I feel like The Human Abstract are terribly underrated.
They released a new video however, for “Complex Terms” off of their beast of an album “Digital Veil”.
Although not the strongest song on the release, it still remains to be a great track nonetheless.
These guys went for the tour footage effect as well (man what’s with the trend?) but with this strong of a track to support the style of video, I think I can let it slide.
The video, produced by 9Dock Productions, also manages to convey that spark that FIR was missing, so kudos to The Human Abstract.
One comment on the band though, it’s completely nuts because, honestly, these guys look quite unassuming so I do believe it makes the video experience more mentally jarring. Hopefully they will be able to sort out their differences and continue cranking out great hits like this one for sure.
Check the band & video out for yourself here:
Just watched the new FIR vid for “Raised By Wolves” from the album “The Drug In Me Is You”. A bit disappointed to say the least.
Ronnie Radke, quite honestly, looks like shit. [Coming from a former Ronnie obsessed gal herself]. Life and hate are not being good to him (or perhaps he’s just not being good to himself which is more likely) and the video exemplifies that.
The video itself lacks a certain spark. We all know where the concept comes from, and the whole tour footage concept has been executed many times over. Whats missing from this attempt by Falling In Reverse though, is actual emotion. There is a real glass wall effect with this one and after years of watching the emotional and more substantial execution of old Escape the Fate videos, it definitely falls short.
Ladies & Gents, despite the inert catchiness in Radke’s current sound, he certainly appears to be reflecting the new name “Falling In Reverse” a little too well.
For what reason do we learn these words?
Empty words, words of emotion, elaborate and grammatically correct strings of words?
What should compel us as humans (and students) to continue to concern ourselves with trivial pasttimes?
To numb the pain of existence? Push past the wreck of mankind to revel in ignorance?
These are all what I consider when i’m given yet another thing to do that does not matter in the scheme of life.
Will the world end if we take a zero?
Why can’t a highly motivated person not want to go to a prestigious university?
Is the prospect of spiritual (spiritual, not religious) fulfillment instead of monetary rewards so terrible in the rat race we compete in every day?
What happened to being just simply a human being?
Why do we have to be segregated on every front?
And why is it so hard for some to admit when they are wrong?
I find A favorite quote of mine from American History X to be a question not asked nearly often enough:
Bob Sweeney: There was a moment, when I used to blame everything and everyone for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed white people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn’t get no answers ‘cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.
Derek Vinyard: Like what?
Bob Sweeney: Has anything you’ve done made your life better?
I think this is really important to consider in every day life, with the choices we make.
Life is much too short to spend it for the pleasure of the will of others.
The people who care the most are the ones who are willing to be honest with you, even when it hurts.
I’m terribly sorry if you took the time to read this.
Keep calm and carry on, but never lose your passion kids.
William Faulkner (via mizmlee)
Dang this definitely deserves a reblog for everyone with a creative side
Life is a funny thing.
If you take time to pay attention, you just might glean some knowledge about how everything may eventually work out.
I’m going to ramble now.
You hear too often (unfortunately) “I want to kill myself, but I don’t have the guts to do it”
Something wrong with this picture?
I think so.
Courage is certainly not taking your life.
It takes courage to get out of bed, to try to make something positive out of your day, or at least even get by. It takes courage to feel because you have the chance of getting hurt.
But life is about feeling right? Everything we do is dictated largely by our feelings at any given time.
And that’s the part that totally blows, right?
Sometimes it takes a lot to push past those feelings and get down to the meat of it all, the problems, or the beauty that all too often were too blinded to see.
Fear keeps us in our little subsidized boxes, unfeeling, unmoving, never getting what we truly could out of life. Sure, fear can be positive if it’s knocking some sense into someone out of doing something horrifically stupid.
But acts out of fear like to disguise themselves as acts of courage and grandeur.
nasty little buggers really.
Suicide is the clearest example of this.
There is a reason in a certain favorite song of mine Gerard Way sings “I am not afraid to keep on living.”
It’s because dammit, it takes courage to get out of bed and try to be somebody instead of giving up.
So for those of you who never committed suicide because you’ve “not had the guts”?
First of all, thank you, and your life is worth more than all the beauty in the world and I hope you can see that some day.
Second, it shows that at your lowest point, you had the courage to not give up on yourself because that seemingly simple act could end something that could be beautiful. Somewhere, beneath all that despair, you consciously (or subconsciously) realized that.
Noone worth their spit can ask you to always be happy. Its just about impossible because hurt IS one of many on our spectrum of emotions so welcome to being human.
But it’s always important to remember, that there is a likelihood that things WILL get better and that even your lowest of lows can only make you a stronger, wiser, and more conscious being.
My challenge to you? Get lost in something positive.
Music is my personal favorite.
Get addicted to passion, not poisons.
