(PCM) Every once in a while a band will come along that is takes hold of my attention and I have found that I’ve become completely obsessed with Kissing Candice after checking them out on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival stop in Camden, NJ.
The band’s debut album “Blind Until We Burn” was released back in June and their twisted dish of macabre will satisfy the hunger of metal and horror fans alike! Their live show is truly a spectacle to behold and I certainly look forward to seeing a lot more of this band throughout 2016.
I was able to catch up with Kissing Candice frontman Joey Simpson to talk about the band’s Mayhem Festival experience, the album recording process, fans and much more! You can watch our full chat below:
(PCM) Victory Records’ Shattered Sun are poised to dominate the metal scene. The six-piece is a remarkable example of hard work and determination, coming a long way from their industrious origins. Shattered Sun reflect the roots of their influences amidst their vigorous Southern backdrop, slamming together into a sound that is Hope Within Hatred, their debut album to be released April 21, 2015 via Victory Records. What sets Shattered Sun apart from the crowd is their lyrical content in a time where it seems most heavy music is about negativity and angst. Shattered Sun empower with their message of hope and positivity.
We were able to catch up with Shattered Sun guitarist Jesse Santos at the Camden, NJ stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, you can watch our interview below:
(PCM) This is probably the greatest thing I have seen today! The Soul Rebels recently joined Marilyn Manson on stage at the Summer Sonic Tokyo Festival to perform Manson’s hit “The Beautiful People”!
The band also joined Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on stage to perform the epic “Can’t Hold Us”! It is just brilliant!
The unannounced collaborations occurred one day prior to The Soul Rebels’ headlining performance at the festival. The Soul Rebels are performing two nights at the Blue Note Jazz Club Tokyo on August 17 & 18, 2015.
Produced by CreativeMan Productions, the Summer Sonic Tokyo Festival and Blue Note Japan host The Soul Rebels in support of their Japanese album release, “Unlock Your Mind” distributed in Japan by Universal Records, previously released in the United States on Rounder Records in August 2012.
(PCM) I always adore learning about new music, especially when it comes to Victory Records artist Feed Her To The Sharks. I was thrilled to catch the band during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, as I completely feel in love with these Australian metalers from first listen.
Assembled in 2010, the five-piece modern, melodic, metalcore act have established themselves by aggressively touring Australia with Asking Alexandria, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red and others in addition to a spot on the 2013 Warped Tour Australia. They are touring behind the Victory Records album release Fortitude which was released back in February of this year.
We caught up with the band during the Mayhem Festival tour stop in Camden, NJ to chat about their first time touring the in States, how they came up with their name and of course what is in-store for them throughout the rest of 2015, check it out below:
(PCM) We recently caught up with HELLYEAH guitarist Tom Maxwell at the Camden, NJ stop on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival to chat about the overall plight of the American rock festival, HELLYEAH’s evolution to this point and what is next on the horizon for the band later this year. You can view our video interview below.
When discussing the plight of touring rock festivals such as Mayhem, Maxwell told us, “I think the traveling festival is probably gonna die — unless some new bands emerge or something like that start… unless they start branching out. I think they’re gonna just die because you can’t compete with… You have all your radio stations coming up now, popping up, and they’re putting on their festivals, in their town, and it’s all over. And they call it, what is it? ‘Loudest Month.’ And it can continue on, with more stations that get behind doing that kind of thing. Which I think is cooler anyway, because the radio stations get fully behind it, they’re pumping it non-stope; it’s like feeding water to the masses. They’re just soaking it in, and they’re there. Every radio festival that I’ve ever been to has been f**king cool — even in the States. They’re picking up exactly what they’re doing in Europe. Now, in Europe, those festivals are part of culture now, and that’s what needs to happen here.”
He continued: “In today’s climate, whether it’s money or the lack of interest from the public in music… ‘Cause there might be something else in the next month that you’re saving up for. I think that that’s the way it’s gonna go. I think the traveling summer tours are a gamble, man. The promoters, they’re putting a lot out on the line, and there’s a lot of competition. And, like I said, you can’t have the same bands coming back every year, every other year. It’s just, like, ‘Oh, really? Pizza again?’ You know what I mean? It’s just stale. It’s the same bands.”
“I was expecting this year to have SLIPKNOT again, or something. I know it’s always AVENGED SEVENFOLD or SLIPKNOT and FIVE FINGER [DEATH PUNCH] and, you know… Who else is out there? It’s just very little bands that are available, unless you wanna just keep feeding them. And then [the bands] get to the point of, like, ‘F**k this! I’ll just do it myself.’ That’s what Ozzy [Osbourne] did [with Ozzfest].”
Maxwell added: “I think it’s got a bleak future — the traveling tours. Even when you’re not on a good tour like this, you really need a strong package nowadays. It’s, like, we refuse tours left and right, and with bands that have buzz, because we want a fresh look. You know what I mean? We need bands that are gonna make the show exciting and not be, you know, just, like, stale…
“We tried so hard in the past two years to turn this steamboat around, from the stigma that’s been with it, with the ‘southern-party-metal’ thing that I worked my ass off to kill with our new record [2014’s ‘Blood For Blood’] — and we all did; me, Chad [Gray, vocals] and Vinnie [Paul Abbott, drums], all three of us, just went into the studio and just crushed it with this record. And this is the path we want. And we wanna stay clear from anything that we were lumped in before, but we’re also open to new ideas, and getting other bands that might not seem to be in the same genre. I mean, it’s cool to branch out a little bit and [reach] a wider audience.”
(PCM) Still riding high off the success of her debut single “In Love With A Boy”, artist Kaya Stewart spent the entire summer performing on the Vans Warped Tour and the feedback has been incredible!
Deeply influenced by growing up in a musical household that included her father, songwriter-producer-musician Dave Stewart, Kaya began focusing on writing lyrics and melodies, documenting her personal experiences for the songs that are featured on her upcoming self-titled debut album for Warner Bros. Records. The album, due in September, was produced by Dave Stewart, who sets Kaya’s naturally soulful voice atop a sound that channels rock and R&B elements into pop songs driven by edgy electronic beats.
She is just wonderful! We had a chance to catch up with Kaya at the Warped Tour stop in Columbia, MD to talk about her experience being on the road all summer, her single and of course her highly anticipated album release.