Tour Blog: Meredith Goes on Tour with Homebound!

img_5350I’ve been taking pictures for ten years now, and there’s not much in my life that I haven’t commemorated with a photograph, but nothing has ever gotten to me like photographing live music. The interest started when I took pictures for a friend’s open mic night he was hosting at a coffee house on UC’s campus. Capturing the emotion of the people pouring their hearts out on stage was cathartic for me. It made me feel like I was part of something. Music has always touched the parts of my heart that I can’t really talk about out loud or put into words, and being able to take pictures of music being created was like a whole new level of happiness for me.

I started shooting for online publications, and at small bars and venues that didn’t have rules about bringing in a camera. Learning how to translate what I’m seeing and the feeling I’m getting from the performers in front of me into a picture has been and still is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done artistically. But it’s also the most rewarding. My style has evolved since I first started, and now I have two Vans Warped Tour dates and some of my dream shows under my belt. I’ve even sold a picture to Kerrang! Magazine, which was a pinch-yourself kind of moment. But I still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. I have a lot more to learn, and I’m never really satisfied with my work.

Being a touring photographer and being able to support myself through different facets of photography is my ultimate dream, but up until the middle of February I had never gone on a tour at all. My friends in the Cincinnati hardcore band Homebound gave me the chance to finally change that. I’ve had a lot of mental health issues over the past two years, and they’ve set me back. So when Homebound asked me to come along for a week long tour that would take us through ten states in seven days, I was excited, but I was pretty nervous too. I didn’t know if I could handle it without having to go to an emergency room, or having some sort of breakdown.

But it turns out that taking a deep breath and getting in the van was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because I finally proved to myself that I can do this. We traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio, through Kentucky and Tennessee to our first date in Huntsville, Alabama. Then it was down to New Port Richey, Florida and Panama City, Florida. We got to hit the beach on our day off and then drove through Georgia and South Carolina to have dinner and hang out at the drummer Zack’s uncle’s house in North Carolina the next night. Then it was off to Roanoke, Virginia for the last date of the tour and a long drive back home through the night.

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Sleeping in a van in different Walmart parking lots with six guys and stopping for showers at YMCA’s and Planet Fitness might sound like hell to some people. But to me, it was one of the best times of my life. I never felt like I wasn’t included and I laughed more than I have in a long time. The guys put their hearts into it every night, no matter the size of the audience, and it was really cool to see the subtle differences in each performance. Homebound got to play outside for the first time at a biker bar in New Port Richey, and they killed it. We all got super sunburnt on the beach, but we were on THE BEACH in FEBRUARY! That’s unheard of for midwest kids like us.

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After free Chipotle, Zack almost fighting the drive thru attendant at Cookout, some huge bruises from me falling over the trailer hitch in the dark, 40 degrees one day and 70 the next, promo pictures at a random car wash in the middle of nowhere, making great friends with the band we were touring with (Edorra), and getting to run around in the ocean, I think the Dead World Tour turned out to be one for the books. It was definitely the best first experience I could’ve asked for, and I can’t wait until the next one.

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MOS Interview: Telehope

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photo by Cory Woodruff

Telehope is a five-piece indie pop group from Cincinnati, Ohio. Formed from the old band of three of their members, Undivided, Telehope began in 2016 and have already made a big impression in their hometown. Their debut album, Chasing Dreams, was just released on January 1st and the album release show at Madison Live in Covington, Kentucky was sold out. The band took some time to tell us about it and answer a few questions about the album. You can check out our interview with Telehope below!

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MOS Interview: Cedar Boulevard

unspecifiedLos Angeles’ own Cedar Boulevard is set to release their very first full length album, Turn To Stone, on February 3rd. The album is the follow up to the band’s self-titled EP released back in 2015. They recently released the music video for the title track to hold us over until release day, which you can watch hereEllen recently chatted with the guys to get all the details on the album and what’s up next for the band. Check it out below! Continue reading

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Broadside announce US tour

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Broadside is starting 2017 off with a bang. The band just announced that they will be heading out on their first US tour of the year. Starting April 27th in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they’ll be joining Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts and Nothing, Nowhere as support for Illinois pop-punkers Real Friends.

Broadside are currently hiding out in LA while recording their followup album to 2015’s smash Old Bones. Frontman Ollie Baxter says of the new album:

“We have been picking ourselves apart to really find the focus of what people will think when they hear the name Broadside’ with this new record. Being artists in a band is not easy, we already knew this. Broadside took chances over the last few years and we sort of learned our lessons, so to speak. We have grown from our experiences – whether positive, neutral or negative – and because of our absolutely loving fans, we bypassed our goals and are counting down the days until this record is released. We are locking in a sound and an image to represent our music, our awesome fans, and the future audience of Broadside. Until then, you can hear new music from us on our upcoming tour with Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, Nothing, Nowhere and Have Mercy!”

The guys will also be heading out on a UK tour alongside With Confidence, kicking off February 24th in London. If you just can’t wait to hear new music from Broadside, get yourself out to one of these upcoming shows for your sneak peek at what’s to come! View the full list of Broadside’s upcoming tour dates below:

UK Tour w/ With Confidence:

2/24 – London, UK @ Underworld
2/25 – Southampton, UK @ Joiners
2/26 – Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
2/28 – Leeds, UK @ Key Club
3/1 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
3/2 – Glasgow, GB @ King Tut’s
3/3 – Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank
3/4 – Nottingham, UK @ Basement
3/5 – Birmingham, UK @ Asylum
3/6 – Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios

US Tour w/ Real Friends, Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts & Nothing, Nowhere:

4/27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
4/28 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
4/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
4/30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
5/02 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
5/03 – Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock Live
5/04 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
5/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – The Grand
5/07 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/09 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
5/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
5/13 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
5/14 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/15 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
5/17 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
5/18 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
5/19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
5/21 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
5/22 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
5/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
5/24 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater
5/25 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
5/26 – Lake Park, FL @ Kelsey Theater
5/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
5/28 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
5/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
5/31 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
6/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6/02 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
6/03 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
6/04 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
6/06 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
6/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
6/08 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
6/09 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

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7 Minutes in Heaven sign to Rude Records

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7 Minutes in Heaven‘s got big things going on. If you haven’t heard, the Chicago based band just announced that they have officially signed to Rude Records. From us here at MOS, congrats boys, that’s huge!! Rude Records was founded in 1999 and is based in Europe, but the label is distributed worldwide, and currently houses big names like The Maine, Set It Off, and Knuckle Puck. 7MIH are definitely in good company here.

The band says on the news:

“Being such an active DIY band, signing to a label has never been our end goal but once we met Rude, we knew this was the right move! It’s all new territory for us and we’re happy to be joining a family that shares the same purpose and passion that we do. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone that’s been a part of this journey, we’re excited to begin a new chapter with you. Expect new music this year, we think you might like it.”

2016 was a huge year for 7MIH, playing the Vans Warped Tour and So What?! Music Festival, and playing with bands like Assuming We Survive and Broadside. Their last release, Side Effects (2015), brought them huge success, even placing them at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artists chart. The guys plan on keeping the momentum going with new music due out this year. I can tell you one thing for sure, you can expect to hear a lot about these guys in 2017!

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Among Legends announce new EP and release new single

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Waterloo pop-punkers Among Legends are back at it again, this time with their brand new single called Half Past Nine. The track is the first single off of their upcoming EP Starting Over, which the guys recently announced will be dropping February 28. The single was exclusively premiered over on PunkNews earlier this week, and is now posted over on the band’s Bandcamp page which you can find here.

Lead guitarist Cameron Bechtloff says of the single:

“The core of this song came together last summer while I was working on some material with a friend. With his permission, I brought it to the rest of the band, and it became one of our favourites almost instantly.”

The band recently added new full-time drummer Sara Fellin to the lineup, freeing previous drummer and lead vocalist Mitchell Buchanan to work the front of the stage. Half Past Nine is the first song to feature Sara’s drumming.

“Sara’s drumming sounds terrific on the new EP. With her on board, I can focus on vocals, and she can work on creating more intricate rhythms for our songs,” Mitchell says on the addition of Sara to the group. 

You can stream Half Past Nine on PunkNews until January 17th, which is when the track will officially become available on all other major streaming platforms. Don’t forget to pick up the EP featuring the single out on February 28th!

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Ed Sheeran announces new album “÷”

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Ed Sheeran is taking the world by storm yet again. He announced yesterday that his third full-length album is titled ÷ and it is coming very, very soon (March 3rd to be exact). Sheeran has been out of the spotlight for some time now, taking a well needed and deserved break, so it goes without saying that this album has been hugely anticipated. The announcement comes just days after the release of two brand new tracks, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, which together racked up a whopping 13 million streams just in their first 24 hours, breaking Spotify’s ‘day 1’ streaming record. The two songs each individually took over the spot from Sheeran’s pals One Direction with their track Drag Me Down. Shape of You has also recently broke the record for most single-day streams, beating out Adele’s Hello.

Ed gets a lot more personal on this album, pulling inspiration from past relationships, family, and the time off he took to travel the world. He recorded the album between LA, London, Suffolk, and onboard the RMS Queen Mary 2 while he was traveling across the Atlantic.  He says of the record:

“First off, what a week! The reaction to my new singles has been absolutely mind-blowing and I can’t thank you enough.  My new album ÷ holds a very special place in my heart and I really believe this is my best work to date. I’ve been eager to get back and I couldn’t be more excited for March 3rd.”

The album will be available for pre-order here starting January 13th at midnight.

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Simple Plan announce No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls Anniversary Tour

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If you happen to be living under a rock and you missed the news on Monday, Simple Plan are going on tour again! But this is not just any tour, oh no. The band’s very first album, No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls is turing 15 this March (FIFTEEN!!!!) and the guys definitely plan on celebrating the right way. They took to twitter and instagram Monday morning to announce they’ll be heading out on a very special NPNHJB 15 year anniversary tour! How sick is that?! The guys will be joined by special guests Set It Off and Seaway and will be hitting 19 cities around the US. The coolest part is that it kicks off on the actual birthday of the album (March 19), what a way to celebrate! If you’re a hardcore original SP fan, you are NOT going to want to miss this tour. The guys will be playing NPNHJB in it’s entirety, in addition to all your other fave SP songs, of course. Think about it, when’s the last time you heard When I’m With You or One Day live? Can’t remember? Exactly my point. Come out to one of these shows and relive your childhood for a very special once in a lifetime SP show.

With the announcement, I’ve found myself feeling a wee bit nostalgic the last few days. I for one cannot wrap my mind around the fact that it’s been 15 years since they first stepped out onto the scene with this album, and honestly the fact that they have legitimately been my favourite band for just about the same amount of years. Damn. I remember when I first got this album, I was 10 years old. I used to sit in my room for HOURS listening to this album on repeat, it was definitely one of the albums that shaped my childhood/early teenage years. This album is home to so many of SP’s staple songs, including I’m Just a Kid, Addicted, and I’d Do Anything. I cannot wait to go back in time for a night and remember everything that made me fall in love with this band 14 years ago. I will be at the Milwaukee show on April 5th, I hope to see you there!

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (January 13th) at 10am. Be sure to grab them quick! Check out the full list of dates below:

03.19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
03.21 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heaven Room)
03.22 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
03.24 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
03.25 New York, NY @ Playstation Theatre
03.26 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
03.28 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
03.29 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
03.31 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
04.03 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
04.04 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
04.05 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
04.07 Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
04.08 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
04.09 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
04.11 Phoenix, AZ @ Live Wire
04.13 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
04.14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
04.15 San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore

 

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MOS Interview: Rare Candy

Rare Candy is the folky, acoustic solo project of Alex Wieringa, the bassist in Chicago’s pop punk band on the rise, Belmont. Belmont released their EP “Between You and Me” earlier this year, but between working on the band and playing Belmont shows, Alex has found time to create something truly unique and beautiful with Rare Candy.

Wieringa released the first Rare Candy single “As Told By Ginger” about a month ago for name-your-price download on bandcamp and the response has been great! With multiple shows already under his belt, and a few more booked, Wieringa is moving full steam ahead, and plans to release Rare Candy’s first EP, “Cream Soda” next year. We got to ask him a few questions about the project and his plans, so check out his interview below! And then head on over to bandcamp and be sure to pick up “As Told By Ginger.” You won’t regret it.

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MOS Top Ten: Amanda’s Favorite Albums of 2016

albumcovers2016 was a terrible year for loss.. George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Prince, David Bowie and even Carrie Fisher passed away amongst many other huge influencers in the public eye. But with all of that loss came an extensive array of releases this year. So we can at least soak our wounds in the sultry sounds of music. Since there were so many fantastic releases this year, it helped mend our hearts with something beautiful. When I was given the task to pick my top ten, it took me this long to actually formulate a list I was happy with because music just kept being released. But I am not at all complaining.. So read below to see my Top Ten of this year! (many genres included) Continue reading

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