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The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour had their stop in Sacramento and we have been featuring the sets by  Sworn In and Like Moths to Flames and Crown The Empire. Now it is time for the spotlight to shine on Attila. Attila made their return to the Ace of Spades and absolutely destroy it again with a ferocious energy filled set. It was another sold out show on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour and the crowd definitely did not disappoint.  The second Attila hit the stage, you could just see a rush of crowd surfing bodies. The security definitely had their work cut out for them as they insured everyone that wanted to get up front, safely made it and had a kick ass time as well.

Whether you were there for Attila or the other bands, there is no disputing one simple fact; Fronz is an amazing and captivating front man. He is there to insure that every single member of that packed audience is having the time of their life. That is not to say that his band doesn’t have the same engaging adrenaline filled stage presence, because they absolutely do!  Chris is a madman on guitar and Kalan is fierce on his bass. These guys are like kernels popping as they just jump around the stage and you are in awe from start to finish. Then you look back and see Sean in all his glory bringing everything together as he is spot on, pounding away on his drums.

Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

I would strongly encourage you to check out Attila on the remaining Monster Energy Outbreak Tour dates. They put on a show you don’t want to miss. I know there seems to be so much crap talking about bands these days, but do yourself a favor and check them out for yourself, you just may find yourself hooked.

  • 11/30   West Hollywood, CA                                     House of Blues *
  • 12/02   Salt Lake City, UT                                         In The Venue
  • 12/03   Denver, CO                                                    Ogden Theatre
  • 12/04   Lawrence, KS                                                 Granada Theater
  • 12/05   St. Louis, MO                                                 Ready Room
  • 12/06   Detroit, MI                                                      The Fillmore *
  • 12/07   Cincinnati, OH                                                Bogarts *
  • 12/08   Chicago, IL                                                     House of Blues *
  • 12/10   Cleveland, OH                                               House of Blues *
  • 12/11   Baltimore, MD                                               Sound Stage *
  • 12/12   Philadelphia, PA                                            TLA *
  • 12/13   New York, NY                                              Irving Plaza (Early Show) *
  • 12/13   New York, NY                                              Irving Plaza (Late Show) *
  • 12/14   Boston, MA                                                   House of Blues *
  • * designates Live Nation event

Attila is:

  • Chris “Fronz” Fronzak -Vocals
  • Chris Linck -Guitar
  • Kalan Blehm -Bass
  • Sean Heenan -Drums

Need more of Attila, check out Rockin Ryan’s photos from their set at Warped Tour here:

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You can pick up their last album, Guilty Pleasure on iTunes here and make sure to visit their social media sites.

~ Marisol

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As we continue with our coverage of last night’s Monster Energy Outbreak Tour stop in Sacramento, I hope you checked out our articles on  Sworn In and Like Moths to Flames. Next up for the night was one of our favorite bands, Crown The Empire. This was the fourth time seeing them this year and they once again delivered a spot on set. They have had quite a busy year with non stop touring and the great success of their latest album release, The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways. It appears with the energy they bring to the stage, there is no slowing down in sight for these guys. They are dedicated to always delivering 150% to each and every show.

They definitely had a strong fan presence in the crowd as you could tell by everyone singing along to each song. They played crowd favorites like Rise of the Runaways, Machines, Bloodline and even finished it off with an amazing performance of The Fallout. They completely rocked the venue and you couldn’t help but be in awe of their cinematic spectacular set. If you walked through those doors not knowing who Crown The Empire was, you left that night with them being your new favorite band. You couldn’t escape the intensity that this band delivered as they had the blood rushing through your veins and left you feeling absolutely alive! This is one band that has successfully breathed the life back into Rock n Roll and added a strong dose of hardcore to insure the right blend that will stand the test of time. Their sound appeals to a wide audience and that is no wonder that their fanbase exponentially grows with each show.

Check out the photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set:

Check the dates below and see if you will be able to catch Crown the Empire on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour.

  • 11/30   West Hollywood, CA                                     House of Blues *
  • 12/02   Salt Lake City, UT                                         In The Venue
  • 12/03   Denver, CO                                                    Ogden Theatre
  • 12/04   Lawrence, KS                                                 Granada Theater
  • 12/05   St. Louis, MO                                                 Ready Room
  • 12/06   Detroit, MI                                                      The Fillmore
  • 12/07   Cincinnati, OH                                                Bogarts
  • 12/08   Chicago, IL                                                     House of Blues
  • 12/10   Cleveland, OH                                               House of Blues
  • 12/11   Baltimore, MD                                               Sound Stage
  • 12/12   Philadelphia, PA                                            Theater of Living Arts
  • 12/13   New York, NY                                              Irving Plaza (Early Show)
  • 12/13   New York, NY                                              Irving Plaza (Late Show)
  • 12/14   Boston, MA                                                   House of Blues

In case you missed our chat with David and Brandon before their performance at Warped Tour, check it out here:

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Need more of a Crown The Empire Fix?  I will leave you with some videos from the set last night as well as Rockin Ryan photos from their Warped Tour set. Enjoy!


