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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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Photo Credit: Callan Kapush Photography

Photo Credit: Callan Kapush Photography

An Honest Year recently released their music video for Everything Man. This song really is catchy and has a blend of alternative and pop punk. It is a great new track and has a fun and flirty vibe to it, which is also highlighted in their new video. Check out the video here:

We had the opportunity for a Q & with drummer Greg Pinney and are pleased to bring it to you here:

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Music Junkie Press: Thank you for taking the time out to talk with us here at Music Junkie Press. We love the new video out for Everything Man and we love it! How was it making the video, looked like a lot of fun?

Greg: It was an amazing experience for us all filming Everything Man! We ended up doing three days of shooting at so many different locations, including lugging all of our gear up eight flights of stairs to the roof top of a building in south philly. So worth it though! We couldn’t be happier with the shots we got! And our crew was amazing! We made many new friends that weekend.

Music Junkie Press: You guys have had quite a year so far and have amassed this great fanbase in relatively short time. How has it been to see your music reaching so many people from all over and this great reception?

Greg: There’s nothing better than seeing people enjoy your band’s music. The support our fans have given us, especially in this past year, has been incredible. It’s a family that grows bigger everyday! 

Music Junkie Press: Moments EP has been out and getting everyone hooked with great songs like Liar & A Thief and Don’t Leave me. Another great one on there is Live Your Life, can you tell us more about that song and the inspiration behind it?

Greg: Live your Life is about doing what you are passionate about and not letting the people who bring you down hinder your success. Do what you love, do what makes you happy and don’t stop for others who are in your way.

Music Junkie Press:  What are you guys currently working on and what is in store for An Honest Year?

Greg:  Currently we are finishing up our new ep that will be released this fall. We’re also working on some tour dates so…. More info to come soon 😉 😉

Music Junkie Press:  You have a great fan base and do a great job at interacting with them. What artist or musician would you want to sit down with and talk about how they inspired you?

Greg: Personally, as a drummer, a huge inspiration to me is Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost). His style has absolutely influenced me for many years. For AHY, we’re all as a band very much influenced by bands like Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory, hah I’m mean the list could go on and on.

Music Junkie Press:  How old were you when you first started playing drums? What is your current kit?

Greg: I started playing drums when I was about six years old. Currently Iv been playing my TAMA Starclassic Bubinga 4 piece. However, I’m proud to say I picked up an endorcment from SJC Custom Drums, so I can’t wait to start playing out with my new kit!

Music Junkie Press:  With summer almost coming to a close, what were some of your highlights from summer?

Greg: We had some really great shows this summer and of course filming Everything Man was definitely a highlite!

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

Greg: My phones got just about everything on it. Of course all the current classics from ADTR, Yellowcard, FYS, ect… But I also have a love for really heavy stuff like Born Of Osiris, Suicide Silence, Parkway Drive… And then there’s Blues Traveler and come on they’re just amazing.

Music Junkie Press:  Today, with all the digital overload and misuse of internet and social media, what advice could you give to teens who might be facing bullying either via internet or in person?

Greg: As much as we love social networking for getting our band out there, it’s also important for all these kids to remember that the internet isn’t real life. Someone bullying you online is actually the coward, feeling the need to say what’s on their mind via the internet. And that’s just it, it’s just what they think and seriously who cares what they think about you. You define you and no one else. You’ll grow to be a better person than they are.

 

Music Junkie Press:  Will we be seeing you guys soon out here in California? We are hoping for some shows out here, any new tours planned?

Greg: We will absolutely get to California, patience 😉 😉

Music Junkie Press:  If you could pick your dream lineup, what three bands would you like to tour with?

Greg: Dream line up?! Oh geeze, how about New Found Glory, Yellowcard, and Story Of the Year.

Music Junkie Press:  What are three things/facts that you don’t think your fans know about you? And can you share them with us?

Greg: Hmm well I danced for about 10 years in my younger years. I’m a drum instructor, and I’m also a volunteer fire fighter in my hometown.

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

Greg: We can’t thank all of our fans enough for their everyday support! The AHY Family is strong and growing fast! There’s some big things in the works so stay tuned 🙂

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We really look forward to the new EP by An Honest Year and tour dates as well! Their new song, Everything Man will be available on iTunes tomorrow so pick it up!  You can also pick up the Moments EP on iTunes. Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Photo Credit: Callan Kapush Photography

Photo Credit: Callan Kapush Photography

We have been counting down to the release and it is now hear, the new music video by An Honest Year for Everything Man. This song really is catchy and has a blend of alternative and pop punk. It is a great new track and has a fun and flirty vibe to it, which is also highlighted in their new video. Check it out and get hooked:

Band Members:

  • Matt McKay – Vocals
  • Stephen Morrell – Lead Guitar
  • Jon Pfingsten – Rhythm Guitar
  • Jordan Mitchell – Bass/Vocals
  • Greg Pinney – Drums

Produced by Jordan Mitchell and directed by Chris Newhard and music video produced by ShaunPaul Costello. The new song, Everything Man will be available on iTunes tomorrow. You can also pick up the Moments EP on iTunes. Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

 

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Last week was a very hard week dealing with a death in our family and the overwhelming flood of emotions that were felt after the loss of my aunt and helping my mother adjust to life without her. So with a hard week at hand, it was nice to get a break from the seriousness of life and venture out and cover The Tragic Thrills as they made their stop in San Francisco at the Bottom of the Hill.

