ICYMI: June Edition

Here is my list of things you may have missed this week in music

  • Homesafe released its first full length album One via. Pure Noise Records.
  • We The Kings released its second single “Even If It Kills Me” via. S-Curve Records. The track will be on the upcoming album Six set to release July 6, 2018.
  • Trophy Eyes released a new single “More Like You.” The single will be on the group’s upcoming album The American Dream.
  • Panic! At The Disco’s vocalist Brendon Arie created a non-profit organization called the “Highest Hopes Foundation.”

In addition, Gorillaz and Bullet For My Valentine released new albums.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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“Caught In The Middle” Music Video Release

Paramore released the music video for “Caught In The Middle” via. Fueled By Ramen.

“Caught In The Middle” is on Paramore’s album After Laughter which released in April of 2017. Other singles on the album include “Rose Colored Boy,” “Told You So,” “Hard Times,” and “Fake Happy.

Paramore is on “Tour 5” across the United States with Foster The People accompanying the group. For tickets and tour information visit paramore.net/tour.

I’ve seen Paramore perform 12 times and every time I’ve seen the group, the show is always so fun and interactive. I recently embarked on Parahoy. For a review of my experience click here. I also made a vlog of my experience you can see here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Singles From Mayday Parade & This Wild Life

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Here is the track list:

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

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

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

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

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

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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

My Experience on Parahoy: Deep Search Cruise

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

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

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

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

Here is the setlist:

1. Looking Up

2. That’s What You Get

3. Ignorance

4. Daydreaming

5. Fake Happy

6. Pressure

7. Here We Go Again

8. Brighter

9. Let The Flames Begin

10. Last Hope

11. Hate To See Your Heart Break

12. Brick By Boring Brick

13. (One Of Those) Crazy Girls

14. Misery Business

15. Turn It Off

16. Grow Up

17. Told You So

18. Rose Colored Boy

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

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

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

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

Here is Paramore’s second set:

1. Pool

2. Crushcrushcrush x beat it mash up

3. Still Into You

4. Forgiveness

5. I Caught Myself

6. Decode

7. Never Let This Go

8. GRUDGES *FIRST TIME TO PLAY*

9. When It Rains

10. Playing God

11. Idle Worship

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

13. Careful

14. Caught In The Middle

15. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

16. Ain’t It Fun

17. 26

18. Hard Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

The Release of “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.