New Music In The Works

There are a lot of releases from bands in 2018 (including in June, July, and additional album releases.) There are bands that are in the works of releasing new music. There is no word on when albums are releasing, but my prediction would be in late 2018 or 2019. Keep an eye out on these bands.

  • Movements tweeted the group is working on new music on the Vans Warped Tour. There is no word on when the group is recording or releasing new music. Movements released its first full length album Feel Something in 2017. Read more about Feel Something here.

  • After Always Lose (2017) The Gospel Youth proceeds to work on new music. The Gospel Youth parted ways with vocalist Samuel Little earlier this year. There is no word on a new vocalist or when “TGY2” will be released, but I’m enjoying this teaser.

  • Pierce The Veil’s vocalist Vic Fuentes posted on Instagram a photo of him in front of a microphone. The photo’s caption gives detail about working on album number 5. There is no word on when a new album will be released.

On the beautifully unpredictable journey to album #5 ✋ #PierceTheVeil

A post shared by Vic Fuentes (@piercethevic) on

  • A Will Away is following up Here Again with a tweet indicating new music is in the works.

In other news, The Maine’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop is officially 10 years old. In honor of the album, The Maine has announced the 8123 Fest is back and happening in January of 2019.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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18 Bands To Check Out In 2018

Every year I give a list of bands that are either up and coming or a band I recently found to check out. It’s been a re-occuring post I write every year. If you are interested in reading about bands I wrote about in 2016 and 2017, click on the year to read more. In this blog, you will get insight on 18 bands along with a song you should check out. Without further ado, let’s get into 18 band you should check out in 2018.

  1. The Gospel Youth (@TheGospelYouth) is a rock band from the UK. If you like a vocalist with similar styling to Patrick Stump and Jason Lancaster, you will absolutely love Samuel Little’s voice in The Gospel Youth. The group released their first full length album Always Lose on July 14, 2017 via. Rise Records.
    Song: “Moods Like English Weather.”
  2. A Will Away (@awillawayct) is a rock band from Naugatuck, CT.  The group released its first full length album Here Again in 2017. I saw A Will Away with This Wild Life in July and loved the vibe the group had. (Read more about my concert experience here.) A Will Away is signed to Triple Crown Records. The thing I like about A Will Away is the fact the group is fairly mellow but has a raw and edgy side with the help of vocalist Matthew Carlson. New music is teased for 2018.
    Song: “Gravity.”
  3. Banners (@BANNERSMUSIC) is Liverpool musician Michael Joseph Nelson. Nelson started Banners in 2015 and since has signed to Island Records.  Banners is a soft rock which reminds me of OneRepublic.
    Song: “Someone To You.”
  4. Homesafe (@homesafeIL) is a side project created by Knuckle Puck’s bassist Ryan Rumchaks. The rock group was formed in 2014 in Oak Lawn, IL. Homesafe’s latest EP Evermore was released in 2016. When I saw Knuckle Puck in November, Homesafe opened for Knuckle Puck. Ryan Rumchaks stated that Homesafe will have music soon. (Read more about my concert review at Knuckle Puck here.)
    Song: “Relapse.”
  5. Speak Low If You Speak Love (@SpeakLowMusic) is an acoustic solo project created by Ryan Scott Graham, the guitarist of State Champs. Graham is the vocalist and guitarist of the project. The thing I enjoy most about Speak Low If You Speak Love is that the songs are beautifully descriptive and have a simplistic and soothing sound. I would compare Speak Low If You Speak Love to Copeland for its instrumentals.
    Song: “Contrasting Colors
  6. Hot Mulligan (@HotMulligan) is an pop punk band from Michigan. Hot Mulligan released EP Opportunities in March of 2017. The group signs to No Sleep Records in May of 2017. If you like pop punk, definitely check out Hot Mulligan.
    Song: “Dary.”
  7. Oh, Weatherly (@Ohweatherly) is __________.
    Song:
  8. Sleep On It (@SleepOnItBand) is a pop punk groups formed in Chicago. The group released the first studio album, Overexposed, on November 3, 2017 via. Equal Vision Records. Sleep On It changed vocalists from John Cass to Zech Pluister in 2016 and since released an EP and their latest LP. Pluister was the vocalist of Bonfires before joining Sleep On It.
    Song: “Distant.”
  9. Milestones (@UKMilestones) is a pop punk band from Manchester, UK. The group released its first full length album this year Red Lights via. Fearless Records. I would compare Milestones’ sound to Mayday Parade, All Time Low, and a bit of Every Avenue.
    Song: “Paranoid.”
  10. WSTR (@wstrband) is pop punk band from Liverpool, UK signed to No Sleep Records. WSTER’s sound is often compared to Neck Deep which makes sense because the guys in Neck Deep grew up in the same town. Vocalist of WSTR Sammy Clifford has spent time writing with Neck Deep’s vocalist Ben Barlow. (Read more on WSTR’s experience with Neck Deep here.) WSTR’s music is produced with the help of Seb Barlow.
    Song: “Eastbound & Down.”
  11. Trash Boat (@TrashBoatUK) is a pop punk band from Herts, UK. The group released two EPs before signing to Hopeless Records in 2014. Trash Boat’s sound is similar to The Story So Far. Trash Boat’s latest studio recording Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through released in 2016. Trash Boat will be on Vans Warped Tour this summer.
    Song: “Strangers.”

https://twitter.com/TrashBoatUK/status/967041960199577600

12. nothing, nowhere. (@nothingnowhere) is a emo rock project created by Joe Mulherin. The thing I like most about nothing,nowhere is that the songs are instrumentally and electronically driven. All of the music is written, produced, and performed by Mulherin. Nothing, nowhere made the cover of Rock Sound issue 236.1.
Song: “nevermore.”

13. Story Untold (@StoryUntoldCA) is ______.
Song: “California.”

14. Locals Only (@wearelocalsonly) is _______. Locals Only will be at select dates at this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
Song: “You’re Sick.”

15. Household (@______) is a ____ band from Minneapolis. Household released its latest album Everything A River Should Be this year via. Equal Visions Records.
Song: “Don’t Listen To Me.”

16. Cory Wells (@______) _______.
Song: “End Of A Good Thing.”

17. MAKEOUT (@______)
Song: “Ride It Out.”

18. YUNGBLUD (@

Let me know what band you like from my list by tweeting me @ovictoriamedia.

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Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Thanks to @BillyFitzz for his music input!

The Release of “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore.”

Moose Blood is a pop punk band from Canterbury, Kent. On March 9, Moose Blood released its third full length album I Don’t Think I Can Do It Anymore via. Hopeless Records.

The singles released prior to the album were “Talk In Your Sleep,” “Have I Told You Enough,” “It’s Too Much,” and “Just Outside.”

Here is the track list:

  1. Have I Told You Enough
  2. Talk In Your Sleep
  3. Just Outside
  4. You Left In The Worst Way
  5. All The Time
  6. Can We Stay Like This
  7. Pull Me From The Floor
  8. Walk All Day With You
  9. Such A Shame
  10. Promise Me
  11. It’s Too Much

After hearing the singles, I was excited to hear what album would sound like in whole. Personally, when I listen to an album, I tend to not pay as much attention to the middle portion of  the album because the beginning and end songs are strong. I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore was not like other albums.

The strongest part of the album was the middle portion. The singles were nice to have as a cushion at the beginning and end of the album. Strategically, it’s interesting that the group’s singles are at the beginning and the end so listeners are hooked to begin the album. The album was catchy and it didn’t feel like the songs were on repeat.

My favorite songs off of the album are: “Can We Stay Like This,” “Walk All Day With You,” and “Talk In Your Sleep.”

On the U.K tour with The Dangerous Summer, Moose Blood performed “It’s Too Much,” “Just Outside,” “You Left In The Worst Way,” “Have I Told You Enough,” and “Talk In Your Sleep.” Moose Blood will be touring across the United States with Lydia, and McCafferty. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Time will tell if those songs will be performed.

In other news, Panic! At The Disco’s “Nine In The Afternoon” has been certified 2x platinum, John O’Callaghan of The Maine created a remix for “Lost In Nostalgia,” Movements partnered with the Alzheimer Association to release the music video for “Deadly Dull,” The Wonder Years released “Pyramids of Salt,” Paramore announced a summer tour with Foster The People (tickets and tour information can be found here,) The Dangerous Summer announced part 2 of “The Dangerous Summer” US tour with A Will Away and All Get Out supporting (Ticket and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*What did you think of I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore? Let me know @ovictoriamedia.

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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