence, and LipSence, and me and Christina Aguilera both wear their lip products, so that’s pretty cool. And Heels.com just joined on, so I am going to be promoting them. And I have been working with Plato’s Closet, and we’re having so much fun – there are going to be cardboard cutouts of me in their stores, wearing leather outfits and a Plato’s Closet bag. And I am also a huge, huge Steelers fan, so I have a little site called SteelersPrincess.com because I love my Steelers, and I have a couponing blog… so, I’m kind of just all over the place, but I don’t think I’d ever want to quit that kind of stuff because that’s a lot of fun… you can’t just be a singer, you have to do it all.
And you have to stay diversified with your creativity… and I did want to ask you about what you are doing with the Steelers Princess and Blitzburgh Radio, because the real question is, how do you stay positive in a season like this so far…
I was at the game last week. And I’m not a fair-weather fan… you know, I was actually sitting on the end zone, surrounded by a bunch of Titans fans booing us – and all I could think was, “My god we are so much better than you,” which they are, we just had a bad game. I mean that kick… oh my god. But you know, we have six Superbowls. Those aren’t going anywhere. Some of the best players were out, and you know it’s all about the defense… and, I wasn’t expecting them to lose, but that’s OK. And so many people in Nashville are big Pittsburgh fans, so I saw so many people there with their jerseys on… and we have the most traveled fans.
Do you have some musical inspirations around the topic of the Steelers?
Yeah, well I love Wiz Khalifa… and Snoop Dogg, and those two are such big Steelers fans. I’d love to get together and collaborate with them on a Steelers song, because so many people who are Steelers people who are also fans of them too and it would be great to get them turned on to my music… and just to meet them.
So it is your second album, with the single release “Burn A Little More,” that is currently out there. Can you talk a bit about the studio experience in producing the album and how it vibes with what you said about doing the LA remixing and the new direction you are taking your music in?
Yeah… we spent the past year just writing songs that we felt fit with my whole package. Burn A Little More, you know, I love that song, I love that whole thing, but it still wasn’t me… as far as the dance-techno sound goes. So we started off writing a ton of material… kept writing and writing and writing, and we choose some really good songs that we felt definitely worked with the image and we’ve been recording and trying to raise money to finish it through pledge music.
I work with the humane society in Nashville, called Happy Tales Humane Society (as in happy stories about the animals), that has a no-kill shelter, and a percentage of what I make is going to go to them. It’s a super cute place, where all the dogs that they care for are fostered throughout the week, so that they are already cared for before they go to a home. It’s a fantastic place and I wanted to help them out and have them be part of my project, and I have a public service announcement coming up for them too, which I’m excited about.
I’ve gotten to do a lot of cool stuff this past year, I just hope for the coming year to be a bit more focused on my music with it coming out. I have had a lot of fun this year in working with my sponsors and doing a lot with them in forming new partnerships, and that’s definitely worth it, but I am really excited to get the music out there and finish it.
So what songs should we listen for from your new production work?
The first single is called “You’re Gonna Love It,” and that is going to be kind of a slogan for all of my projects. Another title is “Loser,” they’re a lot of fun… another one that will come out is “Better At Breaking,” some of the singles titles to be looking for.
Hmm… and “Loser” and “Better At Breaking” sound like they’re about some no-good guys… and I’m catching that vibe with your earlier songs “No Boys Allowed” and the theme of “Burn A Little More?” Is there a bit of angst with relationships behind some of your songwriting?
Yeah, no… “You’re Gonna Love It” is definitely the nicer part of me. [With these other songs] it’s about female empowerment. And, yeah, I’ve had a lot of problems with guys, that’s been a driving force, but I think that’s just something people relate to… that’s how things work out these days, so… my stories are put into songs for everybody else to laugh at, like, “Oh yeah, that happened to me too.” There is also a little bit of vulnerability behind it all, and I haven’t shown that yet, but that comes out in Better At Breaking… that’s definitely a different side.
