Posts Tagged ‘Headbanging’


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Need a tune to crack your windshield? Juliet’s Vice have got their hammers ready.

What can I say? We’re all entitled to kick back with some headbang-heavy ballads. Even if only once in a while. So when you’re flipping through your records, on the hunt for the soundtrack of junkie superstars, take Juliet’s Vice for a spin.

They’ve got that rock n’ roll sleaze well-ripped, a glam grunge which only furthers their musical aggression. You want light shows and naughty notes? A time-swipe back to the eighties? Done, done and done.

If their songs were made of flesh, they’d wear heavy eyeliner and tight leather pants, kicking beer cans off the curb. A force to be reckoned with, to be sure.

These guys are dying to rock. I swear they’d come back as rotting zombies just to finish a show.


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Conor Oberst has always given voice to the unspoken. In Bright Eyes he dissected all sorts of angst, teeming with sensitivity. Now in Desaparecidos, his post-punk project, he’s tackling corporate corruption and saluting the unseen- namely Anonymous and the Occupy Movement.

I’m sorry I hadn’t stumbled on this sooner. Desaparecidos has a great recipe of emo and grunge, iced over with up-tempo poppy-punk. It’s true that they’ve been silent for a while, but now they’ve got not one, but two singles hot off the mixing board.

These songs are nothing short of rousing. They captivate and motivate, bubbling with social awareness. The Left is Right is a soundtrack to the revolution, while Anonymous acts as an angry love letter to the internet group of the same name. All in all, this musical duo-drop is innovative, resistant, and engaged.

You can pop on over to the aficionado zine of rock, Rolling Stone, to bathe in the melodies. Trust me, it’s worth an extra click.

Nice to know Conor’s genius isn’t going to waste!


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

A Primitive Evolution are something to get excited about. When I first jacked in, I was startled not only by the maturity in their sound, but in the way it was so keen to resonate. Their music is easily met, easily embraced, and impossible to let go.

Children of both rock and the blues, this group adds unprecedented soul to what would otherwise dust as radio rock. Their h-core ‘tude is rocked into sedation by a more gothic undertone, leaving you manic and mysterious.

These Toronto darlings aren’t just in it for ignorant kicks. Rather, they take a cerebral front to their mission. So says Bret, their lead vocalist/guitarist: “Creation is evolution. That’s what I figure we’re trying to say with A Primitive Evolution. …We are very much at the beginning of the evolution of mankind. We have a long way to go as a species. We want our band to reflect that too, going off of what we feel, doing it out of instinct and evolving naturally; having some fun existing on this planet.”

Have fun? Their latest album The Prize will help you do just that. This record’s a thunderstorm and no mistake. The members themselves are pleased with its turnout too. Stephany (their house bassist/back-up vocalist/cello player) calls it: “the epitome of pure enjoyment of music”.

I can’t quite put my finger on why I like them so much. They’re like Queens of the Stone Age, but better. Couple that with intense, eye-popping music vids, and they’re nothing short of visionary. Take the visual masterpiece aka music video for Lord of Reason. With elements of urban horror, magical realism and satire, it’s a trip not to be messed with.

So as far as A Primitive Evolution’s concerned, what’s the bottom line? Stu (the percussion master) ties it up nicely: “Get ‘em hot and bothered. They should be excited about (the) music; surprised. As a musician, that’s the greatest reward.”

I like the way these guys think.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: For those who don’t know Toothgrinder, what’s the backstory?

