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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Interview with The Everyday Losers

I did a review of The Everyday Losers' new EP last week and had a chance to ask Tyler and Dylan Seidel of the band a few questions. Check it out below and check out the original review here.

Photo from band's Facebook

For The Love of Rock and Metal: Tell me about how the band formed and a little about each member.

The Everyday Losers: Well Dylan and I are brothers so we have been playing music together for like seven years and been writing almost as long. Dylan and I went to school with Danny. I always knew he played guitar, but it didn't click with me to ask him to join as a bassist until we had been looking for one for a good while and he suggested it. It was a great transition for the band and he is a good fit.

FLRM: There is no drummer listed on your website or Facebook. Do you have a regular drummer or are you using touring/studio drummers?

TEL: We did use a studio drummer for half the tracks on the EP because at the time Dylan and I were the only members. I was still in high school when we got in contact with Phil Taylor. We headed down to new Orleans and tracked three songs in two days because we were on a low budget. About a year after that we found a drummer and got a few more songs recorded and this time John Lecompt was in on it from the beginning. We had that drummer a little over a year but we are currently still looking.

FLRM:  I’ve had some positive and negative reactions to your music and to a review I did. What do you want the people who have good things to say about you to know? How about those who had negative things to say?

TEL:  I don't think that the album does us justice. We had a hard time getting the earlier tracks on the record to be acceptable. We only had two sessions - a two day session and a five day session for the entire recording of the EP. We were still developing our sound in the middle of it. I look at it as our first EP because it has three tracks from the first as well as the three new ones. John is very precise in recording and mixing. He likes to remove all flaws in the music and some people may hear it and feel the personal quality removed. I think he is great at what he does, but for the next album we are planning on going for a more raw feel. We just did what we could with what was available to us and if you like it that's great. If you don't, that is okay too. We have more to offer than that EP.

FLRM:  Why alternative rock/grunge?

TEL:  We've been classified under that genre before. We aren't trying to imitate any of those bands in any way. We have always said nirvana and Silverchair are the greatest inspirations for our style, but we have developed a different style from them.  Dylan and I  both were attracted to the aggression of grunge. It felt real to us because it had passion.

FLRM:  What is your favorite thing about playing live?

TEL:  Being able to share music that my brother and I create.

FLRM:  What is the local scene like in your area? Have you noticed a change over the last few years (ie: the quality of bands, the number of people attending local shows, etc)?

TEL: We live in a small town. There is not really much of a music scene here. A few larger cities not too far from us have one and it's primarily death metal and power pop punk. It seems as though bands are falling away from the core of rock.

FLRM:  What is your songwriting process? Is it just one person or is it collaborative?

TEL:  Dylan and I write the songs. Dylan writes most of the music and I do most lyrics. We both write the melodies.

FLRM:  If you could sing for any band (current or past) other than your own, which one would it be and why?

TEL: (Dylan) I think Seether would be cool. I've always felt a connection with Shaun's lyrics.

FLRM:  What do you think it takes to put on a really good show?

TEL: We are a tight band live. We feed off the crowd, as well as each other. I do everything I can to be as entertaining as possible. I don't think I have played a show where I didn't end up on the ground or running as fast as I can on the stage. Crowd interaction is key as well. We always try our best to get the crowd into the music.

FLRM:  If you weren’t a musician, what would your number one profession choice be?

TEL: I'm a graphic designer as well, so I'll go with that.

FLRM:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?

TEL:  Hopefully our future recordings will show a sense of passion through the music. We are passionate and would like people to feel connected to the songs.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

New Music: The Everyday Losers EP "Social Paradise"

Photo from Band's Reverbnation

I got an email about a band called The Everyday Losers and decided to review their second EP called "Social Paradise." I have been sitting here trying to decide how I feel about this band. Here's the thing... I don't dislike them. They are reminiscent of the grunge era and resemble bands like Nirvana, Fuel and Bush. I like those bands and I really enjoy grunge and alternative rock. But this is where my dilemma comes in - they are a throwback band to a time when these grunge bands were just breaking through. Some stood out, some faded into the background never to be seen again. I like The Everyday Losers because they sound like these bands, but at the same time, they do sound like every other band.

The EP starts with the song Hate You. This song sounds like early Puddle of Mudd from the instrumentals all the way to the vocals. It is followed by Queen of the World and Pins, which are the same melodic sound. My favorite of the EP is Here We Are Now, which reminds of Bush and Nirvana rolled into one. The CD is rounded out with Farrah 22 and Let Me Die. If I had to sum up this EP in one word, it would be "accessible."  It is prime for radio play because it is not at either end of any extreme and it echos already well-known music. Some may call it a boring sound, but I think it is the kind of music that anyone can listen to easily. That's good because it can draw a larger fan base, but bad because people like me listen to music for the passion. I like metal because it is pure and raw emotion, but I also like grunge and alternative because it is easy to listen to and The Everyday Losers fit right into that mold. I'm not saying the guys from this band aren't passionate. I'm sure they are, but I'm having a hard time pulling that passion from this EP. Alternative rock often does not exude great amounts of passion and that's okay. 

The Everyday Losers is a band from Washington, Indiana and is made up of two brothers, Dylan and Tyler Seidel and Danny Norton. There is no drummer listed on their Facebook or website. They have played at Rockapalooza and have had radio play in their home state of Indiana as well as on Milwaukee, Wisconsin radio station. Check back soon for an interview with the band. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

New "Super-Band" Lineup Announced

Photo from Buzznet

As many of you may know, David Draiman has put together a new industrial band called Device. If you do the whole Twitter thing, you can follow them here. We've been waiting to find out who is going to be on the album and who might be making an appearance in any live shows, but the wait is finally over.

On Device's debut album, there will be an all-star lineup. Bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and frontman M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) will all be heard on the new album. Singer Serj Tankian (System of a Down), guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) will all also be appearing. As you can see, this creates quite the "super-band." Many people know how I feel about super-bands, but in case you didn't know - I don't usually enjoy them. Sometimes it turns out great, sometimes the mixture of styles (and egos) can be problematic. None of them are a permanent member of the band, so maybe this will work out.

As far as live shows go, the drummer from Evanescence and Dark New Day, Will Hunt, will be involved as well as the Dope and Eve to Adam guitarist Virus, who happens to be one of my favorite guitarists. Geno Lenardo, former guitarist for Filter, is also in the live lineup and is the only other permanent member.
Photo from Guitar Quest
The first single, "Villify," is expected to hit the radio on February 19th and a music video for the song was recorded yesterday. The full album should be released April 9th, 2013.

So, what do you think? Are you surprised by the lineup and special appearances? And what do you think of super-bands made up of established musicians from a variety of bands?

Find more info on Loudwire and Bloody Disturbing.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Three Days Grace Singer Leaves the Band

Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Just a few weeks before their tour starts, Three Days Grace announces that vocalist Adam Gontier is leaving the band due to a non-life-threatening health issue. The band knew in December that Gontier was leaving, but that he wanted to the band to go on without him.

My Darkest Days lead singer Matt Walst (brother of bassist Brad Walst) will be filling in for Gontier in their upcoming tour. The band's future is still seemingly uncertain, but if it goes well with Matt Walst, maybe it will be a permanent move. This possibility leaves My Darkest Days on shaky grounds in the future as well, especially after the loss of their guitarist, Sal Costa last week.

Three Days Grace's tour will be starting on February 1st and is scheduled to go through the end of March with Brad Walst on vocals for the entire tour. The band has released the following statement regarding Gontier's departure on their website:

"We appreciate everyone’s concern about Three Days Grace. We found out on December 21st that Adam wished to resign from the band. In a letter to us Adam indicated that he was resigning from the band due to a non life threatening health issue and wanted the band to continue moving forward without him. We were as shocked as many of you were to hear the news. Three Days Grace has always been and will continue to be not only our job but our passion. Instead of cancelling the tour, we felt an obligation to you, the fans, to forge ahead and put on the best show we can. Brad recently reached out to his brother Matt Walst, lead singer for ‘My Darkest Days’ to fill in for the tour dates already announced. We’ve been hanging out and rehearsing with Matt and look forward to rocking the stage in a few weeks! As of right now, Matt’s role is temporary and as far as the future and beyond this tour, we are taking it one day at a time. – 3DG"

The band posted a few tracks of Walst practicing with the band as lead singer. I'm going to be completely honest... I don't really like it. Maybe I need to have a little time to adjust to it and maybe I need to hear it live and after more practice. Below is one of their new songs "Chalk Outline," which I think is the best of the three they posted. The first one I listened to was "Riot" and it just doesn't sound like the same band. Of course, I don't expect it to be the same band because it is a different singer, but I guess I just don't like change. I hope this isn't the end of Three Days Grace because I do enjoy them as far as rock bands go. So, listen to the one below and if you're interested check out the other two here and let me know what you think of this lineup change. 

Nonpoint Releases "I Said It" Video filmed in Madison, WI

Awhile back, I announced that Nonpoint was looking for people to be in their music video for newly released "I Said It."  There have been questions about when it was to be released, since it was filmed months ago and we basically all wanted to see ourselves in a music video. Well, the time has come. The video has been released. Check it out below or on

Nonpoint is also currently on tour. You can get up-to-date information on their Facebook page or check out the tour schedule below.