‘Dead And Gone’ Proves Stabbing Westward Is Anything But Dead And Gone

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Stabbing Westward has seen lots of ups and downs during the course of its life.  Having initially formed more than 35 years ago, the band released four albums and one EP before eventually breaking up in 2002.  Almost 15 years after that breakup, the band reunited in 2016, and has been keeping itself busy ever since then.  Just this past January, the band released its first new record in 19 years in the form of its new EP Dead and Gone.  The five-song record is a strong return for the band, and shows that even with as much time as has passed, the group can still hold its own alongside its counterparts in the electronic-industrial rock community.  It is a presentation whose musical arrangements pull from each of the band’s past records and whose lyrical content will connect with its own share of listeners.  Each item will be discussed shortly.  The record’s production and mixing rounds out its most important elements, and will be addressed later.  All things considered, the EP proves itself a strong return from one of the most well-known industrial-electronic rock acts of the 90s, and a presentation that gives audiences real reason to be optimistic about the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release later this year through COP International.

Stabbing Westward’s recently released EP Dead and Gone is a strong new offering from the band, having come along almost two decades after the release of the band’s then most recent album, it’s 2001 record Stabbing Westward.  That is due in part to the songs that make up the record’s body.  The EP features five songs, but technically only three of the five are original.  The other two are remixes of the record’s title track and of ‘Cold,’ the record’s second song.  The thing that gives this EP a pass unlike other EPs is that while the noted remixes are just that, they are still original works in their own right.  The ‘Dead and Gone’ (Stoneburner Remix) is proof of why the remixes deserve their own share of applause and attention.  The remix does stay true to its source material, but adds so much more to it in the process.  Case in point is the use of the extra electronics and the guitars that are added in to the composition.  The echo effect that is used on front man Christopher Hall’s vocals and the steady, driving bass drum beat that is incorporated adds an extra touch to the song.  The same can be said of the aforementioned guitars.  They give the song more of an edge that, together with the other added elements, actually makes the remix better than the original.  “Stabwalt’s 12” Dance Mix” of ‘Cold’ is deserving of its own praise.   This arrangement goes full EDM complete with extra keyboard accents while also staying as true as possible to its source material.  The arrangement builds on the very Orgy-esque sound featured in the original song and enhances it even more to make it just as enjoyable as the original, if not more so.

Speaking of that Orgy-influence exhibited in ‘Cold,’ it is fully evident in the original arrangement, complete with the Middle Eastern sound that opens the song.  What’s just as interesting about this arrangement  — the original arrangement – is that there are elements that make it comparable to works from old school Nine Inch Nails and to certain songs from Gary Numan.  Even with those comparisons, the song still boasts its own original identity in and of itself.  That ensures listeners will remain engaged and entertained throughout the course of the nearly four-and-a-half-minute opus.

‘Crawl,’ another of the songs featured in this EP, presents its own engaging and entertaining arrangement.  The use of the vocal effects, the guitars and keyboards will take listeners back to the band’s early days and  even as recent as the noted 2001 self-titled album.  In other words, it is a work that will appeal just as much to new audiences as it will to longtime listeners.

‘Dead and Gone,’ the EP’s opener wastes no time grabbing listeners’ attention, with its steady beat, its guitars and keyboards.  Right from the song’s outset, the arrangement lends itself to comparisons to Nine Inch Nails’ timeless hit ‘Head Like A Hole’ before easing up slightly in the lead verse.  That heaviness from the song’s opening returns in the song’s chorus, returning that comparison.  The back and forth of that heavy/soft/heavy/soft/heavy approach does its own part to keep listeners engaged and entertained here.  That is especially the case considering that despite the comparison, the song’s arrangement still boasts its own identity, too.  Considering the engagement and entertainment offered through the EP’s arrangements, the record clearly has plenty to offer audiences just in this aspect alone.  The EP’s lyrical content adds even more impact to its presentation.

All three of the original songs featured in Dead and Gone focus on one central topic – relationships.  The record’s title song would have been a good fit to the band’s self-titled record.  That’s because lyrically, by that point, Hall had gone from being more confident and straight forward, demanding love in his lyrics to being more pleading.  This song is very much in that vein.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “I failed to realize I’d found everything in you/And like a fool/I took it all for granted/I was too self-absorbed to see the pain I put you through/And you don’t believe in second chances.”  He adds in the chorus, “How can I go on/When my last hope is gone/How can I go on/When my last hope is dead and gone.”  From there, Hall continues in the song’s second verse, “You were the hope that pulled me through my darkest nights/But every time you needed me, I failed you/no longer want to live the life you’ve left behind/If it means I must face it without you.”  The song’s third and final verse continues in very similar fashion, finding its subject once again very pleadingly saying essentially oh-woe-is-me.  Given, this is rather self-serving, but it will connect with listeners, as there are those out there who are and have been in a similar situation, so maybe this song will help those people get through those difficult moments.

‘Cold’ is another example of why the song’s relationship-based lyrical themes strengthen the EP’s presentation.  Instead of someone who has lost that someone, this time, the song’s subject is lamenting unrequited love.  Hall sings from the subject’s vantage point here, “Our first kiss set my soul on fire/Consumed me with a burning desire/inside you, I finally felt whole/When I whispered, ‘I love you’/You froze and said nothing at all.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “It’s a silent scream through my head/I realized that my passion was dead/Inside you, I felt so alone/Like a fool who has fallen in love with an angel of stone.”  He adds in the song’s final verse, “The fire that ravaged my soul/is dead now and the ashes are cold.”  The song’s chorus adds its own impact to the song, as it finds Hall singing, “How did you get so cold/I can see in your eyes/There’s nothing inside/How did you get so cold.”  Again, the song’s subject is relatively clear here.  Lots of people have been in the position of this song’s subject; that moment of making that all-important statement in a relationship, but perhaps not getting back the same emotion from one’s partner.  Hall does a good job of expressing the emotions and thoughts that fill those who have made that move and have the same result.  To that end, it is not a song for everyone, but will connect with its own share of listeners.  Keeping that in mind, the combination of the song’s lyrical and musical content does its own work keeping audiences engaged and entertained, even here.

‘Crawl,’ the third of the record’s original works, will find its own unique appeal to audiences, too.  This song makes no bones as to its subject matter.  The song’s subject openly says to his/her love interest in the song’s chorus, “I would beg/I would plead/I would crawl/On my hands and knees/To try to restore your faith in me.”  The subject even goes so far as to say in the chorus’ refrain, “I would crawl through Hell on my knees/Just to be with you.”  This is something of a romanticized sort of statement that certainly plenty of listeners will appreciate, especially taking into account the over-the-top pleas that are presented in the song’s verses.  It is, again, not something for everyone, but those who do like such schmaltzy poetry will appreciate this presentation.  It shows that the song’s subject has realized he/she has done wrong to his/her partner, and will do whatever it takes to make things right.  Of course, actions speak louder than words, and keeping that in mind, it will not appeal to everyone, again, but will connect with its target listeners.  It’s just one more way in which the record’s lyrical content proves itself just as important to the EP’s whole as the presentation’s musical arrangements.  All things considered here, the overall content featured in these five songs makes Dead and Gone a work that is deserving of at least an occasional listen.

While the content that makes up the body of Dead and Gone does its own share to make the EP engaging and entertaining for the band’s target audience, the record’s production and mixing put the final touch to its whole.  As noted already, each song has a lot going on, between the keyboards, electronics, drums, vocals, guitar and bass.  Luckily, even as much as is going on in each song, each part is balanced well with one another.  Hall’s singing, in its more subtle and even more powerful moments helps to accent the emotion exhibited in each lyrical presentation.  At the same time, he never overpowers his band mates, nor do they wash him out.  The drums, in ‘Cold’ couple well with the guitars and drums to show once again how much time and effort was put into the record to create its impact.  Much the same can be said of the production of the record’s other works.  The end result of all of the production and mixing is a record that deserves just as much credit for its aesthetics as for its content.  Keeping that in mind, the EP, proves itself a strong return for the band and a work that deserves its own spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new EPs.

Stabbing Westward’s recently released EP Dead and Gone, released early this year, came with little fanfare or coverage from mainstream media outlets.  Despite that, it still managed to succeed and show that Stabbing Westward still sounds as strong as it did back in the 90s.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements that will appeal widely to industrial and electronic rock fans.  The record’s lyrical content ensures its own appeal among audiences.  The production and mixing puts the final touch to the record’s whole.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the EP.  All things considered, they make Dead and Gone proof that Stabbing Westward is not yet dead and gone.  More information on Dead and Gone is available along with all of Stabbing Westward’s latest news at:




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Madame Mayhem Debuts ‘Breaking Down’ Lyric Video

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Independent rock artist Madame Mayhem debuted the video for her latest single this week.

Madame Mayhem (a.k.a. Natalie Ann Cohen) debuted the lyric video for her new single ‘Breaking Down‘ Friday.  The song features a melodic hard rock arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Breaking Benjamin, The Veer Union and other similar acts.

The song’s lyrical content comes across as a message about someone who has gone through much difficulty in life, but ultimately refuses to give up despite experiencing those trials.  This is inferred late in the song as she sings, “I am not breaking down this time.”  The energy in her vocal delivery emphasizes that resolve, adding to its impact.

According to information provided about the new song, Cohen co-wrote the song with Brian Vodihn (10 Years) and enlisted Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Finger Eleven, Disturbed, Megadeth) to produce the song.  He is just one more of the big names who played a part in the song’s creation.

The information provided about the new single states Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), Jason “J Bomb” Harrison and keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin) also took part in the song’s creation.

‘Breaking Down’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

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Cultus Black Debuts ‘Witch Hunt’ Video

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Independent rock band Cultus Black debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The North Carolina-based band debuted the video for its new single ‘Witch Hunt‘ Thursday.  The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy opus that combines heavy, aggro-rock style sounds with a more industrial sound to make its whole.

The song’s fiery lyrical content is meant to inspire listeners, as front man “L” (a.k.a. James Legion — ex Motograter) explained in a recent interview.

“This track is for anyone who has ever felt persecuted, anyone who has ever felt like a victim, anyone who was ever made to feel stupid or less than,” he said. This song is here to show the world that we don’t give a fuck.”

‘With Hunt’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

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Porn Debuts ‘High Summer Sun’ Remix

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Goth-industrial band Porn has debuted another remix from its upcoming album Mr. Strangler’s Last Words.

The band debuted the remix of the song ‘High Summer Sun‘ Friday.  The remix was crafted by fellow industrial-electronic rock  band Orgy.  The remix takes Porn’s original song and gives it its own unique identity complete with a sound that Orgy’s established fan base will enjoy.

Porn front man Phillippe Deschemin spoke about Orgy re-imagining the song in its own unique fashion during a recent interview.

“Here is the remix by Orgy. After remixing big bands like Korn or Linkin Park, Orgy are now doing PORN !,” he said.  “Led by Jay Gordon, the band chose to work on the song “High Summer Sun.” The result is a pure Industrial Rock song, catchy and powerful, sexy and dangerous ! ”

Orgy is just one of the bands who took pat in remixing music for Mr. Strangler’s Last Words.  Early this month, Stabbing Westward — which released its new EP Dead and Gone in January — had its remix of ‘Some Happy Moments‘ premiered.  Combichrist also took part in the remix record, taking on the song ‘A Lovely Day.’

Also featured in Mr. Strangler’s Last Words are acts, such as Lluther, The Anix and Chris Vrenna (ex-NIN and Marilyn Manson).

Deschemin also discussed the acts working on the upcoming remix album during his noted interview.

” It’s an honor for us to have these greats bands involved : Combichrist, Stabbing Westward, Orgy, Jimmy Urine from Mindless Self Indulgence, Chris Vrenna ( ex NIN and Marilyn Manson), The Anix, Ash Code, and Lluther,” he said. “I am a big fan of all these bands. The PORN’s priest aka Aura Shred did a remix too. And with The One, we cooked a special remix with our side-project An erotic end of times. We can’t wait to share this remixes with our fans. We are PORN, you are PORN ! Mr Strangler is dead, long live his memory! ”

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Rolie Polie Guacamole Announces Release Date For New LP, ‘Avocado’

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Family entertainment act Rolie Polie Guacamole will release its new album next month.

The duo — Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin — is scheduled to release its new album Avocado June 19 through RPG Records.  The album is the duo’s seventh full-length family music album.

Avocado boasts a wide range of influences throughout its 13-song body beginning with a Beatles-esque work in the album’s title track/opener.  ‘Ay Batta Batta,’ which immediately follows, is a prog-rock style song while ‘Basketball Jane,’ the album’s third song gives audiences an old-school hip-hop vibe.

‘Fire Truck,’ the record’s fourth entry, is an upbeat rock arrangement.  The variety continues on from there, offering audiences plenty of reason to applaud the album.

Avocado was produced by Dean Jones.  He was assisted by fellow famed producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey).

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Greg Lato Announces Release Date For His Debut Family Music Album

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Family entertainer Greg Lato will release his new album this summer.

Lato is scheduled to release Create My Own World July 24 through GLM.  The album is Lato’s debut family music offering.

Create My Own World features musical arrangements whose influences reach as far back as the 1970s and as recent as the 2000s.  According to information provided about the record, ‘I Can’t Find My Sock,’ which is one of the album’s 12 songs, features an influence from 1970s era Badfinger/Todd Rundgren/Elton John sounds.

The noted information states the album’s title track exhibits an influence from music made popular in the 1980s, but does not specify if that means 80s rock or pop.  The album’s title brings audiences into the 21st century with its EDM-infused, the noted information additionally states.  It adds, the song ‘Hi Gene’ could be used for any movie helmed by famed director John Hughes.

Along with the musical numbers, the record also features four spoken word presentations.  As an added bonus, family entertainer Bill Harley joins Lato on ‘Two Slow Snails.’

Greg Lato has spent his career composing music through a variety of outlets.  He has composed music for film and television, and most recently co-wrote with Billy Gilman, runner up on the 11th season of NBC’s hit singing competition show The Voice.

Lato has four grown-up albums under his belt in the form of Monday Morning Breakdown (2009), Do The Best With What I Got (2010), Lato & The NeversFire Between Us (2016) and Cassetting Son (2018).

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Lamb Of God Debuts ‘Routes’ Video

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Lamb of God debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Routes‘ Friday.  The song is the fourth single from the band’s forthcoming self-titled record, which is scheduled for release June 19 through Epic Records.

The video features a variety of images related to the oil industry, such as oil derricks, factories and images of smoke around the Earth.  The imagery is tied into the sociopolitical commentary in the song’s lyrics.

Front man Randy Blythe said in a recent interview, the song was crafted following a personal experience that he had in North Dakota.

“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part,” he said.  “I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”

Testament front man Chuck Billy, who is of Pomo Native American descent, added his vocal talent to the song.

Billy talked about taking taking part in the song’s creation with his own comments.

“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by LAMB OF GOD to do some guest vocals on this song,” he said.  “The No DAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy’s storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”

Blythe said the decision to add Billy to the song was intentional.

“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country,” says Blythe. “So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section – Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”

Lamb of God debuted the album’s third single ‘New Colossal Hate‘ last month.  That song and this latest offering are just two of the lyrically heavy songs featured in Lamb of God.  The record also takes on the issue of school shootings in the song ‘Reality Bath’ and the opioid crisis in the song ‘On the Hook.’

Memento Mori‘ and the album’s lead single, ‘Checkmate‘ were released in March and February respectively.

Lamb of God was produced by Josh Wilbur (Soulfly, Hatebreed, Megadeth, Gojira), and features guest appearances from the likes of Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta and Testament front man Chuck Billy.  The album’s track listing is noted below.



Lamb Of God tracklisting:
1. Memento Mori
2. Checkmate
3. Gears
4. Reality Bath
5. New Colossal Hate
6. Resurrection Man
7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
9. Bloodshot Eyes
10. On The Hook

Pre-orders are open now for Lamb of God. The announcement was made recently that the album’s release date has been pushed back to June 19 as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 impact.

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Laurie Berkner To Celebrate Father’s Day With Live Streaming Concert

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Family entertainer Laurie Berkner will hold a special live concert to help families celebrate Father’s Day.

Berkne is scheduled to perform live at 6 pm EST on June 21.  The ticketed streaming concert is an interactive event for the entire family.  It will take place live on Berkner’s official website.

Berkner said in a recent interview, she is looking forward to holding the performance.

“I am SO excited for this virtual concert,” she said. “It has been really hard not being able to tour – it’s actually the longest I’ve gone without performing a live, in-person show since my daughter was born 15 years ago! I can’t wait to be able to bring this experience of a live concert to families watching from home, with some added fun that we can have because it’s a virtual show. It feels amazing to be able to do something joyous together during this difficult time.”

Family “tickets” cost $20 while Meet & Greet packages cost $80.  Meet & Greet packages feature the following exclusives:


– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show between 7:15-9:00pm ET. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn. (Laurie will do her best to get East Coast families in early to respect bedtimes!)
– Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner.
– Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event.
– Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line.
– Live tech support.


Among the songs expected for inclusion in the concert’s set list are works, such as ‘I Love You Daddy,’ ‘Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)’ and ‘Victor Vito.’  Families are encouraged to take part in the event by making their own capes, instruments (or noisemakers) and by dancing together to the music.

The Laurie Berkner Band bassist Brad Rymer will join her for a special performance of ‘There’s a Hole in The Bucket.’  Along with performing and recording with Berkner, Rymer is also a member of the jam band From Good Homes.

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Trapt Debuts ‘Make It Out Alive’ Lyric Video

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Trapt debuted the video for one of its recently released singles this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its new song ‘Make It Out Alive‘ Thursday.  The song is featured on the band’s forthcoming album Shadow Work, which is scheduled for release July 3 through The Label Group/INgrooves.

The band’s new single places its melodic rock arrangement and lyrics against a backdrop of what is meant to look like battleground setting.  A tattered American flag waves in the air while the sun sets in the background.  Bullets are used as virtual place marks for the lines in the song’s chorus while the lyrics presented in the verses surround the flag and its pole.

Front man Chris Taylor Brown talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“Make It Out Alive” was the last song written for our new album “Shadow Work” and I hope it inspires people to never give up,” he said.  “Times can get so tough and it can be easy to just want to let go of all the struggle. But I think the struggles we go through define us. Each crisis we go through, staring into an abyss of the unknown, makes us stronger when we come out the other side. I know that we will come out stronger, as a country and as a world, through the current crisis we find ourselves battling and every other crisis that comes our way in the future. We always do!”

Along with the video for its new single, Trapt also recently debuted the single ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel‘ alongside ‘Make It Out Alive‘ in audio-only format.

Pre-orders for Shadow Work are open now.

Trapt has announced a tentative series of live dates in support of Shadow Work that launches May 22 in Rockford, IL and runs through Oct. 30 in Dubuque, IA.  An additional date on Dec. 5 in Woodford, VA is also tentatively scheduled.

The band’s scheduled dates are noted below.



TRAPT Upcoming Show Dates:

May 22 District Bar and Grill Rockford, IL
Jun 11 DNA Lounge San Francisco, CA
Jun 12 Whiskey A Go Go W. Hollywood, CA
Jun 19 Tanana Valley Fairgrounds Fairbanks, AK
Jun 20 Williwaw Anchorage, AK
Jun 27 Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade Las Vegas, NV
Jul 10 Legends Event Park Chickasha, OK
Jul 16 The Crafthouse Stage & Grill Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 18 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
Jul 25 Berkshirestock Fest Pownal, VT
Jul 30 Morgan Hill Event Center w/ Saliva & Tantric Hermon, ME
Jul 31 Revolution Bar & Music Hall Amityville, NY
Aug 01 Brat Days Fest @ Kiwanis Park Sheboygan, WI
Aug 08 Oscoda Rock Fest Oscoda, MI
Aug 15 Mudd Fest @ Black Bear Casino Carlton, MN
Aug 20 Muddfest Springfield, IL
Aug 21 Rock on the River w/ Saliva & Saving Abel Fort Wayne, IN
Aug 29 Crusens RT 29 Creve Coeur, IL
Sep 03 Mudd Fest @ Duquoin State Fair Grounds Duquoin, IL
Sep 05 Brauer House Lombard, IL
Sep 12 Wildcatter Saloon Katy, TX
Sep 26 Downtown Farmer City Heritage Days w/ Saliva Farmer City, IL
Oct 02 Round Rock Tavern Round Rock, TX
Oct 03 The Studio at Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Oct 04 The Rail Club Live Fort Worth, TX

“United We Stand Tour”
Oct 09 The Royal Bar Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 10 Sunshine Studios Live Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 11 Herman’s Hideaway Denver, CO
Oct 14 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
Oct 16 Austin’s Fuel Room Libertyville, IL
Oct 17 Stormy’s Beaver Dam, WI
Oct 18 The Room Indianapolis, IN
Oct 20 Rock City Cake Company Charleston, WV
Oct 24 5 South Event Center Callaway, MD
Oct 25 Granite State Music Hall NH Laconia, NH
Oct 30 Q Casino & Hotel, Dubuque, IA

Dec 5 The Groove Music Hall Woodford, VA



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Kid Dad Debuts ‘A Prison Unseen’ Video

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Rock band Kid Dad offered audiences the first preview of its new album In A Box this week.

The band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘A Prison Unseen‘ Thursday.  The video crosses video of the band performing its new single with footage of people in various situations with blindfolds as they deal with different circumstances.  The visuals are meant to illustrate the song’s lyrical theme of addressing mental health.

Front man Marius Vieth discussed the song’s lyrical theme and how it ties into the song’s video in a recent video.

“‘A Prison Unseen’ is about loss of control and a lack of self-restraint that can be invisible to the world around you,” he said. “The protagonist puts his threatened mental well-being over his physical body and embraces the possibility of an utter loss of his senses.”

The song’s musical arrangement will appeal to fans of the emo realm with its distinct guitar and drum approach and Vieth’s occasional wailing.  It will appeal to fans of similar acts, such as Taking Back Sunday, Finch and The Get Up Kids.

In A Box is scheduled for release Aug. 21 through Long Branch Records.

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