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FINE FINE TITANS Premiere “Dance of the Omega” Music Video Exclusively on Bloody-Disgusting!



Watch “Dance of the Omega” Music Video here

Read Vocalist Jennifer Bartlett’s “Top 5 Women In Horror” Exclusive: http://bit.ly/1fCLthL

'Omega' EP due out April 8, 2014!
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Grand Rapids, MI | March 5, 2014 - Grand Rapids based post-hardcore band, Fine Fine Titans, have partnered up with #1 horror site Bloody-Disgusting for the exclusive world premiere of their “Dance of the Omega” music video. The track is off their new EP, ‘Omega’, produced by Erik Ron (Panic at the Disco, Foxy Shazam, Saosin, Chiodos, New Years Day) and set to drop on April 8th. When asked about the inspiration behind the dark video, FFT explained,

"The concept of this video was driven strictly by the lyrics…we wanted to portray a group of people who were physically taken hostage to represent the emotional damage caused by those who held power over them. The animal costumes helped to reflect on the core of the song and hide the faces of the individuals, thus making the characters more elusive."

Tour Dates:

May 17th - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, Michigan

w/Still Remains

Fine Fine Titans are a four-piece female fronted post-hardcore ensemble hailing from the Great Lakes region of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band originally startedas the brainchild of husband/wife (bassist/vocalist) Evan and Jennifer Bartlett. The couple met in 2007 after Jen’s old band performed in Evan’s hometown of Grand Rapids. Two years and a marriage certificate later they decided to merge their love of music and complimentary creativity to form a new band. They searched for members
and started writing music and playing out, with Fine Fine Titans officially taking shape in December of 2010.

The duo rounded out their sound with the addition of guitarist Dustin Posthuma and drummer Jason Campbell. They began cultivating their signature fervent hard-rock tunes for their 2012 debut EP, ‘Arms’. FFT’s introductory effort and energetic live performance garnered them a loyal following and comparisons to genre inspirers such as Every Time I Die, The Bled, He Is Legend and Letlive. Their meteoric rise in the local music landscape also got them selected for opening slots for Dead Sara,
Emery, Blessthefall, Vanna, Still Remains, Stray From The Path and I See Stars. 

The quartet is a force to be reckoned with collectively, but it’s vocalist Jennifer Bartlett who has grabbed the scene by the balls. “On top of sloping the notes she hits into powerful vibratos, she throws in Chino Moreno-esque screams with murderous frantic shrills before breakdowns that make you want to dance AND throw people simultaneously.”

Lyrically Bartlett explains she finds her inspiration in “heartbreak and struggle. I’m driven by the natural energy and chemistry that not only flows through people but also connects us to animals and nature. I’m a dreamer. I’m inspired by change and those who are impassioned enough to make positive strides despite hardships.”

After the successful release of ‘Arms’, Fine Fine Titans went through a member reconfiguration with the exit of Campbell on drums and Luke Pietscher quickly jumping in to fill the vacancy. FFT got to work on their follow up EP, teaming up with producer Erik Ron (Panic at the Disco, Foxy Shazam, Saosin, Chiodos, New Years Day), engineer 
Adrian Alvarado, with mastering done by Anthony Lopardo. Members Posthuma and Pietscher made their departure from the group soon after completing the record. Joining the ranks in the winter of 2013/2014 were drummer Joe Smith and guitarist Kris Sosa.
With a full lineup in place and undeniably killer EP on the horizon, Fine Fine Titans are about to shake things up in 2014.

FINE FINE TITANS ONLINE:

www.finefinetitans.com 
facebook.com/finefinetitans
twitter.com/finefinetitans
youtube.com/finefinetitans
Instagram (@finefinetitans)

CASH CASH TAKES US HOME AGAIN WITH NEW TRACK “LIGHTNING” ft. JOHN RZEZNIK! PLUS SXSW, BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA DATES & EDC NY!

New York based DJs/producer trio Cash Cash turns up with a new smash just in time for springtime—“Lightning,” which “stir[s] up early-2000s nostalgia” with an iconic feature from Goo Goo Dolls’ front-man, John Rzeznik, “an infectious radio smash destined for inspiring festival-sized sing-a-longs throughout the summer” (Dancing Astronaut).

JP Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Sam Frisch set the tone again with this new track, coming off the heels of a buzzing radio success, “Take Me Home” ft. Bebe Rexha, currently holding the #16 spot on Top 40 radio, a song that “solidifie[d] the group’s artistic status…” and heralded a Top 25 debut on Billboard’s “Dance/Electronic Song” chart.

Catch the boys live as they “light things up” on their North American OVERTIME TOUR including dates in Austin at South By Southwest as well as Miami where they will heat things up at Winter Music Conference, including a set at the “Big Beat & Friends Miami Rooftop Pool Party” and a special hometown set at EDC NY this May!

TOUR DATES:
Mar 06 – LUX - Buffalo, NY
Mar 07 – Stereo Live – Houston, TX
Mar 09 – Electro Beach – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Mar 12 – Pandora SXSW Showcase – Austin, TX
Mar 13 – Waterloo Records Block Party – Austin, TX
Mar 13 – Absolute/TIGI Party – Austin, TX
Mar 14 – Atlantic Records/Niemen Marcus Showcase (RSVP<smarturl.it/cusponrainey>) – Austin, TX
Mar 14 – Doritos SXSW Party – Austin, TX
Mar 17 – Flannagan’s Dublin – Columbus, OH
Mar 19 – Daddy O’s – Cancun, MX
Mar 22 – MIXX @ Borgata – Atlantic City, NJ
Mar 25 - Bob Sinclair Pool Party @ The Delano - Miami, FL
Mar 26 – Big Beat & Friends Miami Rooftop Pool Party @ The Dream (TIX<http://www.wanttickets.com/bigbeatmiami>) – Miami, FL
Mar 26 - Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Party @ Space - Miami, FL
Mar 27 - ATB Pool Party @ Clevelander, Miami, FL
Mar 27 - SoGood Mixmag Pool Party @ Club 50, Miami, FL
Mar 28 - No Sugar Added Festival @ Nikki Beach, Miami, FL
Apr 01 - Alliant Energy Center @ Madison, WI
Apr 04 - LAVO - New York, NY
Apr 10 - Union - Iowa City, IA
Apr 11 - Whim - Pittsburg, PA
Apr 25 – Life in Color Festival – West Lafayette, IN
Apr 26 – Life in Color Festival – Columbia, MO
May 22 - The Park - Sacramento, CA
May 23 - Exchange - Los Angeles, CA
May 24-56 – EDC Festival - New York, NY
Jun 07 – Circuit of the Americas – Austin, TX
Jun 19-22 – Firefly Festival – Dover, DE
May 22 - The Park - Sacramento, CA
Jun 26 - Electric Forest @ Double JJ Ranch - Rothbury, MI

STREAM “OVERTIME” EP:
https://soundcloud.com/cashcash/sets/overtime-ep

“TAKE ME HOME” OFFICIAL VIDEO:
http://youtu.be/wvzfOyW0ZMo

“TAKE ME HOME” ACOUSTIC VIDEO:
http://youtu.be/nWZ5_F45r4s

CONNECT:
www.cashcashmusic.com
https://twitter.com/cashcash
https://soundcloud.com/cashcash
https://www.facebook.com/cashcash
http://press.wearebigbeat.com/cashcash

NEWLY RENAMED CONCORD PAVILION TO UNDERGO SIGNIFICANT RENOVATIONS BEFORE START OF 2014 CONCERT SEASON

Prior to the start of the 2014 concert season, the newly renamed CONCORD PAVILION will be undergoing significant renovations to
enhance the original design from famed architect Frank Gehry when the venue first opened in 1975. A multi-million dollar renovation project is scheduled to be completed before the first concert (KBLX’s Stone Soul Concert) on May 25th. Renovations at the Concord Pavilion will cover various portions of the venue including the main entrance, plazas, lawn, seats and backstage areas.

"Live Nation is extremely excited about the upcoming capital improvements and the incredible season ahead. We can’t wait for the artists and fans who’ve visited the venue before to see the refreshing changes and improvements that we’ve made.
Those who’ve never been to the venue are going to have an incredible experience at the New, Improved Concord Pavilion”, said Matt Prieshoff, Chief Operating Officer for Live Nation California.

"We are looking forward to the newly renovated Pavilion," said Mayor Tim Grayson. "This is something the Concord community has asked for and we’re delighted that  Live Nation has stepped up to provide an enhanced experience for Pavilion customers.”

