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Day in Rock Report for 06/11/2015


Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Reveals Hospitalization Cause

Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile has released his first public comments since he was hospitalized this past Saturday. It appears from his online comments that his health issues are heart related in association with a genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome.

According to The Marfan Foundation's website, "Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. Connective tissue holds all the body's cells, organs and tissue together. It also plays an important role in helping the body grow and develop properly.

The band was forced to cancel the final dates of their Full Circle Tour after Carlile was hospitalized. In a series of tweets he updated fans on his condition. He tweeted, "Thank you for the get-well wishes, everyone. I'm transferring to Stanford University this week to be in care of my cardiologists and marfans specialists until my health situation at hand is under control.

"It has been a long past few days, and the ones following will be just as much of a struggle, but I can do this. And I believe that wholeheartedly. If I believe in it, so should you. I'm sorry to anyone who missed the last two shows of our tour. I would have much rather been there than a hospital bed, I assure you. Love to everyone, band, family, you. I'm never giving up. Thanks for being there for me. Waking up over and over in the middle of the night, or the nurses helping me pee, reading the tweets help.

He also posted an Instgram selfie photo from the hospital with the following caption, "I've seen better days, but I've also seen worse. Much worse. // And I can't forget the fact there's always someone out there who has seen even worse than I have. // Grateful to at least be alive and to have the chance to start kicking. Thank you for all your well wishes and concern, it'll be a long road ahead, but I can make it through. I always have. Anyone going through anything... They can do it. You can do it. You just have to keep going. Never quit.... // ...and never underestimate the power of the human mind and heart (your mind and heart)... Our achievements and accomplishments as a human race ARENT trophies on a shelf or the towering buildings outside your window... They are much closer... they are right there... Inside of you."

See the photo here.

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AC/DC Star Phil Rudd's Sentencing Delayed

(hennemusic) The sentencing of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on a number of charges in New Zealand has been delayed to July 9. No reason was revealed regarding the reason behind the delay.

Sun Live reports Rudd was due to be sentenced on June 26 after pleading guilty in Tauranga District Court to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

In April, Rudd entered a guilty plea to drug charges and threatening to kill a former assistant, and the drummer could face up to seven years in jail. Read more here.

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Van Halen Announce Next Round Of Remastered Series Releases

(hennemusic) Van Halen will expand their 2015 remastered reissues with the release of four albums on July 10. 1979's "Van Halen II", 1980's "Women And Children First", 1981's "Fair Warning" and 1982's "Diver Down" will be issued in the second installment of the series.

Van Halen launched the 2015 remasters series in March with the release of newly remastered versions of their groundbreaking 1978 debut, "Van Halen", and their 6th album, "1984."

The series has been overseen by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums from the original quarter-inch tapes at Bernie Grundman Studios in Hollywood, CA. Read more here.

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Motorhead Stream First Song From New Album

(hennemusic) Motorhead are premiering "Thunder & Lightning" as the lead track from their upcoming album, "Bad Magic." Due August 28, the follow-up to 2013's "Aftershock" was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with long-time producer Cameron Webb.

The set includes a cover of The Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy For The Devil", as well as a guest appearance by Queen guitarist Brian May on another tune, "The Devil."

Motorhead recently launched a series of summer European dates, following which they'll kick off a North American tour with Anthrax in mid-August. Listen to the new song here.

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Senior Citizens React To Slipknot

(Classic Rock) Slipknot have faced a senior citizens' taste test - and escaped with a possible pass mark. Corey Taylor and co are the subject of the latest Elders React video clip, where a panel of older people are asked to watch the band in action.

First reactions run from "It gives me a headache" and "I can hear a father or mother saying, is this my child?' to "They're really going for it" and "They're jumping, boy I'll tell ya."

Asked if they would attend a Slipknot show after what they've seen, four reply with a straight "no," but one says she'd go "if I took a couple of aspirins."

However, the last panelist enthused: "I'd love to, but my body's too broken now. My whole love of live music is revived again!" Watch the video here.

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Slayer Reveal Metal Eagle Details

(Classic Rock) Slayer have revealed the contents of the Metal Eagle version of upcoming album Repentless. The limited-edition set comes in an aluminum case which weighs 7.8lbs and only 3000 will be made available worldwide. Slayer's 11th album - and first since the passing of Jeff Hanneman - is issued on September 11 via Nuclear Blast.

The label have revealed that the Metal Eagle set will include a deluxe digipak CD which folds out into an inverted cross as well as a Blu-ray and DVD featuring Slayer Live At Wacken 2014 and a Making Of Relentless documentary. Also in the case is a live CD of the Wacken 2014 performance, a poster, an album sticker and a numbered certificate.

Slayer singer Tom Araya recently told Metal Hammer that Hanneman's death brought the band closer together as they worked on the follow-up to 2009's World Painted Blood.

He said: "We've had to open up a line of communication. Kerry's very black and white. I'm not a black and white person, but that's Kerry. We've had to talk and that's not been the case in the past." Read more here.

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Robert Plant Postpones Third Concert Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Robert Plant was once again forced to postpone a concert due to an ongoing illness. This time he postponed his June 10 Chicago show at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion. It's Plant's third postponement this week as battles laryngitis.

"I'm not used to this," says the singer. "I just want to keep on doing what I set out to do when I first came to America - give 140% every night and be the best I can be at every show. It's maddening and frustrating to realize I can't do that right now. But I'll be back."

Tickets will be honored for the new date of Wednesday, September 23. Refunds are available at point of purchase until June 19 in the event ticket holders are unable to make the new date, which will not include The Pixies as openers; a new support act will be announced.

The Chicago concert is the third in a row affected by Plant's illness: he postponed a June 7 concert in Toronto when the health issue first flared up on Sunday, followed by a postponement of his June 9 date in Detroit. Read more here.

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Glenn Hughes Jams Deep Purple Classics With Whitesnake

(hennemusic) Whitesnake were joined by Glenn Hughes for a pair of Deep Purple classics at the Saban Thatre in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday and videos of both performances has been posted online.

The former Deep Purple members teamed up to deliver "Keep On Moving" and "Lay Down Stay Down" during the show, part of Whitesnake's North American tour in support of "The Purple Album."

The group's 12th release sees frontman David Coverdale re-recording classic songs from the Deep Purple Mark 3 and Mark 4 records he appeared on, including 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer" and 1975's "Come Taste The Band."

"The Purple Album" recently debuted on the US charts, opening at No. 6 on the Top Current Hard Music Albums, No. 15 on Top Current Rock Albums, No. 43 on Top Current Albums and No. 84 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.

Whitesnake's North American tour - which kicked off May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington - runs to mid-August before the group takes a break, after which they'll hit Japan and Europe in the fall. Watch the videos of the Deep Purple jams here.

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Metallica Reveal Video Of X Games 'Whiplash' Performance

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing footage of a performance of their 1983 classic, "Whiplash", at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas on June 6. "Whiplash" was the band's lead single from their debut album, "Kill 'Em All."

The band's video highlight package also includes guitarist Kirk Hammett, bassist Rob Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet, and the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.

The X Games appearance also saw Hammett and James Hetfield team up for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' prior to the Moto X Speed & Style competition at the annual extreme sports event.

Metallica have released audio of their headline concert at the X Games, with proceeds from the show's download going to assist the victims of the recent floods in Texas.

The band are donating all money raised from the sale of the downloads of the June 6 show to the American Red Cross of Central Texas. Check out the X Games performance here.

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John Bush On Why He Joined Anthrax But Not Metallica

(Classic Rock) Former Anthrax singer John Bush has explained why he decided to take the job vacated by Joey Belladonna in 1992, after he'd refused to accept a role with Metallica several years earlier.

James Hetfield and co asked him to become their frontman in the early 80s, but he wanted to focus on his own outfit, Armored Saint - and remains convinced it was the right move.