The music of The Tragic Thrills was the perfect soundtrack for my night. The uplifting folk pop rock from them provided a solid set where these five young men shined in the spotlight with their musicianship. With the great fusion of superb songwriting, powerful lyrics and penchant for fun in song, The Tragic Thrills are sure to please fans of any music genre. There is no need to place a label or genre title to them, they are purely great music and very well deserving of your attention. We had the opportunity to talk with the band before their set and are pleased to bring that interview to you here:

Their songs are catchy and inviting and had the crowd singing along blissfully. They started off with my personal and crowd favorites Tears and then right into Crazy. All their songs were spectacular and another highlight was to see them perform Creeps and Strangers live. They really do an excellent job of bringing their folk storytelling songs to life in a vibrant rock/pop fashion that is infectious and fun.   In addition, they even performed a fantastic Bee Gees cover of To Love Somebody.

The Tragic Thrills have announced that they have signed to Washington Square, the label imprint formed by Razor & Tie. The band will be re-releasing their debut self-titled album on September 30th. They are currently on tour and I strongly encourage you to get out to a show. Whatever you are going through in your life, ups/downs the musich of The Tragic Thrills is their perfect soundtrack for your life. Check out photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set:

 

Check the tour dates below as The Tragic Thrills and Air Traffic Controller will be touring across the country. You definitely want to get yourself to a show and feed your soul with music that not only is emotionally driven but will awaken your senses and energize you.

 

 

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Mark your calendars for September 30th for their album release and make sure to visit their social media sites so you can 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 😉
    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 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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The Tragic Thrills have announced that they have signed to Washington Square, the label imprint formed by Razor & Tie. The band will be re-releasing their debut self-titled album on September 30th. Tonight we will be catching The Tragic Thrills as they make their stop in San Francisco for their show at the Bottom of the Hill. San Francisco is ready for a night of great alternative rock as The Tragic Thrills are sure to capture the crowd with their emotionally driven pop/rock songs that will have everyone agreeing that we need more Northern California shows from them.

The music of The Tragic Thrills can be described as a blend of folk/rock/alternative/pop. With the great fusion of superb songwriting, powerful lyrics and penchant for fun in song, The Tragic Thrills are sure to please fans of any music genre. There is no need to place a label or genre title to them, they are purely great music and very well deserving of your attention.

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Check the tour dates below as The Tragic Thrills and Air Traffic Controller will be touring across the country. You definitely want to get yourself to a show.

  • August 6 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
  • August 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg
  • August 8 – Phoenix, AZ – Electric Ballroom
  • August 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Container Park
  • August 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
  • August 11 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
  • August 13 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
  • August 14 – Austin, TX – Holy Mountain
  • August 15 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio
  • August 16 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar
  • August 17 – Little Rock, AR – Rev Room
  • August 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo
  • August 20 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
  • August 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock
  • August 22 – Arlington, VA – IOTA
  • August 23 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
  • August 24 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge
  • August 26 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
  • August 27 – Kenilworth, NJ – 10th Street Live

 

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We hope to see many of you at tonight’s show and we will be bringing you an interview with the band as well. Stay tuned for The Tragic Thrills coverage. .  Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can 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 caught our attention with their recent release of a lyric video for their song Tonight.

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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We had the opportunity to interview these talented young musicians and are pleased to bring it to you 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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We are just a week away from The Tragic Thrills stopping in San Francisco for their show at the Bottom of the Hill. San Francisco is ready for a night of great alternative rock as The Tragic Thrills are sure to capture the crowd with their emotionally driven pop/rock songs that will have everyone agreeing that we need more Northern California shows from them.

The music of The Tragic Thrills can be described as a blend of folk/rock/alternative/pop. With the great fusion of superb songwriting, powerful lyrics and penchant for fun in song, The Tragic Thrills are sure to please fans of any music genre. There is no need to place a label or genre title to them, they are purely great music and very well deserving of your attention.

Check the tour dates below as The Tragic Thrills and Air Traffic Controller will be touring across the country. You definitely want to get yourself to a show.

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We will be heading to the San Francisco show at the Bottom of the Hill and hope to see many of you out there. We will see if we can bring you an interview with them as well.  Make sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news and join in on contests where you can win cool merch prizes at upcoming shows.

~ Marisol

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I have a band for  you to check out and they are from across the world, Graz, Austria. The band is Light Up The Town and these talented young musicians maybe newcomers to the music scene but definitely are sure to get a lot of attention. They have a great pop rock/ pop punk sound. Check out the just released lyric video for their song Tonight here:

 

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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The recently performed a show opening up for Bam Margera at PPC Graz. I am sure they must have gained a lot of fans after that show. We look forward to more new music from them and make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Pilot For a Day

Pop rock band Pilot For a Day have officially announced the release date for their album, Better Air (Deluxe Edition) set for July 1st. The album will feature three exclusive acoustic tracks; “Take This Chance,” “A Little More,” and “From Somewhere to Here.” and is an extension of their debut album, Better Air.

Pilot For A Day is composed of Nolan Smith (vocals, guitar), Craig Harper (drums, vocals), Brandon Rimmey (guitar), and Harry Datkowitz(bass). Formed in November 2010, the band came together in their hometown of Kansas City, KS to make hard-hitting and uplifting music. Their inspiration comes from a wide range of ideas, including living life to the fullest extent and knowing that anything you can imagine is possible. Pilot For A Day hit the studio in February 2012 with producer Marc McClusky to create 10 classic, yet modern songs that could be appreciated by anyone. 

Leading up to the exciting release of Better Air (Deluxe Edition), Smith explains, “We’ve put a lot of time and effort into this album and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. We had a lot of fun making this, and we are stoked to start the process of writing, producing, and eventually recording new music for everyone that has helped us get here.”

They have just released the single, From Somewhere to Here (Acoustic) :

 

It is an amazing heartfelt and emotionally driven track. Make sure to stay tuned because you will definitely be hearing a lot from Pilot For a Day. We are hoping for a California show soon!

~ Marisol

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