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Exclusive Q and A: Black Veil Brides Talk Composing, Collaborating, And Classical Music

With their latest release Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, Black Veil Brides take on the toughest of all rock challenges: the concept album. Sweeping in scope, the band’s new album tells the story of a despotic government that aims to destroy science and creativity while turning the youth into drones. Concept albums are notoriously hard to pull off, but the band’s already epic sound seems tailor-made for such an endeavor. We caught up with frontman Andy Biersack to chat about the process of making the album, the accompanying film Legion of the Black, and whether a stage version of the record may be in the future.

OS: The story behind the album is really compelling. Does it also reflect your view of the current state of the world as well as the story of the band?

Andy Biersack: I don’t necessarily think that the current state of the world is indicative of the story that I wrote, but it’s obvious that it wouldn’t be that hard to make the leap. It’s not a politically-charged record – it’s not meant to be a parallel for exactly what’s going on in politics or religion or anything else. It’s more meant to be a parable for our own lives and taking the characters that have been negative forces in your life and applying more power to them i.e. making them into these political/religious forces. But it wasn’t written as any kind of social commentary, really. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Black Veil Brides Talk Composing, Collaborating, And Classical Music’

Motley Crue and KISS Donate $100,000 To Aurora, CO Theater Shooting Victims

KISS and Motley Crüe have both decided to collectively donate $100,000 to the victims, families, and others affected by the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting that occurred last month.

The two bands made their announcement together at their show in Denver on Wednesday, saying the money would go towards the Aurora Victim Relief Fund. According to Billboard, “Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue and Paul Stanley of Kiss said in a written statement that they hope their gesture will encourage others to give.” The legendary rock bands will be on tour together for the next month.

 

 

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

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  • Now, we’re kind of scared to see what Adele can do post-surgery.
  • Sure, we’re in a recession, but you politicians go argue about Miss Piggy. Totally fine.
  • What have you done, Motley Crue? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
  • If you don’t like it, why don’t you go dubstep, Nicola? Seems to have worked for Korn.
  • And this year’s entire American Country Awards goes to Carrie Underwood’s mama.
  • Finally, Ice Cube will get revenge on Coors Lite for stealing his thunder.
  • Just when your day couldn’t get any weirder, Flaming Lips + Yoko Ono happens.

Download July Editor Picks For Free On Facebook

Despite what Florence and The Machine may say, the dog days aren’t over just yet.  In fact, they’re just beginning.  With the summer heat coming on in full force, it’s the perfect time for a new selection of July Editor Picks.  Roll down the windows and turn up this summery mix of indie pop, hard rock, hip hop and country.  Or, if you’re hiding inside and blasting the AC, put on some of the more chill, contemplative tracks.  Get over to the OurStage Facebook page to snag the mix for free download, or listen to it on 8tracks along with the past Editor Picks playlists.

Weapons of Audio “If You Want Me” – Big crunchy guitars and high falsetto vocals.  Imagine Bon Iver fronting Motley Crüe with a hell of a lot more sex appeal.

Sidney York “Dick & Jane” – Is it possible to create a perfect indie pop song without whistling, ukelele and lyrics about bicycling around town?  Not likely.

Chuck Elmore “Saying I Love You” – Elmore’s smooth vocals and slide guitar mix together the best parts of country, folk and pop.

David Costa “To Die For” – Building to a killer hook in the chorus (pun intended), this hip hop cut balances melody with angry, lovesick rhymes.

Jesse Thomas “You I Want” – Clear some nice, comfortable space in your head, because the chorus of “You I Want” is going to spend a lot of time in there.

Clarensau “I Would Trade (Grandpa’s Song)” – Tight male-female harmonies and a haunting cello line combine on this solemnly beautiful track.

Boys “Gossip” – A rollicking sonic romp complete with crunching guitars, vocal acrobatics and a spot-on use of snapping percussion.

Joanna Erdos & The Midnight Show “Sexy Secrets” – If Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer had a kid (I’ll leave the “how” out of this) it would undoubtedly be Joanna Erdos.

Hear Me Roar

Dilana

If the reality show Rock Star: Supernova succeeded in anything, it wasn’t reviving the careers of Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. Instead, it brought some fresh new talent to light, specifically contestants Ryan Star and Dilana Robichaux. Star went on to sign a deal with Atlantic Records after the show, while Dilana, who came in second place in the competition, released her first full-length in nine years on Kabunk Records. Calling to mind both Melissa Etheridge and Linda Perry, the South African singer’s calling card is her tremendous voice. “The Question” kicks up a dust storm of her bluesy, muscular vocals and yowling guitars that dart in and out of the tempest. “My Drug” is a whip-smart rocker about the darker side of love and devotion. “If I give my heart to you, keep it beating,” she warns as guitars lash across the melody. Dilana is tough enough to go up against the rock boys, as she’s already proven. But beneath all the smoke and grit is a softer side that can easily bruise. The elegiac “Still Wanting” and symphonic “Falling Apart” show that the singer can keen just as intensely as she can roar.

Fine Tunings: Samantha Maloney, Chelsea Girl – Cover Girl

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Over the past ten years, drummer Samantha Maloney has made a name for herself as the go-to rock drummer who makes everyone sound better. After studying percussion and graduating from the High School for Performing Arts in New York (the “Fame” school), she was signed to Columbia Records in the band Shift.

Then, in 1998, 22-years-old Sam auditioned for Hole. She was hired and toured the world with Courtney Love and the gang extensively for the next two years. She wasn’t idle long; Sam was hired in 2000 to tour with Mötley Crüe, playing the Tommy Lee parts that inspired her to become a drummer in the first place.

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