Fall Out Boy’s new single ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ is a Dia de los Muertos masterpiece

I took too many hits off Fall Out Boy’s ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ and now I just can’t come down.

Reach my high by watching the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG1JY0rt2Os

In typical Fall Out Boy fashion, the band have been constantly teasing fans with cryptic tweets and website updates. All leading up to the release of their finally finished seventh studio album MANIA on January 19th next year. After already bestowing three singles from the upcoming album upon fans, the band are declaring they aren’t done yet with the release of ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ on November 14th. Much like the releases of ‘Young and Menace’, ‘Champion’ and ‘The Last of the Real Ones’, ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ has had multiple teasers. A few of these teasers appearing in the credits of ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ music video in the form of sneak-peak lyrics. Including both ‘when your stitch comes loose’ as the stunt choreographer and ‘I’m pretty sure this isn’t how the story ends’ as the last words before the video comes to a close.

Missed it? Check out ‘The Last of the Real Ones’ music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YAAyUFL1GQ

Alongside this, pages of themaniacorp.com showed images of the Mexican Day of the Dead festival – El Dia de los Muertos – with the words ‘I love you to death’. All lyrics fans can now recognise as belonging to ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’.

Each new song has added another layer to MANIA with ‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ being an overwhelming celebration of culture and music. The sound of the song alone will infuse your body with an uncontrollable rhythm and have you swaying, jumping and singing at the top of your lungs. The captivating lyrics reflect the beauty of the music video that is a swirling plethora of visual iconography of El Dia de los Muertos mixed with characters and colours that have become a signature for the MANIA era of Fall Out Boy. The performance based music video is a beautiful confusion as no narrative seems to be established. Instead acting as a showcase for the festival and including a Baron Samedi character that will no doubt be recreated during either live shows or Halloweens to come.

‘HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T’ is just another example of the band’s capacity to produce intricate yet catchy lyrics as well as Patrick’s insane vocal range. I can only image how incredible the song will be when performed live and the uplifting, surreal atmosphere it will create. Hopefully, I won’t have to image too long as Fall Out Boy released one more surprise alongside the single and announcing the completion of MANIA…UK Tour Dates! Tickets go on sale soon so make sure not to miss out!

Links:

Website: https://falloutboy.com/

Tour Dates: https://falloutboy.com/tour/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/falloutboy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/falloutboy/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FallOutBoyVEVO

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

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Help support MANIA Tour Project!

With the release of Fall Out Boy’s new album MANIA finally nigh, fans are gathering together in a musical celebration as the boys begin the MANIA tour. Creating beautifully composed, deeply touching and eccentrically fun music for the past sixteen years has caused these fans to want to give back. To show Fall Out Boy exactly how many people their music has touched and to some even helped through their darkest times. Enter the no profit, fan based MANIA Tour Project who have created something truly amazing.

Beginning as a simple tweet MANIA Tour Project was put together after the release of the first single ‘Young and Menace’ by Gillian and Angie. Gillian had the brilliant idea after seeing a pack of purple glow bracelets. She instantly wanted to do something to show Fall Out Boy just how much they mean to their fans. Especially after the mixed reaction ‘Young and Menace’ received, she saw it as a way to let the boys know there are still fans who support their experimentation in their own music. Gillian took this idea to twitter in the form of a tweet and Angie replied thinking it was an amazing idea. She suggested to Gillian that they create a twitter page that would go towards making it a real thing and MANIA Tour Project (@FOBManiaProject) was born! After being advised by Panic! At The Disco’s right hand man, Zack Hall, that security would not allow glow sticks or bracelets to be brought into the venues, the project took inspiration from Panic’s own concerts. Deciding to create purple cut outs with a special message for Fall Out Boy that could be held up during ‘Young and Menace’ to light the venues up with a purple glow of support. Each cut out reading, ‘FOB MANIA Project – Let’s show the boys some love! Please hold this up to your phone flashlight during Young and Menace!’

FOBThe initially small project has grown an absolutely insane but rightly deserved amount. Now having volunteers working on the project for Australian/New Zealand and European dates. It has truly become a world wide fan project that invites anyone with a shared love of Fall Out Boy to join. After speaking to Angie myself, the genuine love and support the project has for the band really shines through. Explaining that although the girls had their own reasons for starting the project, they encourage anyone with their own reasons to join. Anything to give back to their favourite band and thank them for all they have done and continue to do for their fans. Starting out with the simple goal of just wanting to make Fall Out Boy aware of how much they mean to their fans, both Gillian and Angie never began the project for the purpose of credit or recognition. All they wanted to do was make the boys smile whenever they see those clusters of purple lights that are growing every show. Described as a gift to the boys, I would label MANIA Tour Project a gift to the fans. A wholesome and inclusive way for the Fall Out Boy fanbase to come together and celebrate something that means so much to each of them.

As a long time fan myself, I highly encourage anyone who is a fan of Fall Out Boy to go and support MANIA Tour Project in anyway you can. Spread the word and maybe we can turn those veues into a sea of purple support.

Links:

https://twitter.com/FOBManiaProject

 

By Skye W. Winwood

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me new single ‘Choke’

Movie references, thought provoking music and artsy style have combined in an intoxicating mixture to form genre jumping band, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKHow). Manoeuvring their way and blending through art rock, alternative, space rock and punk, IDKHow have released their second single ‘Choke’ and it’s an assortment of awesomeness.

Listen to ‘Choke’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvJjmWTg7Qo

Consisting of two members made up primary of musical talent and an indulgence for eccentric extravagance, IDKHow is probably that band you’ve seen around and now your interest is piqued. To begin satisfying your interest the band’s two members are multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter Dallon Weekes and hard rock/pop/punk drummer Ryan Seaman. Currently, Weekes is most known for his work with American punk rock band Panic! At The Disco whilst Seaman has worked with Falling In Reverse as their longest tenured drummer. Described by Weekes as a ‘little project’, IDKHow already put themselves forward as a professional, established band as proof of the combined experience between Weekes and Seaman. The formation of the band seems to have come to fruition as a ‘right time’ kind of thing with both musicians finding themselves at points in their lives when they have time to work on their own music.

Whilst fans eagerly wait for the release of IDKHow’s completed debut album, the band have been teasing fans with song drops on the wait to the release. The first song to be officially revealed to the world was ‘Modern Day Cain’, a weird and wonderful introduction into the promise that is IDKHow. Accompanied by a performance music video that leaves a sense of unnerve even whilst the music slowly draws you in until it’s too late to escape. The music video was inspired by old cable access series after Weekes spent a significant amount of time one night watching reruns. He has said when watching the people on the show he felt they thought this was their ‘big shot and that they were going to be a star’ only to be forgotten when the show had run its course. This idea plays well in the music video as both artists have close up shots of discomfort as if they are being forced to be there. An interpretation emphasised by the animatronic voice at the beginning of the song saying ‘dance, dance, that’s enough’ in sync with Weekes’ movements. It leads deeper into the idea that people will do anything for fame, even preforming in a way they are not comfortable with but the music video ends with the band acting against that.

The song itself has been cited by Weekes as about a priest character from the popular BBC series Broadchurch which would explain the biblical reference of Cain. The song is filled to the brim with artistic genius and sweeping metaphors that really strike and portray the band as something unheard of. The futuristic synthesised sound has a vibe that could have been plucked directly out of the Black Mirror soundtrack whilst Weekes’ talented, haunting vocals are hair raising. It’s no wonder the single was an almost instant hit on the top ten alternative iTunes charts.

Listen to ‘Modern Day Cain’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieThrn5Ujmg

The themes and artistry of ‘Modern Day Cain’ have bled beautifully into the band’s new single, ‘Choke’, a Muse infused heart thumping track. The almost spooky single has a twisted tune and even more macabre lyrics about feelings of disenchantment. Weekes’ charismatic vocals combined with the indistinct backup vocals accompany an overpowering beat to create a sweetly dark song of raw proportions. Nearly every line is dressed in a poetic artistry that sets the level of expectation for the band and raises the levels of trust from IDKHow’s audience.

With said audience on the edge of their seats for IDKHow’s album drop, the band can guarantee to be seeing more of the praise and exposure their music demands.

Links:

Website: https://www.idkhow.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPeiIDYMwZQpL7aocblfqtQ

Dallon’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dallonweekes/status/1548472452?lang=en

Ryan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanseaman?lang=en

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Halloween Playlist 2017

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like a funky and freaky Halloween playlist on this old Hallows Eve? To kick off the Halloween festivities as October comes to a close here are ten songs to start off your playlist for the perfect spooky night.

The Citizens Of Halloween Town – ‘This Is Halloween’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpvdAJYvofI

Beginning the playlist with a classic that it would be a crime not to include. ‘This Is Halloween’ is possibly the ultimate Halloween anthem celebrating everything scary and weird in a joyous chorus of monstrous voices. This quirky song was written and composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Sellick and released in 1993. Setting loose the weird and wonderful creatures inside Tim Burton’s mind to celebrate their loveable monstrosity to the tune of Danny Elfman’s musical genius. Change it up a bit by listening to Marilyn Mason’s awesome and even creepier cover or maybe that is just me trying to put the song on the playlist twice…

Donavon – ‘Season Of The Witch’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZLNQ_BriSc

A darkly sensual tune that will have you breaking out the cauldron and assembling the voodoo dolls, ‘Season Of The Witch’ is the only way to truly honour the spooky season. Released in 1966 and written by Donovan and Shawn Phillips, the track is a perfect example of psychedelic rock. Infused with warping tones and continuous haunting guitar, the song has been covered multiple times by the likes of Julie Driscoll and Brain Auger and the Trinity, Terry Reid and alternative rock band Luna. Leaving a plentiful harvest to choose from.

Panic! At The Disco – ‘It’s Almost Halloween’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iTFnNU3AYg

Back in 2008 Panic! At The Disco celebrated their love of Halloween by releasing the single ‘It’s Almost Halloween’ alongside a questionable but none the less hilarious music video. The Beatles-esque track is a head bobbing tune that will most likely be quite helpful when your head is swimming for those apples. A completely fun infused song with the underlying story of a Halloween one night stand, ‘It’s Almost Halloween’ takes you through the common rituals of Halloween and makes sure you get out the other end, even if you are a little worse for wear. Plus, the guys manage to create a simple but memorable dance you can spend the night doing with your friends!

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – ‘I Put A Spell On You’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwXai-sgM-s

Partying hard for Halloween even in 1956, Jay Hawkins released ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and we have all remained under his magical influence ever since. Ranked #313 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, the rock blues tune has cast a spell over listeners and artists alike. Leading to more covers than can be counted but here are just a few: Annie Lennox, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bonnie Tyler and Nina Simone. The rough vocals of the original are enough to put anyone in a spooky mood and ready for some serious Samhain celebration.

Michael Jackson – ‘Thriller’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

Not even a song exclusively for Halloween, ‘Thriller’ is possibly one of the most famous songs in the world with over 400,000,000 views on Youtube and a choreography all its own. The release of ‘Thriller’ in 1982 solidified Michael Jackson’s career as the King of Pop and immortalized him in his iconic red outfit. One I can guarantee you will see replicas of this Halloween, as is always the case every year. Creating a classic horror story with both music video and lyrics, ‘Thriller’ embodies everything old school about Halloween and cannot be ignored when creating a Halloween playlist. Time to brush off the old dance moves because ‘it’s thriller!’

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – ‘Time Warp’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-lF106Dgk8

It truly is astounding that ‘Time Warp’ is not part of more people’s everyday playlists, no matter Halloween! Coming into creation in 1975 with the release of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, ‘Time Warp’ has everything you could ask for from a Halloween song. A cheesy 80s sound filled to the brim the nostalgia and an easy to follow dance you can’t help but preform when the lyrics demand. You’ll be doing the ‘Time Warp’ again and again, enough that maybe you won’t need the rest of this playlist…

Bobby Pickett – ‘Monster Mash’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHyRQOdqf0

Rivalling ‘This Is Halloween’ for the title of Halloween Anthem, Bobby Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’ is another classic spooky, kooky song combining all the monsters who thrive during October. A pliant, pleasant song celebrating the original beings of our childhood nightmares. Embodying everything that made music in the 60s, ‘Monster Mash’ is a milkshake melody with dark undertones.

Ray Parker Jr. – ‘Ghostbusters’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe93CLbHjxQ

Much like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 80s classic Ghostbusters would not be the same without its wicked soundtrack. A soundtrack containing the iconic ‘Ghostbusters’ theme tune recognisable from the first few tumbling notes before exploding into the song we could all sing in our sleep. Another one for fun and pure enjoyment, ‘Ghostbusters’ has been covered by the likes of Fall Out Boy and still remains one of the most loved songs of all time.

Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Nightmare’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bGzWyHbu0

Taking a deep delve into darker territory, ‘Nightmare’ is a twisted tune guaranteed to liven up any Halloween party even if most of the residents resemble the dead. A tune of epic proportions and Avenged Sevenfold’s most famous song, it’s a Halloween song that wasn’t even written with Halloween in mind. Exploring the fragile state of the human mind, ‘Nightmare’ will drag you down to a depth of musical enjoyment you didn’t even knew existed as you party your night away. A beautiful combination of hard and soft rock that leaves an eerie edge and creates the perfect atmosphere.

Rihanna – ‘Disturbia’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1mU6h4Xdxc

Halloween is celebrated in different ways all over the world so it only makes sense for different genres of music to celebrate it as well. The last thing people would have expected from R&B princess Rihanna in 2007 was a down right disturbing song, rightfully named. But what wasn’t surprising was how the artist was able to take a genre of music she was not familiar with and combine it with one she is an expert in to create ‘Disturbia.’ A continuously thumping beat throughout the song echoes that of a heartbeat and this song will have yours racing faster and faster. The high pitch in vocals Rihanna uses combined with the dark and sometimes uncomfortable lyrics are enough to make ‘Disturbia’ a Halloween playlist must.

So, there are just a few songs to start off your Halloween playlist but if you’re still dying for more here are some you can explore on your own. Just remember to keep the lights turned on…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – ‘Sweet Transvestite’

Duran, Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’

Lady Gaga – ‘Teeth’ and ‘Monster’

Florence and the Machine – ‘Seven Devils’

Panic! At The Disco – ‘Nearly Witches’

Five Finger Death Punch – ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Iron Maiden – ‘The Number Of The Beast’

Evanescence – ‘Bring Me To Life’

Fleetwood Mac – ‘Black Magic Woman’

Eminem ft. Rihanna – ‘The Monster’

Stevie Wonder – ‘Superstitious’

Rockwell – ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’

Frank Sinatra – ‘Witchcraft’

Love Spit Love – ‘How Soon Is Now?’

David Bowie – ‘Scary Monsters’

Radiohead – ‘Creep’

The Cranberries – ‘Zombie’

Meatloaf – ‘Bat Out Of Hell’

Alice Cooper – ‘Poison’

Marilyn Mason – ‘Tainted Love’

 

Happy Halloween!

By Skye W.Winwood

Prejudice battling EP, Alibi, from High Priestess Ms Mohammed

The time of female empowerment is now and it’s only growing stronger with artists like Ms Mohammed taking no prisoners. Not one to stand by as the ignorance of the world tries to drown the oppressed, the Goddess-like musician is done with excuses in her new EP, Alibi. The lead track of the same name is an entrancing swirling vortex of punk rock that can be compared to the likes of Stevie Nicks.

Watch the music video for ‘Alibi’ here: https://vimeo.com/211671013

Born in Trinidad of South Asian descent Ms Mohammed’s music has an exotic magnetism and powerful message, especially for those who don’t want to listen. After some time preforming under the name Dana Jade, Ms Mohammed has reverted back to her given surname and is on a quest to defeat xenophobia and Islamophobia with no apologises. Using a combination of her music, live performances and political activism to destroy the pre-conceptions about race, gender and sexuality.

In 2013 Ms Mohammed founded the Clit Rock movement as a way of speaking out against the horrific issue of female genital mutilation. A rising idol, Ms Mohammed is also a supporter of LGBT rights as well as religious and cultural tolerance. More than a musician Ms Mohammed is exactly the kind of person to represent such issues. Due to her understanding and passion concerning such issues as well as her talent to address them in such a creative and effective way. Supporting Ms Mohammed’s musical career is just one step forward in fighting against these issues. Not only is Ms Mohammed a pioneer in controversial issues but her music is also undeniably brilliant.

‘Alibi’ is an exhilarating musical experience that paints images of rich velvet corridors that will lead you to Ms Mohammed’s lair. A lair where her High Priestess persona waits to enrich your understanding and challenge your naïve views. ‘Alibi’ holds the same allure as the music of Grace Jones and has an essence of Eartha Kitt. The music of the track speaks just as loudly as the lyrics as the powerful guitar playing and primal drum beat breaks through to the very core and instantly catches your attention. The sound of the song isn’t a happy, campfire ‘we should all just be friends’ cop out but a raw and unforgiving combination of punk and indie rock. The creativity to limit the lyrics of the song drive home the message of not being oppressed but also never backing down. The song’s stand against oppression doesn’t become lost in overly complicated words or obscure metaphors. The straight forward and simple words of the track could be quoted in any activist statement conveying the same message.

The visual representation of the music video could be played without the music and the message would still ring loud and clear. The minimalistic music video contains motifs and representations of breaking out against the oppression forcefully placed. The colour contrast of Ms Mohammed’s red costume to the white of the protagonists’ puts forth the message that she is not trying to be perfect. She is not claiming she has never done wrong because in life that is just impossible but she is owning her past and making it her own, not allowing the people within the music video to take this from her. Truly a creative and thought out piece that is in return thought provoking and draws attention to the ugly truth we continue to live in.

A reminder of the ongoing fight for equal rights and representation, Alibi is out now and proves to be only step one in Ms Mohammed’s plan to cleanse the world of prejudice.

Links:

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/msmohammed

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4KQ4RHs2ek1FV2GjUSygGN?si=AQT2ZQE3

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5qd5sG7VGI

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MsMohammedMusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsMohammedMusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msmohammedmusic/

Website:  www.msmohammed.com

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Ten seconds is all Anthony Vincent needs to win you over to his music

In this day and age music stars are being created across all kinds of platforms. Signing a record deal to gain fame is a thing of the past with multimedia sharing websites such as Youtube. Anthony Vincent, better known as Ten Second Songs by his Youtube channel, has fully taken advantage of the opportunities the internet offers by creating something to showcase both his talent and musical genius. Anthony takes popular songs and preforms them in ten second snippets in 20+ different styles.

Listen to Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ in 20 different styles here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jus7S5vBJyU

Beginning his channel back in 2014 Anthony blew up the internet with his unique take on ‘Dark Horse’ currently his most popular video at over twenty-one million views! The cover includes twenty different styles by twenty different artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti to Panthera and Slipknot. Anthony manages to perfectly capture the unique sound of each artist so that they are recognisable even without the subtitles crediting who they are. As his channel has grown Anthony also manages to imitate mannerisms and stage personas of certain artists such as Marilyn Manson in his ‘Pokémon in 20 Styles of the Late 90s’ video. Branching out even further to include styles of Mongolian throat singing and Mozart in ‘System of a Down Chop Suey in 20 Styles Cover’ and ‘Twenty-One Pilots Heathens in 21 Styles Cover.’

