The Ongoing Concept broke the scene with their 2013 debut full-length Saloon and have been pushing the boundaries of hardcore, punk and metalcore ever since. Now preparing for the release of their second LP through Solid State Records, The Ongoing Concept have taken a different approach to getting around the high costs needed in making an album aptly titled Handmade–they’re hand making all of their instruments.
Over the last few weeks the quartet has been teasing various tracks from the record through their YouTube series in which they actually document the craftsmanship that went into bringing their instruments from trees to rock ‘n’ roll weapons. And now, finally, The Ongoing Concept is giving fans a chance to hear the first single off of their new record with the release of the music video for “Unwanted.” Continusously carrying out the DIY aesthetic implicated through the recording process of Handmade, the video for “Unwanted” follows suit as the band serves as the stars, directors, and even camera men for the video’s entirety.
Take a look at four guys rocking out with a giant camera in a hall of mirror for three and a half minutes and let us know what you think of The Ongoing Concept’s fun new approach to contemporary DIY.
Remember back in the day when you went to birthday parties laden with adult supervision, store-bought birthday cake, and awful entertainment? Senses Fail does, which is why they decided to demolish the innocence of childhood festivities in the music video for their new single “The Importance of the Moment of Death.” There’s a drunken clown, firearms, and parents paying more attention to cocaine than their kids; the opposite of what a ten-year-old’s party should be. It looks so wrong, but feels so right.
Following their last album, Renacer (2013), this new single (which premiered on Noisey) is heavy and reflective of the style that Senses Fail has recently adopted. The riffs are raw, there is little to no clean singing, and it is clear that their sound has changed from the days of Let it Enfold You (2004) and The Fire (2010). Regardless of how SF fans feel about the band’s new sound, you can’t deny that the video for the single is fun, taking the purity of youth and smashing it to bits.
Grab Senses Fail’s new album Pull The Thorns From Your Heart when it’s released June 30th, and catch them at Warped Tour when it comes to your town this summer. Bring your raw meat-filled piñatas, it’s going to be a grand old time.
by Kelly Fay
Remember that band Woe, Is Me? Yeah, that band that we have to thank for the emergence of Tyler Carter. It was also a band with a complete clusterfuck of a line-up. It felt like every month a member joined or parted ways with the group. However, because of Woe, Is Me a lot of great new music emerged. Carter and his latest band Issues aside, another gem to spring from the ashes of Woe, Is Me is a phoenix we can refer to as Favorite Weapon. Favorite Weapon was the side project and eventual full-fledged band formed by Hance Alligood, Tyler Carter’s replacement in the final days of Woe, Is Me. (Apparently being the clean vocalist of Woe, Is Me is like being the unclean vocalist of Attack Attack! *cough Caleb, Austin cough*)
Anyhow, Favorite Weapon’s debut album Sixty Saragossa dropped over the summer and was exceptionally well received. Constantly touring, the band seems to have finally found time to put together a music video for their single “Let’s Shake On It.” You can check out the video below and let us know what you think! (And no, your computer is not broken, there really is no sound in the video for the first 20 seconds.)
We’re all aware by now that Ronnie Radke is an asshole, and with the arrival of Falling In Reverse’s new album, Just Like You, it’s safe to say he’s not afraid of owning it. The music video for the title track of the band’s third record celebrates a fact to which those of you who have ever seen the infamous frontman perform can attest–being an asshole for some reason only adds to Radke’s entrancing charisma.
In this video directed by Zach Merck–who has directed a handful of other Radke videos dating back to the “Situations” days–the singer resumes the familiar role of the reality TV star. Here starring as a competitor (and, of course, ultimate winner of) talent contest parody “The Choice,” Radke makes it clear that if nothing else, he’s a born showman; or at the very least, that it’s worthwhile seeing him cross-dress as Jessie J. You’ll spot a few familiar faces who are, like Radke, known for their shall we say, less-than-reserved demeanors. How many (Andy) dicks can you spot in one video? (And yes, the larger-than-life phallic symbol of the microphone between Radke’s legs at the end definitely counts.)
In an exclusive with Billboard, Of Mice & Men premiere their music video for “Broken Generation,” one of several new songs featured on the band’s upcoming reissue Restoring Force: Full Circle. In the video, characters walk around as if in The Matrix, attached to cords that keep them plugged into their technology. You can guess what the metaphor is here, but drummer Tino Arteaga also explains it in the Billboard article:
“The video is a metaphor for the current state of the Internet/technology-obsessed generation. As technology advances, life is lived out through LED screens instead of looking at the beauty in the world around us. This generation needs to begin taking action and ‘unplug’ instead of mindlessly entering data into computers.”
The song itself showcases more of Austin Carlile’s clean vocals than listeners have previously enjoyed, which may give a glimpse of where the band is headed for future recordings. Check out the video above and the rest of the Billboard article and let us know what you think!
Restoring Force: Full Circle will be released via Rise Records on February 24th.
The music video for “Out Of Control,” the third track off The Ghost Inside’s Dear Youth, has arrived in a blaze. In keeping with the name of the song are the furious townspeople, dressed in garb of another era, out for blood and destruction. This music video is reminiscent of something like Escape The Fate’s “Issues” video, in which the band awaits the onslaught of the ignorant, rampaging villagers. Do the guys in The Ghost Inside survive their own witch-hunt? Let us know what you think, and catch them on the Out Of Control Tour!
What did you eat for lunch today? We’re betting it wasn’t brain in blood soup, but in case you were craving some you can find it right here in The Funeral Portrait’s new music video. Produced by none other than Shawn Milke of Alesana/Revival Recordings, this is not your standard performance video. “Casanova (C’est La Vie)” captures the theatrical nature of the Atlanta, GA band in a bizarre montage of unnerving portraiture, blood and guts, and femme fatale. Not a fan of red corn syrup? The song, taken from their debut EP For The Dearly Departed, is a fun and charismatic romp regardless.
Like what you hear? Read more about The Funeral Portrait in an interview with vocalist Lee Jennings.