Pinch us if you’ve heard this before. Band _____ is working on “heavier”, “mature”, and/or “melodic” new music. They’re all buzzwords that industryheads and musicians alike enjoy using as descriptors, but in reality, do they really mean much? No matter. Motionless In White are one such band that you wouldn’t be surprised to hear going in a “heavier” direction, a year after the release of their successful album Disguise. However, with a plethora of tour dates the band had to cancel in the wake of the coronavirus, perhaps there is something for vocalist Chris Motionless to be angry about.
Critically acclaimed alt-rock band Anberlin went their separate ways in 2014, with a grand finale that was an experience to anyone able to make it out. While the band did reunite for a late 2018 hometown show with Underoath and a subsequent successful tour last year, it appears the last bastion of the band’s hiatus is drawing to a close – the band just announced they’ll be releasing new music.
When confronted with people who constantly put us down and damage our self-worth, it can easily chip away and whittle down our resolve to basically nothing. Pardon the Pokemon references, but these constant damaging attacks can at best cripple our ability to create and/or function – and at worst, knock us out. In the challenging and uncertain times we face, standing up for yourself is a necessary act of defiance – lest you get trampled by those that would seek to take you for granted.
For Vespera frontman Casval Wolfe, he knows all too well the struggles of dealing with overbearing and egotistical personalities. Having toured with bands like Falling In Reverse and Dayshell over the years, it wasn’t until a few years ago that he decided to strike out with his own band. Given Wolfe’s experiences with those bands, the song might well be a cleverly referencing song about some of the egotistical vocalists in the scene as much as it could be applied to the everyday person stuck in a toxic relationship.
Luckily for music fans, those initial struggles were but a prelude to one of music’s more interesting bands right now. Combining a strong audio-visual component with accessible, yet intricate music that straddles the lines between rock, metal, and progressive, what Vespera is doing is intriguing indeed. The band’s new single, “Gossamer”, confronts the people who would bring us down in a very direct way – and the visual portion of the song – directed by Jon Vulpine – is also an important watch. Be warned – it contains sensitive images and visuals.
It’s a challenging time to be releasing new music in any fashion. With a global pandemic affecting the lives of just about everyone worldwide, there’s even more roadblocks to an often thankless job considering that most musicians can’t play a proper show right now.
Luckily, there’s still plenty of high energy pop-punk to make your day better. Fresh off nearly 2 years of playing shows for 2018’s She’s Out to Get Me, Dayton, OH pop punk outfit Life In Idle has just released their new single “Hourglass” with an accompanying lyric video. We’re stoked to be premiering the new video for the track, which you can watch below.