Travel Playlist

Travelling; it’s got to be done because nobody wants to stay at Point A forever. With the Easter Break over, people all over are returning home from holidays abroad or back from home towns to their lives at school/university/work. As great as the time away can be, the long hours of travelling can sometimes be unbearable even at the mere thought and take away precious time that could be used more productively. After my own Easter Break away I was unable to post on this blog as regularly as I usually do so have decided to make a return with a post about the very thing that hindered me. No matter where you will be off to next, here are some songs to fill those long hours and hopefully give you some enjoyment along the way!

Ray Charles ‘Hit the Road, Jack’

Willie Nelson ‘On the Road Again’ 

Tom Cochrane ‘Life is a Highway’ 

Bon Jovi ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ 

Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 

Queen ‘I Want To Break Free’ 

Fall Out Boy ’20 Doller Nose Bleed’ 

Fall Out Boy ‘Death Valley’ 

Panic! At the Disco ‘Mad as Rabbits’

Panic! At the Disco ‘Pas De Chavel’ 

Staind ‘So Far Away’ 

Metallic ‘The Unforgiven’ 

Shinedown ‘I’ll Follow You’ 

Stone Cherry ‘Blame It on the Boom Boom’ 

30 Seconds to Mars ‘Walk on Water’

Green Day ‘Holiday’ 

Bowling For Soup ‘1985’

Dommin ‘Dyin’ on the Radio’ 

Dommin ‘There You Are’ 

Five Finger Death Punch ‘Never Enough’ 

Fiver Finger Death Punch ‘M.I.N.E (End This Way)’

Guns ‘N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child of Mine’

My Chemical Romance ‘Bulletproof Heart’

My Chemical Romance ‘Summertime’

The Young Veins ‘Young Veins (Die Tonight)’ 

Audioslave ‘I Am the Highway’ 

Audioslave ‘Getaway Car’ 

Audioslave ‘Gasoline’ 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Can’t Stop’

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Californication’ 

Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘By the Way’ 

Counting Crows ‘Accidently in Love’

Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars ‘Billionaire’

AD/DC ‘Highway to Hell’ 

Deep Blue Something ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’


By Skye W. Winwood


Own a part of Linkin Park history

Nostalgia, it has a place in all of our hearts. A simple smell, an image, a sound is enough to transport us from wherever we are to wherever we were when a connection was made. There are personal nostalgias that only one or a finite group of individuals will understand and then there are generational nostalgias that bring us together, especially during times of hardship and loss. A whole generation mourned the passing of Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington, a loss that is still being felt. Today the band are giving the fans who have supported them for years a chance to own a part of their history by donating over 200 items to be auctioned. and LA’s Techno Empire have gathered together a mass amount of Linkin Park gear and are putting it up for public sale with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Music For Relief, a charity set up by the band. Music For Relief was founded in 2005 in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami and is made up of a variety of musicians, music professionals and fans providing aid to survivors of natural disasters. Linkin Park have always expressed their overwhelming gratitude towards the support they receive from their fans in relation to their music but also for causes such as this and see this opportunity as a way of giving back. The items being auctioned consist of instruments used by the band, tour gear, stickers, mixing equipment and any and everything that could be considered a dream by a Linkin Park fan.

Follow this link to browse through and possibly own one of the many items up for grabs

Whilst the future of Linkin Park as a band is uncertain there is no doubt about the legacy of their past and the immense opportunity that is being given to own even just a part of that.


By Skye W. Winwood

Fall Out Boy Live!

With Fall Out Boy nearly finished with the UK part of their European tour, reviews of the shows are pouring in filled with praise, awe and the lingering buzz of an awesome show. Well, this blog post is full of all that but with a twist. I can guarantee you very few, if any, people experienced seeing Fall Out Boy quite like I did. I never thought the first time I would hear one of my favourite bands live would be from another room.

After buying tickets months ago, I had been on an ever-climbing hype until March 28th when Fall Out Boy would be playing at the Motorpoint Arena. Finally, the day arrived and with eyes and nails glittering purple and a day of drinking along to a FOB playlist, myself and two friends made our way to the arena. Unfortunately, we missed most of the opening support act, MAX, but were in time to catch the entirety of Against the Current’s set. The band had a musical captivation akin to Nightwish and an enthusiastic energy as if they were headlining and perfectly set the tone of anticipation. It was during this air of anticipation that things began to go a little awry among my trio.

Purposely buying standing tickets to be in the thick of the crowd meant we didn’t have the clearest view of the stage and people were only continuing to move in. Time ticked on and the crowd were growing more restless and anxiously began pushing closer until there was barely a breath of space left between any of us. The last breath was swept from my friend as she collapsed directly into my arms after expressing a worry of feeling like she was going to throw up. Despite the panic I felt for her, it was a moment that proved concert crowds are not the faceless, unruly mass some fear them to be. A handful of people were quick to help whilst everyone else made sure to clear a path for us to exit the crowd. One person even went so far as to practically scream for a medic loud enough for the entire arena to hear and I am grateful for their quick reaction because it meant a medic was soon with us and helping us manoeuvre my friend out of the crowd and toward a room where she could be seen to. The medics on hand were amazing and tended to my friend with an attentiveness that helped her recover from her moment of dizziness.

With worry for my friend almost causing me to forget where I was the thundering beat of ‘The Phoenix’ shook the room as Fall Out Boy took to the stage. Patrick Stump demanded the crowd ‘put on your war paint’ and that’s exactly what my friend did, assuring the medics she was fine and getting right back out there in time for the band’s second song ‘Irresistible.’ Our view from just outside the door of the medic’s room was perfect and provided the almost overwhelming experience I knew seeing Fall Out Boy would be. The show was a spectacular combination of bursting confetti, roaring pyrotechnics and a gravity defying performance – literally. During ‘Dance, Dance’ and ‘Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)’ Fall Out Boy moved from the main stage to two platforms that suspended them above the crowd, giving those up on the balconies the same personal performance those at the front of the crowd received.

Fall Out Boy took us all on a journey through their discoverography, playing songs from Take This to Your Grave through Infinity on High right up to MANIA. The show was transporting for a long-time fan like myself, giving timeless performances of ‘Hum Hallelujah’ and ‘Where Is Your Boy Tonight’ and hitting hard with the nostalgia through ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ and ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race.’ Patrick treated the crowd to his Elton John impersonation during ‘Save Rock and Roll’, only missing an ostentatious outfit and oversized glasses to complete the illusion. Pete Wentz even managed to have one of his own wishes granted by receiving a Tesco beanie from a fan in the crowd – something he had expressed a desire for via Twitter – and wore it during a few songs. The influence of the MANIA Tour Project was present through purple lights glowing in the crowd during a piano rendition of ‘Young and Menace’, unifying fans even further. The night was completed with ‘Saturday’, giving one last euphoric rush with Pete snatching a microphone and working those screamo vocals early Fall Out Boy albums would have been incomplete without.

The concert was nothing like I could have expected for a variety of reasons but mainly because Fall Out Boy proved why they have been such a beloved band for so many years. Creating a supportive fanbase who are always willing to help each other when finding a fellow fan in distress.


Tour dates:

Previous Fall Out Boy posts:

Help support MANIA Tour Project!

MANIA Review

Frosty and the Nightmare Making Machine


Review by Skye W. Winwood

Say Amen for Panic! At the Disco

Panic! At the Disco have come a long way from singing about a whor-…I mean, a beautiful woman in 2005 to putting out possibly the club anthem of 2018. This week has been filled with some well kept (and some not so well kept) surprises for fans of the punk rock band. Already being pushed to the edge of our patience with the relentless teasers, Panic! At the Disco have released not one but two singles from their upcoming sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, along with the album’s track list, a brand-new music video and summer tour dates.

Before digging into this blog post make sure you’re informed on all of Panic’s recent cryptic antics by clicking here

For every answer we received on March 19th Panic! At the Disco raised us another question using a similar strategy to get fans amped up for March 22nd in the form of flyers and posters reading ‘3:22, Worship Wednesday.’ Although we had all been eagerly awaiting a single drop for ‘3:19’, Panic blessed fans in and around Cleveland (along with some dedicated far away fans) with a surprise show at the Grog Shop. Only announcing the show the night before caused a flood of people to arrive in Cleveland and wait in line for hours just for a chance to be a part of the intimate crowd. Once the venue was filled to capacity, Panic! At the Disco took to the stage to perform the same setlist from their Death of a Bachelor Tour. Whilst fans may not have received the new music they wanted, we were introduced to Nicole Row, Panic! At the Disco’s new bassist. One of the lesser well-kept secrets, the crowd still went wild for the new member, giving her a warm and more than enthusiastic welcome. Nicole’s stage performance was brilliant and seamlessly blended with the rest of the band as if she had been performing with them for years. A performance made a little less surprising when knowing a bit about Nicole’s music history and finding out she has performed on stage with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Troye Sivan.

No questions were answered concerning ‘3:22’ other than the knowledge that Panic would be performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and why would the band be performing if not to promote a new single? Well, before the show aired Panic gave fans more than what they bargained for by dropping both ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’ and ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night).’ Whilst ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’ is a dazzling, explosive and funky tune, it’s ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’ that has brought people to their knees and was the single the band performed on the show.

Watch the performance here:

Also watch Brendon’s quirky rendition of the DuckTales theme song here:

Carrying over a hint of the sound that influenced Death of a Bachelor, ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’ is an R ‘n’ B, pop punk track with an infectious beat and chorus that could be Brendon coming for RuPaul’s iconic ‘can I get an amen?’ Blurring the line between religion and a good night out, the song has been explained to be an exploration of Brendon’s connections to religion through his Mormon upbringing whilst still being a must add to any pre-drinks playlist. With a song using a variation of religious lexis and imagery, you probably wouldn’t expect the music video to be something of a Quentin Tarantino bloodbath.

Watch the music video here:

The music video is a visually stunning, cinematic, stunt packed experience that gives a clever and hilarious explanation to the insane high note Brendon delivers near the end of the song. Although it might take a second watch, the video ends with the sound of a faint heartbeat and has since been confirmed to be a prequel to ‘This is Gospel’ and subsequently also a prequel to ‘Emperor’s New Clothes.’ Possibly hinting at a more narrative based story line for subsequent videos from the album, maybe even a continuation to ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ where we can finally see the kind of mischief Demon Brendon could embark on. I mean, we already know he likes to drive his fans insane with cryptic numbers and surprise shows.

Below is the confirmed track list for Pray for the Wicked, which differs slightly from the few hinted at via earlier in the week. Although, I’m disappointed to not see ‘Cult Cobain’ in the mix, maybe we can expect some bonus tracks once the album has been released on June 22nd.

Pray for the Wicked track list:

(Fuck A) Silver Lining
Say Amen (Saturday Night)
Hey Look Ma, I Made It
High Hopes
Roaring 20s
Dancing’s Not a Crime
One of the Drunks
The Overpass
King of the Clouds
Old Fashioned
Dying in LA




Review by Skye W. Winwood

Come and see the opening band, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

A song, music video and tour dates announcement all in one day? You can’t say I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKHow) never gives us anything. On March 14th, Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman’s 80s pop punk project had a few things to say after months of seeming inactivity. Of course, IDKHow have probably not been inactive since both members began working on the band full time but fans have received little to no news on the progress being made. Whilst there is still no news of when we could expect a full-fledged album to take flight, IDKHow has something to say about supporting unknown, up and coming acts in their song ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band.’

Although neither Dallon nor Ryan could be described as ‘unknown’, IDKHow is still a project finding it’s footing in the music world, even if it is receiving an overwhelming amount of helping hands from their fanbase. For anyone who has not yet extended their hand, IDKHow is a combination of movie references, glitter, glamour, vintage, thought provoking and poetic lyrics split into vocalist/bassist Dallon Weekes and drummer Ryan Seaman.

For more on the band’s beginning and their previous singles ‘Modern Day Cain’ and ‘Choke’ click here

Taking on the persona of an 80s cassette style tune, the band’s latest release, ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is a quick, quirky nod to band origins. Every band has been the support at some point in their career, and whether you have experienced this first hand or as a fan, you cannot deny the hilarious honesty of the lyrics. Sounding like a bonus track from Grease that never quite made it onto the soundtrack, ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is a theatrical comedy just shy of jazz hands. Adding even more to the comedy is the almost metatheatre knowledge that IDKHow will be the opening band for The Aquabats.

‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is set apart from both ‘Modern Day Cain’ and ‘Choke’ by more than its cleverly comedic lyrics, but by Dallon ditching his signature bass and Ryan taking up the tambourine and bells and neglecting the perfectly good drum kit in view throughout the music video. These two changes give the song a simplicity and vulnerability appropriate when the lyrics are singing for just a chance to prove themselves as musicians. The minimalistic approach of ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ is a testament to IDKHow’s talent to create something so complicated from so little.

Watch the music video for ‘Nobody Likes the Opening Band’ here:

Don’t be put off by Ryan’s menacing stare and give IDKHow a chance by continuing to support them on the endless lead up to what is becoming one of the most anticipated albums of any year.

