Weekendcore: AFI – “Days of the Phoenix”

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This dark-ass video screenshot doesn’t show up well on a black website huh?  Ah well.

AFI have announced AFI (The Blood Album)out January 20th via Concord.  “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings” will be on it, but since “Weekendcore” is a throwback feature we’re gonna throw it back (!) while acknowledging the band’s goth influence because that fits Halloween!  Reasons are colliding!

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Musical Halloween things

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“Yes look at me, the true…SMASHING PUMPKIN AAAAHAHAHAHA!”

Halloween is on Monday!  Halloween-y things are happening!  Halloween-y things are happening in music!  Uh…consider this a Halloween edition of “Liner Notes” – even though it’s not!  (But maybe it should’ve been!  Spoooooky.)

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Scenematography: I Prevail – “Stuck in Your Head”

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I Prevail released their debut full-length Lifelines last Friday.  “Scars” was released as its first single back in the summer, and now the Detroit, Michigan post-hardcore four-piece are ringing in fall with the video for “Stuck in Your Head”.

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Two Scenes, One Name: The New Brunswick-Off

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Don’t you dare mention how the knives are upside down that’s irrelevant!

When the music fan in me thinks of New Brunswick, it’s the city in New Jersey.  When the Canadian in me thinks of New Brunswick, it’s the province.  Two places with the same name.  That’s a thing, and you know what else is a thing because of that?  Oooohhhhh yeah…LOCAL-MUSIC FIGHT BECAUSE WHY NOT!?

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Weekendcore: Fluid Minds – “Do the Dip (Win That Championship)”

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Last night the Chicago Cubs did something they haven’t done since 1945: win the National League pennant and go to the World Series.  They notoriously haven’t won the World Series since 1908, but that could all come to an end this year.  In honour of that, we need to “Weekendcore” something for the occasion.

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Interview: Lese Majesty

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Many concept albums have been released, but not as many artists are essentially concepts themselves.  Sydney, Australia alt-rockers Lese Majesty most certainly eschew the latter, with a strong, empowering meaning behind their name and running themes in their music.  Vocalist Jodie Lee Gibson, bassist Joel Henderson, and guitarists Jake Tuffin and Ben Moore have last year’s self-titled EP behind them, and are readying sophomore EP Cold Reason for Change.  “Crown Land” is the first single off the Luke Palmer-produced effort, which is due out in February.

You used to live together in a 10-person share-house.  Was that whole dynamic just bonkers?  

It was.  But strangely enough there weren’t any fights.  We were too busy battling with spiders, snakes and a family of possums that refused to pay rent.  Possums are cute, furry mammals with a mean streak.  Kind of like my ex.  We also had an old guy next door we called ‘old man winter’ who was the villain of the neighborhood.  Picture the spooky leader of the ‘white-walkers’ from Game of Thrones also being a serial killer accountant.  Every party we threw, he would appear out of nowhere waving an icy finger, making cryptic threats.  With such a hefty barrage of common enemies surrounding us it put the old “who left a dirty plate in the sink” into perspective.

Everyone played in different bands before coming together in Lese Majesty.  Was the attraction to each other due to the old bands being a departure from this one?

We circled each other for years hoping that the timing would be right.  Kind of like that person who you never got to date because either you had a partner or they did, but you were never both single at the same time.  It was like that with our respective band commitments and awkward musical attractions.  Our friendships were solid, and we knew there were common interests, so we hoped we could produce something fresh and exciting as a result.

“Crown Land” has a fuller, more driving sound than heard on your self-titled EP.  How does Cold Reason for Change differ overall?

Our 2015 self-titled EP we produced ourselves with all of the guitars recorded at our share-house with our mediocre engineering skills.  The new EP Cold Reason for Change is sonically bigger with darker imagery and themes than our previous release.  We’re always looking to improve and progress, so having a producer at the helm this time around helped us achieve a more focused and mature sound.

“Self-sovereignty” is named as a theme of the band.  Expand on that.

We loved the idea that although the term ‘Lese Majesty’ is predominately used in a legal context to mean ‘a violation against the dignity of a sovereign power’ we could also flip this concept around if we were to entertain the idea that each human being is powerful and sovereign in their own right.  Perhaps we have all been brought up to not realise this, and therefore we have our own instances of ‘injured sovereignty’ that happen to us throughout our daily lives.  As a band we’re drawn back to this theme often.

A few local shows have been played, but what else is shaping up tour-wise in support of Cold Reason for Change?

We’re hoping to take this EP on the road and tour it to as many people as possible.  Although we’re currently on a great big dry island floating in the Pacific Ocean (Australia), most Aussie bands like us are reasonable swimmers, so we will eventually make our way through the sharks and across to the other side of the world where a lot of the action is.

There are a few themes (like the aforementioned self-sovereignty) that run through Lese Majesty.  When someone listens to you, what’s the main thing you want them to take away from the experience?

We realised that growing up we were more likely to listen to the ideas and concepts of our favourite singers or bands rather than the points of view given to us from traditional forms of authority.  Such charged, passionate and positive messages have resonated with us through artists such as Midnight Oil, Cog, Dead Letter Circus, Pink Floyd, Rage Against The Machine, U2, and Kendrick Lamar.  If we can get close to delivering stories with some heart, connecting with people and even spark a positive idea, then that will be success for us.

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I was gonna be an underground star

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You expected Pundik didn’t you?  Oh he’ll be back, don’t worry.

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The dream of being a musician is easily one of the sexiest out there.  Many people in regular jobs had/have it, and certain people who work in the music industry otherwise are failed musicians.  Much like Brian Williams, I was there.

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Weekendcore: The Offspring – Smash

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The whole time I was writing Thursday’s post about trying to pick favourite artists for a huge list, I wondered if The Offspring would show up.  They didn’t, and that was interesting because while a few 90s alt-rock heyday acts made it, The Offspring and Green Day (who made it) were tied for my first-ever favourite.  That said, the former deserve props too so let’s give them belated in this edition of “Weekendcore”.

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Album Review: Fossil Youth – A Glimpse of Self Joy

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After 2014’s split EP with Wickerwolves and last year’s Intertwined with You, Fossil Youth are finally ready to drop their debut full-length.  The Enid, Oklahoma indie rockers will release A Glimpse of Self Joy November 4th via Take This to Heart Records, so let’s get ready for that with a glimpse (*fist pump*) at what’s to come.

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Trying to make a massive list of your favourite artists (aka whoché do you amoré?)

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I had the same reaction Jordan!

WHOCH-*incinerated*

My girlfriend and a co-worker of hers got to talking about favourite artists today, and he asked her to have me make a list of my 20 favourites.  20!  (!)  He’s a big rock guy too but assumes our tastes are pretty different, but beyond not knowing why he feels that way I was like “20!?”.  On the surface that seems easy, but when you really get down to it it’s kinda daunting.

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