Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in NYC

I wanted to dedicate a blog post to Paramore’s album After Laughter and a post for my concert reviews. Here are my concert reviews for Mayday Parade and State Champs.

I saw Mayday Parade perform in New York City on May 9 at Webster Hall for their “A Lesson In Romantics 10 year Anniversary Tour.” Knuckle Puck and Milestones were the opening bands.

Mayday Parade in Webster Hall NYC
Prior to the show, I met Mayday Parade and talked with them about their future plans since they are not going to be at Warped Tour. All of the guys said that they were going to begin writing for the upcoming album. There is no word yet what is expected on the album.

I’ve heard of Milestones and was excited to hear their set. This is my overview of their performance: the vocals were average sounding with tone and pitch, the instrumentals were pretty good. I think that Milestones could’ve engaged a bit more with the listeners, but I would definitely see them again after hearing their music outside of a concert setting.

Knuckle Puck was the other opening band. I’ve seen Knuckle Puck open for The Maine and State Champs. I saw Knuckle Puck’s setlist at Warped Tour and was ready to see them. Knuckle Puck know how to engage with the audience with creating circle pits, crowd surfers, and a room full of angst. Before “Gold Rush,” a person punched another person. Joe Taylor, lead singer of Knuckle Puck, stopped the song just to tell the person who punched the other person that it wasn’t okay to do that. He explained that people come to enjoy the music and not to fight.

After Knuckle Puck and moments of waiting, Mayday Parade took the stage. As per usual, the guys in Mayday Parade did not disappoint with their song choices and performance. Here is their setlist:

  1. Jamie All Over
  2. Black Cat
  3. When I Get Home, You’re So Dead
  4. Jersey
  5. If You Wanted a Song Written About You, All You Had to Do Was Ask
  6. Miserable At Best
  7. Walk On Water or Drown
  8. Ocean and Atlantic
  9. I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
  10. Take This to Heart
  11. Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini)
  12. You Be The Anchor That keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds
  13. Redemption Song (Bob Marley Cover)
  14. Terrible Things
  15. Three Cheers For Five Years
  16. When You See My Friends
  17. Lets Be Honest
  18. Kids In Love
  19. Oh Well, Oh Well

I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 at The Paramount in Long Island, NY at The Paramount. The setlist were the same.


I saw State Champs perform for their spring tour. Accompanying the band was Against The Current, Don Broco, and With Confidence. I went to see State Champs on May 12 in Irving Plaza, NYC. I was unfortunately late and missed Don Broco and With Confidence. I got in to see Against the Current and State Champs. Against the Current had a vibe like Tonight Alive, PVRIS and Paramore all in one. Chrissy Constanzo has a similar stage presence to Jenna McDougall and Hayley Williams. Against the Current got the crowd engaged, which got met excited to see State Champs.


After waiting patiently, State Champs began their set. I saw State Champs a few times at Warped Tour and headlining the AP World Tour, and I was excited to see them again. Here is their setlist:

  1. Remedy
  2. Losing Myself
  3. Shape Up
  4. Eyes Closed
  5. Simple Existence
  6. Slow Burn
  7. Deadly Conversation
  8. All Or Nothing
  9. Stick Around
  10. Around The World And Back
  11. All You Are Is History
  12. Hard To Please
  13. Perfect Score
  14. Easy Enough
  15. Mind Bottled
  16. Breaking Ground
  17. Tooth And Nail
  18. Elevated
  19. Critical *ENCORE*
  20. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing at least one of these bands live, especially State Champs and Mayday Parade. In other news, PVRIS announced a UK Tour (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Paramore announced a second tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)  Linkin Park released One More Light today, Silverstein released a new song “Retrograde” off of their upcoming album Dead Reflection.  Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released a music video for their song “So Close,” COIN released the music video for their song “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” and All Time Low released the single “Nice2KnoU.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in New York

Last week I saw Mayday Parade live in New York City at Webster Hall, again in Long Island at The Paramount on Thursday, and Friday I saw State Champs in New York City at Irving Plaza. Since After Laughter released, I figured the best way to break down the concerts was in a separate blog post.

I saw Mayday Parade perform on May 9 at Webster Hall in New York City on their “A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour.” Accompanying Mayday Parade on this tour were Knuckle Puck and Milestones. This was my seventh time seeing Mayday Parade.

Prior to the show, I got the chance to meet Mayday Parade for the fourth time. I try to buy my tickets during pre-sale to get the experience of meeting a band. I was able to buy meet and greet tickets for my brother and myself. I bought the meet and greet tickets and brought my mother and brother with me to meet Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick.

When meeting Mayday Parade, I got a photo of them signed as well as my sweatshirt of Mayday Parade when they had a sweater with Glamour Kills for the Glamour Kills Tour in 2013. This is what the sweater looks like. I had that sweater since it was released then and got it signed by the guys in Mayday Parade. I also got the chance to have a mini interview with Jeremy, Brooks, Alex, and Derek. I wanted to ask Jake a few questions, but he was sick with the flu.

After the meet and greet, I waited for Milestones and Knuckle Puck to perform. I heard of Milestones prior to the show. Milestones had good instrumentals when performing. The vocals and tone of the singer’s voice was okay but blended as the set progressed. Overall the band’s vibe was okay, but needed a bit more of a command on stage to interact with the people at the show. I’d like to listen to Milestones outside of seeing them to see if they sound different live. They’re a group that was pretty good overall, and I’d like to see again. The other opener was Knuckle Puck. I saw Knuckle Puck a few times open for The Maine and State Champs. Knuckle Puck has also been to Warped Tour, and I’ve seen their set. I knew what to expect from Knuckle Puck: circle pits, energetic vibes from everyone in the group, and a crowd whose angst was showing. Knuckle Puck stopped performing and said that it wasn’t cool to punch each other when we’re all there to enjoy the music, which is true. Overall, the opening groups got me ready for Mayday Parade.

Here is Mayday Parade’s setlist:

  1. Jamie All Over
  2. Black Cat
  3. When I Get Home, You’re So Dead
  4. Jersey
  5. If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had To Do Was Ask
  6. Miserable At Best
  7. Walk On Water or Drown
  8. Ocean And Atlantic
  9. I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
  10. Take This To Heart
  11. Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini)
  12. You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds
  13. Redemption Song (Bob Marley Cover)
  14. Terrible Things
  15. Three Cheers For Five Years
  16. When You See My Friends
  17. Lets Be Honest
  18. Kids In Love
  19. Oh Well, Oh Well

As usual, Mayday Parade’s songs electrified the venues I saw them at, everyone was screaming the lyrics to every word off of A Lesson In Romantics, and Mayday Parade can connect with their fans using emotional ballads like “Terrible Things,” “Miserable At Best,” and “Three Cheers For Five Years.” I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 and was only able to see Mayday Parade’s set because I was babysitting. The setlist remained the same.

I saw State Champs perform on May 12 at Irving Plaza on their spring tour. The bands that opened for State Champs were: Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. This was my fourth time seeing State Champs. Since I drove into the city, I unfortunately missed Don Broco and With Confidence’s setlist. I was able to see Against The Current, which overall had the crowd ready for State Champs. The people at Irving Plaza were either loving Against The Current or were ready to see State Champs. I think that Against The Current had a PVRIS, Tonight Alive, and Paramore type of vibe just by the way the music sounded/ the singer, Chrissy Constanza, presence on the stage.

After Against The Current was State Champs. State Champs took the stage with the crowd screaming and crowd surfing to each song.


Here is State Champs setlist:

  1. Remedy
  2. Losing Myself
  3. Shape Up
  4. Eyes Closed
  5. Simple Existence
  6. Slow Burn
  7. Deadly Conversation
  8. All Or Nothing
  9. Stick Around
  10. Around The World And Back
  11. All You Are Is History
  12. Hard To Please
  13. Easy Enough
  14. Mind Bottled
  15. Breaking Ground
  16. Tooth And Nail
  17. Elevated
  18. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing all of these bands live, especially the headlining bands State Champs and Mayday Parade. Every band I saw last week took the stage and dominated their performance. All three of those shows were sold out, and the crowd was ready for each group.

In other news, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released the music video for “So Close,” COIN released the music video for “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” Chris Cornell of Soundgarden passed away at 52, Linkin Park released One More Night which features “Heavy,”  “Invisible,” and “Battle Symphony.” Silverstein announced a new album, Dead Reflection and released a new song “Retrograde.” Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here), PVRIS announced a tour in the UK (Tickets and tour information can be found here), and Paramore announced a second addition to their tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here).

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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2017 Tours To Get Excited About

Have an urge to go to a concert? Want to know what bands are touring? Here’s a list of some tours that I’m excited about.

