Linkin Park Is ‘Talking” And We Are ALL Ears

Linkin Park has mentioned some “talk” of new music since the untimely passing of Chester Bennington.

This is exciting news. FOR ALL OF US. Cuz’ no matter what type of genre you cling to the most, everybody can appreciate Linkin Park for everything they are.

An American-rock-nu-metal sensation, Linkin Park started their trek into the music scene in 1996. Founding and current members included Mike Shinoda (vocalist/rhythm guitarist), Brad Delson (lead guitarist), Dave Farrell (bassist), John Hahn (DJ/Keyboardist), and Rob Bourdon (drummer). Reaching almost immediate international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, This group coined radio-friendly genre-breaking music.

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Linkin Park: Best Selling Band of the 21st Century

Referred to as the Best Selling Band of the 21st century, Linkin Park holds Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. All of which, we understand, considering they have such a unique sound, and a wide variation of music.

The last time we heard new music from Linkin Park was “One More Light”. The band’s seventh studio album, released in May 2017. The world, shaken by the death of co-frontman Chester Bennington, who tragically took his own life two months after the release. After a constant battle with depression. Ultimately, his death, sent the band into hiatus, canceling their tour, and allowing them to mourn the loss of Chester.

In December of the same year, the band released live recordings of their final tour with Bennington. The last of the new music we would hear for quite some time. The group took time to focus on family, friends, mental health, and music. All the things they love.

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During this time, the band continued to be a support system for one another. Enjoying each other’s company and working on side projects. In June 2018, Mike Shinoda even went on to release a debut solo album.

The good news is that the first time since Bennington‘s tragic departure, Linkin Park has actually confirmed the idea of recording new music. In a recent interview with Yonhap (a South Korean newspaper), Joe Hahn said that the band has considered the possibility of creating together again.

What’s To Come?

We don’t want you to lose your mind quiet yet. Considering that Shinoda said that although the band loves to hang out, be around each other, and make music, that they don’t want to put pressure on it. They want it to happen naturally. So, this music could come in the time frame from a week to a decade. And as painstakingly hard as it is, we will be patient and let it happen in its own time.

The band has made it clear that though there is the possibility of a new singer alongside Shinoda, that their intention is never to replace Chester. Both because they never want to, and they know they never could. Chester provided Linkin Park with emotion-evoking power vocals paired with death screams that were untouchable. Though Tobi Duncan of Trash Boat did our boy proud in his rendition of “Given Upfor the compilation Songs That Saved My Life. A compilation album by Hopeless Records to honor suicide prevention. Such a fitting ode to Bennington.

We can’t imagine a Linkin Park without Chester, but we are certainly hopeful for what’s to come. The future is bright, and we know that Linkin Park will make all of us and, most importantly, Chester proud. Stay tuned for any new news on Linkin Park breaking ground in the studio.

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Words: Danielle King | Featured Photo: Photo: Linkin Park on Twitter

Jimmy Eat World Rocks Outs With New Album & Tour Announcement

What’s more exciting than a band we know and love announcing new music and tour dates? That’s right, NOTHING. Jimmy Eat World has been rocking out since 1993. Yeah, before some (most) of you were even born. These rocker vets from Meza, Arizona are about to grace us with a highly anticipated album titled Surviving, along with a tour that is hitting some special places along the US including, but not limited to New York, Florida, and Delaware.

It’s not often we get lucky enough to see bands we love celebrate doing music for 20 years, but this group has changed the game by doing just that. Collecting countless nominees from various awards, we can’t help but believe that their tenth (that’s right, we’re old) studio album will be just as award-worthy.

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Jimmy Eat World Aims to Please

With classics like “Sweetness” and “The Middle”, pleasing all types of listeners, tracks like “Hear You Me” send you back into the high school rom-com era, and timeless jams like “Kill” satisfy our more obscure listeners. Jimmy Eat World aims to please all. We suspect that is exactly what they are striving for with this new album. We’d even go as far as to say we’re destined to be impressed.

Surviving is the first album from these guys in 3 years, making us more than intrigued about the sound it will carry. With singles likeLove Never and “Stay” our excitement only grows. These singles are compiled with loads of super catchy riffs, matched by lyrics we always are able to relate to. It only confirms they’re sure to produce an album we won’t be able to stop spinning. 

The album drops October 18th 2019, so be sure to check it out for a killer emo-alt-rock combination. In the meantime, throw some new or old Jimmy Eat World into your daily rotation to get your fix until then.

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Words: Danielle King | Featured Photo: Surviving Album Art

Sleep On It, White Claw, and Other Things You Need in Your Life.

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Despite the name, Chicago based band Sleep On It is an upcoming band you should keep your eyes open for. The talented musicians behind the band (lead vocalist Zech Pluister, lead guitarist/backing vocalist TJ Horansky, rhythm guitarist/ backing vocalist Jake Marquis, and drummer Luka Fischman) have been working tirelessly since Sleep On It first formed in 2012. And it’s easy to tell that the self-proclaimed “daddest pop-punk band” has been doing everything but sleeping. After finishing their co-headline tour with Like Pacific they’re about to embark on their latest tour with Don Broco. Now they’re getting ready to drop their next album Pride & Disaster.

Sleep On It recently finished a co-headliner with Like Pacific

Fans are dreaming of the day this album drops and that dream will come true on September 13th, 2019. The song “Under The Moment” gives a great glimpse on what’s soon to come on Sleep On It‘s horizon. Bearing dark lyrics and a catchy melody this song will have you deep-in-thought while simultaneously dancing along. Even in their earliest music, the band has harnessed the talent of harmoniously pairing hard topics with cheerful tones and melodies. There’s no doubt that their second album will execute these talents beautifully. Pride & Disaster is gearing up to be a lighter record than their 2018 release Overexposed. However, it will still be the Sleep On It we all know and love. There’s a good reason why this band was named Kerrang‘s Hottest Band Of 2018, so if Sleep On It isn’t on your playlist then you’re definitely doing something wrong.

Check out the music video for “Under The Moment”

Here at MDRN MAG are excited for Pride & Disaster to drop and we hope you are too!

Scroll below for our interview with lead singer Zech Pluister.

What did the process of choosing the album name look like? Where did the name come from?
The album name came from the song “Take Me Back.” When we were picking the name we knew it had to be bold and make a statement. We had a running list of like ten titles, some from lyrics of the record, some just phrases that we thought fit the thematic arc of the record. We landed on Pride & Disaster because it really fit what went into the writing of this record and the message we were trying to portray throughout.

On Overexposed, you collaborated with Derek DiScanio from State Champs. Are there any collaborations fans can expect on the new album?
No guest vocals on this record, but we worked with a different producer, and wrote and recorded a couple [of] swings with Mike Green, who did “Disconnected.” We really wanted to showcase our abilities and what we could do while pushing ourselves to think outside the box, and working with […] some new people was exactly what we needed.

How would you describe the progression of your sound during the writing process of this album?
So the songwriting process didn’t really change too much, they came together in basically the same way as always, just over a little more time. Going into this record we weren’t really sure what we wanted it to sound like, so TJ was basically just throwing any and every idea he had out and we just went with what we thought worked best.

As we approach the release of your new album and enter this Pride & Disaster era, what are you most excited about?
I’m most excited for people to hear the progression of Sleep On It. I think this record is the best music we’ve made yet, and I am so excited to hear what everyone thinks of it. We poured so much of ourselves into this one and I hope that shows.

Which song on the album are you most anxious for fans to hear?
Probably “After Tonight.” We wrote it in the studio with our friend Pete Adams, and we wrote it in [six] hours overnight, and it was just so natural and fun. It’s also really pop forward and something that’s a little different for us. It’s my favorite on the record.

“We want to be better people. We want to improve ourselves, and we want to help the people around us improve as well.”

