The Release of ‘Paradise’ by Broadside

Known for songs like “Coffee Talk” and “Storyteller,” Broadside has been taking the music scene by storm since their release of their first album Old Bones. The Virigina natives have toured with Real Friends, Forever Came Calling, State Champs, and many more bands. Broadside played at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour and went from a small stage to playing main stage in Las Vegas. It’s safe to say that they’ve grown to a bigger stage for a reason.

Broadside released Paradise, their second full length album, today. The singles released prior to the album were: “Puzzle Pieces,” “Hidden Colors,” “Paradise,” and most recently “Laps Around A Picture Frame.” Here is their track list:

  1. Hidden Colors
  2. Paradise
  3. Lose Your Way
  4. Disconnect
  5. Laps Around A Picture Frame
  6. Who Cares?
  7. Tunnel Vision
  8. Summer Stained
  9. Miss Imperius
  10. Puzzle Pieces
  11. I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting

The album was exactly what I anticipated it to be. It was piggybacking off of Old Bones with songs like “Lose Your Way” and “Tunnel Vision”. This album showed growth with songs like “Laps Around A Picture Frame” and “Paradise.” Broadside did a great job with sticking to what they know, but bringing a fresh sound to the album. I liked the fact that instrumetally the group added the whistle and ukelele. Vocally, it was great to hear Dorian Cook’s vocals and hear Oliver Baxxter’s voice more vulnerable, especially in “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” The vocals are powerful and the messages behind the songs shows concepts of finding your own paradise and empowerment. It’s a great album. I want to congratulation Oliver Baxter, Niles Gregory, Pat Diaz, and Dorian Cooke for putting out one of the best albums for the summer. This album was exactly what I anticipated it to be. It had the right dose of pop punk and such a great piece of work.

If you haven’t checked out Broadside yet, I highly recommend checking out their music. I’ve seen Broadside perform with State Champs in the “Home For The Holidays” tour, at the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, with Forever Came Calling on a fall tour, and recently with Real Friends. I can’t wait to see them tour again and play more songs off of Paradise.

Broadside is nominating in this year’s Alternative Press Music Awards in the category of “Best Underground Band.”

What’s your favorite song off of Paradise? I’ve been loving “Laps Around a Picture Frame,” “Miss Imperius,” and “I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.” Let me know what’s your favorite by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia.

 

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My pre-order of Paradise


In other news, A Day To Remember announced a tour across the United States with Moose Blood and Wage War (tickets and tour information can be found here,) The Maine announced a tour across the United States with Night Riots and Dreamers (tickets and tour information can be found here,) PVRIS released a new song “What’s Wrong” via. YouTube. Hands Like Houses released a new song “Drift” and announced signing to Hopeless Records.  Silverstein debuted “Lost Positives.” Also, this week the 10th anniversary for Paramore’s album Riot! and There For Tomorrow’s album A Little Faster had its 8 year anniversary.

 

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

17 Bands To Check Out In 2017

Thinking of downloading new music to listen to? You came to the right post. Here are 17 bands to check out this year!

  1. Movements (@movementsCA) is a pop punk band from Orange County, CA. The group released their first EP Outgrown Things and has been taking the scene by storm with touring with bands like Real Friends and Senses Fail. I highly recommend listening to Outgrown Things in its entirety. Movements will be at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour and is nominated in the category of “Best Underground Band” for this year’s APMAs.
    Check out their song “Hatchet” off of their EP Outgrown Things.
  2. The Hunna (@THEHUNNABAND) is a rock group from Hertfordshire, England. The group formed in 2015 and has been touring cross the United States and Europe selling out a lot of shows. Their album 100 has been out since August of 2016.
    Check out their song “Bonfire” off of their album 100.
  3. Coin (@COIN_music) is an indie pop band from Nashville, TN. The group formed in 2012 and has released COIN and their latest album  How Will You Know If You You Don’t Try.
    Check out their song “Run” off of their album COIN.
  4. Mondo Cozmo (@MondoCozmo)is Joshua Ostrander’s name he goes by when recording and performing since 2016. The genre of music is folk rock. There is no album yet released under Mondo Cozmo, but his song “Shine” blew up on Sirius XM AltNation and Billboard Alternative Charts. Mondo Cozmo will be performing at a variety of festivals including Governor’s Ball.
    Check out “Shine.”
  5. Boston Manor (@BSTNMNNR) is a pop punk band from England. Boston Manor has two albums released Suadade and Be Nothing. I saw Boston Manor open for Broadside, and the guys were great live. Plus, the guys in Boston Manor are super sweet. They will be at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.
    Check out their song “Forget Me Not” off of Be Nothing.
  6. Vinyl Theatre (@vinyltheatre) is an indie rock band from Milwaukee, WI. The group has released Gold, Electrogram and their latest album Origami (which I blogged about in a recent post.) After seeing their set when they toured with Dashboard Confessional, I understood why this group has been gaining popularity. Vinyl Theatre will be touring with Misterwives across the United States in the fall.
    Check out their song “Breaking Up My Bones” off of Electrogram
  7. Too Close To Touch (@TooCloseToTouch) has been gaining recognition in recent years and for good reason. The group is from Lexington, KY and has released two albums Nerve Endings and Haven’t Been Myself (which I blogged about their release.) I met Too Close To Touch last year at Warpe Tour and saw that they were down to earth guys making great alternative music.
    Check out their song “Translate” off of Haven’t Been Myself.
  8. Sykes (@SYKESband) is an alternative/indie band from the UK. Meeting them at Warped Tour last year after enjoying their electric set was fantastic. The group has EPs out Gold Dust and Younger Mind which are great.
    Check out their song “Gold Dust.”
  9. Stages & Stereos (@stages_stereos) is a rock band from Tallahassee, FL. Stages & Stereos took a brief hiatus and came back with new songs like “Remember You,” “Co-Dependent (Good Enough),” and “Julia Gulia.” Stages & Stereos toured with Mayday Parade in 2013, which is where I saw them perform. I blogged about Stages & Stereos in a previous post about their song “Julia Gulia.”
    Check out their song “Julia Gulia” and read my review about the song here.
  10. Grayscale (@GrayscalePA) is signed to Fearless Records as of earlier this year and released their first full length album Adornment. Grayscale just toured with As It Is across the United States on the “Okay.USA tour.”
    Check out their song “Atlantic” off of Adornment.
  11. If you haven’t hear of MISSIO (@MissioMusic) yet, you should get on it. The duo is from Austin, TX and has released the album Loner under RCA Records. MISSIO recently headlined the spring 2017 Advanced Placement Tour hosted by Sirius XM AltNation. The duo is on my list of bands I want to see live.
    Check out their song “Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea.”
  12. As It Is (@ASITISofficial) is a pop punk band from Brighton, UK. Since forming in 2012, the group got signed to Fearless Records and released Never Happy Ever After and their latest album Okay. (which I blogged about the release.) As It Is recently finished up their first headlining tour across the United States with Grayscale accompanying them on the road.
    Check out their song “Soap” off of Okay.
  13. Joy Ride (@joyridenj) is a pop punk/ rock group from Clifton, NJ.  The group was formed in 2012 and has opened for bands like Mayday Parade, Major League, Escape The Fate, and more.
    Check ou their song “Vendetta” now.
  14. Knox Hamilton (@KnoxHamilton) is an alternative group known for their songs “Washed Up Together,” “Work It Out,” and “Set It On Fire.” The group has released two albums How’s Your Mind and The Heights under the record label Prospect Park. I discovered their music on AltNation and got hooked immediately.
    Check out their song “Washed Up Together.”
  15. Pentimento (@PentimentoNY) is a punk rock group from Buffalo, NY. The group has been together since 2011 has released albums and EPs like I No Longer, Pentimento, Inside The Sea and more. One EP was split with Young English.
    Check out their song “Just Friends” off of Inside The Sea.
  16. If you like Mumford & Sons older albums for the folk aspect, you’ll love Judah & The Lion. (@Judahandthelion) Judah & The Lion has been a group since 2011 and has released Folk Hop ‘N Roll, Kids These Days, and Sweet Tennessee.
    Check out their song “Take It All Back.”
  17. The Japanese House (@Japanesehouse) is a rising indie pop act. The Japanese House has released three EPs, Pools To Bathe In, Swim Against The Tide, and Clean.
    Discovering them on AltNation got me listening to them for awhile.
    Check out their song “Face Like Thunder” now.

In other news, Broadside released their song “Paradise” off of their upcoming album Paradise, Too Close To Touch made a music video for “Miss Your Face,” and Paramore performed on The Late Late Show With James Corden (you can see the performance here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Album Review: “After Laughter” by Paramore

Paramore has been a dominant band in the alternative music scene since the release of their first album All We Know Is Falling. Paramore released their latest album “After Laughter” today via. Fueled By Ramen. This is Paramore’s fifth album.

The singles released were “Hard Times,” and “Told You So.” Both singles released with music videos and have millions of views on YouTube. When Paramore released “Told You So” Spotify temporarily stopped working. Hayley Williams tweeted about the incident. After Laughter is a 12 song album. Here is the track list:

  1. Hard Times
  2. Rose- Colored Boy
  3. Told You So
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Fake Happy
  6. 26
  7. Pool
  8. Grudges
  9. Caught In The Middle
  10. Idle Worship
  11. No Friend
  12. Tell Me How

Paramore has gone through a lot since forming in 2004. The group lost Jeremy in 2005 for a brief moment, Josh and Zac Farro in 2010, lost Jeremy Davis again in 2015, and now Zac is back in the group. Even though the band has gone through some hard times (no pun intended) they always come out victorious.

The album is definitely different than prior albums, but I must say that the overall composition is phenomenal. The instrumentals on the album have such a rad vibe with the 80s/ electric feeling, but the lyrics are so hard hitting and display a lot about what Hayley Williams and Taylor York have been going through with Paramore since their release of Paramore. The lyrics display a lot of hurt, especially in “Fake Happy,” “Caught In The Middle,” “26,” and basically the whole album. When listening, grab some tissues for this emotional roller coaster. Just the title After Laughter shows that the content is hard hitting. “No Friend” has vocals by Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou.

When listening to the album in its entirety, I couldn’t help but think about how some songs on the album parallel other popular songs. “Rose Colored Boy” resembles a bit of “Cherry Bomb” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts at the beginning of the song. The beat in “Forgiveness” sounds like “Amber” by 311, and the vibe in the chorus reminded me of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears.

Each album Paramore has put out is different than their previous work. The music was more alternative that a pop sound especially with All We Know is Falling, Riot, and Brand New Eyes but listening to Paramore’s self titled album Paramore it showcases that the group can still have that rock/alternative vibe but is able to experiment and isn’t afraid to try something new. I like that the song “26” is stripped down with the acoustic guitar and lyrically displays the hardships that was going on. With the strings that are in the song, the emotional ballad reminds me of “Hate To See Your Heart Break” and “Misguided Ghosts.” I appreciate that “26” wasn’t near the end of the album like most emotional ballads are in albums.

Overall, I feel like this album is what Paramore needed to release in order to move forward emotionally (similar to when Paramore released Brand New Eyes back in 2009.) You can buy the album on iTunes, physically at a local record store, or listen to it on Spotify, Apple Music and more.

This album has been on my list of highly anticipated after their release of Paramore in 2013. Since the release of their self titled album, I saw Paramore perform 3 times on land and twice on sea (at Parahoy in 2014 and 2016.) Paramore and Mayday Parade are my two favorite bands, and everytime something new is released I pre-order the latest albums and can’t help but feel overjoyed.

Paramore has announced tours in Europe and most of the dates are sold out. Tickets and tour information for Paramore’s tour can be found on their website. Congratulations to Paramore for putting out their fifth album which was something that I can say I was not expecting but very much enjoy.

In other news, Broadside released their next single “Hidden Colors” off of their upcoming album Paradise with a music video, This Wild Life announced on Twitter a summer tour across the United States, Alternative Press reported that Paramore settled the legal dispute between Paramore and Jeremy Davis, and Dashboard Confessional, All American Rejects and The Maine have a select amount of dates that they will be touring together in the summer. Also, I attended the Mayday Parade concert in NYC on Tuesday May 9, Long Island May 11, and I will be going to see State Champs tonight at Irving Plaza in NYC. Next week I will have a review about the shows I went to. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Review: The Maine @ Webster Hall NYC

The Arizona rock group, The Maine has been touring across the United States for their album Lovely, Little, Lonely which came out in April 7.

The “Lovely, Little, Lonely World Tour” is accompanied by Beach Weathers and Mowglis as The Maine’s opening bands. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

I got the chance to see The Maine perform live in New York City at Webster Hall. I’ve been to Webster Hall for a few shows like PVRIS and State Champs, so I knew the setup of the venue and how much maximum capacity was. The train was running late, but I got into the city to see The Maine in time!


I just want to discuss the setlist. I had a great time dancing and singing along to old and new hits. I wish there were a few new songs they played like “Taxi” or “I Only Wanna Talk To You” and some older hits like “Into Your Arms,” “You Left Me,” or “We’ll All Be,” but overall I enjoyed the set. I loved seeing “(Un)Lost,” “Lost In Nostalgia,” and “We All Roll Along.” Here is their setlist:

  1. Lovely
  2. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  3. Am I Pretty?
  4. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  5. (Un)Lost
  6. My Heroine
  7. We All Roll Along
  8. The Way We Talk
  9. English Girls
  10. Take What You Can Carry
  11. Lost In Nostalgia
  12. Right Girl
  13. Raining In Paris
  14. Girls Do What They Want
  15. Diet Soda Society
  16. Do You Remember? (The Other Half Of 23)
  17. Bad Behavior
  18. Another Night On Mars

I’ve seen The Maine perform with Mayday Parade in 2012, twice at Warped Tour, and twice after the release of American Candy. This was the fifth time seeing The Maine, and everytime I see them I get such amazing vibes from the group.

The Maine have a great stage presence. John O’ Callaghan has a way of getting everyone engaged in the songs whether they know them or not. The crowd was electric and sang every word of the song. I love the fact that The Maine lets people live in the moment and is so humble for every experience they have. Being apart of The Maine’s show was wonderful and unforgettable. I hope that The Maine tours for their album Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop next year.

In other news, Broadside released their first single “Puzzle Pieces” off of their upcoming record Paradise which will be released on June 16. You can pre-order the album here and see them tour with Real Friends now! Fall Out Boy released a new song “Young And Menace” and will be releasing a new album and touring. The album, Mania will release on Sept. 15 and the tour begins in the fall. Moose Blood announced a US Tour. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Grayscale released “If I Ever See You Again,” Blink 182 released a song “6/8” this week, and Of Mice & Men released a single “Unbreakable.”

What a rad week in music! Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Did you read my review on Lovely, Little, Lonely? Check it out here.

New Song By Blink-182 & Other ICYMI Updates!

Here is my top 13 things in music this week that you may have missed…

  1. Ice Nine Kill released the music video for “The Nature of the Beast” via. YouTube.
  2. The Maine is counting down Lovely, Little Lonely by showcasing a song off of the album in 30 second videos on their social media page. The group released the song “Do You Remember? (The other half of 23)” via. YouTube with the lyrics.
  3. Real Friends released the music video for “Empty Picture Frames” via. YouTube.
  4. Knuckle Puck’s vocalist Joe Taylor was hospitalized after falling off the stage at the So What?! Music Festival in Dallas, TX. Knuckle Puck tweeted a photo of Joe later on in the day saying he was okay.
  5. Blink-182 released a new song “Misery” off of the deluxe version of California. The deluxe album comes out on May 19.
  6. COIN is releasing a new album on April 21, How Will You Know If You Never Try that features their latest single, “Feeling”
  7. State Champs announced a deluxe version of Around The World and Back that features new songs and a DVD. The announcement was made on their Twitter page. We can expect the deluxe version of Around The World and Back on May 5. State Champs released “Slow Burn” today!
  8. This past week, Commūnion released their latest song “Runway Love.”
  9.  this week. The Michigan natives, Hot Mulligan, signed to No Sleep Records this week while also debuting their EP Opportunities featuring their latest single, “Deluxe Capacitor.”
  10. Microwave released a music video for their song “Dull.”
  11. Broadside tweeted a photo that contained lyrics to a song titled “Hidden Colors.” We can expect that song and much more on their latest album that has yet to be titled or released.
  12. Hail The Sun announced a headline tour across the United States on their Twitter. Accompanying the group will be Capsize, Eidola, and Limb. The tour kicks off on May 21 in California. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  13. Grayscale released a new single “Atlantic” via. YouTube. Grayscale also got signed to Fearless Records.

All good stuff happening in music! What are you most excited for about the alternative music scene lately? Let me know @ovictoriamedia on Twitter!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

The Premiere Of okay. By As It Is

The five member group, As It Is, is from Brighton, England. As It Is signed to Fearless Records in 2014. Okay. is As It Is’ second full length album released under that label.

There were 5 singles released off of the album: “Pretty Little Distance,” “Okay,” “No Way Out,” “Hey Rachel,” and Until I Return.” As It Is has also been streaming portions of their songs on their Facebook and Instagram.

The 11 song album has a 1950s vibe that displays well in “Pretty Little Distance.” Each song is different from each other and expands the group’s abilities. The song “Hey Rachel” was written for lead singer Patty Walter’s little sister. If you’re feeling the need to take on a slow song on the album, “Still Remembering” is one of their slower songs on okay. “Soap” is opposite as it has a more grungy and angsty feeling on okay. Personally, I enjoyed the more raw and open lyrics that As It Is had on this album. Each song has a diverse sound that’s pleasing to the ear. The song that stood out the most to me on this was “Austen,” and “Soap.” I’m so proud of As It Is for growing tremendously as a group.

Here is the tracklist:

  1. Pretty Little Distance
  2. Okay
  3. Hey Rachel
  4. Patchwork Love
  5. Curtains Close
  6. No Way Out
  7. Soap
  8. Austen
  9. Until I Return
  10. The Coast Is Where Home Is
  11. Still Remembering

I got into As It Is before seeing Mayday Parade on the AP Tour in 2015. Seeing As It Is perform their set live gave me a glimpse of the energy they have as a band. The group is infectious and gets the crowd moving.

As It Is will be touring throughout the year of 2017 around Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website. Hopefully they’ll be back in the United States (fingers crossed for Warped Tour!)

In other news, Real Friends will be touring across the United States with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing No Where open for them. The tour is from April 27 to June 9. Tickets and tour information can be found here. Also, The Maine’s sold out 8123 Festival in Phoenix, AZ is this weekend, the group also released a new single “Bad Behavior.” We can expect their new album on April 7. The Maine will be touring with that album, and tickets and tour information can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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Starting Off 2017 With 17 Things Going On In Music

2017 is officially here! Here’s what’s been going on in music.

  1. Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men left the group. An issue was released by the band of Carlile’s departure.
  2. Of Mice & Men was announced on Rock On The Range festival that is taking place on May 19-21 in Columbus, OH.
  3. Oliver Baxxter of Broadside premiered a vlogging segment on YouTube. You can check out Broadside’s music journey by watching his videos on his YouTube channel. Broadside began recording their upcoming album and photographed them in pre-production.
  4. Taylor York of Paramore is officially back on Twitter. He changed his name from “kbye” to “I’m Taylor” and creating a bio as well. He tweeted on Tuesday asking if people still use Twitter. He tweeted a thing or two more that you can check out his tweets and his account.
  5. I Prevail released the news that they will be touring across North America with special guests Wage War, Islander, and Assuming We Survive. The “Lifelines Tour” begins on Feb. 12 in Pennsylvania and ends Mar. 8 in Seattle. Ticket and tour information can be found here.
  6. Modern Baseball announced a spring tour starting in Huntington, NY on St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) and ending in Sayreville, NJ. Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise, and The Obsessives will be supporting Modern Baseball on their North American tour. Ticket and tour information can be found here.
  7. Too Close To Touch is going on their first headline tour in February. Waterparks, Creeper, and Chapel will be accompanying the band. Ticket and tour information can be found here. If you haven’t already, I recommend listening to their albums Nerve Endings, and Haven’t Been Myself. I wrote a blog post a few months ago about the album release of Haven’t Been Myself.
  8. Panic! At The Disco performed on New Year’s Eve in New Orleans. You can see Panic! At The Disco perform “Victorious,” “Death Of A Bachelor,” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” here.
  9. Speaking of Panic! At The Disco, Panic! At The Disco is starting to work on new music.
  10. You Me At Six released their new album Night People today. The 10 song album can be purchased on iTunes, and more.
  11. The Wonder Years tweeted that they’re getting started with writing new music for 2017.
  12. Ohio natives, The Flats released a music video for “Electric Lights” via. YouTube and “Transparent.” The group released an EP today, Auburn In The Everlast. You can get the 6 song EP free on Band Camp.
  13. Less Than Jake released a new song that will be released off of their upcoming EP, Sound The Alarm via. Pure Noise Records. The song is “Things Changed.”
  14. Mayday Parade launched a website in honor of their first full length album, A Lesson In Romantics.  The website is a bit unusual, but the group is up to something on the their new site. You can see the website here.
  15. Rise Records signed a new band, The Gospel Youth. The Gospel Youth is anticipating to release an album sometime this year.
  16. Attila lost a member in their group, their drummer Sean Heenan. Heenan posted a photo on Instagram in regards to his departure.
  17. The nominations for the iHeartRadio awards for 2017 have been opened to the public. Twenty One Pilots, PVRIS, Blink- 182, Cage The Elephant, Pierce The Veil, PVRIS, and more have been nominated for awards. All of the nominations can be found here.

2017 is off to a great start! Let me know what you’re most excited about in music this year by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria