Flashback February: Ben Talmi

With quite the impressive resume, Ben Talmi has not only worked on creating music for himself, but has also composed scores and string arrangements for television, film, and artists including Manchester Orchestra. Last year, we caught up with Talmi for an acoustic version of his track “Someday”  and a cover of “Kathy’s Song,” originally by Paul Simon, which you can listen to below!

 

 

Flashback February: Seth Glier

As continue our Flashback February posts this week, we’ve realized that…well…it’s no longer February. This last month flew by and we easily lost track of time. That being said, we’re just going to pretend that it’s February through the end of this week and share with you the remaining sessions we’ve got lined up for you! Let’s jump in, shall we?

We caught up with Grammy-nominated Seth Glier, right before the release of his album, Birds. A personal project for Glier which was written after the passing of his brother, we were treated with a captivating acoustic version of “I’m Still Looking.” Give it a spin below!

Flashback February: The Delta Saints

Following the release of their album Monte Vista last April, we caught up with the band for an incredible stripped down performance of “California” and, my personal favorite, “Sun God” which can be seen below!

The band will be heading out on their Farewell For Now Tour, details can be found over on www.thedeltasaints.com.

Flashback February: Kylie Hughes

Last year, we sat down with Kylie Hughes in New York City for a short acoustic session. Hughes did a stripped down performance of her hit single “Heat,” which can be seen in the player below, as well as “Hungover” which can be seen here!

For more on Kylie Hughes, head on over to www.KylieHughesMusic.com.

Review :: Senses Fail – If There Is Light, It Will Find You

Having passed the midway point of their second decade, it sounds foolish to say Senses Fail may have found out who they want to be, or better yet, who they are.

Going from being pioneers* of the screamo scene during the mid and late-2000’s, then shifting to more of a hardcore act for 2013 and 2015’s Renancer and Pull the Thorns From Your Heart, they’ve never been an act afraid of approaching new territories. With that, a decent chunk, if not most or all, of the credit goes to Buddy Nielsen, the only remaining member from the initial lineup.

To fully appreciate the glow of If There is Light…, I had to revisit the grit of Pull the Thorns From Your Heart. Where the intensity of “The Three Marks of Existence”  from Pull the Thorns… punches your skull in, the opener here, “Double Cross,” grabs you by the collar and pulls you in close; less of a circle pit, more of a crowd surf. It makes good use of one of the handful of instances of screamed vocals on the album, showcasing the album’s range early on – hooks, heaviness, and plenty of heart.

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Flashback February: Fiona Silver

Last summer, we caught up with Fiona Silver in New York City prior to the release of her debut album, Little Thunder, for a stunning live session. Silver and guitarist Guy Fiumarelli performed four tracks including “Smoking Gun,” which can be found in the player below.

 

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Four Years Later

Do you remember where you were exactly four years ago? I do.

On January 31st, 2014, I went to see my favorite band. It was meant to be a pre-birthday celebration, watching them play one of my favorite albums with my best friend by my side. However, what should have been a great night ended up being one of the worst. The short story is that I had the most intense panic attack I’ve ever experienced at that show. I began questioning a lot of things, asking why this had to happen to me, why it had to happen that night or that year when I was facing a multitude of other personal challenges. While I may not have the real answer, I have a good guess.

You may have noticed that Lucy Out Loud has faced its ups and downs over the years and in some ways it’s because it has mimicked my personal ups and downs. Experiences change you and my experience four years ago changed me in more ways than one. It led to months of doctors visits, pinpointing what was causing my anxiety, panic attacks, and chronic migraines that became increasingly present. At that time, I found it difficult to find happiness in writing, but I found it even harder to find happiness in music. I began neglecting the site because it reminded me of that and it was something that broke my heart.

Eventually, things started to positively change.

I spent a lot of time realizing that the reason I was going through these struggles was because it was meant to make me stronger. I soon found my voice again and Lucy Out Loud, as well as my other writing contributions, became a way for me to shed light on mental health in a positive way. It’s a topic that is sensitive, but one that deserves to be spoken about frequently. I found solace in sharing my experiences with others and have since used that to motivate individuals to find their voice.

I’ve been extremely open about what happened that night, four years ago. In fact, at the end of 2016 I wrote a piece thanking the band I went to see, detailing that night and the impact that band has had on me. Dealing with that first panic attack, and all other panic attacks I had at shows since then, meant I had to relearn how to experience music. It wasn’t until the end of 2017 that I was able to successfully do that and I’ve found a happiness that I didn’t think existed. Looking back at it, it’s one of the best things that could have ever happened to me and I would not be the person I am today if things went about differently.

I’ve spent these last four years rebuilding myself and now I, along with my incredibly supportive team, are finally confident enough to rebuild Lucy Out Loud. Throughout the month of February, you can find Flashback February posts full of interviews, sessions, and photos we were unable to post within 2017. We’ve had the opportunity to sit down with some incredibly talented individuals and we cannot wait to share those experiences with you soon! Stay tuned and thank you for the continued support!

Review:: Underworld | Tonight Alive

“I have to walk the path in front of me because I’m not one for following.”

Though it isn’t a lead single, or even the first great track on Underworld, Tonight Alive’s upcoming fourth studio album, “The Other” encapsulates everything the Australian [now-] four-piece attempts and achieves with their latest endeavor – confidence in times of doubt, light through the dark, a personality standing out from the crowd and finding strength when you’re feeling stranded.

“Book of Love” kicks things off, and it sure does kick. Where most would choose to focus on Jenna MacDougall’s powerhouse vocals (and don’t worry, we have plenty of time for that), the instrumentation on the opener is a highlight – Hardy’s guitar work is quick and staggered, while Matt Best’s pulsing drumming builds and builds in the background before crashing into the forefront for the first chorus.

To jump back to the aforementioned first great track, “Temple” is Underworld’s second track, and Tonight Alive’s first real statement song on the album. The track carries a holier-and-heavier-than-thou attitude, with McDougall’s final pleading of the chorus “If my body is a temple, tell me why it hurts like hell?” hitting the hardest.

The heavier sound on Underworld doesn’t mean there is less heart or that there isn’t a softer side to the album; “For You” plays like a callback to Yellowcard’s “Only One,” while “Looking for Heaven” is a gorgeous piano ballad that lets McDougall fly.

With all that being said, Tonight Alive still manage to flex their purely pop muscles quite nicely here. “Last Light” is soft, soaring ‘90s powerpop. “Just For You” features what could be my favorite moment on the album – a simple “la, la, la-la-la” bridge that is perfectly tongue-in-cheek, and it has extra room to be as such because it’s so playfully bubblegum that it could rot your teeth.

Of the two features on the album, which both jump out on paper for different reasons – “a duet with Lynn Gunn? Oh, word!” “A duet with Corey Taylor? Oh, word?” – neither quite lives up to the expectations headed in. “Disappear,” which pairs two of the most prominent, powerful female vocalists in the scene, had the potential to blow the casing off of your speakers. While it’s still a good track, it doesn’t quite reach up to great.

On the other hand, the latter, finale “My Underworld,” gives each performer an equal chance to shine, coupling McDougall’s grace with Taylor’s grit. A surprise, certainly, but a pleasant one to bring the album to its close.

When asked about the record, McDougall considered Underworld a “reflection of the ugly parts of her,” the pieces she said she “wasn’t ready to see until now.” We all have our demons and our faults and our doubts, and if it takes these “ugly” pieces to build something beautiful, then taking a look is worth it.

Release Date: January 12, 2018
Rating: 4/5
Run Time: ~48 minutes
Check Out: “Just For Now,” “The Other,” “”Waiting for the End”

 

Tonight Alive

Track Listing:
1. Book Of Love
2. Temple
3. Disappear (Feat. Lynn Gunn)
4. The Other
5. In My Dreams
6. For You
7. Crack My Heart
8. Just For Now
9. Burning On
10. Waiting For The End
11. Last Light
12. Looking For Heaven
13. My Underworld  (Feat. Corey Taylor)

Vanna To Embark On Final Tour

“After touring for over 10 years, living our lives on the road and on the stage, it’s time for us to go chase those other dreams that may have waited on a shelf,” shares Boston post-hardcore act, Vanna, who announced their final tour earlier this month.

Words can’t begin to express what you have all done for us. In keeping with always sharing ourselves with you, we now turn to you to share one last time with us. Let’s make this tour a celebration of every moment and memory as well as make a bunch of new ones with some amazing friends and bands.” The band continues, “Come sing your hearts out and inevitably cry your eyes out with us as we leave a little piece of Vanna on every stage. This isn’t goodbye forever — it’s just a ‘We’ll see you around.’ Our music will be here whenever you need it; we truly love you and we will miss you all. But remember, all good things must come to an end, but all good things can begin again. —Viva Vanna”

The band will be hitting the road one last time for the All Things Must Come To An End tour which is set as a weekend warrior-style tour where the band will only be playing weekend shows. The full list of dates can be found below!

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Demon In Me Announce West Coast Tour

California alt rockers Demon In Me will be hitting the road later this month with direct support from Young Medicine. The tour will kick off on May 27th in Spokane, WA and wrap on June 10th in Merriam, KS.

Demon In Me are currently on the road in support of their debut album, Here’s Your Way Out (available now). Check out the full list of dates below!

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