Independent rock band Hindsight premiered its new single and its companion lyric video over the weekend.
The band debuted the lyric video for its single, ‘Transform’ Friday. The song is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, and the band’s official Bandcamp page. The single’s premiere comes more than four months after the debut of the lyric video for its then latest single, ‘Rhythm of Fate.’
The lyric video is a simple presentation. It features the song’s lyrics over a background of what looks like a mix of electronic related images and DNA.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Transform’ is much heavier and more intense than that featured in ‘Rhythm of Fate.’ Where the earlier single was more mainstream friendly, this song boasts more of an industrial metal vibe. It is more of a metalcore style composition.
The band talked about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.
“We wanted to push ourselves out of our comfort zone on this one and let the song really drive us where it wanted to go,” the statement reads. “While not always the case, we decided to approach this with the mindset that nothing was off of the table in terms of tones, sound choices, arrangement, and instrumentation. This song was for sure one of the more progressive tunes that we have written to this point but still contains some of the chorus driven writing that we tend to gravitate towards.”
According to information provided in the press release announcing the lyric video’s debut, the song’s lyrical theme focuses on a familiar topic. That topic is that of the pros and cons of the rise of digital technology.
‘Transform’ is the fifth single from Hindsight’s forthcoming EP, Catalyst. It and the EP’s other singles are all available to stream and download through the noted digital outlets.
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Nonpoint will launch its new nearly month-long tour Sept. 11 in Easton, PA, but it seems like an off-cycle tour so to speak. Typically, acts tour on the backs of new albums and/or EPs, but it’s been three years since the band released its then latest album, X Given, you guys have your new hit single, ‘Ruthless’ and its video. So talk to me about the decision to launch the tour.
Elias: Traditionally speaking that is definitely the case. But we are in untraditional times and if this EP’s cycle hasn’t taught everyone about our latest string of decisions it’s that we are rewriting the way we are doing things here on Team Nonpoint. As well as how we tour and even perform. We have an extensive catalog and over 160 published songs. So we got ways to change up our sets and plan to do just that. In this upcoming set list we’re playing songs that we haven’t played in 20 years in some cases. Our fans will get a taste of some of our catalogs that will make true fans of the band happy they came. As well as getting a taste of Ruthless and who knows what else from the EP. For now Ruthless is our focus and seems to be enough to keep fans excited about our next steps.
One thing that I’ve noticed about your past tours is that Hooligans in Jacksonville, NC is a favorite place for you to play live. What is it about that venue and/or the city that draws you so much there?
Elias: 90% of the time its the fans. The other 10% is usually how nice the venue employees are that is just the icing on the cake. We can’t always anticipate a perfect stage or the people who work locally. But when both the venue is respected and the people working there are friendly it makes for those comeback spots like Hooligans for sure.
Nonpoint isn’t going out alone for its upcoming tour. You are bringing along for the ride, Dropout Kings, which is well-known in its own right, Any Given Sin and Saul, both of which are up-and-coming acts. What is it about those bands that made you decide to bring them along?
Elias: As we always have a list of bands we wish we could have that always varies due to availability of bands and of course timing. But outside of availability, for the most part we try to bring out bands we feel like our fans will enjoy seeing and carry a similar energy onstage. Dropout Kings have that swag we like in a support act. Our styles are similar so that’s always nice. Saul has a powerful sound and coincidently were an up and comer who’s schedule lined up with our plans as well as a suggestion from our agent. When we heard their music we immediately gave the thumbs up. Any Given Sin have a great buzz in spaces we also see lots of success not to mention they are under the FM Management umbrella as is Nonpoint, so it was a good fit and invited them to join us as well. It’s gonna be a great lineup for our fans all night which is the most exciting thing for the band members.
Speaking of other bands, now that Nonpoint has launched its new independent label, 361 Degrees Records, have you started looking for bands to sign or will the label be more for the band’s own releases? If you are looking at other bands to sign, can you give any hints as to which ones are getting consideration?
Elias: No one just yet. Though we are seeing success through our strategies, model and process, all of these things happen the way they do because of the team we have, their commitment to the plan and process, ability to pivot and move quickly, to have patience and understanding of their audience base and most importantly have the work ethic to follow through. It’s a lot to ask of people just looking to just perform and sleep all day. Not to mention people looking to change the way they think about the music industry in a traditional sense. It’s a big ask so we’re going to be extremely selective on our additions to the label. But anything is possible right?
Staying a moment longer on the matter of your new label, you made the announcement some time ago. In that time, has the reality and enormity of that move had time to settle in? What is your reaction to your fans’ support for your new venture?
Elias: It’s definitely settled in and it’s as expected. Some triumphs and some goals we fell short on. What we have found is what’s sustainable and what we needed to adjust. But nothing that has us turning tail and running from the independent route. Quite the contrary, every triumph and every lesson learned is driving our next ideas into lower risk realities and ultimately wins for our camp. So we say, “Bring on the mistakes.”
Switching gears back to touring, fans have always come out in a big way to see Nonpoint when it comes to town. Looking at the 361 Degrees – All things Nonpoint group page on Facebook, fans’ reaction to this upcoming tour make it sound like this run will be no exception to the rule. What does that continued support mean to you as a band?
Elias: It’s everything to our band. At the end of the day our livelihood is a career where success and failures rest on the opinions of others vs just effort and ability. We are under a microscope and at the same time broadcast around the world. So when you have that kind of support that you can count on its irreplaceable.
On a related topic, live music finally returned this year following almost a year (if not a year) shut down due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not trying to jinx anything, but with all the reports coming out about the virus’ Delta variant spreading, are there any concerns about the possibility of live music getting shut down again?
Elias: Who wouldn’t be concerned? I have fellow musicians reaching out that I haven’t spoken too in quite some time reaching out, gauging our thoughts seeing that we’re about to head out. So I can’t say I’m feeling any better about it. But as always we have a plan to keep our fans going if for any reason we get grounded again. Eventually we hope NONPOINT AIRLINES will fly again.
Speaking specifically to Elias and Robb, you two are the only original members of the band to date. You’ve seen other musicians come and go from the band, the most recent change being that of Jason Zellstra replacing B.C. Kochmit, who himself replaced Dave Lizzo in 2014. Jason is now the band’s fifth lead guitarist. You’ve also had now two bassists. What I’m getting at is that lineup changes always have an impact on a band especially when performing live and living together on the road. Has it ever impacted you two, mentally or emotionally, having to break in so many new members? It can’ be easy going out on the road and recording with new members so seemingly constantly.
Elias: It’s never fun losing a member or feeling like you have to part ways from someone because of creative chemistry, personal issues, lifestyle or even in some cases substance abuse. Again, we roll with the punches, hope for the best, try to give people the benefit of the doubt and get ourselves back on our feet. But what’s the point holding grudges or bitching about it? We’re all human and shit happens. Get up and get back on the horse.
Getting off that topic, your fans are constantly polling each other on their dream set lists (and band lineups) for your tours. Going back again to the All Things Nonpoint group on FB, do those interactions play any role in your own decisions on your set lists or even the bands that you bring with you on tour?
Elias: Of course we do! Honestly, who wouldn’t want to know what their fans want to hear? It’s like a cheat sheet for a test you gotta take. Our goal is to get an A and impress the teacher. So let me get your answer to #12 homie.
I wanted to go back to the launch of your new label again for a bit. Nonpoint nation as a family is clearly excited about the band launching 361 Degrees Records. When you first hinted at the announcement, there was rampant speculation that the band was going to announce it was calling it a career. I’m sure you read the comments. So what was your reaction to your fans’ reactions to the then cryptic statement ahead of the big announcement? What does that reaction mean to you as a band?
Elias: Honestly you’re the first person to mention it to me so I truthfully don’t have an answer to that particular moment. If you want me to address it on our current timeline I guess I’d simply say, SIKE!
Staying on that topic, I and thousands of others watched the video that made the announcement of the label’s launch. Nonpoint obviously is not the only band to launch its own label. Dropkick Murphys has Born & Bred Records. Dry Kill Logic has Psychodrama Records. The list goes on from there. Just as with anyone reaching that point at which they decide to make a career change, I imagine there was a specific point at which you as a band made the decision to go independent. Maybe I missed it in the video, but what was it that led to the decision? What was that proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back? When did that moment, that realization happen?
Elias: We did address it in the documentary, so I’d say you definitely want to watch it for the details to that answer. But simply put, we saw an opportunity to do so during a very lucrative time in our careers. So we took it.
Expanding from there, ‘Ruthless,’ your new single and its video have gotten only positive reaction from audiences and radio stations alike. Audiences are already chomping at the bit for the band’s next single. Can you offer an update on a time frame for its release?
Elias: Our timeline is based on what our team and our audience can absorb in a given time. When we take our next step it will be as thought out as Ruthless. That took time and attention. Seeing there is still much to be accomplished with our Ruthless Pre-Order going out, the tour and our next release already on deck, there will be plenty to chew on in the very near future.
One last question and I will close this out. Since we’re talking music, we know the band is working on a new EP that is sue out sometime late this summer or during fall. Can you offer an update on its progress or release date? Is a new album coming, too?
Elias: Plans as we mentioned in the documentary series are to give fans a full presentation of the EP song by song and video by video, repeating for 2 more EP’s till we deliver a final body of work (full LP) containing all the EP’s and an entire new grouping of songs. It will be our most ambitious project ever and our fans will be along for the ride every step of the way.
Thank you again for all your time. Best of luck on your tour, guys. I for one as a loyal member of the Nonpoint Nation family am looking forward to what’s to come from you all.
The full schedule for Nonpoint’s upcoming tour is noted below. Tickets are available here. The announcement of the new tour comes more than two months after it premiered its latest single, ‘Ruthless.’ The band premiered the song’s video last month.
I’m About To Explode Tour Pt. 1 with special guests: Saul, Dropout Kings, & Any Given Sin
09.11.21 – One Centre Square – Easton, PA
09.12.21 – House of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ
09.14.21 – Wallys – Hampton Beach, NH
09.15.21 – Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
09.16.21 – Beachland Ballroom- Cleveland, OH
09.17.21 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
09.19.21 – Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
09.21.21 – Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
09.22.21 – Rock City Bake Company – Charleston, WV
09.23.21 – Shagnastys Grubbery And Pour House – Huntsville, AL
09.24.21 – Amos – Charlotte, NC
09.28.21 – Capones – Johnson City, TN
09.29.21 – Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
10.02.21 – Club LA – Destin, FL
Dates with Atreyu, Tetrarch & Another Day Dawns:
09.03.21 – Epic Event Center – Green Bay, WI
09.04.21 – Ovation – Newport, KY
09.05.21 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI
09.07.21 – Temple Live – Wichita, KS
09.08.21 – Temple Live – Fort Smith, AR
Dates with Seether & Plush:
09.30.21 – House of Blues – Mrytle Beach, SC
10.01.21 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10.10.21 – Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Nonpoint will be appearing at the following festivals:
09.10.21 – Blue Ridge Rock Fest – Danville, VA
09.18.21 – Fall Fling – Peoria, IL
09.25.21 – Rebel Rock – Orlando, FL
January 22-27, 2022 ShipRocked
More information on the band’s tour, the band’s new EP and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Independent singer-songwriter Mick Blankenship debuted his cover of a rock classic this week.
Blankenship premiered his take on Living Colour’s hit song ‘Cult of Personality‘ Friday along with a companion lyric video. The premiere comes more than five months after he premiered the video for his song ‘Rule The World.’