Erase the negative people from your life and it will do wonders for you over time.
And if someone can’t see the you that you see? Then they are not worth your time and don’t have the right to be able to upset you.
It takes a lot of confidence, a sprinkle of flexibility, and a dash of passion to make it out alive kids, but when you do make it you’ll be glad you did.
[thank you life’s happenings for the inspiration for this post, i appreciate it and you do make an impact on at least one person’s life.]
Newman pictured above on the left, brandishing his guitar
Recently I got to meet up with talented musician and long time acquaintance, Jeff Newman. Aside from his full time job and various local gigs, Jeff is also a bi weekly feature at Open Mic Nights at local Virginia, IL Dr. Ugs “Drugstore Cafe”. After a failed attempt at an audio interview, Jeff agreed lightheartedly to succumb to my analysis via written correspondence, here is the result of that. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen: Jeff Newman Exposed.
DB: What was the first album you bought of your own accord? JN: This is crazy because I was just talking about it with some people before…here’s what I remember. The first record I remember spinning all the time when I was little was “Alvin and the Chipmunks Sing the Beatles” and there was this K-Tel-type compilation that we had called Traxx or Hot-Traxx or something….I remember it was Traxx with two X’s. It had “Mr. Roboto” by Styx and I think “Maniac” by Michael Sambiatino or whatever the heck his name was from the movie Flashdance. The two I remember getting though at the store…the first ones that we got to pick out were “Raising Hell” by Run-DMC and “Licensed to Ill” by the Beastie Boys (this was before the records had Parental Advisory Stickers so we totally got away with it). I think I was 5 or 6. Then my first cassette I think was “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, but there was also “No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins and a breakdance tape called “Electric Breakdance” thrown in there…that one was great because you had “White Lines” and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and “Rockit” (Herbie Hancock) … I think some Whoudini was thrown in there too…all on the same cassette!!! And then CD’s came out and I remember my first one was “The Immaculate Collection” again by Madonna!!! and “Miscellaneous T” by They Might be Giants! I was pretty eclectic in my tastes even back then!
DB:Music=profession? Past time? Or a little of both?JN: Music is LIFE! I do have a full time job because life has given me two wonderful children to support, but before that there were a couple periods in my life where I was living cheaply and just playing music 4-5 nights a week! I’ve had to cut down with my life change (kids and job) so I’m just down to Thursdays and Saturdays!!! So right now PLAYING music is a past time! But MUSIC in general is still LIFE!
DB:You always seem to enjoy yourself up “on stage” and you mentioned you’ve been saturated by music. All consequences aside, if you could do absolutely anything for a living would music be your choice? Or some other secret aspiration? Jeff the Spaceman Pottery Master Mechanic perhaps?JN: LOL - and by Music do you mean PLAYING MUSIC? or just music in general? If I could play music for a living, that would be wonderful…If I could work in something Music Related, that would be wonderful too!!!
DB: David Bowie or David Draiman? JN: Seeing that I had to look up and see who David Draiman was, I’d say Bowie…But there’s only MAYBE a single disc compilation’s worth of Bowie Material that I could listen to everyday! I mean…he was no Madonna ;-)
DB:Was the start to your “musical saturation” a family initiated thing? A Jackson family experience per say?JN: My first remembrance of music was my parents having these dinner parties with their friends and they’d always have Solid Gold Saturday Night playing on WNNS out of Springfield. I would always just lay by the speaker and listen to the music all night while the other kids were off playing…and I’d lay there until I drifted off to sleep. I also remember long car trips and the “oldies” playing and my dad singing them and pounding on the steering wheel…sometimes he’s hit the horn in time to the music! I put my kids through the same traumatic experience now! lol
DB: Is there any specific rhyme or reason to the songs you choose to cover? Or is it completely at random?JN: Well, they are all songs that I like…all songs that speak to me on some sort of level. As I said before…I can’t write songs…I tried to write a song today for this Christmas Compilation I’m supposed to be on..I CAN’T do it!!! I’d love to do it, don’t get me wrong…but I feel like everything I write tends to sound like something else. Maybe all the GREAT songs are written already!!! I mean, listen to any given song right now and you could do a Mash-Up with some other song that is out there! Nobody is doing anything that is completely different or new. I’m not saying that I hate new music or that it’s not good…TONS of it is good! I’m just saying, it’s been written before!! The words might be different, the melody might change…but there’s only so many chord combinations out there that fit together and so many songs about love, or songs about pain, or songs about politics or (enter subject here) that can be written and be totally new! So that being said…with all the great songs being wrote already, I don’t need to try and write anything sub-par…so what I do is just find songs that I really like, and try to play them as well as I can…sometimes I play them spot-on…sometimes I like to jack with them a bit to give them a different sound. Ask the other musicians that play gigs with me…I rarely play a song the same way twice and I’ve NEVER played to a “set-list”. I call it “set-lists inspired by the moment”…what ever I feel like playing at the time, or whatever I think the audience wants to hear at the time.
