Sunflower Dead Premieres New Single, ‘Falling Down,’ Companion Lyric Video

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Sunflower Dead is giving its audiences some more new music to enjoy over the weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Falling Down‘ and its companion lyric video Friday. The song and its video are the second from the band’s forthcoming album, March of the Leper, which is expected for release in early 2022. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘The Underneath‘ and its video last month.

An exact release date for Sunflower Dead’s new album is under consideration. Pre-orders are open.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Falling Down’ is just as heavy as that featured in ‘The Underneath’ if not even heavier. The gutteral screams and clean vocals pair with the intensity from the instrumentation to give the overall arrangement a sound that harkens back to the early days of Machine Head circa Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change…

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new song and video. In watching the song’s lyric video though, the theme comes across as a social commentary about the truths and lies that society tells itself. It notes in its own fashion that all humans lead themselves to lie to others for one reason or another. That is, as always, this critic’s own interpretation.

In other news, Sunflower Dead is continuing its tour in support of its new album, which launched last month. The tour continues tonight with a performance scheduled to take place in Janesville, WI. The band’s current schedule is noted below.

September Tour Dates

9/10 Janesville, WI – Back Bar +

9/11 Chippewa Falls, WI – Joels 4Corners +

9/12 Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon +

9/14 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *

9/16 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom =

9/17 OKC, OK – Whiskey Nights =

9/18 Katy, TX – Wildcatter Saloon =

9/19 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey =

   * SFD Only

   + The Lonely Ones & SFD

   ^ Sons Of Texas & SFD

   ~ SFD & Co-Op

   = Otherwise & SFD

More information on Sunflower Dead’s new single, video, album and tour is available online now along with the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sunflowerdead.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sunflowerdead

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sunflowerdead

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CO-OP Talks Touring, Music, Future Plans In New Interview With Phil’s Picks

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CO-OP band members Dash Cooper and Jeremy Tabor took some time recently to talk with Phil’s Picks about its current tour and singles, as well as its musical future.

Independent hard rock band CO-OP is out on the road in the middle of a very busy tour schedule. That schedule includes joining Sunflower Dead, The Lonely Ones, and others on their tours. It also includes a performance, coming up at this year’s Metal in the Mountains festival. Amid everything that the band is doing, guitarist Jeremy Tabor and front man Dash Cooper (yes, the son of the legendary front man Alice Cooper) took some time to talk with Phil’s Picks about its tour. The guys also took on topics, such as the band’s new music and its coming material, as well as balancing everything that it has going on right now. The guys’ talk with Phil’s Picks is featured here.

PP: CO-OP has been really busy this year.  Between new singles and new tour dates, you all are keeping active to say the least.  Between live dates with Smile Empty Soul, Sunflower Dead and The Lonely Ones, and a number of festival shows, including the hugely anticipated Metal in the Mountains, you guys really have and have had a lot on your plates this year.  You’ve even released two new singles and videos.  So how have you managed to balance everything?  It can’t begin to be easy, especially on the live side of things.

 CO: It’s all about the balancing act isn’t it? We’ve all learned that staying flexible is so important, things can (and usually do) change in an instant and how you react to that change has such an impact on your success. Like everyone else, we had a bunch of shows cancel over the past 18 months, so we utilized that time to write and record some new material and tinker with the live show. We’re just trying to roll with the punches and keep busy! 

PP: Speaking of the tour with The Lonely Ones and Sunflower Dead, I recently had the honor to interview The Lonely Ones front man Marty McCoy, and he spoke highly of CO-OP (and Sunflower Dead), noting that between word of mouth and research by the band, he felt you all (both bands) are “the type of bands we want to tour with.”  Receiving such praise, what goes through your mind?

CO: Oh wow, that’s so kind of him! Those guys are so awesome, and we’re so grateful to get a chance to do some shows together. Playing with bands like Sunflower Dead and The Lonely Ones and other bands of that high caliber, we just do our best to step it up and give everyone a great show. 

PP: Staying on that topic, when did you first learn that you had been tapped to join The Lonely Ones for its upcoming tour?  What was the first thing that went through your head when you were notified that you had been tapped to join the tour?

CO: We’re legitimate fans of those guys so we’ve been hounding our booking agent for months to get us together with them for some shows, and then when we were putting together this tour run the stars finally aligned and we were able to make it work.

PP: One of the stops on The Lonely Ones’ tour is close to me at Hooligans in Jacksonville, NC.  Have you all ever performed at Hooligans or other venues in North Carolina?  Which venue(s) are you really looking forward to playing on the tour with The Lonely Ones and Sunflower Dead?

CO: We played in North Carolina a couple of years ago, on a tour with our good friends Smile Empty Soul, I can’t remember for the life of me what the name of the venue was but I do remember the incredible BBQ we had! Hooligans is well known among touring musicians as an awesome venue so we’re excited to check it out! There are so many good shows on that tour it’s hard to pick one! I know the Newport in Columbus will be a packed show. 

PP: There have been lots of reports in recent weeks about the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.  What with COVID shutting down live music for such a long time through most of last year and even part of this year (and even forcing many shows to push back to 2022), are there any concerns among you all about the potential of your tours getting delayed or even worse?

CO: It’s such an unprecedented and unpredictable time we’re in, we’ve been trying to just focus on the immediate and tackle everything else as it comes. We’re excited to be back out here now playing shows again, but if that changes for some reason in the future we know we can adapt in whatever way we need to. 

PP: Switching gears for a moment, as already noted, CO-OP has released two new singles this year.  Each song is really enjoyable.  Lets start with your cover of Buffalo Springfield’s timeless song, ‘For What It’s Worth.’  The band’s take on the song is unique to say the least.  I like the contrast in energy in the verses and choruses.  I think it does well to help translate the song’s emotion.  How did you come to the decision on that arrangement and how long did it take to settle on that arrangement?

CO: We thought that it seemed like a very relevant song to try and bring into a modern context. It seemed like the anxiety and uncertainty that was expressed in the original was still as powerful today. Building from that, we thought that intensifying the tension between the verses and choruses would highlight those feelings. When we went into the studio we had a general roadmap of what we wanted, but it was definitely a process that went through a lot of revision before we found what we were looking for. 

PP: Staying on that cover, what was the inspiration to take on that song?  It’s one that has been covered so many times by other acts.

CO: I think it was Cory’s (our drummer) idea actually to try it. He did some investigating and realized even though so many people had covered it they always stayed pretty true to the original. He always comes to us with these crazy cool cover ideas, but with a twist, so this one just felt like it was something we could run with and make a lot of fun.

PP: Moving on to your other recent song, ‘Lie To Me,’ it really is a good modern rock type work.  Talk to me if you will about that song.  What is the inspiration behind that one?  The guitars, drums, and bass are so heavy and rich in this song.  I’m going to sound dumb here, I know, but I’ll say it.  The choruses….those gritty vocals, I can’t help but think of Chad Gray (Hellyeah, Mudvayne).  Was that an intentional approach?  Just talk to me about the song in general.

CO: ‘Lie to Me’ was the first song we started working on after the last album release, and we really wanted to build off that energy. We had been talking about early 2000s rock bands, and the awesome grooves those songs had and wanted something that was a little but of a callback to that. Dash gets a lot of comparisons to Chad actually, he takes it as a huge compliment! They have a really similar range and Dash’s voice naturally just has that rasp and grit to it. 

PP:  Getting back on the matter of CO-OP playing live, you all are scheduled to perform at Metal in the Mountains this year.  Now we all know it was cancelled last year due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  So when did you find out that you had been tapped to play the festival and what went through your mind when you found out, because you’re going to be in some pretty well-known company at the festival (E.g. Soulfly, A Killer’s Confession, Butcher Babies, and The Lonely Ones just to name a handful).  What does it mean to you all to be among so many established and up-and-coming acts at such a respected festival?

CO: I think we booked Metal in the Mountains pretty early on actually, we wanted to hit as many festivals as we could this summer after all the cancellations last year. We’re always honored anytime we get to play with such incredible bands, and especially so many bands we’re huge fans of! We work really hard to get our music out to people so it means everything to us to have opportunities like this to do just that.

PP: Now you all are scheduled to perform on the last day of Metal in the Mountains.  That means that you’ll have time to check out other bands in the meantime.  That time provided, what bands are you looking forward to seeing perform?

CO: Unfortunately Metal in the Mountains falls right in the middle of a back to back schedule for us, so we won’t be able to check out the other days, but I know we’re getting there early on the day we play and plan on watching all the bands! We’ll be at the merch table all day hanging out and enjoying some awesome music! 

PP:  Just one more question for you guys.  Unless I’m missing anything, the last album that CO-OP released was its self-titled album in 2018.  So can you offer my readers and your fans any update on a new album?  As noted, you guys have two singles out already.  I imagine you’ve had time between all your live shows to write even more.  So what can audiences expect from you all in that avenue? 

CO: We have a 5 song EP coming in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for that, and we have about 25 more songs to put the final touches on. But we’re always writing more. The idea is to release a new batch of 5 songs every 3 or 4 months and then maybe a full length. So expect lots and lots of new music coming! 

More information on CO-OP’s tour and music is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: https://co-op.band

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/co-opband

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Sunflower Dead Premieres New Single, Video

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Sunflower Dead debuted its latest single and the song’s companion video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘The Underneath‘ and its “visualizer” Friday. The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming album, March of the Leper, which is scheduled for release in early 2022. An exact release date is under consideration. Pre-orders are open.

March of the Leper will release through a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

1. Signed CD

2. Signed Vinyl

3. Signed Limited Edition Cassette

4. Signed CD/T-Shirt Bundle

5. Signed Vinyl/T-shirt Bundle

6. Signed Cassette/T-Shirt Bundle

7. Everything Bundle

The musical arrangement featured in ‘The Underneath’ is a heavy, aggro-metal type composition. The thick crunch of the guitars and the richness of the bass and drums pairs with the gritty vocal delivery to give the song in whole a sound and stylistic approach that will appeal widely to hard rock and metal fans.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the debut of the new song and its visualizer. However, the visualizer’s imagery — a cloaked zombie type figure caught in the middle of a group of screaming, “normal” individuals and a close listen to the song infers that this is one of those familiar songs that addresses feelings of being a social outcast because of society’s norms. That is just this critic’s interpretation and should not be taken as the only inference.

In other news, Sunflower Dead has planned an extensive summer tour run, including a run alongside CO-OP as support for The Lonely Ones on its upcoming tour, and even a performance at this year’s Metal in the Mountains festival. The band’s tour schedule is noted below.

August/September Tour Dates:

8/13 Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal *

8/14 CO Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios* 

8/15 Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway *

8/17 St. Joseph, MO – Cafe Acoustic *

8/19 Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi +

8/20 Battle Creek, MI – Music Factory +

8/21 Keokuk, IA – L-Treyns +

8/22 Mishawaka, IN – Smokestack Brew +

8/25 Columbia, MO – Rose Music Hall ^

8/26 Joliet, IL – The Forge ^

8/27 Marietta, OH – The Adelphia +

8/28 Columbus, OH – Newport Music +

8/29 Pipestem, WV – MITM Festival

8/31 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub +

9/1 Charleston, WV – Sam’s Uptown ~

9/3 Huntington, WV – V Club + 

9/4 Akron, OH – Empire +

9/7 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Saloon +

9/8 Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s +

9/9 Sioux Falls, SD – Bigs Bar +

9/10 Janesville, WI – Back Bar +

9/11 Chippewa Falls, WI – Joels 4Corners +

9/12 Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon +

9/14 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *

9/16 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom =

9/17 OKC, OK – Whiskey Nights =

9/18 Katy, TX – Wildcatter Saloon =

9/19 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey =

   * SFD Only

   + The Lonely Ones & SFD

   ^ Sons Of Texas & SFD

   ~ SFD & Co-Op

   = Otherwise & SFD

More information on Sunflower Dead’s new single, video, album and tour is available online now along with the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.sunflowerdead.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/sunflowerdead

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sunflowerdead

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The Lonely Ones Front Man Talks Touring, Making Music In New Interview

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The Lonely Ones is preparing to head out on tour later this month. Front man Marty McCoy took some time ahead of the tour to talk with Phil’s Picks about touring and making music.

Independent hard rock band The Lonely Ones has been making waves in the past year or so with a series of hit singles. The band’s growing popularity is only sure to grow even more as it prepares to launch a new tour Aug. 19. The band’s tour includes performances in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and at the upcoming Metal in the Mountains concert festival in Pipestem, WV.

Front man Marty McCoy took some time to talk to Phil’s Picks about its tour plans and making music ahead of the tour’s launch. The transcript of that interview is featured here.

PP: The Lonely Ones is gearing up to hit the road for its upcoming summer/fall tour.  What is going through each of your minds as you prepare to get out in front of audiences again after live music was put on hold for such a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

MM: We are excited, nervous, but very prepared. We’ve been rehearsing six hours a day seven days a week, but everything changes when we hit the stage for the first time.

PP: I’ve tried to do my research for this interview, but haven’t seen any sign of albums from you guys.  That aside, the singles that you have released seem to have really gained traction among audiences and music outlets.  The songs that you have released have also taken on some very serious and relatable topics.  Talk to me if you will about what specifically people are saying about your songs?  Are people finding inspiration?  Are they saying they’ve been in these situations with drug abuse, or abusive relationships?  What do those reactions mean to you?

 MM: The songs come from personal experience. When you write from the heart, people listen from the heart. I’ve heard a lot of comments on the tune “Eternal Sadness” specifically. The pandemic left a lot of us lost and let dark thoughts creep into our minds. We as humans need each other to survive. People have told us that the song let them know they were not alone. 

PP: Staying on the matter of your singles, your cover of Queen’s song from the Flash Gordon movie has really garnered you some respect.  Queen guitarist Brian May and Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones, have each offered words of support.  Considering the cult status of the movie and the worldwide support of Queen to this day, what does that support from them mean to you all? 

MM: For Brian May to say we did a great job covering his song is a dream come true. Sam J. Jones He’s a super nice guy and we met him face-to-face, we thanked him over and over again for sending it to Brian. Sam is a hero in my book.

PP: Additionally, what was the inspiration for taking on that song from Flash Gordon?  It seems like such a random song to take on.  Also, your take on that song came very close to Arrow Video’s Blu-ray re-issue of Flash Gordon.  Was that timing just coincidence.  Have you seen the movie’s latest re-issue?

MM: We were a brand new band at the time and we wanted to do something a bit different. Everyone’s doing covers, so we wanted to do a cover not everyone could do. It was scary, but I think we pulled it off. We’ve heard years ago that they were going to do a remake of Flash Gordon. The plan was always to be a part of that. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

PP: Since we’re talking movies right now, what are some of your favorites movies?  What is it that makes them your favorites?  Do you all stream more content in terms of movies nowadays or do you prefer watching in theaters?

MM: I still love going to the theater. Of course I do the streaming thing that’s just the way it is these days. My favorite movie of all time is The Exorcist. That movie scared the hell out of me, still does.

PP: Getting back on the topic of the upcoming tour, talk to me if you will, about how the tour schedule came about.  In looking at the tour, which has two distinct legs, the first leg is specifically throughout the Midwest while the second leg (with Seven Year Witch) is more directly throughout the southeast, in states such as West Virginia, Florida, and here in North Carolina.  So how was it all planned?

MM: 2021 is a traffic jam out there. Every musician in every band is trying to get back to what they do best. So it was definitely difficult trying to book a tour. Our agency TKO has done a fantastic job at navigating through such a heavily saturated battlefield.  

PP: Speaking of the North Carolina dates, one of those shows is close to me at Hooligan’s in Jacksonville.  Have you ever played in North Carolina previously?  How did you come to choose Hooligan’s? 

MM: We’ve played Hooligans for years. It’s a wonderful venue and the promoter is a good friend of ours. We will always play that club. It’s a good vibe and the town is full of wild ones.

