(PCM) Fresh off their recent tour with opening up for Sixx:A.M. VAMPS brought a rush of pure adrenaline and excitement to the Rock On The Range audience. Once this band hits the stage, you are immediately mesmerized by their performance and they are certainly a band that is continuing to generate a ton of positive buzz here in the U.S.
These Japanese rockers are currently touring behind their latest album release “BloodSuckers” available now via Spinefarm Records and we absolutely can’t wait to see what they have in-store next!
We had a chance to catch with both Hyde and K.A.Z of VAMPS to chat about the band’s recent tour with Sixx:A.M., fans in the States, music festivals and just what’s next for the band overall.
(PCM) Seeing Live perform on the main stage at this year’s Rock On The Range was like catching up with a dear old friend you haven’t seen in a few years and feeling as if no time has passed at all. The band’s music has a timeless appeal and without a doubt Live’s music was a crucial influence on the type of music fan I am today.
Front man Chris Shinn took control of the stage and led the audience through many of the band’s hits such as “I Alone”, “Lightning Crashes” and my personal favorite “Lakini’s Juice” to name a few. The band’s energy and stage presence was right on point and just like their music, Live as a band has certainly withstood the test of time.
I had a chance to catch up with both Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey to talk about the continued positive feedback for the band’s latest album release “Turn”, changes in the music industry, the band’s business endeavors in Pennsylvania and more! Full interview can be viewed below:
(PCM) What I adore so much about Yelawolf is that he absolutely refuses to fall into any type of genre stereotype. He is making the music that is in his heart and this is truly apparent with the tracks that make up his latest album release “Love Story”. The album flawlessly blends together elements of rock, rap and country giving Yelawolf a style that is very much his own.
For the very first time in its’ nine year history Rock On The Range added some rap to the line-up and Yelawolf was the very first rap artist to perform at the festival. It was truly like a breath of fresh air and while Yelawolf’s style as stated earlier, defies genre, he was an absolutely perfect addition to this year’s bill.
We had a chance to catch up with Yelawolf prior to his performance on the Ernie Ball stage to talk about “Love Story”, the recording process in Nashville, upcoming touring plans and more!
(PCM) Tech N9NE has proven time and time again that he is a true force to be reckoned with in the music realm. His latest album release “Special Effects” debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #4, #2 on the Independent Album chart, and #1 on the Rap Album charts garnering him the highest first week sales of his career. The best part of all of this is that he did it all himself!
Tech’s very special and unique vision comes to life on the “Special Effects” album. The album overall blows any type of genre stereotypes clear out of the water and creates a beautiful blend of musical unity in its’ creation. Tech will not be boxed in and rightfully so!
We recently caught his amazing performance at this year’s Rock On The Range which marked one of the first times in the festival’s history that an artist similar to Tech N9NE has been featured on the bill. We adored the diversity that his set brought to this year’s festival and both his and rapper Krizz Kaliko’s energy on stage was second to none.
Not only did we catch Tech N9NE’s brilliant Rock On The Range debut, but we also had a chance to catch up with the man himself to talk about the “Special Effects” album, playing Rock On The Range and more. In the interview, Tech also revealed his plans for his next album which will be titled “The Storm” on which is hopes to feature the likes of Metallica, Alanis Morrisette, Jay-Z, and Lana Del-Ray.
(PCM) Everyone once in awhile an album comes across my desk at work where it leaves such an impression that the music just seems to speak to your soul. “Blaster” the debut album from Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts is very much that type of album and I have been playing it non-stop from beginning to end.
Of course many know Scott Weiland as the former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, however I have to say that I think he has found his true voice with the music created with his newly regrouped band Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts. “Blaster” spans almost every rock genre imaginable and the band does so flawlessly. There is a strong alternative rock vibe throughout the album, however it is sprinkled with a certain level of pop sensibility that makes the entire record both very catchy and incredibly memorable.
After only one or two listens I found myself singing right along with tracks such as “Hotel Rio” and “Beach Pop” and I absolutely adored the dirty blues undertones found in “White Lighting”. Additional stand-out tracks include the grungy rocker “Amethyst” and the gorgeous country-tinged album closer “Circles”.
After seeing Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts perform at the recent Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion festival in Charlotte, NC, it is quite apparent that even live the band works together as a cohesive unit and their performance at the festival was brilliant. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to catch Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts performing again at this year’s Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH and are on the edge of our seats to see what they have in-store for us next!
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the album “Blaster”, I highly encourage you to check it out, as I am sure it has already secured its’ spot on the list as one of the best album releases of 2015 thus far!
(PCM) I have been to a lot of festivals over the years, however I have never witnessed a crowd like the one I saw for Breaking Benjamin at Carolina Rebellion. To say that fans were hungry for this band is an understatement. Once the band took to the stage the crowd went completely wild and the band’s performance was just incredible.
After a few issues that occurred back in 2011, Breaking Benjamin was put on hiatus for a few years, but watching them perform last weekend felt as if no time had gone by at all. Front man Benjamin Burnley reformed the band will all new members last fall and they are currently gearing up for the release of their new album “Dark Before Dawn” this June and the new single “Failure” is performing quite well at radio.
The band will be touring behind the new album through July 2015 including a stop at this year’s Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH. We had a chance to catch up with Breaking Benjamin just after their performance at Carolina Rebellion, find out what’s new with the band below: