Monday, October 25, 2010

Want me to review your record?!/"The Rainy Day Sessions" EP Review.

Hey dudettes! Like I say on repeat pretty much every week, I currently put a lot of my focus into working at Music Remedy covering sweet press events for you (in the works is Z100 Jingle Ball accreditation) along with just covering CMJ and constantly attending sweet shows in the Boston and Worcester area to do interviews with some of your favorite bands.
Something new I'm going to try and get back into though is steadily reviewing new records which I'll post here and on Music Remedy as well. So, if you are an artist or in a band and you're interested in having me review the record, just shoot it over my way. Whatever gets sent me to, I will review the material and post it on BOTH websites. I've been trying to get back into doing these reviews on a regular basis and started it off today with a review of the new Rainy Day Sessions EP from A Rocket To The Moon. You can find it on MR here!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Interview: Hello Hollywood

So it's been a while since I've been able to post an interview on here just because of my commitment to Music Remedy and everyone but I wanted to try to get back into it again. I don't know what I'm thinking considering how crazy life has been lately but I wanted to give it a try and the first band to be on here is Hello Hollywood. I missed doing interviews with fun pictures and everything so here we go!
I first found Hello Hollywood when I was flipping through an issue of Alternative Press as one of the artists you should know/hometown heroes idea and after listening to a few tracks off their myspace, I definitely wanted to do an interview with them! The band first started in 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona and have grown in their scene to get to the point where they're currently recording their full length record after their great EP's that they have put out in the past. Read on for our exclusive interview with guitarist Stephen Simpson!

You've shared the stage with modern day scene favorites like The Maine and the Cab. If you could tour with any three dream bands, who would they be and why?
I would have to say the Rocket Summer, Something Corporate and Jimmy Eat World. They're all extremely talented bands that I have looked up to for a long time. It would be amazing to tour with bands like I, and the rest of the guys, draw so much inspiration from.

How did Hello Hollywood come to be?
Mike and I started Hello Hollywood as an acoustic project after a band we were both in broke up. We wrote a couple songs and decided we wanted to be a full band, and just kinda ran with it.

Why Hello Hollywood for the name?
Well, when Mike and I started everything we were originally called Hollywood High. When we decided to be a full band we wanted to change the name but really liked the HH initials. We tossed around some names and Hello Hollywood just stuck.

How does the band typically go about the songwriting process? Is it one person, more of a collective effort?
Usually Mike and I will write something acoustic. Then we bring it to the other guys and we'll jam it full band, change some things and polish it up. Every song has everyone's creativity and input by the time it's done.

I read on your myspace blogs that you're working on a new record and it said you were recording this month. How is that process going? Is it looking like an EP or a full length?
It's going extremely well. We've all grown a lot as people and as musicians over the past two years and you can certainly hear that in the new music. When we first went into the studio we planned on doing another EP but we all decided it was time to do a full length.

You've put out two EP's in the past. How has the fan's reception grown to the music?
So far we've put out two EP's. We got a great response from the first EP we put out. The second EP was all acoustic with three acoustic renditions of older songs and three new ones. Having an energetic full band record and then a stripped down acoustic one really offers two sides to the band. I think that's helped us grab the attention of more fans. This record will definitely be a lot different then anything we've done in the past. We're excited to see how everyone takes it all in.

Through your myspace and online social media, you've really grown a huge fan base over North America (&more!). How do you believe online social media has really helped you guys?
Social networking sites not only gives bands the opportunity to spread their music across the world, but to also connect with their fans on a more personal level. That's something we as a band really strive to do, and I can honestly say we enjoy doing. We try to spend as much time as we can interacting and getting to know our fans. That simple fact has greatly helped the success of our band.

What can fans look forward to with in these next few months from you guys?

Our new record! Which means a new single, new promos and a possible tour are all in the works!
What would you say is your favorite treat?
Anything dark chocolate! I can't get enough of that stuff.
If you could do a music video for any of the tracks you've put out so far, which would you choose and what's the craziest concept you could think of?
I'd say "Believe In Love". I would want to shoot it in New York City and have everyone walking around with shirts that say believe in love. Have it painted on cars, buildings, and us playing through out the city. I think that would be pretty sweet!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Personal Post, what's that?

Can't wait for the one day I'm covering of CMJ. Get to see several familiar faces in the boys in Tv/Tv, Postelles and Fake Problems with doing interviews with all three that night at their seperate shows and then attending a bit of the AP Art Exhibit opening along with hopefully seeing a bit of the Bad Books show & Dierks Bentley?

wild card baby.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The latest and the best.

So unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the new BMTH record dropped this past week, that the new Punk Goes is dropping in November and so much more..and I've been in love with it all.
Over the past few months, my musical tastes have changed a lot and I think it's been through all of this work, all of these interviews, all these reviews and I've become way more of a harder music/heavier stuff fan. The new Bring Me record is AMAZING and I can't get enough of Asking Alexandria's cover for Punk Goes. It's little things but it's what I've been most involved in covering lately. Last night, I interviewed everyone on the Whitechapel tour and experienced my first full deathcore show (besides Miss May I) interviewing everyone on the line up all the way from I Declare War up to Whitechapel which all of will be going live this next week (after this week).
I'll also be out at CMJ on Wednesday and Thursday hopefully seeing some familiar faces and also catching some new acts I've been so into lately like Phoenix and seeing the Manchester Orchestra side project Bad Books. I'll also be interviewing the artists/musicians at the Alt Press opening the same night which you may have seen advertised in the new issue. Pretty much, life has been amazing and that's all and it's about to get even better since I'll be living in Boston starting November 1st. :)