Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lyrics of the Week: "Demons Away"

Some of you may have noticed that I neglected my lyric segment last week, and my lyric choice today will provide some explanation for that.

Every once in a while, I go through phases where I hit an emotional bottom, and I have to struggle to bring myself back to some sort of relative surface. This last struggle I had lasted for almost a month, and I could hardly bring myself to move, let alone share lyrics, but I'm back, and the lyrics I am providing this week are from one of the songs that helped me through.

Written by Matt Skiba for the compilation "Protect: A Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children", which features 26 songs by various punk artists; such as, NOFX, Against Me!, and The Ergs, "Demons Away" is the first track and a very touching one.

The song shows a sympathy for anxiety that many face, and makes a point to show that one is not alone in the horrors, sadness, and panic we must often face in our lives.

I've decided to embed audio, because this song is even more touching heard than read.

Demons Away
Matt Skiba

I know you're alone
In the dark, all alone
Underneath the covers
Hiding from the demons
That came for your soul.

They might be over in the closet
They might be underneath your bed
They might be just outside your window, baby
Or maybe just inside your head.

But if you let me stay over
I'll try to keep you safe
I've got an army of skeletons
To chase your demons away.

I know that you're scared
You're in the dark, so scared
Simply terrified, no one'll hear you screaming
If they could would they care?

There's only one way to find out
I pray that day never comes
For that would mean the ending of you, baby
The end of you, my love.

But if you let me stay over
I'll try to keep you safe
I've got an army of skeletons
To chase your demons away.

And baby, I can tell you've been crying
Oh baby, I know you've been lying to me
Yes indeed.
Oh baby, I can tell you don't sleep no more
Oh baby, believe me I've been there before.

If you let me stay over
I'll try to keep you safe
I've got an army of skeletons
To chase your demons away.

PS: I fully plan on getting some lyrics from this song tattoo'd on my body at some point. I love it that much.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"Sink into Me" - Taking Back Sunday

Those of you who were not fully satisfied with TBS's promotional clip of "Sink into Me," the first single from their upcoming record, "New Again" can now download the song from their website.

I, being adamantly against music downloading at all (yes, even the legal kind), have not done so, but I can still enjoy the streaming clip on their website with a satisfied smile. I'm predicting great things for "New Again" already.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senses Fail Show Review [PART TWO] [Pictures]

As promised, I am now completing my Senses Fail review. I am sorry it took so long, but school has been dominating my life lately. Here are pictures from the show.

Click Here to read my review of the show! You know you want the full story!

Click the images for a larger view.

The Crowd: now with 110% more testosterone!

It was REALLY tough to get a shot of the whole band.

Buddy knows how to make the audience (and himself) laugh.


Keep an eye open for Part Three-- the video section!


Monday, April 20, 2009

Full Version of "Safe And Sound" featuring Gerard Way [HQ Video]

As I mentioned in the blog directly below this one, Gerard Way of MCR penned this song for Final Fantasy VII with Japanese artist Kyosuke Himuro.

Credit to Heather from the MCRmy for having a vigilant eye and finding this!

I'm not huge on J-Rock, and I think you kind of have to be to fully appreciate this song, but I think it's pretty progressive for a video-game track. Pretty rad. Still loving the "whoa-hoh"s.


PS: Video is back up!! Magic!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

"Safe And Sound" - Kyosuke Himuro Featuring Gerard Way [Video]

A while ago, I mentioned that Gerard Way, singer of My Chemical Romance, was working on a song for Final Fantasy VII with Japanese artist Kyosuke Himuro from the band Boøwy. Gerard wrote the song, and that was all I knew about it then. I had assumed the English lyrics would be written by Gerard and that would be the extent of it, but no- Gerard actually sings the majority of the song!

Check out the video:

Video is a bit generic for my tastes, but Gerard sounds great and the song is catchy (anything featuring "whoa-ohs" is- Fact).


PS: I see that Youtube has taken the video down. It was only a matter of time...

Music Saves Lives (The Point of it All) [Part Two]

I was browsing blogs earlier today when I came across an entry entitled MCR=LOVE written by a user named Roslyn. In it, she highlighted a few stories from the website I had mentioned in my first "Music Saves Lives (The Point of it All)" post,

She also had embedded this video, which I had never seen before. If you want to know why I am "obsessed" with My Chemical Romance, this video explains it precisely:

This past month as been a very hard one for me emotionally, and sometimes I need a reminder that I am not alone in what I face; My Chemical Romance has always been there to show me exactly that. I think that's a pretty positive thing to "obsess" over, don't you?

" get despressed; you get really desperate; you get really hurt; you feel like an outsider, and one of the only places- maybe- you feel like you can fit in is right here at this show."


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Text Test

Apparently, I can now update my blog via text message.

Check, 1 2, check...


Monday, April 13, 2009

Tres Vivas Por Venganza Dulce! [My Chemical Romance Review]

Strutting onstage in character at the beginning of The Black Parade is Dead!, The Black Parade started the Mexico City show saga, and later My Chemical Romance ended it with the characters left behind and band-mates walking, with exhaustion, to a backstage retreat at the end of ¡VENGANZA!. A celebration of the death of an alter-ego and a dual theatrical event, this show is certainly worthy of its two-part show release. The first part of the 2007 show, The Black Parade is Dead!, is the segment of the show where My Chemical Romance, for the last time, perform as their alter-egos, The Black Parade. The newest release and second half of the performance by MCR sans the TBP is scheduled for "street-release" tomorrow, and I was fortunate to have obtained my copy early.

Where to start? Well, first of all-- ¡VENGANZA! is an awesome package, The performance itself comes in the form of a bullet-shaped USB device. For the ghosts of us MCR fans from the past, the package pays homage to an earlier time of the band's history by supplying a replica bullet-proof vest of the one in which Gerard Way is pictured to the left (not from Venganza!). This is a symbol that has come to epitomize what fans refer to fondly as "The Revenge Era." With gun embellishments and "REVENGE" boldly across the back, the vest is a remarkable collector's item for any fan who loves all things Three Cheers.

Beyond the material and to the good stuff. The performance itself is great, though less energetic and without the theatrical flair of The Black Parade's performance. One must keep in mind, however, that the band performed TWO sets that night, first as their energetic alter-egos, then without all the fancy ornamentation and stripped-down to themselves as they are shown in ¡VENGANZA!. What can be said of the performance is that it is - as it always is with My Chem- heartfelt and 100% honest. Fans are treated to an emotional, genuine performance, and to a rare experience. The band plays both "The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You" and "It's not a Fashion Statement, It's a [Fucking] Deathwish," which have been rarely played lately. They are a couple of the songs that one sees the band play live and later exclaims to everyone who will listen: "OH MY BOB, THEY PLAYED JETSET / DEATHWISH" Kind of a big deal...
As for the emotion factor, it's definitely there. I found myself nearly crying three times while watching the performance, but that's just me and my current predicament. Point is, this band's live performances are a moving experience that ¡VENGANZA! attempts to capture and does very well at some points. Nothing, however, is like seeing and feeling the real thing.

As for the format of the "data," ie this fancy-pants USB situation-- it's definitely a new experience, and the first I have had of this kind with My Chem. The video quality is great, but I would still prefer a DVD. Call me old school, but watching something on a television seems a bit more special than watching it on a computer. Still, the format is unique and, because it is on a data device, ¡VENGANZA! offers more than a DVD; such as, exclusive interactive photos and a PDF of what would be "album art."

So, do I recommend this? Oh, yes. Click here to order your own!


VENGANZA! Has Arrived!

You know that fabulous My Chemical Romance bullet-proof vest/ USB video footage package I have been rambling on about for about a month now? Guess who got it this morning?! Yours truly. I just had to express my excitement here. I am getting ready to check out the footage from MCR's "Revenge" section of their performance from Mexico City and will have a review soon!

You can still order this package by going here!


Friday, April 10, 2009

Taking Back Sunday "Sink Into Me" Preview!

Curious what Taking Back Sunday's upcoming "New Again" is going to sound like? Well, you have a couple options:

A.) 703-286-2371 You can call this number and hear a snippet of the first single from the album, "Sink Into Me"
B.)You can check out this video from MTV News from the set of the video-shoot for the song.

The video was shot on April 8th in Brooklyn, New York. A casting call went out to fans, asking for their participation in the video, so there is a whole other element that this sneak-peak is hiding from us. In the casting call, it warned that extras would have to be willing to get covered in that same black goo in which the band is wallowing. Yum.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Senses Fail Show Review [PART ONE]

Artists: Senses Fail, The HiFi Horizon, The Promise Estate
Date: March 12, 2009
Venue: The Basement: Columbus, Ohio

Long-overdue is the perfect adjective for this review; I would say. I apologize for the extreme lateness, but here it is, as I promised.

The day of March 12th was filled with much anticipation as I struggled through my Philosophy and Visual Communication classes, watching the clock for the moment I would be released and could be on my way to Columbus. This wasn't a show for which I needed to line up 20+ hours ahead of time, so it wasn't at all stressful when my friend and I arrived at The Basement and the entire line had already made its way into the small, crowded venue.

The Basement itself isn't a place where one necessarily needs to wait a ridiculously long time in line to procure a decent spot in the crowd (to obtain tickets that have yet to be distributed; however, you BETTER be there early). See, my goal when waiting in line for a ridiculous amount of time is "barricade, barricade, barricade," but The Basement has no barricade, so what's the point? Ha! That was a joke. Being pressed directly to the stage is far superior to being pressed to a barricade five feet from the stage... Back to my point, this venue is TINY and the shows intimate no matter where you find yourself positioned in or around the mini-mosh-pit. The only problem with the venue is that one may have a hard time finding where the stage is exactly upon first entering the underground [literally] place.

So, after finding a decent spot just behind the lower-level of the pit, I situated myself and observed. The crowd for the night was comprised mostly of males, which was a definite swing from the usual crowd composition for the shows I attend. There are reasons for this, of course. SF have done well drawing in the dudes with lyrics manly enough to be, at times, described as "brutal" and are still emotional and sincere in what is being said. Not to mention, there is screaming. Boys like screaming. Boys who like screaming are cute...

Eh em...

Anyway, the show begins with

The Promise Estate

It took something only slightly less than a threat to make the audience move to this band. They were entertaining enough and impressive for a smaller, local band, but I found upon beginning to write this review that I had forgotten most of their performance. For most of their set, it was difficult to hear the vocals. I don't blame the band for this; The Basement isn't exactly acoustics heaven.

But what did they SOUND like?: At times, the band sounded like an attempt at mixing Circa Survive and screamo with some Thrice-like elements.

Photo Credit: Chase Clymer Photography

Next there was

The HiFi Horizon

By far the more entertaining of the two bands, The HiFi Horizon kept the audience entertained and in motion with their kinetic stage presence. The sound was better when they played and the atmosphere more enjoyable. Somewhere in the middle of their set was the point when the crowd really started moving, and the air was permeated with the thick, moist vapors of sweaty boys moshing. Brutal. However, their use of multiple lyrical cliches made me smirk through most of their set.

But what did they SOUND like?: Chiodos. A blatant, shameless Chiodos reincarnation.

Photo credit: Aaron Van Dyke


Senses Fail

Running onto the stage and starting the set with immediate rushing guitars, manically pounding drums, and screaming vocals, Senses Fail started their set off right and continued to impress the rest of the way through. The crowd was wild, at least in the pit, and the band mirrored and shot the energy straight back, and even when there wasn't so much excitement, the band encouraged it.

I noticed a funny phenomenon that occurred throughout their set. When the band would play a song from Let it Enfold You, the crowd lost its collective mind, but the newer songs-- ehh, not so much. Some I found mouthing the words but incorrectly or simply staring blankly at the stage. Their most recent release Life is Not a Waiting Room came out at the end of last summer, so why was it not a source of excitement for the audience? Well, that's a question that remains to be seen at another time.

Even if the crowd appreciated some songs more than others, the band still offered a generous mix from each CD excluding their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams from which they played two songs, one of which being "One Eight Seven" as an encore.

Vocalist "Buddy" Nielsen provided the audience with hilarious between-song banter that ranged from his playfully bashing a band with whom they were on the Saints and Sinners tour to hitting us with some nostalgia of "old" Nickelodeon. Videos of some of this will be posted later.

When one attends a Senses Fail show, one is certain to be bombarded with adrenaline, humor, and sheer entertainment. Do I recommend you see them live? Oooh, yes!