We got a surprise early release from Alt Press today with the debut of "I Lied" by Mikey Way's new project Electric Century.
"I Lied" is an earnest electronic pop song with a dark undercurrent that, if transcribed into a visual aesthetic, would lie somewhere between Tron and a dark room filled with balloons and twinkle lights.
In an exclusive interview with MTV, Mikey revealed that Electric Century has been a long time in the making- almost two decades. In his long and storied history of coming up with great band names, Mikey developed the idea for the band in 7th grade, and had been sending snippets of music to Dave Debiak for years before the band officially came to fruition.
You can listen to "I Lied" on the AP website now, and the song will be released on iTunes on February 26th.
Electric Century features Mikey Way, Dave Debiak, and Justin Siegel, and their debut album, produced by D James Goodwin will be released later this year.
Did you know that being on a guest list makes you feel cooler than you are? It does. I won the tickets, so it's not like I was added as a close personal friend, but still. Cool.
I've seen James Dewees perform before, but never in RATFE. I came into the show expecting the insanity and energy the band is known for, but I was unprepared for exactly how much fun James Dewees is as a frontman.
His banter between songs was clearly authentic and unscripted, as he would swing between stories at the slightest provocation from the audience. The audience especially was fantastic because there were adults and teenagers and a great energy with no snobbery amongst older fans and no obnoxious behavior from younger fans.
The great thing about Reggie and The Full Effect is that they've been around long enough (and James has been enough bands) that there's none of the sense of entitlement that a lot of modern bands have. They don't rest on their former successes, either. The set featured a healthy mixture of new songs and old songs, as well as mini sets by Fluxuation and Common Denominator.
Frank Iero joined Reggie to perform Who Needs Another Drank, and by joined I mean "rapped with while wearing a weed hat." It was beautiful.
Footage from the show will be used for the video for 37 (footage was shot by Tate from Face Off and it was so exciting I had him sign a dollar bill) so you'll be able to see just how great the show was soon.
Girl Why'd You Run Away?
From Me 2 U
Kanji Tattoos... Still In Style?
Drunk Girl at the Get Up Kids Show
Congratulations Smack and Katy
Revenge Is a Dish Best Served at Park Chan-Wook's House
Drunk Guy at the Get Up Kids Show
Your Girlfriends Hate Me
Who Needs Another Drank
Take Me Home Please
Thanks For Staying
Get Well Soon
Mood 4 LUV (Fluxuation)
Love Reality (Fluxuation)
Sundae, Booty Sundae (Fluxuation)
DMV (Common Denominator)
Dwarf Invasion (Common Denominator)
Something I noticed during the battle of the bands competition for Warped Tour this summer was how strong the music game was in North Carolina. My previous experiences with North Carolina had been pretty much limited to sand dunes and ducks, so to see this massive wave of fantastic music barreling at me from the state was alarming, but in a good way. Like a fire alarm that gets you out of an exam you didn't study for. So today, we're going to listen to some of the latest and greatest from NC.
One of the coolest things I've found coming out of North Carolina is the mixing of ambient and post-hardcore, which creates this very atmospheric, blizzard- like tunnel of sound. The emo/pop punk scene is strong too, as evidenced by a slew of features in AP magazine covering bands like The Hotelier (with Home Like No Place Is There) and Messenger Down