Date: August 22, 2014 @ Casino Rama
The night was incredibly memorable as they performed their classic hits along with new ones. Check out our next issue for full coverage and selected images by Igor Visyashev.
ROB ZOMBIE Narrates ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Puppy Rescue Mission PSA, Directed by Strati Hovartos
Watch the Puppy Rescue Mission PSA Here: https://vimeo.com/m/102641607
Puppy Rescue Mission – Allowing Afghanistan War Heroes to Match Companions with Homes
Saiga, a dog rescued by The Puppy Rescue Mission, and her soldier friend
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is deep-seated in U.S. military and veteran communities – avidly promoting programs like Metal of Honor, in conjunction with The Pathway Home (PTSD rehabilitation facility) and Hope For The Warriors (Military family assistance, veteran transition assistance, employment preparedness). In addition to these programs, the festival actively supports another great cause in conjunction with our troops: The Puppy Rescue Mission!
The Puppy Rescue Mission (“TPRM”) is the brainchild of president and founding member Anna Cannan. Anna’s idea for TPRM began when her fiancé, Chris, was deployed to and stationed in Afghanistan. TPRM’s primary mission is to help bring home the companions to our soldiers serving in a war zone. These companions already have homes waiting for them — they just need help getting there. TPRM believes that these beloved companions have at times not only physically saved our soldiers from harm but have also filled an emotional need for a sense of home and normalcy in a hostile and dangerous environment.
With the help of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, TPRM continues to make loving connections between rescue dogs and their companions! Recently, Los-Angeles based photographer and ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL documenter Strati Hovartos directed a heartfelt PSA, starring a cast of active duty and veteran warriors and narrated by Mayhem-alumni and world-renowned rocker Rob Zombie.
Last summer, Rob Zombie donated his incredible truck featured on History’s Counting Cars to TPRM. At the time, Rob Zombie stated, “… soldiers in Afghanistan would find these dogs and bond with them and sneak them on the bases, even though they weren’t supposed to have them. It was probably the only moment of sanity for these guys, when they spent time with them….But they weren’t allowed to take them home, and if they could, it was so expensive. That was a cause I could really understand and get behind.”
Watch the PSA here: https://vimeo.com/m/102641607
Saiga, the dog featured in the PSA, is an actual rescue animal from the Afghanistan war zone adopted by festival producer John Reese and his family throughTPRM. As a puppy of a dog befriended by a soldier serving in the Middle East, Saiga was brought to the US from Kabul, Afghanistan at four-and-a-half months old.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL producer John Reese states, “The sacrifices made by our men and women serving overseas are numerous. Having to leave a dog behind that one may become attached to is just another sacrifice that most of us aren’t aware of. The work The Puppy Rescue Mission does is so important.”
“A sincere thank you goes out to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL for their support and dedication in making these reunions possible,” states The Puppy Rescue Mission Founder and President, Anna Maria Cannan. “The bond between a soldier and his dog is truly unbreakable. Thousands of miles away from home, it is sometimes the one thing in the world that can bring a smile to their face.”
For more information on The Puppy Rescue Mission, please visit www.puppyrescuemission.com.
For more information on THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL and other programs involved with the festival, visitwww.rockstarmayhemfest.com. Make sure to also visit the site for a full listing of this year’s tour dates and line-up information, as well as future announcements regarding the festival.
The Bolts Transformation Into Island Apollo at Silverlake Lounge
Orange-County based indie rockers The Bolts made a bold move early last month—they changed their name to Island Apollo. Bolder still, the five-some headed north to hipster haven Silverlake previewing work through their new material as Island Apollo, taking up residency at the gritty Silverlake Lounge for four Mondays in July.
The band—comprised of guitarists Heath Farmer and Ryan Kilpatrick, bassist Addam Farmer, keyboardist Austin Farmer, and drummer Matt Champagne—gained considerable fame as The Bolts after forming as teenagers in Orange County. In short order, they picked up airplay on KROQ, won Orange County’s “Best Pop Artist” from the OC Music Awards, opened for Capital Cities and Third Eye Blind, appeared across local TV and, realizing every young man’s dream, had a song placed in a commercial featuring supermodel Kate Upton.
At Silverlake Lounge, the group took the stage as relative newcomers.
From the first show through the last, Island Apollo was not what you’d call tentative. Despite the new name (coined for the artificial islands in Long Beach Bay, each named for a Apollo astronaut) and brand new material, they couldn’t shake off (nor should they) the experience of seven years playing together. Island Apollo plays with astonishing precision and considerable verve. They’re tight but not tense, intense but not intimidating. Each member knows their job and does it well, and their experience shines through in confident assured playing, compact, well-crafted songs, and at the bottom of each, Matt Champagne: throwing himself all over his small drum kit (with one synth pad, he’s quick to point out), each bang of the drums exuberant—at times it seems he just might freak out—before bringing the beats back to their “proper” place. In fact, each song finishes a little sooner than you think it should. A few of the songs hint at what might be in store if they were to shake off the disciplined structure and show fans what it might feel like to be invited into one of their private jam sessions. Watching the crowd, it was clear that each song left the audience wanting more.
If one is to believe the set lists (show-goers eagerly snatched from under Heath’s feet at the end of each gig) during the Silverlake Lounge residencies consisted of eight-song sets of original compositions the band has been working on for inclusion into their first EP as Island Apollo. He told the audience, “We think Animal is going to be our fist single, but our manager (Dan Catullo, of Orange County production powerhouse DC3 Music/City Drive Entertainment) asked us not to confirm that.” Regardless, our money’s on Animal—it’s a self-effacing excuse for love and lust, delivered with Ryan and Heath’s guitars over urgent, insistent, almost drill-cadence harmonies.
Heath and Ryan trade lead and rhythm guitar duties effortlessly, going back and forth between parts without looking at each other. Heath wields a well-worn Telecaster, showing years of love and long use along with that very sweet, country punk-tinged sound; he expands on its single pickup design and sound with an array of pedals and effects at his feet that makes the gear lovers in the audience crane their necks over the monitors to look at it.
Ryan, Island Apollo’s newly appointed lead vocalist, croons a fine tenor over his Stratocaster, fixing his gaze on the audience as he works through the tunes. Their intention was to have Ryan handle all the singing—thinking perhaps their four-part harmonies as the Bolts too lightweight—but they simply can’t help harmonizing, and you can tell they clearly relish singing together. Each song’s chorus is fist-to-the gut punchy. They pack a pop and a wallop. This is especially evident on the tunes Phoenix and Animal.
Between them is Addam, alternately strumming and plucking his bass—just like the guitarists on either side of them. Twice during the residency, he sported a black t-shirt with dinosaurs on it, and the irony wasn’t lost on fans of Animal.
Habitual starts with a looser, free-form instrumental intro reminiscent of The War on Drugs—but again, tantalizingly brief. In Meaning of Love, the guys sing, “You build me up/And break me down/That’s the meaning of love/That’s the meaning of love.” It is then that you realize: these guys are not punks; they really are a bunch of Orange County lads, tanned, fresh-faced, and very outgoing. They want us to like them, and y’know what? We do. The band reads the audience well and knows that they won’t win us over if they sing at us to fuck off. It’s refreshingly…fresh. At each week of the residency, a tanned, teeming crowd of young ladies in the audience undoubtedly seemed to agree.
Believer is as close as these guys come to down-tempo in the Silverlake sets, a minor-key anthem driven by Austin’s low-key keys, his extensive rig anchored by a Yamaha electric piano. In I Don’t Need Your Kind of Love, they build guitar energy with staccato guitar riffs around their vocal, ensemble playing holding Champagne’s drums in check, concluding with soulful, tight harmonies on Think it Over, their last number.
Heath explains their carefully constructed set after the show. “We believe that every song should flow naturally and that every detail should serve an artistic purpose. We added tempo changes where it made sense, and explored varying chord progressions.” As you watch his fingers fly up and down the fret board, you realize he’s taking his own advice well.
Island Apollo’s next gig is Thursday, August 14 at a new venue downtown: Downstairs at Fifty Seven, located at 712 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021
So with a nostalgic look back at their history as the Bolts, Island Apollo is poised to rise above the ocean floor and reach for the stars.
Island Apollo’s new social network links:
PREMIERE VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE
“SET ME ON FIRE”
TODAY, TUESDAY JULY 29 ON BILLBOARD HERE
‘BETWEEN THE STARS’
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 16 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
iTUNES PRE-ORDER UP TODAY HERE
FLYLEAF PHOTO: http://msopr.com/files/flyleaf_press_photo_147.JPG
FLYLEAF–the five-piece, multi-platinum alternative rock band–have premiered their brand new video for “Set Me On Fire” today, Tuesday, July 29. Watch the clip and read the Q&A with FLYLEAF on Billboard.com HERE. “Set Me On Fire” marks the first single from their fourth studio album, BETWEEN THE STARS, set for release September 16 on Loud & Proud Records. Starting today, BETWEEN THE STARS is available for pre-order on iTunes HERE.
The video for “Set Me On Fire” was directed by Noel Maitland (Speechless, Kings of Summer) in an abandoned warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.
FLYLEAF–KRISTEN MAY (vocals), SAMEER BHATTACHARYA (guitars), JARED HARTMANN (guitars), PAT SEALS(bass), JAMES CULPEPPER (drums)–recorded BETWEEN THE STARS in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). The band will announce a fall U.S. tour soon.
FLYLEAF PHOTO http://msopr.com/files/flyleaf_press_photo_147.JPG
FLYLEAF has consistently dominated the Active, Alternative and Mainstream rock charts throughout their career. They released the eponymous debut album, Flyleaf, in 2005 which went platinum and spawned the singles “I’m So Sick,” “Fully Alive,” and the smash “All Around Me,” which sold over one million digital downloads, was a Top 20 hit at Top 40 radio and won the BMI Pop Award. Their second album Memento Mori was released in late 2009 and debuted at No. 8 on theBillboard charts, featuring the singles “Again” and “Missing.” Their third album New Horizons was released in late2012. After months of touring the world with the new line-up addition of KRISTEN MAY on vocals, FLYLEAF released a new EP Who We Are in 2013 which featured the song “Something Better” with P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval on vocals. They’ve shared the stage with Korn, Deftones, Stone Sour, Evanescence and many more. Conscious of constantly giving back, they played special shows for American troops stationed in Afghanistan as well as Okinawa, Japan.
Summer NAMM is always an adventure for the RNR crew, since its not “down the street” like Winter NAMM. This year was our first year to set up a booth at Summer NAMM and it was an awesome time! NAMM always allows you to see new companies as well as some of the Top brands like Gibson, showing their best products, their new products and answering any questions that you may have. Also included in the slideshow are a couple pictures from the Epiphone after party Friday night. Continue reading
I thought I had seen extreme shows before I witnessed Summer Slaughter 2014, but the brutality of the eighth annual touring festival has taken extreme to a whole new level. I made it to the shows in Orange County and Los Angeles.
The first night was at the Observatory in Santa Ana. I got there just in time to check out the local metal band Our Own Accord. Their style is a hybrid of thrash melodic metal and metalcore. Their set was pretty awesome in the constellation room with the other local bands on the bill, however their set was a lot more energetic. And even though they did not have the biggest crowd, their loyal following head banged their hearts away! They have a new album called “Judgment” coming out in a month and they debuted some of the new material during their set, including their single, “Sinister Split.”
Alex, their lead singer, had this to say about Summer Slaughter, “The show was awesome! The crowd was insane. It was probably the best summer slaughter reaction we have ever had. My favorite band was Morbid Angel. I have been a huge fan of them since getting into metal!” aside from Alex and company, the other local acts did not disappoint. The additional roster including Voices of Ruin, Why We Kill and Nihilitus all put on stellar performances, giving the audience a constant stream of brutal tunes between the headlining acts.
Amongst the brutal, Goatwhore was overwhelming! They played many new hits off their current release “Constricting the Rage of the Merciles” including crowd favorites “Apocoliptic Havic” and “All Destroying.” This band puts out so much energy, especially front man Ben Falgoust. His wicked stage presence really compliments Sammy Duet melting faces with his guitar!
Australian deathcore outfit Thy Art is Murder, drew a lot of fans and had the most intense crowd surfing of the show. And what can be said about Dying Fetus? They gave a killer performance with their brand of brutal, guttural extreme death metal. Aside from playing fan favorites off their new record “Reign Supreme” they also pleased their long-time fans by performing some of their older material, which is always great to see and hear.
Morbid Angel ruled the show, playing many of their most brutal and vicious legendary hits. Their set was about 75 minutes long and included songs like “Rapture,” “Blood on my Hands,” and “God of Emptiness.” Lead singer and bassist David Vincent had his bass vibrating your inner soul.
The mosh pit was utter chaos with tons of young faces that probably were seeing Morbid Angel for the first time! There were lots of teens and that’s cool. Horn’s up! There were also many veterans in the crowd, including me! Well, I was off to the side because the way the mosh pit was going, you were either going to get smacked on the cranial by a stage diver or body slammed.
The Morbid Angel after party was just as awesome! You can’t go wrong with free beer, death metal god fathers and METAL! It was great to see some familiar faces and hang with the bands who were all super cool. If you haven’t seen Summer Slaughter yet, you won’t want to miss it! Go check it out in a city near you. My round two of the show at the House of Blues on Sunset the next day was just as epic! Check out the photos below!
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