JUSTIN MATTHEWS of TOOTHGRINDER: Everyone in the band has pretty much known each other for most our middle and high school careers. We have all played in other bands at one time, and coincidentally, all of our previous bands have played shows together. When everyone went off to college and our high school bands had broken up, Wills, Jason and Milky were still jamming on and off. One summer after my first year of college, Milky asked me to jam with them. I was a little hesitant at first, considering I thought my music career was over and I didn’t want to get involved in something that wouldn’t last. We had a couple jam sessions in Wills’ parent’s back room and realized we could make this work. We then picked up Matt as a bass player; we knew he had a background in jazz composition which helped evolve our eclectic style. I ended up going back to school as well as everyone else. Considering all of us were attending school full time, it was extremely hard to practice and play shows. Up until this year, we were only able to play during the summer and short winter breaks. I was going to school in North Carolina and remember about ten different occasions where I was driving a total of 20 hours to play one show. Though it was stressful, it made me more emotionally committed to the band and solidified my passion for it. Now that we have all graduated, I feel this is the first year we can call ourselves a real band. Up until now it has felt more like jam sessions and random shows. Fortunately, it is now more exciting than ever.

MC: Was the lineup always the same?

TG: Yes, the lineup has always been the same. I feel I can speak for everybody by saying the band would probably end if one of us split from the group. Each and every member of the band is irreplaceable. This goes beyond talent and creativity, we are pretty much family. I have spent more time with these guys than I have with a lot of close people in my life. It is something hard to understand unless you are in that particular situation.

MC: Where was your first show?

TG: Our first show was at a place called “Good Times”. Let’s just say it was very anti-climactic. This band started off extremely different than other bands I have been in. We pretty much began playing shows with absolutely no buzz and no one knowing who the hell we were or that we even started a band. We were the anti-facebook, anti-myspace band, with a more grassroots style.

That has clearly changed.

MC: What are your thoughts on the metal scene in New Jersey? Is there much of one?

TG: Yes and no. Yes, there is a metal scene with some great bands and great musicians, and no, in the sense that I feel the local fan base is not what it used to be. I remember chewing my nails to the bone just trying to find some sort of live video online, and now they are everywhere. I feel technology has a little to do with why so many kids do not go to local shows on the weekends anymore. I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Though, I am extremely grateful there still is a metal scene, because for a while I thought it was going to completely die out.

MC: Who are some of your musical influences as a band?

TG: I cannot speak for everyone on this topic since we all have very different tastes in music. As a vocalist, I am greatly influenced by Mike Patton, Daryl Palumbo, Phil Anselmo, Phillip Lebonte, Greg Puciato, Chris Conley, Geoff Rickly and Maynard James Keenan, to name a few.

MC: What is on Toothgrinder’s iPod right now? Digging any new bands?

My iPod is ridiculous. I have been listening to a lot of nostalgic throwbacks lately. Some bands include Glassjaw, The Bouncing Souls, Shai Hulud, Pantera, Gin Blossoms, Pink Floyd and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. As far as “new” music goes, I am really digging this dude Wills introduced me to. His name is Charles Bradley. He has this James Brown style that I tend to like a lot.

MC: You guys just released a new record, however, it’s only three songs long. Explain!

TG: We have all decided that as an unsigned band it is better to release little bits of music more frequently, rather than an album with 60 minutes of music on it once every two years. We feel it gives people the chance to listen to everything we have to offer rather than skipping through an entire album until they find their favorite song… Technically, the album we just released is one song, but we split it up into three parts so people can skip rather than fast forward to a part they want to hear. It really is just our preference. We tend to do things our way, and we hope people appreciate that.

MC: Where can fans go to learn more about you?

TG: As cliché as it sounds, our facebook page and live shows. Personally, I feel our fans will not learn what we are about until they see us live. That is where the magic happens.

MC: What is your proudest moment in your career thus far?

TG: Honestly, I do not have a “proudest moment”. I am just so happy and thankful that I have come to a point in my life where I am involved in a musical project that is putting out quality music that people like to listen to. The fact that people listen to something we write, and enjoy it, blows my mind. It really does.

MC: What’s next for Toothgrinder? Tour? Studio again?

TG: All we want to do at this point is get on the road and keep putting out music. We are all at the crossroads where we want to quit our day jobs, say goodbye to our families and be gone for nine months. That is our dream and we are doing all we can to make it happen. Right now we are putting together a “do it yourself” tour for late spring. It is extremely hard, but I have the confidence that we will get it done. New music will be out in the next three months as well. Until then, we just got to keep on keepin’ on.


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’ll do my best not to gush. It’s just… Rancid was a landmark group for me. …And Out Come the Wolves was one of my first proper punk albums (right next to Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols). Songs like Daly City Train and David Courtney still boil my blood with nostalgia. They’ve got a rev in their rocket that made undeniable ripples on the alt. seascape. And Tim Armstrong’s voice is always set to make me melt.

…I just channelled fan-girl. Geez.

Even if they’re not your favourite, you must concede that they helped revive street punk in the ‘90’s. Not only did they blow dust off the underground, but they dared to bring it to mainstream attention. Amazingly, they did so without sacrificing their essence or honesty.

People have, however, been pining for new releases. Almost each core member has pursued side-projects through the years, and prolonged silences have popped up here and there. Their last album Let the Dominos Fall was released in 2009, and there’s been little mention of upcoming projects since.

But hope prevails! They’ve just released a single.

A red-hot, pure punk, NSFW single.

My heart’s pumped full of happy. Fuck You goes back to their radical roots (see what I did there…?), never sacrificing tone for tension. It removes previous ska influence and replaces it with hard-boiled chorus-lines.

The song was enough to add sizzle in my step, but the fact that it’s a free download rocked me into overdrive. That’s want you want to see from punk veterans: legitimacy.

I ended up gushing, didn’t I? Oh well.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Time to stuff yo face! With a loud ass piece of rock & roll pie!

That’s right, kids. Because multi-platinum rock band Buckcherry have released a lyric video for Gluttony, the lead single from the band’s upcoming album, Confessions (set to drop February 19th on Century Media Records).

The band just wrapped a string of UK dates, and will headline North American shows in late December and January before joining Kid Rock as special guests on the upcoming Rebel Soul Tour, beginning February 2nd in Kansas City, MO. In addition, Buckcherry will co-headline Fremont Street Experience’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas December 31.

(For those of you who can’t make it, there’s always PartyBingo.Com!)

While on tour, Buckcherry will preview new songs from Confessions, the band’s sixth studio album and first U.S. release for Century Media Records. Confessions merges punk grit, gutter attitude, honest storytelling, and razor sharp hooks. The lyrics are tied together by the underlying theme of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Buckcherry continues to resonate because they’re so unabashedly honest in their recordings and on stage. “It’s a real rock ‘n’ roll band,” says Nelson. “You get 100 percent of what we are and what we’re about. We don’t apologize for it.”

Hell yeah!

Buckcherry–Josh Todd (vocals), Keith Nelson (guitar), Stevie D. (guitar), Jimmy Ashhurst (bass), Xavier Muriel (drums)–are one of the premier rock bands of the new millennium, having sold more than three million records in America alone and touring virtually non-stop, playing with everyone from AC/DC to Avenged Sevenfold, touring sold-out arenas with rock legends KISS, and headlining festivals ranging from the punk rock Ink-N-Iron (also featuring the Misfits and Pennywise) to Sturgis. Radio staples Lit Up, Crazy Bitch and Sorry have cemented the band as one of the most identifiable and sought-after bands on the radio and the live circuits, and Confessions is primed to take the band to even greater heights.

Official lyric video for Gluttony down there, y’all!


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Los Angeles-based rock band Beta Wolf has released a video for their single Domino, and I’m diggin’ it! Taken from their latest EP, Just Before Morning, the clip keeps it simple yet effective, taking footage from the band’s performance from Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT while on tour with genre heavyweights Daughtry.

Beta Wolf released Just Before Morning earlier this summer while submerged in the middle of a 3-week tour with Daughtry. Recorded in Bob Clearmountain’s Berkeley Street studio in Santa Monica, the band enlisted producer Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Eighteen Visions) to create a memorable piece of rock.

Be the cool kid. Purchase the boys’ EP before their name gets plastered everywhere. Cuz let’s face it, it’s bound to happen.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

If I can somehow manage to sneak into The Sundance Film Festival, I will keep you guys up to date, just in case you may need to post my bail. Reason being, I just found out that Dave Grohl will be making his directorial debut at the festival with his new feature documentary film, Sound City.

The film is about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California. As I have seen in my twenty-six years of life, Grohl can literally do no wrong, so I am excited to see what he can do on this side of the arts. Dave perceived the idea for Sound City after he purchased the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. He also became connected with the studio, as well as introduced to it, while recording that famous little album with Nirvana, Nevermind, back in the stone age of 1990.

While we all anticipate the greatness that Grohl is about to unleash on the world, let us all bask in his glory with some tunes. After the official Sound City trailer, of course.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Punk music is just something that always makes me weak in the knees, yet few bands in particular really stand out in the genre. That being said, one of them goes by the name of Sum 41.

On Sunday night, I celebrated 10 years of amazing music with their album Does This Look Infected, to a line around the infamous Stone Pony in Asbury Park. As we all know, the Jersey Shore has been devastated due to Hurricane Sandy, and some good music is just what we needed. Little did I know that I was in for one of the most epic nights, ever.

The night kicked off with some local openers including NJ rockers Set It Free, along with a two-piece called I Am Dynamite. As the night progressed, the venue got more and more crowded. I could only imagine how hyper the pit was going to be when Deryck and the boys hit the stage, for the crowd was getting warmed up with some Beastie Boys and Kiss blaring through the house system. 10:15 rolls around, and Sum 41 finally take the stage, kicking the night off with a bang with Hell Song, as hundreds of fans start to mosh, crowd surfing and fist pumping in full affect.

It had been quite some time since I had seen Sum 41 in concert, and I was amazed to see how tight they were. They literally sounded exactly like they do on their records, and their sound had aged incredibly. Maybe it was because I was so young the last time I saw them, but I really appreciated it more this time around.

Deryck’s vocals were extremely on point, Cone and Steve did their thing as always, and Steve-O mastered the drums like a king. Their energy was just indescribable. They continued to soar through hits on Does This Looked Infected, including Still Waiting, which turned the energy in a whole new direction. You could feel the room shake on this one, while Deryck and Cone stood high above the crowd on speakers, bringing five lucky fans on stage to watch the entire concert from an extremely intimate view.

As the night went on, the boys took on some partial covers, including We Will Rock You and even a little Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. Of course, their biggest hits were thrown in the mix as well, including In Too Deep and Fat Lip.

All in all, it took one show to make me realize how much this band truly rules. They deserve to have been in the business for 10 years, and I hope this anniversary tour embeds that in people’s brains. If you’re lucky enough to have this tour wreck your town, do yourself a favor and get tickets as soon as you can. It’s honestly one of the best shows I have been to in quite some time.

Long live the punk revival that is Sum 41!


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Test your trivia! What band won “Best International Rock Act” at the LA Music Awards?

Hint: they’re Australian.

Double hint: they’re super duper talented.

Give up? It’s Monks of Mellonwah, and they’re a group worth knowing. They have a depth I can’t quite put my finger on; their charm is as decisive as it is elusive.

Such a ghostly allure is totally apparent in Neurogenesis, an EP that’s still hot from the studio. Thus far it’s been getting excellent reviews and I’m hardly surprised. This wee EP packs a punch, with four songs saturated in world-wide appeal. At the same time they dare to unsettle, drawing you in like a finely-tuned trance. The title track pulls you in, as if waking up in the middle of a dream. Neverending Spirit then showers you with a slow-going epiphany, only to have Kyoto attack you with solidity. The last piece You Shine rounds it all out, casting the credit roll on this brief but multi-layered experience.

