Over the years, I've shared a lot. A lot of memories, both good and bad, a lot of events, thoughts and music. Immortal Music has been practically part of my identity since before I turned eighteen, so its really been a massive part of my adult life. A lot has happened, and a lot has changed over the years.
The changes have happened naturally, and if you look through the archived posts, you can very easily see the times where I was more active, and when I was practically a ghost. The ghost times were usually harder times, whether it was life getting in the way or a burn out, they still happened. But I've been missing the warm feelings, and true satisfaction I have always felt while doing this stuff. So I want to bring it back, but I want to bring it back to the roots of Immortal Music. I want to talk, just for fun, and talk about music just for the love of it.
I lost sight of that at some point along the way. I grew more concerned about being professional and being taken seriously, so I never wanted to show too much of the fan side. That does exclude the Facebook page, for some reason I've always used that as somewhat of an outlet for myself. I don't know why that was a loophole and never will.
If I'm honest though, I'm getting back to that point where I don't care anymore. I already have a basically full time job where I have to be professional to a certain degree, I have to be taken seriously. Immortal Music doesn't feel like that place anymore, and I miss the fun of it. I miss gushing about my favorite bands with complete strangers who share my passion for music too. Hell, I was looking back at some of my early reviews the other day and I straight up did not care at all about what others thought.
Seriously, I compared someone to a dying cat because I just didn't like his vocals. Somewhere along the line, I got where I wanted to always be semi postive, even if I didn't like something. Which I don't understand, this whole website is mine. All the opinions are mine, and I know its okay to not like someone's work. I think I got to a point where I knew people were seeing my words, and I didn't want to hurt someone when they put in so much hard work on something. Why though? Just because I said I didn't like something, didn't mean others don't love it. Its okay to speak up, and nobody ever told me otherwise, so I don't get why that changed.
With that though, I also kept a lot of memories from shows off the website. In fact, every one of my absolute favorite memories from a show were not ever written about. I always left those moments out of my recaps for each event. Sometimes it was just to shorten an already long post, but sometimes it was because it felt unprofessional or like I was bragging. Yet every person I've ever told those stories to have either laughed their asses off or been fascinated. So why not share those stories? I'm positive others will love them too, if anyone ever sees anything. Algorithms on everything are sort of fucked right now, so frankly I get discouraged ever posting. I feel like I'm talking to myself half the time, which is why I get super excited when anyone interacts. It proves me wrong, and shows me that people are still out there. Thank you to anyone who actually does that for me, you have no idea what that means to me.
So, to try to bring that back, I'm going to start sharing some of those memories. I have stories from 2011 all the way up to now basically that I've never told you guys. Some revolve around interviews, others are just small moments that are so vivid to me from festivals or other concerts. Hell, I might even share some stories about Remedy X, the band I managed for several years. Some of you probably didn't even know about them, because while I talked about them, I didn't often associate myself with them on Immortal Music. I wanted to give them their own spotlight, not completely tie my brand to theirs, even though they were really connected. Fun fact; I technically started helping them before I officially started doing Immortal Music. I officially started this website in September 2011, but I met Remedy in November 2010, and I think I started managing them in July 2011, so it was just slightly longer. I have so many stories involving them too, we have a lot of good memories and sometimes I miss managing a band just because of them.
Soon I will begin sharing them, all probably in random order. This is simply the announcement post for the first series I've had in a very long time. This series will be called Faded Memories, and that name actually references "Bully" by Shinedown. Absolutely no reason, it just came to me, along with the lyric.
So, stay tuned and please share any stories you have as well! I would love to hear your fun adventures through music. Honestly anything involving music tends to make me happy, so anything goes really.
As always, thank you so much for reading, for interacting, ect, and keep coming back because I really am hoping to get back into the fun of all of this, and I would love to have you along for the ride.
Warning: This post has a handful of spoilers for All Time Low's Its Still Nothing Personal, and the documentary that goes with it. It also shows a slightly less professional version of Immortal Music, as frankly I was enjoying myself and did not feel like hiding any of it, and I wanted to be real with anyone who actually gave a shit. This post took a turn I didn't expect but its nice honestly, and I kind of hope All Time Low sees this just to see that they are inspiring people in ways they didn't even intent.
If you have not listened to the album, or watched the documentary and wish to avoid spoilers, I would recommend coming back to this post at another time. I also already did a review of Its Still Nothing Personal just this morning, so please click here to read that as well. I really appreciate your support, and I'm sure All Time Low does as well. Now that the disclaimer is over, we can get into the fun stuff. Carry on with me.
I decided to write this right as I was watching the 45 minute documentary, so all the thoughts expressed in this post are quick and genuine. If you haven't watched the documentary, as I said prior, you will get spoilers so, please watch it before continuing on. I don't want to ruin it for anyone.
I also want to just take a moment to completely drop the professionalism for a moment, and say how thoroughly impressed I am with this revisit. I have already listened to it all the way through twice this morning, and "Lost in Stereo" has already grown on me. I said in the review that the screams felt random and out of place, but after listening to it a time or two, I love it. There's also aspects that come with this whole journalism thing that make me never want to admit publicly when I geek out about something. It feels like fangirling, and I don't want to be seen as a fangirl. However, I just want to say I absolutely love the vocal style Alex Gaskgarth went with for this entire album, particularly on "Weightless." I borderline gushed about it in the review, but I'm really gushing about it in real life. That vocal style should be kept for all future work, that's all I'm going to say.
See, even there. I can't bring myself to bluntly say what I really want to say, so I turn it into that. Which is stupid, I guess because this whole post is kind of fangirling over All Time Low, so whatever. Plus you can probably piece together what I want to say. Anyway, moving on to the documentary.
I now see why the album felt very similar to the live shows, that's because it was recorded live. Still in studio, but it wasn't all pieced together the same, which is really cool. I really think its interesting whenever a band films in studio, you get to see the passionate, the process, just all of it. I can't really explain why that's cool to me, but someone out there understands, I'm sure.
That's really interesting too, Alex said "Weightless" came out of a place of writers block, and said that one had just hit differently at the time. That's always been one of my favorite songs, and apparently that's how the band all felt too, so I found that very interesting.
I love that they're talking about what inspired each of the songs, I always wonder about that stuff with basically any album from any artist. We can't get this kind of content for every single song for any album ever, but I'm a big lyric person, and a writer myself, so hearing about the writing process is fascinating.
Jack also said he's completely adamant about playing "Lost In Stereo" live, as well as "Break Your Little Heart." I'm not surprised, they're both very upbeat, and a lot of fun live, and he's a guitarist so of course he thrives on the energy.
Reminds me of the first time I saw them live, though I can't remember for the life of me what they were playing at the time. Jack got the idea to climb onto the speaker, and nearly kicked me in the process. I ended up slammed into the stage because fans flooded the barricade to get to him. He actually saw that and apologized, and I scared Alex because I started to climb up onto the stage to get away from being crushed. Well, that and I had my friend's mom's $1,000 Nikon in my hand and I really didn't want that to get damaged. Alex saw this though and gave me a look like "Please don't." and looked really concerned, so I didn't. Only time that ever happened, I might add. I wish I had a picture of either of their faces when that happened, honestly. I have pictures surrounding that moment, but not that.
I actually looked it up out of curiosity and found the entire setlist for that tour, which was the Rockshow At The End of the World tour in 2012, and if this is correct, it was "Shameless."
I'm sorry, I guess this post was less about the documentary, and more about me having fun while watching it. I haven't done this in a while, and I kind of have been trying to get back of my love of music again. That's all I even started this website for, was to share my love of music. And sometimes that comes with borderline fangirling, and I think I need to accept that. Not everything has to be fine crafted and perfectly professional, I have to have fun with it too. I shouldn't hide when I'm really excited about a band, a song or an album, and its all in my head that it looks bad. I really don't think it does look bad, more people probably have fun with it.
Like shit, there's so many stories you guys have never heard from concerts, because they felt unprofessional. Almost all of my favorite memories from any show I've ever covered actually have never been shared publicly because I was afraid they would be seen as unprofessional in some way. Which is ridiculous, because at the end of the day, what does it matter? So if anyone sees this and actually wants to hear those stories, let me know. Hell, I have a story from the All Time Low show I mentioned there, and conversations with other fans from the second time I saw them as well.
The thing is, I rarely actually remember the set lists or the show itself fully. Its always moments unrelated to the show itself that stick with me, but they usually come from a struggle or me being in the right place at the right time, or something like that.
Well, this blog post took a turn. I meant it to be a stream of consciousness about the All Time Low documentary only, and it ended up inspiring me to get back to what originally got me to start Immortal Music. Just randomly rambling about music.
I hope All Time Low knows they inspire all sorts of things and all sorts of people in many different ways. I'm going to shut up now, but I want to say I'm extremely proud of them and will continue to support them. Go get the new album, go watch the documentary. Please check out my review, and please keep interacting. You have no idea how happy your support makes me. I've felt incredibly discouraged for the past couple years, but Immortal Music is still part of who I am, so whenever I do get interaction, it truly makes my day.
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