Hard rock and metal are not dead, they are just not the norm anymore. With bands like Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, and AC/DC seemingly calling it quits, and Guns N Roses are the main attraction. It has become extremely difficult for new hard rock bands to find that big audience. Slipknot, Korn, and Disturbed, have legions of fans and still put out rockin’ albums but new, fresh, Avenged Sevenfold-like bands are hard to come-by. But, those bands are there, and as they gain attention, so will the fans.
The Vans Warped Tour still has another three weeks of killer shows planned, but we are all out of material. This year was our first Warped Tour, and we loved it, as you can see in the attached links. Interviews, Photos, Tips, Reviews, and more…
“The Army’s been great and I would never try to subtract this chapter from my life, and it’s been a really great chapter…”
There are not many groups of individuals who I generally have more respect for than aspiring musicians, but one of those groups are the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. When I learned about Dash Ten and their blending of both traits, I was instantly drawn to the band. Before their fun pop rock set at Vans Warped Tour, I sat down with lead singer and bassist Corrin Campbell to learn more about the band, the US Army, her mentors, and purple hair… shocking, bright, purple hair…
There are bands in the world that can take a hit and keep going. Bands like Deep Purple that have weathered whole lineup changes, and kept making great music, or Aerosmith who came back from the dead after completely imploding. Emarosa want to be one of those bands. Now, I am in no way comparing Emarosa to those 70’s hard rock darlings, but the group has been the victim of a carousel of lineup changes, as well as an overhaul to their core sound. This finds the band in awkward territory, but fans would never know as their new record 131 is one of their better, and most complete albums in recent memory.
It’s weird; it’s almost like hearing our record for the first time because we don’t often play live with an organ player.
I mentioned earlier that the Warped Tour’s practice of scrambling their schedule every day caused me to miss Ghost Town, while I conducted an interview with Kevin Bivona, guitarist for The Interrupters. Well, as fate would have it, earlier in the day I missed The Interrupters to chat with Ghost Town. Fun interviews for sure, but on the downside, I missed this talented, distinctive ska band from Los Angeles who are quickly establishing themselves as a fantastic live band.
When I saw the Vans Warped Tour lineup reveal a few months ago at Full Sail University, one of the bands I was most interested in seeing was GHOST TOWN. As luck would have it, the quirky last minute scheduling practice on the tour cost me that opportunity, as I was committed to interviewing another band at that time, but a few hours later, the tables were reversed and I got a chance to talk with singer Kevin McCullough and guitarist Alix Koochaki about their friends on tour, their Ghostly fans, and their distinctive marriage of visual and audible art.