Story Of The Year‘s new video for “The Antidote” can be seen below.
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Story Of The Year‘s new video for “The Antidote” can be seen below.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Driven Far Off. We wish you a happy day with family and friends!
On November 4, 2008, I had the chance to meet up with the vocalist of Mayday Parade, Derek Sanders to talk about what it’s like to be on the road and a few of his favorite things. This interview was conducted outside of the Regency Grand Ballroom in San Francisco, while the band was on the Compromising of Integrity, Morality, & Principles in exchange for Money tour. A big thanks goes out to Allison Hata from Fearless Records, Casey their tour manager, and of course Derek for taking the time out to speak with Driven Far Off.
What are your biggest influences?
Queen and Freddie Mercury in particular.
What is the message you’re trying to convey to your fans?
We just try to be as energetic and entertaining and positive as possible. Really there’s not too much of a message, we just hope that people can relate to our songs and know that they’re not the only one going through things that we were going through.
Are there any significant events in particular that you wrote a song about?
There’s a lot of things its all different stuff you know, lot of its stuff with the stress of being on the road, having a relationship back at home, breakups, and friends.
Out of all your songs in A Lesson In Romantics what is the most meaningful to you?
Probably track 10 its called “Take This To Heart. ” That one or track 9 “I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About” that one is just about an old friend that kind of screwed us over.
What do you miss when you’re out on tour?
I mean its so much fun being on the road you know that its not bad. The only things that we all miss is our family back at home, girlfriends, friends, and you don’t really have a much a normal life, an everyday routine and I guess sometimes you kind of miss that, but all in all this is the best there is, I love it on the road.
What is your daily routine when you are on tour?
Usually we all wake up pretty late, it’s really easy to sleep in when your in the bunk and you close the curtain, its pitch black in there, and I can sleep forever. I usually sleep in pretty late till around 1:30 or so and then get up and usually find something to eat or whatever, kind of hang out, read my book, play video games, play guitar, and obviously sometimes there’s interviews and acoustic performances before the show we have to do. So it’s always kind of like you never really know until the day of what you’re going to end up doing. Then once it gets closer to the show, we get ready, and then play the show and for the rest of night it’s just hanging out with people, fans, and hanging out with the bands after that. Just having a good time.
What’s your favorite tour story?
It’s tough to say there’s so many, this tour especially it’s been so much fun every night. Its pretty much all the bands hanging out having a good time getting into trouble, lighting things on fire, stuff like that.
Do you guys ever do any contests like a hot dog eating contest or the most ridiculous tattoo?
We don’t have anything necessarily like that, we have a game we invented, well we didn’t really invent this game, we kind of extended upon this game called wizard staff and maybe I shouldn’t get into it too much, but it’s kind of a drinking game, but that’s really the only kind of contest kind of thing.
So what’s your favorite video game?
This game that I’m playing now is called Fallout 3 it just came out and it’s a really really good game, but in general me and Cabbage, our bass player his names Jeremy, but everyone calls him Cabbage, the two of us play most of the video games and we’re both really into Final Fantasy games, role playing games. We’re kind of nerds.
How did you get into music in the first place?
Really the biggest part of it was my oldest brother, he started a band whenever I was in 5th grade and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I really wanted to do it, so I got a guitar for Christmas in the 5th grade and I’ve done it since then.
What is your favorite part of touring?
There’s so many pluses about it especially now on the bus, its not as stressful and you’re not having to drive all night every night and be tired and everything. You get a good night sleep, get to see the world, get to see new places everyday, and meet new people everyday, and get to play shows especially now because there’s a ton of kids, it’s awesome. It’s so much fun having people there singing along and singing back at you. It’s the coolest thing in the world.
Who is your biggest role model?
My dad is probably my biggest role model, because he’s a good person, thoughtful, and unselfish.
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions yet?
I have not even thought about it at all, I’m going to have to get on that. It’s crazy that New Years is coming up, you’re right I haven’t even considered it.
To see photos from Mayday Parade’s show, please click here to go to Driven Far Off’s photos section.
Thursday has posted a video update from the studio. Check it out below.
Photos of Sing It Loud, Cobra Starship, and Forever The Sickest Kids can now be seen in Driven Far Off’s photos section. These photos were taken at the Fillmore, San Francisco on October 29, 2008. Also be sure to take a look at new photos from the All Time Low, Mayday Parade, The Maine, and Every Avenue concert here.
Tooth & Nail has signed New Hampshire based And Then There Were None. The band made the following post on their MySpace page.
We are EXTREMELY excited to announce that we have just signed to the legendary Tooth and Nail records.
This label has been home to some of the most influential and inspirational bands of our time. (Underoath, Anberlin, Mae, MxPx, Norma Jean etc.) We feel it is a great fit for ATTWN and look forward to what the future brings.
Our full-length record, “Who Speaks for Planet Earth?” will be available EVERYWHERE on February 24th 2009. The record contains 11 tracks produced by Matt Rhoades / Sean Sweeney and mixed by J.R. McNeely and David Bendeth.
To hear a sample of new music listen to the new Tooth and Nail podcast HERE!
Aside from our DIY tour this December; we will also be on tour the end of Jan. and all of Feb. with Aerodrone and Secret Secret Dino Club. (Dates will be posted soon!)
Less than one year ago we posted “John Orr The Arsonist” on this myspace page and since then so much has happened! We really want to thank everyone who has supported us along the way (YES even in the metal days of ATTWN!)
Matt R, Matt M, Sean, Nick and Garret
Valencia‘s new vidoe for “Where Did You Go?” can be seen below.
Less Than Jake have announced the East Coast leg of their Spring 2009 tour (tickets for select dates on sale Saturday, November 22nd). Touring in support of their latest album GNV FLA and its recently released Deluxe 7inch Box Set (both on Sleep It Off Records), the ska/punk/pop pioneers will be adding more dates in the next few weeks that will stretch out to the West Coast.
The confirmed dates with tourmates The Expendables are:
Mar 7 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar 8 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
Mar 10 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
Mar 11 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Mar 13 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
Mar 15 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Mar 16 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
Mar 18 The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza New York, NY
Mar 19 The Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
Mar 20 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have set February 3rd as the release date for their sophomore album, Lonely Road. The first single “You Better Pray” is out now. Check out the track listing for the album below.
Lonely Road tracklisting
1. You Better Pray
2. No Spell
3. Pen and Paper
5. Pull Me Back
6. Step Right Up
8. Pleads and Postcards
9. Lonely Road
The Maine‘s new video for “Everything I Ask For” can be seen below.
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