Kyoto was the track elected as my personal favourite. It has a great underground grab and the string-plucking borders on hypnotizing.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for new talent.

With tours and a full-length album debut on the way, I don’t doubt they’re due for a spotlight. That, or they’ll keep making ripples in the darkness.


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

What do you get when you combine the raw power of the Stooges with a modern grip and a long roll in the mud? Vulture Kult, that’s what.

(Ha! “Raw power”. Iggy Pop. I crack myself up.)

I am so happy to feature another Canadian-borne talent. This duo is juicy punk seared off the edge of rock.

Yes, the distortion in the amps and weight to the rhythm is more h-core than I usually endorse, but these guys make the extra bulk work to their advantage. They fall forward on your face, dragging picks across your cheeks and poking your eyes with free drumsticks. In that way they’re rock marinated in grunge- it’s all messy, screaming of greasy hair and exposed secrets. You can feel the sweaty grime recorded with the music. Even if they make the beats slosh about, every stain is intentional.

Don’t Let Rock n’ Roll Ruin Your Life (their second album, plucked out this year) is waiting to get stuck in your head. Anyone who ventures on the alt side of genres will likely appreciate this compilation. It reeks of classic underground influence without sacrificing the contemporary.

Get ready to pogo. (Or headbang. You choose.)


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: BTB fans, please allow me to introduce you to Lincoln Parish of Cage the Elephant.

So we haven’t heard new music from Cage the Elephant in a while, so let’s cut right to the chase! When are you guys going to brace the world with another smash record?

LINCOLN PARISH: [Laughs] Well I promise we will in the fairly near future. We had been on the road solid for almost three years touring the second record, and we all felt we needed some time to go home and do some normal things again, like taking out the trash, and that kind of stuff, so we got off the road and just took it easy for a couple of months. We’ve been writing now for almost two and a half months, and we should be going into the studio within the next month… So we apologize for the delay, but we’ll be just that much stronger when we get back. Hopefully we’ll have some new stuff out to your ears this coming spring. 

MC: Now, I really noticed the growth in the band from the self-titled record in 2009 to Thank You, Happy Birthday in 2011. Both records are completely different styles, in the best way possible. I’m not going to ask you to describe your sound, but can you explain what direction you guys are headed in with the new music?

LP: Sometimes it can be hard to tell ourselves if we are taking a certain direction with our music. I guess the music that you listen to rubs off on you, and a lot of times heavily influences what you write. Everyone in our band has their own taste, and although we do share many of the same, every individual brings in their own thing, and I would say that’s probably the biggest part of Cage’s sound right now.

MC: Some bands become sort of complacent, where a lot of their material sounds the same. Do you personally feel it’s important as a band to keep your sound evolving?

LP: YES, YES, YES. We have always said from day one that we never want to make the same album twice; I guess we have the world to witness our attempts at doing it. [Laughs]

MC: I recently interviewed Micah from Iration about the new single you guys did together, Porcupine. He spoke very highly of you by the way. Do you have any other side projects up your sleeve in the near future?

LP: That’s awesome; I love those guys. No side projects for me, but I do love working with other bands on the producing side of things, and it’s cool to watch how all these other bands work and operate, and their songwriting approach. It definitely rubs off on everyone in the process.  

MC: Cage the Elephant goes on the road a lot, and when you’re not, you’re in the studio, or starring in live DVDs! What would you be doing right now if you weren’t in Cage?

LP: You know, I don’t really know. I dropped out of high school when I was 15 to join the band, so I’m not really sure at all, but I definitely would be doing something in music I feel like. It’s always been my best friend and had my back when I needed it. I couldn’t imagine doing anything outside of music regardless of what avenue that may be.  

MC: You guys are one of those live bands I always tell my friends “you have to see live before you die”. And each time I have seen you live, the set list has been different. How do you go about deciding what songs you are playing each night?

LP: Usually at the beginning of a tour we find a basic order of the songs that we like, and then throughout the tour we will re-arrange or tweak to whatever we feel will move the show the best. Then sometimes we like to just mix it up an occasional night or two if we’re feeling saucy. [Laughs]  

MC: You guys have been together for a while now, and it always seems like you’re having a good time and really enjoying each other’s company, which is sometimes uncommon to see. How do you think that factors into your success?

LP: We have never been shy to call each other out, and it’s about as simple as that really. We all like to keep each other in check; this band is a family, family argues at times, but love each other no matter what.  

MC: Who is your favorite band at the moment?

LP: Hmm, there are a couple… but that would be Electric Guest, a band from Nashville called Bad Cop, and another band from Nashville called Western Medicine with a very Cure-esque sound.  

MC: Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some advice?

LP: Best advice I can give is play as many shows as you can, and never stop. One show is the equivalent of five practices.  

MC: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, Lincoln, and if you need someone to test out the new songs on, I am offering an ear!

LP: Definitely. Thanks for having me, and the band hopes to see you all soon.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

BTB favorites, Papa Roach, are back in full force with a brand spankin’ new record, The Connection. They have returned to tear things up, unleashing a new album which invokes a vicious, vivacious intensity that is raw, relevant and ready to rock. With hit after hit, and no pun intended, they are Still Swingin.

This is a band that in my opinion has always evolved for the better with each album. While always trying something new, they are still fully aware of what works for them and how to make a smash. Every time they pick up their instruments and record a track, or perform a show, they are out for a rock war. I am a huge fan of their early work, including Infest, and was a huge fan of Metamorphosis, along with every other one of their CD’s, and I almost feel this record combines all of the essentials from their discography. It’s completely kick-ass from start to finish.

Jacoby had us all nervous this year, having to undergo surgery for his vocal chords, but he is back, and clearly better than ever. You can feel every emotion and pain throughout the lyrics he sings.

I am not writing this to review each track, or the album as a whole, but simply because of my pure, endless love for the sound of Papa Roach. No matter how young or old I was, their lyrics have always spoken to me, and still do. This record shows that this band has no signs of slowing down. I highly recommend picking up the Deluxe Edition, for two of the bonus tracks are some of the best on the album.

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By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Just got in from seeing Fiona Apple, live from Terminal 5 here in New York City. To say the show was intense would be an understatement. Homegirl sang 17 of her best jams (see set list below; don’t sue me, Fiona!) with microscopic pauses in between each track. Seriously, it was impressive. She barely spoke the entire show, and when she did, her voice felt rattled and uneasy, as if she was a young girl unsure of her words.

Obviously, that was not the case. When Fiona’s frail body stepped foot on stage, she f*cking owned it. Every moment she owned- her vocals dilated; her pain piercing like an open wound. Her voice was beyond groundbreaking.

I’ll reserve making judgements that have no bearing on her actual music or talent. All I’ll say is that it was pretty apparent that Fiona was not in the same room that the rest of us were in. Like many brilliant artists, she was floating in a different orb. Whether that was raw intellectual depth, drugs, or a mixture of both, it doesn’t matter. Because in the end, none of us were there to figure out this bold, complicated girl. We were there to appreciate the complexity, the beauty slash brains, and relish in the truth that oozes from her incredible body of work.

It was truly an honor to witness the magic of Fiona in person.

Thank you for an unforgettable show, Miss Apple!

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By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Words cannot describe how much I am infatuated with my New Jersey boys, The Gaslight Anthem. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little Eddie Vedder? When the two join forces, all hell breaks loose.

At least that’s what happened recently, when Eddie joined Gaslight onstage to sing State of Love and Trust with Brian Fallon (frontman) at The Deluna Festival. Having interviewed Brian myself, he emphasized how much he adores Pearl Jam, and you can see the excitement in his face upon this taking place. I can only image what a dream come true this must have been for the boys. I’m thinking a duet album for 2013? Just sayin’!

Indulge and enjoy.

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