Knowing you’ve DJed for emonite before, what song on your emonite playlists do you wish you wrote?
That list is almost endless, but if I had to pick one that’s on MY playlist, I would probably say “Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World.

When was the last time you were truly star-struck?
Meeting Frank Turner at Indianapolis Warped Tour. He is such a huge inspiration to me and the whole band. He’s such a down to earth and an incredible human, and it was a pleasure to talk to him for a little while. It took me three days to ask him to sign my copy of his book.

You just dropped a brand new single called “Under the Moment.” What was the inspiration behind that track?
That song was inspired by my most recent battle with depression and anxiety. Over the last year of touring I’ve kind of spiraled into a deep hole and I didn’t even realize it until writing that song. I all of a sudden found myself distant from my loved ones and isolated. And after I had written it I realized I was calling for help without even noticing I needed it.

On this new track, which lyrics stand out the most to you? Which is your favorite? Why?
Probably, “I promise I won’t drag you down here with me, make the most of the time that we’re wasting.” It really just felt so important and visceral to me after I wrote it. When I go into [a] spiral like that, the happy moments are so important to grab a hold of and run with, “making the most of the time you’re wasting.” So I really felt proud of that one when I wrote it.

The lyrical content on this song is a bit darker, as is the video. How does writing and recording songs like this help your healing and recovery process from difficult times within your life?
It’s just very cathartic to put it out into the world, to let people know that what they’re feeling is normal and natural. Also, it’s just very important and necessary for me to get it out instead of just bottling it all up and holding it in until I explode. Talking about this stuff is the most important way to start a road towards healing.

After finishing your co-headliner with Like Pacific, can you tell us your favorite moment from this run? To add to that, what are you most looking forward to on your next run with Don Broco?
My favorite moment on the whole tour was probably on the last day. We convinced almost everyone to shave into mustaches, and we were all just helping each other shave into the most ridiculous facial hair configurations. It was truly hilarious and I loved it so much.

As far as the Don Broco tour, I’m just excited to see everyone again! We hung out with them and Trash Boat a fair amount on Warped last year and they’re all such great people, and I’m stoked to get to know the Selfish Things folks, it’s bound to be a great time!

We know, in music-industry-years, you’re still fairly young, but have you had a moment yet of “we’ve made it” or “how is this my life?”
The Chicago show on the Co-Headliner. Sold Out Bottom Lounge, our biggest headline show to date. 700 people screaming the words back, my family and girlfriend were there. I was truly just so overwhelmed in the best possible way. Definitely a “how is this my life” moment for me.

If you had to choose a band mascot, would you choose the Buc-ee’s Beaver or a can of White Claw?
It would literally be a combination. Buc-ee double fisting White Claws!

Finally, what do you want new listeners of Sleep On It to know about your band?
Just that we’re normal people from cities and towns just like them. We’re not special, we’re just very very lucky to be in the position we are in, and that none of this would be possible without them showing support, coming to shows, listening to the music. It all thanks to them, and it’s all for them.

Sleep On It’s new record, Pride & Disaster drops next month, so keep an eye out! You can pre-order it here.

Check out the tracklist!
1. Racing Towards A Red Light
2. Hold Your Breath
3. Babe Ruth
4. Under The Moment
5. Fix The Dark
6. After Tonight
7. Take Me Back
8. The Cycle Of Always Leaving
9. Logan Square
10. Lost & Found

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Words: Maeve Dupree | Featured Photo: Alex Bemis / Second Society Report

My Oh My, It’s 2005

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So we think that we’ve discovered time-travel and woken up in 2005.

Remember 2005, when it was pop punk mania? When all you thought about was teen angst, running away, and pizza. 2005 was the year of Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41, All-American Rejects, and of course the supreme of them all, My Chemical Romance.

What if we told you that all of those bands, are releasing new music? THIS YEAR. Allegedly. You’d probably wonder what year it is, much like we am. So let’s walk through this together.

Green Day

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According to Kerrang! radio host Sophie K, Green Day is set to release new music July 19th at 5pm. There are no exact details yet, but we’re sure hoping. Green Day last released music back in 2016 with album Revolution Radio. Hear Sophie talk about new Green Day music here.

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Blink-182

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Blink-182 have a jam packed 2019. After already headlining the last Warped Tour and starting their own tour with Lil Wayne, Blink has an album set to release later this summer as well as a separate EP following the albums release. You can buy tickets to see Blink in a city near you here.

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Sum 41

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Back in April, Sum 41 announced their new album Order in Decline, which is set to release July 19th. Since then they have released four new singles from that record; “Out for Blood”, “A Death in the Family”, “Never There”, and “45”. You can pre-order Sum 41‘s new album here.

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The All-American Rejects

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Alas! After a teaser back in 2017, The All-American Rejects have announced that they are dropping an EP next week, on July 16th. Check out the announcement tweet here.

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My Chemical Romance

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Now, this is probably as true as my tinder bio but…. Joe Jonas stated in an interview that when rehearsing for his upcoming tour MCR was “apparently rehearsing next to us.” Now like I said, this is all he said she said stuff. Each member is working on their own stuff at the moment, but who’s to say they can’t take a break from that too. The band has been playing with our emotions since the break-up back in 2013. I think it’s safe to say that all we deserve and want in life is an MCR reunion.

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: New Found Glory

Forever Warped

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The encore to an amazing 25 year show that no one wants to leave.

I couldn’t wait for summer and the Warped Tour

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Blink-182 got those lyrics right for the millions of people who have attended Warped Tour for the past 25 years. So you could imagine that this weekend was especially special and emotional for many. As someone who has been attending Warped since she was 12, it was definitely a hard goodbye.

Warped Tour was always the best part of the summer. 20+ bands across multiple stages along, a crowd of people who just enjoy music, and some light moshing and crowd surfing. That’s Warped. So what do you do for the very last one? You make it bigger.

The bands weren’t the only thing warped had to offer this year. Warped Tour went back to the basics from years ago and had a skateboard ramp, motor cross track, wrestling ring, and a Warped Tour Museum.

This weekend was the last time the east coast will ever see Warped. Across Atlantic City beach with 4 stages, 60,000 people traveled from up and down the east coast to attend the 2-day event.

DAY 1

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The first day was a little rough. It was obvious that the security and vendors didn’t know exactly what was about to happen, so things got a bit messy. You had to stand in line for food for about 40 minutes. There were only 2 hydration stations where you could fill your water bottles and that alone was about a 45 minute wait. The security by the stages were having a lot of fun playing catch and release with amount of crowd surfers that there were.

That night around 5pm, in the middle of Atmosphere‘s set, Warped Tour had to call an emergency evacuation because of a storm that was coming. The evacuation only lasted an hour until everyone was allowed back in and the party resumed, thankfully.

The highlight of my day one was seeing Simple Plan and Good Charlotte for the first time! These bands were the staple of my childhood and the fact that I saw both from front row was so surreal to me.

Simple Plan easily blew the crowd away with their set. It was pop-Punk perfection. Opening with “I’d do anything” and closing with “Perfect” and smash hits in-between, it was non-stop beautiful chaos.

Good Charlotte‘s set was a little rough around the edges but that is what made it all the better. They came on after the evacuation of the beach. So as we were filing back in, they were setting back up. This caused some technical difficulties. Joel was having some troubles with his microphone and Benji’s mic just wasn’t working at all. Their performance was overall too low compared to how loud the others were.

Did these setbacks prevent the crowd from having the time of their lives? No! They had the crowd jumping, surfing, and screaming despite the troubles. They didn’t let a little rain slow down their last Warped Tour performance.

Following Good Charlotte was Bad Religion, 311, and A Day To Remember. As the night went on, the crowd got crazier. More and more crowd surfers and mosh pits. But hey, that’s Warped Tour!

Day 1 was a total success… Stay tuned for Day 2!

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Vans Warped Tour