The Wrecks: Portland March 24

By Katelyn Saia

No matter the size of the crowd, The Wrecks put on a damn good show.  The Wrecks are a Los Angeles based indie rock band, consisting of five members; Nick Anderson (lead singer), Aaron Kelley (bassist), Westen Weiss (guitar/keys), Billy Nally (drummer), and Nick Schmizz (guitar).  The band has a decent following with over 10k Twitter followers and two self-produced EP’s titled “We Are The Wrecks”, which was released in 2017, and “Panic Vertigo”, which was released in 2018.  They have opened for bands such as All Time Low and are now currently on tour with New Politics, alongside Dreamers.

This was my second time seeing The Wrecks at a concert, each time better than the last.  My best friend and I saw them open for All Time Low in Boston over the summer, when we had no clue who they were.  As soon as we saw them perform, we knew we had to see them again at some point.  Their music is intriguing because it doesn’t exactly fit under the category of pop punk, but it’s just as hard-hitting and filled with emotion, like all good music is.  The energy of the fans who were at the concert were captivating. It was something that I wanted to be a part of.

The show we went to was in Portland, Maine.  The crowd was surprisingly small, but that didn’t stop the bands from putting on a great show.  I don’t think it was because people weren’t interested in seeing the bands, I just think that Portland isn’t as big of a city as Boston, and the venue was kind of odd for this concert as well.  The venue is usually used for plays, so it was very large and made it seem like there were less people than there actually were.  There’s no better feeling than to be so close to the people you look up to as role models, and to be surrounded by people who are invested in the same thing as you. 

The Wrecks played a lot of my favourite songs, including a few off their new EP, “Panic Vertigo.”  It felt amazing to know all the words and to be able to sing along and to just let go of everything.  As soon as they started performing, I forgot about any worries or fears I had going on in my life and just enjoyed what was happening in the moment.  The band draws people in and makes it hard to not love them.  When they played “Favourite Liar” off their first EP, I had never related to those lyrics more than I did in that moment, and it made me appreciate the song that little bit more.  My all-time favourite song by The Wrecks is “Way With Words” from their second EP, because it’s one of their more emotional songs and is one that I relate to.  I think the lyrics for the song are smart and creative, but they also hold a lot of meaning.  To me, the song is about someone wanting to get back together after their previous relationship ending negatively, but the other person doesn’t want to because they know it’ll never work.  The song is more laid-back than their other songs, so I gravitate more towards it when I want something more relaxing, but is still going to make me think.

After they performed, some of the members of The Wrecks hung out at the merchandise table to meet fans. I can safely say that The Wrecks are genuine people who have a passion for music, love what they’re doing, and are happy to be there.

We haven’t heard or seen the last of them, not even close.

To see The Wrecks live for yourself, check to see if they’re touring near you! 

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LISTEN: Unreleased Fall Out Boy songs that didn’t make it into MANIA!

By Maddie Birkett

MANIA is arguably one of the best album releases of this year so far, and we can totally understand why Fall Out Boy decided to push back the release from September 2015 to January 2018 after listening to the hard work that went into the album.

However, four months is a long time to push back an album, so FOB being the stand-up guys that the are, decided to give fans a little surprise. One lucky fan was sent an EP titled ‘Llamania’ from Frosty and the Nightmare Making Machine, AKA the monsters that FOB created. It featured three tracks. You can listen to the demos here:

But sadly it is not likely that we’ll ever hear the end product of these demos..

Let us know your favourite from the EP and album!

Panic! At The Disco drop a new music video, album release date + more!

By Maddie Birkett

Fans have been counting down the last few weeks after mysterious hints have been given to a number of fans. This included bottles of holy water being delivered to some lucky fans’ doors, but finally the day has arrived!

Panic! At The Disco have announced that their new album Pray For The Wicked will be released on June 22nd, and can already be pre-ordered here.

And of course you’ll want to see the album performed live, so here’s the tour dates with ARIZONA and Hayley Kiyoko. Tickets go on pre-sale at 9am local time on March 30th. More information here.

But to keep you tied over until the album release, Panic! have kindly released a music video for their new single ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night) which you can watch here:

And also released an additional track from the upcoming album titled ‘(Fuck A) Silver Lining), but don’t listen to that one without your earphones..

Lastly, Panic! At The Disco have also revealed the newest member of the band. Nicole Row will join them as the new bassist! You can follow her on Instagram here.

 

P.S, Can’t get enough of ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’? Watch the live performance of it on Jimmy Fallon!

 

Let us know if you’ll be catching Panic! At The Disco on tour!

Volte Interview + ‘Devil in Me’ Review

Volte

By Maddie Birkett

‘Devil in Me’ (which can be heard here) is the debut single delivered by Breakaway’s front man Sam Biland, as he ventures into his solo project known as Volte. But you’ll hear a noticeable difference in sound compared to Breakaway’s releases.

The track is labelled as dark pop, but listening to it is soothing for the soul. 

The lyrics are relatable on a number of levels with each sentence holding significance.  But most importantly, the track is easy to listen to. The vocals are strong, controlled, yet full of emotion so each element of the track can be enjoyed as a whole.  It puts your mind at ease for the 3:35 minutes that you’re listening to it. With a catchy chorus that’ll hook you, ‘Devil in Me’ is the perfect song to unwind to after a long day.

When you read the interview below, you’ll understand where all of the emotion comes from.

Sam has been from hell and back to deliver us all with this track that’s destined to be a hit.

  1. You’ve just launched your debut single ‘Devil in Me’, which has a refreshing and relaxing tone to it, what inspired the song? I think a lot of people can definitely relate to the lyrics.

 

I went through a really dark year, I ended a relationship, my room mate at the time stole my identity putting me thousands of dollars in debt and I was sedated due to struggles with depression, I needed help and writing is where I have always turned. Music has always saved my life, if people can relate to my lyrics and it can help them in their time of need then I have achieved all I wanted to for this project.

 

  1. You’re also the vocalist of Breakaway, what was the reason behind going solo?

 

My biggest passion in life is writing songs, I love being in Breakaway and I always will but I didn’t want my writing to be constricted to only one genre, my music taste has expanded so much over the last few years and I started to be more influenced by dark pop music like The Neighbourhood, Halsey and K.flay which isn’t a direction I could take with Breakaway. That’s when I started writing for Volte, I’ve had the time of my life writing these songs. It’s a new and exciting challenge. I can’t wait to show everyone what comes next.

 

  1. How is the process different compared to being in a band? Was it more nerve-wracking or exciting?

 

It’s so different, with a band you have multiple opinions on everything, and that can be really challenging at times and as a writer you can feel constricted. Going solo was all about trusting my gut and writing songs for myself, the songs that I wanted to hear, and the stories I wanted to tell with no constrictions, it was so liberating to go in the studio with a clear mind and doing it for me and only me, I learnt a lot about myself and it pushed me to improve as a writer.

 

  1. Your sound has been described as ‘Halsey and Jared Leto’s bastard son’, which sounds like the ultimate combination. How would you describe your new music?

 

Haha that came from a Music Feeds review of ‘Devil In Me’ and some of my friends changed the wording a little! I would describe my sound as Dark Pop beats with early 2000’s emo inspired lyrics.

 

  1. You’ve stated that the name Volte was another spelling for vault, meaning a safe place to store the valuable things in your life. I love that idea because for so many people music is a valuable part of their lives. I also think that music is like a vault in the sense that certain songs store memories that are relived when played. Was it important for your music to carry that meaning?

 

Definitely, these songs are so personal to me and so are the stories they tell. Every song is a memory and Volte is the project I’m storing my most personal memories.

 

  1. Can we expect a music video for ‘Devil in Me’? If so, what can you tell us about it?

 

Originally I wasn’t going to shoot a video until a few songs down the track, but the right opportunity arose with some people I’ve wanted to work with for a long time and they had a concept that just seemed to fit my vision for where I’m headed.

 

  1. What’s next for Volte? Is an EP in the works? Or some shows?

 

Right now I’m just enjoying having a single out and giving people a taste of what’s to come, nothing is set in stone yet (I have a few songs in the ‘Volte’) but there will definitely be a lot more music this year and I’m hoping to hit the road towards the end of the year with my live band! I feel like I’m about to connect with a whole different audience than I did with Breakaway and that really excites me, I can’t wait to start touring and meeting people.

‘Devil in Me’ has already ranked number 11 on the Triple J Unearthed Overall Charts within its first week of release.

Thanks to Sam for taking the time to answer our questions.

We’re so excited to hear what Volte brings out next!

 

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