  1. Real Friends is touring with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, and Nothing Nowhere. The “Spring Tour” begins April 27 in Grand Rapids, MI and ends in Chicago, IL on June 9. Tickets and tour information can be found on http://realfriendsband.com/.
  2. The 10 Year Anniversary Tour of A Lesson In Romantics starring Mayday Parade will be accompanied by Knuckle Puck and Milestones. The tour kicks off in March and ends in May. New dates have been added. The whole tour information can be found on Mayday Parade’s website.
  3. The Maine announced a World Tour for their upcoming album Lovely, Little, Lonely. The tour features Beach Weather and The Mowgli’s. The tour across the United States begins March 30 and commences May 8. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  4. I See Stars announced “Treehouse Tour” this week via. social media. The band released an album last year, Treehouse. The tour begins in March and finishes in April. The month long tour will be by special guest DJs each date. The tour is across the United States, tickets can be purchased here..
  5. We The Kings is going on a 10 Year Anniversary Tour for their album We The Kings. The tour, WTK 10, is from February to April. Special guests include Plaid Brixx and Astro Lasso. Ticket information can be found on their website.
  6. Pure Noise Records presented a tour with State Champs along side them will be Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. The begins in Ohio in April and ends in Massachusetts in May. Prior to the tour across the United States, State Champs will be in Europe in the months of February thru March. Ticket and tour information can be found on Bandsintown’s website.
  7. Senses Fail has been a group for 15 years and will be touring this year. Opening for Senses Fail will be Counterparts, Movements, and Like Pacific. The band will be playing Still Searching in its entirety. Tickets and tour information can be found here.
  8. The 1975 announced a huge “North American Tour 2017” that will begin in April and end in June. The show at Madison Square Garden is officially sold out. Ticket and tour information will be found on Ticket Master.
  9. Panic! At The Disco is going to be headlining a tour in the United States starting in February and ending in April. Saint Motel and Misterwives will be opening for the group. Tickets and tour dates are on Panic! At The Disco’s website.
  10. Waterparks and Too Close To Touch will be headlining shows across the United States in February and March. The tour will also feature Creeper and Chapel. I’ve seen Too Close To Touch live before, and they were great. Too Close To Touch released an album last year, Haven’t Been Myself, and I wrote a post about the album. If you’re interested in this tour, click here for more info.
  11. New Found Glory released that they will be touring on March 22 until May 12 across the United States. It will be a 20 year anniversary as a group, and you can expect NFG to sing songs off their latest album Makes Me Sick that is set to release on April 28. The group announced a new single will be released on Feb. 16 titled “Happy Being Miserable.” Tickets and tour information will be found on New Found Glory’s website.
  12. All Time Low announced this week that they will be headlining a few shows in Australia with Neck Deep and The Maine opening for them. Talk about an awesome lineup! There are only six dates announced, and pre-sale will be on Feb. 2. Tour and ticket information can be found here.
  13. Bastille is touring this year. Bastille is going around Europe within the next few months then traveling to the United States. Bastille is going on their “Wild, Wild World Tour 2017.” Tickets and general information can be found here.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few tours. Which tour are you most excited to go to ? Let me know at @ovictoriamedia on Twitter.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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

10 Year Anniversary Tours for We The King and Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade announced on Monday Dec. 5 that they will be touring on a 10 year anniversary tour for their album A Lesson In Romantics. This was their first full-length album and it was released July 10, 2007. Knuckle Puck and Milestones will be supporting Mayday Parade throughout the tour. The tour travels across the United States and Canada. The tour begins March 23 in New Orleans, LA and finishes in Orlando, FL May 26. Tour dates and ticket information for “A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour” can be found here.

We The Kings self titled album We The Kings will be performed in its entirety on the “We The Kings 10” or “WTK 10.” We The Kings was released Oct. 2, 2007. Currently, We The Kings is touring solo. There is no word yet if they’re touring with any other band. The tour begins in Nashville, TN on Feb. 17, 2017 and commences in Hatfield, UK in May of 2017. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

I’ve been to anniversary album tours before for Mayday Parade’s Tales Told By Dead Friends and Cartel’s Chroma, and both bands played the album they toured for in its entirety. Going to anniversary tours gives nostalgic feelings to me when I go. If a band you like announces an anniversary tour, I highly recommend going to a date on the tour.

In other news, The Maine’s latest “Miserable Youth” was released, New Found Glory announced a 20 year anniversary tour to play classic albums that begins in March of 2017. Ticket information and tour dates can be found here, and the nominations for The Grammy’s were announced including Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, and more. Information on nominations for The Grammy’s are here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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ICYMI Updates

Here are this week’s music updates!

  1. The Maine released episode 4 of “Miserable Youth” via. YouTube. You can watch it by clicking here.
  2. A Day To Remember won their lawsuit against Victory Records this week! The band was given $4 million in royalties. The band filed the lawsuit five years ago after being restricted of freedom and other issues.
  3. Mayday Parade finished their 10 Year Anniversary Tour of Tales Told By Dead Friends on Nov. 23.
  4. Asking Alexandria is moving forward with new music.
  5. Hayley Williams is donating a portion of goodDYEyoung profits to NAMM Organization, a non-profit that supports music and education.
  6. Real Friends rescheduled their EU/UK Tour in March of 2017.
  7. Panic! At The Disco covered The Weeknd’s “Starboy.” You can hear it here.
  8. You Me At Six released a video for “Swear” via. YouTube on Nov. 23. You can watch it here.
  9. Fall Out Boy is reissuing From Under The Cork Tree and Infinity On High on vinyl on Dec. 16.
  10. Oliver Baxxter of Broadside is releasing a book about his thoughts and poetry. You can pre-order the book here.

Also, if you’re looking to buy some band merch, today is Black Friday! There are a lot of sales, deals, and limited edition merch that bands have put out today. Be sure to get yourself something nice.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Mayday Parade in NYC

Mayday Parade is an alternative rock band from Tallahassee, FL. On Nov. 15, 2016, I attended their show at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York City. I’ve visited this particular section of the venue in October where I saw This Wild Life, so I knew exactly where to go and what to expect. The venue is small and holds 400 people.


Prior to the show, I met Mayday Parade for the third time. The meet and greet was different from the prior meet and greets I had with them. The meet and greet priors had Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jake Bundrick and Jeremy Lenzo all together with a backdrop to take a photo and chat for a minute or two. This time, the meet and greet was set up that all the guys went inside the studio, walked around and talked with fans/ took pictures individually. It was a cool experience to talk to each guy individually. The great thing about Mayday Parade is that they’re always so sweet to everyone. Each member cares about interacting with their fans.


I got the chance to talk with Derek first, then I talked with Brooks, Alex, Jeremy, and Jake. I got a guitar pick from Alex and Brooks during the meet and greet.


I also got the chance to have a mini-interview Derek, Alex, and Brooks. It was a great experience to meet Mayday Parade again and ask them some questions.

The opening band was Modern Chemistry (a small rock band from New Jersey.) I enjoyed their set, the instrumentals of the band are super cool and got fans pumped for Mayday Parade. Modern Chemistry’s set was a half hour long. After a half hour intermission, Mayday Parade took the stage. Here is Mayday Parade’s setlist:

  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 IsThat It’s Hard To See
  8. Look Up and See Infinity, Look Down and See Nothing
  9. 12 Through 15
  10. The Memory
  11. No Heroes Allowed/ Save Your Heart
  12. Kids In Love
  13. Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology
  14. Oh Well, Oh Well
  15. When You See My Friends
  16. Jamie All Over
  17. Terrible Things *ENCORE*
  18. Jersey *ENCORE*

The crowd was vivacious the whole set. Most of the set, fans were singing back to Derek, Alex, Jeremy, Jake, and Brooks. The venue was small but had a tight, comfortable feel to it.

What was so special about this experience of seeing Mayday Parade over prior times was the fact that it was Mayday Parade’s 10 year anniversary of their album Tales Told By Dead Friends. I’ve seen Mayday Parade perform seven times, and I’ve loved every performance. This performance had Tales Told By Dead Friends performed in its entirety and brought fans to reminisce.

The merch I bought was a Mayday Parade tee shirt with the tour dates on the back. The one that Derek is wearing in this tweet. I received a limited edition of Tales Told By Dead Friends black and yellow vinyl/ a shirt from their meet amd greet package.

In other news, The Maine’s third episode of “Miserable Youth” released on their YouTube channel, Forever The Sickest Kids announced they’ll be playing at the 2017 So What Fest (after a three year absence on stage,) and Senses Fail announced a tour with Counterparts, Movements and Like Pacific in 2017 that they’ll play Still Searching in it’s entirety. In Your Absense is Senses Fail’s acoustic EP that will be released on March 2. Tickets and tour information can be found on Senses Fail’s website.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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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!

-ovictoria

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Want to read my post about the Tales Told By Dead Friends 10 Year Anniversary Tour? Click here.

Album Review: Haven’t Been Myself by Too Close To Touch

Too Close To Touch released their latest album on September 23, Haven’t Been Myself. Too Close To Touch is a rock band from Lexington, Kentucky composed of Keaton Pierce, Mason Marble, Thomas Kidd, Travis Moore, and Kenneth Downey. Their journey to the ears of listeners began in 2012. Too Close To Touch was their first EP released by Epitaph Records in 2014 and Nerve Endings was their first full length album released in March of 2015 by Epitaph Records. Too Close To Touch got exposure playing at Vans Warped Tour in 2016 and won “Best Underground Band” in this year Alternative Press Music Awards. Haven’t Been Myself is Too Close To Touch’s second full length album released via. Epitaph Records.

The singles released prior to the album were “What I Wish I Could Forget,” “Crooked Smile,” and “Sympathy.” This album release was acompanied by the music video for “Sympathy.” The track list is as followed:

  1. Sympathy
  2. Crooked Smile
  3. What I Wish I Could Forget
  4. Translate
  5. Miss Your Face
  6. The Art of Eye Contact
  7. Modern Love Affair
  8. Inside Voices
  9. What A Shame
  10. For Your Sake
  11. Eiley

Pierce lost his three year old sister, and the album is nothing short than emotional pulling at your heart strings. Pierce has an amazing rasp in his voice displaying a sense of urgency, anger and sadness. The songs “Miss Your Face” and “Sympathy” are emotional by the way Pierce creates a raw vocal. Too Close To Touch has such heart-wrenching lyrics that pull at your heart strings in the right way. The album is great, and doesn’t stray away from their previous sound of their prior records. Their prior records were great, but Haven’t Been Myself truly reflect the band’s drive, emotion, and overall composition.

You can pick up a copy of Haven’t Been Myself from your local record store, purchase the album on their website, download it from iTunes or Amazon, and stream from Apple Music and Spotify. You can catch Too Close To Touch opening for Crown The Empire this fall. Ticket information can be found here.

In other news, As It Is made public that they are releasing a new album okay. on January 20, 2017 which can be pre-ordered on iTunes, Mayday Parade announced an anniversary edition of Tales Told By Dead Friends that can be pre-ordered on iTunes, the release of My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade/ Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) released today, and The Maine will be playing tonight at Webster Hall in New York City one last time in 2016. The Maine is having the first ever 8123 Fest in Phoenix, Arizona celebrating their 10 years as a band. Tickets for The Maine can be found here. Panic! At The Disco released the music video for “LA Devotee” and information on a United States tour in 2017 with MisterWives and Saint Motel. Ticket pre-sale is on September 26 at 10AM.

Rock on, stay humble and be positive!

-ovictoria

***This weekend, I will be an extra for Real Friend’s music video. Would you like to hear my experience about being an extra in next week’s post? Let me know by tweeting to me @ovictoriamedia

Here’s a picture of the guys of Too Close To Touch and myself at Warped Tour!

Nine Tours To Get Excited About!

It’s that time of year that bands are announcing major tours. Crack open the piggy bank and check out the list of bands who are going on tour before the end of 2016!

  1. This Wild Life announced a tour with Have Mercy, Movements and Many Rooms in the United States and across Europe. The tour kicks off in October, so be sure to pick up your tickets. Ticket information for the Low Tides tour can be found here.
  2. Brand New revealed a headlining tour with The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball this week. Their tour begins on October 13th in Rochester, NY and ends in University Park, PA. Click here for ticket and tour information.
  3. Cute Is What We Aim For proclaimed on their social media that they were going to tour in honor of their 10th anniversary of The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch. Tour information and tickets can be found on songkick.
  4. Taking Back Sunday is traveling in the United States on their “Tidal Wave Tour 2016″tour with You Blew It!, Selah Sue, Loose Talk, and Mammoth Indigo at select dates. Ticket information can be found on takingbacksunday.com/tour.
  5. Joyce Manor published a Fall Tour ’16 that begins in San Francisco, CA with The Hotelier and Crying. Ticket information can be found here.
  6. Yellowcard is embarking on their final tour before breaking up. “The Final World Tour” begins on October 6th and will continue on until March of 2017. Ticket information and tour dates ca be found on Bandsintown’s website.
  7. Pierce The Veil, Neck Deep and I Prevail notified the public of their “Made To Destroy” tour after the APMAs. The tour will begin on September 3rd and travel across the United States. Ticket information can be found on Pierce The Veil’s website.
  8. Mayday Parade is celebrating their album Tales Told By Dead Friends by touring on their “10th Anniversary Tour For Tales Told By Dead Friends” with Modern Chemistry as their opener. Ticket information for the upcoming tour can be found on maydayparade.com/tour
  9. The “Hell in the Hallways” tour, presented by Alternative Press, headlines Ice Nine Kills with Secrets, Skylar, Out Came The Wolves, and Cover Your Tracks. The tour information and ticket options can be found here.

The next couple of months will be packed with great shows! Be sure to pick up tickets to any show that is catching your interest. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

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