Blankenship talked about taking on the song in a prepared statement.
“Cult of personality was not only a legendary Rock song but a staple in my live set list, as well as, my playlist,” he said. “The band Living Colour made a massive statement in the 90s with their message and the world heard it! They captured a unique sound that remains in my musical soul. The song is part of who I am as a musician. I have the utmost respect for Living Colour. The reason I chose this song to cover was because history seems to repeat itself and the message within “Cult of personality” may be even more relevant today than ever! Music unites everyone and we need unity. Some people just “understand” through music as opposed to the mass misinformation of the media that keeps us divided. We need to turn off the news and turn up the radio!”
Blankenship’s take on the song stays largely true to its source material, even down to his vocal delivery style. Even the guitar solo is largely the same as that in the band’s original take.
More information on Mick Blankenship’s new single and video is available along with all of his latest news at:
Independent rock band The Mylars has decided to take on a classic tune for its latest single.
The band debuted its take on Pilot’s classic 1974 song ‘Magic‘ on Jan. 15. While The Mylars’ take on the timeless song stays mostly true to its source material, listeners will note a distinct difference between The Mylars rendition of the song and Pilot’s original work.
The familiar little guitar lick that rounds out the three-minute plus song in the original is absent from The Mylars’ version as is the brief guitar intro from Pilot’s original that leads into the song. Instead, The Mylars opted to jump right into things in its version of the song. Additionally, the more laid back approach that Pilot used for its presentation of the song is replaced here by a more poppy, upbeat approach.
The Mylars’ update to ‘Magic’ gives the original tune a unique new identity separate from its source material that is still largely an enjoyable work.
The debut of The Mylars’ new cover comes more than three months after the debut of the band’s most recent original single, ‘Satellite Girls.’ Released in October, the song was at the time, the band’s first new music since the release of the band’s self-titled album in 2017.
More information on The Mylars’ new cover of Pilot’s ‘Magic’ is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
The band will release a collection of remixes of songs from that album soon. The band released the first single from that collection of songs April 16 with a remix of the song ‘A Lovely Day.’ The new remix was crafted by fellow Goth-Industrial outfit Combichrist, and features a keyboard-driven arrangement that picks up the tempo from the original song.
Courtesy: FM Music Management/O’Donnnell Media Group
‘A Lovely Day’ is just one of the songs that is featured in Porn’s new collection of remixes from No Monsters in God’s Eyes. Other songs from the album receive the remix treatment from the likes of Stabbing Westward, Orgy and Chris Vrenna (ex-Nine Inch Nails).
More information on No Monsters in God’s Eyes is available online now along with all of Porn’s latest news and more at:
Independent hard rock band Breaking Solace debuted the video for its new single this week.
The band debuted the lyric video for its single ‘Throw Down’ Tuesday. The band premiered the video through puregrainaudio.com. The video is also streaming on the band’s official YouTube Channel. the song comes from the band’s new EP, Rising, which was released Friday.
The song’s musical arrangement is a melodic hard rock composition that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Disturbed, Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin. Its lyrical theme will appeal to a wider range of listeners, as pointed out by the bandd’s front man Danny Burk in a recent interview.
“‘Throw Down’ is about the moment you decide it’s time to fight your battles,” Burk said. “I spent my life fighting manic depression and one day, I got fed up with blaming the world for my problems. The frustration quickly turned to aggressive motivation and I haven’t quit fighting for my life since. I hope ‘Throw Down’ inspires people to get fired up to fight for a better tomorrow.”
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Dark Station debuted the video for its latest single this week.
The band debuted the video for its third single, ‘No Life’ Friday. The video is streaming now at the band’s official website and YouTube Channel. The video crosses footage of the band performing its new song with two separate situations — one featuring front man Nathan Spades lying in bed with a bottle of pills, and the other a woman who seemingly is a prostitute realizing the error of her ways.
Spades talked about the video’s concept in a recent interview.
“The goal for the video was to give the viewer a clear vision of how real and raw life can be,” Spades said. “Sometimes when we’re so caught up with everything we have going on, we forget about the people around us that might need us as much as we need them. The amount of suicides and overdoses that happen annually is a frighteningly high number. I think the combination of the visuals in the video along with the music and lyrics makes for a powerful message.”
He added about the song’s lyrical theme, “Sometimes, when you’re really caught in your own head, you need to hear sad things to help you overcome it. ‘No Life’ represents two sides of the same coin; what people go through as addicts and people that have to struggle and abuse themselves in ways other than drugs, trying to numb reality in any way we can.”
The video for ‘No Life‘ comes almost a month after Dark Station debuted the video for its second single, ‘Obvious‘ and more than two months after the band debuted the video for its lead single, ‘Heroes.’ All three songs are taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album Down in the Dark, which is due out later this year.
More information on Down in the Dark is available online now along with all of Dark Station’s news and more at:
Pop rock act Don’t Believe in Ghosts is giving audiences a preview of its forthcoming album.
The band premiered its new single ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ this week via YouTube Music, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. The song’s musical arrangement presents a sound that will appeal to fans of acts, such as Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Modest Mouse. Its lyrical content seems to hint at the topic of relationships. This is inferred as front man Steve Nathan sings, “You’ve got that something/It’s always been the one thing/That I needed/We’ve got this love/And it’s feeling like the weekend/Can’t you see…something in your eyes/It was a big surprise/That you come with me/Don’t wake me up/I’ve got to dream a little longer/Sometimes I’m feeling it/This feeling’s only getting stronger.”
‘Don’t Wake Me Up’ was mixed by Ken Lewis (X Ambassadors, Eminem, Bruno Mars).
More information on Don’t Believe in Ghosts’ new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:
EMP label Group has expanded its artist roster again.
The label, headed by Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson, has inked a new deal with veteran rock band Odin. While specifics of the deal have not been announced, it is known that the label will re-issue much of the band’s classic catalog as part of the deal. That includes re-issues of Don’t Take No For An Answer and Fight For Your Life. which is available now for pre-order.
Fight For Your Life, which was released exclusively in Japan in 1988, will feature a handful of bonus tracks in its re-issue, including a re-worked take of ‘Little Gypsy.’ That song was included in director Penelope Spheeris’ documentary Decline of Western Civilization: Part 2 — The Metal Years.
EMP Label Group head Thom Hazaert said in a recent interview that he was especially anticipating the re-issue of Don’t Take No For An Answer.
“We really wanted the re-issue of Don’t Take No For An Answer to be painfully faithful to the original release, but with a few modern upgrades, and we pored over every details,” Hazaert said. “As a HUGE fan of Odin, I wanted to create a really special reissue that fans could celebrate, and would really be a nod to this seminal, criminally overlooked release.”
Official release dates for Odin’s albums will be announced in the coming weeks. Those dates will be announced, along with all of the band’s latest news and more online at:
Rock act Behind The Fallen has another new video for audiences to enjoy.
The band premiered the video for its latest single, ‘Revenant’ on Tuesday at Pure Grain Audio. The video, places the band performing its new single in a house and crosses it with a spoof of so many paranormal TV shows, creating plenty of laughs and entertainment overall.
The brand new video was directed by Robyn Reindstadler of Paradyme Pix. It marks the second time that the band has teamed with Reinstadler for one of its videos. He most recently helmed the video for the band’s single ‘You’re Just A Friend.’ The band said in a collective statement that teaming with Reinstadler again “was a no-brainer…because his ideas always fit perfectly with ours.”
‘Revenant’ can be streamed online now via Spotify and downloaded via iTunes and Google Play. After checking out the song, audiences can also check out the video for another of the band’s singles, ‘Satellite.’
More information on ‘Revenant’ is available online now along with Behind The Fallen’s latest news and more at: