Song Review: “Gone” by Knuckle Puck

After gaining a lot of fans with Copacetic, Knuckle Puck is back with a new single that was released yesterday and publicized through social media. “Gone” is the first single that is released off of Knuckle Puck’s sophomore album Shapeshifter which is set to release on Oct. 13 via. Rise Records. You can pre-order their upcoming album and receive “Gone” instantly on their website.

“Gone” is what I expected Knuckle Puck to release. Instrumentally, Knuckle Puck has a distinct sound that has drums, guitars, and bass full of angst with a high speed sound. Lyrically, this song is fantastic. Knuckle Puck is great at telling stories through their lyrics, and this song does a great job with it. The lyrics are somber and pull at your heart strings in the right way. The hook of “There’s no way back, there’s no way back” sounds similar to the line “You tore me down, you tore me down” in Knuckle Puck’s song “Untitled” (off of Copacetic.) This single sure does not disappoint.

If you have yet to hear their music, I highly recommend hearing their first full length album Copacetic, 2015. My favorite songs off of the album are: “Evergreen,” “In Your Crosshairs,” and “Untitled.” Knuckle Puck does a great job with creating high intensity songs and power ballads. I’m excited to see what Knuckle Puck has in store for their upcoming album.

In other news, The Killers teased a new song “Run For Cover,” Turnover released their new single “Sunshine Type,” August Burns Red released “Invisible Enemy,” Brendon Urie, Oli Sykes, and more are shown in the new music video, “Boys“, by Charlie XCX. and happy 15 year anniversary to My Chemical Romance’s I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, and happy 12th anniversary to Paramore’s first album All We Know is Falling.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: This Wild Life at Bowery Ballroom NYC

On Wednesday July 19, 2017, I attended the show for This Wild Life in New York City. This was my sixth time seeing them.

The venue the concert was at was Bowery Ballroom, and I’ve seen The Maine and mewithoutYou perform at that venue. I knew the layout of the venue which made the night enjoyable. The venue holds 575 people which makes any show at Bowery intimate.

Prior to the show, I met with Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso, the two members in This Wild Life. The meet and greet was similar to the one I had with Dustin Lynch; both meet and greets consisted of a small acoustic performance prior to the show and a photo with the band/artist. This Wild Life had 25 people allowed for a meet and greet each show. This was the first meet and greet option This Wild Life had on tour. It was so refreshing to hang out with This Wild Life and discuss who they are, their music, and their future during their Q&A session of the meet and greet. Anthony and I were talking about how great Grayscale is as a band. Kevin and I talked about how awesome Copeland is as a band and how This Wild Life would love to tour with Paramore. The meet and greet portion with the 25 people, Kevin, and Anthony was an hour long.  Interesting fact about This Wild Life, Anthony and Kevin met at a Guitar Center.


After the meet and greet, I exited the venue and re-entered ready for the show. I got a seat and saw the two opening bands, A Will Away and Dry Jacket. I didn’t hear any of their music prior to their set, but I really enjoyed the overall composition of A Will Away. At the end of their set, I visited their merchandise table and purchased their album Here Again. I got the chance to talk with Matt from A Will Away and talked about how I really enjoyed the band’s set. He signed my CD at the end of our conversation. Dry Jacket had really good instrumentals which makes me eager to listen to their music outside of the show.

After the two bands performed their set, This Wild Life took the stage walking out to “Under The Sea” from the soundtrack of The Little Mermaid. There were bubbles and beautiful lights. Here is their setlist:

  1. Concrete
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Ripped Away
  4. Break Me
  5. Better With You
  6. Puppy Love
  7. No More Bad Days
  8. Let Go
  9. Sleepwalking (Bring Me The Horizon cover)
  10. History
  11. Falling Down
  12. Over It


Their set was small but had a variety of songs from their album Clouded, Low Tides, and prior works. Fun fact, Kevin wrote “Ripped Away” on a lunch break at Guitar Center. It’s fantastic that This Wild Life had a social media contest with listeners, and the winner of each show was able to sing the bridge of “Let Go” with This Wild Life.” This Wild Life sounds equally fantastic live as they do on an album. This Wild Life is gaining a bigger following, and I’m so proud to have been a fan since 2014 and see the band grow. Kevin and Anthony are two humble guys who are working hard to create such emotional content that connects with listeners.

If you’re interested in reading more about my experience with This Wild Life, check out my review on their album Low Tides here and a previous concert review here. You should check out their music if you have not already, hear their song “No More Bad Days” performed live on a boat.

In other news, Linkin Park’s vocalist Chester Bennington committed suicide yesterday, may he rest in peace. Linkin Park released a new music video for their song “Talking To Myself.” Propaganda has their album Victory Lap set to release on September 29, Grayscale released a music video for their cover of “Love Yourself,” PVRIS released an album tracklist for the upcoming album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, The Early November announced a fall co-headline tour with The Movielife (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Echosmith announced the “Inside A Dream Tour” with special guest Banners (tickets and tour information can be found here). The APMAs was on Monday (and here is the list of the winners.) This week had milestones of various albums including War Paint by The Dangerous Summer.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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What To Pack For Warped Tour Featuring ICYMI

Since I recently attended Vans Warped Tour a few days ago, I thought making a post about things that you can carry and bring with you would be important for anyone who doesn’t know what to bring. Here is a list of things that I packed with me for Warped Tour.

Before Warped Tour, here are the essentials I need to bring with me…

  • Sunscreen
  • Sharpie- You never know who you’re going to meet
  • Bottle of water- Vans Warped Tour allows an attendee to bring in 1 sealed bottle of water
  • Hat
  • Portable Charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Band Aids
  • Ticket

After Warped Tour, including the variety of things I brought with me, I bought a few extra things and received free things as well. Here is the list of other things I received that day.

  • The Gospel Youth’s Always Lose signed
  • Dead Reflection by Silverstein
  • Shirt from Hope For The Day’s tent that they collaborated with Real Friends.
  • Hope For The Day Sticker
  • Flag from Movements tent that the band signed during their signing.
  • My signed Warped ticket by Too Close To Touch
  • Small fan that pluged into my phone
  • Backpack from Barnes & Noble (Not available)
  • “Animals Are Not Ours” pamphlet that is handed out annually at Warped Tour
  • Fossil Wallet
  • Sunscreen from CVS
  • Core water bottle
  • Portable charger (purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Essential dachshund bag that held the portable charger
  • Band Aids
  • List of Vans Warped Tour Dates received day of (and information of the rest of the dates can be found here.)
  • Car keys

Here is a picture of some of the things I had with me at the end of Warped Tour.


I had a great time at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. When the lineup was announced in March, I was hoping for a few more bands I knew that were performing. From March until Warped Tour in July, I learned a lot about bands and had a great time. For more information about what happened during Warped Tour, check out my previous blog post and my Instagram @ovictoriamedia.

In other news…

New Albums

There were a variety of albums that came out today including: Always Lose by The Gospel Youth, Dead Reflection by Silverstein, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7, For The Night To Control by Electric Century, The Fear by Night Argent, Stealing The Covers Teenage Bottle Rocket, the deluxe edition of The Hunna’s alvum 100, and Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume by Integrity.

New Songs

There are new songs out by Stages & Stereos (“We’re Fvcked, Boys”) , Sleeping With Sirens (“Legends”) and Neck Deep (“Motion Sickness”). New albums are expected by Circa Survive and Sleeping With Sirens in the coming months (more albums to be released can be found in a blog post I wrote).

Upcoming Tour/ Signed Record Label

COIN announced a part two to their previous tour for How Will You Know If You Never Try across the United States. In addition, Rise Records signed MAKEOUT to their record label.

I want to welcome back The Dangerous Summer back into the music scene. The band teased two videos on their social media sayin “Hello” and “Tomorrow” and revealed the group is back together and is working on a new album which will be releasing in 2018.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: Vans Warped Tour 2017

I went to this year’s Vans Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY on July 8. After seeing the lineup, I was excited to see Neck Deep, Too Close To Touch, Movements, I Prevail, Hawthorne Heights, Never Shout Never, Silverstein, Boston Manor, Microwave, The Gospel Youth, and American Authors.

Upon arrival to the venue, I stood in line until I was checked in. Once I got inside, I bought a schedule of set times and headed over to the inflatable wall to look over the schedule with friends.


The sets I got to see live were: Movements (photo above,) Sweet Ascent, Neck Deep, Too Close To Touch, I Prevail, Andy Black, Sammy Adams, Futuristic, and Sylar. At the end of the set for Movements, I got a guitar pick from Ira.


Whenever I had free time, I’d drink a ton of water, walk around the area, and check out set times and band merchandise. I had time to sit in the shade and relax. The bands I met were: Movements, Too Close To Touch, and The Gospel Youth. I also talked with Dani from Neck Deep, Curtis from The Gospel Youth, and Spencer from Movements. Here are the photos of me with The Gospel Youth and Too Close To Touch.



I have more photos up on Instagram. Overall, I had a great experience at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. The original forecast showed thunder and rain, and it turned out to be sunny and in the 80s. I got a good tan, saw new bands I haven’t seen before, and some CDs and a teeshirt.

A note for anyone who is going to Warped Tour, always look up the set times for the bands you want to see and schedule your day around the sets and the meet and greets. Also, if you’re going to be close to a stage, be sure to watch your head for crowd surfers.

 If you have yet to go to this year’s Vans Warped Tour, I highly recommend it. Click here if you want to read about my tips and tricks when going to Vans Warped Tour. Curious as to what I packed with me for Warped Tour? Check out next week’s blog post for some inspiration on what you should pack and some more tips.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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