Monthly Archives: February 2012

Thrice’s Farewell Tour

Thrice recently announced the dates for their farewell tour this spring.  Animals as Leaders and another very special guest will be opening.  If you’ve never seen Thrice, or even if you’ve seen them 10 times, I highly recommend trying to make it to one of these dates.  They’ll be in Philly on May 25 at the Electric Factory, and I’ll be there.  You can buy tickets for that date and all the others right now and save on fees.  If the show you want to go to is sold out already or you don’t have the cash right now, you can wait till the general sale which starts on March 1.  I’m sure these events will sell out very quickly, and they are definitely not to be missed.  You  can read Thrice’s announcement of the tour for more details here, and you can even vote for songs you’d like to hear them play.

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In Photos: O’Brother at the North Star Bar

On Sunday, I got to see O’brother for the fifth time, this time at the North Star Bar.  But this time was different; this time they were headlining.  It was awesome (maybe not so awesome to my eardrums) to see such a talented band kill it for a full set.  They sounded phenomenal as usual, and they put on a hell of a show.  For the first time ever in my life, I actually headbanged…I couldn’t help it.  You just have to completely lose it and rock out when you hear the epic “Lay Down.”  The opening band Junius were also really good and are featured in the gallery below.

 

All photos were taken by me unless otherwise noted.


Jesse Lacey of Brand New talks about the band’s hopes for their next record

If you know anything about Brand New, you probably know that they rarely do interviews.  While in the UK for a series of dates earlier this month, lead singer Jesse Lacey broke the bands silence with an interview for a local music zine.  It’s an interesting read/listen, and Lacey talks about a wide range of subjects both relating to his personal life and the music industry.  Lacey said in the interview that the band has studio time booked for April and hopes to get new music released by the end of the year.  In regards to the sound of this album, Lacey said, “I think we’ve taken what we do and taken it as far as it can go, in terms the way we build a song, the way we layer our instruments and arrange everything, and the way I do my own vocals, and even the more technical side of recording.  We’re not very excited about going back into the studio and trying to find those sounds again, we are interested in being ‘Brand New,’ but writing, recording and structuring songs in a way that we haven’t done before.  I’d like it if, on the next thing we release, if someone who was familiar with us were to walk into a room, and it be playing, I’d like them to not know that it was us.”  You can read the whole interview and listen to the first half of it here.

Brand New have also recently announced that they will be playing the Bamboozle festival in New Jersey.