Famous Last Words and Manafest hit the Championship Bar & Grill in Trenton, NJ May 9th; a venue splattered top to bottom with graffiti, plastered with band stickers and decorated with eclectic memorabilia (rusted bike handlebars, flowers, Sherlock Holmes tales, etc.). Check out some photos from their passionate performances right here!
The storytellers in Famous Last Words used their love of the classic sci-fi TV show “The Twilight Zone” to help guide the writing of their latest record, The Incubus. So naturally, we had to poke their brains about which episodes of the iconic series made the most impact on them. Check out vocalist JT Tollas’s top 10 picks below! Do you see a correlation between these and The Incubus?
Do you remember and love “The Twilight Zone” too? Let us know what your favorite moments are in the comments!
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Alteras is the latest band to be added to the Revival Recordings roster and their new full-length is coming up fast! You can get the pre-order of Grief here, or you can wait until the release date which is coming around the corner on August 5th. Their premiere single, “Could Ever Love,” showcases the band’s clean vocals and melodic power, but stick around and you’ll see there’s definitely an impressive heaviness to this band.
There are a lot of horror stories out there about the music industry being a ruthless machine; ultimately unfriendly and not beneficial for the artists themselves. Be it just a perception or a harsh reality, there are people who are trying to change that. In the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in intimate artist-created, artist-centric labels. Revival Recordings and Esque Records are a couple that HXC Magazine have personally covered. Now, we’d like to get you better acquainted with L.A. based Luxor Records, currently run by As They Sleep guitarist Nick Morris.
The Funeral Portrait recently released a lyric video for their stand alone single “Meanwhile,” and it’s probably the best song they’ve written to date. While fans are still waiting on TFP’s next record (to follow their EP For The Dearly Departed), the appropriately titled single can keep you more than satisfied in the meantime. If this is what a one-off single sounds like, we certainly can’t wait to hear what TFP have in store for us next.
Vocalist JT Tollas of Famous Last Words talks Twilight Zone, their new 1950’s era concept record, and why he never actually thought about what his own last words would be until now.
For many, “acoustic” translates into “soft and potentially boring”. The idea that you know what to expect from an acoustic song before you even listen to it pervades, and usually it’s pretty well-founded. Not here.
Revival Recordings, a.k.a. the record label headed by Shawn Milke of Alesana, will release an acoustic compilation on January 29th. The compilation, simply called It’s All Acoustic, will feature acoustic tracks from all of the artists on the label (The Funeral Portrait, The Things They Carried, Megosh, etc.), including new versions of fan favorites as well as brand new songs. It’s All Acoustic also comes after the recent signing of Famous Last Words to the label. So be sure to give those guys a listen and stay tuned for what comes next!
The master storytellers in Alesana deliver yet another mindfuck with the short film/music video for “Comedy Of Errors.” The song comes from the band’s most recent album and the third and final installment of their Annabel Trilogy, Confessions. Only a small portion of “Comedy Of Errors” is featured in this video, however, and screen time is mostly reserved for a cinematic look into the sci-fi realm of time travel as it plays in to the overarching story at work here.
And this is only Part 1. Watch the short film/music video below, and then rewatch it about twenty more times to wrap your mind around it.