‘If I Lose Myself’ Is About Ryan Tedder’s Fear Of Flying

OneRepublic 'If I Lose Myself' behind the scenes

OneRepublic is out with behind the scenes footage from their ‘If I Lose Myself’ music video, where Ryan Tedder, flanked by his bandmates Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Drew Brown and Eddie Fisher, talked about the meaning of the song featured on their upcoming third studio album ‘Native’ (Interscope).

“‘If I Lose Myself’ even though it sounds like this euphoric let’s go crazy tonight song, it’s actually about my buried, latent fear of flying and going down on an airplane, waking up on an airplane and finding out you’re actually going down, and having that moment of sheer panic, looking out the window, seeing your life pass before you, and then somehow finding comfort in the fact that the person sitting next to you is experiencing the same traumatic event,” Tedder explained. “If it’s someone you know or you love then it’s like, well, at least if I lose myself at least it’s with you by your side. It’s kind of a morbid concept, but that’s truthfully where the song came from. But it feels like it’s a celebration of the moment, so in a way that’s what it is. Celebrate now because you only have 60 seconds left.”

As for the concept of the Michael Mueller directed video, Tedder said, “I don’t want to give too much away, other than to say the video storyline was inspired by ’12 Monkeys’ and one of the scenes from ‘The Matrix’, follow the white rabbit. Of course the end, we wanted to have this experience where we’re in the middle of a flash mob kind of concert, but it’s not a typical concert because we’re actually part of the crowd.”

Watch it via VEVO below.

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Lower Lands ‘Socialise With Closed Eyes’ Video

Lower Lands 'Socialise With Closed Eyes' music video featuring Benji Inkley, Paul Howells, Jacob Jarvis and Sam Girling

Lower Lands are out with the music video to their new single ‘Socialise With Closed Eyes’, off the Leeds, England alternative rock group’s ‘Growing Pains’ EP, out now on I Am Mighty Records.

“This song is a letter to a Someone who stopped being a friend because they let things in life get on top of them and they stopped listening to others around them and started just pitying themselves,” band members Benji Inkley, Paul Howells, Jacob Jarvis and Sam Girling said. “It’s sort of a last resort wake up call from us to them. It’s also sort of a good guide to ‘how to be a bad friend’ by Lower Lands! Do all these things, and people will 100% guaranteed think you’re not a fun person to hang out with.”

As for the track’s video, they stated, “The video is kind of our take on the whole reservoir dogs thing. It’s like ‘what if we took this open letter to this person, but then kidnapped them and read it directly to them?’ We wanted to keep it light though to match the vibe of the song so we brought in the humor element with some ridiculous torture methods going on and they seemed to really work because by the end of the video our boy’s nothing if not compliant! Filming in suits, although it looks badass, was a pain. We had to do loads of running and LOADS of performance takes with the hot sun beating down on our adonis-like figures. So things got a little bit sweaty out on the locations, but we had bottles of water at the ready etc. We shot the video with Oh My Dog! films and it was an absolute pleasure. The guys were all really professional, had loads to input in the video and even brought us some lovely food to keep us going throughout the pretty much half marathon we ran to get that 10 seconds of a chase scene! We put so much thought and effort into this video and really wanted to step things up in terms of production value, storyline and the song in general so we really hope you enjoy it. Peace!”

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Theory Of A Deadman On ‘The Truth Is…’, Howard Benson & Milestones

Theory Of A Deadman perform for T-Mobile Monthly 4G

Theory Of A Deadman performed tracks from their latest record ‘The Truth Is…’, live from the Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado for Walmart Soundcheck presented by T-Mobile Monthly 4G. The six-song set included ‘Gentleman’, ‘All or Nothing’, ‘Out of My Head’, ‘Lowlife’, ‘Santa Monica’ and ‘Hurricane’.

During an interview, Tyler Connolly, Dave Brenner, Dean Back and Joey Dandeneau talked about the story behind the album title, staying with Howard Benson on the project, the story behind ‘Gentleman’, working with 3 Doors Down on The Better Life Foundation, the story behind the ‘Hurricane’ music video, what they learned touring with Motley Crue and 3 Doors Down, and their career milestones.

Talking about the album title, Tyler explained, “‘The Truth Is…’ is the first time out of our four records that we named the album for a song title. The songs on the record were kind of just truths. For me lyrically I kind of go above and beyond, maybe below what people say in songs. Sometimes I’ll hear a song on the radio and I’ll be like ‘c’mon, go for it!’ Just say what you want to say. I think on this record a lot of people were saying, ‘Wow, you sound so bitter.’ I’m not necessarily bitter, just truthful I think. There’s a lot of truth in this record.”

On sticking with the same producer, Dave said, “We’ve been with Howard Benson for three records now. We decided to stick with him for ‘The Truth Is…’. I think for a few reasons. One is we like working with him and his team. It’s familiar and comfortable for us and also we’ve had great success working with him and we feel why mess with stuff while it’s working. So Howard, we’ll consider you for the fifth if he plays his cards right.”

On the ‘Hurricane’ video, Tyler said, “I had this idea that I wanted to be on top of a mountain, have an eagle on each hand, and I want to fly. I don’t know, it wasn’t in the budget. We always look for something interesting and new and different, and this was the first video we ever did where there wasn’t a band performance, which I’m sure the guys all liked. They didn’t have to fly out and play on top of a mountain. It turned out great. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would.”

Talking about their career milestones in the band, Dave said, “I feel like it’s been ten years of these moments. You come out being a bunch of kids that don’t know what the heck to expect and what’s going on, and all of the sudden your first week of record sales comes back and we sell like 13,000. I remember not being able to fathom how many people that was. We had played for 30 people. So it’s just been one milestone after another. We’re a band that really sets goals for ourselves, so achieving the goals is an important part of setting them. If you never achieve them you can never set new ones, so yeah it’s been 10 years of milestones for us.”

Watch the performance and interview at see.walmart.com/rock4g/theory-of-a-deadman and check out additional pictures from their appearance after the cut. Continue reading

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The Raveonettes Perform At Sonos Studio In LA

Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes perform at Sonos Studio (Michael Buckner - Wireimage)

The Raveonettes guitarist Sune Rose Wagner and bassist Sharin Foo presented their sixth studio album ‘Observator’ during an exclusive live acoustic performance and Q&A session at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles on October 9th. The event was presented by Sonos and VICE magazine and featured the Danish duo taking part in a discussion that was moderated by Nic Harcourt. Wagner and Foo talked about their artistic vision and inspiration behind the music before a live set that featured a collection of tracks from the new release.

Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes talk with Nic Harcourt at Sonos Studio (Michael Buckner - Wireimage)
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Madison Rising Blast Dee Snider, Tom Morello Over Romney/Ryan Attacks

Patriotic rock band Madison Rising is firing back at rock artists such as Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine for their criticisms of the Mitt Romney presidential campaign for Mitt and his running mate Paul Ryan using their music on the campaign trail, suggesting that they are large beneficiaries of the capitalistic system embraced by the Republican ticket that has brought both musicians enormous personal wealth.

“I think American’s are getting really tired of the divisive undertones of all of these musicians and how they constantly attack anyone who supports the system they benefited from so much,” Rich Mgrdechian, Madison Rising’s manager, said in a press release. “It really is ironic how guys like Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Dee Snider and all the other anti-American loudmouths have made an absolute fortune bashing capitalism. They clearly have no shame whatsoever. They’re capitalists, they’re artists, they’re musicians, they’re Americans – and so are we. The only difference is that we don’t try to hide it.”

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The Wedding To Release New Album ‘No Direction’ September 25th

The Wedding band, featuring Matt Shelton, Trevor Sarver, Adam Thron, Matt Jameson and Cody Driggers

The Wedding have signed a deal with Tooth & Nail Records, who will release their label debut ‘No Direction’ on September 25th. The Fayetteville, Arkansas rock band first formed in 2008 and despite a few lineup changes, created a stir with their soaring rock anthems. The band hit its stride when frontman Matt Shelton, formerly of Letter Kills, joined the group.

On the album’s title, Shelton explains, “‘No Direction’ means cutting ties with the idea that you can prepare your life in such a way to keep you from danger. As C.S. Lewis said, it’s an illusion of safety. We are meant to live life unabashed and free, and this can only happen in the face of danger; which to most is the idea of not knowing where you are going. It is when we have No Direction at all and still we press on, trusting that the great unknown will be our rescue and not the demise we are so fearful of. We went into making this record with complete reckless abandon. We tried to write the record that we wanted and needed to hear.”

As for their new label home, Shelton said, “We are stoked to join the family at Tooth & Nail. It’s exciting to get to make the records we want to make with so many good friends.”

‘No Direction’ was produced by Jasen Rauch at Harker House Studios in Springfield, TN, and features guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story Of The Year on the track ‘The Lesser Worth’.

The Wedding are Shelton, Trevor Sarver (guitar), Adam Thron (guitar), Matt Jameson (drums) and Cody Driggers (bass).

The Wedding 'No Direction' album cover

‘No Direction’ Track Listing:
1. No Direction
2. The End
3. The Lesser Worth (feat. guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story of The Year)
4. The Raconteur
5. Hang on Love
6. The Wildest Ocean
7. Mors Tua Nos Vita
8. Kill Any Excuse
9. Heartbreak In Melody
10. Don’t Let Me Down
11. Young and Dangerous
12. Distance and Resolution

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New Years Day Join The Scene Is Dead Tour

New Years Day band featuring Ashley Costello, Anthony Barro, Russell Dixon, Matthew Lindblad and Jake Jones

New Years Day will be joining Blood on the Dance Floor, Jeffree Star and Davey Suicide on “The Scene Is Dead Tour”, which kicks off October 11th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trek will see the music acts hit nearly 50 states in the U.S. A list of dates can be seen below.

Vocalist Ash Costello said, “The fans truly wanted us on tour with Blood On The Dance Floor again and BOTDF have become like family to us. So of course we’re excited to hit road with them this fall! The world isn’t even ready for what’s to come.”

New Years Day recently finished recording their new album with Erik Ron, planning to release the material early 2013.

The Scene Is Dead 2012 Tour Dates:
Oct. 11 – Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
Oct. 12 – Tulsa, OK at The Compound
Oct. 13 – Houston, TX at Warehouse Live
Oct. 14 – San Antonio, TX at White Rabbit
Oct. 17 – Orlando, TX at The Beacham
Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade
Oct. 19 – St. Petersburg, FL at State Theatre
Oct. 20 – Jacksonville, FL at Freebird Live
Oct. 21 – Greensboro, NC at Greene Street Club
Oct. 24 – Buffalo, NY at Xtreme Wheels
Oct. 25 – Hartford, CT at The Webster
Oct. 26 – New York City, NY at The Studio @ Webster Hall
Oct. 27 – Allentown, PA at Crocodile Rock Café
Oct. 28 – Baltimore, MD at Soundstage
Oct. 29 – Syracuse, NY at Westcott Theater
Oct. 31 – Lancaster, PA at Chameleon Club
Nov. 1 – Columbus, OH at A&R Bar
Nov. 2 – Chicago, IL at Reggies Rock Club
Nov. 3 – Cleveland, OH at Peabody’s
Nov. 7 – Scottsdale, AZ at Azmartini Ranch
Nov. 21 – Las Vegas, NV at Hard Rock Café
Nov. 23 – Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue
Nov. 24 – Colorado Springs, CO at Black Sheep
Nov. 25 – Denver, CO at Summit Music Hall
Nov. 28 – Ann Arbor, MI at The Blind Pig
Dec. 1 – The Colony, TX at Centennial Hall (Fair Park)
Dec. 5 – Spokane, WA at Northwest Events Center
Dec. 8 – Seattle, WA at Studio Seven
Dec. 12 – Pomona, CA at Glass House
Dec. 13 – Los Angeles, CA at El Rey Theater
Dec. 14 – San Diego, CA at Soma Side Stage
Dec. 15 – Tucson, AZ at The Rock

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Stealing Axion Debut Album ‘Moments’ Out August 27th

Stealing Axion have now revealed the album artwork and track-listing for their debut full-length album, ‘Moments’, which is due out August 27th in Europe and August 28th in North America via InsideOut Music. ‘Moments’ was mixed and mastered by Acle Kahney, who worked closely with the progressive metal band on the sounds and textures of the album.

In regards to ‘Moments’, Stealing Axion frontman Dan Forbrich commented, “We feel this album is a culmination of the different compositional techniques that we’ve experimented with over the last few years. We like to take the basic song structures and let them ferment and slowly add layers to the mix until we are satisfied. Some of these songs have taken a while to fully mature.”

Stealing 'Axion Moments'

‘Moments’ Track Listing:
1. Mirage of Hope
2. Solar
3. Everything or Nothing
4. 47 Days Later
5. Unwanted Gift
6. Eventide
7. Collapse
8. It’s Too Late Now
9. Sleepless
10. Moments Part 1
11. Moments Part 2

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Blaqk Audio Second Album ‘Bright Black Heaven’ Out September 11th

Blaqk Audio - Davey Havok and Jade Puget

Electronic duo Blaqk Audio, featuring Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI, will release their sophomore album ‘Bright Black Heaven’ on September 11th in North America (see international release dates below) via their new imprint, Big Death (distributed by Superball Music). ‘Bright Black Heaven’ follows the pair’s 2007′s Top 20 debut ‘CexCells’. The new album offers twelve songs inspired by their shared love for classic electronic groups and modern era dance music. In anticipation of the release, Davey and Jade have unveiled both the track listing and cover artwork for the album:

Blaqk Audio 'Bright Black Heaven'

‘Bright Black Heaven’ Track List:
1. Cold War
2. Fade To White
3. Faith Healer
4. Deconstructing Gods
5. Everybody’s Friends
6. Let’s Be Honest
7. With Your Arms Around You
8. Bliss
9. Bon Voyeurs
10. The Witness
11. Say Red
12. Ill-Lit Ships

‘Bright Black Heaven’ Release Dates:
North America: Tuesday, September 11
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Norway: Friday, Sept 21, 2012
UK / Benelux / France / Greece / Denmark / Portugal / Rest Of Europe: Monday, Sept 24, 2012
Spain / Italy: Tuesday, Sept 25, 2012
Sweden / Finland / Hungary: Wednesday, Sept 25, 2012
Australia / New Zealand: Friday, Sept 28, 2012

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Mutemath Announce Fall Headlining Tour

Mutemath rock

Mutemath have announced a headlining fall tour that kicks off September 13th in Phoenix, Arizona and runs through October 25th. Civil Twilight will support. Tickets are on sale now. Band members Paul Meany, Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas, Todd Gummerman and Darren King are touring in support of their 2011 release ‘Odd Soul’.

Before heading out on their own, Mutemath will join Linkin Park and Incubus for this year’s annual Honda Civic Tour. The tour kicks off on August 11th in Virginia and will crisscross the U.S. before wrapping up in San Diego on September 10th.

Mutemath upcoming tour dates:
Aug. 6 Cleveland, OH at Jacobs Pavillion (with Jane’s Addiction)
Aug. 8 Syracuse, NY at Landmark Theatre (with Jane’s Addiction)

Honda Civic Tour (with Linkin Park and Incubus):
Aug. 11 Bristow, VA at Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 12 Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 14 Boston, MA at Comcast Center
Aug. 17 Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 19 Atlanta, GA at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 21 Detroit, MI at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Aug. 22 Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 24 Chicago, IL at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 25 Indianapolis, IN at Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 27 Dallas, TX at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 28 Houston, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 30 Denver, CO at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Sept. 4 Vancouver, BC at Rogers Arena
Sept. 5 Tacoma, WA at Tacoma Dome
Sept. 7 Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sept. 10 San Diego, CA at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Headline Dates:
Sept. 13 – Phoenix, AZ at Marquee Theatre
Sept. 14 – Albuquerque, NM at Sunshine Theater
Sept. 15 – Colorado Springs, CO at Black Sheep
Sept. 16 – Lawrence, KS at Granada Theatre
Sept. 18 – Des Moines, IA at Wooly’s
Sept. 20 – Madison, WI at Majestic Theatre
Sept. 21 – Boomington, IL at Castle Theatre
Sept. 22 – Lansing, MI at The Loft
Sept. 23 – London, ONT at Music Hall
Sept. 25 – Toronto, ONT at Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sept. 27 – Ottawa, ONT at Bronson Centre
Sept. 28 – Montreal, QB at La Tulipe
Sept. 29 – Pawtucket, RI at The Met
Sept. 30 – Burlington, VT at Higher Ground
Oct. 02 – New Haven, CT at Toad’s Place
Oct. 04 – Buffalo, NY at Town Ballroom
Oct. 05 – Pittsburgh, PA at Altar Bar
Oct. 06 – Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live
Oct. 08 – Charlottesville, VA at Jefferson Theatre
Oct. 09 – Raleigh, NC at Lincoln Theatre
Oct. 10 – Chattanooga, TN at Track 29
Oct. 11 – Athens, GA at 40 Watt Club
Oct. 13 – Mexico City, Mexico at Corona Capital Festival
Oct. 14 – San Antonio, TX at Backstage Live
Oct. 16 – Waco, TX at Common Ground
Oct. 18 – Springfield, MOat Gillioz Theatre
Oct. 19 – Memphis, TN at Minglewood Hall
Oct. 20 – Birmingham, AL at WorkPlay Theatre
Oct. 21 – Knoxville, TN at Bijou Theatre
Oct. 23 – Baton Rouge, LA at Varsity Theatre

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