Bush tells The Metal Voice of his Anthrax move: "I didn't like the idea that I was leaving the band, abandoning the band - but I just had to. We'd just made Symbol of Salvation. That was a great album. The results were kind of similar to what we'd accomplished before. It was time for me to move on." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Named Metal Hammer's Golden God

(Classic Rock) Metal Hammer has revealed that this year's winner of the Golden God award is mastermind of Megadeth, original Metallica guitarist and pioneer of thrash metal Dave Mustaine.

Mustaine is responsible for some of the best heavy metal albums in history, including the game-changing debut Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Speaking about the accolade, Dave Mustaine says: "I am truly humbled to receive this award, and to be recognized by your peers for your accomplishments, is almost as gratifying as not being recognized by the police for your accomplices." Read more here.

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Critics Looked For Evil In Black Sabbath Because Of Name Says Geezer

(Classic Rock) Geezer Butler believes his Black Sabbath lyrics have been misunderstood over the years because critics focused on the band's name instead of their song words.

And he's underlined that the band's critics have missed the point about songs like After Forever, from 1971 album Master Of Reality. Butler, who writes most of Sabbath's lyrics, tells The Weeklings: "People always like to find the evil in the music, so they'd quote the 'pope on a rope' part out of context, as usual."

He says the song was inspired by the troubles in Northern Ireland at the time, adding: "We all believed in Jesus - and yet people were killing each other over it. To me it was just ridiculous. I thought that if God could see us killing each other in his name, he'd be disgusted." Read more here.

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Rory Gallagher To Be Honored On 20th Anniversary Of His Death

(Classic Rock) Rory Gallagher's name will adorn a studio in the town where he grew up, and a conference room at the headquarters of Fender guitars, on the 20th anniversary of his death.

It's part of a series of worldwide events called Remember Rory, which take place this weekend to commemorate his passing on June 14, 1995. The blues-rock icon's nephew Eoin will perform one of his songs on Cork's famous Shandon Bells on Friday, while four radio stations broadcast Tattoo'd Lady at the same time. Live music will be performed on Rory Gallagher Plaza while other events are planned across Cork and elsewhere.

His brother and manager Donal tells the Irish Examiner: "His presence is immense. He constantly reoccurs in my dreams - in some ways it doesn't feel like he's gone.

"He was such a perfectionist that, when you're working with his music, you have to be careful you don't tamper with it. You do feel he is looking over your shoulder.

"I have nightmares where he asks me to play back an album or look at something, and I'm there, waiting for his approval. But we do what we can and I feel he's smiling down." Read more here.

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Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull Rock Opera Shows Will Include 5 New Songs

(Classic Rock) Ian Anderson says he'll showcase five new tracks on his Jethro Tull - The Rock Opera shows later this year. He previously reported the theatrical presentation would feature Tull classics including Heavy Horses, Farm On The Freeway, A New Day Yesterday, The Witch's Promise and Locomotive Breath. And he says while the vast majority of material will be recognisable to fans, there will be a few surprises.

He tells My Global Mind: "There are five new songs as such, short songs, but about 85% of the evening is the best-known Jethro Tull repertoire, whatever, that means.

"It includes many of the heavy hitters, those which people would generally agree were the most famous songs they would expect to hear in a best of Jethro Tull show."

He says he's attended several operas over the years and often finds them "hopelessly confusing" so he's made a concerted effort to make the experience easy to follow for audiences.

He continues: "I've been to a few and I haven't got a clue what's going on unless I read the programme notes." Read more here.

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Yes Announce UK Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Yes have announced dates for a spring 2016 UK tour. The 2016 spring dates will see Yes perform 1971's "Fragile" and 1980's "Drama" albums in their entirety.

The 3-week, 9-show run starts April 27 in Glasgow and wraps on May 10 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Yes have also revealed three European shows beyond the UK tour, with concerts in France, Belgium and Italy on the schedule.

"This is the first time we'll be performing Drama in its entirety," says guitarist Steve Howe. "Most of the songs haven't been performed in some 30 years."

"Drama's a great album," adds drummer Alan White. "We decided it's long past due to bring its life and energy back to the forefront. We think the fans will love hearing Fragile and Drama in their entirety, and we certainly look forward to performing them."

Yes bassist Chris Squire is currently undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Marco Minnemann Streaming New Song 'Miami'

(Prog) Marco Minnemann has released a stream of his track Miami, from solo album Celebration. The drummer just released the follow-up to his debut Eeps, which came out last year. He played all the instruments and carried out most of the production work on both titles.

He recently said: "Eeps was assembled by using a lot of crazy and different pieces and textures. Celebration stays in one solid mood, with an overall more heavy rock approach, occasionally moving into dark territories."

He's currently gearing up to release The Aristocrats' third album Tres Caballeros at the end of the month. The trio, completed by Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller, tour Europe in November and December. Check out the song stream here.

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Gojira Frontman Talks New Album Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Gojira are aiming to release their sixth album next year, frontman Joe Duplantier reports. They French outfit previously announced they'd begun work on the follow-up to 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage in New York. But they originally planned to have it out in October this year.

Duplantier tells Rock Sverige: "We're thinking early next year. I want to say it's more straight to the point. That's what we're doing - getting rid of layers and complicated things, just to keep the core of the idea.

"There's always an idea behind a song, and sometimes it gets too crowded. This time, I think we really found a balance. It's very powerful and exciting." Read more and watch the interview here.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Announce New Album 'Abysmal'

(TeamRock Radio) The Black Dahlia Murder will release their seventh album, Abysmal, on September 18. Guitarist Ryan Knight revealed in February that they were working on the follow-up to 2013's Everblack.

Now frontman Trevor Strnad says: "It sees the band in a darker, faster and more melancholic place than anything we've done to date. It's wrought with emotion on a scale that we haven't reached with our previous attempts. It's dripping with urgency, and an undeniable sincere life and death purpose."

He adds: "There's a tremendous pressure to deliver for our fans. I want to wow them every time we come back, and for our new material to keep them excited about us." Read more here.

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Motley Crue Release Video Of European Farewell Tour Press Conference

(hennemusic) Motley Crue announced dates for their farewell tour of Europe on Tuesday, and the band are sharing video of their press conference with Alice Cooper from The Law Society in London.

The 12-date, 3-week run opens November 2 in Newcastle, UK and wraps up in Helsinki, Finland on November 18. Motley Crue Fan Club presale tickets and VIP Packages start Wednesday, June 10 in select markets. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 19 at 9 am local time.

Motley Crue are playing three European festivals this month: they performed at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 5 and will appear at Austria's Nova Rock on June 12 and UK's Download on June 14. Read more and watch the video here.

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Neal Schon Premieres New Solo Track 'Lady M'

(hennemusic) Journey guitarist Neal Schon is premiering "Lady M", a track from his forthcoming instrumental solo album, "Vortex." Due June 23, the 2CD set sees Schon regroup with keyboardists Jan Hammer and Igor Len and former Journey drummer Steve Smith to mix elements of rock, jazz, classical and world music over an 18-song package.

"Jan is all over this album," says Schon of the follow-up to 2014's "So U." "I wrote the material to give Jan room to stretch. There are not many three-minute ditties. It's all huge, epic, bombastic…futuristic.

"This is an evolutionary album for me," continues the guitarist. "I've always aspired to be a better player and push musical boundaries. And sure, I've sold 80-million records with Journey, and I'm proud of that, but this album is really me - all based on my guitar, which is my 'voice.' It's bold. There's love, and there's definitely fire and an element of danger. And the energy level is off the hook."

Schon and Journey recently wrapped up their first Las Vegas residency, a run that saw the band perform 9 shows at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Up next, Journey will perform with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on the opening night of the prestigious venue's 2015 season on June 20. The band will play a full set with the Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins, marking the group's first-ever performance with an orchestra. Check out Schon's new song here.

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Goblin Rebirth Premiere New Song 'Book Of Skulls'

(Prog) Goblin Rebirth have released a stream of their track Book Of Skulls, taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut album. It follows the launch of previous track Requiem For X.

The Italian band formed in 2010 around drummer Agostino Marangolo and bassist Fabio Pignatelli - the original rhythm section of 70's band Goblin, who recorded the soundtracks to several horror films including George A. Romero's Dawn Of The Dead in 1978.

There are three variants of the band: Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, featuring the co-founder and keyboardist, one with Pignatelli, Marangolo and original guitarist Massimo Morante, and Goblin Rebirth.

Pignatelli tells Tough Riffs: "I think it's a good album - we're all very satisfied. It has rich atmospheres and is performed with a lot of energy. All the personalities of the musicians emerge in a natural way. There's a lot of variety in the compositions and, in my opinion, the record is easy to listen to.

"It would make a perfect soundtrack. Now all we need is the film!" Stream the new song here.

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Meshuggah Guitarist Reveals Band's New Album Plans

(Prog) Meshuggah will start writing their 8th album in earnest following this summer's festival season, and aim to release it early next year. Drummer Tomas Haake previously revealed he was putting demos together and teased one of the ideas he was working on.

Now guitarist Marten Hagstrom has confirmed that they're closing in on full-power studio work. He tells Rock Sverige: "The last show for this summer is late August in Gothenburg,.

"When we finish off there, we're going to go full writing mode again. Hopefully we'll write through the end of the year, then start recording early-ish next year." Read more and watch the full interview clip here.

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Orphaned Land Unplugging For Fall Tour

(Prog) Orphaned Land have announced a European acoustic tour starting starting in September. The 25-date journey includes UK stops in London and Manchester in October, and follows a run of full-power festival appearances on the continent.

Frontman Kobi Farhi says: "Anyone who has seen an unplugged Orphaned Land show knows that it's an unforgettable experience. It's always nice to strip our songs with different arrangements.

"I've waited a long time to take my 'Jesus white dress' out of the closet. I guarantee it's going to be a holy musical experience - something to remember."

The Israelis will be joined on the shows by the Stimmgewalt male and female choir, with support will be provided by Molllust. Read more including the dates here.

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Palace Of The King Release 'Another Thing Coming' Video

(Classic Rock) Palace Of The King have released their debut video, Another Thing Coming. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming White Bird/Burn The Sky album, the follow-up to last year's limited edition, eponymous debut.

Formed in Melbourne in 2012, Palace Of The King are a six-piece who describe themselves as a "blues-infused rock and roll band". With two EPs and a very limited album under their belts, the band recorded their debut album proper at ColourSound Recording Studio in Altona, Victoria, while the cover art was designed by tattoo artist Kristian Kimonides. It's released June 12 in the UK, via Listenable Records.

Amongst the band's fans are Airbourne frontman Joel O'Keeffe, who says, "Palace Of The King is literally like a huge ground shaking Palace of riffs, soul and rock'n'roll. With more hooks and lines than a hard-working Bering Sea fishing fleet, they're guaranteed to tangle you up, reel you in and blow you away with their unique six-stringing, soul singing, sexy stomping rock'n'roll! They are the real f***in' deal". Watch the video here.

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The Vintage Caravan Release 'Crazy Horses' Video

(Classic Rock) The Vintage Caravan have released a new music video for the song "Crazy Horses." It's taken from the band's recent Arrival album, the follow-up to 2012's Voyage.

"We are super stoked about the new video," says Óskar Logi Ágústsson. "Our friends Nicholas and Einar Karl did an awesome job, really professional. They've been in the movie business for some time now and worked on Interstellar and Sense 8, and they even turned down Star Wars to work on this video! The video is definitely different than the Expand Your Mind video, but it's equally awesome! It's a bit more serious, but it's really funny in a darker way.

"We really want to thank Einar, Nicholas, Yr, Alma, Alex, Kiljan, Jökull and all the fantastic actors and extras, and my lovely mother who made soup for all the cast and crew. She even appears in the video for a second. Enjoy the video!" Watch it here.

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Ronnie Wood Looks Back On Landing Rolling Stones Gig

(Classic Rock) Ronnie Wood has recalled how his plan to become a member of the Rolling Stones began to work out. He last month told of his teenage determination to join Mick Jagger and co, saying: "I was going to be in that band one way or another and I would broadcast the fact."

He finally got the job in 1975 - ten years after keeping a diary about his early outfit The Birds, which he recently rediscovered and published. Wood tells Rolling Stone: "I knew them from afar, across the room. We tried to keep up - if they were going out for £75 a night we were getting £50. When they were getting £250 a night we were getting £100. All we lacked was a hit record.

"It all came together in the late 60s, around the inauguration of Mick Taylor at Hyde Park, after Brian Jones died. I met Mick and Charlie Watts on the periphery of Hyde Park.

"They came up to me and said, 'We're breaking in our new guitar player. We've got to go to the stage - see you soon.' I said, 'Yeah, sooner than you think!'" Read more here.

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Richard Thompson Streaming New Song 'Broken Doll'

(Prog) Richard Thompson has released a stream of his track Broken Doll. The song is taken from Thompson's 16th solo album Still, issued on June 29 via Proper Records.

Still is produced by Wilco mainman Jeff Tweedy who says: "Richard's been one of my favourite guitar players for a very long time. When I think about it, he's also one of my favourite songwriters and singers.

"Getting to work closely with him on this record was a truly rewarding experience, not to mention a great thrill. And he keeps alive my streak of working exclusively with artists who make me look good as a producer." Listen to the new song here.

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Singled Out: Lost Element's Twenty Five

Today Brian Barrett from Lost Element tells us about their new single "Twenty Five," which they have released as they continue work completing their forthcoming album "Stereo Dream". Here is the story:

Twenty Five started off as a completely different song than it is now. After a couple of days of messing around in the home studio, I came up with the line "I woke up at twenty five, I've been stuck here all my life".

The next week at practice I showed this idea to the other guys and I remember Omar saying "That's the line!" "I woke up at twenty five, I've been stuck here all my life". He said scratch everything else and use that. I basically went back to the drawing bored and created a new verse melody and used "I woke up at twenty five" as the chorus.

Once I got the melody structure and beat down, I sat with Omar and Trace to create guitar and bass lines. I was really digging the funky vibe that they had added so I started writing lyrics. Originally I put anti pop culture and stereotype lyrics into the verses and had the chorus speaking as almost an anthem to Generation X. I don't think anyone was overly ecstatic about the tune at this point, but we thought it was good enough to record and have in the running to make the album.

Once we tracked all the music, here in Houston, we sent the track over to our producer, Bryce Bordone, in Virginia Beach. After days of back and forth trial and error we finally got the drum tones and production that we wanted, but there was still something missing.

After a couple drunk nights in the studio, Bryce calls me up and says, "Get to your computer, I'm gonna stream you the tune!" I sat down, and to my surprise, there was this super twangy, funky, catchy, almost drunken sounding lead guitar riff. It caught me a little off guard at first, but after listening through that day, I realized that's what was missing. About a month went by and we were still in the writing/recording process of the album.

There was talk going around between Omar, Trace, our manager, and our producer that maybe this song didn't fit with the rest and it just wasn't gelling. No one could really pin point what it was, but I was getting out voted. For some reason I had a connection to this song and I kept sticking up for it. I suggested one last shot at collaborating on re-writing the verse lyrics and melody.

Bryce sent us the track without any vocals in the verse so we could write on top of it. Omar, Trace, and I sat in our practice space for what seemed like 24hrs and laid down idea after idea.

Eventually we came up with what is now the verse and knew that we had really nailed what was wrong with the song. After vibing on the new verse melody, I felt like the lyrical content needed to be less serious, more summer vibe fun, but still relatable.

After shopping our demos to different labels, management companies, and promotion companies, there was one common denominator and it was this song. Across the board people chose this song as the first single. So long story long, everything that this song went through was for a reason and shaped it into what it is now.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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