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Follow Your Dreams

Although I’ve only recently started taking my own advice, I’ve always done my best to encourage people to do what makes them happy, however crazy it might be. You only get one life, you might as well be deliriously fucking happy.

I’ve only watched a few of Bryan Stars’ videos, but it’s pretty clear that being true to himself, and doing what makes him happy is something that he lives by.

This morning I watched a video of his, announcing that he currently in the middle of making his first album, the Follow Your Dreams EP, and honestly, that shit really sounds like it’s up my alley. I have no idea what the music will sound like, but I think a concept like this is something that people should get behind.

Bryan is also trying to raise a little money for this project, and there will be a , so please check out the links below for more information!

Video link

Indiegogo fundraiser page

Later Rockstars!

 

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Gig review: Gary Clark Jr

Image from Gary Clarke Jr's official website http://www.garyclarkjr.com
Image from Gary Clarke Jr’s official website http://www.garyclarkjr.com

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of seeing this obviously incredibly talented musician in action! There are not many big names that make the journey all the way to our little city of Christchurch, New Zealand, so for me it was a must-see!

I intended to post the day after the gig but I realised that all the videos and photos I had taken of the performance (including some epic solo’s and fancy finger work by the man himself) appeared to be corrupted, and if I’m honest… I sulked a little…

Nevertheless it was an unforgettable and spine-tingling performance by all of the band, and clearly my partner thought so too as it is the 2ND time I have EVER seen him dance… that’s saying something!

You should definitely check him out! Since I don’t have my own footage, I will leave you with a link to the footage on his official youtube page…

Later Rockstars!

V

Musical Feels – March

Some of the tunes which got my body rocking this month…

1. Capture the Crown

2. Sic Addiction

I tried to chuck a fancy widget in here so you could see their songs, etc. but it seems the widget function on Reverbnation is having a mare… on the upside though, if you go to the site via the link below, you can download their track for free! 🙂

Sic Addiction – Changing tide

3. Chase the Grey

4. Methane

5. Five From Zero

6. In This Moment

One of my fave bad bitches…

7. Schemata Theory

8. Gary Clarke Jr

This guy will honestly make your soul tingle…

9. Deez Nuts

10. Out Cold A.D.

And last but definitely not least – this local crew is releasing their new album on the 10th April, and I for one intend on being at that release party!

As always, let me know if there are any bands or solo artists you think I should check out 🙂

Later Rockstars,

V

Musical Feels – February

It’s probably safe to say that this February’s faves were heavily influenced by Soundwave’s lineup… Slipknot, Butcher Babies, Slash… you get the gist, these guys are regulars in my playlists. So because I did a whole post on the festival I will leave these out and list a few other delicious finds that I didn’t get to see live this month!

See my post on the 2015 Soundwave Festival here

Musical feels for February:

Strength In Shadows – Reminisce

Kissing Candice – Ghosted

More Than Most – You’re Not Alone

I don’t know how many times I’ve caught myself humming along to this song while I’m doing something…

From Ashes to New – Stay this way

Taberah – Dying Wish

Rat Neck – Serpent Bitch/Dying Melody

Omaha – Devilish Acts

Hanshotfirst – Sarah, Tone In

As always, let me know if there are any other kick-ass bands out there that you think I’ll like!

Later Rockstars!

V

Soundwave festival 2015

What can I say? What an epic couple of days! I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I found out that this year there would be, not one, but two days of back-to-back rock and metal from all around the globe.

What I love about festivals is that not only do you get to see the bands you love, but you are almost guaranteed to find at least one new band to add to your collection, and this year’s Soundwave festival was no exception.

I am also of the opinion that you haven’t REALLY heard a band until you have heard them live. There is no substitute for their stage presence, their energy, and their pure, unedited sound.

Some of the bands I fell in love with over the weekend:

The Treatment

Terror Universal

A new band with some definite potential, plus they finished with a Rob Zombie song and I’m always a sucker for some Zombie!

Ministry

OK so I know these guys have been around for eons, but for some reason I didn’t have any of their songs in my collection! that will have to be corrected!!!!!

Killer Be Killed

This song sent chills up my spine in the pit, and tickled my moshbone!

Epic sets by my faves

Slipknot

Butcher Babies

Marilyn Manson

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

I just LOVE this song! and frankly Myles Kennedy can sing to me ANY DAMN DAY…

Crown the Empire

LOVE these boys – just LOVE

Nonpoint

Godsmack

Lamb of God

What an awesome end to the weekend – right up the front of the crowd soaking up the pure energy they pumped out!

What I missed out on

Crossfaith

Totally gutted I missed out on these guys! The timetable I had said they were meant to come out after nonpoint so I waited but Killer be Killed came out instead!

Coldrain

The Swellers

I had really wanted to see these guys live but unfortunately they were scheduled at the same time as Slipknot, and for me, Slipknot will always win!

Exodus

I’ve heard good things about these guys but this was about the time of day when I decided I should probably eat something at get some fluid in me before I passed out in the 36°C heat and missed out on the main bands I had flown to another country to see!

Judas Priest

I’m sure if you’ve made it this far in my blog post and haven’t closed the page yet, that you’re a metal fan, and I don’t need to introduce these guys! but again – timetable clashes with Manson, Slash and Butcher Babies were a deal breaker!

Faith no More

And the same for these guys…

2016 hopes

I know it’s been said that the two day festival was a one-time only deal, and that it will go back to one day in future years… but I really hope they change that! I mean, sidewaves are awesome and all, but a WHOLE WEEKEND of metal? yessir, sign me up! Plus it makes it all the more worth it for NZ’ers like me whole fly over especially for it. I realise that we get ‘Westfest’ or whatever they call it that year, but it’s no substitute for the whole festival. For those of you who don’t know what Westfest is, it’s a much smaller festival with a small selection of the bands going to soundwave. Westfest is great for people who can’t/don’t want to head overseas for a music festival, but for me? I’m epic-rock-concert-deprived enough as it is in this country!

Don’t get me wrong, we have some serious musical talent going on (e.g.8 Foot Sativa), but sometimes you just want to see some of the greats! And then there’s the fact that Australia is just BETTER at putting on a festival. I’m a kiwi, but I’ll admit it. Maybe it’s the fact that they just get more practice? Personally I think it’s probably a combination of that and the people. Here in NZ, it seems we have forgotten how to have fun without ruining it for everyone else… but that is a whole other blog post.

Back to the awesome! I’m hoping to see a few of these guys next year… a girl can hope!

Mushroomhead

Disturbed

The pretty reckless

Halestorm

System of a Down

8 foot sativa

Shihad

Oh, by the way, they went by the name Pacifier for a bit (as you’ll see in the vid)

Upon a burning body

Here are a  few of the snaps I managed to get when I wasn’t being crushed at the very front!

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Music Feeds also has some serious coverage of the day including official and fan photography and vids – this page in particular covers most of the mosh pits I was ALL UP in! There’s no way I was standing around video’ing it myself! I was too busy screaming my lungs out! 😀

Music feeds – Soundwave 2015

Musical feels of the month – January

Ok so I am posting this a little before the end of the month, but that’s because come the 31st I will be in the middle of nowhere looking at rocks for a summer uni paper… not that I’ll have my laptop with me anyway, because my brand new laptop won’t connect to the wifi even though it can see that there are connections available, and sent it off in a huff to another city to get fixed by someone else so it will get fixed under warranty… yay technology 🙂

Anyway, without further adieu, here are some tracks that brought out my inner rockstar this month..

1. Slipknot – no real surprises that their latest album “The Gray Chapter” was going to be awesome – if you don’t believe me check out “The Devil in I” or “Skeptic”

2. Butcher babies – these raging goddesses and talented band mates have been regulars in my eardrums this month – loving “They’re coming to take me away!” and “Don’t give a fuck”

3. Devilskin – newest NZ rock royalty – “Start a Revolution” or “Vessel”

4. Non-point – dat shred though!

5. Inventions – loving this new find

6. Asking Alexandria

7. Dark Horse Darling

8. The Pretty Reckless

9. Mushroomhead – absolutely LOOOVE their cover of “Rumor has it”

10. Amerakin Overdose

Any suggestions for music to check out for next month?

V