PP: Expanding a little more on the tour, Sunflower Dead and Co-op are scheduled to join The Lonely Ones for the first leg of your upcoming tour.  My understanding is that they will share time as support for the tour.  What is it about these two bands, which themselves are largely independent, that drew you all to them?

MM: They write great music. We did our research and every band that’s talked with them previously said they were wonderful to be on the road with. Our fans told us about them as well. Word on the street they put on a great show. That’s the type of bands we want to tour with.

PP: Let’s stay on the topic of other bands for a moment since we’re on that matter.  There are obviously a lot of great acts out there from one genre to the next that could easily be one of the next big names within its given genre.  So what are some of the bands that you all have really picked up on that you think others might enjoy?

MM: There are so many great bands right now. Ohio alone has many. Beartooth, The Violent, Starset, South of Eden, just to name a few. Check those cats out and you’ll have plenty to listen to for the next 6 months. 

PP: Bringing everything full circle as we wind things down, you all are signed now to Imagen Records.  So with that deal in place, when can audiences expect an album or even EP from The Lonely Ones?  You all have really built excitement and anticipation, again, with all of the singles you’ve released.  So is there a time table on that matter?

MM: Not yet. We’re not sure if albums make sense right now. It’s a singles world, not my favorite world but that’s how it goes these days. We have enough songs for two albums, but I don’t think we are getting enough awareness about the band yet to drop an album.

The Lonely Ones’ full tour schedule is noted below.

The Lonely Ones Tour Dates:

Thu, Aug 19, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory

Sat, Aug 21, 2021 Keokuk, IA L-Treyns

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 Mishawaka, IN Smokestack Brew

Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Columbus, OH The Basement

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 Pipestem, WV Metal In The Mountains

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 Akron, OH Empire Concert Club

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 Huntington, WV V Club

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Janesville, WI Back Bar

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Chippewa Falls, WI Joel’s 4 Corners

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 Braidwood, IL Top Fuel Saloon

With Seven Year Witch

Sat, Oct 2, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA Scandal’s

Sun. Oct 3, 2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s

Tue. Oct 5, 2021 Gainsville, FL High Dive

Thur. Oct 7, 2021 Punta Gorda, FL Bert’s Back Porch

Fri. Oct 8, 2021 Tampa, FL Brass Mug

Sat. Oct 9, 2021 Sanford, FL West End Trading Co.

Sun. Oct 10, 2021 Jacksonville, FL Archetype

Mon. Oct 11, 2021 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

Tue. Oct 12, 2021 Greenville, SC The Radio Room

Wed. Oct 13, 2021 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

Thur. Oct 14, 2021 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger

Fri. Oct 15, 2021 Pipestem, WV Pipestem Event Center

Sat. Oct 16, 2021 Winchester, VA Blue Fox

The Lonely Ones has made waves since 2020, releasing a cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ (from the 1980 big screen adaptation of the Flash Gordon comic strip), and the singles, ‘Change The Station,’ ‘Real Big Trouble, ‘Eternal Sadness,’ and ‘The Lonely One.’

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new tour plans is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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The Lonely Ones Takes On America’s Opiod Epidemic In New Single

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The Lonely Ones debuted its latest single this weekend.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Gettin’ High‘ Friday. The song’s premiere comes less than a month after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Dyin’ All Night Long.’ The musical arrangement in the new single is a driving, straight forward composition. The high-energy composition is grounded in its guitar line and drums. They and the vocal delivery style of front man Marty McCoy make the song comparable to works from the likes of Buckcherry, The Exies, and to a lesser extent, Stone Temple Pilots.

While the musical arrangement featured in the song is high-energy, it is a stark contrast to the song’s lyrical theme. According to McCoy, the song’s lyrical theme centers on the topic of the nation’s opioid epidemic, making that energy seem like such a contrast to this matter. That is because typically, songs that take on this familiar topic tend to be more brooding and heavy than this work.

McCoy had the following to say of the song’s lyrical theme:

“We’ve seen the opioid crisis ravage the world and unfortunately every single person in America has been touched by it in some way.  Either with our own struggles or people very close to us. It’s a national emergency and the lyrics describe one of many experiences I’ve had with this drug taking away people I cared very deeply about” says Marty McCoy, the band’s vocalist/guitarist.

In other news The Lonely Ones has also announced a new series of live dates. The dates, which are scheduled to begin Oct. 2 in Virginia Beach, VA are alongside Seven Year Witch. They follow a handful of headlining dates, which are scheduled to run from Aug. 19 in Indianapolis, IN to Sept. 12 in Braidwood, IL. The bands’ tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 16 in Winchester, VA. It features performances in cities, such as Jacksonville, NC; Columbus, OH and Iowa City, IA.

The Lonely Ones’ new live dates come on the heels of an announcement in March, of another tour alongside Sunflower Dead and Coop. The full tour schedule is noted below.

The Lonely Ones Tour Dates:

Thu, Aug 19, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory

Sat, Aug 21, 2021 Keokuk, IA L-Treyns

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 Mishawaka, IN Smokestack Brew

Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Columbus, OH The Basement

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 Pipestem, WV Metal In The Mountains

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 Akron, OH Empire Concert Club

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 Huntington, WV V Club

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Janesville, WI Back Bar

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Chippewa Falls, WI Joel’s 4 Corners

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 Braidwood, IL Top Fuel Saloon

With Seven Year Witch

Sat, Oct 2, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA Scandal’s

Sun. Oct 3, 2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s

Tue. Oct 5, 2021 Gainsville, FL High Dive

Thur. Oct 7, 2021 Punta Gorda, FL Bert’s Back Porch

Fri. Oct 8, 2021 Tampa, FL Brass Mug

Sat. Oct 9, 2021 Sanford, FL West End Trading Co.

Sun. Oct 10, 2021 Jacksonville, FL Archetype

Mon. Oct 11, 2021 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

Tue. Oct 12, 2021 Greenville, SC The Radio Room

Wed. Oct 13, 2021 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

Thur. Oct 14, 2021 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger

Fri. Oct 15, 2021 Pipestem, WV Pipestem Event Center

Sat. Oct 16, 2021 Winchester, VA Blue Fox

The Lonely Ones has made waves since 2020, releasing a cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ (from the 1980 big screen adaptation of the Flash Gordon comic strip), and the singles, ‘Change The Station,’ ‘Real Big Trouble, ‘Eternal Sadness,’ and ‘The Lonely One.’

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new tour plans is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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The Lonely Ones Addresses Abusive Relationships In New Single; Announces Live Dates

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The Lonely Ones premiered its latest single this week.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Dyin’ All Night Long‘ Friday. The song’s premiere comes more than four months after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Change The Station‘ and its companion video.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Dyin’ All Night Long’ is a heavy, driving, gutiar-centered composition. Front man Marty McCoy’s vocal delivery draws its own interest through the similarity in its sound and style to that of Avenged Sevenfold front man M. Shadows in this case. The song in whole is a radio ready work that will fit easily into any active rock radio programmer’s play list.

The lyrical content that accompanies the high-energy musical arrangement addresses the very real issue of abuse relationships according to McCoy.

“The song is about an abusive relationship, which is a lot more common than most people realize,” he said. It’s easy to see from the outside looking in. When you’re in one of those relationships, you make excuses for the other person. In this song the victim has had enough.”

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In other news The Lonely Ones has also announced a new series of live dates. The dates, which are scheduled to begin Oct. 2 in Virginia Beach, VA are alongside Seven Year Witch. The bands’ tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 16 in Winchester, VA. It features performances in cities, such as Jacksonville, NC; Columbus, OH and Iowa City, IA.

The Lonely Ones’ new live dates come on the heels of an announcement in March, of another tour alongside Sunflower Dead and Coop. The full tour schedule is noted below.

The Lonely Ones Tour Dates:

Thu, Aug 19, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory

Sat, Aug 21, 2021 Keokuk, IA L-Treyns

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 Mishawaka, IN Smokestack Brew

Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Columbus, OH The Basement

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 Pipestem, WV Metal In The Mountains

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 Akron, OH Empire Concert Club

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 Huntington, WV V Club

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Janesville, WI Back Bar

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Chippewa Falls, WI Joel’s 4 Corners

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 Braidwood, IL Top Fuel Saloon

With Seven Year Witch

Sat, Oct 2, 2021 Virginia Beach, VA Scandal’s

Sun. Oct 3, 2021 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s

Tue. Oct 5, 2021 Gainsville, FL High Dive

Thur. Oct 7, 2021 Punta Gorda, FL Bert’s Back Porch

Fri. Oct 8, 2021 Tampa, FL Brass Mug

Sat. Oct 9, 2021 Sanford, FL West End Trading Co.

Sun. Oct 10, 2021 Jacksonville, FL Archetype

Mon. Oct 11, 2021 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

Tue. Oct 12, 2021 Greenville, SC The Radio Room

Wed. Oct 13, 2021 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend

Thur. Oct 14, 2021 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger

Fri. Oct 15, 2021 Pipestem, WV Pipestem Event Center

Sat. Oct 16, 2021 Winchester, VA Blue Fox

The Lonely Ones has made waves since 2020, releasing a cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ (from the 1980 big screen adaptation of the Flash Gordon comic strip), and the singles, ‘Change The Station,’ ‘Real Big Trouble, ‘Eternal Sadness,’ and ‘The Lonely One.’

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new tour plans is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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Ra Announces New Live Dates

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Ra announced a new string of live dates this week.

The band announced Wednesday it will launch “The Intercorrupted Tour” Aug. 20 in Madison, WI. The tour, which is scheduled to run through Aug. 29 in Louisville, KY, is in support of the band’s latest album, Intercorrupted, which was released March 19 through Wake Up! Music. The label is also home to A Killer’s Confession.

Awake At Last, who recently premiered its new single, ‘Armageddon‘ and its lyric video,’ will serve as support alongside Reddstar for the majority of the tour. The Lonely Ones, September Mourning, and Sunflower Dead will share time on stage at Ra’s Aug. 27 show in Marietta, GA, while September Mourning will serve as support on the Aug. 29 show. The band’s Aug. 28 concert is at the Metal in the Mountains concert festival in Pipestem, WV.

More information on Ra’s new tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://raband.net

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/OfficialRA

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RATHEBAND

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The Lonely Ones Announces New Live Dates

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With COVID-19 vaccinations increasing nationwide, life is slowly getting back to normal, it would seem.

One sign that things might actually be getting back to normal is the tentative return of live music. One band that announced some tentative live dates this week is the independent rock band The Lonely Ones.

The band announced Wednesday, it has mapped out a tour that runs from Aug. 19 in Indianapolis, IN to Sept. 12 in Braidwood, IL. The tour, which takes the band through the Midwest, also features dates in cities, such as Iowa City, IA; Columbus, OH, and Janesville, WI.

The tour’s tentative dates are noted below.

The Lonely Ones Tour Dates:

Thu, Aug 19, 2021 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 Battle Creek, MI The Music Factory

Sat, Aug 21, 2021 Keokuk, IA L-Treyns

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 Mishawaka, IN Smokestack Brew

Sat, Aug 28, 2021 Columbus, OH The Basement

Sun, Aug 29, 2021 Pipestem, WV Metal In The Mountains

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 Akron, OH Empire Concert Club

Sat, Sep 4, 2021 Huntington, WV V Club

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Iowa City, IA Gabe’s

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 Des Moines, IA Lefty’s

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 Janesville, WI Back Bar

Sat, Sep 11, 2021 Chippewa Falls, WI Joel’s 4 Corners

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 Braidwood, IL Top Fuel Saloon

The Lonely Ones has made waves since 2020, releasing a cover of Queen’s ‘Flash Gordon/The Hero‘ (from the 1980 big screen adaptation of the Flash Gordon comic strip), and the singles, ‘Change The Station,’ ‘Real Big Trouble, ‘Eternal Sadness,’ and ‘The Lonely One.’

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new tour plans is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

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The Lonely Ones Debuts New Single, ‘Real Big Trouble’

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Independent rock band The Lonely Ones debuted its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted its new single ‘Real Big Trouble‘ Friday.  The song is the band’s first new music since the debut of its single ‘The Lonely One’ March 23.  The band debuted its cover of Queen’s Flash Gordon theme song in July.  Its debut was not connected to Arrow Video’s re-issue of Universal’s 1980 movie last month.  The movie was an adaptation of the classic comic strip.

The Lonely Ones’ cover of Queen’s original has received praise from Queen guitarist Brian May and Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones, since its debut.

May said of the cover, “What a fantastic cover! I didn’t realize they were going to go into The Hero and the whole reprise…magnificent!”

Jones also praised the band’s cover.

“This is one of the best covers I have ever heard and seen,” he said. “What a gifted group – The Lonely Ones are for everyone of us, from the 1980’s to right now!”

The Lonely Ones’ new single is a heavy work that will fit into any active rock radio station programmer’s daily play list.  The melodic hard rock arrangement featured in the song is grounded in its bass and drums.  The guitar and vocals build on that foundation to flesh out the song even more.

The lyrical content featured in this song hints at someone who has caved under the pressure of his past. He even goes so far as to say, “I’m ready for the judgement day/I’m crawling out of my skin/I got myself in some real big trouble again.”

More information on The Lonely Ones’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelonelyonesband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/_thelonelyones_

 

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May, Jones Praise The Lonely One’s ‘Flash Gordon Theme/The Hero’ Cover

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The Lonely Ones’ cover of Queen’s Flash Gordon theme song/’The Hero’ is getting some high praise.

The song, which the band debuted in July has received praise from Queen guitarist Brian May and Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones.  A comment from May on the song was released Wednesday, noting of The Lonely Ones’ cover, “What a fantastic cover! I didn’t realize they were going to go into The Hero and the whole reprise…magnificent!”

Jones also praised the band’s cover.

“This is one of the best covers I have ever heard and seen,” he said. “What a gifted group – The Lonely Ones are for everyone of us, from the 1980’s to right now!”

The band’s take on the song pays full tribute to Queen’s version of the classic work.  The Lonely Ones’ rendition is longer than that of Queen, with the original clocking in at just under three minutes and the cover coming in at five-and-a-half-minutes.  Even with that in mind, the band’s cover is still very much in line with Queen’s original work.

The band talked about its take on the song in a collective statement.

“We recorded Flash in 2019 – a pretty dark year for the four of us on all fronts,” the statement reads. Our original musical output reflected that darkness, so recording a cartoonishly triumphant, heroic cover song seemed like a good counter-balance. Fast forward to spring 2020 and the impending COVID-19 Stay at Home order. With limited time and help from some fans we got our friends together to film a music video while we were still able. It’s July now and, with the future more unclear than ever, it seems like the perfect time to release the most positive song we have.  I hope you enjoy it. “Flash/The Hero. A Queen Cover.”

The Lonely Ones’ cover of the Flash Gordon theme song/’The Hero’ is available to stream and download here.

 

Courtesy: Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment Group

The debut of The Lonely Ones’ cover of the song came less than a month ahead of the Blu-ray and 4KUHD re-issue of the classic movie Flash Gordon.  Arrow Video re-issued the movie on the noted platforms last month.  The debuts are not connected, however.

The new re-issue features a companion booklet with new liner notes on the movie penned by a variety of film critics and historians; separate feature length audio commentaries by Mike Hodges and Brian Blessed; cast interviews; a behind-the-scenes making of featurette; archival interview with Mike Hodges, screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr. and comic book artist Alex Ross as well as much more.

More information on The Lonely Ones’ cover of ‘Flash Gordon’/’The Hero’ is available along with all of the band’s latest news at The Lonely Ones’ official Facebook page.

More information on Arrow Video’s forthcoming re-issue of Flash Gordon is available along with all of the company’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.arrowfilms.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/ArrowVideo

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/ArrowFilmsVideo

 

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