Tooth & Nail has made a Halloween video which you can check out below.
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Tooth & Nail has made a Halloween video which you can check out below.
Shiny Toy Guns are streaming the new album, Season of Poison, a week early on their MySpace page. The album is due out next Tuesday November 4th. Take a listen and let us know what you think. Check out the album art below.
Butch Walker will be releasing his new album, Sycamore Meadows, on November 11th. A video for the single “Ships In A Bottle” can be seen below. Check out the album art below as well.
Boys Like Girls will be releasing their new DVD, Read Between The Lines, on November 4th. You can watch a live video of “Thunder” from the DVD over on PureVolume. A pre-order for the DVD is available on the bands website.
Thrice is set to release a double live album and DVD on December 9th. The Album titled Thrice Live at The House of Blues features an entire live concert on two CD’s plus a DVD from a May 28, 2008 show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Also included is exclusive interview footage of the band fielding fan-submitted questions.
The Southern Californian quartet is currently touring with Alkaline Trio, Rise Against and The Gaslight Anthem in support of their critically acclaimed collection, The Alchemy Index Vols. I-IV.
THRICE LIVE AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES track listing (2-CD):
1. The Lion & The Wolf
3. The Messenger
4. Of Dust and Nations
5. Digital Sea
6. Flags of Dawn
7. Burn The Fleet
8. Open Water
9. The Earth Isn’t Humming
10. The Artist in the Ambulance
12. Cold Cash Colder Hearts
13. Broken Lungs
14. The Whaler
15. All That’s Left
17. Come All You Weary
18. Stare at the Sun
20. Don’t Tell and We Won’t Ask
21. Hold Fast Hope
22. For Miles
23. Red Sky
25. The Earth Will Shake
THRICE on tour (w/ Alkaline Trio, Rise Against, Gaslight Anthem)
Oct 13 ““ New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
Oct 14 ““ New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
Oct 15 ““ West Chester, NY @ The Note
Oct 16 ““ Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Oct 17 ““ Philadelphia PA @ The Electric Ballroom
Oct 19 ““ Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
Oct 20 ““ Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Oct 21 ““ Tampa, FL @ Jannus Landing
Oct 22 ““ Pompano Beach, FL @ PB Amphitheatre
Oct 23 ““ Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Oct 25 ““ Little Rock, AR @ LR Culture Shock at Clear Channel Metroplex
Oct 26 ““ Austin, TX @ Austin City Music Hall
Oct 27 ““ Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
Oct 30 ““ San Diego, CA @ The Cox Arena
Oct 31 ““ Hollywood, CA @ The Palladium
Nov 1 ““ Hollywood, CA @ The Palladium
Nov 2 ““ Hollywood, CA @ The Palladium
Nov 4 ““ Las Vegas NV @ House of Blues
Nov 5 ““ Las Vegas NV @ House of Blues
Nov 7 ““ San Jose, CA @ San Jose Events Center
Nov 8 ““ Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
Nov 9 ““ Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird Arena
Nov 11 ““ Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air
Nov 12 ““ Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Nov 13 ““ Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Nov 14 ““ Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
Nov 16 ““ St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov 17 ““ Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
Nov 18 ““ Minneapolis, MN @ The Myth
Nov 20 ““ Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
Nov 21 ““ Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
Nov 22 ““ Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
Nov 23 ““ Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
In a time where cookie-cutter Indie bands are popping up quicker than hives, Young the Giant (formerly known as The Jakes) provide the cure to long lost uniqueness. This young band somehow manages to take all necessary elements of music and spin them into a refreshing new tale through their lyrics and melodies. I was fortunate enough to chat with lead singer, Sameer Gadhia, and ask him a few questions on Young the Giant history and future.
I want to thank Jamie and, of course, Sameer for making this interview happen!
- How did The Jakes form?
S: The Jakes formed as a joke garage band in 2004 with a bunch of really good friends.
- Is there a reason behind the band’s name?
S: Yeah, it was actually just a stupid joke. It’s an acronym for all the members of the band and it ended up working well.
- How did you guys decide that this was the genre of music you wanted to play?
S: We come from Orange County and bands like Saosin had just come onto the scene around 2003, 2004, and post-hardcore was a big deal. We liked the sound but we were kind of looking for something else. We started listening to a lot of The Strokes, essentially, and we actually just started playing a lot of 70′s inspired dance rock, and then we just kind of got influenced later on by some people that had just started to take the stage. It wasn’t really a conscience decision more so as just kind of like a joke thing; we were going to try and play some dance music and we entered in for Battle of the Bands and we won because it was just a different sound, so we just stuck with it.
- Where do you guys draw your inspiration from?
S: We have a wide range of inspiration. A lot of us listen to somewhat different music and in the end it kind of becomes a big mix of things we like, and it becomes a unique mix. For me, The Strokes have been one of the biggest influences ever, even when I was younger. I mean, obviously there are some solid influences recently, but that was the main fueling act for me. Coldplay was also a big deal for me, Radiohead, and the The Beatles also.
- How do you go about writing the music and lyrics?
S: Usually someone will bring a riff or something and will bring it to practice and everyone will work on it usually together; we will all work on sound structures. It’s a pretty meticulous process. During that time, I usually just make up words and when we finish the final song, I actually look at the words I was just making up and most of the time the lyrics I write are based loosely upon the gibberish that I wrote.
- You are living in “a land of opportunities”, and numerous legendary bands have come out of your area. Do you feel any pressure to acquire the fame that they did?
S: Not so pressure as much as motivation. We never really thought that we would get even as close to this and be able to play this much. We were always inspired by the level of musicianship in the local music scene around Los Angeles and Orange County, so there hasn’t been really any pressure, just kind of like an opportunity for us.
- What has been your largest difficulty so far that either you have personally faced or collectively as a band have had to overcome.
S: I think our biggest problem is for the last year and a half we have all been in college, and we all go to school in different places. I actually go to school in Stanford right now, and everyone is off in their own schools. We’re thinking of maybe moving in together sometime soon and taking a break from school and doing this full time. For this last CD, Jake and I would travel down to Southern California every three weeks and we had one weekend where we had a practice in which the guys thought up a couple ideas for some songs, and we did those two songs as fast as possible. We’d play our old stuff and then we’d have a show that night and we’d play some old songs and then we’d try out the new ones that we just made during practice and that was the best way to kind of gauge and see what people liked and what people didn’t like. In the process, we threw away like 20 or 30 songs, so it was a big challenge having to do songwriting in such small spurts.
- Is music your chosen profession or do you have any other career plans?
S: We all really want to finish our college education and we are all going to four year universities. We all have different majors besides music, except for Eric actually; I think he is planning on pursuing jazz guitar, but for all of us we all have separate academic lives and if anything, music at one point might be the thing that we are doing, but we want to have a fall back plan or something else that we aspire to be.
- What do you hope your listeners take away from your music?
S: I hope that they can tease out all the different messages and stuff that we are trying to get across through the music that we play as well as the lyrics that we portray. We like playing somewhat catchy music but we still have a harder message that I hope people take home with them; we don’t really want to shove it down anyone’s throat.
- Do you have a continual message then that runs throughout your lyrics?
S: There’s not so much an overwhelming theme as we try to make everything relevant. We try to take a lot of influence from world music, like Native American Powwow music, South African gospel, and Caribbean music; there has been a lot of stuff we’ve all gotten to listen to and enjoy coming into college. Our theme is that we kind of embrace all the different types of music and diversity that we can and portray it into our sound.
- Are your families pretty supportive of your dreams?
S: Yeah, they are all pretty supportive of it. Honestly, they like the fact that we’re playing music and they know that that’s what we love to do. I think that as long as we’re happy, that’s what matters to them.
- What advice can you give to kids in your similar situation; trying to make a name for themselves in an industry where the majority of new bands are identical sounding?
S: There is a difference between playing music and playing music that you listen to. A big thing that we just discovered recently is that you are a songwriter when you get really serious in writing, and you should just let what you naturally make come out. You shouldn’t be afraid about what other people think or how it works with all the other music that’s coming out right now. You will obviously find influence from other people, but it’s about you doing your own thing in a different way.
- What can we expect to see from Young the Giant in the next few years?
S: Hopefully a lot. We are anticipating a big national tour sometime soon, and possibly working out some deals. We hope to still be around–I think that’s definitely what we aim for.
The Urgency‘s new video for “Fingertips” can be seen below.
After coming off of their world tour, Underoath had every right to be exhausted and dread more interviews. This was not the case, however, and the band willingly lent the down-to-earth Christopher Dudley, keyboardist, to Driven Far Off to answer our questions. Fans from across the country were also able to submit their questions, and Christopher graciously answered a few of them at Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu, HI.
Huge thanks to Chelsi Schriver and Christopher Dudley for setting up this interview!
- How did you guys find eachother and decide to start a band?
C: In a nutshell, we were all friends from being really young. We met each other at different local shows and decided we wanted to get together, but a lot of that was different guys. We’ve gone through a lot of member changes and stuff in the past…quite a few years, but that was about 10 years ago.
- How did the band find the name Underoath?
C: Well, the guy who thought of it was a guy who was never actually on an Underoath record. He was in the band for 8 months right when we first started. I know it came from the Bible somewhere, but no clue where. He’d be the one to ask, but I don’t think anybody knows where he is–he’s off like living in the woods somewhere. He kind of went nuts [laughs].
- How does Lost in the Sound of Separation differ from your previous records?
C: Better, and more fun. The songs are better, so in turn they are more fun to play.
- What is the underlying message of the album?
C: I don’t know if I’d say there is one message per say. A big thing with us is like, Spencer’s lyrics are really personal to him and we try as best as we can to be really honest about what we write about and not try to write a song about something just to write a song about it. Everything that is on our record is something we’ve gone through or something Spencer’s gone through, and I think the main focus of all of that is: look, we are all people and we all go through crappy times, but with us being a Christian band we are all really adamant about being like, look, this sucks, life sucks sometimes, but God is always there and no matter how bad it gets it can always be worse. Like, there is always–a cheesy saying–a light at the end of the tunnel.
- What is the process for writing the music and lyrics?
C: It’s different for every song. Sometimes Tim will come to the table with the guitar part and then be like, “let’s try and do something along this line.” Sometimes Spencer will come and be like, “yeah, I was thinking we should have something that sounds like this,” and just kind of like mouth it. Like today when were sound-checking and we were just riffing around, just all together messing around and stuff, and every song has a different story and a different way it came about. Different songs start with different people in it, but usually by the end of it it ends with all of us in a room like riffing on it trying to make it as good as possible. It usually just ends with all of us jamming.
- Who have been your greatest influences?
C: For us there are a few bands that we all are able to agree on that once we heard that band we knew that we weren’t going to see music the same way again. Radiohead is a really big band for us, At the Drive-In was a band that when all of us heard it we knew things had changed, and Refused. As far as all of us collectively those are probably the only few that we can agree on. It really runs the gamut as far as all of us goes. Aaron listens to Keith Urban, Tim listens to Iron and Wine, James listens to Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, and I listen to Imogen Heap, Guns N’ Roses and Creedence Clearwater.
- Does Solid State control most of your music or–
C: –none. That’s probably the biggest thing why we decided to resign with them, because a lot of major labels give you a lot of money and you get a lot of stuff but at the end of the day they have control over whether they are going to put out what you write or not. There’s a certain band that I talked to who is on a major label and they wrote an entire record and were really really stoked on it, and gave it to their label and their label said, “no, go write another one.” That’s just ridiculous. Solid state has, for a really really long time, been comfortable with saying, “who do you want to record with, where do u want to record, give us the record when you are done.” Most labels, while you are recording, will be like, “send us a song, send us three songs to see where its going,” and with Tooth and Nail we will straight up be like, “no, you’re not getting anything until we are done with it,” and they are fine with that. Which is really important to us because we just really want to focus on doing what we are doing and after everything is done show it to someone.
- For first time listeners of Underoath, what song would you suggest they listen to and why?
C: I’d have to say Returning Empty Handed; it’s a song off of Define the Great Line. There are a lot of songs I would want them to listen to more, but I think that’s the song that encompasses what we do the most. There are a lot better songs but I don’t think there are any better songs to completely sum up what we do.
- What is the story behind Underoath’s documentaries, like Survive, Kaleidoscope?
C: Two years ago we came to our label and were like, “hey, we want to put out an actual documentary,” like we wanted to have a film crew follow our tour, and pretty much document what it’s like on tour. Tour is awesome but a lot of times its not–there are hard times and stuff–and we really wanted to have something that was shot from a 3rd party perspective of the entire tour to show what it’s really like.
- A lot of members have come and gone in the band. Was it difficult to adjust each time someone left?
C: I think it depends on who you are talking about. We haven’t gone through a member change in almost five years now. Some guys were harder than others, some guys came out of the blue and said, “hey, I’m going to be leaving;” others were asked to leave; so with every dude it was a different story. But I think all those things led up to where we are now and I think that’s a really important thing and I think the six of us are supposed to be here. I think every person that left was supposed to leave and we feel really comfortable with that.
- Do you think that being a Christian-based band has been an advantage or disadvantage at all?
C: If you’re talking about in the industry per say, like if it’s helped us sell records or anything, I don’t think so at all. But if your talking about just being a person, being in a band, then you know, we wouldn’t be a band if we weren’t doing it to talk to people about what we believe. So I guess in that aspect it has helped us because we are in a band where we wouldn’t be in a band any other way.
- Do you guys have any side projects going on?
C: Aaron has a side project going on that he’s doing and they are called The Almost, and the rest of us have small things that we are doing here and there. The thing is, like, with Aaron’s side project, he’s got a record out and he plays shows and stuff, and Underoath tours a lot, and when we’re off, like when we get to go home and actually see our wives and see our families, he’s gone on tour again. So it’s one of those things where we all play music but I don’t think any of us at the moment are willing to take it to that next level of recording and putting out a record and playing shows because we take the time that we have to actually be at home. That’s a really crucial thing because we are gone so much, like we will probably be gone nine months this year, so those three months that we actually have at home, I’m going to be sitting on the couch watching TV with my wife. I’m not going to be going into the studio and recording another record. It can be difficult, but it’s one of those things where we know that this is what God has for us and we feel very confident in that, and all of our wives/girlfriends are very supportive of that.
- Although you have had fame for a while, was it strange getting used to the media and coverage of Underoath?
C: I don’t know, we are in a band and we’ve sold records and some people know who we are, but I don’t really see us as being famous. It’s not like I can’t just go to the supermarket or mall and just can’t get away from myself, like I’m not just reading about myself in all these different places. It’s definitely different now than it used to be, because people actually come to our shows, but I don’t see it as this burden that is just horrible. People actually watch us play where before we would go on tour and nobody would be there. Granted you get some weird people and people who are kind of off, but for the most part people are cool and they like to hang out and we like to hang out, so it works out. We’re really thankful and really blessed that people enjoy what we are doing.
From beginning to end, how long do you spend on an average song before it sounds like it does on the CD? -Tim, IA
C: It’s different things for different songs. There is one song on our new record that we actually wrote in one practice, from beginning to end, everything except for the lyrics was done in one practice which took us about three hours. There are other songs that take a year to two years. It just depends on the song.
What’s the best show you’ve ever played? -Danica, CA
C: Some ones that come to mind are: we played in Birmingham, Alabama in 2006 and that was an amazing show. The London show on this tour we are on now was great. One of my personal favorite shows we’ve ever played was in South Africa on this tour. The shows itself was good, but the venue was out in the middle of nowhere, just a field with like a hut and nothing else. But these kids had made this venue and there were these big bonfire things and they had random people come and selling drinks. It felt like a New Years Eve party. It was just insane; it was a great.
How do you feel about the illegal downloading of songs? -Jessica, MA
C: It depends on who the person is I think. I don’t think there is anything wrong with downloading per say, but when downloading makes people not buy records, I don’t like that because obviously if I like a band, I’m going to want to go and buy their record. Not saying that just because I’m a band, but I’m going to want to support what they are doing. I just never really understood the “I like that band, but I’m don’t want to support them. I’d rather just take it.”
What are your favorite movies? -John, AZ
C: Wizard of Oz, The Shining, Psycho, Vanilla Sky, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Rear Window-I’m just a movie guy. I’m a fan of movies that disturb me in general.
How has your faith helped you get to where you are now? -Stephen, IA
C: The only reason why I am here, here in the sense of being in this band and here in the sense of where my life is in general is because of God and because He has completely pulled me out of being in a completely different place. So I guess it’s kind of cheesy to say, but I completely owe credit for everything in my life up to this point to God. So it’s not like he’s helped me out or I’m a little better because of it. No, I wouldn’t be here at all.
Which album do you think you’ve spent the most time working on? -Kate, GA
C: The last two records we’ve spent a great deal of time on. It took us about two years to do both records, so I’d say the last two records in equal amounts.
Do they think a band should tell their fans who they support [in the election] and encourage them to vote the same way, or just emphasize the power of voting in general? -Bryce, MN
C: If you are going to emphasize anything, you should be educated. I’m not necessarily going to tell someone that they should go out and vote if they don’t believe in what they are voting for. I definitely think it’s really important to be educated and know where different candidates stand on different things.
What are some foods that you can’t live without on tour? -Sam, CA
C: I don’t know if there are any, honestly. We go to so many places and just have to eat whatever is around. There is a lot of stuff I’d like to have constantly though.
Travis Barker has been updating his current status on him MySpace page. He has undergone several surgeries and is slowly recovering from the plane crash that occoured last monthing injuring him and DJ AM while taking the lives of four others.
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