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We recently told you about an awesome band from Austria, Light Up The Town which really have caught our attention.

Who is Light Up The Town? Check out their members and brief self description of each:

  • Jakob Schied (Jake) Guitar/backing Vocals – The ,,son of the darkness”. His word is law!
  • Thomas Kern (Kerni)- Bass The band always keeps making bass jokes at his charge- but we all know that he’s the best man for this job! (He’s the guy, whos hairstyle always fit!)
  • Thomas Meier (Meier)- Guitar The sunny boy of the band- and the youngest member. Always prepared for a good joke as well ^^
  • Leo (Letschi) Seewald- Drums The god on the Drumset! good mood of the band and our personal producer aswell 😉
  • Esther Hütter (Estherhasi)-Vocals Jokes about small people, dwarves or gnomes? she probably already heard all of them 😉
    the only hen at a men party ^^

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Light Up The Town have released another lyric video, this time it is for their first song, Dance which was released in 2013. Check it out here:

I really love the music of this band and I am hoping we get them out here next year for Warped Tour. They would just really grab everyone’s attention. In case you missed our recent interview with them, we are pleased to repost it 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! Tell us about Light Up The Town was formed?

Light Up The Town: First Esther and Jake met at a party and spoke about making music together. So they met and decided to found a band.  After a short time they met Thomas Kern and at the same evening, we could gain Thomas Meier over to join us. Last but not least our drummer Leo entered the band and we were complete!

Music Junkie Press: You are a very young band but yet so talented at your ages. At what age did you all start performing and do you remember what was the first song you ever learned in its entirety?

Thomas Kern: My first, ”performance’’ in front of an audience was, when I was 5 years old and I had a music lesson in front of other pupils with my violin (laughs). The first song that I knew by heard…puh…I’m sorry I really can’t remember!

Esther: My first performance was when I was 5 and I played the flute. I’ve been so nervous!  Well the question about the song is a bit embarrassing…it was ,,I can’t help myself’’ from the Kelly Family.

Jake: I am actually not sure about my first performance. I guess I was 9 or 10 years old and it was in front of my elementary class with my keyboard, which I started to play back then.

Thomas Meier: The first performance I had was when I was about 15 with my ex band.

 Leo: Guess that must have been the music lesson from studio percussion in “Moxx’’ Graz. I’ve been 9 years old!

Music Junkie Press: Wow you all started so young, no wonder you all are already so talented! We love the lyric video for your song, Tonight, can you tell us more about the inspiration behind that song?

Jake: Everybody knows this kind of situation when you feel more for somebody than friendship. This song is all about telling a person what you are actually feeling for her/him because sometimes friendship isn’t enough. It’s a song about the edge between friendship to relationship.

Music Junkie Press:  A lot of our audience did not know that you are form Austria, can you tell us how the music scene is out there today and do have any favorite venues nearby?

Thomas Kern: Hard. Being a musician in Austria is a hard way to earn ones living!

One of our favorite venues is the big stage of ppc Graz (where we supported Bam Margera). The civic center would also be a great place , but that is yet a long way for us to have a gig there.

Music Junkie Press: What are three things that you wish everyone knew about your hometown or county?

Esther: Well first, Austria is not Australia and we do not have any kangaroos 😉

We do not wear our garb, such as Lederhosen or Dirdl every daytime and we do not yodel all the day (laughs)

But Austria is a very beautiful country with lots of mountains and snow, rivers and stuff like that. And come to Graz! Even though it’s a tiny city if you compare it to cities from the UK, there is always a spot to party at (:

Music Junkie Press: You are so funny because I bet many people have got Australia and Austria mixed up!!! Who are some of the most influential artists for you all?

Light Up The Town: Paramore, All time low, The All American- Rejects…that’s where we got our sound from!

Music Junkie Press: If Light Up The Town were to become a comic book, what would each of your superhero names and super powers be?

Jake: My name would be “beercules” and my superpower would be the ability to create ice-cold beer out of nothing. So the enemies would get drunk and we could eliminate them.

Leo: Maybe I could let my heart beat as fast as I want because I could program my heart in bpm!^^ My name would be MR. METRONOMO! That would make me very fast.

Esther: My name would be THE DWARFINATOR! I could grow as tall as a tree and shrink as tiny as a flea! And shoot with lasers coming out of a strawberry look-a-like gun!

Thomas Meier: My name would be Superbunny! I would have the power to distribute eggs of love, so the bad boys would come to the good side!

Thomas Kern: I could catch villains with my stretchy hair flip! It would wrap itself around the bad guys and capture them in an undestroyable prison of hair! My superhero name is then THE HAIRHUNTER!!

Music Junkie Press: Now that is one comic book that I want to see happen! We understand that Light Up The Town recently opened for Bam Margera, how was that for you all?

Jake: The experience, playing as support for a world-famous musician and entertainer, was really, really great and a big chance for us.  We had a lot of fun and we made a lot of new experiences.

Music Junkie Press: What are you currently working on?

Esther: We are working on an album which we try to release in the springtime next year! Soon there will be a new song coming out called ,,it’s enough’’. It’s about breaking out from the everyday routine and to be in control of ones own destiny.  There will be a lyric video of the song as well.

Music Junkie Press: Esther, you have amazing vocals that capture the listener. Were you professionally trained or how did you get into singing?

Esther: I’ve never had a professional trainer or vocal coaches. I started singing when I was a little child, my mother used to sing kids songs with me (and sometimes I tried to sing with the music on the radio) 😉  Sometimes people came over to me and told me that they liked my voice and that they would like to listen to me playing the guitar or piano and singing some songs.  So I kept on singing and that’s what came out years later!

Music Junkie Press: If Light Up The Town could put together their dream lineup, what three other bands would you love to tour with?

 Light Up The Town: Asking Alexandria, All time low, Escape the fate, Falling in reverse,…There are so many, we guess that 3 wouldn’t be enough! (:

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Music Junkie Press: That woud be an awesome lineup! Are there any plans on coming to the US?

Light Up The Town: We would love to come to the US! But it’s too expensive for now. But maybe we can get that famous to one time have a gig in the USA.

Music Junkie Press: We hope you guys make it out here, I think you would blow everyone away at Warped Tour! If we could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might we be most surprised at finding in there?

Esther: I have a lot of Lindsey Styrling on there! My favorite is her version of the phantom of the opera.

Thomas Kern: Left boy! I’ve already seen him on a festival in Austria.

Leo: the entire discography of lamb of god or maybe dope d.o.d!

Thomas Meier: Well I’ve got the soundtrack of sailor moon and Pokémon on there!

Jake: I must confess that a lot of my friends do not touch my Ipod because of their words: “girly music” 😉 Most surprising is I guess Avril Lavigne, Miranda Cosgrove and something like that.

Music Junkie Press: Those are some diverse styles of music there, I love that! Here at Music Junkie Press, we are strong believers how music can help, heal, inspire. Can you share a particular time in your life where music was most there for you?

Esther: I had a hard time when I was between 15 and 16. My parents split up and one of my friends died because of a car accident. In this time I wrote lots of songs and listened to loads of music.

Music Junkie Press: Music truly does help and thank you for sharing that story with us Esther. Lastly, is there anything else that Light Up The Town would like to share with our audience and your fans?

Light Up The Town:  First: THANKS to all of you who have supported us yet that much! Don’t forget to come to our concerts and buy our band merch in the future 😉  Every concert, there are more and more people listening to us and that’s a great feeling!  And also thanks to Music Junkie Press for making this interview!

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We are really looking forward to their new music and hope you all visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.This is definitely a band to watch out for!

~ Marisol

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Pop punks Me Vs. Hero have released a music video for their song, Hang In which is off of their new album, I’m Completely Fine which was release in September and you can pick it up on iTunes here. This songs means a lot to us” explains Thompson of the new track “It’s literally about hanging in there when times get bad. At one point when we wrote this record there was a three month period where I was homeless. I had three big bags for all my stuff and had no idea where I was sleeping most nights. The song is an accurate depiction of his life at that point. It’s something that, if you go through, you will make sure never happens again.”  Check out the video here:

The song is the perfect track to get you through those challenges and struggles which we face and think that we can never overcome. Sometimes looking back at all the things you have been through, gives you right amount of strength to get over the next hurdle. Me Vs. Hero bring such a solid connection to their listeners through their emotionally driven music that is also fun spirited and vibrant.

