It is now June of 2015, and I just have two questions.
HOW IS IT ALREADY JUNE? AND WHERE HAS THE YEAR GONE???
It seriously feels like we were just celebrating new years, and making resolutions we have already forgotten. A quick look back at the website though showed me that I actually haven't dropped any of my resolutions yet, because none of them promised with a time limit. All I stated was that I wanted to get more interviews, t-shirts officially made, 35,000 fans on the Facebook page, and Remedy X 2,000. We actually are fairly close to making the first round of t-shirts, and have definitely been getting more interviews.
Since January, I have done 17 interviews -that's just over twice of what we did for the entire year of 2014! We only did eight for the entire year last year. We're only at the start of June and already have more than double for what we did last year.
In 2013, I only did one interview. 2012, I only did 4, and in 2011, I did five. Having that realization blows my mind a bit...the website has clearly really grown a lot. At the start of this year, I had only done a total of 17 interviews. Now I am up to 34 interviews, and the number is forever growing.
Holy crap. Anyways, enough reflection over the entire year thus far. This isn't about the last five months so far! This is just about May 2015.
Since I was just talking about interviews, it makes sense to start with who we interviewed this month. First up was Tyler Dennen of Sworn In, two days later was Up The Chain, Madus, and Walk Off Hits. Dugan from Madus made me extremely happy as he acknowledged the website and gave me a compliment that means a lot to me. I'm not going to tell you what he said, just go read the interview to find out.
Now I have to admit, I procrastinated a bit this month when it came to writing. It wasn't a planned thing, it just sort of happened. Between work at the day job, and just general procrastination with some writer's block, writing accidentally got put on the back burner. It wasn't that I forgot to write, because most days I did try to, but not much was coming out. Writer's block sucks, and any writer will understand. Review wise, nothing got written until near the end of the month, and it was reviews for the As It Is album, Never Happy, Ever After and Disgusting by Beartooth. Neither are new albums now, but both are very good. Especially the As It Is album, I kind of love it.
News wise, there was a decent amount of things happening. Black Veil Brides announced their first ever concert DVD, Burning And Alive. That will be out July 10, and can be pre-ordered now.
Chelsea Grin's guitarist, Dan Jones is taking a leave of absence from the band to do some scientific research at Utah's Westminster College. Every band has guitarists, drummers, singers, bassists, techs, ect, but most do not have a scientist as well!
Neck Deep released a new album and album information. Frankly, I love the name they have picked out for the album, 'Life Is Not Out To Get You.' Perhaps its a message many, even non-fans of Neck Deep need to hear. You can pre order the album now and it will be out officially August 14.
I was introduced to Walk Off Hits and just before the interview, there was the "Miss Jones" music video. It was an interesting music video for a quite catchy song.
It was announced that Pop Goes Punk 6 is getting re-released on June 23 and it will be featuring new covers. One has already been released, and was originally posted on I Prevail's YouTube channel.
Then came an announcement that made me exceptionally happy. Saint Asonia was named, then released their debut song, "Better Place." They also had their very first show ever, which was on day two of Rock On The Range in Cleveland, OH. Now you may be thinking, "So? New bands get announced daily, and song releases are totally expected. What's the big deal?" There is no big deal to most, but this band is made up of members from Staind, Finger Eleven, and Three Days Grace. Adam Gontier is one of the biggest inspirations in my life, and frankly, I had given up hope that I'd ever hear him perform new music. Maybe I'll get into all of that properly later on, but for right now, all I'm going to say is I'm looking forward to hearing more from Saint Asonia.
There weren't a ton of blogs this month, but that's okay. Two of the posts were extremely important. A very close friend of mine pointed out a couple things to me and painted quite the mental picture. It needed to be shared, and she and I decided it needed to be elaborated on, so she wrote a letter reaching out to anyone who needed some strength in their life.
Yesterday (June 2, for anyone reading this at a later date), was her final day of high school, and she will be graduating soon. She told me that she never thought she'd be where she is today, and thanked me for it. I told her she did a lot of of it for herself, I just helped encourage her. The mental picture she painted though is something will never leave my mind, and I sincerely encourage you guys to read both it, and her letter.
On a less serious note, I stumbled upon a list of bands and their original names and decided to add my own commentary to them and add more to the list that I had known about. Then I wrote about a dream I had where Warped tour was apparently at Disney World and I was there as a guest of All Time Low's. I have absolutely no idea where it came from, but it was too random and awesome to not talk about.
Earlier in the month I started a 'series' where I teach a friend of mine (and anyone else who is interested) in various bands. The first one up was Black Veil Brides, and others have been unofficially done off of the website. At some point, more will be posted, though the next few ones may just be song suggestions with some facts thrown it. This 'series' is going to be inconsistent and will vary greatly.
As some may know, a couple months ago I applied to possibly cover the Alternative Press Music Awards. While I am not getting my hopes up, I did decide to write about why I wished to cover it. The chances of covering it are slim to none, but hey, weirder things have happened. If nothing else, they have now officially heard the name Immortal Music, and maybe in the future it will work out.
To go with that, I also named all the nominees and expressed who I personally thought should win. Feel free to read that here, if you would like.
Off of Immortal Music, there's not a ton to say except at the end of may was my 22nd birthday. I had work, and then went and hung out with Remedy X. They also had a show three days later, where they actually surprised me with a birthday cake on stage. I'm going to be honest -I almost cried upon realizing what was going on, and it was recorded. Once I get that footage, I will share it with you guys, but it may be a while. It was something I will never forget, a friend of Remedy's came out on stage with a cake and started singing happy birthday, and suddenly the entire place followed along. Its one of those things you never really expect to happen to you, but are so grateful that it did.
Also, please cross your fingers for me! The Rock Allegiance festival was announced and it features a big chunk of my dream lineup. I will get into the dream lineup more in a few days, but given the fact that it features Art Of Dying, Saint Asonia, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon and more, we had to try something. We did submit a form to request a press pass for that event. Expect content from artists that will be playing that event for quite some time to come. The event isn't until October 10, and it is almost 18 hours away from home, but would be one hell of an opportunity.
I think that about covers it, honestly. This month, I've been listening to a lot of We Are Harlot, As It Is and "Better Place" from Saint Asonia. F.E.A.R by Papa Roach is still being played like crazy, and is currently five months strong with that. If this keeps up, its going to end up being the album of the year in my book. See how this compares to the beginning of May by reading the blog post we made about what we were currently listening to then.
So, what have you been up to for the month of May? Like every other month, feel free to share here, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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