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The weekly column from our homegirl S.
Page 8 - New Bands To Know
The future of UK punk rock is strong. Check out our favourite new bands.
Page 12 - Our Playlists Where’s the pit? …. just kidding.
Industry Advice Page 16 – Career Advice & Inspiration: Kurt Cuffy This week’s career inspiration comes from photographer Kurt Cuffy.
Page 20 – Tour Tips Advice for tour newbies.
Page 22 – Meet Kevin Lyman: Your Punk Rock Educator We interviewed Warped Tour creator—and proper legend—Kevin Lyman.
Lifestyle Page 26 – Our Favourite Musically Inspired Clothing Brands Stylin’.
Page 30 – Fan VS ‘Poseur’ Has music merchandise become ‘fashionable’?
Page 34 – Great Hairstyles Of The 20th Century Long live the alternative (and sometimes scene) hair!
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Features Page 40 – Meet The Funniest Guys In Alternative Music We talk to hilarious YouTube comedians Jarrod Alonge and Jared Dines.
Page 46 – Punk Rock: Truth Or Myth
Khaki shorts = Truth, but only in the 90s/early 2000s. Understatement plays the truth or myth game.
Page 48 – What We Do Isn’t Secret: How Punk Rock Started, Developed And Became Mainstream How did pop punk and post-hardcore actually happen?
Page 52 – Underrated Bands In The Scene Learn about a few of our favourite underrated bands.
Page 54 – Our Favourite blink-182 Moments blink-182 life. For life.
Page 56 – Rock ‘N’ Roll Movie Characters Our favourites.
Page 57 – Fictional Bands We Wish Were Real Come on Zack Attack…
Reviews Page 59 – Album Reviews Page 62 – Lives
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has become, but many current pop punk bands don’t really enjoy or even know what punk was like in the 70s. Does that make them ‘poseurs’? No, of course not. Yeah, I mean it’s cool to look up punk rock and the music you personally play or like, but just because you like Taking Back Sunday doesn’t mean you have to like Black Flag or X just because they are among the bands that created hardcore punk. What if old school punk is too heavy for you? Does that mean you shouldn’t be allowed to like punk rock? If old school punk to you means Green Day and New Found Glory, does that mean you’re not truly a fan because you only like the “gateway bands”? Again, of course not.
A weekly column where I rant about various things, including, but not limited to, punk rock, fanbases, music trends, clothing, my town and life in general. (And yes, surprise, surprise, the name of the column is a pop culture reference.) Punk rock fans and old musicians are constantly moaning about how “unoriginal” and “unexciting” the punk rock scene has become. They claim that unlike the punk bands before, neo-punk is boring and everything pretty much sounds the same. Their reasoning behind this is threefold: • Neo-punk bands have nothing to complain about. According to old school punk enthusiasts, bands like “the Green Days” and anything. They are—and forgive us for using these words because we honestly hate them as much as you do—manufactured, mainstream bands that don’t really hold any of the punk thoughts, ideas or attitudes. • Unlike newer bands, early punk rock musicians took their inspiration from a variety of genres, not just punk rock. They claim that the reason why all these new bands sound the same is because they are not doing anything new, like combining genres in their music, but instead are just recycling each other’s same material. It’s nearly impossible to • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 4
create something innovative and fresh in punk rock because everything has been done within the genre, or so the accepted wisdom goes. • Neo-punk bands haven’t gone through 100,000+hours of archived footage and albums to learn the history of punk, and therefore, couldn’t possibly know what it stands for. They are obviously ‘poseurs’ imitating other poseurs like “blink-184” and “New Found Gold”… Now, as someone who prefers blink-182 to the Germs, I think it’s pretty ridiculous for old school punk fans to expect punk rock to stay the same. The whole reason why bands like the Descendents, NOFX, Green Day and The Offspring did their own thing and created something new in punk was because they wanted to change and develop the scene. Obviously pop punk bands like The Story So Far and State Champs sound nothing like the Ramones or the Sex Pistols, but they are playing music in a whole other genre. They are not trying to be like those bands. Yes, the original wave of punk inspired what pop punk
In Matt Diehl’s book ‘My So-Called Punk’, Brody Dalle of The Distillers says, “I was never that big of a Sex Pistols fan… they never did that much for me.” Brody also explains that she only really started listening to them when she was 21 and only heard The Clash when she was 19—she was more inspired by Nirvana. Now does that mean Brody Dalle and The Distillers don’t kick ass? No, course not. The Distillers are still punk. You don’t have to like everything in your genre. I like rock n roll, but I don’t favourite of mine. Not even a little). The idea that neo-punk has nothing to complain about is also bullshit. We all have issues in our lives and no one should
be allowed to dictate what counts as an “important problem”. Sleeping With Sirens’ ‘Better Off Dead’ is about not feeling good enough and considering suicide as an option. That’s an important topic. But just because they’re a post-hardcore band, and not the hardcore Bad Brains, does that mean that song, and that issue doesn’t matter? No. It f---ing matters. Yes, the contents of punk rock songs have changed, but with new centuries come new problems. The other really stupid complaint about neoalso just ridiculous. Of course neo-punk bands like and are inspired by other music, but even if they are not, who cares? And what is even more annoying is that when bands try to incorporate elements of other genres in their music they are immediately called “sell outs” and told they are not punk rock anymore. You just can’t please everyone… or anyone really. Bottom line: pop punk, post-hardcore, metalcore, emo, etc, obviously don’t sound doesn’t make these genres any less legitimate. And lumping all neo-punk bands together is stupid because there are so many different (and weird) subgenres that are derived from punk. And if you’re a pretentious a-hole who only listens to “real punk”, circa 1975, then obviously you will be judgemental and say “every neo-punk band sounds the same”. But they don’t and, I’m sorry, you’re wrong. •
“Another thing that pissed me off, talking about who started punk rock. Who cares who started it? It’s music. I don’t know who started it, and I don’t give a fuck.” - Stevo, SLC Punk! Do you have any requests or questions (I can also be an agony aunt)? Send them to our Twitter @undrstatement • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 5
“Music, you now, true music—not just rock ‘n’ roll— it chooses you.” - Almost Famous. • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 6
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New Bands To Know
Farnham Quintet Homebound are among the few bands that are reviving the dwindling UK pop debut EP Coming of Age in the summer of 2014, have proven that although classic pop punk way in the scene quite effortlessly. “All of us have always been big fans of the obvious bands, like blink-182 and New Found Glory,” says guitarist Tom. “Blink’s Enema Of The State and Sum 41’s All Killer No Filler is a real representation of the music I listened to during my younger years. When bands like The Story So Far and The Wonder Years released new music it rekindled our love for this genre.” Homebound are just starting out, but already have that mature, organic sound that many and we’re excited to see what they do next. “Hopefully, 2015 will be full of touring,” says Tom. “We’ve got a few things in the works be an exciting year!”
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Now for the really important questions…. What was your favourite album growing up? blink-182’s Enema of the State, Fightstar’s Grand Would you say you’re more of a lyric person; someone who analyses the meaning of a song, or a music person; someone who wants a kickass beat to jump to? I think a bit of both really. I’m a big fan of deep lyrics that you can read into, but a good beat always helps. What’s your favourite angsty-teen song? (Come on, we all have them) Got to be Finch’s ‘Letters to You’ or Linkin Park’s ‘In The End’. If Homebound could tour with any band, past or present, who would it be and why? Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit hands down, pretty sure the others will disagree on that, though. Why? Because Nu Metal will always be awesome.
Source: George Powell photography
Four-piece pop punk rockers Silo 18 started off like all the greats, playing music in a bedroom until one day realising, “hey you know what? We may actually have something here”. The band, hailing from Hemel Hempstead, released their debut EP—which was appropriately called The EP—in August 2014.
Chris also tells us that there’s a new Silo 18 EP on the way. “We’re hoping to release that pretty soon, and gig/tour wherever we can, and expand on where we are now.”
The band’s unique blend of pop punk elements, with heavier punk rock ones, really highlight just how musically experienced these members are. Using the knowledge they have gained from being in ska, punk, pop and jazz
those guys. Feeder, American Hi-Fi, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Jimmy Eat World are honourable mentions, but you can be inspired by any band and any genre, not just a singular one.
almost defy the pop punk genre.
There’s too many. Off the top of my head, I will say Green Day - ‘Burnout’. Such a brilliant song to kick off an equally brilliant album.
Bassist/Vocalist Chris Aldridge explains that his inspiration to become a musician came from his father. “He plays guitar and would regularly play around the house growing up. “Around the early years of secondary school was when I picked up a guitar and started to enjoy it. “ Chris also explains why he decided to play pop punk music. “Pop punk in the early 2000s was a great time for the genre,” he says. “I grew up with blink-182, Green Day, Bowling For Soup, The Offspring and many other bands, and me and my friends just fell into it.”
If you could tour with one band, past or present, who would it be, and why? Is a list okay? Don’t think I could name just one! I would say Foo Fighters, the Subways, Jimmy Eat World or Thin Lizzy. Phil Lynott is a frontman and bass player I looked up to immensely and Thin Lizzy are a band we all collectively like.
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American bands in the scene a run for their only been a band since 2013 but have already gained quite a bit of attention with their debut EP Revise. Reform.. “A few of us have been in bands before and we just wanted to try something a bit different,” says Frontman Josh. “Me, Morgan and Ricky come from a more ‘metalcore’ background, so we just wanted to take it down a bit and write some catchy songs that you can sing along to.” The band, though are playing music that doesn’t have too much of an exciting UK scene at the moment, are reviving the spirit of what post-hardcore truly is. When asked about it Josh says: “I don’t think there’s a lack of [British post-hardcore bands]; I just think UK post-hardcore sounds a whole lot different [to the American scene]. We grew up on bands like The Blackout, who are a million miles away from US bands like Sleeping With Sirens in post-hardcore groups] as there used to be…” Josh mentions that they have a “broad music taste”. “When it comes to writing we can take in the van,” he says. He also names a few of the bands he’s listened to since secondary • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 10
Last). their British roots and showing that the future of UK post-hardcore is strong. Now Josh, what can we expect for 2015? “We’re just about to go into the studio and record a six-track EP to be released around June, with a couple of tours to follow it up. I wouldn’t be surprised if we released some more new music later in the year either. Keep your eyes peeled!” We’re stoked. What was your favourite album growing up? They’re Only Chasing Safety by Underoath was the one that made me want to be in a band, for sure, but I have too many ‘favourites’. It changes every day. I’m a sucker for anything by Taking back Sunday as well. Would you say you’re more of a lyric person, or a music person? Can I say both? I think I just love music. Anything that provokes an emotion when you listen to it is good with me. Whether the words make you think, or the drums make you want to get up and party. What’s your favourite angsty-teen song? Got to be ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ right? I spent far too much of my youth wearing ripped jeans, a baggy T-Shirt and throwing Teen Spirit’.
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British post-hardcore band Amongst Thieves
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Understatement playlists ‘My ex had one very annoying habit. Breathing’ - The breakup playlist
The ‘you’re basically living in an American Pie movie’ playlist
- Breakups are never an easy thing, so we thought we’d make you heartbroken dudes and dudettes a playlist featuring some great breakup songs. So if your ex-partner couldn’t hang, was everything you hated, or you just really wish they’d fall into the ocean, listen to this playlist. It should help.
- American Pie rules and so does this playlist. Here are some tunes to recapture your youth, you know, that time when you were just being completely and utterly stupid with your mates.
1. ‘If You Can’t Hang’ – Sleeping With Sirens 2. ‘You don’t Mean Anything To Me’ – Simple Plan 3. ‘High Regard’ – The Story So Far
1. ‘Every Time I Look For You’ – blink-182 2. ‘Fat Lip’ – Sum 41 3. ‘Understatement’ – New Found Glory 4. ‘Want You Bad’ – The Offspring 5. ‘I’m Just A Kid’ – Simple Plan
4. ‘Heartless’ – A Day To Remember
6. ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ – Bowling For Soup
5. ‘A Shot Across The Bow’ – Mayday Parade 6. ‘Gives You Hell’ – The All American Rejects 7. ‘Break Your Little Heart’ – All Time Low 8. ‘You’ve Made Your Bed’ – You Me At Six
7. ‘Stuck In America’ – Sugarcult 8. ‘Little Things’ – Good Charlotte 9. ‘Vertigo’ - American Hi-Fi 10. ‘Bring You Down’ – Left Front Tire
Originals are weak - The cover playlist
11. ‘In Too Deep’ – Sum 41
- It’s a known fact that a rock version of a song just sounds exponentially better than the original.
12. ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ – The Offspring
1. ‘Too Legit To Quit (Born To Die Cover)’ – The Amity 2. ‘Spiderwebs/This Love’ - Four Year Strong 3. ‘Since You Been Gone’ – A Day To Remember 4. ‘Clarity’ – Our Last Night 5. ‘Crazy For You’ – New Found Glory 6. ‘Kiss Me’ – New Found Glory 7. ‘Stay The Night’ – State Champs • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 12
8. ‘Turn Down For What’ – Upon A Burning Body
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Understatement playlists The ‘get Psyched’ Playlist
The ‘that’s a pop culture reference’ playlist
- We all need that playlist that makes us feel as bodacious and stoked as Bill and Ted do all the time.
- Punk rock musicians are all about pop culture references...
1. ‘Jamie All Over’ – Mayday Parade
1. ‘Sabrina The Teenage Bitch’ – Seaway (Reference to the show Sabrina The Teenage Witch.)
2. ‘It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now’ – Four Year Strong 3. ‘Chasing Dreams’ – Miss Fortune 4. ‘Elevated’ – State Champs 5. ‘Quicksand’ – The Story So Far 6. ‘Do It Now, Remember It Later’ – Sleeping With Sirens 7. ‘What’s My Age Again’ – blink-182 8. ‘King For A Day’ – Pierce The Veil Ft. Kellin Quinn 9. ‘All Signs Point To Lauderdale’ – A Day To Remember 10. ‘Keep Your American Dream’ – Beartooth 11. ‘Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted’ – Blessthefall 12. ‘This Body Pays The Bills$’ - Four Year Strong 13. ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ – All Time Low 14. ‘Get Down On Your Knees And Tell Me You Love Me’ – All Tine Low 15. ‘Friends Like These’ – Deaf Havana 16. ‘Life Is Good’ – Junk 17. ‘Basket Case’ – Green Day
2. ‘Goonies Never Say Die’ – Set Your Goals (Reference to The Goonies movie.) 3. ‘Kelly Kapowski’ – Moose Blood (Reference to Bayside High’s sweetheart Kelly Kapowski from the show Saved By The Bell.) 4. ‘A little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me’ – Fall Out Boy (their band name is also a reference to The Simpsons) (Reference to John Hughes classic 80s movie Sixteen Candles.) 5. ‘San Dimas High School Football Rules’ – The Ataris (Reference to the movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.) 6. ‘They Don’t Make Them Like Kelly Kapowski No More’ – Junior (Everyone loves Kelly Kapowski.) 7. ‘It’s Never Sunny In South Philadelphia’ – The Wonder Years (Reference to the show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) 8. ‘Clarissa Didn’t Explain This’ – The Paramedic (Reference to 90s Nickelodeon show Clarissa Explains It All.) 9. I’m Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket – Pierce The Veil (Reference to the movie Wayne’s World 2...... party time, excellent.) 10. Big Gulps Huh? Well, See You Later– Sleeping With Sirens (Reference to the movie Dumb and Dumber.)
18, ‘My Friends Over You’ – New Found Glory 19. ‘Right Back At It Again’ – A Day To Remember 20. ‘Hit Or Miss’ – New Found Glory
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career advice & inspiration: kurt cuffy We spoke to photographer Kurt Cuffy to discuss his inspirations, what his job entails and the negatives of being a music photographer…
day of photography, and those guys backing me. I try to inspire myself without comparing or competing with anybody, and hopefully, no one thinks I’m trying to have a complication with them. I’ve lost a lot of friends through [photography] and I’ve learnt a lot from it. I’m currently using the standard Cannon 5D Mark 2 [when] shooting most shows. I have a Cannon 430EX 2 Speedlite and that’ll just kind of help the low light situations and make things brighter. What are some of the things that your job As a photographer, my general job is to document and cover. To make sure the band looks good is what I normally tell the bands my job is. I normally like to cover everybody, [and] make sure everyone has a picture. A standard band shoot is normally promos and getting a group picture of the band, and making sure it looks good for press. [When] I’m doing my concert stuff, it’s the same thing, just making sure everyone looks good. Yep, that’s the job, [to] make sure everybody looks good and to be fast about it.
How did you get into photography and what I don’t know, for me it was just random. I I don’t know, for me, it was just random. I brought a camera with my tax return. I was going to go to school [and] go into video game development, but I couldn’t draw… drawing’s very key apparently. You had to be good at drawing and maths, and I am not good at either of those. I always liked to do music videos… I didn’t get any videography jobs. I went to a local show [and] brought my camera and started shooting. It was really weird because everyone was looking at me like, ‘why do you have a camera? What are you doing?’ and everyone thought I was just one of those kids
with a camera, who’s just going to try to take pictures. [The other photographers that were there that night] were all super nice, they were really accommodating, and inspired me to start [taking pictures professionally]. I posted the pictures from that night with positive response, and from there I just kept trying and got over the hurdle of posting pictures. It all just changed so fast.
“I don’t really care about money too much, if I did, I wouldn’t be doing this.”
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I got inspired by a lot of friends, and now I’m getting inspired by [the] people who are inspired by me. It’s a lot of myself, mixed
That makes perfect sense. Describe a typical day when you’re going to a show to shoot. Uh, jeez (laughs). I don’t live in the city, and depending on travelling and the band, it’s either going to be early morning or a late start. I’ll end up meeting with the band or checking in with the artist, then I’ll get all my gear together, chill in the photo pit and say hi to most of the photographers. I deal with security [which can] sometimes be iffy; sometimes they’re really nice that day and sometimes they decide to power trip. It’s really funny to try and put them in their place, but at the same time being, of course, respectful. From then on, I will shoot and try to relax—and make sure the band looks good (laughs). (Laughs) so obviously you do a lot of concert photography/videography, but you also work closely with musicians for promo shoots. What’s your favourite thing about working
I can’t think of many negatives, but I can go right out and say that bands are hilarious. I love dealing with bands. It’s just that vibe— like I used to be in a band myself, so I kind of took a bit of interest in photography when we were getting our picture taken. I never really thought about it [as a career], but it was always really funny dealing with those photographers. It’s awkward and everyone needs to loosen up, it just gets weird. To see that from the other side is just always super funny because it’s the same thing. Bands say the dumbest things, and for me, from being in a band, I always egg the band on. I’ll be like, ‘oh, I’m not actually a photographer’ and I always just mess around with them, and try to make sure it’s fun. You have to make sure the shoot is super comfortable. For me, the only negative is in concert
photography; in the beginning, or even in the end, there’s not a lot of money in it. But it’s never really ever about the money; it’s just about shooting and hanging out, and obviously just bettering yourself. I don’t really care about money too much; if I did, I wouldn’t be doing this. What about egos and temperamental artists, I’ve dealt with a few, can’t really name names (laughs), but I mean that comes with anything. You’ll always meet people— your idols and people you’ve looked up to, bands you’ve listened to—and they’ll just be dickheads. You won’t expect it and they’ll just turn you off of their band forever. That’s like the biggest negative. I like to say • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 17
it’s just not a popularity contest, but some bands just really think it is. They’re like, ‘I’m going to be big one day, so if I stop caring right now, or don’t reply to you because I’m so busy—‘ like no, you can still be a human (laughs), like a person. You don’t have to say a lot, just as long as you acknowledge that person, that gives them a way better perception [of you]—and maybe they won’t like, trash talk you. [Stuff like that] goes to people’s heads. I’ve dealt with it when I was in a band and I always said when I started working with bands, my biggest thing will be that I will always reply to every single person, or as many people as I can—I’m not too cool for that. [Not acknowledging someone is] like the douchiest thing you could ever do to anybody. Just make it so you’re still connecting with your fans and show that you actually care. Sometimes I get two or three photography related questions or fans a week, and I’ll reply to all of them; I’ll give them all giant paragraphs. It’s weird because it’s happening more and more, I get people saying, ‘you’ve inspired me to do this’, and that’s super cool and it makes me feel like I’m doing something important. I’ll keep giving feedback because I just want to help, I don’t know (laughs).