Me Vs Hero are:

  • Samuel James Thompson – Vocals
  • Michael Booth – Bass
  • Bobby Pook – Guitar
  • Grant Berry – Guitar
  • Simon Smith – Drums

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

~ Marisol

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Today The Funeral Portrait have released their EP For The Dearly Departed  through Revival Records and it is quite a a musical gem. It has a very fresh new sound that blends elements of metal, rock and roll, power pop, and theatrical rock. It makes me think of what Queen would be like if they were a band debuting in today’s blended genre music scene. The intensity of each song captures such emotion and then takes you an melodic theatrical ride amid fierce guitars, powerful vocals, striking drums, dramatic synth and so much more. The band describes the EP as,

For the Dearly Departed is a short concept album revolving around a single character who endures the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance, The first song is the event that triggers the process, and the following songs represent each of the five stages. I’m not going to tell anyone how to listen to our music, but it helps to keep this concept in mind to understand the product as a whole. As far as new sounds or ideas to listen for, we enjoyed writing more ‘call and response’ vocal parts to utilize the dual vocalist dynamic. We also worked very hard to organize the momentum of each song and the EP as a whole so that the songs accurately represented the emotions that coincide with the five stages of grief.

What an incredible concept and they truly did an amazing job on this explosive EP. It leaves me satisfied yet wanting so much more new music and hopefully their own tour very soon. For The Dearly Departed tops my list for Best EPs of 2014! Make sure to pick up the EP on iTunes here. These guys have a bright future ahead and they are currently finishing up the  “Chaos Is A Ladder Tour” with Alesana, Megosh, and The Things They Carried.  Check the dates below and make sure you get yourself to a show.

  • 9/23 Greensboro, NC-Green Street Club
  • 9/24 Raleigh, NC-Southland
  • 9/25 Springfield, VA-Empire
  • 9/26 Providence, RI-Simons 677
  • 9/27 New York, NY-Webster Hall

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. You are going to be hearing a lot from these guys and hopefully we can bring you an interview with them soon.

~ Marisol

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Fireworks are set to head out on The 5th Annual Glamour Kills Tour featuring New Found Glory.  Check out their video of an acoustic version of One More Creature Dizzy With Love filmed during their Nervous Energies session with photographer Ryan Russell.

Fireworks have recently released their critically praised album Oh, Common Life via New York’s Triple Crown Records. The tour will kick off on October 3rd in San Diego, CA at the House of Blues. We are excited to see several California dates and will make sure to bring you full coverage of their show. We will try and see if we can snag the guys for an interview as well. Check out all the great bands that are set to play on the Glamour Kills Tour.

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Tickets are on sale now. Purchase them at www.theglamourkillstour.com    

  • Oct 3                  House of Blues                                  San Diego, CA
  • Oct 4                  House of Blues                                  Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct 5                  Marquee Theatre                              Tempe, AZ
  • Oct 7                  Emo’s                                                   Austin, TX
  • Oct 9                  Orpheum                                            Tampa, FL
  • Oct 10                House of Blues                                  Orlando, FL
  • Oct 11                 Revolution                                         Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Oct 12                Masquerade                                       Atlanta, GA
  • Oct 14                Rams Head Live                               Baltimore, MD
  • Oct 15                Theatre of Living Arts                      Philadelphia, PA
  • Oct 16                House of Blues                                  Boston, MA
  • Oct 17                Toad’s Place                                       New Haven, CT
  • Oct 18                Starland Ballroom                           Sayreville, NJ
  • Oct 19                Best Buy Theater                              New York, NY
  • Oct 21                Town Ballroom                                 Buffalo, NY
  • Oct 22                Altar Bar                                            Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oct 23                House of Blues                                 Cleveland, OH
  • Oct 24                Majestic Theatre                              Detroit, MI
  • Oct 25                House of Blues                                 Chicago, IL
  • Oct 26                The Ready Room                             St Louis, MO
  • Oct 28                Bourbon Theater                             Lincoln, NE
  • Oct 30                Sunshine Theater                            Albuquerque, NM
  • Oct 31                 Hard Rock Live                                Las Vegas, NV
  • Nov 1                  House of Blues                                 Anaheim, CA
  • Nov 2                  Ace of Spades                                   Sacramento, CA
  • Nov 4                  Showbox                                           Seattle, WA
  • Nov 5                  Hawthrone Theater                        Portland, OR
  • Nov 7                  Regency Ballroom                           San Francisco, CA
  • Nov 8                  The Catalyst                                     Santa Cruz, CA

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date. Pick up your tickets for The Glamour Kills Tour and catch Fireworks!

~ Marisol

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Backslashes and Bad Ideas are gearing up the release of their 7″ EP, Sad Is The New Black on Giant MKT. They have released a lyric video for the title track and you can check it out here:

The new release is set for release on September 9th and can be pre-ordered here. The band is also working on their first full length album which is scheduled for a release in 2015 through Imminence Records.

Band Members:

  • Nick DePalo
  • Josh Crono
  • Ricky Abolt
  • Rob Castiglione
  • Ed Mone

Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Wander from Maryland have recently released their new music video for their song, Thanks a Lot which is off their self titled album which was released just last week. The album was released through We Are Triumphant and has been garnering a lot of attention. They are in the pop punk, power pop style yet their music cannot be defined by genre lines. They have fans from all spans of the music spectrum and it is due to the fact that they have solid well written songs.  Check out their new video here:

Band Members: 

  • Andy Cizek – Vocals
  • Jack Rentschler – Guitar/Vocals
  • Mack Gallagher – Guitar/Vocals
  • Brett Schleicher – Drums

Their new album is a must have and you can pick it up by visiting here: www.wandermd.bandcamp.com.  Also the album artwork is spectacular and was done by Bradley F. Edwards.

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You can also check out another of the songs off the new album, Counterpart:

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

~ Marisol

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We’ve all had that one friend that was in a dead-end garage band in high school. Stuck In Your Radio‘s story might start out the same as those guys, but it doesn’t end at Senior year.

Lead singer Eddie Cardona, or as the lovable goof is more likely known as, Sly Fox has lead a life influenced and driven by music. Raised primarily in Puerto Rico, he started off not knowing English. That was, until listening to Blink 182 influenced him to pick up the langue. After moving to the states, he continued to encompass music in his life. After performing in a high school talent show, he and a few friends began a band called All Or Nothing.

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Eventually All Or Nothing transformed into Stuck In Your Radio, but like many high school bands, the members began taking their own paths and the band eventually drifted apart. After high school, Sly made a profession out of content creating for YouTube. His channel grew immensely and he decided to use his newfound following to revive Stuck In Your Radio.

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In October of 2011, Sly re-released two of the band’s old songs, following it up with the release of three new songs in January. All five songs, along with a previously unreleased tune, were tracked together on the band’s debut self-entitled EP.

The fans embraced the music greatly and Stuck In Your Radio put on a sold out show in their hometown of Allentown, PA. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the money to become a traveling band and left their careers on the internet. Not too soon after, frontman Sly and bassist Aleks Vitaly moved to Colorado, further delaying the band’s success.

Through the help of modern technology, they’ve recently returned from a two year hiatus to bring the fans new songs. The EP was recently released under the very appropriate title, Better Late Than Never. A fan favorite seems to be Young Hearted Kids, which I have to agree is an amazing song and a good theme song for the youth of America.

SIYR is very good at producing music that pulls life into perspective for a teen. Many of the songs on the previous self entitled EP, along with the amazing work on Better Late Than Never, commit to an empowering and enlightening message.

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However, the band reached out of their usual formula with a breakup song that didn’t disappoint. My Last Mistake carries a great energy and showcases the influence of pop and skate punk (much like one of Sly’s favorite bands, Blink-182.)

Of course, what’s a rock album without a slow song? Maybe it’s not the typical love song, but Today is the Day is a very inspirational ballad about overcoming the odds. And finally on the album, the party song! Still following the path of a self empowering teen song, Our Own People comes with a fantastic, throw-your-hands-up-and-have-a-damn-good-time type of dance beat.

This song completes a rockin’ EP for all the teen dirtbags throwing back Monster at the skate park. I highly suggest this band for anyone that enjoys wrecking town and living life while they’re young.

Unfortunately, we all know there’s always a downside to everything. SIYR’s bassist has announced his departure from the band, but all is not lost. As this band has shown time and time again, they’ve got far more than nine lives. You can always count on Stuck In Your Radio to be the king of the comeback kids!

 

Written by Meryl DeWitt – Twitter.com/Martyrs_Cross
Edited by Jacky Cabe – Twitter.com/RWBYRockett

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 Band Links

Twitter.com/SIYR_Music_
Facebook.com/StuckInYourRadio
Merch: http://www.redbubble.com/people/slyfoxhound/shop/stuck+in+your+radio+t-shirts
Amazon: http://bit.ly/SIYRamazon
ITunes: http://bit.ly/SIYRItunes
GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/SIYRGooglePlay

Sly Fox (Vocals)
Twitter.com/SlyFoxHound
Facebook.com/SlyFoxHound
Instagram.com/slyfoxbabyshambles

Aleks Vitaly (Bass)
Twitter.com/ImmortalHD
Facebook.com/ImmortalHDFilms

Devin Ortiz (Guitar)
Twitter.com/DevinOhTeezy
Facebook.com/pages/Devin-Ortiz/132304690220185
 

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American Hi-Fi have been called pop, rock, pop punk, alternative and so many more genre titles. The fact remains they are simply a great band creating music that appeals to an audience with a variety of genre loves. That just shows how this band successfully created their own style of alternative rock/pop that is quite deserving of your attention. They are set to release their new album, the first in 5 years, Blood & Lemonade on September 9th through Rude Records. Today American Hi-Fi have released a video for their second single off the album, Golden State and you can check it out here:

Singer Stacy Jones adds: “ We shot the video for Golden State at my studio in Los Angeles. The idea was to shoot the band in the same environment that we made the new record in. We also got some B-roll of us cruising in my ’64 Chevy truck that I have been restoring. The palm trees and sunlight tie in the theme of the song. The Golden State, California, a place that can give you new life if you believe in yourself”.

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So stay tuned for more new music from American Hi-Fi and mark your calendars for September 9th and pick up Blood & Lemonade. Make sure to visit their social media sites to stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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We recently told you about an awesome band from Austria, Light Up The Town which really have caught our attention.

Who is Light Up The Town? Check out their members and brief self description of each:

  • Jakob Schied (Jake) Guitar/backing Vocals – The ,,son of the darkness”. His word is law!
  • Thomas Kern (Kerni)- Bass The band always keeps making bass jokes at his charge- but we all know that he’s the best man for this job! (He’s the guy, whos hairstyle always fit!)
  • Thomas Meier (Meier)- Guitar The sunny boy of the band- and the youngest member. Always prepared for a good joke as well ^^
  • Leo (Letschi) Seewald- Drums The god on the Drumset! good mood of the band and our personal producer aswell 😉
  • Esther Hütter (Estherhasi)-Vocals Jokes about small people, dwarves or gnomes? she probably already heard all of them 😉
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Light Up The Town have released another lyric video, this time it is for their song, It’s Enough. Check it out here:

I really love the music of this band and I am hoping we get them out here next year for Warped Tour. They would just really grab everyone’s attention. In case you missed our recent interview with them, we are pleased to repost it 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! Tell us about Light Up The Town was formed?

Light Up The Town: First Esther and Jake met at a party and spoke about making music together. So they met and decided to found a band.  After a short time they met Thomas Kern and at the same evening, we could gain Thomas Meier over to join us. Last but not least our drummer Leo entered the band and we were complete!

Music Junkie Press: You are a very young band but yet so talented at your ages. At what age did you all start performing and do you remember what was the first song you ever learned in its entirety?

Thomas Kern: My first, ”performance’’ in front of an audience was, when I was 5 years old and I had a music lesson in front of other pupils with my violin (laughs). The first song that I knew by heard…puh…I’m sorry I really can’t remember!

Esther: My first performance was when I was 5 and I played the flute. I’ve been so nervous!  Well the question about the song is a bit embarrassing…it was ,,I can’t help myself’’ from the Kelly Family.

Jake: I am actually not sure about my first performance. I guess I was 9 or 10 years old and it was in front of my elementary class with my keyboard, which I started to play back then.

Thomas Meier: The first performance I had was when I was about 15 with my ex band.

 Leo: Guess that must have been the music lesson from studio percussion in “Moxx’’ Graz. I’ve been 9 years old!

Music Junkie Press: Wow you all started so young, no wonder you all are already so talented! We love the lyric video for your song, Tonight, can you tell us more about the inspiration behind that song?

Jake: Everybody knows this kind of situation when you feel more for somebody than friendship. This song is all about telling a person what you are actually feeling for her/him because sometimes friendship isn’t enough. It’s a song about the edge between friendship to relationship.

Music Junkie Press:  A lot of our audience did not know that you are form Austria, can you tell us how the music scene is out there today and do have any favorite venues nearby?

Thomas Kern: Hard. Being a musician in Austria is a hard way to earn ones living!

One of our favorite venues is the big stage of ppc Graz (where we supported Bam Margera). The civic center would also be a great place , but that is yet a long way for us to have a gig there.

Music Junkie Press: What are three things that you wish everyone knew about your hometown or county?

Esther: Well first, Austria is not Australia and we do not have any kangaroos 😉

We do not wear our garb, such as Lederhosen or Dirdl every daytime and we do not yodel all the day (laughs)

But Austria is a very beautiful country with lots of mountains and snow, rivers and stuff like that. And come to Graz! Even though it’s a tiny city if you compare it to cities from the UK, there is always a spot to party at (:

Music Junkie Press: You are so funny because I bet many people have got Australia and Austria mixed up!!! Who are some of the most influential artists for you all?

Light Up The Town: Paramore, All time low, The All American- Rejects…that’s where we got our sound from!

Music Junkie Press: If Light Up The Town were to become a comic book, what would each of your superhero names and super powers be?

Jake: My name would be “beercules” and my superpower would be the ability to create ice-cold beer out of nothing. So the enemies would get drunk and we could eliminate them.

Leo: Maybe I could let my heart beat as fast as I want because I could program my heart in bpm!^^ My name would be MR. METRONOMO! That would make me very fast.

Esther: My name would be THE DWARFINATOR! I could grow as tall as a tree and shrink as tiny as a flea! And shoot with lasers coming out of a strawberry look-a-like gun!

Thomas Meier: My name would be Superbunny! I would have the power to distribute eggs of love, so the bad boys would come to the good side!

Thomas Kern: I could catch villains with my stretchy hair flip! It would wrap itself around the bad guys and capture them in an undestroyable prison of hair! My superhero name is then THE HAIRHUNTER!!

Music Junkie Press: Now that is one comic book that I want to see happen! We understand that Light Up The Town recently opened for Bam Margera, how was that for you all?

Jake: The experience, playing as support for a world-famous musician and entertainer, was really, really great and a big chance for us.  We had a lot of fun and we made a lot of new experiences.

Music Junkie Press: What are you currently working on?

Esther: We are working on an album which we try to release in the springtime next year! Soon there will be a new song coming out called ,,it’s enough’’. It’s about breaking out from the everyday routine and to be in control of ones own destiny.  There will be a lyric video of the song as well.

Music Junkie Press: Esther, you have amazing vocals that capture the listener. Were you professionally trained or how did you get into singing?

Esther: I’ve never had a professional trainer or vocal coaches. I started singing when I was a little child, my mother used to sing kids songs with me (and sometimes I tried to sing with the music on the radio) 😉  Sometimes people came over to me and told me that they liked my voice and that they would like to listen to me playing the guitar or piano and singing some songs.  So I kept on singing and that’s what came out years later!

Music Junkie Press: If Light Up The Town could put together their dream lineup, what three other bands would you love to tour with?

 Light Up The Town: Asking Alexandria, All time low, Escape the fate, Falling in reverse,…There are so many, we guess that 3 wouldn’t be enough! (:

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Music Junkie Press: That woud be an awesome lineup! Are there any plans on coming to the US?

Light Up The Town: We would love to come to the US! But it’s too expensive for now. But maybe we can get that famous to one time have a gig in the USA.

Music Junkie Press: We hope you guys make it out here, I think you would blow everyone away at Warped Tour! If we could peak into your Ipod, what artist or song might we be most surprised at finding in there?

Esther: I have a lot of Lindsey Styrling on there! My favorite is her version of the phantom of the opera.

Thomas Kern: Left boy! I’ve already seen him on a festival in Austria.

Leo: the entire discography of lamb of god or maybe dope d.o.d!

Thomas Meier: Well I’ve got the soundtrack of sailor moon and Pokémon on there!

Jake: I must confess that a lot of my friends do not touch my Ipod because of their words: “girly music” 😉 Most surprising is I guess Avril Lavigne, Miranda Cosgrove and something like that.

Music Junkie Press: Those are some diverse styles of music there, I love that! Here at Music Junkie Press, we are strong believers how music can help, heal, inspire. Can you share a particular time in your life where music was most there for you?

Esther: I had a hard time when I was between 15 and 16. My parents split up and one of my friends died because of a car accident. In this time I wrote lots of songs and listened to loads of music.

Music Junkie Press: Music truly does help and thank you for sharing that story with us Esther. Lastly, is there anything else that Light Up The Town would like to share with our audience and your fans?

Light Up The Town:  First: THANKS to all of you who have supported us yet that much! Don’t forget to come to our concerts and buy our band merch in the future 😉  Every concert, there are more and more people listening to us and that’s a great feeling!  And also thanks to Music Junkie Press for making this interview!

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We are really looking forward to their new music and hope you all visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.This is definitely a band to watch out for!

~ Marisol

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Singer Songwriter Jamie Alimorad is definitely on his way to scoring another great You Tube hit with his new music video. The Boston based singer won over his Youtube fans with his first music video for Beautiful by reaching over  2 million views! Jamie’s charismatic songwriting and his captivating vocals are ready to do it again with his new video for Crawling Back to Me, the second single off his album, Words Left Unsaid. The song is a fun catchy pop punk track that takes you on a tale of a crazy ex-girlfriend. The video truly captures the fun spirit of the song. Jamie’s vocals carry the perfect punk angst vibe that bring the lyrics to life. The video is sure to be another fan fave!

Jamie is set to perform at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City tomorrow night and we had the chance to catch up with him. We are pleased to bring you our interview here:

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Music Junkie Press: HI Jamie, Thanks for the taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press. We have a lot of exciting things to share with our audience about what you have been working on. First, we understand that you will be taking the stage at The Studio at Webster Hall this week in New York City. Tell us about the event?

Jamie: It’s great to be here Marisol! I’m really excited for the show at Webster Hall this Thursday! It’s my first time playing at this historic venue and we’ll be playing a whole slew of songs off Cornerstone and Words Left Unsaid, including some I haven’t done in a while.

Music Junkie Press: We have loved the fun video for Crawling Back To Me. The song is awesome and you truly capture that crazy ex-girlfriend vibe in the video. Can you tell us about the song and have you had ex-girlfriends like that or asking if the song is about them? Tell us about the chicken!

Jamie: Haha the chickens have kinda taken on a life of their own with the fans. While we were filming on day one Luis Ayala (co-director), approached me asking how I felt about chickens in the music video. I didn’t know what he was getting at, but I said, “Sure, fine with me,” I wanted to make sure he asked the property owner before doing anything and he got the OK. I didn’t think anything of it, but low and behold the very next day this girl comes to the door and introducers herself as the chicken girl and there they were. There were two in this box. One was really friendly and the other was a total… well she wasn’t so nice.

I had a lot of fun making that video and it was a concept that I came up with that goes hand and hand with the song so well. The inspiration behind the lyrics comes from two ex-girlfriends of mine that I combined into a super ex-girlfriend that stops at nothing to win back her man. Spoiler alert, she doesn’t.

Music Junkie Press: We just heard the great news that you have been nominated for the IMEA Rock Artist of the Year. Congratulations and we will be sharing the link to vote with our audience. Tell us about when you first received the call on the nomination and what this award really means for you?

Jamie: Thank you so much. This is actually the second year in a row that I’ve received a nomination from the IMEA Awards  (2013 Rock Male Vocalist of the Year and Rock Entertainer of the Year) and I’m really thrilled to be involved with such classy organization. The nominees came out Tuesday and I was really thrilled to hear that I received a nomination. I know the fans had been very vocal on their Facebook page, which is great! There is a fan voting section to the awards and you can vote at http://www.imeaawards.com/vote/music/. I’m category 52. You can vote once per email address.

Music Junkie Press: We will vote and make sure to share the links with everyone. We have up until the end of August to make this happen!

Jamie: Yes! Thank you! Voting ends August 27th.

Music Junkie Press: Your music really captures feelings and emotions and you have an excellent way of transferring that through your songs, do you have a particular song writing process?

Jamie: Every song is different and they each have their own creative story. Most of the time I come up with melody first and the lyrics follow. As an arranger, I tend to build things all at once and certain notes and lyrics will make go to how an instrument will interact with that.

For the past two years, I’ve been working with legendary singer and songwriter Gino Vannelli and he’s challenged me to go outside my comfort zone and write a little more organically. Just piano/vocal. Start there, don’t think about the band, don’t think about a rhythm section. Just let it ooze out. It’s been a total trip for me and I’m approaching the new songs in this matter and it’s bringing a whole slew of ideas to the table.

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Music Junkie Press: What are you currently working on and is there any more videos in the works?

Jamie: Well I’m continuing to write for a new album that I’m really excited about! It’s been a busy schedule, but I’ve been writing on and off now for the past year and the new songs sound great. I can’t wait to get the band in on them.

I filmed a video for “That’s What She Said” in LA and we’re editing that and we also have the basics for a music video for “Dancing With You”. In June we shot a live video for “She Is…” at a private show which we’ll be releasing, as well as a promotional video/sizzle reel.

Music Junkie Press: With your show this week in New York, do you have any plans to come out to the West Coast and perform? Particularly Northern California, hint, hint!! We would be excited for any shows out here.

Jamie: I would love to get to Northern California! I’ve never been there. So many of my favorite bands have come out of San Francisco, it would be a treat to perform in the places they used to play, and still do! We’re working on Fall and Winter dates, stay tuned!

Music Junkie Press: If we could peak into your iPod, what artist or song would we be most surprised at finding in there?

Jamie: Hmmmm well it wouldn’t be surprising to those who have known me for years, but I think a lot of people would be surprised to see the full catalog of the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees on there. I grew up listening to 80’s music and all those songs had in common were great melodies. Whether they were fast or slow, there was something sweet to them, and they all had big harmonies. The boy bands of the 90’s carried on that tradition to my ear. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I don’t look at them as “boy bands”. To me they are vocal groups, just like the Temptations were, or the Four Tops. Different time, different terminology, but you can’t listen to a 98 Degrees song and tell me that is not a legit vocal group singing rich harmonies with a great blend.  The Beatles had unbelievable three-part harmony. All of those groups, from the boy bands to Van Halen inspired my voicing and use of harmony in my songs.

Music Junkie Press: With the music scene making dramatic changes over the past 15+ years, what would you most like to see change in the music world and how could your fans help in making this happen?

Jamie: That’s a tough one. I just wish people would be more positive about music. There seems to be this trend that people just want to put what other people like down for no reason. If you don’t like what you hear on the radio, do something about it. Don’t listen, or write in saying you want to hear this band. People take notice of that. I’m unsigned and recently got picked up on MIX 94.9 in St. Cloud, MN. Once I posted I was being played there and for the fans to request my song, they did! And guess what? Now I’m being played along side Bruno Mars and Maroon 5! An FM station, an artist with no record company, completely DIY (do it yourself) being played because the people demand it. That’s what you can do. Don’t go on YouTube and make fun of people. Don’t trash what people adore just to trash it. Focus on what you like and help those people get to the top.

Photo by: Marc Padro Photography

Photo by: Marc Padro Photography

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

Jamie: Probably to start earlier. What I mean by that is, that was a time where the digital age was coming in and there was conflict between do we go the download way or stick with CDs. If I was a little more progressive then I think I ‘d be in a different situation right now. Now how do you tell a 14 year old to be progressive in a changing time where nobody knows what’s going on? I just watched too many movies where you play somewhere and get discovered. It doesn’t really work that way anymore.

Music Junkie Press: Lastly, what would you like to share with our audience?

Jamie: I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who’s been with me throughout the years. From folks at home that have watched me through musicals and performances, to those that saw me throughout college in Boston and at Northeastern, and those that have been picking up the music through Cornerstone and Words Left Unsaid, seeing shows along the way, I couldn’t be where I am without you. It’s amazing and the stories I hear from you each day at concerts and in messages really touch me. Songwriting is a selfish act; we write what we feel to make ourselves feel better and hope that in some way we can touch the listener, and to know that my songs are making an impact on you is the most rewarding thing I could ask for.

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Jamie is definitely bringing a fresh new side to the power pop punk style of the 90’s. His powerful vocals and infectious style will have you falling in love with his music in no time. I love his feel good attitude and whatever is ailing you, put on some Jamie and things will all seem a little bit better and life more colorful. We need more people making with a good heart like Jamie and his charismatic personality making us fantastic music to be the soundtrack of our lives.   Make sure to get your vote in for Jamie in Category 52 for the IMEA Awards. Vote here:  http://www.imeaawards.com/vote/music/. He definitely has our vote for Rock Artist of the Year!

Also, visit his social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news.

~ Marisol

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