New Singles From Mayday Parade & This Wild Life

Both Mayday Parade and This Wild Life released singles and music videos for new albums set to release in June. Both groups will be performing on Journey’s Left Foot Stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Tickets and tour information for Vans Warped Tour 2018 can be found here.

Mayday Parade released its first single “Piece Of You Heart” on May 3. This is the first single on the upcoming album Sunnyland which is set to release June 15 via. Rise Records.

The album is the first album Mayday Parade will release under Rise Records. Mayday Parade changed to Rise Records from Fearless Records this year. “Piece Of Your Heart” is one of 13 songs off of the upcoming album. Here is the track list for Sunnyland.

  1. Never Sure
  2. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  3. Piece Of Your Heart
  4. Is Nowhere
  5. Take My Breath Away
  6. Stay The Same
  7. How Do You Like Me Now
  8. Where Are You
  9. If I Were You
  10. Satellite
  11. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
  12. Always Leaving
  13. Sunnyland

You can pre-order Sunnyland here or pre-save the album on a streaming service.

I’m very excited for this new album. The group hasn’t released music since Black Lines in 2015. If “Piece Of Your Heart” is an indication for the upcoming album, it will be nice that Mayday Parade is branching out the album’s sound. Black Lines had an grungy 90s vibe, and “Piece Of Your Heart” sounds like it could be on Mayday Parade’s self-titled album.


On May 1, This Wild Life released a music video for the release of “Westside.” The new single will be one of 10 songs on Petaluma set to release June 22 via. Epitaph Records.

Here is the track list:

  1. Figure It Out
  2. Headfirst
  3. Catie Rae
  4. Positively Negative
  5. Westside
  6. Hold You Here
  7. Come Back Down
  8. College Kids
  9. Never Believe
  10. No Need For Novocaine

I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of Petaluma since the first two singles resemble This Wild Life’s old sound with acoustics with a nice instrumental of stringed instruments.

This Wild Life released its first single “Hold You Here” in April. Petaluma can be pre-ordered here or pre-saved on streaming services. Kevin Jordan, vocalist of This Wild Life, wrote a statement on his Instagram about the importance of this album.

Our new album Petaluma is coming out June 22nd on Epitaph Records. Head to thiswildlifeband.com now to watch the music video for our new song 'Westside' and to pre-order the album 🌻 Petaluma is the first record we made with a clear vision before the first song was written. In our targets was an album that we could listen to and perform on a daily basis. Something with the dynamics and emotion we’ve always strived for, but within the bounds of a bright, warm, and organic sonic energy flowing through it. We wanted it to rule. Petaluma is the name of a street I lived on for a year after my childhood home was lost to foreclosure. My family was split up for the first time and my world was in disarray between shitty jobs, my failing passion for music, and a relationship that was falling apart. Despite the circumstances, I look back at that time with a fondness and appreciation for having the opportunity to dig myself out from the hole I had gotten myself into. At times I am as fragile as the glass that adorns the album cover, but like the sunflower at the center of its image I will always seek the sun and its light. This record feels like the first hint of summer after wandering through the cold. It feels honest and true to us as artists and individuals. It feels damn good.

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In other news, Paramore performed “Rose Colored Boy” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Moose Blood released a music video for “Can We Stay Like This,” The Word Alive released Violent Noise, Middle Kid’s released Lost Friends, and Against Me! is going on a spring tour (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Need new music? Check out my list of 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018.

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Song Review: “Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams”

On April 24, 2018, Illinois natives Homesafe released its first single “Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams.” The song will be featured on the group’s debut full length album One via. Pure Noise Records.

The beginning of the music video gave me a nostalgic 80s/ ‘Stranger Things’ vibe with the fog and color scheme chosen by director Shifty Dimensions. The outfits the group wore during their performance reminded me of The Matrix with the dark attire and glasses worn. It was interesting near the end of the music video you see Homesafe playing for aliens.

The single gave glimpses to a new sound that is more on the rock and alternative side rather than an angsty, pop punk sound. The sound was similar to Such Gold with hints of Seaway. It wasn’t as raw with the rasp of the vocals and instrumentally the song wasn’t as high paced.  I’m looking forward to hearing more songs off of the upcoming album. If this single is an indication for the type of album One is, fans will be noticing a new era for Homesafe.

Here is the tracklist for One:

  1. Point Blank
  2. Run
  3. Say Something
  4. Sadistic Society
  5. Have It All
  6. Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams
  7. Suits and Ties
  8. I Don’t Know How
  9. Time Ain’t Free
  10. Stay Away
  11. Get It Right
  12. Sideways Sleeper
  13. fin

You can pre-order the album here. The album is set to release June 29. Homesafe announced a headline tour across the United States. Accompanying Homesafe will be Hot Mulligan, Heart Attack Man, and Jetty Bones.

In other news, Hawthorne Heights released Bad Frequencies, Bullet For My Valentine announced a tour via. Twitter, CHVRCHES released “Miracle,” and 5 Seconds of Summer released a live video for “Youngblood.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

** Need new music to listen to? Check out my list of 18 Bands to Check Out in 2018. Also, watch a montage created by myself about my trip on Parahoy here. **

My Experience on Parahoy: Deep Search Cruise

Paramore embarked on its third edition of Parahoy! on April 6, 2018. The cruise is a four day trip to paradise with Paramore. Accompanying Paramore on the cruise was: mewithoutYou, Local Natives, Judah and The Lion, Mija, Halfnoise, and Now Now. Comedians include: Jordan Rock and Ryan O’Flanagan.

Once I got onto the cruise ship, I put my belongings in my cabin and walked around until my safety briefing. After the briefing, I waited in the Spinnaker Lounge, located on Deck 13, for my group to get merchandise.

After waiting over an hour, I got to the merch store on the boat and bought two Parahoy shirts and a Paramore sweatshirt that says “Low Key, No Pressure.”

I went to eat at the Garden Café on Deck 12 then waited on the Pool Deck for Paramore to take the stage. Paramore performed at 8:00PM once the boat was out at sea.

Here is the setlist:

1. Looking Up

2. That’s What You Get

3. Ignorance

4. Daydreaming

5. Fake Happy

6. Pressure

7. Here We Go Again

8. Brighter

9. Let The Flames Begin

10. Last Hope

11. Hate To See Your Heart Break

12. Brick By Boring Brick

13. (One Of Those) Crazy Girls

14. Misery Business

15. Turn It Off

16. Grow Up

17. Told You So

18. Rose Colored Boy

During my time on the boat, there were a variety of performers and activites to get involved in. I saw the comedy show, Local Natives, Judah And The Lion, MewithoutYou, and Halfnoise perform at different times on the cruise. At the end of Local Natives set, I asked for a drumstick and setlist from members of the group and crew and I got them!

In addition to the concerts, I played bingo, tanned, played shuffleboard, visited the casino, and more. Paramore performed a mini-acoustic set while on board, and there were no cameras, videos, or audio recordings allowed of the small set. Here is what was performed at the mini-set I attended.

  1. Passionfruit (Drake Cover)
  2. Caught In The Middle
  3. Misguided Ghosts

When I went to the Bahamas, I visited Blue Lagoon Island and hung out on the private island with fellow Parahoy cruisers. The weather on the entire trip was in the 80s and sunny. When leaving the Bahamas, there was a sun shower but it cleared as Paramore took the stage.

Here is Paramore’s second set:

1. Pool

2. Crushcrushcrush x beat it mash up

3. Still Into You

4. Forgiveness

5. I Caught Myself

6. Decode

7. Never Let This Go

8. GRUDGES *FIRST TIME TO PLAY*

9. When It Rains

10. Playing God

11. Idle Worship

12. No Friend (with Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou on stage)

13. Careful

14. Caught In The Middle

15. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

16. Ain’t It Fun

17. 26

18. Hard Times

Paramore had activies they were part of. One of the most memorable experiences was when Paramore had a Question and Answers session. During Paramore’s Q&A session, everyone on the cruise was informed that Paramore’s song “Hard Times” has been certified gold. Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro were blown away when we were all informed. It was an amazing moment I was able to share with Paramore.

While on the cruise, I met a variety of individuals including: members of mewithoutYou, Local Natives, and Brian O’ Connor, Hayley’s hairstylist/ business partner/ friend.

The biggest takeaway of the cruise is being patient. Often times, you have to wait on line (to get on and off the boat, waiting for merch, waiting to get food, etc.) In addition, it’s important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.

I would highly recommend a Parahoy cruise or a cruise with a band you like. It’s such a unique experience to go on a cruise and in addition hear live music everyday from bands you know or learn to know. This was my third Parahoy cruise, and each cruise was different from the last. Each cruise the boat would take us to a different location. I got to see different bands perform and discover new music. Each cruise was memorable with performances and personal memories. Each cruise had a different lineup with some joining Paramore on the voyage again. The lineups each cruise was awesome.

If you are interested in learning more about other cruises Norwegian and Sixthman has with bands, learn more on their website https://www.sixthman.net/.

In other news, Beartooh released a statement that Taylor Lumley left Beartooth, Sorority Noise dropped from The Wonder Years tour, Movements dropped from an Australia tour with Moose Blood, Paramore announced an additional support for Tour 5, and Breaking Benjamin released Ember.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

The Release of ‘Red Lights’ by Milestones

Manchester native group Milestones released Red Lights today via. Fearless Records. Red Lights is the first full length album released by the group.

The singles released prior to the album are “Paranoid” and “BitterSweetHeart.”

Here is the track list:

  1. BitterSweetHeart
  2. Once Upon A Time
  3. Paranoid
  4. Against the World
  5. Eighteen
  6. Liar
  7. Hold on
  8. End Game
  9. This Is My Life
  10. Cointing Cars
  11. Forever or Never

Milestones announced a tour in the UK along side the album release. Accompanying Milestones on the 6 show tour is Better Days. The dates are as followed:

March 15 – Think Tank in Newcastle
March 16 – Cafe Totem in Sheffield
March 17 – Asylum in Birmingham
March 21 – Sound Basement in Liverpool
March 22 – Forum in Tunbridge Wells
March 23 – Anvil in Bournemouth

For tickets and to learn more about the tour, click here.

Milestones is an up and coming band and has toured with Mayday Parade, Simple Plan, Hawthorne Heights, and more. I would compare Milestones sound to All Time Low, Every Avenue, and Mayday Parade.

Jake Bundrick, drummer of Mayday Parade, helped co-write a few songs to the album and praised the group for the album in an Instagram post. I’d like to praise Milestones as well for Red Lights. The album gives me a 2000s vibe which is enjoyable. I hope that Milestones tours in the United States in the near future. Let me know what you think of Milestones by tweeting me @ovictoriamedia.

In other news, Arcade Fire will be performing on Saturday Night Live, Moose Blood updated fans about the process of allegations on Facebook. Taking Back Sunday is going on a co-headline tour for summer 2018 (tickets and tour information can be found here.) Patty Walters of As It Is and Awsten Knight of Waterparks will be on the cover of Rock Sound (view the cover here,) Trash Boat tweeted a photo stating the group began recording their second album, Underoath debuted “On My Teeth,” PVRIS posted a stripped down version of “Heaven” to YouTube, Can’t Swim released “In Between,” and 5 Seconds of Summer released a new single, “Want You Back.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: COIN at Irving Plaza NYC

Hey everyone! If you follow my Twitter @ovictoriamedia you know that many voted for an ICYMI blog post. I figured I’d make a bonus blog for you all. Hope you all enjoy!

Irving Plaza in New York City holds over 1,000 people. COIN visited Irving Plaza on the “North American Tour 2018” on Friday February 9, 2018. Accompanying COIN on tour is The Aces. The NYC date was sold out.

I purchased a VIP ticket to the show which allowed me to watch the show from the back of the sound board on the second floor. On the second floor is a bar and an open area where you can see the show.

The bar on the second floor had specialty drinks made for the group. Here is a picture of the drink menu.

The opening act was The Aces. The girl group put on a 30-40 minute set. The crowd was loud with the opening act singing back lyrics and dancing. After waiting 20 minutes, COIN took the stage. Here is the setlist:

  1. Growing Pains
  2. Boyfriend
  3. I Don’t Wanna Dance
  4. Time Machine
  5. Are We Alone?
  6. Hannah
  7. Run
  8. Don’t Cry, 2020
  9. I Would
  10. Heart Eyes
  11. (Talk)
  12. Youuu
  13. Miranda Beach
  14. Malibu 1992
  15. Talk Too Much
  16. Fingers Crossed
  17. Feeling *ENCORE*

The show was awesome. I’ve never seen COIN perform live before, and the group performed as great as I thought they would. The group sounds as great live ans they do on an album. The audience were engaged in the music and vivacious with the group. I feel that COIN is an up and coming band and is gaining more traction with their latest album How Will You Know If You Never Try? COIN’s music has been playing on a variety of alternative music stations including Sirius XM’s Alt Nation.

After COIN’s set, I got the chance to meet Regan, a disc jockey on AltNation. After socializing with him, I went down the stairs and met with an employee of Irving Plaza. Since I purchased a VIP ticket, I received a poster courtesy of Irving Plaza. The poster is with COIN’s tour artwork giving information that the show is sold out.

Thanks for reading the bonus blog!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria