Album Review: The Peace And The Panic by Neck Deep

After releasing singles “Happy Judgement Day,” “Where Do We Go When We Go,” “Motion Sickness,” and “In Bloom,” the pop punk group Neck Deep released their album The Peace And The Panic today via. Hopeless Records.


This album is the third album (others include Wishful Thinking and Life’s Not Out To Get You) Neck Deep has released under this record label. Vocalist Ben Barlow said in an interview with Alternative Press that the new album that the new album displays how he’s grown and experienced life and death.

Here is the track list:

  1. Motion Sickness
  2. Happy Judgement Day
  3. The Grand Delusion
  4. Parachute
  5. In Bloom
  6. Don’t Wait (Feat. Sam Carter)
  7. Critical Mistake
  8. Wish You Were Here
  9. Heavy Lies
  10. 19 Seventy Sumthin’
  11. Where Do We Go When We Go

After hearing the singles released, I was excited to hear the rest of The Peace And The Panic. “In Bloom” was the most recent single released which was refreshing to hear. I like the fact that Neck Deep still kept their pop punk roots (i.e. “Motion Sickness,”) heavy lyrics (i.e. “Wish You Were Here”), but is a bit experimental with songs like “In Bloom,” “Critical Mistake,” and “19 Seventy Sumthin‘” with a lighter and more pop sound. It was nice to see that Neck Deep isn’t sticking to a mold of the music that they’ve previously released. This album is different from Life’s Not Out To Get Youit has pop punk roots (i.e. “Motion Sickness,”) heavy/ raw lyrics (i.e. Wish You Were Here,”) and has the element of experimentation (especially with tracks like “In Bloom,” “Critical Mistake” and “19 Seventy Sumthin'”). This album is a perfect example of how Neck Deep will continue to grow and that their albums will be more than a part two of LNOTGY.

If you want a pop punk fix, I highly recommend checking out the album. My favorites off of this album have to be “In Bloom,” and “19 Seventy Sumthin'” for the reason that “In Bloom” was the first single released that showed a different side to Neck Deep that what is expected. The introduction with the instrumentals reminds me of Blink- 182. I love that “19 Seventy Sumthin'” is a song that’s so raw and full of deep emotion. The song explains a lot about Ben Barlow’s parents and what had happened with his father’s passing.

Neck Deep will be touring across the United States in January and February. There is no word yet if there is any band accompanying them at this time. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Neck Deep is also on the cover of Alternative Press.

In other news, The Maine released the music video for “Taxi” and announced additional dates for their upcoming tour with DREAMERS and Night Riots (tickets and tour information can be found here.) Weezer announced their upcoming album Pacific Daydream will debut on Oct. 27 and released “Mexican Fender.” Brand New announced a tour from September to November across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here) and hear Science Fiction here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Want some tours to go to? Check out my blog post of Top Tours To Get Excited For. Follow my Twitter and Instagram @ovictoriamedia for updates.

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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Album Review: “Lovely Little Lonely” By The Maine

The Maine is a rock group from Tempe, Arizona. 2017 marks their 10th year as a group. The Maine released their album, Lovely, Little, Lonely on April 7, 2017 via. 8123.

Before and during the recording process of Lovely, Little, Lonely,  The Maine created a docu-series called “Miserable Youth.” The docu-series showed the process The Maine went through for the album. It was interesting to see the process a band would go through. It was unique that The Maine took their fans through the process. (I wrote a blog post about the series here.)

The singles that released prior to album debut were: “Bad Behavior,” “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu,” and “Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23). “Bad Behavior” had a music video release prior to the album’s debut. Didn’t read my review of “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu?” Check out my review here.

Here is the track list:

  1. Don’t Come Down
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. Lovely
  4. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  5. Taxi
  6. Do You Remember? (The Other Half of 23)
  7. Little
  8. The Sound of Reverie
  9. Lost in Nostalgia
  10. I Only Wanna Talk To You
  11. Lonely
  12. How Do You Feel?

I’ve been a fan of The Maine since Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop and this album was nothing short of fantastic. Lovely, Little, Lonely was one my personal list of highly anticipated albums. Each week of “Miserable Youth” made me more excited for the album to be here. What also got me excited for the release was the counting down for the album on The Maine’s social media allowing people to listen to small portions of each song.

I enjoyed the fact that The Maine felt comfortable making an album they seem super proud and enthusiastic for Lovely, Little, Lonely. Each song is quality and sticks to The Maine’s roots of being pop- rock. The moment I heard each single, I knew this album was going to be amazing. My favorite part about the album were the songs “Lovely,” “Little,” and “Lonely” for the fact they were interludes transitioning one song from another. One of my favorite parts about listening to an album in its entirety is seeing if the group used transitions from song to song which The Maine did.

The Maine will be going on a world tour in honor of Lovely, Little, Lonely. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website themaineband.com. Make sure to tweet me @ovictoriamedia telling me your favorite off of Lovely, Little, Lonely.

In other news, Sykes released the music video for “Glimmer,” Falling In Reverse said that it will be playing two days at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour via. Twitter, Cold War Kids released their latest album LA DIVINE with a song featuring Bishop Briggs, K. Flay released Every Where Is Some Where today, and Eat Your Heart Out is signed to Fearless Records. The news was announced via. Facebook.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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The Album Release of “Blossom” by Milky Chance

The German group, Milky Chance, released their album Blossom today. This is their second full length album released under Lichtdicht Records. Blossom features “Blossom,” “Doing Good,” “Cocoon,” and “Ego.”

Blossom is a 14 song length album. The tracklist is as followed:

  1. Blossom
  2. Ego
  3. Firebird
  4. Doing Good
  5. Clouds
  6. Cold Blue Rain
  7. Stay
  8. Bad Things (Feat. Izzy Bizu)
  9. Cocoon
  10. Losing You
  11. Peripeteia
  12. Alive
  13. Piano Song
  14. Heartless

I got hooked on this album the moment I heard “Cocoon” on AltNation. If you guys want some new tunes to listen to, I recommend Milky Chance, especially this album.

Milky Chance is known for their song “Stolen Dance” which released in 2013. Blossom has a deluxe version of the album with six of their songs in an acoustic version. Milky Chance is currently on tour. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

You can listen to Blossom on Spotify, Apple Music, or purchasing the album on Amazon, iTunes, or your local record shop.

Here are other things going on in music this week:

  • Avenged Sevenfold announced a headlining tour this summer across the United States. A Day To Remember and Volbeat will be accompanying Avenged Sevenfold. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  • All That Remains is heading out on tour for Madness. The tour begins on Apr. 29 in Florida and travels across the United States. Accompanying All That Remains is The Devil Wears Prada, Korn, and Five Finger Death Punk.
  • Capture The Crown released a photo this week on various social media pages with a simple message that they broke up.
  • Blink-182 released the news that California will have a deluxe edition. “Parking Lot” was released, and here is the track list:
  1. Parking Lot
  2. Misery
  3. Good Old Days
  4. Don’t Mean Anything
  5. Hey I’m Sorry
  6. Last Train Home
  7. Wildfire
  8. 6/8
  9. Long Lost Feeling
  10. Bottom of the Ocean
  11. Can’t Get You More Pregnant
  12.  Bored to Death (Acoustic)
  • Vinyl Theatre announced their release date for Origami will be on May 5.
  • Mayday Parade’s A Lesson In Romantics 10th anniversary album is out today! The edition features demo versions of song as well as a demo of “Coming Back With Winter.”
  • Listen to Knuckle Puck’s song “Calendar Days” now! Calendar Days/ Indecisive came out today.
  • Linkin Park released a new song! “Battle Symphony” is off of One More Light which releases May 19.
  • Wage War released “Stitch” that will be off of their upcoming album this year.
  • Weezer dropped a new song “Feels Like Summer” and announced a tour. Ticket and tour information can be found here.
  • Paramore is said to have registered 12 songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, ASCAP. The screenshots were found here. One song is said to be with Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou. The screenshot of songs were as followed:
  1. Caught In The Middle
  2. Fake Happy
  3. Forgiveness
  4. Grudges
  5. Hard Times
  6. Idle Worship
  7. Idle Worship Outro
  8. Pool
  9. Rose Colored Boy
  10. Tell Me How
  11. Told You So
  12. What It Costs

Paramore confirmed touing this year, but there is no date as to when the album will release. Hayley Williams of Paramore was on “Behind The Brand;” you can watch the video here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Blogger Appreciation and Recognition Award

Thank you Shanideasblog for nominating me for this blogger appreciation. She found my blog in a Facebook group when I wrote a review about “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” by The Maine. It means a lot that she found my blog recently and nominated my blog. Thank you so much!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story about how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

My story:

 I love music and to write. When I was younger, I’d always write stories and poetry. I kept a journal of my life and my thoughts. At my first internship, I spent hours doing work for the company that I interned at. I wrote one post about the music legends that passed away in 2016, and the second post I wrote was one that my internship coordinator asked me to write about: the loss of Prince. I listened to Prince with my mom and wrote about his passing. It occured to me that day that I could write about anything I could ever want and publish it online.

It seemed scary to me at first. I loved writing and music, but I felt that starting a blog would get no views whatsoever. Also, I felt that if I wrote about music, it would be redundant about the same bands I listen to. I figured that the best way to expand my music knowledge was to start my blog.

I thought forever about what I could possibly write about to start my writing journey on “ovictoria.” I decided to write an introduction about what I was hoping to get out of writing which was knowledge about the music genre of Alternative, pop punk, emo, etc. After the first post, I felt that I could continue to write about my thoughts about what’s going on in the field. April 3 will mark a full year that I had my blog, and it was the best decision for me.

My advice:

  1. Be consistent- It’s so important to realize that consistency is key to anything you do in life. It may seem obvious for someone to realize consistency is important, but sometimes you need that push. I felt that some weeks I didn’t have much to say (Mostly because I was preoccupied with other obligations.) I felt like writing once a week would give me enough time to get my thoughts out without being too excessive. Figure out what works best in your schedule and keep at it!
  2. Enjoy the things you write about- it may seem obvious to do this, but if you don’t enjoy what you write, it may feel like a chore more than a passion. A blog is meant to be a way of self expression. If you write about something you have an interest or opinion about, you may realize it’s something you could be passionate about.

Other blogs:

Hockeyloverblog

Rockonmusicblog

Cdvibes

Breakingdownthebeat

Gregoratlantic

Thank you everyone who has been reading my blog. It means a lot that you are interested in the things I write about. A new post will be up on Friday about Milky Chance.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Review: “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” by The Maine

The Maine’s upcoming album Lovely, Little, Lonely will be released in about a month, but the group released a new single off of the album. “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” is the second single released by The Maine, the first being “Bad Behavior.”

This will be The Maine’s sixth full length album they are going to release. The group has several EPs but keeps up with creating new content and touring. Their last album was released in 2015, American Candy. The Maine is a rock group from Tempe, Arizona. The group has been together for 10 years.

“Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” has a range of paces throughout the song. The guitars are prominent in this song over “Bad Behavior” which is nice to hear. I really enjoyed the fact that this song has more of a story within the lyrics as well. I like the fact the lyrics for this track were written similar to how John O’ Callaghan would write poetry. He’s a simple type of writer but gives depth and meaning. The two singles make me curious about what else is in store for the album.

I can’t wait for the record Lovely, Little, Lonely on April 7. I’ve been a huge fan of The Maine since their album Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and I’m excited to see what else is in store for the new album. The Maine also is fantastic live. I’ve seen them live four times, and I’m seeing them again in NYC on April 27.

The Maine had the 8123 fest in January, and after the album releases will tour around the world. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website. Also, if you wanted to see the process the band went through for this album, you can watch their docu-series on YouTube. I wrote a blog post about their series that can be found here.

In other news, Pierce The Veil and Sum 41 will be touring together across the United States, and Linkin Park performed “Heavy” featuring Kiiara on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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“okay.USA” Tour and More Tours Announced This Week!

Here are additional tours that were announced this week!

  1. As It Is announced their first headlining tour, “okay.USA” across North America. Roam and Grayscale will be opening for the group. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  2. Good Charolette will be touring Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil in Europe. More dates are waiting to be announced. Tickets and dates are here.
  3. Muse, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and PVRIS released they’ll be touring across North America. Tickets and tour dates are here.
  4. Blink 182 will be headlining a spring tour with The Naked and Famous and Wavves across the United States. Tickets are available here.
  5. The lineup for the “When We Were Young” festival was announced earlier this week including: Taking Back Sunday, Cage The Elephant, AFI, Silversun Pickups, and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

In other news, As It Is released the music video for “Hey Rachel,” Pierce The Veil released the music video for “Floral and Fading,”Panic! At The Disco’s album Death Of A Bachelor went platinum, and Panic! At The Disco performed live on Ellen (you can see the performance of “Death Of A Bachelor” here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Top Five Bands That Broke Up In 2016

2016 is coming to an end, and for many it could’ve been the best, worst, or average year. In the music scene, many bands and artists have decided to go on one last tour before breaking up. Here is the list of bands that broke up this year

  1. Man Overboard

Well known for songs like “Where I Left You,” and “How To Hide Your Feelings,” the New Jersey Pop punk guys announced that they are breaking up on January 28th via. Facebook. The band released 8 tour dates in California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland that began in April. As an listener of Man Overboard, it’s important to “Defend Pop Punk” for them.

Check out their songs: “Decemberism” and “Rare

2. Major League

Known for songs like “From States Away,” and “Homewrecker,” the punk group from New Jersey announced that they were embarking on their last tour, the “Spring 2016 US Tour.” The tour was co-headlined with Forever Came Calling and Sudden Suspension as their opening band. They released a statement on February 10th stating that they’re breaking up. The last “note” that Major League wrote on Facebook is that “if you have a sliver of passion deep in your gut to do ANYTHING in life, go for it. Whether it’s in music or not. I mean anything in life,” and ends the statement with “There’s a whole world out there. You may not master it all, but it’s a hell of a time exploring it.”

I got the chance to see Major League the last time they performed on Long Island at Amityville Music Hall in Amityville, NY. I was in tears when Major League played “Seasons” as their last song. After the set, I was fortunate enough meet and interview Brian Joyce, and he was such a sweet heart.



Check out their songs: “Need I Remind You” and “Seasons.”

3. Motion City Soundtrack

The beloved band that put out music since 1997, the group is well known for their songs “Everything Is Alright,” and “The Future Freaks Me Out.” The Minnesota natives have decided to announce that they’re breaking up on Facebook. Their “So Long, Farewell” tour started in May and ended in August.

Check out their songs: “Even If It Kills Me” and “This Is For Real.”

4. Transit

Known for their songs “Young New England” and “The Only One,” the Boston pop- punk band released that they were breaking up as a band on Facebook on Feb. 29. They said that they’d be touring one last time on the “I’m getting good at saying goodbye” tour. The 12 date tour kicked off in Rhode, Island and ended in their hometown, Boston.


I saw Transit perform last at Amityville Music Hall in April. Their last show had old and new songs that the band played that gave nostalgia to fans. I’m really going to miss Transit.

Check out their songs: “Too Little, Too Late” and “I’ve Never Told That To Anyone.”

5. Yellowcard

For almost 20 years, Yellowcard has released well-known for “Way Away,” and “Ocean Avenue.” The Jacksonville group announced that they were departing via. Facebook on the first day of the 2016 Vans Warped Tour. Yellowcard announced a tour across the United States and across the world in 2017 stating that will be their last tour as a group.

Check out their songs: “Believe” and pick up their last album that debuted this year that’s titled Yellowcard.

Another band that broke up this year is Chiodos. I’m sure I’m missing a few bands along the way since I gave only five, but this year had a big loss of great bands. In other news, the series finale of The Maine’s “Miserable Youth” was released on Tuesday, Brendon Urie was on Spike TV’s show Lip Sync Battle, and Silent Planet is having their fans choose their setlist for their first headlining tour.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Song Review: “No Way Out” by As It Is

Forming in 2012, As It Is is an up and coming pop-punk band from Brighton, England. The band is composed of five members whose names are: Patty Walters, Patrick Foley, Benjamin Langford-Biss, Andy Westhead, and Alistair Testo. The band has been supporting major bands in the scene such as: Mayday Parade, ROAM, Sum 41, Sleeping With Sirens, and more. The band has also played at Warped Tour in 2015.

On Thursday Dec. 1, As Is It released a new song off of their upcoming album okay. The single “No Way Out” is the second released by As It Is. The first single, “Pretty Little Distance” was released on Oct. 13.

“No Way Out” does not have a music video, but shows artwork similar to their album artwork. The lyrics to “No Way Out” is raw and emotional explaining how pain can make you feel like you can’t escape. The song brings up the idea of mental health affecting things that you do. It’s so important for people to realize that mental heath affects so many people and that a smile can truly hide a lot of underlying emotion.

Personally, I’m so excited to hear okay. because Never Happy Ever After was a great album. I love the way that Patty and Ben sing together. Patty has a higher pitch than Ben, but Ben has a refreshing raspy voice. I’ve seen As It Is open up for Mayday Parade in 2015 for the AP Tour, and I got a setlist from Patty Walters. Also, I saw As It Is at the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. As It Is has a lot of energy live, and Patty Walters can kick impressively high. The drumming by Patrick Foley leads the song and keeps th rhythm of the entire song. I enjoyed “Pretty Little Distance” and “No Way Out.” I like the vulnerability “No Way Out” has. Vocally and instrumentally, As It Is is gaining more recognition for their music in the scene. The great thing about As It Is is that they care about the people who support their music. In their Facebook post from yesterday, you can read about how thankful they are for people to listen and appreciate their music.

 okay. is As It Is’ second full length album and with Fearless Records. According to a post on their Instagram:

“One of the inner pieces of artwork from the physical version of ‘okay.’ We live in a world where we hide from the problems in ourselves, in our family lives and in the world around us. We gloss over and constantly avoid issues saying that everything is okay. This record is us at our most honest, bringing all the issues that we force behind a smile to the forefront. We cannot wait to share it with you on January 20th. Pre-order at asitisofficial.com”

Their first album was released in 2015 by Fearless Records titled Never Happy Ever After featuring songs such as “Dial Tones,” and “Concrete.” The upcoming album okay. will be released on Jan. 20, 2017. You can pre-order the album on iTunes or on As It Is‘ website. As It Is will be supporting State Champs in early 2017 in Australia and Japan and tickets and tour dates can be found here.

In other news, Falling In Reverse announced their upcoming tour will be with Motionless In White that will begin on Jan. 13, 2017 across the United States, The Maine released episode 5 of “Miserable Youth” via. YouTube that can be seen here, and Neck Deep performed “December” for APTV, you can see the performance here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Tales Told By Dead Friends Anniversary Edition Album Featuring New Song By Mayday Parade

On Nov. 10, 2016, Mayday Parade released their new song via. YouTube with footage of them as a band on tour when they were young. “The Problem With The Big Picture Is That It’s Hard To See” is on the Tales Told By Dead Friends anniversary album that released on Nov. 7. The album is available now on their website, iTunes, and other services.

The anniversary album is Mayday Parade’s first EP released as a band. Mayday Parade’s EP had vocals with ex-member Jason Lancaster. The remake album has the same track list but features the new song. The track list is:

  1. Just Say You’re Not into It
  2. When I get Home, You’re so Dead
  3. One Man Drinking Games
  4. Your Song
  5. Three Cheers For Five Years
  6. The Last Song That Meant Anything
  7. The Problem with The Big Picture Is That It’s Hard To See*

Mayday Parade is embarking on their Tales Told By Dead Friends 10 Year Anniversary Tour tonight with Modern Chemistry in Orlando, Florida. Mayday Parade’s 10 year Anniversary Tour is traveling primarily on the East Coast of the United States. The tour is sold out on their website in every venue except the Sidebar Theatre in their hometown of Tallahassee, Florida. If you check re-sale websites, you can find tickets are still available to purchase. I will be attending the New York City show this Tuesday and will be meeting Mayday Parade for the third time. The post next week will be about my experience seeing Mayday Parade again, and my experience at State Champs concert.

In other news, the second episode of The Maine’s “Miserable Youth” is on their YouTube channel, System Of A Down confirmed a new album is in the works, Travis Barker confirmed new Blink-182 music is coming soon, Thirty Seconds To Mars teased their upcoming album, and Red Hot Chili Peppers have released their tour dates for their North America Tour.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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