Despite being able to imitate a plethora of genres and styles Anthony’s personal talent lies in the heavy rock genre, giving him the multi instrumental talent and powerful voice to seamlessly transform between styles. It’s obvious Anthony takes great pride in his work, the editing of his videos as precise and well thought out as the music itself. Anthony takes the idea of a one-man-band to a level of professionalism that astounds as he also includes videos of himself playing the instruments of each video.

Not only does Anthony provide a bounty of entertainment but he uses the popularity he has gained to interact with his fans. Holding votes for certain songs to be solely preformed in one style or voting for which song he will cover next. As well as his affinity for music Anthony comes across as a genuine guy who appreciates all the support people have given him over the years. His Youtube channel currently stands at over two million subscribers and I encourage anyone with a love of music to follow him as he continues to provide humorous, talented entertainment with a genre or style for just about anyone.

As well as covers of other artists’ songs Anthony has his own band, Set The Charge, who deserve just as much support and will be covered in a separate blog post in the future!

Popular Videos:

Linkin Park ‘In The End’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urzWY6sqVGw

Jason Derulo ‘Talk Dirty’ 20 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhTaNHYWRZ4

Adele ‘Hello’ 25 Style Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMAAzzQz7s

Pokémon Theme in 20 Styles the late 90s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioE3oKQ6WbU

System of a Down ‘Chop Suey’ 20 Styles Cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwZA4fcetI

 

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TenSecondSongs

https://twitter.com/TenSecondSongs

https://www.facebook.com/tensecondsongs

 

Review By Skye W.Winwood

Dommin’s New Album Beautiful Crutch

The loss of a love never truly leaves you and can cause you to look at the world through a sceptical eye. Music helps embody these emotions and gives a voice to the words we didn’t even know we were searching for. Since 2010 Dommin have been that voice. Beginning with their first album Love is Gone and now continuing with their fourth studio album Beautiful Crutch.

Listen to teasers from the album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmK7ZUDRjXI

Despite their success in the alternative music world Dommin are still relatively unknown. The American rock band was begun in 1999 by lead singer/songwriter Kristofer Dommin in LA. Since 2008 the band have consisted of Kristofer on vocals and guitar, Konstantine on keyboards, Billy James on bass and Cameron Morris on drums. Originally Kristopher formed the band with his older brother Stephen (who played the drums) leading to the band’s name but after recording a few demos over the course of eight years he was replaced with Cameron Morris in 2008. Billy James joined as the band’s keyboardist in 2002 but soon moved to bass in 2006 after Konstantine became involved. By 2005 the band had already gained a reputation as a performing rock band in the LA scene and unknown to them one of their demos had reached producer and manager Lucas Banker. Banker had a production company with partner Logan Mader (known for Machine Head and Soulfly). This is a discovery that would lead to the band’s first independent album, Mend Your Misery. MySpace played a large part in the band’s self-promotion, selling t shirts and recording a video for their iconic song ‘My Heart, Your Hands.

Watch the original music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FlfJR1sUak

After preforming The Warped Tour, 2009 saw the band growing in the alternative music world and releasing their first studio album Love is Gone in 2010 produced by Dirty Icon. The album can be described as a Gothic imitation of The Doors with an almost musical twist on songs such as ‘Dark Holiday’ that could have been written for any Broadway villain. ‘My Heart, Your Hands’ was featured as iTunes song of the Week and received a production value music video.

The ‘My Heart, Your Hands’ music video we all know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr4CULEvtXI

The band signed with Roadrunner Records and began to reach beyond America, conducting their first trip to Europe when they supported Lacuna Coil and HIM on two back to back tours. They also opened on the Main Stage on the final day of the Download Festival in the United Kingdom. They received nominations as Best New Band and Best New International Artist for Metal Hammer Awards and Kerrang Awards. Dommin also released a music video for their song ‘Closure’, a song about self-empowerment and leaving the past behind, that featured fans of the band depicting – in any form they chose – something they have overcome and no longer let control them. The emotional video perfectly depicts the connection Dommin share with their fans.

‘Closure’ music video: : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2wBYR-AbiQ

After breaking from Roadrunner and releasing two more albums (Rise and Rare) to moderate success the band are back with their new album Beautiful Crutch released January of this year. The album seems to embody the vibes of Love is Gone with a sorrowful unrequited love that could be something out of a dark fairy tale. The almost disembodying tunes created by both Kristopher on guitar and Billy on bass combined perfectly with the former’s harrowing voice leaves chills. Creating a loss for something the listener may never have even felt.

Two songs that stand out amongst the others are ‘Desire’ and ‘This World’. ‘Desire’ is a sensually dark song about a sickening obsession that causes an overwhelming attraction. The song showcases Kristopher’s ethereal tones as well as the harsh timber of his voice, conveying a range of emotions from love to possession. The swaying tune is both bass and drum heavy and beautiful in its simplicity.

Listen to ‘Desire’ here: https://soundcloud.com/dommin/01-desire

‘This World’ seems to be a song about the world we currently live in, how technology is taking over and even invading the way people conduct relationships. Beginning with erratic string picking conveys the confusion of the song and how the narrator no longer feels a part of this world. The lyrics speak of the narrator being ‘a stranger in a digital age’ and seeing ‘the words on the screen, so empty and so complicated.’ Almost a forlornness for a world gone by and continuing with the other worldly and fairy tale feeling of Dommin’s music, going so far as to have a song on the album called ‘Outer Space.’

Listen to ‘This World’ here: https://soundcloud.com/dommin/04-this-world

Touring has yet to be announced but I personally hope Beautiful Crutch brings Dommin the exposure they need for a worldwide tour that will bring their much loved music to their fans.

Beautiful Crutch is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora Music and Deezer.

Links:

http://www.dommin.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dommin/

https://twitter.com/Dommin

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

SpongeBob! At The Disco

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Brendon Urie, apparently. The Panic! At The Disco frontman has stepped onto yet another stage (metaphorically, at least) by lending his hand lyrically to the new stage adaption SpongeBob SquarePants – The New Musical.

Listen to the song Not A Simple Sponge here: https://soundcloud.com/ethanslater/just-a-simple-sponge

‘Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of both Broadway and animation,’ says Urie when expressing his excitement about being able to combine his two loves when asked to write a song for the new musical. With his background as a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter the trick was to push forward his lyrical talents whilst still relating it to the beloved children’s cartoon character. Urie rose to the challenge and created the ballad Not A Simple Sponge that somehow manages to give depth and surprising emotion to something that I imagine most of us never expected to feel much more than humour from. The lyrics and tune manage to both move the narrative of the musical forward whilst simultaneously embodying the well-known yellow character and the motivation inspiring lyrics of Panic! At The Disco alike.

Opening this December in Palace Theatre after huge acclaim in Chicago last summer, the show features music by well-known musicians other than Panic. Plain White T’s, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Steven Tyler and Lady Antebellum as well as songs from David Bowie are just some of the artists to add their creativity to the musical. Each song encapsulates the personal style of each artist whilst still tying together to create a musical narrative that could have been written as a collective. The show is a production for all ages as the only guideline the musicians were given was to create something that was beyond the typical Nickelodeon style. Preforming the songs and characters will be Ethan Slater (SpongeBob), Danny Skinner (Patrick), Gavin Lee, (Squidward) and Lilli Cooper (Sandy). The musical’s plot centres around a volcano that threatens to destroy Bikini Bottom leaving the naively heroic SpongeBob to attempt to save the day.

The show opens on Broadway on December 4th of this year.

Full list of musicians involved: 

Alex Elbert of Edward Sharpe and The Magentic Zeros

Cyndi Lauper

John Legend

Jonathan Coulton

Lady Antebellum

Panic! At The Disco

Plain White T’s

Yolanda Adams

Sarah Bareilles

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aresmith

The Flaming Lips

They Might Be Giants

T.I

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By Skye W. Winwood

R.I.P Chester Bennington

Many posts and news articles have been written about Chester Bennington’s death but this won’t be one of them. I will acknowledge for any who had yet to know that the frontman for rock band Linkin Park passed away on July 20th 2017. The reason this post is being written a few weeks after his death is because I wanted it to be a remembrance post more than an announcement. So, if you’re here for the details of his death you will have to find another blog because the purpose of this post is to look back on the life of a musically talented man who was gone too soon.

Although I wouldn’t class myself as a hard-core Linkin Park fan their music is part of the soundtrack of my childhood that followed me into my adult life. To learn of Chester’s passing hit me with a personal pain as if I had lost a friend. Chester was also known for being the lead singer of both Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015 but was, of course, most known for his music with Linkin Park. Chester’s career and recognition as a promising vocalist began with the band’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, two of their most popular songs (‘One Step Closer’ and ‘In The End’) being from that album.

However Linkin Park was not his first band. Much like any young hopeful Chester first started testing his musical ability in 1993 when he released a three-track cassette named Sean Dowdell and Friends? after the band who recorded it. Later he moved onto form a new band, Grey Daze, and found larger success with the post-grunge band from Phoenix recording three albums (Demo, Wake/Me, …no sun today) from 1993 to 1997 until 1998 where Chester left to pursue something more. The road to Linkin Park nearly proved too much for Chester, almost pushing him to give up on music altogether. Until the vice president of A&R at Zomba Music in LA offered him an audition that would lead to the creation of classic and brilliant music we all associate Chester with today. Quitting his job and putting aside his own personal life Chester managed to record a song for the band (initially named Xero) in a single day. The band faced much rejection until the previous president of A&R at Zomba Music used his new vice president position and Warner Bros. to get the band sighed to their record label. With this helping hand the band were able to get off their feet and jump head first into a sea of success.

Linkin Park’s first album caused them to stand out in the alternative music world as something different that would refuse to fade into the background. Chester admitted in an interview in 2002 that some lyrics from particular songs on the album were personal to him allowing him to give such soulful performances during live shows. The album has proved to be one of the band’s most successful as Hybrid Theory has since been named the best modern classic of the last fifteen years in 2012. With Loudwire ranking it number 10 on its Best Hard Rock Albums list. The band exploded on the alternative music scene and continued to release numerous albums: Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014) and One More Light in May this year which the band were currently touring to support.

Chester’s insanely successful career as a music artist was not his only achievements in life however. On May 12th 1996, Chester welcomed his first child into the world with then-partner Elka Brand and adopting Brand’s other son in 2006. He had another son in 2002 with his first wife Samantha Marie Olit before divorcing in 2005 to lead to his second marriage in 2006 with Talinda Ann Bentley and had three more children. Chester was also a tattoo enthusiast which can been seen by pictures of his own body art and did work to promote with Club Tattoo, a tattoo parlour in Arizona.

Chester’s love of music began at an early age when he listened to bands like Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots and would later achieve his dream of becoming a member of the latter. In his early life Chester struggled with drug addiction but was able to overcome this and focus his energy into his musical career allowing him to soar high in the music wold. Throughout his career Chester was plagued with poor health, falling ill many times during touring leaving for some shows to be cancelled and others postponed. Still, Chester prevailed in his career and continued to provide us with the music we have all come to know and love.

My personal relationship with Linkin Park and Chester’s music will remain in my memories, immortalised as part of the reason my love for music has only continued to grow throughout my life. Out of respect for his family and friends details of his death will not be discussed but I feel I am able to say, along with an uncountable number of fans, that Chester will be greatly missed. The music world becoming just a little quieter without him. We have lost many music legends in recent time and Chester has now been added to the stars who will continue to shine.

 

By Skye W. Winwood

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