Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #1, WALK THE MOON

Written by Eric Riley.

Boston Calling is here to put summer to rest with a bang. If you’ve kept an eye on us for the last few years, you know the deal. Let’s do this again, shall we? Here is our list of who you need to be keeping an eye out for!

On our list so far: #7. Grey Season/Dirty Bangs, #6. Of Monsters and Men, #5. Twin Shadow, #4. Father John Misty, #3. Hozier, #2. MisterWives

Today we talk about our #1 pick, WALK THE MOON.


If you managed to
somehow avoid any sporting event, party, wedding, commercial, and radio station
within the last six months, then you may have not heard WALK THE MOON’s “Shut Up
and Dance” (Also, I’m not yelling, that’s just how their name is stylized.). As
massive and inescapable as the song is, it’s far from being all they have to

Handing the title of #1 Band to See to another band from
Ohio for the second September in a row, with twenty one pilots earning it last
year, it looks like we could have a trend on our hands. Someone do me a huge
favor and call Trent Reznor next year. BC ❤ OH 4EVR.

For fans of: Hellogoodbye, Neon Trees, Cobra Starship
For a taste, check out: “Up 2 U,” “Tightrope,” “Avalanche”
Catch them: Saturday, 6pm

5 Questions With: COIN [SXSW Edition]

We spoke with one of our new favorite bands, COIN, about their upcoming tour dates with Passion Pit and Neon Trees, their experience at South By Southwest, and what we can expect next from the band. Check out the interview below!

Continue reading 5 Questions With: COIN [SXSW Edition]

Fictionist Announce Self-Titled Album

Before hitting the road with Neon Trees this fall, Fictionist have announced that they will be releasing their self-titled album on October 7th!

Below you can find the album art and track listing!

01.  Cut String Kite
02.  Not Over You
03.  Free Spirit
04.  Lock and Key
05.  Statue In The Stone
06.  Miss You
07.  Can’t Get Enough
08.  Give It Up
09.  Leave A Light On
10.  City At War

Seven Bands To See At Boston Calling: #7, Sonicbids Winner / Gentlemen Hall

Hellooooo again! We’re back for our third run with Boston Calling and we’re as excited as ever, so we’ve decided to bring back our “Seven Bands To See” feature! The lineup this time around is as great as it has ever been, and the weekend is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. So, here’s who to keep an eye out for (other than looking for me, obviously): 

Like we’ve done for the past two festivals, we kick off our preview with the weekend’s two openers. However, this time around, they seem to be keeping the winner of their annual SonicBids contest under wraps. Or, at least that’s the case at the moment.

But, if history has anything to say about it, then I’m not going to let their anonymity prevent me from saying that they’re going to be a band to check out.

With past winners including The Box Tiger back in May and Royal Teeth last September, the festival has a pretty great track record with choosing someone that the crowd will love. So, when they do eventually get revealed, which I can assume will be sometime very soon, we’ll be watching.

As for the opener that we do know about, the tradition of a Boston-based band starting one of the days continues for another year. On Sunday morning, locals Gentlemen Hall will take the stage in front of a hometown crowd who have already had a day and a half of festival under their belts. And by this point, they’ll be wanting more.

For fans of: Neon Trees, Hunter Hunted, Bad Suns
For a taste, check out: “All Our Love,” “Sail Into the Sun”
When you can see them: Saturday / Sunday, 1:05pm, Capital One Red Stage

Interview With:: Chevonne & The Fuzz

We, over at Lucy Out Loud, absolutely love the Fire At Will EP you guys just released! One thing in particular that we are a fan of is the male/female dynamic you guys present, especially on Burn Out, which adds that little bit of extra to your sound. Was that intentional after the guys joined the band or did things just kind of happen?
Chris (vocals):  Thank you so much for the kind words about the record. We never get tired of hearing that and it really just means so much to know that the record hit its mark.  The male/female vocal dynamic just sort of happened and then we nurtured it to suit what we were doing. Chevonne and I sang together in a cover band a few years back, so we started to harmonize with each other then.  After Chevonnne became Chevonne and The Fuzz, we started to arrange songs with two vocals in mind. Burn Out was the first song we collectively wrote together as a band and was effectively the archetype for what was to come. We’re so glad you guys like it!!
Fire At Will was the product of a Kickstarter campaign, completely fan-funded. As a brand new band, although you’ve had previous experiences in the music industry, how did it feel when the Kickstarter hit its goal for Chevonne and The Fuzz?
Books (guitar):  I think I speak for all of us when I say that it was absolutely a feeling of overwhelming joy and gratitude. Having that many people believe in you and support what you’re doing is truly amazing. That’s what I like most about a campaign like Kickstarter…it’s based solely on the support of others that want to help you succeed.
How was the fan reaction after the EP was released?
Nick (keys):  The reactions that we got from the album were absolutely incredible. Anytime someone would tell me (or everyone else in the band) about what they thought of the album, their reactions were all the same – they couldn’t stop listening to it. Everyone said that the songs were super catchy even from the first listen, and that the music was familiar, and at the same time new and edgy. We were also told that we’ve definitely come up with our own sound, which is always a great thing to hear as a band. All in all, we haven’t really received any negative reaction to the record yet, and that’s pretty cool.
What I love so much about the EP is the use of such sassy, yet personal lyrics that the songs are composed of. Lyrically, which is your favorite song off the EP and why?
Chevonne (vocals):  Ahh!! That’s like having to choose my favorite child! (PS, thank you, you totally hit the nail on the head – my nickname was “Sassy” in high school!) I love Burn Out because Chris wrote the lyrics for it, and I’m just mindblowingly proud of him for merging his more poetic stuff with some really epic, hooky material in the choruses.  He killed it.  In terms of the lyrics I wrote, I’m proud of Heels for the sexy and shady wordplay, Your Guitar because I allowed myself to tell a true story and be vulnerable, and Babysitter for the sheer outrageous silliness of the narrative – but I still can’t pick a favorite!.  I know I have lots more to say as a songwriter and I look forward to growing with the band and stretching my writing muscles, but I’m super pleased with the way these songs came out.  The boys are wonderful editors too; I couldn’t do it without them!
Fire At Will has such a great mix of genres which is a little hard to come across now a days. Ugly Boy is one of my favorites for that very reason; it’s different from everything else. Individually, or collectively, what artists do you think influence the sound of Chevonne and The Fuzz?
Mike (bass):  First off, thank you for understanding and appreciating the diversity of the EP! We live in a playlist generation, so our approach wasn’t to write a traditional-sounding album, but rather to write a bunch of great sounding tunes…that all happen to have ended up on the same album. In terms of influencing the band’s sound as a whole, we’ll pull inspiration from No Doubt, Neon Trees, Foo Fighters and Paramore. All modern bands that have balanced that pop and rock formula in such an amazing way to just make it work. But the beautiful thing about C&TF is that you’ll never find yourself saying, "Oh they’re totally trying to be Paramore right now". I think that’s due to all of our influences individually. Try to explain how a rock/soul/R&B singer, a hardcore singer(at one point), a riff rock guitarist, a metal/hard rock bass player, a classically trained pianist, and a drummer who plays everything write a song like Ugly Boy or Babysitter. I present to you…Chevonne and The Fuzz!
You guys have said that “…more than a band; we’re a rock and roll outlaw family.” Who would you label as who in the family and why?
Mike:  For an “outlaw family” we get along surprisingly well. Starting up front we have Chevonne and Cree (that’s Chris’s nickname). I’d label them both as Mom and Dad. Chevonne is loving, selfless and makes sure everyone is taken care of. She looks after her family like a mama bear…meaning she’ll maul your face you if you mess with us. Cree, total dad. Cool, smart, just knows things that you didn’t know anyone knew. We look up to him for so many reasons and he’s always there to give advice. Unless the Knicks are on. Then he tells us to “talk to your mother”. I’d like to call Books the fun uncle. He’s the one you always look forward to seeing at family BBQs because instead of being too cool like the rest of the adults, he’s outside playing pranks with the kids and tossin a football around. Also his voice impressions have literally made me pee. Coolest uncle ever. Nick and I are the band children. And not children in the sense of maturity or lack there of. We have a lot of things to offer the family, cause we’re coming from a different and new school of thought. We also look up to everyone because they have experiences we can and have learned from. Also, every time I make something with finger paint they always put it on the fridge and Nick gets a gold star for every chore he does (I still have more stars). That being said, we can both be arrogant like kids as well. Nick is arrogant at times because of what he knows, I’m arrogant because I just straight up don’t give a shit about what people think. Teens…
What can we expect next from Chevonne and The Fuzz?
Chris:  We are playing MTK Tavern in Mt Kisco, NY on Nov 30th @ 10pm and then booking more shows in the area for December and 2014. Our new official website is coming out any day now! It will have all sorts of content in addition to merchandise, news, artwork, videos and photos of the band. There is also a music video in the works and we just look forward to playing a ton and supporting ‘Fire At Will’!
Thank you for your time! Anything else you’d like to add?
Chevonne:  We’re also starting a YouTube channel and planning to beef up our presence in social media this season.  We have so many big ideas exploding out of our crazy, overimaginative brains. We’re really excited to begin sharing our individual personalities and interests with our fans. It’s a great time for us. Thank you for letting us share it with you, Lucy Out Loud!!