And for those of you lucky enough to live in the US here are IDKHow’s upcoming tour dates:

April 7 (Los Angeles, CA)
April 8 (Santa Ana, CA)
April 9 (Tucson, AZ)
April 11 (Las Vegas, NV)
April 13 (San Francisco, CA)
April 14 (Sacramento, CA)
April 16 (Seattle, WA)
April 17 (Portland, OR)


Dallon’s Twitter:
Ryan’s Twitter:

Dallon Weekes’ departure from Panic! At the Disco


Review by Skye W. Winwood

The album we’ve all been waiting for, Wartoad’s What Rough Beasts

After demanding the spotlight only in late 2017, Wartoad’s highly anticipated album What Rough Beasts is here and it’s everything you would and wouldn’t expect. Already having a pretty indecent reputation for their Christmas cover of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ and their debut original single ‘I Alone Can Fix It’, we’ve all been left to guess at what chaotic, punk rock rebellion the band’s debut album will be. What Rough Beasts is a musical anthology of anger, bile and talent thrown at everything from Donald Trump to Leonardo di Caprio to druid stone circles; a twelve-track album with promise, protest and profanity aplenty.

Although What Rough Beasts doesn’t include Wartoad’s ‘I Alone Can Fix It’, the song is still one to listen to. For the ill-informed it is a song calling out Donald Trump and his reign as president in a creative, cathartic chaos. The track is less a showcase of the band’s musical talent and more a show of their no bullshit attitude and their goal to strip power from those who don’t know what they are doing with it. Along with their Christmas single, Wartoad are everything punk ever set out to be and What Rough Beasts is just an expansion of this. Wartoad are almost admirable in their rebellion, putting their music and morals before profit and popularity. ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ had the band thrown off their digital outlet for sampling Trump’s voice without his permission whilst Youtube refuses to do business with them due to their excessive use of profanity. What Rough Beasts contains more uncensored wonders like this in the form of ‘Shove It’ and ‘…F*** Off’ which seems to just be an excuse to swear for nearly two minutes. However the album also allows us to appreciate Wartoad for the collection of talented musicians they are.

Lead track ‘I Get High’ is still punk rock as hell but gives an uninterrupted psychedelic-punk party where all the wrong kids showed up. Mixing the more modern sound of Kasabian with the classic of the Stranglers, ‘I Get High’ is a slightly unnerving but completely enthralling introduction into the world of Wartoad. The song almost acts as a warning for anyone brave enough to enter this world, giving an honest portrayal of everything they are and providing absolutely no apologies for it. Even if you don’t agree with what the band stands for (which is dangerous in itself), ‘I Get High’ makes it impossible to not respect them as professional musicians. With the release of the new album, there are talks of a UK tour which is made even more enticing by the possibility of finally finding out the true identities behind Wartoad.

What Rough Beasts is out now, and I recommend you go listen to it before Wartoad break down your door with the album in hand.




Previous Wartoad Posts:

Anarchy is coming to Christmas dinner with Wartoad’s cover of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’

Wartoad are not just for Christmas…


Review by Skye W. Winwood

Panic! At the Disco has fans in a frenzy with cryptic messages

So, the new era of Panic! At the Disco could be all about the importance of oral health and hygiene but more likely is still a mystery fans are trying to decode. The first of the bread crumbs was dropped on March 8th via Panic! At the Disco’s Instagram story. The two-minute video depicts Brendon Urie brushing his teeth to a background of intense and somewhat unnerving classical music. Despite the important message the video sends about taking care of your teeth, the more intriguing part was the alarm clock in the bottom left corner reading ‘3:19,’ the time remaining unchanged throughout the video. Whilst some fans tried to pin this to a bible verse due to Panic’s history with religious imagery and Brendon’s own personal connection, the time has been deciphered to be a date.

Watch the video on Panic! Updating’s Twitter page here:

Although the video has been decoded for something to happen on the 19th of March, fans are still clueless as to exactly what we should be expecting. The promise of a song drop is currently the favourite theory with other strange happenings correlating this. Last night at a nothing,nowhere. show in Cleveland some fans received a strange message in the form of a white card printed with a black exclamation point and either the same ‘3:19’ numbers or ‘patience, sinners.’ In addition to this, five unreleased Panic songs were added to by the names ‘King of the Clouds’, ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’, ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining’, ‘Fuck Your Dreams’ and ‘Cult Cobain.’

It’s safe to say the possibility of a song drop is imminent with Brendon already showing barely controlled excitement for people to hear the new album he has been working on. Over a few live streams held by the Panic! At the Disco frontman, he showed enthusiasm for randomly dropping songs as well as answering a fan’s question concerning the style of the album. Brendon went through the album track by track and gave some barely-there details about each, describing one song as sounding like you could be in a 70s roller rink whilst others have been inspired by Brendon’s debut on Broadway.

Watch the clip from the live stream here:

The hints have left fans wondering which direction the album will take but hoping by next week we will be closer to knowing. The Broadway inspiration could lead to a more theatrical Vices & Virtues esque sound or even a further harken back to A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Then again, Panic! At the Disco has shaken their sound up so much over the years, there is every chance it will be completely unlike what has come before. For the moment it’s obvious Brendon is having fun teasing ravenous fans eagerly waiting for a slice of the new music, no matter how small.




By Skye W. Winwood

Rainy Day Playlist

Let’s be honest, the weather has the uncanny power of controlling our moods. How many mornings have you woken up with an active day planned, only to open your curtains to a wet world and just curl up on the sofa instead? Even if none of your plans involved venturing outside, there is just something about miserable weather that we use as an excuse to catch up on our favourite TV shows, films, books or just to indulge in a pass-time hobby. After having one of those very days myself I decided to create this playlist of soft and soothing tracks (from a mix of genres) to maybe give you the slightest bit of motivation to at least do the ironing. Or more likely just help you indulge in your inactive mood.

Fall Out Boy ‘Bishops Knife Trick’ 

Panic! At The Disco ‘Northern Downpour’

Panic! At The Disco ‘Always’

Panic! At The Disco ‘Impossible Year’

Evanescence ‘My Immortal’

Seether ft. Amy Lee ‘Broken’ 

Staind ‘It’s Been A While’ 

Staind ‘So Far Away’ 

Staind ‘Outside’

Metallica ‘Nothing Else Matters’

Disturbed ‘Sound Of Silence’

Alanis Morissette ‘Right Through You’

The Cranberries ‘Linger’

Dommin ‘My Reality’ (Acoustic) 

Dommin ‘These New Demons’ (Acoustic) 

Paolo Nutini ‘Tricks Of The Trade’

Radiohead ‘Karma Police’ 

My Chemical Romance ‘The Light Behind Your Eyes’

Stone Sour ‘Imperfect’

Audioslave ‘I Am The Highway’ 

Audioslave ‘Getaway Car’

The Hush Sound ‘You Are The Moon’

The Hush Sound ‘Lighthouse’

The Hush Sound ‘Where We Went Wrong’

Paramore ‘The Only Exception’

Imagine Dragons ‘Next To Me’ 

Billy Lockett ‘Burn It Down’ 

Billy Lockett ‘Empty House’

Bright Eyes ‘Lua’

Angus & Julia Stone ‘For You’

Angus & Julia Stone ‘Santa Monica Dream’

Melpo Mene ‘Sharks Ahead’

Don McLean ‘Till Tomorrow’

Ruth B. ‘Lost Boy’

Death Cab For Cutie ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’

Allman Brown ‘Rivers’


By Skye W. Winwood

MANIA isn’t done with you yet. Introducing Frosty and the Nightmare Making Machine

MANIA has managed to arrive like a bus, you wait for one and then two come along at once. After pushing back the release date for the album from late last year to January of this year, Fall Out Boy had a small ‘thank you’ for fans in the form of unreleased demos. It is not uncommon for bands to release demos or B-sides after a new album, but of course Fall Out Boy had to go about things in the only cryptic and creative way they know how.

On February 23rd a tweet was aimed at Pete Wentz concerning the arrival of an EP from a band called Frosty and the Nightmare Making Machine. Pete replied explaining, “When we pushed the record back- we felt like we wanted to thank everybody for being patient. So these are three demos we scrapped that will never be finished…” The three demos go by the names, ‘Past Life’, ‘Footprints in the Snow’ and ‘Wrong Side of Paradise’, ranging from fifty seconds to a minute and a half in length. The physical EP, titled Llamania, was only sent to a select number of fans but the tracks are available to listen to online.

Listen to ‘Past Life’ here:
Listen to ‘Footprints in the Snow’ here:
Listen to ‘Wrong Side of Paradise’ here:

Although the songs have been labelled as ‘will never be finished’ it is still interesting to hear how the sound of MANIA could have been altered had any of them been completed. ‘Footprints in the Snow’ has a hypnotic beat that will forever tease us whilst lyrics and the title of ‘Wrong Side of Paradise’ did make it onto the album in the form of ‘Sunshine Riptide’, ‘Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)’, and a variation of the lyrics can be heard in ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

The emergence of this EP has given the Llama characters present throughout the build up and launch of MANIA their own identities. Now being known as Frosty and Royal Tea, they are handling all of the PR concerning Frosty and the Nightmare Making Machine if the Youtube channel is anything to go by. A pinned comment on one of the videos also hints at other surprises to be on the lookout for.


For Frosty and the Nightmare Making Machine

For Fall Out Boy
Tour dates:

MANIA Review!


By Skye W. Winwood

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