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

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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

And songs by: David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley

 

Links:

http://spongebobbroadway.com/

https://twitter.com/spongebobbway?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/SpongeBobBway/

 

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

Prog-rock band Greta Van Fleet are bringing back classic rock

Over the years bands have been inspired by, recorded covers of and have managed near perfect imitations of classic rock bands. Greta Van Fleet are nothing like these bands. The hard rock sound of the band is nothing close to an imitation; any modern twists completely removed. Leaving it nearly impossible to believe they have only been a band since 2012.

Listen to the song ‘Highway Tune’ here: https://soundcloud.com/user-929091655/highway-tune-1

The band consist of brothers Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka, Jake Kiszka and friend Danny Wager (replacement for original drummer Kyle Hauk). The name of the band derived from a woman from Frankenmuth who gave her blessing for the boys to use her name. Boys being the operative word! The old school sound of the band does not fit with the fresh faced look of the four but proves that you should never judge a book by it’s cover.

The first time I heard ‘Highway Tune’ playing from another room on Planet Rock I found myself head banging away thinking it to be a Led Zeppelin song and was utterly shocked when the presenter explained who they were. The powerful and goose bump raising vocals of Josh Kiszka were so similar to Robert Plant it was eerie. As well as the drummer baring a distinctive resemblance in sound to John Bonham. Even after listening to more of the band’s music it’s still hard to believe classic rock genre musicians this talented exist in 2017. The band also have elements of both Wolfmother and Rush.

Since 2012 the band have recorded and released numerous songs such as ‘Highway Tune’, ‘Cloud Train’, ‘Standing On’, ‘By The Riverside’ and ‘Lover, Leaver, Taker, Believer’, just to name a few. Each song further solidifying their legends-in-the-making status. By February 2014 the band had a live EP recorded in one take and was released on June 7th of the same year. The song ‘Standing On’ later featuring in Chevy Equinox advertisements in the Detroit area. January this year ‘Highway Tune’ featured on the television show Shameless and then proceeded to be released on iTunes in March. By April 8th the music video was played exclusively on the online magazine Loudwire and their debut EP titled Black Smoke Rising was released April 21th. Since then the band have been named Apple Music’s new artist of the week and are currently touring to promote their music with English rock band The Struts.

Watch this acoustic live performance of ‘Black Smoke Rising’ to witness the ridiculous vocal range of Josh Kiszka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjgC7vkC8Co

Another incredible live performance of ‘Safari Song’, including an insane drum solo from Danny Wager: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXdM1rqSlSQ

Only being in their early twenties Greta Van Fleet have promising careers ahead of them in the alternative music world and will appeal to fans pining for the return of classic rock.

Links:

http://gretavanfleet.com/

https://www.facebook.com/gretavanfleet/

https://twitter.com/GretaVanFleet?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Artist of the Year 2017 Panic! At The Disco

Nearly thirteen years at the top and Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie shows no signs of slowing down. After releasing the band’s fifth album Death of a Bachelor, Urie has hit the ground running. Recently finishing up a worldwide tour and is now gracing the stage of Broadway in his role as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots (running until August 6th).

The AP Music Awards (Alternative Press) have recognised Urie’s achievements by naming the band Artist of the Year 2017. Out shining the other nominees such as fellow band Fall Out Boy – whose bassist discovered Panic back in 2004 – and Blink 182 – who the band would cover before writing their own music. Hosted by Black Veil Bride frontman, Andy Biersack, the event recognises the talents of artists belonging to the alternative side of music. Other bands such as Twenty One Pilots and The Pretty Reckless also going home with outstanding awards that were well deserved.

Now with five ground breaking albums in his musical arsenal as well as other multiple awards and recognition, Urie really earnt his place among the legends by writing, producing and recording the band’s most recent album Death of a Bachelor mostly solo. Released on January 15th 2016, on the label Fueled by Ramen, the entire album was written and recorded by multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and produced with the help of Jake Sinclair. It’s the band’s third album since the original line up (of Brendon Urie, Spencer Smith, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker) went their separate ways to leave the singer and drummer to write and release their third album Vices & Virtues. And the second album since the departure of drummer Spencer Smith, with bassist Dallon Weekes also having no contribution.

Death of a Bachelor hit number one on the US Billboard 200 after its debut earning the band its first number one album. It has since be nominated for a Grammy Award of Best Rock Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards but lost out to Tell Me I’m Pretty by Cage The Elephant. Apart from its musical achievement the album seems to show a personal growth for Urie as the songs don more maturity than those from Vegas party fuelled Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die. Expressing a nostalgia for the wild life he has lived with ‘Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time’ and ‘Golden Days’ as well as the excitement of leaving that past behind to pursue a new life with his wife, Sarah Urie, through ‘Death of a Bachelor.’

Singles from the album like ‘Victorious’ encompass the flamboyant genius of Queen whilst ‘Death of a Bachelor’ could have been written for Frank Sinatra. These comparisons are hardly surprising when Urie himself has been quoted crediting inspirations to the previously mentioned artists. The album also provided fans with some continuation from the previous one (Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die) through the music video for ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’. Seemingly a visual sequel to ‘This is Gospel’ the music video is an oddly twisted story that sees Urie transforming into a demon in jagged, stop animation-like editing. Continuing the reputation the band have for memorable music videos. Urie has since said that he hopes to bring his experience on the Broadway stage to the next album leaving fans to wonder how previous theatrics will be topped.

Death of a Bachelor continues the band’s notorious habit of trying to reinvent themselves every album and only one of the reasons the Artist of the Year Award could not have gone to anyone else.

Watch the winning moment here as well as Brendon’s ‘thank you’ video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=162&v=guTUHdVhq78

 

Links:

http://www.altpress.com/apmas2017_home

http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/panic_at_the_disco_artist_of_the_year_2017_apmas

http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/2017_apmas_winners_list

http://www.altpress.com/apmas2017_home

 

Review By Skye W. Winwood

Electro-wave cabaret ‘No Life on Mars’

Music has always been about experimentation and expression, two things some artists seem to forget when releasing new material. Berlin duo Feline and Strange are reminding us why music cannot be pinned down to one specific genre or style in their new single ‘No Life on Mars.’

Watch the concept video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewODUIWaSB0

Artists are named so for a reason – because they set out with the initial idea to create something they can release into the world. Feline and Strange are going above and beyond by not only releasing their new album Out but are promoting the style of electro-wave cabaret inspired by aesthetics of classical compositions whilst combing this with their electric punk attitude. The duo give a whole new meaning to ‘creative freedom’ by pushing musical boundaries that may not agree with every listener. The single ‘No Life on Mars’ alone embodies the odd and evocative sound of their new album Out which is a collection of ‘aggressive and depressive’ songs that epitomise the style of Feline and Strange.

‘No Life on Mars’ transports the listener on a sonic journey to a seemingly dystopian world (that is in fact our own) where it feels like your mind is being invaded. The chorus of the song repeating ‘this is your mind and I’m just an intruder/explorer.’ Which may be the goal of the duo once you know their back story: the band are extra-terrestrials, outlined in the music video by their unusual appearance, who landed on Earth in human bodies years prior with partial amnesia . The goal of their music is to recruit crew members explaining the out-of-body feeling the song can inspire. The single sounds like a dark and twisted collaboration between Muse and The Pet Shop Boys with the use of classic and electric instruments.

The haunting vocals of multimedia artist/director/opera and tango singer Feline Lang (Brigitte) penetrate the ear drums of the listener in an almost hypnotic trance, leaving a decision on the song to be made after a few replays. Combined with the interspersed piano and jarring combination of heavy drum beat of sound engineer/punk drummer/percussionist and orchestra cellist Christoph Klemke, the two are conquering new grounds in the music world. However their sound is not the only thing unlike other artists out there but their way of preforming is also something to witness. Christoph plays a fold-up cello which he made himself after cutting an electric cello into three pieces in order to transport it as carry-on luggage. As well as this studio musician and co-producer of the album, Brian Viglione, plays a dumpster for percussion on the record.

The album Out (produced by Jason Rubal who has worked with the likes of Amanda Palmer and Robert Smith) is a collection of eleven weirdly creative songs of uninhabited cynical rage and terrible sadness inspired by a wide range of topics like political and feminist issues. Combing with the drastic cultural influences of East and West Germany from the artists themselves and described as ‘Nina Hagen meets Depeche Mode and Adam Palmer’ the whole album in an exploration of a hilarious dystopian tragedy.

Listen to the weirdly wonderful and experimental album here: https://soundcloud.com/felinelang/sets/out

Feline and Strange are also out on tour. Here are the dates to check out:

July 7th: Berwick on Tweed – Airship Northstar

July 9th: Edinburgh – Frankenstein’s

July 22/23rd: Reading – Reading Fringe Festival

August 10th-13th: Llanfyllin – Phoenix Alternative Festival

September 16th: Wales Festi

September 22nd: Warsop – Snooty Fox

September 29th: Nottingham – Doghouse

September 30th: Llangollen – The Pavillion

October 7th: Leicester – Musician

October 15th: Birmingham – Roadhouse

October 20th:  London, Kew Bridge Steam Museum

October 22nd: Brighton

 

Links:

www.youtube.com/canteatro

https://soundcloud.com/felinelang

www.facebook.com/felineandstrange

https://twitter.com/felinelang

www.felineandstrange.com

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Travel on a sonic odyssey with John Dylan and his new single ‘Get Beyond’

Music has proven to be something close to a religion for many musicians, going so far as to be deemed a form of free therapy. One artist this is true for is multi-instrumentalist John Dylan now coming out with his new single ‘Get Beyond’ from the to-be-released album Peripheral Drift Illusion. Album artwork being created by John Lennon’s band mate, Klaus Voormann, who designed the cover of The Beatles’ classic record Revolver.

Watch the psychedelic music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpy8NH6g228

John has been floating through the music world for some time being involved with underground math-rock band Mars Accelerator in the mid-90s, who played alongside Modest Mouse and released an album with the help of Steve Fisk – known for his work with Nirvana. With knowledge in producing John has broken from the genre-defying band Terrence to go solo and carry on blurring musical lines by pushing his talents as a songwriter. A tough task for any musician but John was born into music with his parents listening to the likes of Elvis Costello, Bob Marley and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Combined with John, himself, taking inspiration from bands like Nirvana and The Beatles it’s no wonder his music seems to transport the listener to another era.

‘Get Beyond’ at first can seem like an overwhelming combination of sounds before blending into dreamy vocals with a bouncing guitar riff drifting over a wah-fuelled bass line. The transition is a perfect example of how the song takes the listener on a sonic odyssey that makes a stop at many genre styles along the way. Due to this it would be criminal to confine John to one single band or artist in comparison even as it’s obvious where his inspiration shines from. Although considered a ‘rock artist’ John challenges the style as well as taking advantage of the alternative themes the genre provides, not pigeonholing himself to any single sound by using a completely digital workflow. For each single John is breaking out of the rock genre to explore hip-hop, dance and electronic by holding a ‘remix competition’ where aspiring DJs and electronic artists can sample and rework his songs with the chance to appear on the widely released version of the single.

John reacts to some remix works here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vIY83NTbOg

Pushing the boundaries of music is not the only challenge John faces as a musician as he has recently been diagnosed with a chronic anxiety disorder. However instead of letting this beat him he deals with his issues in his work as a songwriter, creating passionate music that has the ability to connect with many listeners. John has also been very open about his struggles in the past explaining how there are moments when he has to encourage himself to get out of bed and stop hiding from the world. Overcoming losing his job and house after being robbed John proves to truly be an inspirational musician and I personally look forward to his work in the future.

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/johndylanaudio/

https://twitter.com/johndylanaudio

https://www.instagram.com/johndylanaudio/

https://johndylanaudio.tumblr.com/

http://john.audio/

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

After 11 Years, ‘The Black Parade’ Marches On

2013 marked the end of My Chemical Romance as a band but fans refused to let them die and have revived the group by voting ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ MTV’s Music Video of the Century!

Watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRKJiM9Njr8

Up against iconic music videos such as Beyoncé ‘Single Ladies’ and Rihanna ft. Jay-Z ‘Umbrella’, ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ has taken home the title of best music video in this millennium. The win is not surprising when taken into account it was directed by Samuel Bayer who has worked with the likes of Green Day and Nirvana. As well as having Oscar winning Colleen Atwood on board for costume. The single was available on Myspace on September 2nd 2006 from the band’s third studio album The Black Parade (released September 11th 2006).

The music video itself was released September 26th 2006 in the UK and was featured heavily on MTV. The mix of narrative and performance based visuals follow a character only known as ‘The Patient’ (portrayed by Lukas Haas, Mars Attacks!) as he is on his death bed where he transcends to join the “Black Parade.” The band are seen preforming on a float where they are followed by a group of masked people, the hidden identities conveying how they could represent anyone. The whole video takes place in a dystopian world with contradicting lyrics of ‘carrying on’ despite the inevitability of death. Rallying listeners that death is not the end and ‘the world will never take [your] heart’.

The main concept of the video follows the idea that death comes from your most powerful memory, as lead singer Gerard Way explained in an interview with MTV. In this case death manifests for ‘The Patient’ in the form of a parade he saw as a young boy, something that followed him through life and now he will follow it in death. The passionate and enthusiastic performance of the band gives an uplifting vibe to the otherwise seemingly depressing visuals and has become iconic no matter what genre of music you prefer.

The music video has proved truly timeless and though My Chemical Romance is dead and gone, believe me, their memory will carry on.

 

Links:

http://www.mtv.co.uk/mtv-music-1/news/mtvs-greatest-video-of-the-century-vote-now-information

http://www.mtv.co.uk/my-chemical-romance/news/my-chemical-romance-win-mtvs-greatest-video-of-the-century

 

Review by Skye Walshe-Winwood

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