Renovations include:
* A redesigned main entrance to the Pavilion including new lighting, new signage
and a new art installation.
* Major plaza upgrades including restroom renovations, landscaping additions and
extra seating throughout the plazas
* New concessions area layout with new California-centric menu options
* Extensive landscaping redesign of the lawn area and side stage area including 
the addition of 10 large, lit trees at the back of the existing lawn
* Addition of an optional, larger capacity general admission floor in the lower 
level of the pavilion (for specific shows)
* Replacement of existing lower level seats to individual cushioned chairs with 
padded backs and seats
* Replacement of existing acoustic baffling in the pavilion
* Full dressing room and shower renovations including new furniture, fixtures and
flooring
* Redesign existing backstage catering area to include a new grass patio as well
as an indoor, air conditioned dining room

Artistic renderings of the newly landscaped lawn and main entrance of the Pavilion are below:

In addition to the renovations scheduled at the venue, a new Concord resident presage program has been put in place to allow residents of the City of Concord to purchase advance tickets to shows at the Pavilion.

To participate in the presale, City of Concord residents must bring a current utility bill and photo I.D. with matching address to the pavilion box office the day prior to the public on sale for access to special locations held aside for residents. Service charges will be waived for Concord residents during this presale. Call (925) 363-5701 for more information on shows offered and presale dates.

Multiple concerts have already been scheduled for this summer at the Pavilion including performances by Luke Bryan, OneRepublic and James Taylor, with more acts to be announced throughout the season.

The most recent concert schedule is listed below:

May 25th - KBLX Stone Soul Concert

May 31st - Barry Gibb

June 1st - Lionel Richie with Cee Lo Green

June 3rd - James Taylor & His All Star Band

June 7th - OneRepublic with The Script and American Authors

June 22 - Spirit West Coast with Newsboys, Jeremy Camp and more

July 29th - Journey and Steve Miller Band with Tower of Power

July 31st - Chicago and REO Speedwagon

August 17th - Fall Out Boy and Paramore with New Politics

September 19th - Linkin Park with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI

October 17th - Luke Bryan with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell

Tickets for all shows at the Concord Pavilion are available online at Livenation.comTicketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, select Walmart locations or the Pavilion Box Office.

Beginning March 1st, the Concord Pavilion box office will be open on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm to purchase tickets with NO SERVICE CHARGE for all shows at the Pavilion.

LOMA PRIETA ANNOUNCES WEST COAST TOUR DATES IN APRIL WITH F*CKING INVINCIBLE || New Loma Prieta LP Coming Later This Year from Deathwish Inc.


"a stunning performance of screaming post-hardcore" - Exclaim!

SF’s Loma Prieta have just announced a string of West Coast tour dates
with Providence, RI’s Fucking Invincible. Dates start April 9th in
Bellingham, WA, running through April 19th and taking the bands down
through Southern California. Check out the full routing listed below.

Also newsworthy is that Loma Prieta have been doing extensive demoing
at The Atomic Garden with Producer Jack Shirley for tracks that will
become their yet-to-be-titled new full-length, coming later this year
from Deathwish Inc. Their previous LP, I.V., was released in early
2012, and a split 7inch with Raein followed in Spring of 2013. Loma
Prieta has since been heralded as “…tread[ing] a fine line between
aggression and accessibility… making the balance between the two
work by using melody to sound epic rather than soft, and their ability
to make abject noise sound memorable is a sign of skilled songwriting”
(The 1st Five). More information on Loma Prieta’s recording plans
coming soon - in the meantime, check out the band on the road.

More from Loma Prieta ( http://deathwishinc.com/bands/133/ ).
More from Fucking Invincible (
http://atomicactionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/downtown-is-dead ).