I’m just like, ‘well yeah because we’re seeing Architects front row (laughs) this is sick! We also get to shoot them’—like have fun with it. I will be headbanging and instantly be like, ‘okay, I gotta stop because I have to take this picture. I’m missing things’. Live bands 100%, it’s just super fun to be in it. When I them, that was sick. I couldn’t believe I got to see this band
“I like to say it’s not a popularity contest, but some bands just really think it is. ”
Which do you prefer, live shows or regular Live. Live every time. I’m sure a lot of my friends can attest to when I go to shows, or shoot shows, I get pretty into it. I try to shut down and just focus. I see a lot of photographers in the photo pit like, ‘what the • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 18
as well as be a part of [their show]. It’s really personal for me. I’m going to capture the band like I’m experiencing it. It’s cool to be like, ‘this is my job, this is what I do’. So yeah, live. Live live. live. How’s the touring aspect Touring is interesting because not everyone can do it—it’s kind of like a cool kids club. No one knows if you can tour until you start touring, but once you get there, it’s fun. You’re travelling every day and sometimes you get to see a lot; sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you’re stuck in a van; sometimes you’re out and about adventuring with your friends. It’s hard in a different way, I’ve been on tours and as a photographer—I’m sure band members notice it too—I’ve noticed that with every tour, around the half way mark, everyone gets really to themselves and awkward. I see everyone questioning themselves like, ‘is this really what I want to do forever? Is this something that will pay the bills? Do I like travelling?’ and stuff like happened, that for sure happened. That was the end of Abandon All Ships and you had to see them struggling with stuff like that, and me
being like, ‘this is something I just started and I do want to tour’… I had to make sure this is what I wanted to do. My most favourite tour was with a new band called Ritual, ex-Dead and Divine and a band called Prophets of the same era. That felt like the most family orientated tour I’ve been on. It’s cool; I’d do that tour again. What advice would you give to someone who What I’ve retained from my biggest inspiration Adam [Elmakias] is take pictures. Just start. If you want to take pictures, start doing it, if you don’t think you can, start doing it; you just have to practice. The more you take, the better you’ll something dumb—aren’t your best photos. With any job you do, it’s going to take you a long time [to] get good per say and so when people say to me, ‘you’re getting so good’ I’m just like, ‘I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I’m stoked that you like it and I do impress myself sometimes, but there’s a lot of room to learn’. So for anybody who’s taking pictures, I recommend going to YouTube. There’s tonnes of information on YouTube that will either inspire you or just show you how to do things. YouTube is school. If you want to shoot just go out and take pictures, and learn. If you apply yourself, you can probably do it. I applied my nerdy computer knowledge. ‘Hey, if I can spend this much time gaming and learning about dumb video gameswhat if I just kinda apply it to photography’. Literally everything changed when I applied myself in a different way. •
Source of all images: Kurt Cuffy
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“Find like-minded bands you can trade audiences with.... and be patient.” - Kevin
Lyman, festival producer & creator of Warped Tour.
Always have yo ur ID/laminate w ith yo u at all times
Whether yo u’re a huge band or one who’s just starting yo ur damn laminat out, wear e! Mike from I-hate -young-peo ple secu know or care abou rity doesn’t t yo ur band, he’s ju st tr ying to do his yo u’re not wearing job, an d if yo ur ID yo u’re just giving him the am m o he needs to piss yo u right of f.
Tour Tips & Advice
This is to uring 10 1 peo ple, unless yo u have the the means, yo u won’t be able to stay in a fancy hotel every night (or even for one night) so co uch, or in do or ways. Hey! No on e said it was a co mfortable lif e.
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Learn to live on a bu dget
A to uring musici an is basically a musically g ifte d university stu dent; yo u don’ t have much money an d yo u’re away fro m ho me for weeks, maybe m onths on en d. Le arning to bu dget reasonab ly is key—£300 a week, so yo u can buy eve ryone a ro un d at the bar, isn’t smart savin g, nor is it helpfu l co me time when yo u’r e eating Hobnob s as yo ur breakfast, lunch an d dinner.
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“You have to learn how to be independent, but also, be a part of a team—and be around that many guys for that long. So, if you’re not comfortable with being in your underwear often, changing in front of people, or having weird shower situations and being gross, touring is not for you.”
Eat right! Junk is the fo od of choice for to uring musicians. It’s okay go off the rails on to ce in a while, but not staying healthy mess up yo ur bo dy w ill , an d it’s no fun be ing sick on the road Ever y day is a new . place an d ever y ni gh t is an ot he r show. We don’t need to have the ‘hango ver talk ’ do we?
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- Kurt Cuffy, touring music photographer.
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meet Kevin lyman: your punk rock educator
No Doubt, Quicksand). “It really came together quick, to be honest,” he says. “It was like March 23rd or 24th and we were doing an event in the snow for charity, and I said, ‘I want to do this thing’ and we were literally on the road by the end of July the
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the creative force behind a huge festival like the Vans Warped Tour? Well, genius, mentor and all-around living legend Kevin Lyman is here to tell you all about how he started Warped Tour and why.
Kevin Lyman has run Warped Tour since its formation in 1994—making it the longest and largest touring festival in America. The
Even though he knew that this culture was about to explode and this tour was about to be sought-after because of it, he didn’t expect to still be running Warped 21 years Lollapalooza and was already working in the later. “I said I was going to go do this one music industry for 13 years before starting last summer and then I was going to go get Warped Tour, has since made the festival a a real job,” he explains. “My daughter was household name in alternative music. being born and it was going to be one last summer with some friends, doing a tour the Kevin’s inspirations behind Warped really way I would want to run it.” came from the culture he was accustomed to, and his genuine love for skateboarding. Although Warped Tour is now one of the “It was kinda a lifestyle thing in Southern most important and powerful festivals California,” he explains. “We were all in music, it wasn’t very well planned or skateboarding and [all about] thought out in the music and doing things in backyards, and I saw this whole year] was really culture of skateboarding and by the seed of our music kinda growing.” Kevin pants, to be honest,” explains that the announcement says Kevin. He went of the X-games in America to the people he helped develop this hand-in-hand knew from previous culture of extreme sports and music. shows he worked on, and the bands that really trusted him and his work (Sublime,
“I’m trying to inspire kids to do something better than what I do.”
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also mentions that although the process to get Warped together and on the road was quite quick, the really successful. “People saw the vision and when we decided to do it the second year, [we] had bands like NOFX and Pennywise who brought a certain amount of credibility to the show—you gotta remember I was just the guy who loaded everyone’s vans at that point. I ran the shows, but I wasn’t an artist or musician… this kind of thing without being one.” So we know that Kevin’s job in 1994 included loading equipment, whilst running a whole festival, but what does his role include now? Well, according to Kevin, Warped Tour preparation begins in September/October and starts with him booking a killer line-up.
reasonable, and we need to offset that somehow.” He also has to work on getting buses, trucks, sound, lights, everything that gets the show up and running. “Really my job out on the road is to deal with those unforeseen problems; those unforeseen problems can be mostly weather related (laughs),” he says. “But I can also read the temperament of the tour like if the tour is getting bogged down, or there’s some sort things really quick. We mitigate those [problems] by having such a good team of people who work on this tour and I think it works well.” Kevin’s job is also to make sure the kids get into the venue on time and don’t wait around (complaining) for too long. On a perfect day, Kevin can barbeque, work on his many other projects—including Mayhem Festival, his brewery and the various university talks/seminars he gives—and maybe even watch a few bands.
“53 years old and you get to go check out bands in the middle of the afternoon, on a Wednesday, somewhere in the country— and now it’s totally different because my “If I book a good line-up, then everything daughters come on the road and work else should become easier,” he says. with me. They love being on the tour, I “I [then] have to work with the couple look at it as though, how often does a girls that do all our sponsorship. We dad get their teenage daughters to want need sponsors to help run this tour to hang out with him for two months you because our ticket prices are still pretty know (laughs).” • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 23
It’s accurate to describe Kevin Lyman as a teacher—even though he refers to himself as more of a mentor or disciplinary. “I’m really pushing to learn about music,” he says. “Warped Tour’s an education. Everything I do about Warped Tour is hopefully to teach people about things. I think when I was going to leave [the music industry], I was maybe going to be a schoolteacher, so with Warped now, it’s more like how am I going to educate you,” he says passionately. Kevin also mentions that the Warped line-up is announced the way it
to put on Warped Tour every year. “If you don’t like [Warped] don’t come, or create something better. I’m trying to inspire kids to do something better than what I do. When they do, I won’t be able to do this anymore…”
“I still think Warped Tour leaves a place in a better situation than it was.”
bands they would never have known otherwise—like Brit rockers Moose Blood. “I can reverse it and announce all the big bands at the beginning,” he continues. “But I don’t think these little bands- the younger bands, will get the notice and help. What I want to do is help their careers as much as we can while they’re working with us—and it’s just really fun when people go, ‘ahh man, I didn’t know that Mod Sun was so cool’ or something.” Kevin also explains that although the mission Warped Tour is on is still a positive one, there is a lot of negativity surrounding festival—mostly in terms of line-up—and sadly Kevin is the subject of abuse from disgruntled fans. “Now to make myself feel better about it, I go, ‘they’re just very passionate about what we created’ (laughs).” Kevin also expresses that he feels “almost obligated” • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 24
It will be a sad day when Warped Tour is over because it is to educate the masses. With more than a dozen
on the Warped grounds, skating isn’t the only big part of the tour; philanthropy “[Social consciousness] is important for me. We do over half a million tickets here in the United States, 90% of the people just want to run in circles and get sunburnt, but what if ten of those people walk out, and they’ve signed up for a nonthey all of a sudden understand or learn something about Peta that changes their lifestyle in that way, or they sign up to vote (laughs)…” “I still think Warped Tour leaves a place in a better situation than it was,” he says. “The kids that come to Warped Tour, most of them come out somewhat, a little themselves, they realise they’re not alone, they realise there are other kids like them and you know what? We give a good day. What’s wrong with bringing a good day to places?... You can come [to Warped], and just be who you are.” Kevin Lyman is sweaty classroom.
What advice would you give for someone “You got to have patience, but you also got to get involved in things… I was a punk rock guy, I love punk rock, that was my thing, but I worked on heavy metal shows every other day. I hear kids like, ‘I only wanna work with Pierce The Veil’, you know, or that kind of music, and I go, ‘you got to go work at Rib fest, you have to go work at community events’. You learn the same basic skills doing all of it, and the more experience you can get at a younger age, and you learn how to deal with people in different settings, it will pan out. It is being patient too, and being patient usually means being broke (laughs). if you’re very excited about what you’re doing, and make a living at it. I make a nice living, but I don’t think I take advantage of my scene, whether it’s heavy metal, or punk, or whatever we do. So we’re allowed to prosper in what we do. I think I give back more than I take.”
What tips would you give to new bands that want to get on a festival like “You have to one, become well known within your local scene. You have to kind of build a following; you have to build that organic following. When bands tell me they want to be on Warped Tour and they’ve only been a band for 6 months, it’s hard to take that seriously. I know you want to be on Warped Tour, but you’re going to have to earn a spot on Warped Tour. Be creative; write great songs. You have to be a great songwriter. You have to build your following on a local level, and get kids talking about you, and we’ll take notice. Or you just have to be a band that I come across, that no one knows about, and I think deserves a spot on Warped Tour - like Moose Blood. No one was asking for them to play on Warped Tour, but someone played their music for me, and I was like, ‘wait, I want to put my name on that band’ (laughs), [I want] some sort of involvement with them early on in their career.”
Stay connected with Kevin: Twitter: @KevinLyman
Source of all images: Adam Elmakias
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Our Favourite Musically inspired Clothing brands
Glamour Kills “Always embracing our homegrown roots, we at Glamour Kills are a community of musicians, artists, photographers, skateboarders and designers who simply aim to create clothing as diverse and vibrant as the cultures we are inspired by” – Glamour Kills Facebook. Glamour kills not only makes some kickass clothes, it also hosts some of the coolest tours ever… in America. Bummer.
You can see Glamour Kills merchandise on the backs (and fronts) of All Time Low, We Are The In Crowd and pop punk legends New Found Glory.
“Do Something & Let It Consume You” – Stheart website. The Detroit-based clothing line Stheart has been around since 2005 and Sirens, PVRIS and We Came As Romans are among the few that sport these killer digs.
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Jac Vanek Jac started her brand with one ‘ruthless’ bracelet, and from there things just started snowballing. She’s collaborated with people like Jack from All Time Low and William Beckett from The Academy Is, and been on several festivals like Warped Tour (US and UK) and Bamboozle. Jac has gained a serious following with her quirky graphic tops and unique designs.
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against society, protesting against injustice and, well, saying a big ‘fuck you’ to popular music in general. (Punk was also often accompanied by musicians who didn’t know how to play their instruments.) culture of leather loving, DIY-ensemble wearing, Mohawk-sporting, colourful hair dying people appeared on the scene and shook, the rather tame, society to its core. Obviously, there were many different types and styles of the early punks—contrary to popular (Tumblr) belief. Although varied, the 1970s punks associated a certain aesthetic to the punk rock genre—which has carried through to the 21st century. Although not every pop punk listener spikes their hair in a Mohawk and shreds their aspects of the modern pop punk, or even hardcore • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 30
kid, still resemble those of the past (colourful hair dye, leather jackets, black trousers, unusual hairstyles, DIY culture). Another thing that we inherited from the 70s punk movement is the idea of authenticity. People who dress in the style of certain subcultures, but don’t identify with its ideologies or beliefs are ‘poseurs’—for the record, this is the French spelling of the word ‘poser’ and is often spelt this way for no other reason than just pure pretentiousness, but let’s just go along with it anyway. This idea of the subcultural ‘poseur’ is still greatly debated—mostly through YouTube comments and Twitter sub-tweets. One of the reasons for this is the fact that in today’s trend-obsessed society, Nirvana, Ramones and Sex Pistols merchandise is as commercially available as plain black T-shirts. And a lot of the general public sport these
The whole reason the punk movement started, and why the alternative culture was such a big deal in music, was because people wanted to go against the, rather boring and mediocre, grain. So, if everyone dresses ‘alternative’, then no one does. Right? When punk rock became popular along came the so-called ‘poseurs’. But what does it actually mean to be a ‘poseur’? If you like punk music, but don’t really care or know about politics are you a ‘poseur’? If you like pop punk, but don’t enjoy pizza (hypothetically. Come on, everyone likes pizza) are you a ‘poseur’? If you wear Vans shirts but don’t know how to skate are you a ‘poseur’? If you dress like a punk in the 80s, but dress “normal” in the 90s are you a ‘poseur’? Who makes the rules about these things? And if punk rock keeps constantly changing and developing then how can anyone be a ‘poseur’? Is everyone a ‘poseur’? As fans of the genres we hold sacred, we’re allowed to be slightly sceptical of bandwagonhopping impostors who only know the Ramones as ‘that top you can get from H&M for £11.99’. But what about real rock n’ roll fans that truly love the bands whose merchandise they wear?
Why should they have to defend themselves against distrustful music fans? “I think people question girls in band merch more than boys because girls tend to follow trends more,” says artist and frequent merch wearer Ellie Frost. Is it easier to be cynical of girls wearing band to believe that girls can listen to ‘heavy’ music, or whatever. In their opinion, we’re obviously just following a trend,” says London-based rock musician Louise Ray. What started as a war between subcultures, and fashion as a way to prove your devotion to a cause/culture, has turned into a way to gender stereotype and make music fans afraid to wear their subcultural getup in case they are seen to be just following the “trend”. Shops like H&M, Forever 21, even Primark are now selling music merchandise and other clothes that mimic the 70s/80s punks and the Nirvana 90s Grunge. It’s bringing these genres back into the mainstream, but is it doing it in a negative way? “It takes the originality of wearing band merch away from rock/punk fashion and fans of the bands,” says Poppy Frost. “It encourages people to wear band names as a fashion accessory,” says music journalist Jenna Young.
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tops, but are blissfully unaware that these ‘fashionable logos’ are actually bands. We’ve all encountered the awkward and ridiculous situation of asking people in band merchandise about it and getting the dreaded, “they’re a band?” response. “50% of people who own band merch now have never even listened to [that band’s] music,” says 19-year-old Cambridge artist and music lover Poppy Frost.
Punks, rockers, mods, hippies, whatever, all dressed the way they did because they wanted to make a statement—and punks just really wanted to shock the masses. But what’s so shocking, or thought-provoking about everyone wearing the same DIY-style top with the same bright coloured hair? Nothing. It becomes a norm. There are, obviously, negatives to music merchandise and the punk style going mainstream as far as music fans are concerned, but are there any positives to it? • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 31
Well, making music merch more accessible does allow a larger amount of the population to get familiar with some rad music. It also helps our favourite bands stay ‘employed’, so to speak, since more people are discovering them, buying their albums, going to shows and supporting their career. “I think it’s good them in high street stores gives a lot more designs and [it] means people can appreciate art and things,” says Rhian Westbury managing editor of Mosh online. She also adds that: “It’s only applicable if the stores target audience might listen to that band.” So, again, the music ‘fashion’ belongs on those who are a part of that ‘subculture’—music lovers. “It’s okay as long as the bands are okay with it,” says Ellie Frost. “[But it’s not okay] when they change the designs to try and make it into a trend. Then you get people buying the tops not knowing who the band is.”
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3 things we learnt from SLC Punk! 1. Being a punk (or whatever else) isn’t a matter of convenience Stevo announces that he was “nothing more than a goddamn trendy-ass poseur”, he and Heroin Bob were like the US postal service; neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom stopped them from being punks in the traditional and dull Salt Lake City.