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Like Moths to Flames is one band that I have been waiting to catch live and last night, they lived up to and exceeded every expectation I had. These guys have such intense passion that shines right through their hardcore music. You can’t stand still as their energy charges the venue and ignites the crowd into a mosh/circle pit frenzy amid the continuous crowd surfing fans.

The Monster Energy Outbreak made a well deserved stop in Sacramento at the Ace of Spades and it was a night full of kick ass music. What was really special about the night was that each band had a great turnout of dedicated fans and you could definitely see that Like Moths to Flames had a really strong fanbase. It seemed that everywhere I turned, I could see fans proudly wearing their  LMTF shirts and merch. It is great to see the fans continuing to support their favorite bands and for getting out to a live show. It was a packed house and another sold out show.

Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

Make sure to check the remaining dates of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour and get yourself to a show.

  • 11/29   San Diego, CA                                               Soma
  • 11/30   West Hollywood, CA                                     House of Blues *
  • 12/02   Salt Lake City, UT                                         In The Venue
  • 12/03   Denver, CO                                                    Ogden Theatre
  • 12/04   Lawrence, KS                                                 Granada Theater
  • 12/05   St. Louis, MO                                                 Ready Room
  • 12/06   Detroit, MI                                                      The Fillmore
  • 12/07   Cincinnati, OH                                                Bogarts *
  • 12/08   Chicago, IL                                                     House of Blues
  • 12/10   Cleveland, OH                                               House of Blues
  • 12/11   Baltimore, MD                                               Sound Stage
  • 12/12   Philadelphia, PA                                            Theater of Living Arts
  • 12/13   New York, NY                                              Irving Plaza (Early Show)
  • 12/13   New York, NY                                              Irving Plaza (Late Show)
  • 12/14   Boston, MA                                                   House of Blues

Now that I have you hooked, head over to iTunes and pick up some Like Moths to Flames. Also show your support and head over to their Merch site: and pick up some cool merch including the must have LMTF Holiday sweater!!


Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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We were glad we braved the 4 hour traffic filled trek to Sacramento last night to catch the Monster Energy Outbreak Rock Tour. After sitting in traffic for so long, it was great to arrive at the Ace of Spades for a night of heavy music to release all that pent up frustration! The night started right off with a fierce set by Sworn In from Chicago. Holy shit, these guys blew us away!

This was the first time I heard of Sworn In and after just a few minutes of hitting the stage, I was converted from a newbie to an absolute die-hard lover. I am bummed that it has taken me so long to find out about this band, but I am now grateful. They have a ferociously heavy sound that brought the crowd to peak levels within minutes of starting.  I am not going to do them the injustice of trying to describe them as a certain genre or sub-genre, they are just pure energy heavy rock with metal influences that you have to hear. Hands down, one of the best sets from an opening band that I have seen in a long time.  With songs like Snake Eyes and Dead Soul, they are going to be your new Go To band on your playlist.

Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

There are still some dates left out on the tour, so make sure to get out and see them!



Now that we are all in that shopping spirit, do yourself a favor and head over to their merch site: and you can do all the shopping you need for yourself and your fellow music lovers! Be sure to also visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news from Sworn In. I will leave you with a video of their performance of one of my favorite songs, Sunshine.

~ Marisol

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We Are Harlot made their live debut this summer at Rock on the Range and followed up with another kick ass set at Rocklahoma. Did you know that they even set a record for attendance at a band’s first show? Yup, these guys are making history and deservedly so. After playing a show in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel with The Pretty Reckless, it was finally our turn to check out We are Harlot live at Aftershock Festival 2014. Thousands of fans were there as their Harlot cherry was popped with an unforgettable killer set by We Are Harlot.

This is a band with years in the making and they have created such a buzz over the past year as everyone is anticipation of their debut album. Earlier this summer, they released their first single, DENIAL and the Harlot frenzy began. The downloads topped over 100,000 downloads in probably the first week, everyone was talking about, it hit the radio and you knew, that nothing could stop the We Are Harlot world domination of rock n roll.

Everybody has been waiting for an update from We Are Harlot and our Rockin Ryan had the chance to get some new details from guitarist Jeff George.

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Ryan: You guys KICKED ASS in Sacramento, blazed through 107 temp and took over Aftershock. How was the show for you guys?

Jeff: Hey Ryan,  Thanks so much man! Ya it was ultra hot that day – I believe it was 109 when we walked out onto the stage. The show was an interesting one to say the least..

 As you know the night before I really messed up my knee.. and of course the heat index made it difficult for everyone from the crew to the stage hands right on down to the fans   themselves. I mean at least the band and our gear were covered.. but there was just no getting away from the sun out in that crowd. I really have to give it up to the 20,000 die   hard rockers that stuck it out in the sun. It was strange seeing like 50 rows of fans and then a gigantic football field box of people or a gigantic mosh pit with no one in it lined up around the entire field as they were hanging in the tree lines to get some shade haha. But the rock goes on always.. and hey.. rock n roll is supposed to be dirty and sweaty anyways right? But all in all we had a blast as always!

Ryan: Jeff, we can’t believe that you were injured with a blown knee during your set because you never showed it. You rocked that stage. How is it going with your recovery of your knee and will you ever tell us how did this happen?

Jeff:  Ohh man.. thanks again. Alright.. well this is pretty wild. The night before the show.. around 11pm sat night.. Danny Worsnop and Myself were getting ready in the hotel room to go out and have a few drinks.. and as you know.. we don’t really like to party all that much.. but we decided fuck it.. It’s Aftershock weekend.. We just did 8 hours straight of press.. why not. We had some Def Leppard jamming and I turned to head out of the bathroom into the main room, and I heard a sound like a gunshot go off… and then down I went.

I knew something wasn’t right.. as I could feel the pain and my knee cap kept slipping out of place.. but as always Danny served up a couple quick shots and next thing you know were down at the bar. Well.. come about 3am .. and it was a far different story.. it had ballooned up to 3 times the size of my other knee and was crazy painful.. so I started icing it with my tech Allen and then my manager Rick Sales came down and said I needed to go to the venue hospital asap. So.. no sleep at all Sat night before the show on Sunday either.

When I arrived at the hospital at the venue the doctor basically wrapped it and said that I needed to go see a knee specialist as soon as possible. That’s when I knew I was in trouble. Now this is literally an hour before showtime. But.. what do you do?? Rock doesn’t stop for anything.. and the funny part about it is as soon as we hit the stage.. It was showtime. There wasn’t time to think about my knee.. I owe it to the fans that paid hard earned money.. to get the best show possible. And you can’t let your bandmates down ever. So adrenalin took over and it was on.. funny cause you hear about kids lifting cars to save their trapped parents that are under the wheels or something.. adrenalin is no joke.. that stuff is full real haha.

So next day I go straight to the knee specialist and then into immediate surgery. I thought I had sprained it bad or something similar.. NOPE.. Tore my meniscus.. Tore my ACL.. and Tore my MCL.. Unbelievable. See.. Def Leppard is no joke either!

But .. My surgeon Dr. Neil Ghodadra.. is an absolute badass! I walked out of the surgery on my own two feet.. have been kicking Physical Therapy’s ass everyday for 2 hours, and I walked 5 miles today! I’m in week 5 out of 20 of recovery already and will be back in fighting form in no time! I owe that dude everything.. he really saved my knee!



Ryan:  Do you have any updates on the album that you would like to share?


And guess what else….? It’s a fucking god damn MONSTER of an album. I’m super proud of it and the performances by Danny, Bruno and Brian. As you know this was like the 3rd time we have recorded this damn thing.. and each time you record it, it gets harder and harder to keep the enthusiasm and excitement that you had on the original demo’s. But we went through a ton of shit to get this band all sorted, and finally have a home on the best record label on the planet Roadrunner/Atlantic records, The best management team on the planet RSE, and to have that record finally off our backs. And it’s only a little time now till everyone on the planet gets it as well.. lord knows they deserve it as they have waited for so long just like we have. Hey… good lyric!

Trust me.. we are already writing and thinking for the 3rd album as I type this!!!  You got to hear a tiny 20 sec clip today as well Ryan… what did you think?

Ryan: I heard the clip and was blown away. I need to tell all the fans, YES, IT IS WORTH THE WAIT! Incredible guitar shredding, powerful vocals and everybody better hold on tight… We Are Harlot are taking them on  a sweet Rock n Roll ride! The fans at Aftershock were treated to your badass song, One more night. Could you tell us the inspiration behind that song?

Jeff: This is a great question and actually has a pretty cool answer. This song was actually a last second song that we needed to have done in 8 hours total for the first time we recorded the album. Myself, Danny and Bruno were all living in the Le Montrose hotel and we did the song top to bottom in that hotel room in 8 hours. Danny couldn’t get out the door fast enough as he was literally getting dressed and singing the last lines of the song at the same time so he could get out the door and go drink at the Rainbow haha.


Trust me. we have pictures of ALL of this stuff that will be coming out very soon as well. But like many other songs that were done super fast.. Paranoid by Sabbath, Rock n Roll all night by Kiss.. ect ect. Sometimes those are the one’s that just work. It’s a straight ahead rock song.. but it has some qualities to it that can only come from this band. One of those is the feel of the heavy parts.. With Bruno being Brazillian.. the way he felt those parts was amazing.. cause I would have never felt them like that.. and those are my favorite parts of that song.. just that feel alone. I cannot wait to play that track on it’s home turf inRio~! And Danny.. he sounds Like Lemmy meets Ozzy on it.. and only he can do that shit. It’s just a really cool song that thankfully resonants with everyone else. When we play it live.. immediately the pits and the crowd surfing erupts.. thats the answer right there.

We have been playing it last each night.. but it was originally intended to start off the show.. the main line in the song is “Lets start the show”. Who knows.. maybe it will start off the album itself …. See ya soon brother.. and thanks again to all our amazing fans out there.. we love you!

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With the news of the album completion, I hope now everyone is ready for the new music and ready to catch We Are Harlot as they tour next year. Here are photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:


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In case you missed it, check out our interview with the band at Aftershock:

So stay tuned and be a little more patient for new music from We Are Harlot. I can promise you, it will all be worth it! If you don’t already have it, pick up their new single or should I say, your favorite song, DENIAL here on  iTunes.

In case you missed our We Are Harlot coverage, check out our previous posts:

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol  

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One of our top highlights of the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival was to catch the return of Otherwise. They just came out and delivered an intense in your face set that have the crowd growing by the second. Everyone was racing to get over to their stage and they rocked it hard and heavy! Check out the photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set:

We have been rockin to their most recent album release, Peace At All Costs. The album was released last month and has been solidly on our daily playlist! Truly a must have!


Otherwise recently wrapped up a tour with Islander and Like A Storm and are just about to set out on a tour with Buckcherry. Check the dates below and get yourself to a show. We are going to be catching them as they return on November 6th to the Ace of Spades in Sacramento. We will make sure to bring you complete coverage:

  • 10/08     Beckley, WV @ Club 3D w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/11     Broussard, LA @ The Station Bar and Grill w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/14     College Station, TX @ Hurricane Harry’s w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/15     New Orleans, LA @ The Howlin Wold w/ Buckcherry
  • 10/17     Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom w/ Buckcherry
  • 11/6       Sacramento, CA  @ Ace of Spades

We had the opportunity to talk with frontman Adrian Patrick about the new album and their tours. Check out the interview here:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you very much for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press! We are excited about the upcoming release of the new album, Peace at All Costs. Only a couple more weeks away.  Can you share a little bit about what the title and what it means for you?

Patrick: Ya, absolutely. You know it was a saying that my Grandmother kind of lived by, you know. Whenever the Irish side of our family would get drunk and start beating the crap out of each other, that is what this little tiny pacifistic religious woman would say. “Peace at all Costs. Peace at all costs!” But I don’t think she realized the double entendres of that statement. You know, to us it is almost like a veiled threat, Give me peace of I’ll take it from you. And so, there were times in my life or a point in my life where those words were really resonating with me. I had those words tattooed across my throat and so you know the first album, which was called True Love Never Dies, which was the tattoo that our cousin Ivan Patrick had on across his neck, so for the second album, it only just made sense for us to name it after the one across my own throat. It really does kind of encapsulates the overall vibe of this album. The songs as as a whole, the body of work, it really you know, it conveys exactly where we are at in our lives and in our careers.

Music Junkie Press:  It is amazing. The first single, Darker Side of the Moon came out and it was really well received. It brings out an aggressive hard rock song with an alternative edge to it. As soon as it hit, very well received! Great track. For that song, what did that song represent for you guys?

Patrick: Again, it was a very timely thing, that song, you know, we are constantly searching for light through darkness and that also has a double meaning. Of course, we all want to see the light at the end of the tunnel but being from where my brother and I are from, and you know where our family comes from, you know we also embrace the darkness, we can find light in the darkness, we can find light through going into the darkness. We don’t people to be afraid of that, and you know, Darker Side of the Moon is kind of, not a call to arms, but like our invitation to everybody to come take this ride with us, let’s go check out, let’s go see what is on the other side of the horizon, you know.

Music Junkie Press: Your songs bring out emotionally driven lyrics that bring emotion to life and become even more powerful with the hard rock sound. Creating a connection to the listener, How is for you when you hear how your music has helped, healed or inspired your listeners lives?

Patrick: Ya, it is heavy, it is a lot. You know, sometimes, it’s even,  it is even difficult to know how to react when someone tells you that, your song saved their life. You know, when I think about it, in terms of that, a lot of times when you are in the studio writing and you are creating, we are doing that for ourselves and we are doing that because that is what we feel we need to do, and we feel like we have something to say, we feel like there is something on the inside that we need to share with the rest of this humanity. And so, we are not really thinking about the impact that it might have on somebody, you know, And then when you are  standing there in  front of a person that tells you that “Hey, you know I was going to kill myself but I didn’t because your album came out and I couldn’t stop listening to it.” Oh my God, it is hard to really respond and react to that, absolutely flattered and honored when we hear of the impact that our music could have on a person.

Music Junkie Press: The neat thing is that your fans have been with you for a long time and you can see the change that has been made in them. Over time when you are seeing them again and again, you get to see this great change in them. That is great.

Patrick: Yes, We are all about evolution in progress, we want everybody, to take, go with us on this ride, so, moving forward, keep pushing. It is a good feeling to, when you see somebody who wasn’t, maybe in the best place when you first meet, and then like you said, in the course of touring, and coming back to those places, and making improvements. Hell, we are a prime example of that. The first album, True Love Never Dies, was an extremely dark and depressing and tumultuous times. Especially for my brother and I because we had just lost our other brother, our cousin Ivan Patrick, and you know he was as big a part of this band as Me and Ryan are and that first run, I was extremely depressed, I was, I look back on it now and I think, it is funny when you kind of, you see things in perspective and I think I can’t believe that we pulled that off. I am very proud of the fact that we were able to persevere through such a tremendous tragedy and you know, so again, circling back to what you said, we are prime examples of growth and improvement and evolution and just again, finding light through darkness. We are in a much better place now, personally and we are primed to be even in a better place professionally, this album is very, very well put together. We are excited and I can’t wait to know that once the world hears it, it is going to be good.

Music Junkie Press: You guys bring a lot of depth and emotion through your music. How was the recording process? Was it an emotional process during recording, because you really feel a tremendous amount of passion through the music? Almost like a therapy, because you guys bring out so much through your music, how was it for recording?

Patrick: Ya, I mean the whole, our work is deep in emotions. We basically deal in human emotions and feelings as currency. So anytime, we are recording, you know or performing, you know it is always, it is always extremely emotional for us especially me because I write 99% of the lyrics and every time I sing that song, I go back to that same head space, as to what inspired those lyrics. For this particular album, I think people will hear where we are coming from, you now,  there is definitely a lot  a lot more, I would say anger, frustration in some of these songs but there is also a lot more, hope and just, I guess happiness, to a certain degree, that are infused into  some of these songs.

 Music Junkie Press: Now, you guys area also know for your great energy on stage. Your set is always energetic, do you guys have a particular preshow ritual to harness that energy?

Patrick: Well, we all try to, to treat our bodies like as if we are athletes and we try to  train as hard as we can, and stay in the best shape as possible, because the output of our energy on the stage is fairly high and you know, we just try to stay as healthy as possible. As far as a ritual goes, we always do a break, a team break, which that is the ex-jock in me that comes out. (laughs) I don’t know if I am supposed to admit that I was an ex-jock. (laughs). I was, I am and so we try to bring that team mentality to every performance.

Music Junkie Press: We are glad to see Otherwise return to the Aftershock Festival next month. We will be there once again, you guys really delivered an incredible set last year. We are very excited to see you guys return to play Aftershock again!

Patrick: Ya, that is going to be a lot of fun because that show is going to take place right around the same time as the album comes out. It is gonna be a very cool, congruence of energy for us because our management owns Aftershock and puts it on every year, our album coming out at the same time, we are going to see a bunch of our labelmates and friends from other bands that weekend and it is going to be a big celebration for all of us guys and we are excited about that.

Music Junkie Press: You just teased us with your song Love and War on Instagram. Sounds like another kick ass track, can we expect to be the next single?

Patrick: I don’t know, that one definitely is in contention for being a single. It is hard, we have run into the same problem that we did on True Love Never Dies, where it is really difficult to pick a single, because they could all be radio songs, you know.

Music Junkie Press: So true! It is like your kids, you can’t pick your favorite, because they all have the certain right to be out there as a single.

Patrick: Ya, exactly, Again that is a good problem to have. We want, well, it is not like we write for radio, we write, we want our songs to be catchy, and memorable, and easy to sing along with, you know, universally relatable. And I think because we have a tendency to write like that, that is what makes every song, you know have the potential to be a single.

Music Junkie Press: Also, what is interesting is with your music, is that, it was like at Aftershock, you guys have a wide range of audience, you don’t sit there and put yourselves in this genre checkbox, because you can look out at the crowd and see all styles, all ages, generations, all singing along to your music. I think that is amazing that you guys can capture with that connection that spans across the borderlines that we are tired of seeing.

Patrick: Ya, I am really glad that you brought that up because that is a huge point of contention for us as we are, that is a part of our frustration is we’re so sick of being classified as an Active Rock Band or a Metal Band, you know, we are just a rock n roll band. I don’t know why the music industry or the radio landscape has become so segmented, you know. You know,  If you listen to the songs of True Love Never Dies from song to song and then if you listen to our acoustic EP Enjoy the Pain, song to song, and then you listen to Peace at All Costs, every song sounds different. It doesn’t sound like we are putting out the same album over and over again, or like that our album is pretty much the same song that plays for 40 minutes back to back.  You know and that is what we are going for, that is what we want, that is how we want to differentiate ourselves from the other bands and the other groups out there, and to be quite frankly, unfortunately, rock and roll is not as sexy as it once was and largely due in part to the fact that there is a lot of mediocre artists, that put out mediocre music. And they don’t try to do anything different, you know and we always felt different as people. My brother and I in particular, come from a fairly different background than a lot of guys in our business. SO, whether or not, the love, the critics and whatever, the naysayers think we sound different or cutting edge as a band, I know that we are different as people and I know, it is extremely different being first generation Americans. So you know, we try to capture that in our music, you know. For the longest time, when we were trying to get signed, and when we were trying to make a mark and get out into the national spotlight, one of the biggest obstacles we had, was the fact that these record label dudes were like you know, they were like, “Every song, you know, didn’t sound like the same band!, You have no identity, because, and ”. We are like, “That is our identity!”. We don’t want every song to sound like the last song we just wrote you know.

Music Junkie Press: That is great! Because you guys bring this creativeness to your musicianship that should be highlighted and applauded rather than broken down or tried to change. It is great because you see the span of ages in the audience, parents with their kids enjoying the music, you have got an audience that spans the  classification of styles and they are there because they love your music. You guys have a wide span fan base and friendships are built and being made at shows. They share the common love of your music and fans from all over are forging new friendships over it.

Patrick: Ya, we see that frequently. I love seeing posts, I just actually read one yesterday,” I met most of you guys on here, you know, through Otherwise in the past two years and I’m just really happy for that…” It is good to be able to connect people that way and we are extremely excited about involving the kids, because that is our next generation  and you know we want them to know that One Direction is the wrong direction. There is real music out there and there is real artists out there. Not these, just basically, products, these consumer products that are put together by various corporations, that there is real art, real life out there not just the shiny candy coated pop.

Music Junkie Press: Now, how about If you could go back to your 14 year old self, what advice would you give to yourself?

Patrick: That is so funny that say that, Mari, we actually wrote a song on the album on Peace at All Costs that is called Coming for the Throne and that song is, is exactly how I approached that song. I imagined if I had a time machine and I went back to that first day of my Freshman year in High School and what would I say to that 14 year old kid.

Music Junkie Press: Wow, that is cool, that is one of our main questions we ask, because it is so empowering for the youth of today to hear advice from others and it seems at 14 we never like to listen to advice from others, yet if we hear it from others as hindsight it might help someone through something or help someone out there.

Patrick: Ya, and that is kind of become our focus for this next run, the next tour, you know, we want the kids, to.. The world is a dark and scary place a lot of the times and we don’t want them to bury their heads in the sand, we want them to wake up and we want them to open their eyes and be strong. You know and that is pretty much what I would tell myself at 14 and that is hopefully what I would tell my son someday and it is all right there. Especially in that song, Coming for the Throne, so if you have the album, go back and check that out and you will hear what I am talking about.

Music Junkie Press: I will check it out! Now you guys are going to be touring on your headlining run, make  a stop and see us at Aftershock and then continue on your full tour that takes you out for while.

Patrick: Ya, the first 4 weeks of the tour are headliners which is exciting for us, we are stepping up our live game. We are finally going to be getting professional grade equipment, you know, we have been playing on the same gear that we were playing on here in the local scene before we even signed our record deal. So you know to be able to step up our game and try to take it to the next level is exciting for us. You know, ya our headlining tour we are playing a lot of the same crappy little venues that we played  before but you know we will get paid more money and you know we get more radio play in those markets. So I am just, we are all very anxious to see the growth and see where this can take us, on this next cycle.

Music Junkie Press: Lastly, is there anything else that you would like to share with our audience and your fans?

Patrick: Just a big thank you and we can’t really express our gratitude for those people who do support us, the only way I guess we can express our gratitude by letting those people know that, those are supporters, letting them know that they are not alone in how they feel in their darkness and in their light. We have been through, for whatever reason, You know, there are sayings that you see, this meme online That if you believe in God, God only gives us the toughest tests to the strongest soldiers or something along those lines, but for whatever reasons, as a band and as individuals we have been faced with some extreme adversity and we have soldiered on, and we made it through and we are still going. We just want everybody to know to stay strong and you have to keep the hope, keep the hope, because there is no point in life if you running through things hopeless. It is easy for me to say, being in a rock band in American and you know, that there is so many hopeless souls out in the world and I don’t know, the only inkling we even have about what to do about that, is to just make music and try and send out that message of light through darkness and in the end everything will be okay. You know John Lennon said it, “If it is not okay, then it is not the end.”

Music Junkie Press: That is so true, that is words of wisdom. We thank you so much for your time. We look forward to seeing you at Aftershock. Thank you so much for your time Adrian and for your time.

Patrick: Thank you so much Mari.

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Make sure to pick up your copy of Peace At All Costs. It just may be the album to inspire that change in you, give you hope, possibly provide the relief from the obstacles you are facing, and most of all; find the light through the darkness. Pick up the album  on  iTunes: or Amazon: Be sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date for their latest news.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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One of our featured Monster Energy Aftershock Bands was Young Guns. The London based rockers have been consistently grabbing everyone’s attention. We were very excited to see them performing at this year’s Aftershock Festival. They were amazing, they came out blazing with energy and got everyone revved up. I have been loving their most recent single, I Want Out which shot to No. 1 on the Tunes Rock Chart in the UK. Check out  a video for it:

The track is the first song from their upcoming new album which is set for a 2015 release and was recorded in Bath, England, produced by Steve Osborne (Joy Division, U2, Peter Gabriel) and mixed by Damian Taylor (Arcade Fire, Bjork, The Killers)

Band Members:

  • Gustav Wood – Vocals
  • John Taylor – Guitar
  • Fraser Taylor – Guitar
  • Simon Mitchell – Bass
  • Ben Jolliffe – Drums

We had the chance to chat with Ben Jolliffe, Simon Mitchell and John Taylor after their set. Check out the interview here:

Check out the photos of them during their set at Aftershock by our Rockin Ryan:

They are currently out on tour with You Me At Six right after their appearance at Aftershock. Check the dates below and make sure to catch them out on tour:



Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. I will leave you with a video of Young Guns performing Bones at Aftershock.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Nothing More have released a new music video and this time it is for my FAVORITE song of theirs, Mr. MTV. This is one powerful track that has some very thought provoking lyrics. The first time I heard them play this was last year when we saw them perform at Aftershock 2013. They blew us away and this year, they did it again. Check out the new video here:

This is one band that exceeds all your expectations with their live performances. From their three man bass solo and their full band percussion performance, everyone is left in awe of their over the top stage presence. They are currently out on tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat and Hellyeah. Definitely a must see tour. Check the dates below and get yourself to a show:

  Date Venue Location  
Sep 22 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
Sep 23 The Oncenterw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Syracuse, NY
Sep 25 Baltimore Arenaw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Baltimore, MD
Sep 26 Tsongas Centerw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Lowell, MA
Sep 27 Times Union Centerw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Albany, NY
Sep 28 Mohegan Sun Arenaw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Uncasville, CT
Sep 30 Cumberland County Civic Centerw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Portland, ME
Oct 01 Santander Arenaw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Reading, PA
Oct 03 Prudential Centerw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Newark, NJ
Oct 04 Covelli Centrew/ Five Finger Deat… Youngstown, OH
Oct 05 Louder Than Life @ Champions Park Louisville, KY
Oct 07 Allen County War Memorialw/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Fort Wayne, IN
Oct 08 Compuware Arenaw/ Five Finger Deat… Detroit, MI
Oct 14 CFE Arenaw/ Five Finger Deat… Orlando, FL
Oct 15 Club LA Destin, FL
Oct 16 MS Coast Coliseumw/ Five Finger Deat… Biloxi, MS
Oct 17 Verizon Arenaw/ Five Finger Deat… Little Rock, AR
Oct 18 Chesapeake Energy Arenaw/ Five Finger Deat… Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 20 INTRUST Bank Arenaw/ Five Finger Deat… Wichita, KS
Oct 21 LoneStar Events Centerw/ Five Finger Deat… Lubbock, TX
Oct 22 Santa Ana Star Centerw/ Five Finger Deat… Rio Rancho, NM
Oct 24 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casinow/ Hellyeah, Volbea… Las Vegas, NV
Oct 26 KNOTFESTw/ Slipknot San Bernardino, CA

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

Band Members:

  • Jonny Hawkins – Lead Vocals, Aux Drums
  • Daniel Oliver – Bass, Backup Vocals
  • Mark Vollelunga – Guitar, Backup Vocals
  • Paul OBrien – Drums

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Aftershock Festival truly was filled with so many great bands but one set that really stood out was the performance by Black Label Society. It is hard at festivals since you could have several bands playing at the same time but Black Label Society dominated the crowd. Their crowd was filled with both, longtime and new Berzerkers of all ages. Nothing stopped the dedicated fans as they braved the intense 100+ temps to bear witness to the shredding madness of Zakk and his crew. The set was stellar and the fans went wild, begging for more. If one thing I wanted, was a longer set since I could have watched them all day long! Check out the photos by our Rockin Ryan of the set:

If you weren’t able to make it to Aftershock, don’t worry, Black Label Society have been quite busy on some heavy duty touring and it will start again in October. Check the dates and make sure to not miss them if they are coming to a venue even remotely near you. It is definitely not a show to miss and you will leave feeling invigorated and ready to conquer whatever stands in your way. You can also catch Zakk Wylde on the Experience Hendrix Tour!

Date Venue Location  
Oct 24 The Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Oct 25 Knotfest San Bernardino, CA
Dec 28 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, WA
Dec 29 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, Canada
Dec 30 Kelowna Community Theatre Kelowna, Canada
Dec 31 Flames Central Calgary, Canada
Jan 02 Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton, Canada
Jan 03 Convention Hall ­Conexus Arts Centre Regina, Canada
Jan 04 Burton Cummings Winnipeg, Canada
Jan 05 The Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, Canada
Jan 07 London Music Hall London, Canada
Jan 08 Kool Haus Toronto, Canada
Jan 09 Metropolis Montreal, Canada
Jan 10 The F-Shed at The Market Syracuse, NY
Jan 12 Reverb Reading, PA
Jan 13 State Theatre Portland, ME
Jan 14 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
Jan 16 Royal Oak Music Royal Oak, MI
Jan 17 The LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
Jan 18 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Jan 20 Diamond ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 22 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE


Need more of a Black Label Society Fix? Make sure to check out when we saw them perform in San Francisco for the Revolver Golden Gods Tour. It was unbelievable. You can read our review of the night here: Black Label Society – Regency Ballroom.  Black Label Society have also announced that they will be on the lineup for the first annual US KNOTFEST with Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat. So get ready to be in awe of Zakk’s playing as you are fiercely thrust into the BL family. There is no turning back, you are now one of us, a BERZEERKER. SDMF

I will leave you with a commercial that Rockin Ryan made for the Valhalla Java Coffee which is awesome.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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Aftershock Festival 2014 was a great success. The show went off beautifully. Yes, the heat might have been unbearable and with the drought this year, we had to endure a lot more dust but the music kicked ass from start to finish. This is definitely California’s Number One Music Festival and we are already looking forward to next year. Bay Area band Dig The Kid kicked off the entire festival and Godsmack closed it out on Sunday night. Every single set was awesome and just proves to the naysayers that Rock n Roll is Alive and Well!


So many great bands, interviews and photo galleries coming your way soon. I know many of you can’t wait so how about I give you a quick tease of several of the bands we covered. We are still working, so if you don’t see your favorite band, don’t worry, we may have them in the next batch!

All photos are by our Rockin Ryan which you can follow on his Instagram/RockinRyanSixx as well as :



In case you missed it, we have posted our first interview from Aftershock 2014 and it is with the bad ass rockers, We Are Harlot. They were absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see more of them. You can check out our coverage on their set here: We Are Harlot at Aftershock.  Stay tuned for more of our Aftershock Coverage.