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Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach

March 31, 2009 by  
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prrmainOn March 24th, Papa Roach will release their latest album “Metamorphosis”. With singles Hollywood Whore and Lifeline already gaining momentum this album was a battle cry for the band (Jacoby Shaddix on vocals, Tobin Esperance on bass, Jerry Horton on guitar, and Tony Palermo on drums) who call it their rock record of the decade.
The band returned to the Paramour Mansion in LA to write the album (their fifth studio release for anyone counting) and tuned out all outside influences to focus solely on the writing process – no tv, no outside world, just the band, a record player and their computers.  What followed was a writing process that pushed them to their limits both creatively and emotionally and the final result is an album that the band embraces from start to finish as their best yet.
Jacoby Shaddix, quite possibly the most energetic man alive, took some time to talk to us about the album, the line up changes, and what the new tunes mean to him.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | March 2009

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Cinema Bizarre

March 30, 2009 by  
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cbcovermainCinema Bizarre – Fame Ball Tour 2009
March 30, 2009
House of Blues – Boston, MA

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Reviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

Cinema Bizarre, they’re not just a band, they’re an experience. When Lady Gaga’s Fame Ball Tour rolled into the House of Blues in Boston, MA it was Cinema Bizarre who started out the night. Playing to a packed house of drag queens and their assumed entourages, teenage girls who dug deep into their mother’s closets to stake out her best 80s outfit and even a few folks who seemingly forgot their pants at home, Cinema Bizarre couldn’t have felt more right.

The German glamsters originally met at an Anime convention after connecting online through a shared admiration of “Visual Kei” – the Japanese youth culture focused around rebellion and individuality. Giving props to the internet for much of their mass appeal, the band’s first album “Final Attraction” (currently only available overseas) went top ten. Their debut U.S. release on Cherrytree Records is scheduled to be released later this year. While this may seem like an obstacle for a band playing in the States, it didn’t appear to unhinge the boys who had the crowd in the palms of their pretty little gloved hands for their fun, albeit short set.

Visually androgynous I heard the security guard next to me say to another “I thought they were all chicks” about one song into Cinema Bizarre’s set…there is no denying it, they are quite pretty. Their sound, self described as a fusion of “Glam, New Wave, Electro, New Romantic, Rock” offers a little bit for everyone’s musical palette. Lead singer Strify was very in tune with the audience, encouraging crowd participation throughout the set and seemed to have a hold on them. Channeling the spirit of Madonna he vogued his way through several songs engaging with his bandmates and the crowd. Bass player Kiro blew kisses to the crowd while guitarist Yu seemed to be the shyest of the bunch keeping his head down through most of the set. They looked as dainty as a pack of elves onstage and delivered a performance that not only left a mysterious air of intrigue, it left many of us wanting a little bit more.

The band is often compared to Tokio Hotel, another German outfit. This could be more so related to how they look rather than how they sound as I did not hear much of a comparison. After a short taste of what they have to offer, I’m looking forward to their full length U.S. debut album and a chance to see a bit more of them live!

The band has a limited edition two track EP that is currently available at all Hot Topic stores. The EP features their hit “Love Songs (They Kill Me)” and “Escape to The Stars (Rough Edge Mix)”, the latter of which is unavailable on any of the band’s international releases so check it out and keep their name in your head because you’ll likely be hearing a lot more from them!

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For more info on the band check out their Official Website or visit them on MySpace.

Full Photo Gallery from The Fame Ball tour available here.

Fame Ball Tour (Lady Gaga, The White Tie Affair, Chester French, Cinema Bizarre) – Boston, MA

March 30, 2009 by  
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Fame Ball Tour – Lady Gaga, The White Tie Affair, Chester French, Cinema Bizarre
March 30, 2009
House of Blues – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Volunteers

March 23, 2009 by  
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How did you all come together to form “Volunteers”?

Volunteers have been around in different formations for at least four years, but this seems to be the definitive line up. The group has always had singer/producer Dan Goddard and is currently backed up by John Cave guitar/keys/backing vox, Dave Smith bass/backing vox, and Joe Spinnela drums/backing vox. John joined about two years ago and has been friends with Dave since 2000 when they met at college (conservatory of music at Cincinnati) and Dave volunteered for the job starting last October. Joe was the original drummer but left for several years only to return in late 2008.

Is there any special reason you chose your band name?

We are all Volunteers in some way (not slaves), and it works well with the NYC scene which has a rotating cast of sick musicians. Plus c’mon the name rolls well off the tongue.

What are the highlights and challenges of being a rock band in Brooklyn?

They are kind of one in the same in that there are tons of amazing bands based in Brooklyn/NYC so to stand out you really have to be fantastic. That being said there are so many other great people to work with so it keeps the creative fire burning.
Another minus to being here is that on any given day there are a million great shows to check out so people tend to be a little jadded when they come out… People in Allentown PA go crazy when they hear a great band, and here everyone acts too cool to have a good time.
Honestly though having lived around the country there is no where else we would rather be to do what we are doing.

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Volunteers – Spectrophilia

What’s the best venue and band you’ve played with so far in your career?

As stated earlier this line up is fairly new, but our favorite venues thus far have to be Highline Ballroom and Mercury Lounge in NYC and Middle East in Boston… Very cool venues and if you aren’t familiar you should def should be. We are also looking forward to SXSW this week, Cannabis Cup in November, and at least 6 weeks of touring we are setting up over the summer.

What are your songwriting inspirations?

Life.

What is your favorite song to play live and what gets the crowd most amped up?

There are so many… We enjoy playing all of our songs or we wouldn’t play them anymore. Our fans seem to like “FckmyGhst”, “Rock and Roll Will Kill You”, and “HoogaBooga”… but who knows.

You’re playing SXSW this year; what are you most excited about? And which bands are you psyched to meet?

We are mostly stoked to get out of the cold Northeast and visit some old friends down in Texas. We are looking forward to seeing so many great performances it would be unfair to name only a couple, but for sure all the bands that we are sharing showcases with, and some of the bands that we are personally friends with.

Let’s say you could ask anyone in the world to come to contribute on your next album (and they were to give an enthusiastic “yes!” response), who would you choose?

We have been bouncing the idea of getting Alex Lifeson (Rush) to appear on a track or two on our next album which we are formulating now. Although our music is simple the band is composed of damn solid musicians so hopefully he would get the irony of him appearing on a cut or two… In fact on occasion we pull out “Tom Sawyer” as an encore for our fans just to melt brains.

Anything else you want to add for TWRY readers?

Feel free to reach out to us directly on Facebook, Myspace, etc as we are always looking to meet more cool people, and keep reading TWRY!

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Upcoming shows:
Apr 3 2009 Blackstone Providence, Rhode Island
Apr 4 2009 South Street Stage Waterbury, Connecticut
Apr 17 2009 Hanger 84 w/Lights Resolve Vineland, New Jersey
Apr 18 2009 Broadway w/Lights Resolve Amityville, New York
Jun 13 2009 Red Star – S.E.G. Presents Showcase Brooklyn, New York
Jun 13 2009 Red Star – S.E.G. Presents Showcase Brooklyn, New York
Nov 20 2009 English Breakfast Radio Show 99.4 Amsterdam, NL, Zuid-Holland
Nov 22 2009 Cannabis Cup!!! 2009 Nov 22-26 times TBA Amsterdam, Zuid-Holland

Alan Day of Four Year Strong

March 21, 2009 by  
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fysmainFor the fifth annual Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour the venues were a little smaller, the bands were a little more underground, and the energy was at an all time high.

In an effort to keep up with an economy that has us all counting our spare change the tour visited smaller venues this time around allowing for a more intimate setting.  Headlining the tour this year is Thursday and along for the ride are Cancer Bats, Four Year Strong, Pierce the Veil and British band Bring Me The Horizon.

For Four Year Strong, playing The Palladium in Worcester, MA was more like a homecoming.  Having been a fixture in the local scene for so long they are the success story that a lot of younger acts look up to in the local Worcester music scene, this is not lost on the band.

Currently working on a new album, guitarist Alan Day sat down with TWRY staffer Vicky to give the lowdown on TOC, the Worcester music scene and the future for FYS.

Interviewed by: Vicky Zeamer | March 2009

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Zach Braz of These Green Eyes

March 21, 2009 by  
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tgemainThree years in the making, These Green Eyes released their debut album on Blackledge Music titled Relapse to Recovery on March 24th.  Hailing from Connecticut These Green Eyes (Colin Cunningham on vocals, Greg Mauro on guitar, Jeff Krenn on guitar, Zach Braz on bass, and Mark Brundrett on drums) came together as a band when Brundrett, Mauro and Braz met in high school and shared a passion for music.

With Relapse to Recovery the band has put together an album that tackles some heavy issues, including the loss of a friend to suicide and the rise and fall of emotions after such a tragic event.  Somewhat of a concept album, the songs range from the highs and lows of dealing with life’s tragedies, finding the will to move on, and hope for the future.

Having been called everything from indie-rock to post-hardcore to punk-pop the sound of the band is hard to sum up by slapping on one label.  With beautiful harmonies and catchy hooks Relapse to Recovery displays the bands diversity and views on life through their music.

These Green Eyes will be performing at this years Bamboozle and on Warped Tour, bassist Zach Braz took some time to talk to us about everything….

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | March 2009

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Hinder – Manchester, NH

March 17, 2009 by  
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Hinder
March 17, 2009
Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, NH
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Theory of a Deadman – Manchester, NH

March 17, 2009 by  
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Theory of a Deadman
March 17, 2009
Verizon Wireless Arena – Manchester, NH
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Butch Walker – Boston, MA

March 16, 2009 by  
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Butch Walker & His Gang of Merry Musical Melodymakers Tour
March 16, 2009
The Paradise – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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The Films – Boston, MA

March 16, 2009 by  
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The Films
March 16, 2009
The Paradise – Boston, MA
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