Is music merchandise going mainstream a good or bad thing? Maybe it’s both. But one thing is for sure, no matter what decade we’re 2. No matter how much you do, how you act, in, rock fans will always be referred to as or what you wear, the moment you change who ‘poseurs’ until proven otherwise—sometimes are to impress other people, you’re a ‘poseur’ even after proving otherwise. • and you always will be – Stevo and Heroin Bob dressed like punks, lived in a spray painted
Nazis and Rednecks, but were really just a couple of nerdy guys who decided to adopt a cool style and a genre of music. After the death of Heroin Bob, Stevo gives up the punk life and realises that Bob was, in fact, the glue holding their rather false identities together.
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3. What other people say or think about you, or even what you say about yourself, isn’t anywhere near as important as your life and being with your loved ones – Stevo completely loses it when
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What we gathered from it is; life is short. Love who you want, and just be whoever and whatever you want to be.
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Great hairstyles of the 20th century From Mohawks to coontails, to long headbanging hair, punk rock, hardcore and pretty much the whole alternative culture in general, has seen, adopted and laughed at these “classic” hairstyles. What started with the classic punk Mohawk, became the hardcore shaved head; rocker long hair; the mop head emo hair, and so on… The hairdos that we are now embarrassed by were in “style” back then. They were the norm for non-conforming, alternative, cool kids. And hey, some still use the good old sweep fringe.
The Classic Punk aka the Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) and the Travis Barker (blink-182)
The slick (greasy looking hair) aka the Tom Delonge (blink-182)
Check out some of our favourite (weird) classic punk rock styles.
Asymmetrical short hair aka the Kelly Osbourne
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The 90s female rocker aka the Gwen Stefani
Modern pop punk aka the Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low)
The choppy, uneven, layered hair aka the Hayley Williams The punk rocker aka the Brody Dalle (the Distillers) and the Benji Madden (Good Charlotte)
The classic 90s pop punk musician aka the Deryck Whibley (Sum 41) and the Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan)
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Our favourite UK Merch places bands that is reasonably priced, and doesn’t take two centuries to be delivered. So we decided to help out and tell you dudes about a few of our favourite places that can
Pulp is like the UK version of Hot Topic. Merchandise galore. And luckily they have a store in London, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh. You can also purchase things from their online store. Pulp has you covered. www.thisispulp.co.uk
Grindstore is an online website that sells merchandise, and it’s pretty great. They have a wide selection of movie, music and TV merch, and their delivery is the standard 3-5 days—which is music to the ears of those who use American merch websites. www. grindstore.com
Again, great online store; fast delivery and no hassle. www.Impericon.com/uk
Any shop/market stall in Camden Town
Most people know just how loaded Camden Town is with music merchandise and memorabilia, but for those who have never been there, trust us, you can get all your
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Sports Direct, that shop that sells football kits and Lonsdale tracksuits, yeah, they also sell music and movie/TV merchandise. We’re not even kidding. How convenient is that? They have a store pretty much everywhere and you can get stuff online too, with super quick delivery. www.sportsdirect.com
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Meet The Funniest Guys In Alternative Music... During our battle for legitimacy, we sometimes forget to laugh at the ridiculous and truly embarrassing things that are very much a part of the alternative music scene. Luckily for us, YouTube sensations Jarrod Alonge and Jared Dines have not forgotten and are all about sharing what they know.
Jarrod Alonge inspirations behind his videos, his future career plans and his new parody album. So grab your mates Slappy, Flappy and Crusty, and read the inner thoughts of one of the funniest guys in alternative music. Twenty-one year old Tennessean Jarrod Alonge and his ‘Every Vocalist’ YouTube videos highlight the various absurdities that go hand-in-hand with pop punk and metalcore music. Some of the things Jarrod’s alter ego—and Kids—sings and rants about are: hating his town, loving his friends and having nonto eat pizza on stage and give shoutouts to His videos are pretty much the truest portrayal of musicians in the pop punk/ metalcore scene. “In my opinion, all four ‘Every Vocalist’ videos are pretty much the same,” he says. “You have a guy on a stage saying things for the sake of saying them, just to get people pumped up.” Jarrod’s YouTube channel began as a way for him to share guitar covers with his school friends (these covers have since been deleted. Dammit). “Over time I leaned into making sketches, which eventually led • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 40
to Every Metalcore Vocalist,” says Jarrod. “Ever since then, I’ve been trying to keep everything going in the direction of alternative music satire.” Although Jarrod is what we would consider a YouTube sensation, with more than a 100,000 subscribers and almost three million combined views on his ‘Every Vocalist’ series, funny as we do. “I’ve accepted that I have a following of people because they like my videos, regardless of what I think of aspects of my videos to be funny, but for the most part, I do think that they could be much better.” We—the pizza-loving YouTube community—disagree with you there, Jarrod. Even with all the media attention and being featured in magazines like Kerrang!, Rock Sound and Alternative Press, not to mention the unbelievable support with his Indiegogo campaign for his parody album, Jarrod says that he’s still “somewhat” shocked at the attention he receives from fans and people in the music industry. “But not so much as I used to,” he says. It’s clear that he didn’t expect this much attention from his videos; he was just doing something that no one else was doing at the time. “I’ve been going to [pop punk/metalcore] shows for years,” he says. “There are so many stereotypes
to poke fun at, and between no else on YouTube him and seems to have been the bands doing it.” There are a in the few YouTubers who scene. have a similar style Instead, to Jarrod and spoof these the metalcore/pop bands punk scene. Stevie T embrace and Jared Dines are his particularly popular humour (and hilarious). We and even asked Jarrod if join him perhaps a new satire-based genre of music in some of his videos. could come out of this friendship, “Possibly! Parody music has been around for a long So, we get his videos, but what made Jarrod decide to make a parody
of my videos to be funny, but for the most part I do think that they could be much better.” time, Weird Al is one of my personal favorites,” he states. “But I guess it is of alternative music that we make fun of.”
bands? “It all started with the music spin-off ‘I’m So Scene’ from my Every Metalcore Vocalist video. From there, I made ‘Pop Punk Pizza Party’,” he says. Jarrod received a lot of positive feedback from his followers, so he decided to “go way over the top and do an entire album.” Jarrod used Indiegogo to raise
He also tells us that it’s important to make fun of yourself and the scene you’re a part of. “Mockery is a sincere form of make fun of something if I didn’t have some sort of attachment to it.” He is a part of the culture he makes fun of, which is probably why he’s so scarily accurate in his videos. He is also a genuine fan of the music. “My iTunes library is massive,” he says. Periphery, PVRIS and Northlane are just a few of the bands that he’s been listening to lately. His fandom probably explains why there is no bad blood
the money, offering rewards for donations. “Honestly, I could have just done an EP. I went too far,” he says. But considering he exceeded his $12,500 goal by a lot more, totaling $20k+, we’d say that his fans • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 41
thought it was just right. “[The support] blows my mind. I still can’t process it. The internet is a strange place,” he says. With the album in the works, we wanted to know if music is maybe a possible a fun hobby, but I have no intention to make a career out of it,” he says. “For now, I’m sticking to medicine. Graduate school is still on the horizon.” Not to worry, although we may not see a Sunrise Skater Kids tour, or a show Rectangles (when we asked we got a sad “doubtful”), he does, however, say: “That won’t stop Jarrod Alonge from touring to some capacity...” That sounds promising.
“Just do it. There are always a million reasons to not do something, and you’re never going to succeed if you don’t try it. If you don’t take risks and put yourself out there, then life is going to kick you right in the ass. I know people that are a 100x funnier than I am, but the only reason why I get credit for it is because I actually took initiative [and] uploaded videos. It took four years until a popular video came together. Just do it, you lazy oaf.” •
Our favourite quotes from Jarrod Alonge “We have a new record that you can buy in the back at our merch table… it’s only available in vinyl, sorry.” ‘Every Pop Punk Vocalist’
“My main goal in life was to have an annual salary under $14,000... I am legally a homeless person.” ‘Every Pop Punk Vocalist’ “I’m too edge for my own good... These x’s don’t stand for kisses.” - ‘Every Hardcore Vocalist’ “Mom and dad just don’t understand/I got locked out of my Tumblr account...” - ‘Every Pop Punk Vocalist’ “This song goes out to anyone who successfully got out of their town… This song goes out to anyone who’s fallen down while trying to do an Ollie.” - ‘Every Pop Punk Vocalist’ “This next song is a cover by Fall Out Boy, don’t worry, it’s one of their old songs.”- ‘Every Pop Punk Vocalist’
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Lastly, is there any advice you’d give to someone who wants to start making YouTube videos, or join a Jared Dines is the vocalist of metal/ deathcore band Dissimulator, an owner of a recording studio (Joe’s studio) and the other funniest guy in Alternative music.
Jared, the guy who makes all those funny ‘Things (insert musician) Say In The Studio’ videos, has gained some serious momentum in the past couple of
heard my EDM side project?’ “They are exaggerated, but the base of most [of] the jokes are true in some way or another,” says Jared. “Obviously, not everyone is like that, but I get my fair share of musicians in here that do say these things.” Jared also states that after hearing these to provide some sort of comic relief.
with impressive covers and great tips for musicians, but the reason why he’s Jared explains that being in a racking up hundreds of thousands of deathcore band has given him the views is because of his hysterical ‘ways insight to make these spoof videos. to’ videos and his general observations about the different how a lot of the “Take what you do types of musicians. scene works,” he says. “I guess seriously and work His hilarious ‘what that has given your ass off to achieve me inspiration musicians say in the studio’ series is what you want, but for some things.” especially popular. However, he don’t ever stop having also states that These videos, although are parodies there was “no fun.” and are greatly real reason” overdone, they are partly based why he started making the parody on Jared’s experiences as an audio videos. “I just thought it would be engineer. They include classic lines such fun,” he says. “I didn’t honestly expect as ‘I just want a super beefy tone… anyone to even watch them.” Judging by his YouTube subscriptions, Jared better live… I’m just trying to be as miscalculated by more than 100,000 original as possible… How would I play people. • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 43
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Jared, like fellow YouTuber Jarrod Alonge, has received a lot of attention and praise for his unique vocal abilities and hilarious ways of mimicking the generic music styles in the metalcore/post-hardcore scene. And although Jared video’s are all in good fun, it is sometimes quite easy to decipher which bands he’s making fun of, *cough cough* Attila. When asked about the bands he parodies and whether or not it’s his way of verbally kicking them in the goodies, he says: “I like at least 98% of all the bands I make fun of.” He also goes on to say that he would never say any of the things he says in his videos to be “hurtful or degrade other people’s work”. He does, however, stress the importance of humour. “You have to be able to laugh at yourself,” he says. “Take what you do seriously and work your ass off to achieve what you want, but don’t ever stop having fun.”
And speaking of fun, Jared has teamed up with buddy Jarrod Alonge to do guest vocals for his parody album. Jared, not giving too much away, says to expect, “A lot of growling, and comedy”. Well, with those two involved, that’s a given. We also asked about our brilliant satirecore idea and if we could make it happen, “I think a lot of bands are already working on that as we speak” he says cheekily. We don’t doubt that, Jared. •
Our favourite quotes from Jared Dines try.” - ‘Things Bass Players Say In The Studio’ ‘Things Vocalists Say In The Studio’ “Yeah, if I had time to practice 8 hours a day, I’d be a lot better.” ‘Things Guitarists Say In The Studio’ You guys need to start telling me things.” ‘Things Bass Players Say In The Studio’ Say In The Studio’ • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 44
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punk rock: truth or myth Although our favourite YouTubers Jarrod Alonge and Jared Dines exaggerate some of the things that happen in the alternative music scene, a lot of their observations are pretty spot on. And here at Understatement, we like to take the piss out of ourselves and the music we like, so we decided to take a good hard look at the myths and truths of the alternative music scene.
Hating/wanting to get out of their town
take it to a whole new level. Perhaps they sing about loving their friends in order to stay connected to their roots and their hometown— even though they hate it and want to get
This is a classic theme, especially in pop punk. The young band just wants to leave their dull, dry town and make the big time.
many musicians and not just the ones in the Alternative scene.
‘All Signs Point To Lauderdale’ – A Day To Remember ‘This Place’ – Descendents ‘Back Breaker’ – Hit The Lights ‘Come One, Come All’ – All Time Low ‘For The Win’ – We Are The In Crowd ‘Mind Bottled’ – State Champs
‘Tread Lightly’ – Four Year Strong, ‘Something’s Keeping Me Here’ – Real Friends ‘My Friends Over You’ – New Found Glory ‘Vegas’ – All Time Low ‘In Friends We Trust’- Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Evidence: ‘Give Me One Good Reason’ – blink-182 ‘Anthem’ - Good Charlotte ‘Perfect’ – Simple Plan ‘The Rock Show’ - blink-182
All about the summer Pop punk musicians love summer. Hello, Warped Tour, friendships, parties! Pop punk is basically the soundtrack to the season. Evidence: ‘We Say Summer’ – All Time Low ‘Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)’ - Four Year Strong ‘The Rock Show’ – blink-182 ‘The Boys of Summer’ – The Ataris ‘Summer Fling, Don’t Mean A Thing’ - New Found Glory
Loving anchors and other nautical themed stuff Post-hardcore bands love anchors and other things to do with the sea. Why? We don’t know, but the hundreds of anchor tattoos with post-hardcore lyrics attached to them highlight that it is, in fact, a confusing truth. Evidence: ‘Anchors’ – ‘Don’t Fall Asleep At The Helm’ – Sleeping with Sirens ‘Won’t Be Pathetic Forever’ - The Wonder Years ‘You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds’ – Mayday Parade ‘Oceandust’ – Hands Like Houses
Loving pizza Although we are yet to see musicians taking, as Jarrod Alonge calls it, a “pizza break” in order to eat a couple slices on stage, we do know for a fact just how much pop punk and post-hardcore musicians love pizza—and Taco Bell but we Brits don’t have that here. We don’t exactly know how the link between punk rock and pizza came about, but we do get it. As our buddy Jarrod Alonge would say, “pizza’s the essence of life.”
Vinyl enthusiasts Vinyl has become seriously popular in the recent years and it’s especially a favourite among pop punk/post-hardcore fans. Everyone wants All Time Low on vinyl… we really don’t get it.
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Half truth & half myth depending on your age/living situation
Growing up sucks No one likes growing up, but you know who really hates it? Pop punk musicians. Evidence: ‘Dammit’ – blink-182 ‘Early Retirement’ – Handguns ‘Carousel’ – blink-182 ‘I Guess You Can Say Things Are Getting Pretty Serious’ – Forever The Sickest Kids ‘Fat Lip’ – Sum 41
Using lyrics taken from other pop punk songs for band names/ song titles since our magazine name is taken from New Found Glory! Man Overboard, the Story So Far and All Time Low are among these pop punk lyric borrowers.
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What we do isn't secret: how punk rock started, developed and became mainstream
The 90s brought about a fusion of genres, something that old school punk fans complain neo-punk doesn’t have, but it wasn’t until 1994 that punk rock really went mainstream. So what was it that brought punk rock into the mainstream, and pretty much changed our entire society and the way we view alternative culture? Well, in ‘94 both Green Day and The Offspring released albums that made people take notice of punk rock and the growing new phase of it. Green Day’s Dookie and The Offspring’s Smash were albums that
When punk rock rose from the underground and into the famous club CBGB in 70s New York, no one expected it to develop into what it is today… mainstream. would shout their lyrics and the songs would have huge breakdowns—everything was just way more brutal. This style is what we now call hardcore, and US bands like Black Flag, Germs, Bad Brains and Circle Jerks pioneered it. By the late 70s, alternative culture wasn’t feared anymore and punk really wasn’t all that scary. Instead, society was embracing punk as the late 70s, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and The Clash had all signed to major labels and the scene that was once underground, rebellious and dreaded became big business. Contrary to popular belief, the very early punk scene—as well as garage rock, which happened in the mid-60s and inspired the punk movement—was pretty diverse. We had the artistic, mellow punks—the “bohemian… leatherbound poetic artists” as author Matt Diehl calls them in his book ‘My So-Called Punk’—like Patti Smith and the band Television; we had the leather-wearing rocker punks like the Ramones; the absolutely mad debauchery of the British punks the Sex Pistols and The Clash; and pretty much everything in between—Blondie; the safety-pinned, ripped T-shirt wearing Richard Hell; The Damned and so on. The one thing all these guys and girls had in common was the desire to rebel and wake up to cause chaos in the dreary civilisation where “sticking it to the Man” and “resisting authority” meant getting loaded and doing nothing. Punks wanted to shock the masses and defy authority in a new way, by causing total anarchy and mayhem everywhere they went. They wanted to create a revolution through music—and they succeeded. heavier subculture was brewing. The songs were louder, faster and more distorted. The vocalists • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 48
After the original wave of punk happened and a mass of people began spiking their hair, ripping their clothes and just generally jumping on the punk bandwagon, the second wave of punk emerged in ’77. By the mid-80s, we had bands like Bad Religion, Social Distortion, NOFX, The Offspring and Green Day inspiring (and confusing) the masses. These groups appeared on the scene and started laying down the groundwork for pop punk.
scene in the 90s. The albums are heavier than our modern day view of pop punk, but they were basically the guidebook for it. Punk in the 90s was not quite as diverse as the early years but still had some variations. Some bands (blink-182, Bowling For Soup, New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, The Ataris etc…) went for the more pop punk route that early groups like the Ramones created in the 70s—even though it wasn’t actually considered its own genre back then. There were also bands like Bikini Kill who had hardcore elements to their music. Rancid, who were embracing British punk and ska. We had the skate punk sounds of MxPx. There was Anti-Flag, Bouncing Souls, the pop punk “emo” blended bands The Get Up Kids and Saves The Day, and the neo-punk/old school blend (and general Brody Dalle badassness) of The Distillers.
Around the time that Dookie and Smash came out both Green Day and the Offspring were signed to major labels. The Offspring left Epitaph—the independent punk label that was a vehicle driving many of the punk bands at the time (and still is today, being home to bands like Pennywise, Letlive. and Sleeping With Sirens)—and joined Columbia Records. With the mainstream success of punk rock, shops like Hot Topic multiplied in the USA and the punk trend began. There were more temporary punks than ever. In 1999, when blink-182’s Enema of the State came out, more and more kids were becoming “punk rock”. They bought their clothes from • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 49
After Enema of the State, New Found Glory found success with their self-titled album (2000), so did Sum 41 with All Killer, No Filler (2001), Jimmy Eat World with Bleed American (2001), Simple Plan with No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls (2001) and Good Charlotte with The Young and the Hopeless (2002). All these albums helped put these bands on the map, in the mainstream and secured pop punk as one of the coolest, trendiest genres to listen to.
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Hot Topic and called everyone “poseurs” – this hasn’t changed very much. Bands like Green Day and blink-182 were (and are still) considered “gateway bands” because they were mainstream enough to get people into punk rock but weren’t heavy like the original wave of punk. In a Rolling Stone interview (2000) Mark Hoppus said, “the biggest compliment of all is a kid saying we opened up his eyes to a new style of music… we’re kind of like Fisher-Price: My First Punk Band.” And for many punk rock fans that was true.
Along with the pop punk posse came the hardcore enthusiasts. Although groups like Big Black, Fugazi, Quicksand, even Nirvana inspired the subgenre of post-hardcore, bands like Thursday, and later Taking Back Sunday and the Used helped set up the exactly have the look associated with punk but managed to develop a more melodious sound to the genre. Like original hardcore punk, post-hardcore featured the same loudness and speed but had a more rock ‘n’ roll sound to it. Instead of the fast, piercing screams of original punk, post-hardcore music used more creative ways to release anger and frustration. Yes, outrageous breakdowns came into play, but so did strained screamed vocals featured alongside regular singing.
By the early 2000s, we had everything from pop punk and emo, to post-hardcore a secret anymore. These genres were as normal and accepted as pop or country. And that pretty much brings us up to date on what’s happening in punk rock in 2015. Although these alternative genres have ducked in and out of the mainstream during the 21st century, current bands like All Tine Low, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day to Remember, Sleeping with Sirens, and even 5 Seconds of Summer have helped keep genres like pop punk and post-hardcore relevant and mainstream. And these genres are only getting more popular as the years go by. •
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Underrated Bands in the scene There are so many solid bands that are placed aside and forgotten about, but here at Understatement, we like to remind you just how good these lost bands truly are...
Who are they: The Startling Line, a pop punk band from Churchville, Pennsylvania. Formed in: 1999 Why you should check them out: They are classic pop punk. They highlight all the things that made 90s pop punk great. They are fun, chaotic, angsty and obviously not the cool kids. They are everything a pop punk band should be—and ‘The Best of Me’ & ‘Bedroom Talk’ are just two of the greatest pop punk songs ever. Songs to listen to: ‘The Best of Me’, ‘Bedroom Talk’, ‘Up & Go’
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Who are they: American Hi-Fi, a pop punk band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in: 1998 Why you should check them out: The band had a major hit with ‘Flavor Of The Week’ – which isn’t even their best song, by the way—and then everyone just forgot about them. Which is stupid, because they are awesome. Lead singer Stacy Jones just has that perfect pop punk voice that makes you feel like your whole life is an American Pie movie—less embarrassment, more of the awesome chillingwith-your-dumb-friends vibe! Songs to listen to: ‘The Break-up Song’, ‘Another Perfect Day’, ‘The Art Of Losing’
Who are they: Finch, a post-hardcore band from Temecula, California. Formed in: 1999 Why you should check them out: A lot of people refer to the band as a “one hit wonder”, because of their massive (and super angsty) ‘Letters To You’, but Finch is just a killer band on so many levels. Their alternative rock, pop punk and even metal together. They are just one alternative music—and they just don’t get the credit they deserve. Songs to listen to: ‘
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"Kids will have fun and offend, they don’t want to and
It’s the end of a blink-182 era, with Tom DeLonge going
pretty much the whole of the 90s and early 2000s.
from the band and Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba being his (potentially permanent) replacement—yeah, we don’t really know what’s going on with that either—we thought we’d make all the Blink lifers pretty sad (*wipes tears*) and reminisce over some of our favourite things from Blink’s history.
4. Blink taking the piss out
1. The Enema of the State album – We love everything Blink has put out, obviously— they’re idiotic legends— but Enema of the State is albums of pop punk
2. ‘What’s My Age Again?’
music video – blink-182 running around the streets of Los Angeles naked is classic blink. There weren’t many times back then when they were clothed.
choice wasn’t their birthday suit, it was khaki shorts- for
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of boy bands in the ‘All The Small Things’ video – Classic.
5. ‘Mutt’ playing in the
background as Jim runs to Kevin’s house in American Pie + Blink’s cameo - They basically lived like they were in an American Pie movie for most of their lives, so it makes sense for them to make an appearance in the
6. Mark’s reaction to Alyssa
“Mom and dad they quite don’t understand it…” - the epitome of pop punk.
10. ‘Always’ music video –
Tom is the obnoxious jerk, Mark is the emotional, whiny dude and Travis is the mysterious, cool guy and they’re all after the same girl (who basically only wants Travis). Hilarious video, great suits.
11. Mark’s purple hair phase. 12. Blink playing naked in
Show’ video where Mark and Tom release the doves – It’s the most majestic moment in all of Blink history.
the Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place – This one is for all those obscure TV show watchers out there. Blink performed ‘What’s My Age Again?’ naked in a pizza place… in front of Ryan Reynolds. How very normal.
8. Tom DeLonge’s lip piercing
13. The “Mexican Pirate”
Milano in the ‘Josie’ video.
7. The scene in ‘The Rock
– So pop punk.
comment in ‘Fuck A Dog’.
9. ‘Give Me One Good
14. Tom and Mark’s blonde
Reason’ from the Take Off Your Pants and Jacket album - We just really need to place a spotlight
hair phase – Can the real Slim Shady please stand up?
Mark, Tom, Scott Mark, Tom, Travis Mark, Travis, Matt?
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Rock ‘n' roll movie Characters
1. Jay (aka 1/2 of Jay and Silent Bob) Movies: Clerks 1 & 2, Mallrats, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back When Jay isn’t dancing outside of Quick Stop, wreaking havoc at the mall, or moshing outside of Mooby’s, he’s verbally and physically assaulting drink cans, listening to his “demonic” music and hanging out with lead singers of Russian metal bands. 2/3. Wayne Campbell & Garth Algar Movies: Wayne’s World 1 & 2 Wayne and Garth are pretty much a packaged deal. They have their TV show (Wayne’s World), they “are not worthy” of bands like Aerosmith, Van Halen and Alice Cooper, play instruments (kinda), and even put on their own festival (Waynestock). Party on Wayne and Garth! 4. Scott Pilgrim Movie: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World “We’re sex bob-omb, and we are here to make you think about death and get sad and stuff.” rock as loud as humanly possible. 5/6. Bill S. Preston Esquire & Ted Theodore Logan Movies: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 56
Fictional Bands we wish were real
Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey These cool guys are in Wyld Stallyns, the greatest rock band ever. They most excellently hang out with death, listen to some badass music and air guitar on cue! Most triumphant! 7. Juno MacGuff Movie: Juno Juno, the witty, fast-talking pregnant teen, is obsessed with rock music. She loves the Stooges, Patti Smith, the Punk: volume number one album, and just makes everyone else seem like a total nerd. 8. Wednesday Addams Movie: The Addams Family Wednesday is a badass macabre-loving goth, so we just assume that she listens to something totally cool like hardcore, or maybe black metal or something. 9. Penny Lane Movie: Almost Famous “She was more rock than the band, and that was always the point.” – Cameron Crowe in Pamela Des Barres’ 2007 book. Miss Penny Lane is the ultimate rock goddess. She tours the US following rock music (and musicians). She’s a total badass.
1. Wyld Stallyns (Bill and Ted): Bill and Ted’s most bodacious musical group that not only rocks but saves the world… literally. We wish we could air guitar along to their most excellent jams.
6. California Dreams (California Dreams): These surfer dudes with attitude went through some major lineup changes, but
2. Mission Control… or whatever they decided to name themselves (Freaks and Geeks): Although they were a cover band, and couldn’t actually play their instruments (at all), we’d love to see Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel jamming to ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’.
3. The Exits (Boy Meets World): If Cory and Shawn could actually play their instruments, we’re pretty sure they’d be one hell of a band. Especially since Shawn Hunter has that whole grunge look going for him. 4. Hot Sundaes (Saved By The Bell): They would be the coolest girl group of all time. Remember when they sang ‘I’m so 5. Mystik Spiral (Daria): Jane’s older brother Trent was literally the coolest, most chill dude ever. Despite the questionable band name, Mystik Spiral was a rad and rocking alternative-grunge band.
despite it. These dudes/dudettes would
7. Zack Attack (Saved By The Bell): FRIENDS FOREVER = jam. Zack Attack was the coolest band around. Their mockumentary made everyone want to go to a Zack Attack show, or at least buy their CD. We wish they were making music for us 90s kids. 8. Stillwater (Almost Famous): Although they had major issues, fought non-stop and hated each other at times, we loved Stillwater! And we all wanted to sing along to ‘Tiny Dancer’ with them. 9. Barry Jive And The Uptown Five/ Kathleen Turner Overdrive/Sonic Death Monkey (High Fidelity) – Anything that Jack Black is a part of is epic, so Barry Jive And The Uptown Five wouldn’t be any different. By day, Barry is a pretentious and extremely rude clerk at Championship Vinyl, but by night, he’s a well-dressed rockstar belting out ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye. • Understatement • @Undrstatement • 57
reviews Sleeping With Sirens - Madness There’re not many alternative music fans who don’t know the band Sleeping With Sirens. They’re loved by many, hated by some, but talked about by most. The post-hardcore 5-piece, whose signature sound features the high-pitched melodic bellow of vocalist Kellin Quinn, have gained quite a lot of momentum in the last few years, and it looks like they’re not stopping anytime soon. Madness is an extremely varied album; from the American-Pieinspired pop punk track ‘Go Go Go’, to the pop-acoustic underdog anthem ‘The Strays’, to the punchy pop rock ballad ‘Fly’—which is pretty much what you get when you mix all 3 Sleeping With Sirens albums together. Very cool. Easy-going rock track ‘Don’t Say Anything’ experiments with soft and loud dynamics, whilst electro-pop-rock infused ‘Left Alone’ just sounds nothing like anything SWS have done before—the only give away is Kellin’s signature soft tenor. Although there is a lot of pop rock on this album, SWS have balanced it out nicely with heavier tracks like ‘Kick Me’ and ‘We Like It Loud’. In the former Kellin trades in his smooth vocals for a more strained scream. Both songs feature a chaotic, punk-ridden melody resembling that of their old sound—with some extra-added pop elements. ‘Kick Me’ with post-hardcore just yet. Madness highlights the fact that Sleeping With Sirens are branching out, mixing it up and really showcases just how multifaceted SWS are. Out now via Epitaph Records. Our favourite tracks: ‘Kick Me’, ‘Heroine’, ‘Left Alone’
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All Time Low - Future Hearts
Milestones - Equal Measures
Baltimore quartet All Time Low are back with their sixth studio album Future Hearts. The pop punkers, who are known for their cheeky lyrics and catchy, infectious melodies, are well on
As It Is - Never Happy, Ever After
ever UK number one. Opening track ‘Satellite’ has a slow and steady beat, almost mimicking that of march. There’s also a certain element of rawness to the song as vocalist Alex Gaskarth swaps out his usual soft, smooth vocal for more of a strained bellow. Don’t worry, the album does include classic All Time Low upbeat party tracks like ‘Don’t You Go’, and previously released ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and ‘Kids In The Dark’. Track ‘Tidal Waves’, which features pop punk legend Mark Hoppus, really stands out and provides the album with the emotional ballad that All Time Low always deliver. The song isn’t as stripped back as previous heartrending songs ‘Therapy’ and ‘Remembering Sunday’, however, has a similar vibe—and a lasting emotional effect. The addition of Mark’s vocals really helps complement the song and makes it sound quite epic and all consuming. Upbeat ‘Bail Me Out’ sounds very much like an All Time Low song combined with a 90s Good Charlotte track, which is appropriate considering the song’s additional vocals come from Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden. The clap-a-long melody makes it the catchiest song on the album, and after one play has you moving, grooving and singing along. All Time Low never fails to keep their releases fresh and exciting. Future Hearts is a varied album full of captivating and fun pop punk tracks. But hey, this is All Time Low so we really didn’t expect anything less. Out now via Hopeless Records. Our favourite tracks: ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, ‘Tidal Waves’ and ‘Bail Me Out’
Young pop rockers Milestones are still rather inexperienced in the world of music, this can’t tell. They’ve already found their sound First track ‘More To Me’ is your classic catchy pop punk song featuring a bouncy, upbeat melody and soft vocals from singer Matt Clarke. Slower ballad-type track ‘Nothing Left’ also features those punchy pop-punk elements. Title track ‘Equal Measures’ and ‘Sleepless Nights Are Put To Bed’ both feature a lot of alternative rock elements to them, giving the EP a good amount of variety—there’s even an acoustic song, ‘Counterweight’.
hell of a pop punk album. The catchy tune of ‘Cheap Shots & Setbacks’ and previously released ‘Dial Tones’ have you singing and dancing along after just one listen. Patty Walter’s soft vocals in ‘Sorry’ and ‘Turn Back To Me’ smoothly switch between an English accent and an American twang. Backup singer and guitarist Ben Biss’ rougher vocals compliment the energetic pop punk melodies and gives them a slight edge. As It Is are quickly becoming a household name in pop punk, and with this album, we
bands to watch with this EP and we can’t wait to see what they do next. Out now. Our favourite tracks: ‘More To Me’, ‘Nothing Left’, ‘Counterweight’
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Pop punk Brits As It Is have seriously become a big deal in the last couple of years. Forming in 2012, the band has released 4 EPs, signed to Fearless Records
Out now via Fearless Records. Our favourite tracks: ‘Cheap Shots & Setbacks’, ‘Dial Tones’, ‘Speak Soft’
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/2015) 3 0 / 0 2 ( a n e r A y le b m All Time Low - We Straight out of the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, All Time Low have been embracing the idiotic, and inappropriate, since 2003. The troupe, who began playing blink-182 covers in high school, are now a household name in pop punk, and this (extremely busy) sold out Wembley show emphasises just how loved this quartet are. But before All Time Low hit the stage, Illinois rockers Real Friends are up. The band, who is known for their signature emo-alt-pop-punk infused sound, takes the stage and do a good job of warming up the anxious crowd. With vocalist Dan Lambton’s smooth belted vocals comes a uniqueness that is lacking in most of the other bands in the scene.
Throughout the night, the sea of people, who have now just become one big lump, is swaying sideto-side, front to back and crushing a few hundred people in the process. The band’s set is slightly longer than usual as they play all their classic All Time Low tracks, with the added ‘Six Feet Under the Stars’, ‘Outlines’, ‘Forget About It’ and young All Time Low’s Put Up Or Shut Up EP track ‘Jasey Rae’. They also play newest singles ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and ‘Kids in the Dark’ from their new album Future Hearts. During their set Alex Gaskarth (rather unsmoothly) takes to the tiny stage located within the gates of the sound desk—while being swarmed by hundreds of fans—to sing the emotional ‘Therapy’ and beautiful ‘Remembering Sunday’—with the help of pal Cassadee Pope. The night features major pyrotechnics, a cameo from pal Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six (whom they apparently told not to come), a guy in a hot dog suit dancing on stage to Time Bomb, Jack Barakat offering people prostate exams in the bathroom, and inviting 13,000 people (give or take) to his hotel room for an after party. The night ends with ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ and a naked Jack dancing to Uptown Funk and jumping into Zack Merrick’s arms. Yep, just another All Time Low concert.
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Next up is Welsh crew Neck Deep. Playing tracks like ‘Crushing Grief (No Remedy)’ and ‘A Part Of Me’, the quintet manages to get the crowd stomping, jumping and even moshing to their infectious pop punk melodies.
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Three-piece rockers PVRIS have gained quite the glowing reputation with their debut album White Noise. The band has certainly become a favourite in the alt-rock scene, and because of this we know that breathing room in the
capacity) with an anxious crowd. But before UK headliner, Brit rockers Twin Wild are up. The indie pop rock four-piece gets on stage and immediately grabs the attention of the crowd. They play a solid set and manage to get all members of the audience swaying side-to-side and nodding their heads to their catchy melodies.
After a short wait, PVRIS takes the stage, and after experiencing some major technical band plays White Noise in its entirety, with vocalist Lynn Gunn claiming “we don’t know any other songs”. Although the band has quite a few slow tracks, the crowd doesn’t seem to care and are just as hyped as ever—and jumping as high as humanly possible. everywhere and the room is literally shaking. Lynn Gunn’s beautiful vocals vibrate through the room as she sings ‘St Patrick’ and ‘My House’. The crowd is jumping along and singing just as
Next up is pop-punk band Light You Up, who get a huge crowd reaction. The pop punkers play your typical energetic set, with lead singer Tom Napier doing some extra jumping on stage. The vocalist even gets into the crowd to party with the audience, and everyone is warmed up and having a good time.
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m u r o F e h T il e V e h T rce ie P X s n e ir S h it W g in p Slee (11/04/2015) The huge cue outside the Forum making its way down many roads, and confusing regular non-concertgoers, can only mean one thing… there’s a Sleeping With Sirens/Pierce The Veil show tonight. SWS and PTV are two of the most popular and beloved bands in the post-hardcore scene. Both bands signature style includes the remarkable tenor of their vocalists. Man, they can sure wail with the best of ‘em. Tonight Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil are playing their second sold out London date on their co-headlining World Tour. Let’s do it. The colourful haired, merch-wearing masses begin to enter the venue, and the Forum looks much smaller than usual. With no time to be excited—or even put your coat away—nu-metal rockers Issues are up. The 5-piece, who have been a fan favourite good form. Playing tracks like ‘Stingray massive summer anthem ‘Hooligans’, the band effortlessly gets the anxious crowd moving— the same crowd who is treating the venue
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R&B vocals reverberate through the venue and produce a lasting effect in the hyped crowd.
believable; Sleeping With Sirens is one hell of a band and puts on one hell of a show. We don’t see that changing anytime soon.
A ‘Kick Me’ banner has been hanging up on stage throughout Issues’ set, so we know that next up is the band with the slightly higher vocals, Sleeping With Sirens.
After a short wait and what can only be explained as a shadow puppet show—sadly there were no rabbits—the curtain falls and the silhouettes turn into the band that is deemed “mexicore”, Pierce The Veil.
The band takes the stage and gets straight into it with the heavy, head spinning ‘Kick Me’. They have a rather unusual set tonight, adding tracks like ‘Roger Rabbit’ and their ‘Iris’ cover into the mix. Nevertheless, the crowd eats it up, and belts out ‘Iris’ like their lives depend on it. The band also mix a couple of their beloved, older tracks into the setlist, after all, it wouldn’t be a SWS show without ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’ and ‘If You Can’t Hang’ – these get the biggest crowd reaction, obviously. Newer track ‘Go Go Go’ also goes down quite well and, like most of their set, features some major pyrotechnics. Kellin Quinn’s vocals are so unique and high—seriously, how does he do it? —that even after hearing them in person, you’re still unable to believe that anyone has
The crowd screams as the intro to ‘May These Noises Startle You in Your Sleep Tonight’ begins, and this is just the start of the madness (no SWS pun intended). The band’s set is chaotic with fast tracks like ‘Hell Above’, ‘Bulls in the Bronx’ and ‘A March Into Water’ and not one person is standing still—other than the parents accompanying their kids, and heck, even some of them were moving. The band also adds some slower songs into their setlist like ‘Hold On Till May’ and ‘Props and Mayhem’.
During the set, vocalist/guitarist Vic Fuentes trades in his electric guitar for an acoustic one and beautifully plays ‘I’m Low On Gas and You Need A Jacket’. PTV end their set with ‘King For A Day’ and pal Kellin Quinn comes out on stage to sing his parts, and set the room on band is. The night features shadow puppets, a PTV onstage mosh pit—no, seriously. Crewmembers even came on stage— pyrotechnics, confetti, and a whole lot of commotion, but we wouldn’t expect anything less from Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil.
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