Saturday, February 18, 2017

Interview with: Never Say Die

A classic much to the sound of hard rock comes driving over the airwaves when you plug in your player and head out on the open road. There is something undeniably freeing to the rock sounds that emanate and transpire between the squeal of your tires on the pavement and the driving guitar/drums/bass and vocals of Reid Henry.

Never Say Die hailing from the rock capital of the Canada, come reaching out from Toronto to the states as they take a rock n roll path you will not soon forget. Their debut album- Destroy + Rebuild is the primo hard rock album from beginning to end. Catch Never Say Die out on tour through April in the states.

BANGS!: What is it about long drives that inspires some of us to think so much that we have to create?

Reid Henry: Any chance I get to write or play music I take it.

BANGS!: Many will ask, why the hiatus, especially on the heels of great success... however, looking at this from another perspective wouldn't that be the perfect time to stretch and possibly explore another avenue of creation?

Reid Henry: Our singer Matt got a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with his brother in Three Days Grace. For me, it's an opportunity to challenge myself to rise with the tide.

BANGS!: Was the intention there all along to take Never Say Die from a studio project to where it is now?

Reid Henry: Yes absolutely. I've always dreamed of being a singer. 

BANGS!: There seems to be a definite importance behind the band's name, as we see the words, "Never Say Die" show up quite often in titles, and phrases.  What was it for you to take these words and hold it as your band title?

Reid Henry: “Never Say Die” is a British idiom that means to not give up. We thought it was a fitting name for our band. Plus it sounds metal.

BANGS!: The tune "Automatic" has a great hook immediately. It's rock. Talk a bit about the structure of the song.

Reid Henry: “Automatic” is a robo love song... we wanted to make the instruments on the track live up to the words in the song.

BANGS!: Listening to "Like A Nightmare" and reading over the YouTube comments, one fan asked how in the world you got your guitars to do what they do in that song- yeah tell us!

Reid Henry: The reaction to “Like A Nightmare” has been really exciting. It was one of the first songs we tracked for the record. 

I had made a bunch of evil sounding 8bit keyboard parts in Ableton that are underneath the guitars, I think that sets the song apart. 

BANGS!: Would you class some of your music darker and heavier towards the days of when you were performing in the band My Darkest Days? 

Reid Henry: Although we borrow from the style of My Darkest Days, I think this band is unquestionably heavier.

BANGS!: How would you clearly define for your fans where Never Say Die is by comparison. 

Reid Henry: Our music and content define us better than I ever could. 

BANGS!: Toronto produces some of the best rockers- who have been some of your favorites from back home and abroad?

Reid Henry: We love Three Days Grace, Finger 11, Cancer Bats, Protest The Hero, Dilly Dally & a ton of others.

BANGS!: How important do you find the technique in what you are creating in this band?

Reid Henry: My technique in terms of songwriting is sort of whatever works... I try and use a fresh approach to each song and allow inspiration to come as organically as possible. 

BANGS!: As this tour continues through the Spring in the U.S. have you found more times to pull out that laptop and write along the roads across the states?

Reid Henry: I have 5 or 6 ideas in really excited about and we another 20 or so raw riffs and ideas that we think could be really cool. The laptop is always out. 

BANGS!: 2017 has so much yet to live, rock, and roll... What does the rest of the year hold for Never Say Die? 

Reid Henry: All the touring... we'll be out on the road for the rest of the year and into next.

Check out our tour dates at or our band site:

Never Say Die is: 
Reid Henry - Vocals, Guitar 
Dane Hartsell - Guitar, Vocals 
Brendan McMillan - Bass, Vocals 
Mike Langford - Drums

Tour Dates:

Another Lost Year | Never Say Die | Lullwater Tour Dates:
Diamondz Event Center 
Jerome, ID
Herman's Hideaway 
Denver, CO
Bismarck, ND
The Nestor Tavern 
Fargo, ND
Whiskey Dicks 
North Sioux City, SD
Shamrock's Bar And Grill 
Omaha, NE
Bada Brew 
Crest Hill, IL
The Firebird 
St Louis, MO
Rail II 
Peoria, IL
Diesel Concert Lounge 
New Baltimore, MI
The Music Factory 
Battle Creek, MI
Big Shots 
Valparaiso, IN
Dawg House 
Waynesboro, PA
The M Resort Spa And Casino * 
Las Vegas, NV

No Never Say Die or our band site:


"Like A Nightmare"

SKILLET: Second Leg of Their U.S. Tour "The Unleashed Tour"

Skillet and 2017 is shaping up to continue the trend. Coming off the band’s most successful European headline run to date that included numerous sold-out performances, Skillet will embark on the second U.S. leg of The Unleashed Tour. The 26-city tour will kick off on February 8th in Clifton Park, NY and will make stops in Philadelphia, PA; Spokane, WA; Los Angeles, CA and Denver, CO to name a few. The tour wraps on March 24th in Little Rock, AR and is a continuation of the band’s celebrated U.S. run that wrapped up last October. Sick Puppies and Devour The Day will be support on these new dates. An exclusive presale for The Panheads (The Official Skillet Fan Club) will go live on Wednesday, December 14th.  Tickets and VIP Packages including an opportunity to meet the band will be available and fans can sign up for the fan club at: Public on sale for all shows will be Friday, December 16th and ticket links can be found at:

Skillet will be touring in support of their latest album Unleashed. The 12-track, critically acclaimed album is available via all physical and digital retailers nationwide. The debut single “Feel Invincible” recently went to #1 on both the Active (Mediabase) and Mainstream (BDS) Rock charts. The video for the single has been viewed over 21 million times on YouTube ( and streamed over 16 million times on Spotify (

Skillet will also be making the rounds throughout the U.S. festivals this Spring. The band has already been announced for Carolina Rebellion on Sunday, May 7th performing alongside Avenged Sevenfold, The Offspring, Volbeat and Seether amongst others that day.  Skillet will also be at this year’s Rock On The Range festival the weekend of May 19th – May 21st. Tickets for these festival dates are already on sale.

Skillet has cemented its place as one of the 21st century’s most successful rock bands. Selling more than 11 million units worldwide, the Wisconsin quartet have received two GRAMMY® Award nominations and won a Billboard Music Award for the platinum-certified Awake. Their double-platinum single “Monster” is “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” with a total of 57 million plays (and counting) on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.”  2013’s Rise bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release and received resounding and eclectic acclaim from the likes of USA TodayNew York TimesRevolver Loudwire, and more.

Twitter:        @skilletmusic

February 8th 
Clifton Park, NY
Upstate Concert Hall
February 9th
Portland, ME
State Theatre
February 10th
Philadelphia, PA
Electric Factory
February 11th
Niagara Falls, NY
Rapids Theatre
February 12th
Pittsburgh, PA
Stage AE
February 16th
Kansas City, MO
Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
February 17th
Sauget, IL
February 18th
Madison, WI
Orpheum Theater
February 19th
Indianapolis, IN
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
February 22nd
Fargo, ND
Fargo Civic Auditorium
February 24th
Salt Lake City, UT
In The Venue
February 25th
Boise, ID
Revolution Center
February 26th
Idaho Falls, ID
Idaho Falls Civic Center
March 2nd
Billings, MT
Pub Station Ballroom
March 3rd
Spokane, WA
Knitting Factory
March 4th
Seattle, WA
The Showbox
March 5th
Portland, OR
Crystal Ballroom
March 8th
Sacramento, CA
Ace Of Spades
March 9th
Los Angeles, CA
The Belasco Theater
March 11th
Anaheim, CA
City National Grove of Anaheim
March 12th
Tempe, AZ
The Marquee
March 16th
El Paso, TX
Tricky Falls
March 17th
Albuquerque, NM
El Rey Theater
March 18th
Denver, CO
Summit Music Hall
March 22nd
Corpus Christi, TX
Concrete Street Amphitheater
March 23rd
Houston, TX
House of Blues
March 24th
Little Rock, AR


All Time Low - 2017 - Pamela Littky - Lo


Fueled By Ramen has announced All Time Low as the newest members of the influential label’s incredible roster. The pioneering rock band is celebrating with the release of the new single, “Dirty Laundry,” available today at all DSPs. In addition, the track’s companion video is streaming now at the official FBR YouTube channel.
The Maryland-based band has set a truly epic international headline tour that will see them circumnavigating the planet through mid-May. The European leg gets underway March 10th at London’s famed Eventim Apollo and is followed by stops across the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. From there All Time Low will head out for a much anticipated string of shows in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. For updates and ticket information, please visit
Formed in 2003 in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, All Time Low is one of the most beloved bands in rock, acclaimed worldwide for their positivity, invention, and always-effervescent songcraft. The band’s three most recent album releases all made top 10 debuts on the SoundScan/Billboard 200, with 2015’s “FUTURE HEARTS” arriving at #2 – All Time Low’s highest chart placement thus far. In addition, the album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Current Albums,” “Top Rock Albums” and “Vinyl Albums” charts as well as at #1 on the official UK Album Chart.
All Time Low has also received a remarkable range of awards and RIAA certifications, including RIAA platinum for 2008’s breakthrough “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” and RIAA gold for such hits as “Weightless” and “A Love Like War (Feat. Vic Fuentes).” Other honors include four Alternative Press Music Awards, five Kerrang! Awards, and the coveted title of “Best Pop Punk Band” at the Top In Rock Awards.
Known worldwide for their dynamic live shows, All Time Low has been among the hardest-touring bands of their generation, headlining countless multi-band tours over the past decade while also rocking traveling roadshows like Vans Warped Tour and such world-famous festivals as Australia’s Soundwave and the UK’s Reading & Leeds Festivals.
All Time Low is: Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson, and Zack Merrick.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Music: The Edge of Paradise Video- "ALIVE"


Edge of Paradise Release Official Video for "Alive"

"Alive" Premiered on Metal Underground

ALIVE Due Out March 10, 2017

February 10, 2017 - Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal band Edge of Paradise has released the Official Music Video for "Alive" off of their upcoming EP. Directed by Val Rassi, "Alive" originally premiered on Metal Underground and is taken from Edge Of Paradise's upcoming release of the same name. A 5 song EP produced by Chuck Johnson (KornSlipknot) and mixed by Jay Ruston (AnthraxPop Evil…), Mike Plotnikoff, and Michael WagenerALIVE is due out 3/10 viaILS/Universal!

Front woman, Margarita Monet, states "This song is extremely contagious, with the heavy hitting/ industrial beat, and a chorus that'll get your blood pumping!"
"ALIVE is dealing with us humans being so caught up in the digital world, obsessed with convenience and monetary gain, we have begun to sacrifice our humanity. We are becoming corporate led consumer machines! We get lost in the enticing virtual reality that we forget what real human interaction feels like. Sometimes I want to break away from bombardment of advertisements, social standards, never ending race with time and just breathe, and remember what it's like to feel alive! To connect with our fellow humans and the world!
Production wise, the band is exploring it's heavier side, with the new industrial edge, yet keeping the band's dynamic and melodic sound!
“This is our best music to date! We were so fortunate to work with amazing, powerhouse people on this CD, and are confident that the outcome is the most exciting Edge Of Paradise musical experience yet!"
Edge Of Paradise have toured over 30 states and are excited to hit the road again in the spring. This year the band plan to tour US, South America, and Europe with an already set date at the Female Metal Event in Eindhoven, Netherlands, playing alongside Delain.
"We are working with a great team of people and are excited to bring our show to you and meet all of you awesome music fans out there!"
Edge Of Paradise will be having exciting giveaways during the months of Feb and March, keep posted on their facebook page!
Catch Edge of Paradise LIVE:
04/21 @ Soundbox - Simpsonville SC
04/22 @ Drunk Horse - Fayetteville NC
05/11 @ El Corazon - Seattle, WA
09/23 @ Female Metal Event - Eindhoven Netherlands


Track Listing:
1. Alive
2. Dust To Dust
3. Mystery
4. Shade Of Crazy
5. Humanoid
Edge Of Paradise was formed by Margarita Monet and Dave Bates in 2011. Few months after formation, the band released their debut album Mask that featured rhythm section of bassist Tony Franklin (Blue MurderThe Firm) and drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth Band). Mask came out at #6 most added on national CMJ radio, right behind Machine Head and solidified existence of Edge Of Paradise.
After the release of Mask, touring numerous states on the West Coast, the group immediately began writing to showcase the bands maturity and define the sound of the band.
By 2013, Edge Of Paradise started working with legendary Michael Wagener on the mix of the new songs and recording with Grammy winning producer Bob Kulick (KISS, Motörhead), and Perfect Shade Of Black was the result. The EP was made available only via physical release, before the worldwide full-length album release in 2015. The EP received rave reviews, painting a vivid picture of the bands staggering growth, and if public perception is any indicator, the lyric video for one of the songs, "Breakaway" quickly reached 200,000 views with the debut on AOL's Noisecreep. said; "Monet really lets rip on title track 'Perfect Shade Of Black' – opening up her powerful pipes to reveal a vocal range her peers on the female-fronted metal scene can only dream of... it’s obvious why this band’s big news on the retro-obsessed LA scene right now."
And after playing in over 18 states and signing with German based label Pure Steel Records, the band released their second full length studio album. IMMORTAL WALTZ, produced and recorded by the legendary Michael Wagener was released May 2015. Right away the album started to receive great review from critiques from online and print magazines. Revolver Magazine took note of the band and released their music videos for single "In A Dream" and "Rise For The Fallen". The album was voted album of the week by Revolver's readers.
Debuting at #2 CMJ metal radio, IMMORTAL WALTZ quickly secured it's place in the top 20 of the national CMJ loud chart.
Lance Hall of 90.9 WJSCFM stated "This is one of the most unique sounding albums I’ve heard in a long long time. True craftsmanship on all the songs and with a person the stature of Michael Wagener producing and mixing, there’s no doubt that the only grade to give this project is a full FIVE STARS !!!"
In 2016 Edge Of Paradise went back to the studio and started working with produced Chuck Johnson (KornSlipknot) exploring the heavier side of paradise. The result is a 5 song EP Alive, the band's best work to date. Mixed by Mike PlotnikoffJay Ruston, and Michael Wagener. The EP is scheduled to be released March 10 via ILS/Universal.
Edge Of Paradise stated “We were so fortunate to work with amazing, powerhouse people on this CD, and are confident that the outcome is the most exciting Edge Of Paradise musical experience yet! We present to you the more heavier/ industrial side of Paradise, while still maintaining the dynamic and melodic sound of the band! We put everything into this music and are so excited to share this new chapter with you!”.
With a solid line up and touring over 30 states, Margarita Monet-Vocals, Dave Bates-guitars, Nick Ericson-bass, John Chominsky-drums the band is looking forward to jumping into the future, full speed ahead!

New Music: Cody Lovass- "Lie"

Releases the “Insanely Catchy” New Video “LIE”
Premieres on Pancakes and Whiskey

photo credit: Keelee Lovaas
“I think this song kind of relates to me as a human maybe more than it relates to me as a musician right now,” explains San Diego-based singer/guitarist CODY LOVAAS  about his new single “LIE”.  “It shows the less serious side of me, the side that just wants to go out with girls and hang out with my friends.”  Thankfully, this innate and primal appeal to be human has struck a nerve.

Called an “insanely catchy pop-Rock gem” by pop music tome IDOLATOR, the single “marries pop melodies with some good ol’-fashioned rock sensibility” and fuses it into a song that’s “breezy and carefree-sounding.”

Indie pop music bible PANCAKES AND WHISKEY premieres the video today and adds: “With its insanely catchy beat and lyrics that flow like the Pacific Ocean, ‘Lie’ washes over us and in turn, just makes us feel good.”  Shot in and around his hometown of San Diego, the video shows Cody in his natural setting, as “a normal dude who likes to skate and hang out with girls… The soulfulness that oozes from Cody in this track is impressive and will go a long ways in the bright future that he has.”

A surfer by nature but a serious and committed artist at heart, Cody started his musical curiosity at the wee age of seven. “I was in the car with my mom,” he says, “and basically, I straight-up asked her if I could start playing the drums—at seven years old, that would’ve made for a really loud house. So she said, ‘What about a different instrument? How about the guitar? Girls like guitarists.’ Of course, I asked her to sign me up as soon as possible.”

Originally discovered by Jason Mraz at age 14, he’s grown into a budding true talent which Pancakes and Whiskey observed has “a musical prowess of someone twice his age.” Inspired by the likes of Van Morrison, The Weeknd, Ray Lamontagne, Bishop Briggs, Kaleo, and BØRNS, Cody’s music encompasses the deep introspection of a deep thinking artist with the laid-back rhythm of his other love - the surf.  Cutting his musical teeth on tours supporting Ziggy Marley, Switchfoot, Donavon Frankenreiter and Mraz, he won Best New Artist at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards, and was nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter at the same awards ceremony the very next year. The San Diego Troubadour has let readers know “Lovaas has emerged as a major talent,” and AXS cites his lyricism as “upbeat, mature, and meaningful.”

It’s been said by people in the industry that Cody “has a heart of gold”—that he’s “always giving back. He is growing into a shining star.” And when it comes to giving back, Cody, according to Popdust, “is quick to understand the implications of the spotlight and what it means to change lives.” He regularly volunteers with organizations like SurfAid and Natural High, donating his time whenever he can.

With “Lie” ready to splash him into the mainstream, Cody has a bright future ahead of him.  If this single is any indication, his wave should be breaking any second.

Cody will be hitting the road for a number of California dates in March. Be sure to look out for him in a city near you soon!
                 March 13- Rolling Hills Preparatory School (San Pedro, CA)
                 March 14- Poway High School (San Diego, CA)
                 March 15- Muirlands Middle School (La Jolla, CA)
                 March 20- Caroldale Learning Community (Carson, CA)
                 March 21- Ventura Pacific High School (Ventura, CA)
                 March 22- Balboa Middle School (Ventura, CA)
                 March 23- Abraham Lincoln High School (San Francisco, CA)