So, it is also kind of funny because people tend to think that Nashville is all about country, but obviously you are working there with more of a pop drive and there are others working in pop music…
Well yeah, I mean Paramour came right out of Nashville and, you know, Jack White lives right down the road for me… there’s definitely a lot of pop coming out of Nashville and, I mean look at Kelly Clarkson, it is definitely different than it used to be. So that’s exciting to me because I don’t have to travel everywhere.
Then your time in LA, then was predominantly studio production time, or was it to pursue other connections?
We basically went in and got with somebody we knew… his dad was part of Chicago and his name is Will Champlin… he played on a Michael Jackson record and he is great with synthesized keyboard stuff… so basically the trip to LA was to work with him, but also I have been talking back-and-forth with a writer who has written with Katy Perry, he has songs with Jesse James and Selena Gomez… and I got to go meet with him, so it was more than just recording, but that was the main reason we went there.
Will we be seeing you in Pittsburgh anytime soon?
Actually I would have loved to perform at the Steelers game against the Titans last week, but that would have been a bit of a conflict… me singing the National Anthem in Nashville in a Steelers jersey… I would have been booed out of the stadium by all of the Titans people, but I tell you, there were just as many Steelers fans there. I’d love to come to Pittsburgh and do some performances in connection to the football season next year.
You can check out Lauren Winans on her site http://www.laurenwinans.com, find her albums on iTunes, and check out her many projects on YouTube.
Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves are quickly becoming a notable name in country music. The band puts the sexiness back in country music with cool collective sounds of old fashion Dixie roots, bluegrass picking and Haggard styled lyrics; giving traditional country music a modern overhaul. Their debut project, an EP titled, Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves features the highly anticipated singles ‘Cowboy’ and ‘Waiting On You’ and are both available on iTunes. Frequently referred to as outlaw-themed, ‘Cowboy’ has already triggered the industry buzz.
Co-Produced by Grammy Award winning artist Doug Phelps of The Kentucky Headhunters, the new single delivers a well-balanced rhythm of traditional country music with a hint of pop. Written by the band members Angel Mary, Antoine Wolf and Christian Wolf this collaboration solidifies a new frontrunner in country music. The strong lead vocals and the group’s fun rockstar flare offers a renewed approach to excellent country music.
Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves attended this year’s CMA Festival in Nashville and were greeted by hosts of loyal fans during the red carpet event. The band will be opening up for country music legend John Michael Montgomery November 17th at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, Kentucky.
While the group is continuously touring and working on new music, they are also actors. Angel Mary (who once dated Ryan Gosling) has appeared in Hollywood films, The Other Guys with Will Farrell, The Sitter featuring Jonah Hill and in Nicholas Jarecki’s directorial debut, Arbitrage featuring Richard Gere. Antoine Wolf has appeared in Mitch Albom’s For One More Day, produced by Oprah, The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and is currently being considered for a role on ABC’s new drama, Nashville. Christian Wolf is a Method Acting Alumni of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.
PMM will be interviewing Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves in the very near future…stay tuned.
Official website: www.angelmary.net
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, the annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE. Kicking off Tuesday, July 31 in Springfield, IL, the 2012 trek will hit major cities across the U.S. including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (see full itinerary below). Select radio pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 22; Carnival of Madness fan club members can begin purchasing tickets Wednesday, May 23; artist fan club pre-sales start Thursday, May 24; and general public on-sale begins Friday, June 1. Please note that Halestorm will be performing on the majority of the tour. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/.
EVANESCENCE has sold more than 25 million records worldwide with more than 10 million in the U.S. alone. The band’s global, Top 10 hit singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal”–off their 2003 major-label debut Fallen (Wind-up Records)–led the group to two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for “Bring Me To Life”). Propelling the band to sales of more than 15 million albums worldwide, Fallen spent over 100 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and was certified gold or platinum in over 35 countries. The band’s follow up was 2006’s The Open Door, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and spawned the hit “Call Me When You’re Sober.” In October of 2011, they released their highly anticipated third studio album Evanescence, which marked the band’s first album in five years and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts. The newly released album has spawned hit tracks “What You Want,” “Made Of Stone,” and “My Heart Is Broken.” Check out the video for “My Heart Is Broken” which has been viewed over 5 million times online: http://youtu.be/f1QGnq9jUU0.
“We’re really looking forward to the Carnival of Madness tour this summer. We love Chevelle and haven’t hit the road together in years, and I’m really stoked to finally be playing some shows with Halestorm. Naturally I’m a fan of strong women in music and Lzzy’s voice is spectacular,” said front woman AMY LEE about the upcoming tour.
EVANESCENCE is AMY LEE (vocals, piano), TERRY BALSAMO (guitar), TROY MCLAWHORN (guitar), TIM MCCORD (bass) and WILL HUNT (drums). For more information, please visit their website, http://www.evanescence.com.
Platinum-selling alternative hard rock trio CHEVELLE–PETE LOEFFLER (Guitars, Vocals), SAM LOEFFLER (Drums) and DEAN BERNARDINI (Bass, Vocals)–released their latest and sixth full-length album Hats Off To The Bull (Epic Records) late 2011. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #19 and is being hailed as one of the finest albums of the band’s long and successful career. The explosive debut single, “Face To The Floor,” dominated the rock charts, claiming the #1 spot at Active Rock for 13 weeks. With a hypnotic and grinding riff, the song rails against the corporate corruption of Bernie Madoff and Wall Street and is a testament to the band’s songwriting prowess and eternal knack for a hit. The Chicago group’s latest single “Hats Off To The Bull” is following the same trajectory, shooting up the Active Rock chart, currently occupying the #3 position. A newly released video for the title track can be seen here: http://youtu.be/4MRLd1Cgbdg.
Pennsylvania quartet HALESTORM returned in April 2012 with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. (Atlantic Records) after scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) from their self-titled debut album and touring steadily with acts as diverse as Shinedown, Stone Sour, Disturbed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Godsmack and countless others. Musically diverse and emotionally revealing, the album resonates with a newfound poignancy that takes HALESTORM–frontwoman LZZY HALE, drummer AREJAY HALE, guitarist JOE HOTTINGER and bassist JOSH SMITH–to a new level of creative achievement. The first single “Love Bites (So Do I)” is a storming rocker that illustrates frontwoman LZZY HALE’s individuality, sense of humor, and willingness to represent young women in today’s fast-paced society. The massive hit reached the Top Spot at Active Rock and is currently #2. Watch the official video here: http://youtu.be/FmkHqUwa4zg.
NEW MEDICINE–JAKE SCHERER (Vocals), DAN GARLAND (Guitar), MATTHEW BRADY (Bass) and RYAN GUANZON (Drums)–injects a little hope into hard rock on their debut album, Race You To The Bottom (Photo Finish Records). Each song tells a story, whether it’s about the loss of a loved one on “Little Sister” or the state of the world on “Race You To The Bottom.” “Laid,” the album’s first single, examines relationship troubles with a combination of wit and wisdom. The song is a propulsive lovelorn rocker that sugarcoats nothing. Scherer, who co-wrote the song with producers S*A*M & Sluggo, reveals, “It’s about an experience with a girl who’s the ultimate wild child. She gets under your skin, drives you totally crazy and she’s gone.” Their latest track at radio, “Race You To The Bottom,” has gone on to sell over 11,000 copies and the video for the song, which recently debuted on AOL’s Noisecreep, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/VjxE2RTevMQ.
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CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Tour Dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
w/ Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine:
Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
Chester, PA Harrah’s Chester Downs
Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Baltimore, MD Pier Six
Charlotte, NC (**) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Gulfport, MS Jones Park
Belton, TX Bell County Expo
Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena
Lubbock, TX Venue TBA
El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Sioux City, IA Venue TBA
Milwaukee, WI (*) Eagles Ballroom
Grand Rapids, MI (**) Rock The Rapids – Downtown
Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
Chicago, IL Toyota Park
Pittsburgh, PA (**) Stage AE
Holmdel, NJ PNC Amphiteatre
Uncasville, CT (**) Mohegan Sun
Buffalo, NY (**) Venue TBA
Evansville, IN Venue TBA
(*) Show features Evanescence and New Medicine with very special guests
(**) Show features Evanescence and Chevelle with very special guests