If you are a fan of bands such as Underoath or The Chariot, then take a listen to Me The Mountain from San Jose, California. Recently signed to indie label Sancrosanct Records, the up-and-coming band is well on their way to making their music heard nationwide, starting with a summer tour.
Beautiful Things is Anthony Green’s sophomore solo release. Since his first solo record, Avalon and Circa Survive’s major label debut, Blue Sky Noise, Green has gone through an array of hardships and triumphs with which to fuel this record. From the birth of his first son, to his struggle with a number of mental illnesses, Green has a lot to say and the result is one of the most sincere and diverse albums in recent memory.
Once again, Green enlists the help of the band Good Old War to provide the instrumentation for the record. This time around, the music seems to have been more of a collaborative effort between the band and Green, giving a fresh sound to the album, setting it apart from Green’s solo debut.
While most of the record is heavily folk and blues influenced, there is plenty of diversity. The dream-like “When I’m On Pills” features a simple electro-dub instrumentation accompanying Green’s soft vocals, “Can’t Have It All At Once” showcases the heavier, grittier side of the band and “Blood Song” (influenced by 2007 film, There Will Be Blood) is a faux-country rocker that really stands out from the rest of the album.
Lyrically, Green opts to abandon shrouding each song in metaphor as he’s done so often (and so well) in the past. Maybe for the first time we are clearly able to understand his perspective of his own life through his music and it makes for very interesting material. From arguments with his wife heard on “When I’m On Pills,” and just dealing with growing up on “Get Yours While You Can,” Beautiful Things is the most honest record Green has ever put out.
One of the most prominent topics is James Green, Anthony Green’s one-year-old son. In “Love you No Matter What,” Green sings, “Even if spikes grow from out of your head/And you’re spitting vomit fire all on the bed/And you grow up to hate me, completely insane/The ending will be the same/I’ll love you no matter what.” Green also dedicates two more songs, “James Song” and “Lullaby,” to his son, who is an apparent light in Green’s world after he and his wife went through a number of miscarriages before.
Anthony Green is known very well for his quality musicianship. There is nothing that he has been a part of that isn’t worth a listen and Beautiful Things keeps this streak going. The record give us a clear view into the life of an extremely talented musician who is as tormented as he is blessed and offers an inspiring story of someone who always finds a way to pick himself up off the ground.
As some of you might have known, Vestra Vera Press was going to put on a benefit show in order to raise money for those struggling from the natural disasters that occurred in the U.S. and Japan earlier this year. Unfortunately, and as much as this pains me to say, Mending the Mess has been cancelled for many different reasons but mainly because of venue cancellation. Know that the folks over here at Vestra Vera Press are extremely disappointed, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop from supporting the people who are experiencing daily struggles because of these tragedies. Donate now to the American Red Cross today!
Introducing to you, Of Dreamers! They are a young yet extremely talented hardcore band from San Jose, California who have been openers for many successful bands and just recently Texas’ own Memphis May Fire. If you are a fan of bands like The Ghost Inside, The Devil Wears Prada, and more, then you will love Of Dreamers. Check out the interview we had with Of Dreamers! Also, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr!
Check out this exclusive stream of “Born To Lose” from the Devil Wears Prada’s new, still-untitled album, out Sept. 13 on Ferret. Vocalist Mike Hranica offers up his thoughts on TDWP’s new work:
“The new record contains the heavy aspects of the Zombie EP, meshed with the melody of the full-lengths. ‘Born To Lose’ captures some of those elements and serves as a comprehensive preview to the album. By all means I’d call it our most emotional, well-written album to date.”
Here are the lyrics for the song:
Blessed be those who have no idols. Invoke holy honor, sanctify the patient. I don’t see the world the same. I’m no one’s hero, so just forget my name. I abhor you, with every foolish thing that you say. None of it is worth the time: another meaningless war. You don’t know what you need. We’re all so back and forth, nothing is as it seems. You don’t know what you need. We make the same mistakes, we’ve ruined everything. What is it this time? What must you call holy? This is your lifeline, nothing is at it seems. If I were you I’d give it up. If I were you I’d care. I’m born to lose with a noose around my neck. World be damned and move forward. I abhor you, with every selfish thing that you say. None of it is the worth the time. You don’t know what you need. We’re all so back and forth, nothing is as it seems. You don’t know what you need. We make the same mistakes, we’ve ruined everything. Born to lose with a noose around my neck.
If you are fans of Envy on the Coast, Say Anything or Circa Survive, I The Mighty is the band for you! I The Mighty is a progressive/alternative band from San Francisco, California. Their unique personalities and their passion for what they do was revealed when I had the opportunity to sit down with Brent Walsh (Lead Vocalist & Guitarist), Ian Pedigo (Guitarist) and Blake Dahlinger (Drummer) after opening for Forever the Sickest Kids and Anarbor at Slim’s in San Francisco.
The band’s catchy name, I The Mighty, was not their original name. A record label in San Francisco, that no longer works with the band, thought the band needed a new name.
Originally, the band name was Breakpoint. The guys had to make a quick decision and the name I The Mighty fit the bill. “The name I The Mighty actually came from one of our older songs called ‘I The Mighty Defeatist’,” says guitarist, Ian.
Brent explains how the band came together: “Ian and I were an acoustic duo for a while. When we were starting to look for other members, we met Blake at a show of ours and Chris was in a practice space next to ours. Chris would do some background vocals and some bass parts, we became friends and, well, here we are.”
I The Mighty likes to start the writing process with Brent’s lyrics. Blake says, “We like to describe our music in a view of a songwriter aspect. Brent’s lyrics are a really important part of our music; we enjoy story telling through our music.” As the process continues, band members contribute their own element to the song. As Brent said, they like to “jam it out.” Ian explains how they handle when creativity is blocked. “A way for me to get rid of it is when I discover a new band. Listening to new music inspires me to write new music. Also, going on vacation is a good way to get inspired. The different sceneries you see can really help.”
Ultimately, the band’s goal is to be able to connect to people through a rhythmic and melodic level. Their incredible stage presence and dedication to their music is inspiring for other musicians. I The Mighty has consistently shown their musical growth in the local music scene. They prove this by their recent signing with Equal Vision Records (Congratulations guys). This summer they will be releasing a new EP and going on tour with A Lot Like Birds in July. Check out their music on their website (It’s AMAZING): http://www.ithemighty.com
Anarbor and Valencia head out this summer on a co-headlining tour with very special guest Conditions. Be sure to catch these extremely talented artists on this wild and crazy adventure on the so aptly named Do America Tour. Buy your tickets this weekend!
07.15.11 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA 07.16.11 - Chain Reaction - Anahiem, CA 07.18.11 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT * 07.19.11 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO * 07.20.11 - Emo’s - Austin, TX * 07.22.11 - The Prophet Bar - Dallas, TX 07.23.11 - The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK 07.25.11 - The Firebird - St. Louis, MO 07.26.11 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN # 07.27.11 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL # 07.28.11 - The Mad Hatter - Covington, KY 07.29.11 - Pike Room - Pontiac, MI 07.30.11 - The Annex - Toronto, ON 07.31.11 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA 08.01.11 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH 08.03.11 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY # 08.04.11 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY 08.05.11 - Webster Underground - Hartford, CT 08.06.11 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA # 08.07.11 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA # 08.08.11 - The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD # 08.09.11 - Greene Street Club - Greensboro, NC # 08.11.11 - Rocketown - Nashville, TN 08.12.11 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA 08.13.11 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL 08.14.11 - The Backbooth - Orlando, FL # without Valencia * without Anarbor
Katy Perry released a teaser video for her upcoming music video “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”. The music video will premiere everywhere on June 14. Get excited; Katy Perry’s videos are always wild, and “you’re invited to the party”! Buy this song and more here.
San Francisco locals, Set Your Goals, released a new video for their song “Curtain”. To watch the video, click here. The album, Burning At Both Ends, is released on June 28 on which “Curtain” is featured. Buy the pre-sale package today which includes the cd, asigned booklets, poster, and a Set Your Goals sticker. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Cure For Apathy 2. Start The Reactor 3. Certain 4. Happy New Year 5. London Heathrow 6. Trenches 7. The Last American Virgin 8. Exit Summer 9. Unconditional 10. Product Of The 80’s 11. Raphael 12. Illuminated Youth 13. Not As Bad
To purchase the pre-sale album, click here. Don’t miss out!
Lead singer of The Academy Is…, William Beckett, posted a new cover of “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure today. After a slight line up change and and being on hiatus for so long, do you think TAI will survive? Does the band’s new YouTube channel mean that The Academy Is… will be back in business soon? Stay tuned to Vestra Vera Press for more.
Surpassing even English pop star, Adele, on Itunes’ top album listing, All Time Low’s newest album, Dirty Work, has taken its rightful place as the number 1 album being sold on Itunes. Keep this up by purchasing the album today! Don’t miss out!