Back in August of last year, I watched Asking Alexandria perform at Mayhem Fest with a friend of mine. Between sets, we remarked that Danny hadn't seemed incredibly present (aside from the presumable drunken state he was in). We estimated the band had a few more months before it dissolved. When the band loses interest, there really isn't much hope for a future.
We were kind of right-- lead singer Danny Worsnop left Asking Alexandria earlier this year to pursue his side project We Are Harlot full time. We Are Harlot is less metal and more rock, which follows Danny's music tastes which, it should follow, means that he'll be more heavily invested in the new road he's walking down.
Based on their debut, self-titled album, We Are Harlot are receiving Danny's full attention. The album is a full-tilt hurricane of sex and guitar riffs- classic rock made modern. There are no tricks or gimmicks, just good, honest musical skill, and a reminder that, regardless of Danny's "screamo" roots, he is an incredibly talented singer.
So we could bemoan the end of Asking Alexandria as we know them, or celebrate the birth of another band with an incredible future lying ahead of them, and keep faithful that Asking Alexandria will be just as, if not more powerful than they were before.
So a lot of you may have already seen the article, but I'm excited so I'm gonna write something anyway- last month I won the opportunity to go bowling with Sleeping With Sirens. Buzzfeed was going to do a quick writeup of the night, but the article slowly evolved until I was sharing my recovery story and how it intertwined with my relationship with SWS. I then got to interview Kellin Quinn. I had already met him but I was shaking on the phone call. It was like every dream I could possibly have was coming to fruition.
This past month has been the most amazing time of my entire life, and I'm looking forward not with anxiety or trepidation, but with eagerness and excitement. One of the things that Kellin told me while I was interviewing him was that he wanted Madness (Sleeping With Sirens' new album, which dropped today!) to be a soundtrack to a part of somebody's life. And that's what it's become for me. The soundtrack to the greatest part of my life so far.
You can read the article here
When Twenty One Pilots burst onto the scene in 2012, it wasn't just their aggressive, spoken-word, hip-hop influenced pop rock that made people stand up and take notice. It was the stage presence of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, the manic shows, the exploding energy, the height-scaling and death-defying of every single show, that really grabbed their audiences.
Coming off of their first label-backed debut, there were (as always) concerns about a sophomore slump (despite Vessel not being their first album, only their first after being signed to Fueled By Ramen). But every concern has been alleviated, evaporated, and disintegrated, as Twenty One Pilots debuted a new single and video tonight that is both musically and visually visceral.
'Fairly Local' is the first single off of the forthcoming album Blurryface (due May 19) and it is dark and dense and at the same time tears the weight from your shoulders. Like Oli Sykes if he had gone the route of hip hop.
Twenty One Pilots are a shining example of what modern musicians can be if they stay honest and make the music that is in their blood and their bones and their fingertips, and I'm counting down the days until May.
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