British Alternative Rock Band You Me At Six have released a new video for their latest single, “Fresh Start Fever” off of their upcoming new album Cavalier Youth, due for release on January 27th, 2014.
The video for the song can be viewed below:
“Fresh Start Fever” is currently available for purchase on iTunes. Fans may also pre-order the new album via the band’s official Facebook page, here.
Mono Inc. are a band based in Germany founded in 2003. Their first album, Head Under Water, was self released in 2003, and then re-released a year later through their record label NoCut. This coincided with the release of their single Burn Me.
The bands original lead singer Miky decided to leave the band in 2006 and was soon replaced by Martin Engler. Current drummer Katha Mia joined the band soon thereafter and has done all backing vocals for the band since their 2008 album Pain, Love & Poetry.
Now, after 8 albums and 18 singles, the band has decided to re-release their 2013 album Nimmermehr as a Limited Tour Edition. This release will be available on the 29th of November and is the only album by the band that is completely in German.
In addition to their forthcoming release, the band also released An Acoustic EP which is available for download on their website. You can listen to their acoustic track Twice In Life at the end of the interview.
Disclaimer: The following interview was originally conducted in German by one of our German speaking writers. The answers shown below were translated from their original language (to the best of our abilities) and were edited for clarity for the article.
Anyone who goes through life open minded will find enough material to create the work of a lifetime.
Altwire [Prici]: For people who haven’t heard of your band or any of your songs yet, how would you describe your music?
Manuel Antoni [Mono Inc.]: A mixture of melodious catchy music that is peppered with melancholic lyrics that upon closer inspection, deal with even deeper issues than one might assume from their first impressions.
AW: How did Mono Inc. form?
MA: Mono Inc. was founded in 2003, and the band emerged out of a desire to make a new kind of music that would stand out from the other music styles that were popular during that period. We wanted to bring attention to serious subjects while still being fun.
AW: You’re touring around Germany at the moment and you already have a rather large following there in terms of your fan base. Are there any gigs planned in other countries?
MA: Apart from Switzerland and Austria, we are always looking at whether any other countries would be interested in having us play there. Hopefully 2014 will open some new doors for us. As talks in this matter are always ongoing, specific plans haven’t been set, but when something happens it will be posted on our website and social media pages.
AW: Where do you find inspiration for your songs?
MA: The inspiration takes place every day. You just have to open your eyes and look at life. Whether it be some shattering news from around the world, or the unhappiness of relatives or political topics that make you go mad. Anyone who goes through life open-minded will find enough material to create the work of a lifetime.
AW: What advice would you give to young musicians?
MA: Music is work, work, work. Nothing comes from doing nothing. You always have to hold on to your dreams and never give up. Find people that share a common interest and that will stand behind you. You can’t hold on to the things or people that don’t support you or that don’t fit in. If you work long enough and you believe in yourself then you’ll be able to convince other people to believe in you too.
AW:What is your personal favorite Mono Inc. song at the moment?
MA: The songs often change for me. When I’ve listened to a song for too long, I need something fresh. Our free acoustic number “Twice In Life”, which is available for download on www.mono-inc.com, is currently one of my favorites and it brings to me a mood of Christmas and reflection.
AW: Has there ever been a moment where you thought about giving up making music?
MA: Honestly? No. Going back to the point of “advice for young musicians”, it’s not easy to find the right people but there’s no “or” for us. We want to make music and we stand behind it with all our strength. There’s nothing else for us. I personally have been wishing for this for way too long to just give it up.
AW: How important is it for you to stay in contact with your fans?
MA: Contact is very important to me. Without it there’s no way to learn what the concerns and feelings of our fan base really are. As an artist though, you can’t let everything affect your heart or mind and let it get you down. I personally would find it boring if there weren’t fans to interact with us and we always interact with the fans after we perform to get their feedback.
AW: Which artists would you like to work with?
MA: I don’t have any concrete plans at the moment, nor do I have any wishes. Some collaborations develop spontaneously anyway, and can be unpredictable. For example, the current collaboration with Joachim Witt. Who could have guessed, that Martin and Joachim live so close together and are getting along so well? We will see what the future brings relating to collaborations – or not.
AW: You already played at a few festivals. What do you think about such gigs in contrast to normal concerts?
MA: I love them. The views, the crowd, the fans loudly singing along…these are the things that are priceless. In addition, you meet and befriend so many artists and you’re able to exchange ideas, chat or make new plans for CO-OP’s. During the summer festivals are simply a must!
AW: How would you persuade people who don’t know your band to listen to your music?
MA: Ask your friends and acquaintances if they have ever heard of Mono Inc. before and what they think about the music. Also, if you want to see some behind the scenes footage you can take a look on our YouTube, or watch a few episodes of Mono Inc. TV on our website. (We film every concert and show insights into our daily live.)
Either you’ll like us or you won’t. If you do, we will see each other on tour and drink a beer together. And when you see me, don’t hesitate to remind me about this interview!
Panic! At The Disco are currently selling a limited edition vinyl re-issue of their 2011 album Vices & Virtues. The re-release is now available in maroon opaque vinyl and is limited to only 1800 copies with 300 available through the official Fueled By Ramen Webstore. If you’re lucky you can grab one of the 300 copies here for $19.99 or at Hot Topic for $21.99.
Fearless records have just released a new lyric music video for the electronic-rock band Breathe Carolina’s new single “Savages”. It is the first single after the departure of band-member Kyle Evan who left the band due to his new responsibilities as a father. The band’s upcoming new album (also titled Savages) will be released in spring 2014. Stay tuned through Facebook or their official website for further details.
If you haven’t heard of Bastille yet, you may watch their music video for “Of The Night” below on YouTube:
Their album “All This Bad Blood” will be available on November 25.
Tracklist: DISC 1 “Bad Blood” 1. Pompeii, 2. Things We Lost in the Fire, 3. Bad Blood, 4. Overjoyed, 5. These Streets,
6. Weight of Living, Pt. II,
7. Icarus, 8. Oblivion, 9. Flaws, 10. Daniel in the Den, 11. Laura Palmer, 12. Get Home DISC 2 “Part I: All This Bad Blood” 1. Poet, 2. The Silence, 3. Haunt, 4. Weight Of Living, Pt. I, 5. Sleepsong, 6. Durban Skies
7. Laughter Lines “Part II: Other People’s Heartache” 8. Previously On Other People’s Heartache…, 9. Of The Night, 10. The Draw, 11. What Would You Do
12. Skulls, 13. Tuning Out…
Darkhaus are a special band. After all, it’s not everyday that a rock band can refer to themselves as an Intercontinental Synth-Rock outfit; or even better, consist of a lineup of five men from four representative countries (Scotland, US, Germany, and Austria). Founded in 2011, Darkhaus have recently secured a record deal and are preparing their debut album for release later this month on November 22nd, 2013.
In anticipation of the release of their first album “My Only Shelter”, AltWire recently spoke to Darkhaus’ Kenny Hanlon to learn more about Darkhaus and to put the spotlight on this talented new band. Believe us when we say this is a band that you most certainly don’t want to miss! Be sure to check out the full album below, available for stream for a limited time on SoundCloud.
Altwire [Derek]: You’re set to release your debut album this month. For those just discovering your music, tell us about the early history of Darkhaus. How did the band come together, and how did you come up with the name of Darkhaus?
Kenny Hanlon [Darkhaus] : It all started when Gary and Rupert met in the studio while working on another project. They had a mutual respect for each others talents and a certain creative spark between them that they decided to really explore beyond those sessions. So they decided to put a brand new band together and drafted in guitarist Marshall Stephens from Pro-Pain and German drummer Paul Keller. I was the last piece of the puzzle, joining approximately a year later after some unsuccessful attempts to find the right person to front the band. Gary happened to be browsing online in the hope of coming across a potential candidate, and stumbled upon some rough demos of mine. After exchanging a few emails I was invited to audition for the band, and the rest is history.
Altwire [Derek]:Your band has an awesome blend of 80’s style synth rock and modern rock. Who are some of your biggest influences, and what bands and artists inspired you to get into music?
KH: Our collective influences include bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, HIM, Depeche Mode, Rammstein, to name a few. Personally, the ones responsible for me becoming a musician and songwriter were mostly Oasis, Manic Street Preachers and Nirvana in my teens, which expanded as I got older to bands like Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains and Cave In for example.
Altwire [Derek]:In recent years, it has become easier for hip-hop or electronic artists to make music without a label due to the rise in the use of ‘in-home’ music production software. Do you feel that this change has made it more difficult for rock bands to make it in the music industry, and what challenges have you faced in your life as a band so far?
KH: If anything it’s made it easier because you no longer have to spend a fortune on studio time only to be constantly watching the clock. You can equip yourself with a basic and adequate setup at home pretty cheaply these days. And with the internet you have unlimited access to all the info and tutorials you need to hone your skills. This of course means almost anybody can make music these days and that in turn equates to a percentage of it perhaps not being so great. However the true talent will shine through regardless, as long as they’re putting an equal amount of energy into promoting themselves.
Altwire [Prici]: What did you guys do, before you got into the music business? What did you work as.
KH: I have been lucky enough to survive since leaving school mostly from playing music around the pub, club and bar scene in the UK, occasionally supplemented by part time jobs. For example i’ve worked as a parcel courier, in call centres, and in a hotel as a trainee chef. If I wasn’t a musician I would most likely be working in the catering industry or doing a job that involved working with materials, perhaps a carpenter or something similar.
Altwire [Prici]: Some Bands like to pray before going on stage some take naps and others just jump around. Do you guys have any rituals?
KH: Not really, nothing too out of the ordinary. I honestly don’t put too much thought into it until I walk out there, then it’s almost like flicking a switch. Taking a nap right before a gig for me is the worst thing I could do because it makes me slightly lethargic until i’ve fully woken up and as a vocalist, that’s not good. And I try not to eat at least an hour before a show or drink any carbonated drinks.
Altwire [Prici]:You guys are from four different countries, how does that affect your music?
KH: I think it only strengthens us as a band. One thing about darkhaus is that there are 3 songwriters, all from not only completely different backgrounds but completely different parts of the world, and all bringing something unique to the table. Each person has their own story to tell.
Altwire [Prici]:What can we expect from your debut album? How would you describe the music?
KH: Just under 60 minutes of dark, emotional, thought provoking and inspiring music. Our album should appeal to anybody that appreciates good melody accompanied by powerful lyrics.
Altwire [Prici]:Every song has a story behind it. Which one of your songs has the strongest story and which one is the most important to you?
KH: Honestly it’s impossible to say because every person could interpret the lyrics slightly different, and I like that. Personally I have a special place in my heart for ‘Breaking The Silence’ because not only is it a great rock song but it’s the one that got me the gig in the band. I was offered the job immediately after laying down demo vocals at my audition. And ‘Life Worth Living’ also means a lot to me because it’s one of the tracks that caught Gary’s attention when he found me. Every time I listen to it i’m transported right back to how I felt when I wrote it. It’s a very honest song.
Altwire [Prici]:What are your plans for the future?
KH: To take over the world, of course!!
22. November 2013: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
25. November 2013: Rest of Europe
03. December 2013: North America
The Mayberry Riot, whose music contrasts from hard rock to mellow pop was founded 2012 in Minnesota. The fact that they don’t have a record label yet hasn’t stopped them from releasing tracks like “Flicker” which just came out and is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Googleplay, Amazon and Bandcamp. “Flicker” is currently available for listen here.
You can also listen to another single called “Innocence” on the above named sources, as well as find a few demos on their Official Website.
Upon asking the band on Twitter if there’s an album coming out soon they said the following:
@Chalapegno we have another single coming out within a week, and will continue delivering singles throughout 2014. Keep it fresh ya know?
Since 2000, when the first Punk Goes… compilation album, by Fearless Records was released, we’ve received a new album filled with covers of either famous pop, metal, 80’s, 90’s and crunk songs, every year.
What makes these compilations so special is that the songs almost always sound really different from their original counterparts. Rather than resort to copying the original artist and making lazy copycat covers that nobody likes, the artists involved instead put their own twist on each song, making the compilations sound refreshing and fun to listen to every time.
In the History of “Punk Goes…” the included tracks haven’t always been all about covers. In fact there have been compilations that didn’t even have covers on them at all. For example, the Punk Goes Acoustic 1 & 2 compilations did not contain any covers, but instead were filled with acoustic interpretations of original tracks written by the contributing bands. This time it’s almost the same. On this compilation we have both, original and cover songs included in the mix.
What I enjoy is the variety of this disc. For the covers you get songs like “Do You Hear What I hear” performed by William Beckett of The Academy Is… (Track 12) or “Father Christmas” performed by Man Overboard. But the original songs on this album take this compilation to a whole new level, and are really the ones that give us the Christmas feeling we look for when buying a holiday CD at this time of year.
“Nothing for Christmas” by New Found Glory makes you feel like you’re sitting by the chimney fire relaxing, while drinking some apple cinnamon flavored tea. Songs like “Fool’s Holiday” by All Time Low and “I Don’t Want To Spend Another Christmas Without You” by The Ready set, get you on your feet and make you want to dance.
This album has everything, songs that make you think about the less fortunate and how Christmas would be like for them, songs that make you remember all the Christmas holidays you’ve spent with your family, and memories of people you once loved.
Overall it’s a great CD. There are two songs on it that could’ve been better, but apart from that, the album is really great and has all the things a Christmas album truly needs.
This album went directly into my Christmas playlist on Spotify and I’m sure I’m going to listen to it a lot more, even after Christmas is over.
The electronic rock trio, consisting of Deftones leader Chino Moreno, Far Guitarist Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom formed in Los Angeles, California in 2011 will be finally releasing their 15 track debut album ††† (Crosses), which will also be released as vinyl on February 11th 2014. It will include their earlier work for EP † (2011) and EP †† (2012).
The release of the album was planned on 12th November 2013. Due to the delay of four months Crosses will release their single “†he Epilogue” in the middle of November