Code Orange released album number two last week. And it was nothing anyone could have expected. The Pittsburgh hardcore band released "Forever" which was able to capture a large part of the fan base by surprise! This album manages to mix so many genres together you never know what will be next. It opens with two booming hardcore tracks then fades into a more radio rock sound that no one would have expected if it wasn't for the single they had released prior to the album dropping. Forever is possibly their most creative music they have ever released. Every song sounds and feels different.
The only piece of criticism I would have would be on the track "The Mud". The track comes off as over produced compared to the rest of the album. They do have high production on some of the softer songs but this one was just too much for me.
Overall, this album is a must listen and Wolfsbane approved! Click HERE to listen to the album.
*photo obtained from the Code Orange Facebook page
Written by John Bennett
The band has really grown over the past year and have even bigger plans for the future. They've really started to hone in their sound and are planning to hit the studio come mid February to showcase their improvement. With new content on the horizon and big future plans, Self-Propel is a name you should be on the lookout for as they work their way to the top.
You can catch them at their next show on January 29th at the Hoosier Dome as the open for Home Sweet Home (Formerly Crunkasaurus Rex) and Words Like Daggers.
written by mya tolliver
I had the pleasure to interview Old Poet and Pickwick Commons a week ago. During that interview I received an early copy of their recently completed split, "Short lived" and I am here to tell you about it.
The first side of the split opens with an in your face, loud, and fast guitar riff. It's a warning that this ep means business. The first track tackles the issue in our society of police brutality but keeps it professional, unlike other band's takes. This side may have less tracks but has a longer runtime than side B. The tracks are reminiscent of an old Beartooth release, but they still keep it unique. Each song is full of fat riffs that seamlessly blend together. Fast paced drums and in your face vocals with the riffs mend, make the perfect pissed off album. Old Poet has mastered the hardcore breakdown and that is apparent on the last track.
On side B, the opening track jumps straight to the point and lets you know this ep is definitely a banger and Pickwick Commons doesn't mess around. Each track on this album has a story to be told. They managed to capture so much in each song in such a short amount of time. The instrumental aspect of the album is phenomenal; the drums sound so simple it became complex because each hit feels packed with emotion. This record is definitely Midwest Hardcore at its finest, making sure to be unique and not the generic song formula. The first time I heard this album I was close to speechless with a goofy grin and it hasn't changed! I would not pass this up if you are a fan of Knocked Loose or Code Orange Kids (pre name change).
Both Old Poet and Pickwick Commons have both managed to grow from their last release. If there will be any hardcore bands from the Indiana local scene rising to the top, these two are going to be fighting for that chance. This ep comes out December 30th so keep your eyes peeled and make sure to pick it up.
In the mean time, stay up to date on their Facebook pages!
Written by John Bennet
After seeing Vices To Veils preform last night for the third time, I would be crazy to not write up an article over a band that’s completely dominating the Indy music scene right now.
Anyone that has seen the band preform would agree that they bring an energy surged and emotion filled set to the table. The band’s overall stage presence is insane, from synchronized jumps, kicks, and spins to ominous intro tracks the band’s appearance is killer. If the show doesn’t catch you, they bring a whole new side to the metal core genre. Be it technical guitars, punchy bass, or insane vocals the band as a whole is incredibly solid.
Over the past year the band has really climbed their way to the top of the Indianapolis local music scene. One of the biggest local shows I’ve ever been to was put on by Vices To Veils. The shows are big, and then the crowdresponse is even bigger. Time after time I’ve seen energy filled crowds mashing, jumping, climbing on stage and overall loosing it for the Vices boys.
Last night’s show was no exemption to the band’s tradition and if anything it was the best I’ve seen them yet. Right from the beginning the crowd was drawn in and ready to go crazy. As lead singer Alec Harter rocked on his knees every hand in the crowd was raised pointing back in unison with the opening track. As soon as the track finished the band dove right into it putting on a killer show as they opened for Ohio natives, The Plot In You.
I don’t think there’s one bad thing I can say about Vices To Veils. Everything is just incredibly solid. Be on the lookout, because very soon these guys are gonna be something huge. They’ve already taken over the Indy scene, and I honestly can’t wait to see what’s in store for them. Along with being insane musicians, they’re some of the most humble people I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet and photograph and they definitely deserve to be where they are right now, and where they will be given enough time.
Standing out in the metalcore genre isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but Vices To Veils have easily accomplished it and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
written by Mya Tolliver
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On Saturday, December 17th, 2016 I had the pleasure to sit with Pickwick Commons and Old Poet to discuss the new split album and some of the behind the scenes moments that you don't see on stage!
Q: So, what is your band name about?
A: John (Old Poet)- We really just thought the old name was starting to sound stupid and this was the coolest thing I could thing of.
A: Colin (Pickwick Commons)- Thats actually a funny story!
A: Adam (Pickwick Commons)- It was where our original bassist lived with his family.
Q: Adam, can you explain the reasoning for you taking over and not looking for a new vocalist?
A: Adam - We had a tour coming up that we weren't going to cancel and Brandon recommended some kid named Colin. We had trouble finding people to get behind and I didn't really know Colin well, he was also better at guitar. It came down to why don't we just get him for guitar and I can take over vocals for now.
Q: Tell us some stories from tour!
A: John - In Missouri when we were loading in, Jacob was trying to be funny and he sh*t his pants!
A: Colin - On my first tour with them we had an off day and we went out for food and our bassist decided to get sea food at a very bad tourist trap... on the next day something happened and he sh*t his pants.
"He threw out his jeans entirely... I would have washed them! $30 is $30" -Colin
Q: I learned pants or toilet paper are the most important tour items. What else would you recommend to bring on tour?
A: John - I have two ear plugs and wet wipes.
A: Adam - A book, I cannot talk to these people the whole time.
A: Colin - I have two essential items ear plugs and LOTS of clean underwear
"Oooh Sink Showers" -Colin
"Yeah, sink showers because you are not going to find many showers" -John
Q: Do you guys have intentions of having a split tour for the release of the split
A: Adam - That's actually being announced after this interview!
Q: With the new album will there be any new merch?
A: PC - We will have new cds, tour posters, stickers and tote bags.
A: OP - We have patches on the way and have a few other options that we haven't decided in yet.
Q: What made you guys have such and intense genre change?
A: John - It was mainly because metalcore is over played and it was becoming hard to stand out in a scene where everyone is playing the same thing.
A: Adam - It definitely had to do with Colin, because he was writing metalcore from a hardcore standpoint. I said okay, well I can write hardcore from a metalcore standpoint and you can definitely hear that on the older music we wrote together.
A: Colin - The genre change was probably prompted when I joined, because I was a hardcore kid.
Q: In the bands who writes the lyrics the most?
A: John - Jon writes about 80% of the lyrics then the rest of us add on and help tweak it.
A: Adam - We collaborate a lot. Colin writes all the songs about self harm and I write the ones about not harming yourself, that's basically true for the split. For every song though it really just boils down to self improvement.
Q: What is the craziest thing to happen during a set you played.
A: John - 8 years ago in an old band I saw someone get punched in the face so hard it literally mutilated his jaw!
A: Adam - One time Colin decided to go ham. He picked up a trash can, started spinning it around throwing trash everywhere!
"Like 0% of jaw structure was there" -John
Q: Can you explain what the writing process is like?
A: John - Lyrically, we were trying to do more story telling from an outside prospective instead of the lyrics being from experiences. Corey comes up with like 80% of the guitar work done and we just add to it.
A: Adam - Our's starts with a demo than everyone critiquing. Brandon lives like a half hour away so a lot of the writing is also us sending him recordings and him adding drums.
Q: So why a split?
A: Colin - It's because at one point I auditioned for bass in Old Poet and got the part. Instead of telling them I can't I just blew them off... So the split is because I'm sorry.
Q: What's your favorite track to play and favorite to listen to?
A: John - My favorite song to play is probably "Hemlock". My favorite from your side is probably the single.
A: Adam - My favorites on our side are the single and "Grey World". My favorite of Old Poet's is probably "Hemlock".
A: Colin - My favorite on their is probably Sold short. My favorite song to play live will probably be Blind because the breakdown.
Q: What's your favorite episode of It's Always Sunny?
A: John - Mine has to be "Chardee Macdennis: The Game of Games".
A: Adam - I love the Christmas special where Frank crawls out of the couch!
A: Colin- Mine has to be "The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby"
Pickwick Commons are going tour with Old Poet to promote their new split! The tour starts on the 30th at the half marathon house. The show is a canned food drive so make sure you come and give some cans for a good cause!
written by john bennet
This week I want to talk about a band that gave me a chance and allowed me to become the photographer I am today. Back in 2014 I wrote reviews for a little online promotion company which eventually led to me gaining my first ever photo pass for a band by the name of Davey Suicide. Back then, I had absolutely no idea how to handle a camera nonetheless photograph a concert, but now I’m an extremely passionate music photographer who somewhat knows what she’s doing thanks to Davey. Most musicians would never of allowed me anywhere close to the photopit due to my inexperience back then, but Davey Suicide did. It’s still insane to me that they gave me a chance in an industry so difficult to break into. Every photo from the show came out absolutely horrible, but he still stood there and encouraged me to keep shooting until I reached the top.
Davey Suicide was one of the first non-mainstream heavier bands I got into. When I first started listening to him the only songs publicly available were Grab A Gun and Hide Your Morals, and Kids Of America. Since then the band has released two full length albums and just dropped brand new single, Rise Above, in August of 2016.
The first time you hear the band you’ll probably think, “Oh just another Manson rip off band”, but Davey Suicide is so much more. Listen a little closer, pay attention to the lyrics, and look at how much the band has walked through and you’ll see so much more than just “another Manson ripoff band.”
Davey Suicide is an extremely raw band full of some insanely talented musicians. Lead singer, Davey Suicide, is and always will be one of the most genuine and down to earth musicians I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. He was the first person to ever give me some sort of advice on how to get into the industry and overall just wished me good luck chasing my dreams.
In my opinion this band is insanely underrated due to the scandal they faced with their former label. But now that the issue has been brought to light, and even court, I really hope to see this band finally get the breakthrough they deserved so many years ago.
Some of my personal favorite songs include: Imperfect, One More Night, Only Human, and Kids of America.
Check out the bands most recent single, Rise Above below:
Written by Mya Tolliver
I would describe Ice Nine Kills as, if you took a horror enthusiast and a metalhead and formed them into a band. The band’s overall sound has a completely halloween feel to it, and I for one, absolutely love it.
Though it did take awhile for me to really fall in love with the band, I’m so glad I did. They’re one of few bands that I’ve never been able to compare to anything else because they’re just that unique. Don’t even get me started on Spencer Charkas, the dude’s vocals blow me away every time I hear him. His clean vocals are insane, I’ve heard him hit notes that even the star choir kids could never even dream of hitting.
Every member of Ice Nine Kills is such a solid musician. Their sound flows together perfectly and provides some insane affects to listeners. The first time I saw them was on Warped Tour and I swear I had chills for parts of songs. Ice Nine Kills is a band I slept on for months, people constantly told me to go check them out and it wasn’t until I heard K Enagonio’s vocal cover of "Me Myself, and Hyde” that I finally gave them a listen, and man was I missing out all that time, the same way you are going to be missing out if you make the same mistake I did.
Overall they’re one of those bands that people either love or hate, with no in between. Which side will you take? Comment below your side and opinions on the band.
written by mya tolliver