Jonny Craig has struggled with drug usage for the better part of this decade. In fact, he’s struggled so much that he’s either left or been kicked out of three bands now. First, it was Emarosa in 2010, then Dance Gavin Dance in 2012, and, after some give-and-take, he is out of Slaves as of this year. While he is on mostly good terms with these bands (even touring with DGD while he was with Slaves, filling in on some songs), the consensus seems to be that he isn’t stable enough to fulfill persistent vocal duties.
“A long time ago I dumped a guy and later on, when my career started to take off, he tried to come back into my life,” explains RIVALS vocalist Kalie Wolfe of their new single “Supernova”. “I sort of wrote this as a f*ck you song to him, that he won’t get me now after all the stuff between us happened.”
RIVALS forthcoming 2-song EP Supernova is due out on November 8th via Smartpunk Records and is now available for pre-order. “We’ve really started to step up the creativity with sounds and environments,” describes Wolfe. “Building and creating a world around a theme and trying to show everyone what we see and feel. Between “Supernova” and “Thunderstorms,” we really stepped out of our comfort zone for this.”
After much speculation on the future of Slaves following a significant vocalist departure, the band has returned with new vocalist Matt McAndrew, formerly of NBC’s The Voice. The new single “Heavier” is taken from their upcoming full length to be released later this year.
We recently had the opportunity to review Slaves newest album Beautiful Death, officially being released tomorrow, February 16th via SBG Records. Beautiful Death, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set it Off, Hands Like Houses), is set to be the band’s most powerful release to date. Vocalist Jonny Craig comments, “With this album, I feel like I have the chance to be the person I was supposed to be the entire time.” Wow is he right, every song on this album is unique sounding instrumentally with the common themes of persistence (seen in songs such as “Patience is the Virtue” and “The Pact”) and heart-break (seen in songs such as “True Colors” and “Deadly Conversations”) reappearing throughout.