LOMA PRIETA ON TOUR W/ FUCKING INVINCIBLE
APRIL 09 - BELLINGHAM, WA @ HOUSE SHOW
APRIL 10 - VANCOUVER, BC @ *TBA
APRIL 11 - TACOMA, WA @ AURORA HOUSE
APRIL 12 - SEATTLE, WA @ BLACK LODGE
APRIL 13 - PORTLAND, OR @ LAUGHING HORSE BOOKS
APRIL 14 - SANTA ROSA, CA - *TBA
APRIL 15 - OAKLAND, CA - *TBA
APRIL 16 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ SUBMISSION
APRIL 17 - ANAHEIM, CA @ CHAIN REACTION W/ GRAF ORLOCK
APRIL 18 - SAN DIEGO, CA @ CHE W/ GHOSTLIMB
APRIL 19 - LA PUENTE, CA @ BRIDGETOWN DIY W/ GHOSTLIMB

Panda Bear announces North American tour || Will preview material from forthcoming album, due later this year on Domino

Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox, of Animal Collective) will preview new material from his forthcoming solo album for Domino on a North American tour launching in May.  On this tour he’ll be making stops at Austin Psych Fest, Sasquatch, and will play a special NYC show as part of the Red Bull Music Academy & Wordless Music Series at Warsaw. Lennox recently spoke with Under The Radar about the new record, read the full interview here.   

Photo by Faith Silva. 

PANDA BEAR

05/02-05/04 Austin, TX Austin Psych Fest
05/16 Washington DC 9:30 Club #
05/17 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer #
05/18 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw *
05/20 Toronto, ON Opera House %
05/21 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall %
05/22 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore $
05/24 George, WA Sasquatch Festival
05/26 Pioneertown, CA Pappy and Harriet’s $
05/27 Los Angeles, CA El Rey $
05/31 Nagano, Japan Taico Club Festival

# = w/ Regal Degal
% = w/ DJ Dog Dick
$ = w/ Peaking Lights
* = w/ Dâm-Funk, Torn Hawk   

 
 
PANDA BEAR LINKS:

CANDY HEARTS PREMIERE NEW SINGLE, “I MISS YOU”, ON ALTPRESS.COM

 

"Catchy and refreshing, the band just knows how to write a melody." - AbsolutePunk

Candy Hearts are excited to unveil the first single from their new album via Alternative Press.  Titled “I Miss You”, this new track showcases the band’s undisputed ability to write the catchiest of pop songs.  “I Miss You” will be available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, Rdio, Spotify, eMusic, B9Store, B9 Bandcamp, and every digital retailer imaginable on Tuesday, April 1st.

Candy Hearts also recently announced a June 10th release date for their new full-length album, All The Ways You Let Me Down.  This 11-song album was recorded with Chad Gilbert (who recently produced A Day To Remember’s Common Courtesy) and Paul Miner in Los Angeles, CA, and is the follow-up to Candy Hearts’ The Best Ways To Disappear EP which was released in late 2012.  The EP was praised by publications like Alternative Press, Big Cheese, AbsolutePunk and MTV Buzzworthy, and this new full-length is sure to please any fan of Candy Hearts’ previous work and any fan of pop-punk persuasion.  

"I Miss You" and All The Ways You Let Me Down will be available from Bridge Nine subsidiary Violently Happy Records.  More exciting news coming soon.

Candy Hearts Tour Dates 

April

1 Hamden, CT @ The Space w/ We Are The In Crowd, William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs

2 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall w/ We Are The In Crowd, William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs

3 New York, NY @ Highland Ballroom w/ We Are The In Crowd, William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs

4 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall w/ We Are The In Crowd, William Beckett, Set It Off, State Champs

5 Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up * Candy Hearts Only

November

15  Birmingham, UK @ Institute w/ New Found Glory

16  Newcastle, UK @ Academy w/ New Found Glory

17  Glasgow, UK @ ABC w/ New Found Glory

18  Nottingham, UK @ Rock City w/ New Found Glory

20  Liverpool, UK @ Academy w/ New Found Glory

21  Manchester, UK @ Academy w/ New Found Glory

22  Leeds, UK @ Academy w/ New Found Glory

23  Cardiff, UK @ Uni w/ New Found Glory

25  Bristol, UK @ Academy w/ New Found Glory

26  Portsmouth, UK @ Pyramids w/ New Found Glory

28  London, UK @ Forum w/ New Found Glory

29  London, UK @ w/ New Found Glory

UK ROCKERS DEAF HAVANA PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR THE SONG “22”

UK ROCKERS DEAF HAVANA PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR THE SONG “22”- WATCH HERE
Band To Tour North America With You Me At Six
Debut U.S. Album – Old Souls –Out Now At iTunes Store
 
UK Rockers Deaf Havana have premiered a new video for the song “22” – WATCH HERE (http://youtu.be/G0B3SMtKIqE).   The band also recently announced North America tour dates with headliner You Me At Six and supporting acts Stars in Stereo and The Downtown Fiction. The tour kicks off April 21st in Los Angeles, CA at Troubadour and wraps up on May 22nd in New York, NY at Irving Plaza (tour dates below). This will be their second visit to the U.S. after touring for the first time with Ash, earlier this year 
The band released their first official U.S. album, Old Soulson January 21, 2014 through Washington Square. Produced by the incomparable YOUTH (U2, The Verve, Primal Scream, The Orb) along with Lee Batiuk, Old Souls is available now aiTunes Store.

Learn more about Deaf Havana and Old Souls 
HERE

Old Souls 
is packed full of gut-busting anthems, tear-inducing ballads and everything in between. The follow-up to their #1 UK Rock album Fools and Worthless LiarsThe first single, “Boston Square”, has been called “The Hottest Record in the World” by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe.  The accompanying video has had over 300,000 streams to date, and the band has an overall 4.5 million YouTube views of their videos. 
The band have performed a string of sold-out U.K. dates, including two Union Chapel shows, a Leeds Festivalperformance, opened for Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at the Hard Rock Calling, and opened forMUSE in Germany.  The band is also currently wrapping up a UK tour with The Maine.
Hunstanton England based Deaf Havana formed in 2005 while members were in college after playing out together a few times in high school. The young band has toured extensively and played at such festivals as Reading and Leeds in the U.K and Soundwave in Australia. Deaf Havana is James Veck-Gilodi (Vocals, Guitar), Chris Pennells (Guitar), Lee Wilson (Bass), Tom Ogden (Drums), Max Britton (Keyboard) and guitarist and Matthew Veck-Gilodi (Guitar, Vocals).  The band is managed by Jamie Osman of Red Light Management and represented for touring by David Galea of The Agency Group. 
 
Press Raves
“English alternative rock band Deaf Havana presents an album that is youthful, nostalgic, and bursting with passion…Old Souls is guaranteed to lift spirits, kick-star hears, and please the ears of listeners young and mature alike” – Outburn
#22 -2013 Albums of The Year –Classic Rock
Deaf Havana U.S. Tour Dates
w/You Me At Six, Stars in Stereo, The Downtown Fiction
April 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
April 23 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
April 25 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Operahouse
April 26 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
April 27 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
April 30 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
May 2 – Dallas, TX – The Door
May 3 – Austin, TX – Red 7
May 4 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 6 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 7 – Orlando, FL – Firestone
May 8 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
May 9 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
May 11 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
May 13 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 15 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix
May 18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
May 21 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
May 22 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza 

William Control Releases NSFW “Revelator” Music Video From Upcoming Album “The Neuromancer” (Out April 4th)

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William Control “Revelator” Music Video:

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I didn’t have a clue as to which song on the album I liked the best, I think they are all amazing,” says William. “So for the first single I went with the one that I felt had the best drum beat. Being an artist is amazing when you don’t have to follow any rules. - William Control

Tour Dates - “The We Love Tour” With Combichrist & New Years Day:

April 03 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC 
April 04 - Empire - Springfield, VA 
April 05 - Theater Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA 
April 06 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY 
April 08 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA 
April 09 - Le National - Montreal, Canada 
April 10 - Opera House - Toronto, Canada 
April 11 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA 
April 12 - Agora Theater - Cleveland, OH 
April 13 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL 
April 15 - Skyway Theater - Minneapolis, MN 
April 17 - Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS 
April 18 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO 
April 19 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT 
April 20 - The Hop - Spokane, WA 
April 21 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA 
April 22 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR 
April 24 - Slims - San Francisco, CA 
April 25 - LVCS - Las Vegas, NV 
April 26 - Bar Sinister - Hollywood, CA 
April 28 - Club Red - Phoenix, AZ 
April 30 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ 
May 02 - Elysium - Austin, TX 
May 03 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX 
May 04 - Trees - Dallas, TX 
May 06 - Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL 
May 08 - Roc Bar - Jacksonville, FL 
May 09 - Respectable Street - West Palm Beach, FL 
May 10 - Backbooth - Orlando, FL 
May 11 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

Pre-Order William Control “The Neuromancer” (Out April 4th) HERE.

Follow William Control
Official Website 
Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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About William Control:

An overwhelmingly striking visual character in the still-misunderstood world of electronic “dark wave,” William Control serves as the physical incarnation of the phrase “no rest for the wicked.” In addition to his role as lead vocalist for Seattle-based rockers AidenWilliamis also a writer, producer and engineer, all the while continuing to serve as a willing ambassador to the outside world for black sheep everywhere.

Recently I was able to to ask South African singer/songwriter Jesse Clegg some questions about his tour and here’s what he had to say

Fifteen Minute Media- Your very first North America tour is starting soon. How are you feeling? 

Jesse Clegg- It’s very exciting. I’ve always enjoyed playing in the States but this is a career highlight because it is the first time I’m playing so many shows in so many different cities. I love traveling and meeting new people, as well as being exposed to new music and bands, so this will be a fantastic experience all round.  

FMM- What can people expect when they go to a show? 

JC - Most of the shows we are doing are unplugged, which is a great show to play. As a singer-songwriter, I write all my songs on acoustic guitar, and so to perform them in a stripped down, intimate setting like this really allows me get back to the root of the songs. It gives the audience a sense of what the songs are about and how they were written.


FMM- You’ve been around music your entire life. What about it made you interested in pursuing it yourself? 

JC - Being exposed to the music industry from a young age was a double edged sword for me. On the one hand I saw the power of music to move people and to communicate a message. But I also saw what a difficult career path it can be and how it can take a toll on your personal life. I was hesitant to get into it myself. It was only when I started writing my own music when I was 16 years old, that it really became my passion and my means of expression. That was when I realised that this was my life - regardless of the hardships ahead. Being an artist is a life of risk, and that risk is only worthwhile when you love what you do, more than you fear the risk of failing.

FMM- How would you describe your music and sound to someone? 

JC - Alt. rock with influences of blues, pop and folk.

FMM - You write your own music. What kind of things do you take inspiration from in your writing?

JC - Being in a creative career really entails staying sensitive to your environment and those around you. Life is full of meaning if you are open to it. I write about my own experiences, the things I see in other people, stories I hear or just a feeling or a mood. I also try to expose myself to new art. Whether its film, paintings or new bands, its always good to be a fan of other artists - It gives you a sense of what else is out there. You never know where you will encounter your next good idea so its a matter of staying open.


FMM - You are an ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. What about the organization appeals to you and what do you do as an ambassador? 
JC - The foundation deals with AIDs awareness and treatment. This is a very serious issue facing the African Continent and so it’s an honour to be able to make a contribution towards overcoming this problems. It was also fronted by Nelson Mandela - to be a part of his vision and aspiration for Africa is an honour in itself. I performed at the 46664 Concert in New York in Radio City Music Hall to raise global awareness for this cause and I attend various charity events for the Foundation. 
FMM- And lastly, what do you want people who go to your shows to take away from them? 

JC - As a songwriter, the best moment for me is when people are connecting to my songs on a personal level. Songwriting has the power to communicate a message and a meaning that is greater than words, and so if someone can walk away having been moved by my work, that’s successful show for me. 

-CHECK OUT JESSE’S HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WHEN IT COMES TO A CITY NEAR YOU-

AVATAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “HAIL THE APOCALYPSE” OUT 5/13/14

Sweden natives, AVATAR have released a short teaser video surrounding the announcement of their all new LP “Hail The Apocalypse" due out May 13th, 2014. Frontman Johannes Eckerström comments:

 

“This batch has been brewing for quite some time now, and were really excited about finally unleashing the apocalypse upon you all. We are opening the flood gates and damage will be done.”

 

WATCH TEASER VIDEO


The band recently wrapped production on “Hail The Apocalypse" with producer Tobias Lindell at his studio in Thailand. Lindell was also the producer on the band’s highly successful debut “Black Waltz,” released in 2012. The band saw immediate success surrounding the release of “Black Waltz,” particularly at commercial radio. Metal Hammer Magazine nailed it when they described AVATAR songs as, “each one is a stylistic roller coaster ride!" The band made their first visit to the U.S. in support of the release, touring with SEVENDUST and LACUNA COIL

Just after starting production on “Hail The Apocalypse”, AVATAR had the privilege of supporting AVENGED SEVENFOLD & FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in Europe. With DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL in the U.K. and the prestigious ROCK ON THE RANGE FESTIVAL already confirmed in the U.S., AVATARis eager to bring their new music to their fans.