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

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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Album Update: “Zombies On Broadway” By Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness is an alternative music group that formed in 2014. The lead singer, Andrew McMahon, was previously the frontman of Jack’s Mannequin. This is Andrew McMahon’s second full length album released solo. On Feb. 10, 2017, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released Zombies On Broadway via. Vanguard Records.

Here is their track list:

  1. Zombies Intro
  2. Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me
  3. So Close
  4. Don’t Speak for Me (True)
  5. Fire Escape
  6. Dead Man’s Dollar
  7. Shot Out Of a Cannon
  8. Walking In My Sleep
  9. Island Radio
  10. Love and Great Buildings
  11. Birthday Song

There were five singles released, “Fire Escape,” “Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me,” “Walking in My Sleep,” “Don’t Speak To Me (True),” and “So Close.” This album is more pop than rock, but overall I enjoyed the album. I like the fact Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness has a pop and whimsical vibe that allows a listener to dance around singing their lyrics. I saw Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness open for Panic! At The Disco and Weezer in June of 2016, and I was pleasantly surprised on how great Andrew McMahon was live. He was very whimsical and his vocals were top notch. If you haven’t heard any of the songs off of Zombies On Broadway, I recommend you should.

Here are some other new stuff going on in music:

  • Rag’n’Bone Man released Human on Feb. 10 via. Sony Music Entertainment. Here is the track list:
    1. Human
    2. Innocent Man
    3. Skin
    4. Bitter End
    5. Be The Man
    6. Love You Any Less
    7. Odetta
    8. Grace
    9. Ego
    10. Arrow
    11. As You Are
    12. Die Easy
  • Relient K released a 3 song EP titled Truly Madly Deeply. Here is the track list:
    1. Candy Hearts
    2. Happy Valentimes
    3. BMI Valentine (Acoustic)
  • The Rocket Summer stripped down “FL, CA” and a video was released via. YouTube.
  • All Time Low has a new song that came out today,”Dirty Laundry.” All Time Low announced they signed to Fueled By Ramen. Here is the official statement the group made.
  • Linkin Park released album artwork for their upcoming album, released the song “Heavy” and informed fans that there are bundles on their website.
  • Twenty One Pilots won a Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance.” Also, Twenty One Pilots released one of five videos documenting their days on tour. You can watch chapter 1 of 5 here.
  • Cage The Elephant won a Grammy for “Best Rock Album.”
  • Ben Barlow’s instagram revealed that they were getting started this week on the new album.
  • Knuckle Puck released a photo via. Instagram on Valentine’s Day telling fans that they were getting started on their upcoming album.
  • PVRIS finished recording their upcoming album. PVRIS will be touring over the summer with 30 Seconds To Mars and Muse.
  • Stages & Stereos released two new songs on Valentine’s Day, “Remember You” and “Co-Dependent.”
  • Members of Major League (Brian Joyce and Matt Chila) and a member from A Loss For Words (Mikey Adams) formed a new band Commūnion, and released a new single “Blow.”
  • Moose Blood will be touring the United States in the next few months. Tickets and tour information is found on their website.
  • Day Wave will be touring across North America in the summer. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

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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17 Albums To Get Excited For In 2017

2017 is rapidly approaching, and they’re many albums to get excited about. Here are my top 17 albums to get excited about in 2017…

  1. The Maine has a new album coming out in the spring or summer of 2017. The Maine had a docu-series on their YouTube page called “Miserable Youth” where fans can watch the band work on the upcoming album. It’s awesome to see a band become interactive with the recording process and let fans see how much work goes into an album. The last album that The Maine released was in 2015 titled American Candy via. 8123, and one of my favorites off of the album is “(Un)lost.”
  2. Zombie On Broadway by Andrew McMahon In The Wildnerness is expected to be released Feb. 17, 2017 via. Vanguard Records. A popular single off that album is “Fire Escape.” Andrew McMahon was the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin, and I thoroughly enjoyed the music that the group had. I got the chance to see Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness open up for Panic! At The Disco and Weezer in June, and the energy of the performance was high and positive. Check out my review of that show here.
  3. The British trio, The xx, will be releasing a new album on Jan. 13, 2017. I See You is the indie pop group’s fourth album released on the Young Turks label. One of the singles released is “On Hold,” and I’ve been jamming out to this song for a few weeks now. If you haven’t given them a listen yet, I recommend it.
  4. New Found Glory will be releasing a new album in 2017. The band finished recording their ninth record and their drummer, Cyrus Bolooki, shared an Instagram photo of the accomplishment. The band thanked their producer Aaron Sprinkle for his contribution to the album. Their last album released, Resurrection, released in 2014.
  5. Motionless In White is releasing the new album under a different record label from their previous label, Fearless Records. There is no release date, but the upcoming album is anticipated to be their best yet.
  6. Neck Deep is one of those bands where I can listen to their pop-punk jams for hours on end. I’m excited to see that Neck Deep will be releasing a new album in 2017. There is no release date on the album’s debut, but if it’s anything like Life’s Not Out To Get You, the album will be outstanding. With the loss of Ben Barlow’s dad, I bet that there will be one song off that album dedicated to him.
  7. White Noise was PVRIS first album, and we can expect in 2017 a new PVRIS album. PVRIS’ latest album will be released under Rise Records, and the date of the album is TBA. If you haven’t heard any of PVRIS’ songs before, listen to White Noise in its entirety. Usually when I’m listening to an album, there’s one song that I’m not completely fond of, but White Noise does not have that. The album certainly does not disappoint, and  I enjoy every song off the album and the transition from song to song is great.
  8. Broadside will be back in 2017 with a new album. Old Bones is Broadside’s first full length album released via. Victory Records, and one of my favorites off of the album is “Human Machines.” I’m excited to see what Broadside has in store for new music. Oliver Baxxter tweeted that he wrote a ukulele intro for the upcoming album, and the band tweeted that they’re going to be recording in a few days. Check out Broadside if you haven’t already. They’re up and coming!
  9. One of my most anticipated albums that I’ve been waiting for is Paramore’s upcoming album. Both Hayley Williams and Taylor York have worked hard on their latest album. There is no release date on the album, but I’m expecting great things. Paramore is one of my favorite bands, and I’ll always support their music. Fingers crossed!
  10. 30 Seconds To Mars has been teasing their upcoming album Interscope for a few months. One of the first teases was on Aug. 1 via. Twitter. The band has not released when the album will be coming out in 2017, but their last album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams was fantastic.”City Of Angels” is one of my favorites off that album.
  11. Sleeping With Sirens will have an album out sometime in 2017. The band is evolving, growing their fanbase, and writing their own music. One of my favorite EP’s from them is If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack that released in 2012 via. Rise Records. I love that album for the fact each song is stripped down, and Kellin Quinn’s voice is vulnerable.
  12. I The Mighty posted on their Facebook page a photo telling fans that they are working on new music for 2017. There is no word on when the album will be released, but we can expect the album to come out sometime near summer. I feel like I The Mighty will  keep a similar vibe and simplicity of Connector,  but add their own spin.
  13. The Denmark band, New Politics, is expecting to release a new album in the new year. Their latest album, Vikings, allowed New Politics to tour multiple times around the United States. There is no set date to when New Politics will be debuting their album, but I’m looking forward to it. A popular song that New Politics is known for is “Harlem.”
  14. There is not 100% confirmation that Brand New will have a new album out in 2017, but according to Alternative Press, an e-mail was sent out stating there might be a new album for Brand New. Every Brand New listener hopes for a new album from them. Their last album release was in 2015, Leaked Demos 2006. Maybe the band has more in store for us.
  15. okay. is the second full-length album that As It Is will be releasing. The 11 songs on the album will be released on Jan. 20, 2017 via. Fearless Records. Three singles that are released by the group are “Pretty Little Distance,” “Okay,” and “No Way Out.” I wrote a post about As It Is a few weeks ago, and you can read up on it here.
  16. The Front Bottoms has a new album that will come out in 2017. There is no release date on the album, but we can expect it soon. The Front Bottoms have been hesitant with this new record, but the band is getting popular with songs like “Twin Size Mattress” and “Maps.” The group will find their remedy and produce a great album for 2017.
  17. 2017 is the year that The Killers will be releasing a new album as a group. The last album released was in 2012, and I’m excited to see what The Killers have in store for 2017. The band originally stated that the album would come out at the end of 2016, but the release will be in 2017. The most iconic album from The Killers is Hot Fuss in 2004. Lets hope that The Killers new album will have great hits.

Other bands that will be releasing albums are: AFI, Circa Survive, Hey Violet, and more. If you want new music, 2017 has great albums in store for you! Pick up a copy of the latest albums digitally or physically. It’s always important to support music.

In other news, the dates for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journey’s have been released! Be sure to check out which date you’ll be attending. Be sure to let me know which date you’ll be going to what album you’re most excited about at @ovictoriamedia on Twitter. Thank you for all of your support with reading my blog. It’s very humbling to know that people are interested in the things that I write. Wishing you a wonderful 2017, cheers!

As always, rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria