Nativ, a band made of Attack Attack! members, seemed to be on a roll - they made it several full months without going through any drama. That’s all changed now though. The band has come to a full halt, members are shifting, physical fights have occurred, and the band’s frontman, Phil Druyor, has no idea what’s going on. You can read a statement from Druyor below after the jump.
Beartooth are out on a big fall tour with August Burns Red, blessthefall, and Defeater. PropertyOfZack will be hosting Road Blog updates form the band every week throughout the remainder of the tour, so check out the first update below!
From Nick Reed:
Most of you guys probably have no idea who I am, and have only heard a few things here and there about my band. I’m usually fine being the guy behind the scenes that just does his own thing. But when I was asked to write up a tour journal for POZ I was all over it because I see myself as a modern day Dav Pilkey (look it up you might get the joke). But enough about that, I’ll go into this week’s update.
For being a relatively new band playing out at shows we didn’t know what to fully expect before we started this full national tour with August Burns Red, Blessthefall, and Defeater. But what we ended up getting was the most high flying and intense shows I think I’ve ever even been to. And when I say high flying I really mean it. Since it’s a bigger tour we’ve been battling barricades the whole time. So instead of the normal crowd participation of stage diving we’ve taken it under our responsibility to learn how to fly. Whether it’s off of bars, kick drums, or even the PA speakers. And I think only one of us has hit the ground so far, so that’s a positive.
Music videos tend to matter less and less over time, but we all still have our go-to favorites. Whether it was on MTV, VH1, a band’s terrible 2003 website, or YouTube, music videos used to (and sometimes still do) entertain us to no end. We thought it’d be a great idea to do a new PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The Most Iconic Music Videos from our general scene over the past few decades. Check out our Discussion below and feel free to reblog with your favorite music videos!
blink-182 - What’s My Age Again, by Zack Zarrillo It doesn’t matter if you discovered the music video for “What’s My Age Again” at age 14 in 1999, 2003, 2008, or 2013. When you found it, you 1) were laughing 2) were singing along while laughing, and 3) were watching semi-naked dudes on your computer or TV screen while hoping your mom didn’t walk in.
4) You most likely fell musically and immaturely in love with blink-182.
The video is classic blink and set the band up for so much that happened in the rest of their immediate and future career, by nature of putting together all the pieces of the puzzle to create a video that (by today’s definition) would be the most viral music video on the internet.
Saves The Day - At Your Funeral, by Brittany Oblak This music video was released in 2001 and came out for the album Stay What You Are, when the band took on a much poppier direction. This music video got airtime on both MTV and MTV2, and it was also how I discovered the band. The video is shot in motion-control behind a young Chris Conley, showing what appears to be the life cycle of a family. The video’s directors were really into “Requiem for a Dream” at the time, hence them shooting it in this style, and it even features director Maureen Egan’s mom at the end. This video opened not only a lot of doors for the band, but helped increase their fan base as well. This song being the band’s biggest single and an iconic anthem for Saves the Day fans alike, this video is (appropriately so) just as memorable and admired as the song itself.
Sum 41 - Still Waiting, by Marc Gary Gray The hilarious introduction (thanks to a cameo by Will Sasso) to this video paints a perfect picture of the musical landscape in 2002. After enjoying a huge decade starting with Green Day’s Dookie in 1994 and culminating with blink-182’s Enema of the State in 1999, the momentum of the pop-punk movement had faded. In its place, garage rock bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes were sending popular rock music in a different direction. Enter Sum 41 and this song/video. They weren’t done with pop punk, and they were ready to prove it (and ready to poke fun at the nouveau chic). This is Sum 41 at their best: bratty, catchy, and fun as hell.
The Replacements - Bastards Of Young, by Jesse Richman The Replacements carved out a place in history as punk’s lovable losers, accidental geniuses who managed to cut themselves off at the knees each time success crept close, and nowhere is it more evident than here. After years of under-heralded brilliance, the ‘Mats signed a major label deal, gave the boot to talented-but-unreliable guitarist Bob Stinson, and churned out Tim, and album featuring nine of the most perfect songs ever complied on one disc (and two terrible ones, because that’s how the ‘Mats roll).
And yet, when it came time to make a music video for “Bastards Of Young”, a song that seemed sure to make the band stars, they handed the label…this. The greatest anti-video ever created. Three and a half minutes of a camera pointed at a stereo playing their song, while someone just out of view sits on the couch and has a smoke. That’s it. Wait through it all, and be rewarded with three seconds of catharsis at the end. It was a giant middle finger toward music video culture: there was no way MTV could have played it, and they basically didn’t. So much for success!
Of course, The Replacements are having the last laugh; they’ll be reuniting in a few months to headline all three of this year’s Riot Fests, atop lineups packed full of bands they inspired, including Against Me!, who have been known to whip out a killer live cover of “Bastards” from time to time.
Attack Attack! - