Songs That Saved My Life Not Only Saves Lives, But Puts Fun Into Them

Songs That Saved My Life Not Only Saves Lives, But Puts Fun Into Them

We all have a song that’s important to us. When we’re feeling sad or depressed, we put that little tune on and it melts all our troubles away. Sometimes, these songs save our lives.

The 12-tracks on Songs That Saved My Life, a charity compilation created by Hopeless Records (Emarosa, Super Whatevr, With Confidence), have bands covering songs that saved their lives. Each of these songs mean so much to the bands on this compilation, and hopefully, these songs mean a lot to you, too.

Starting off this album are the British pop-punkers Neck Deep covering the classic 90s jam “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia (note: it was originally performed by grunge act Dishwalla but became popular under Imbruglia). The cover stays nearly true to the original, but Neck Deep breathe new life into the track, giving it a more modern pop-punk feel without straying too far from Imbruglia’s path. Post-harcore/emo group Movements’ cover of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” is a faithful telling of the original, but vocalist Patrick Miranda sounds so crisp and emotional on the track. Australian pop-punkers Stand Atlantic turn the beloved Modern Baseball song “Your Graduation” into an old-school Paramore track, replacing MB’s vocalist Brendan Lukens’ lazy vocals with Bonnie Frasier’s beautiful voice, giving off a mid-2000s vibe. The key change from B to F fills “Your Graduation” with a more raw emotional feel.

Post-hardcore juggernauts Dance Gavin Dance turn Third Eye Blind’s classic song about speed and blowjobs, “Semi-Charmed Life”, into a fun recreation, adding guitarist Will Swan’s funky riffs with the original power chord melody. The duo of vocalists Tilian Pearson and Jon Mess just match with the craziness and silliness of the lyrics, bouncing off each other incredibly well. Against Me! change nothing on their version of The Jim Carroll Band’s punk-rock tune “People Who Died”. Laura Jane Grace’s vocals make the melancholy tune a little more fun for the listener. Taking Back Sunday turn into a grunge band with their take on “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by The Smashing Pumpkins. Adam Lazzara’s growls and screams stand out on the track, giving the high octane energy the song originally had a little more oomph.

South Wales five-piece Dream State turn Linkin Park’s “Crawling” on its head. No longer sounding like the classic nü-metal song, Dream State turn it into a post-hardcore track with an incredible performance done by frontwoman Charlotte-Jayne “CJ” Gilpin and guitarist/vocalist Rhys Wilcox. “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service also gets a major makeover done by British pop-punk/post-hardcore group As It Is. The band strip the electronic indie track of everything, giving it a strong aggressive nature without killing the original vibe. The Police’s Sting’s solo song “Shape Of My Heart” gets redone by metalcore act Oceans Ate Alaska, but they don’t butcher it by adding in any unnecessary screams. Instead, they keep the original acoustic guitar riff that plays throughout the song but adds in a rough take by the band, eventually leading to a beautiful breakdown that kicks all kinds of ass.

Kentucky based band Too Close To Touch make The Beatles’ “Let It Be” their own song, showing off as much emotion as they can on the song. The addition of strings and handclaps bring out a more powerful feel, oddly working out for TCTT. The Wonder Years’ Dan Campbell and The Early November’s Ace Enders collaborate to breathe new life into The Mountain Goats’ “Broom People”, giving it a somber tone with ambience and piano before eventually adding in a full band to end the song on a high note. Rock band The Maine try not to ruin the beauty found in Death Cab For Cutie’s “Transatlanticism” by keeping it true to form.

On the 12 songs found on Songs That Saved My Life, there were a few that I enjoyed. Oceans Ate Alaska’s metalcore take on “Shape Of My Heart” is the biggest shock on the album, trying to stay true to form while also adding their own hard twist on it. Stand Atlantic’s “Your Graduation” shows off why this modern classic is a song to be remembered. While sticking to the original sound, Neck Deep are able to make “Torn” their own. DGD’s fun version of “Semi-Charmed Life” is able to put a smile on your face, and Mess’s screams just bring out a chuckle when he sings about speed. Campbell and Enders create wonders on their take on “Broom People”, making this deep cut by The Mountain Goats a powerful track that would fit perfectly with Campbell’s solo project Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties.

Overall, Songs That Saved My Life is a fun compilation that helps out various charities while also bringing joy an amusement into our lives. Definitely worth picking up on vinyl or digitally.

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Small Talks To Drop Debut Album Next Year

Small Talks To Drop Debut Album Next Year

South Carolina pop-punkers Small Talks will be releasing their long awaited debut album next year.

The Myrtle Beach based band have had a pretty busy 2018. Small Talks played the last couple dates of the final Vans Warped Tour, toured with pop group Floods and synth pop band Chaos Chaos, performed at Bled Fest with Joyce Manor, Basement and ’68, and are currently on tour with Broadside, With Confidence and Sleep On It.

But now that the year is winding down to a close, it’s time for Small Talks to make 2019 theirs with a new album.

Titled A Conversation Between Us, the album will come out on February 1 via Common Ground Records (Better Than Ever, Gardenside, Wolf Culture). Pre-orders are available now to purchase.

The Detective Pikachu Trailer Is Out And It’s Incredible

The Detective Pikachu Trailer Is Out And It’s Incredible

Finally the trailer for the upcoming movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is out, and it’s as incredible as we thought it would be.

The film shows Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, R.I.P.D., Green Lantern) as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon that talks but can only be heard by Tim Goodman, played by Justice Smith (Netflix’s The Get Down, Paper Towns, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom). To quote the film’s Wikipedia page, “In the Pokémon universe, Tim Goodman is a failed Pokémon Trainer and the son of prominent detective Harry Goodman. When his father disappears in a car crash, Tim arrives in Ryme City and ends up meeting Detective Pikachu who was Harry’s former Pokémon partner. Tim is somehow able to understand the Detective and they reluctantly team up to find Harry and uncover the mystery surrounding his disappearance.”

Based on the video game of the same name, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (Suicide Squad, The Lego Movie, It) and also stars Kathryn Newton (Paranormal Activity 4, Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins, Inception, Godzilla), and pop singer Rita Ora (Fast & Furious 6, Southpaw, Fifty Shades Of Grey). The film is directed by Rob Letterman (GoosebumpsMonsters vs. AliensShark Tale) and was written by Letterman and Nicole Perlman (Thor, Guardians Of The Galaxy, First Man). It’s the first time a Pokémon movie has been in theaters since Pokémon 3: The Movie, released in 2001 in the United States.

You can watch the trailer herePokémon: Detective Pikachu comes out in theaters May 10.

Keep Flying Announce Holiday Tour

Keep Flying Announce Holiday Tour

The holidays are coming, and that means it’s time to see Keep Flying.

Keep Flying will be hitting up the East Coast on their third headlining holiday tour. The ska/pop-punk act will also open up for bands like Four Year Strong, Patent Pending, and Man Overboard.

“Every single one of these shows fills us with cheer and we couldn’t be more excited to end an amazing year with all you in such grand fashion,” the band wrote in a statement.

Check out the tour dates below.

11/28 Garwood, N.J. – Crossroads*

11/29 Manchester, N.H. – Bungalow

11/30 Portland, Maine – Geno’s

12/1 Burlington, Vt. – Big Heavy World

12/2 Albany, N.Y. – Pauly’s Hotel

12/4 Providence, R.I. – Alchemy

12/5 Middletown, Conn. – Mac 650

12/6 Long Branch, N.J. – Brighton Bar

12/7 Philadelphia, Pa. – Creep Records

12/8 Long Island, N.Y. – AMH**

12/13 Garner, N.C. – Kaboom

12/14 Richmond, Va. – Canal Club#

12/15 Baltimore, Md. – The Raven@

12/21 Butler, N.J. – KF Christmas Event

12/22 Pittsburgh, Pa. – Smiling Moose^

12/28 Stroudsburgh, Pa. – Sherman Theater^^

12/29 Worcester, Mass. – The Palladium%

* = Man Overboard

** = Giants At Large

# = Centerfolds

@ = Something More

^ = Eternal Boy

^^ = Patent Pending

% = Four Year Strong, Knocked Loose, and A Loss For Words

Dance Gavin Dance Launch Own Festival SwanFest

Dance Gavin Dance Launch Own Festival SwanFest

There’s a lot of bands who made their own festivals like A Day To Remember’s Self Help Fest, Slipknot’s Knotfest, and Deftones’ Dia De Los Deftones. And now, Dance Gavin Dance are hopping on board.

The Sacramento based progressive post-hardcore group will launch their inaugural festival called SwanFest March 30 in Anaheim. DGD announced that the festival will feature “a lineup of bands that are not only musicians that we respect and have built bonds with on the road, but in some cases have become close, personal friends.”

SwanFest will feature acts like djent group Periphery, British rock band Don Broco, post-hardcore Utahns Eidola, hard rockers Crown The Empire, progressive metalcore act Volumes, and others. More will be announced in due time.

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These are the bands currently announced for the first ever SwanFest.

More information can be found at the festival’s website dgdswanfest.com.

Marshmello, Lauv, Cheat Codes, More To Play Kissmas Bash 2018

Marshmello, Lauv, Cheat Codes, More To Play Kissmas Bash 2018

It’s back!

Kiss 98.5’s annual Christmas festival Kissmas Bash is returning to the Queen City with a stellar lineup with the freshest names in pop. EDM artist Marshmello will headline the festival along with former Disney Channel star Sabrina Carpenter, Californian singer/songwriter Lauv, DJ trio Cheat Codes, rapper Bryce Vine, 19-year-old pop singer Madison Beer, and Canadian house duo Loud Luxury.

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These acts will perform at this year’s Kissmas Bash at KeyBank Center on December 6.

Kissmas Bash takes place Thursday, December 6 at KeyBank Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available now.

Bands and artists who’ve played Kissmas Bash in the past include Kesha, Good Charlotte, Avril Lavigne, Breathe Carolina, and Maroon 5.

All That Remains Recruit Jason Richardson For Upcoming Tour

All That Remains Recruit Jason Richardson For Upcoming Tour

Last month, All That Remains’ guitarist and founding member Oli Herbert unexpectedly passed away. Honoring his wishes, the rest of the group will carry on.

In order to carry on, the Massachusetts metalcore band are recruiting YouTube personality Jason Richardson (ex-Chelsea Grin, ex-All Shall Perish, ex-Born Of Osiris) for their upcoming tour with Sevendust. No word yet if Richardson will be joining the band full time.

Check out the tour dates below.

12/1 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms*

12/2 London, UK – Electric Brixton*

12/4 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 2*

12/5 Glasgow, UK – The Garage*

12/6 Nottingham, UK – Rock City*

12/7 Bristol, UK – SWX*

12/9 Paris, FR – Glazart

12/10 Cologne, DE – Luxor

12/11 Berlin, DE – Columbia Theater

12/13 Prague, CZ – Meet Factory

12/14 Wrocław, PL – Firlej

12/15 Wien, AT – Flex

12/17 Munich, DE – Backstage Halle

12/18 Aarau, CH – Kiff

12/19 Amsterdam, NL – Melweg OZ

* = All That Remains

All That Remains released their ninth studio album Victim Of The New Disease on November 9 via Razor & Tie (Big Story, Red Sun Rising, The Sword) and Eleven Seven Music (Bad Wolves, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach).