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An Interview with Black Veil Brides: Back IV More

An Interview with Black Veil Brides: Back IV More

Back in 2011, I remember walking around the Bamboozle Festival when it was still held at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. I was there to see my favorite band on the planet, Mötley Crüe. As I walked around, I ran into this kid dressed in leather with Nikki Sixx-typed hair and a biker jacket with the name Black Veil Brides painted on the back of it. All these little girls were stopping him to take a picture with them. I just remembered telling my friend, “Look at this kid. He must be a big Mötley Crüe-wannabe.” That kid was Black Veil Bride bassist Ashley Purdy, and one month after my run-in with him, their single for “The Legacy,” off of the band’s second CD, Set The World On Fire, broke, and it broke big time all over rock radio and SiriusXM.

I finally got to see what the rest of the band looked like after hearing “The Legacy” over and over again on Octane, and all I could think was, “It looks like…

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An Interview with Emmure: Conquering The Critics

An Interview with Emmure: Conquering The Critics

Emmure are no strangers to controversy. Since beginning their career over a decade ago, the band has been faced with a near constant stream of internet trolls and music critics alike, bashing them for their music, their ability, and most recently, their subject matter. But amidst the drama, Emmure have never failed to overcome all obstacles, with a zealous fanbase who always have their backs. Now gearing up for a headlining tour with sometimes friends/sometimes enemies The Acacia Strain as main support, they are ready to prove why they always come out on top. Before the tour, the Aquarian caught up with bassist Mark Davis to discuss the new record and future plans.

The new record came out in April. What has been the fans' response to Eternal Enemies so far?
            I think a lot of fans think we went back to our old style, especially with the singing and the simplicity of the songwriting and everything. I think a lot of people enjoyed that.

Why did the band choose Eternal

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Interview with We Were Promised Jetpacks: Keeping It Composed

Interview with We Were Promised Jetpacks: Keeping It Composed

Since their humble beginnings dating back to 2008, We Were Promised Jetpacks’ transient and mesmerizing instrumental dynamic was brought to life within an emulating post-punk-inspired revolution that also paved the way for fellow colleagues like Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers and Interpol to shine in the mainstream.

Fixating alternative rock enthusiasts just with their name alone, We Were Promised Jetpacks’ delightfully atmospheric indie rock sound made an eccentric first impression on their 2009 debut, These Four Walls, especially within the album’s airplay-friendly singles like “Quite Little Voices” and “It’s Thunder And It’s Lightning.”

This year, the Scotland-based quintet made a triumphant return into the limelight with the release of their third studio album, Unravelling, their first studio full-length since their sophomore LP, In The Pit Of The Stomach.

While the band was on the road on their latest U.S. tour in support of Unravelling, I had the chance to catch up with guitarist and keyboardist Stuart McGachan on the band’s time back in the States along since the record’s release.

Also briefly getting…

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An Interview with River City Extension: Stand And Deliver

An Interview with River City Extension: Stand And Deliver

Since 2007, Toms River, New Jersey’s delightful folk rock outlet, River City Extension, have established themselves as a wondrous gem that continues to shine a bright beacon of light on the Jersey Shore’s lavishly innovative local music scene. With a charming and heartfelt sound that has been beautifully conveyed through their past work, River City’s passionate upbringing helped them captivate a hugely devoted and enthusiastic fanbase over the years, which continues to show an overwhelming amount of love and support for the group, even at their darkest moments.
After transitioning through numerous lineup changes since the release of the 2012 studio full-length, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger, River City Extension persevered forward by cultivating newer material over time that would be eventually incorporated into a new follow-up record that they just finished working on this past summer. With their third studio album, Deliverance, expected to be unveiled next spring, this anticipated record is a work of art that introduces avid supporters to a new chapter in the life of…

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Shoreworld: David Gresham -

Shoreworld: David Gresham - "Pockets" - 1946-2014

October is the month of transformation. It’s the period when seasonal blooms of red and gold become spectacular reminders that the present days grow shorter, darker and different. It’s the heralding of change that turns its back on the past and tugs at the sleeve of our future. But that past becomes part of our collective experience as we delve into the next phase of our unexpected lives.

With that change comes the precarious presence of life’s never-ending lottery. David Gresham, better known as “Pockets,” passed away last month, and it has left an indelible mark on all who knew him. Kind and generous to a fault, Gresham leaves a legacy of peace, love and a community bond not commonly felt between the different cultural groups of Asbury Park.

In his way, Gresham was an unknowing diplomat, a selfless troubadour who demonstrated that people can come together under the singular focus of music and celebrate the journey of life as a whole.

An avid fan of local original offerings, Gresham was best known for…

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Social Distortion @ Starland Ballroom

Social Distortion

Starland Ballroom

September 4, 2014

SAYREVILLE, NJ—The night at newly and gorgeously renovated Starland Ballroom started with two sedate opening bands, folk-rockers Johnny Two Bags and the garage band, The Whigs. Then, shortly after 10 p.m., long-surviving punk rockers Social Distortion exploded on stage playing the fast-paced "Road Zombie" with its relentless drumming and its sweet 'n' sour guitar riffs off their latest album, Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes. Frontman Mike Ness sported a goatee and wore his now-signature black fedora which he quickly disposed of, revealing his slicked back, maturity-revealing hairline. Remember that Elvis/Morrisey pompadour of bygone days in the '80s? They followed with three…

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Better Than Ezra: All Together Now

Better Than Ezra

All Together Now

The End

Some bands may be intimidated by the need to consistently put out progressively fresh music that still manages to attract a dedicated fanbase. Better Than Ezra have proven they are not one of those bands with the release of All Together Now. Their eighth album gives their signature alternative…

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