DB:One song you CAN’T stand? One song your mind can’t get rid of?JN: There’s this song by the Jackson 5 that will work for both questions…”Got to Be There” … my son listens to it on this Jackson 5 disc he has…I HATE that song..yet I can never get it out of my head! The melody sucks! I can’t believe it was a single
DB:How do you feel about the direction of music in today’s society? JN: I think this has got to be one of the BEST times to be playing and recording music! There are so many ways to get your music out there! I think it has definitely levelled the playing field as far as what music gets heard and what doesn’t! The records store I worked in from 16 on…we tried to carry kind of an underground mix of cd’s and albums …had this technology been out there at that time, we definitely would’ve sold more records! There is so much more opportunity to hear music now than before. Back then you were stuck with whatever the mainstream media wanted to stIck down your throat!
DB:And for the final kicker, a good ‘ol music politics question. Record labels are…….?JN: less of an evil as they were 20 yrs ago!
Any more burning questions for Mr. Newman? If so, reply in the comments with your own inquisitive thoughts. Check back for the amusing transcript/”blooper reel” of our earlier audio interview!
Ronnie Radke, formerly of Escape the Fate is back and ready for action with his new band, Falling In Reverse. Falling In Reverse (originally named From Behind These Walls) began during Radke’s time in jail and immediately grabbed the attention of Escape the Fate fans who were unhappy with the new directions of Escape the Fate under their new frontman, Craig Mabbit. The band’s first release, “The Drug In Me Is You”, dropped today, July 26th. The rock quintet (after numerous lineup changes) features Jacky Vincent and Derek Jones on guitar, as well as Mika Kazuo Horiuchi on bass and Ryan Seaman on drums. Although not an altogether different direction from pre-Craig ETF, “The Drug In Me Is You” is still a good listen for those who mourned Radke’s momentary disappearance from the emo/hardcore music scene. It features the characteristic vocal angst layered with fast and catchy guitar riffs Radke is known so well for. In terms of guitar, Jacky and Derek do their best work in the track ‘Goodbye Graceful’. Hopefully, the release will serve as a kind of therapy to Ronnie so he can move on and exercise the band’s full potential in future releases with less echoes of his musical past.
You check out the band on their myspace page @: www.myspace.com/fallinginreversemusic
Up and coming UK rock band, Mallory Knox, has accomplished quite the feat with their first EP, “Pilot”. The highly addictive, 5 track release is equal parts heart-wrenching and uplifting in the way that only a good, established, screamo/rock band can achieve. The kicker, though is the fact that the band is still in their relatively early days. That knowledge brings great anticipation for their future works as they develop their already unique sound.
The EP opens with the the quiet, urging vocals of frontman Mikey in the track ’Oceans’ and quickly segues into thrumming guitar that carries nicely throughout the whole track. The song is kept moving with the bass talent of Sam Douglas and powerfully presented lyrics such as “Can you feel me dreaming of you”.
'Resuscitate' begins with the same guitar sound as was featured in the opening track, creating a sense of continuity that provides for a good flowing album. Perhaps the best feature of this particular song is the feature of Joe Savin's (guitar) screaming and the lilting “stop bleeding, start breathing” as provided by Sam Douglas (bass) alongside the vocals of Mikey.
'Promises' is featured as the third track on the EP and opens with the stellar drumming talent of Dave Rawling. The guitar in this track provides a driving element behind the song that is perfectly augmented with the heartwrenching lyrics featured in the song.
'Keeping Secrets' proved to be perhaps the most impressive song lyrically with haunting and beautiful phrases such as “I saw the bruises paint your body (as the blood ran free)”. And yet again, catchy riffs ran amok interlacing themselves throughout the song.
The EP ends with a fantastic showcase on all parts of the band in the track ‘Q.O.D’ (Queen of Diamonds). It features a relatively classic sound for the UK rock scene, with an immediate emphasis on drums that develops into a full out harmonious existence with the rhythm and lead guitar to form a dynamic sound. ‘Q.O.D’ also features female vocals to add to the dynamic sense.
All in all, “Pilot” is the perfect introduction to a very promising band with a very promising future (if they keep up the good work). The EP featured talent in all aspects of the band and has some definite addiction value.
This remix of ”When You Were Young”, crafted by the ”The Soundmen”, has brought new life to an already commercially popular song. The Seattle-born duo, consisting of Justin Jamison and Scott Durday have been producing music since 2004 and have hit the top of the charts in 2011 with this remix, originally created by rock band “The Killers”.
You can head over to their website after checking out the track at www.thesoundmenmusic.com.