Industrial gothcore rockers, Motionless In White are known for their shocking, disturbing, and unsettling music videos. Constantly pushing the limits of your comfort zone, MIW typically focus on death, corruption, and overall unpleasantness with their visuals while keeping it all wrapped up nicely in a highly artistic and surprisingly tasteful bow. Their latest video for their second single off of Reincarnate, “Break The Cycle,” presents MIW in a more tamed light while still upholding their classic gothic aesthetic. Set in a candle-lit Victorian-era room, the band fade back and forth between playing their instruments to fighting their rather frightening-looking inner demons. The gore, the horror, and the eerie ambiance are all present, but masked in subtlety that makes them so much more alluring. Check out the video here and let us know what you think!
Ice Nine Kills have released a lyric video for their new single “Me, Myself, & Hyde,” and like the original tale it’s based in (CGI) London. More complex than the average text-over-image clip, the video for the new song illustrates the Robert Louis Stevenson-inspired world with revived creepiness. Manic instrumentations, frenzied vocals, and a little more than an ounce of blood color this reinvented version of the classic story. Watch the video below and release your inner Hyde.
Falling In Reverse have released another track from their upcoming album, Just Like You, and you better have your hairbrush ready…and maybe a condom. The song, “Sexy Drug,” is a sinfully catchy romp that adds to the band’s already substantial catalogue of sexy tunes. Like “Good Girls Bad Guys,” “Pick Up The Phone,” and even way back to the “Situations” days, it leaves little to the imagination and a lot to the hips.
Of Mice & Men have announced a tour with Crown The Empire and Volumes beginning this spring. Check out the dates below as well as Of Mice & Men’s new music video for “Broken Generation.”
April 28 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
April 30 Nashville, TN Rocketown
May 1 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
May 2 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion **
May 6 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
May 7 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
May 9 Las Vegas, NV Rock In Rio **
May 11 Sayreville, NJ Starland Balroom
May 12 Worcester, MA The Palladium
May 13 NYC, NY Best Buy Theater
May 16 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range **
May 17 Sauget, IL Pops
May 19 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
May 20 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
May 21 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
May 23 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
May 24 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma **
May 26 Houston, TX House Of Blues
May 27 San Antonio, TX Alamo City Music Hall
May 29 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
May 30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
June 1 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
June 2 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
June 4 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
June 5 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
June 7 San Diego, CA Soma
**=not headlining shows
Don’t let the name fool you, Uh Huh Baby Yeah! mean business. The Kentucky-based quartet embody a style of theatrical pop punk meets hardcore edge that we haven’t seen since the early days of Fall Out Boy. With heavy bass lines, melodic riffs, and catchy choruses you’ll be singing for days, they are the perfect fit for the out-of-the-box vibe Revival Recordings proudly promotes. Joining label mates Megosh, The Funeral Portrait and Alesana (who’s vocalist Shawn Milke is the powerhouse helping drive Revival), Uh Huh Baby Yeah also announced that they will soon be releasing a new album, and we can’t wait to hear it. Haven’t heard of Uh Huh Baby Yeah!? Then check out their video for “Dances With Wolves” and get a taste of what’s to come.
Senses Fail have released their first new single of 2015, a b-side from their upcoming record Pull The Thorns From Your Heart. A decidedly heavier track than anything from the band’s first few albums, this single takes the more hardcore punk-oriented sounds of their 2013 record, Renacer, even further. “All You Need Is Already Within You” will be one of four tracks to be released on a special split with Man Overboard on March 3rd, available for pre-order NOW.
Catch Senses Fail on tour with Bayside, Man Overboard, and Seaway.
Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins announced the band’s headlining spot on the 2015 Take Action Tour yesterday, with bands Crown The Empire, Dance Gavin Dance, and Palisades supporting. A portion of the ticket sales for the Take Action Tour will go to the Living The Dream Foundation, so rock out and be charitable at the same time by following the links below to grab your tickets.
March 10 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
March 11 Cone Denim – Greensboro, NC
March 13 Underbelly – Jacksonville, FL
March 14 Polish American Club – Vero Beach, FL
March 15 Sidebar Theater – Tallahassee, FL
March 16 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
March 19 House of RockCorpus – Christi, TX
March 20 NSN Festival – Mission, TX
March 21 South By So What?! – Grand Prairie, TX
March 22 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
March 24 Jake’s Sports Café – Lubbock, TX
March 25 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
March 27 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
March 28 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
March 29 Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
March 31 Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
April 01 B-Ryder’s – Bakersfield, CA
April 02 Senator Theatre – Chico, CA
April 04 Tempe Beach Park – Tempe, AZ (MMF ONLY)
Alesana have announced a tour for April and May of 2015. The lineup includes Capture The Crown, The Browning, Conquer Divide, and Revival Recordings labelmates The Funeral Portrait. Tickets are officially on sale.
4/3 Winston-Salem, NC- Ziggys
4/4 Louisville, KY- Expo Five
4/6 Allentown, PA- Crock rock
4/7 Millvale, PA- Mr Smalls
4/8 Worcester, MA- The Palladium
4/9 New York, NY- Webster Hall
4/10 Buffalo, NY- Waiting Room
4/11 Cleveland, OH- Agora Ballroom
4/12 Westland, MI- The Token Lounge
4/14 Lansing, MI- The Loft
4/16 Indianapolis, IN- Emerson theater
4/17 Joliet, IL- Mojoes
4/18 Minneapolis, MN- Amsterdam
4/20 Des Moines, IA- Val Air Ballroom
4/21 St Louis, MO- Firebird
4/22 Kansas City, MO- Aftershock
4/23 Denver, CO- Marquis theater
4/24 Salt lake city, UT- In The Venue
4/25 Orangevale, CA- The Boardwalk
4/26 Bakersfield, CA- Jerrys Pizza
4/27 West Hollywood, CA- Whiskey a Go Go
4/28 Tucson, AZ- The Rock
4/29 Phoenix, AZ- Joes Grotto
5/1 Houston, TX- Warehouse Live
5/2 Austin, TX- Dirty dog
5/3 Dallas, TX- Curtain club
The internet is blowing up with “Breaking News: Danny Worsnop Leaves Asking Alexandria” headlines. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and various music media outlets are all reporting that yes, Mr. Worsnop has finally left Asking Alexandria, but the real question is “Is this actually breaking news?” The best answer to that would be no, it’s not. Ever since the third AA album, From Death to Destiny, dropped in 2013 there have been rumors of tension between Worsnop and the rest of AA. The golden friendship we saw between Worsnop and AA guitarist/founder Ben Bruce seemed clouded and the overall aesthetic of the third full-length felt forced and pulled in two different directions: AA’s signature electro-metalcore sound and the ode to ’80s hard rock that would eventually shape Worsnop’s “side project” We Are Harlot.
For anyone who has not read it, Worsnop left this note to his followers on Twitter to make his announcement:
“To all of my friends and fans: I would like to let you know that Asking Alexandria and I are moving forward in separate ways. Over the last eight years together we’ve done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what’s best for the band and at this point in time, that isn’t me. Asking Alexandria will continue to tour throughout the year and will be working on a new album. I will always support and love Asking Alexandria and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them. I am excited for the next chapter of my life with We Are Harlot and will see you all on the road!”
As Worsnop forgoes continuing to work with AA, I have to ask why? Leaving a band he helped break into the scene, of which he became both a prominent face and a respected icon, is kind of like career suicide, especially if he is leaving to pursue something more in the hard rock sphere rather than the -core realm. Facebook comments are attributing this switch due to the damage Worsnop’s vocal chords have received over the years thanks to his relentless partying. Back when I was growing up and learning how to play drums, my drum teacher–for whom I have the most respect–pulled the whole “steer clear of drugs and alcohol” routine that all after school programs regurgitate to their pupils. He told me, “Don’t drink underage or passed your limit. If you do that, then you can’t be the drummer of Led Zeppelin.” Now, my teacher was referring to John Bonham who died due to over consumption of alcohol, but that always stuck with me. In Danny’s case, if he has left Asking Alexandria due to the damage drugs and alcohol inflicted, physically and perhaps interpersonally, then my drum teacher was right. All actions have consequences, even when you have made it to the top (of the scene). AA, however, accommodated Worsnop’s vocal change in From Death to Destiny showcasing in tracks like “The Death of Me” that their aesthetic could work with Worsnop’s new limitations, thus making his departure only two days after the announcement of We Are Harlot’s debut album more jarring.
Danny Worsnop with We Are Harlot in their latest release.
The two releases we have received from We Are Harlot, “Denial” and “Dancing On Nails,” have left me in a world of confusion. Whereas “Denial” sounds like Nikki Sixx got drunk, wrote a song at 3am, spilled a beer on his notes and then recorded what he had left before he went to sleep, “Dancing On Nails” is a little more digestible. The issue with these two ’80s throwbacks is that they feel like ’80s throwbacks…being played in a bar..in the East Village…by Steel Panther fans. There’s absolutely nothing in We Are Harlot at this point that I haven’t heard before. Hell, there is nothing in We Are Harlot that my parents haven’t heard before. It’s an overdone concept that bands like We Are Harlot, Black Veil Brides (and even Escape the Fate to a sense) are trying to unlock by bringing back old school rock. News Flash: Old school rock ‘n’ roll is decidedly dead by the old school rockers (*cough* Gene Simmons *cough*).
I am in no way agreeing with Simmons in saying that rock ‘n’ roll is dead. I personally believe it is very much alive, but it is alive because that old school sound no longer is. Today we have bands who are really pushing the boundaries of hardcore, metal, punk, thrash, etc. We have bands who are expanding the definition of rock ‘n’ roll; bands that are still edgy, innovative, outlandish, and of the times. As the post-hardcore scene paved the way from its earlier days with groups like Botch and Every Time I Die to what it is now with our beloved British rockers, Asking Alexandria, we consistently see progression in rock ‘n’ roll. Rock is only dead if we continue to fall back on our laurels and never risk taking it somewhere new.
Danny Worsnop circa 2009 with Asking Alexandria.
So, do I think Danny Worsnop is killing his career by forsaking Asking Alexandria? Yes. His voice is no longer what it once was, which is a true tragedy, and his creative outlook has now trailed off from that which made Stand Up and Scream one of the most innovative metalcore albums of its time. But as the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens, and I look forward to seeing where Ben Bruce and crew take Asking Alexandria in the near future.
Don’t agree with me? That’s cool. Let HXC know why in the comments below. We want to hear from you!