Webster Hall, October 18th, 2015

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see The Wonder Years perform at Webster Hall on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I haven’t been to a show in a while, but this was one that I will remember for some time. The opening band, pop punk new-comers “You Blew It”, opened the night even before the official opening of doors at 7p.m.. When I entered the room after coat check at about 6:45, they were already playing their hearts out to the eager fans that were pouring in to see co-headliners Motion City Soundtrack and The Wonder Years.

After grabbing a 9$ beer, I secured my place in the crowd for the rest of the show. State Champs, who had just released a new album October 16th, (Around The World and Back), nailed their set. They were energetic and played all the songs they knew the fans wanted to hear off both their old and new albums.

More to come about this show in my next post, links and photos will be posted.

-Cassualty

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A Message for Oli Sykes

The famously tattooed fashion-designing front man of ring Me the Horizon is in hot water these days. With the success of the groups newest album That’s The Spirit, Oli has been in popular demand for interviews.

During his acceptance speech for Album of the Year (for Sepreturnal) at the 2014 APMAs, Sykes revealed his battle with addiction to Ketamine and gave fans a slight look into his time in rehab. He thanked fans for his recovery, saying that they, along with the support of his family and girlfriend got him through his addiction.

In an interview with Metal Hammer, Oli suggested that everyone try drugs, once in their life. He described using acid as an “adventure.

Bring Me the Horizon is huge, and they have been for many years. I am 20 years old, and I know that they  have been around for as long as I can remember. Many fans of Bring Me the Horizon, are young an impressionable, between 13 and 18 years of age. Where they do have older fans, such as people like myself who basically grew up on their music, Oli MUST be aware that a majority of their fans are as young as they are.

While I am aware that there is a fine line between being a role model and a musician, when you reach the level of fame that Bring Me the Horizon and Oli himself have, that line becomes blurred almost to the point of non-existence. While I DO understand Oli’s point, and where he was coming from, it was highly irresponsible of him to say that.

The thing is that Oli was very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to go to rehab, and become clean. For many people, sobriety is little more than a pipe dream. All it takes is one hit to create an addict, and many of these kids don’t have the type of knowledge, and/or willpower, to stop when they see the beginning signs of addiction.

And the problem now, is that these kids are going to listen to him.

Here’s a link to the original interview:

http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-07-24/bring-me-the-horizon-oli-sykes-drug-addict

Official Statement

“Songs are brave things, bold enough to sing when all they know is darkness”, – Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the To Write Love On Her Arms movement, and non-profit organization. I heard this quote for the first time many years ago in the beginning of my angsty, formative, teenage years. It hit home, and made me want to listen to music, rather than just hear it. During this time, it was the beginning of the social media site MySpace, which many underground musicians would use to promote their music. It made it easy for me to discover artists that couldn’t be found on Top 20 radio stations. Through my discovery of new music and genres, I fell in love with the idea that songs could say the things that the average person couldn’t express for themselves; and with the way that lyrics were able to reveal the message of an artist through metaphors and poetry, on such a deeply personal level; and be felt by others equally as personally. I was then inspired to write, about everything that made me feel anything.      As a media maker, I am interested in the stories of others, mainly other media makers, whether they be artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, etc.  I really believe that stories are meant to be shared, and that the reason’s behind the creation of art is just as important as the art itself. I know that I have a story that I was inspired to share through my writing, and I have a deep curiosity for the stories of other creators. Through the course of my career, my goal is to share as many of these stories as possible through work in journalism.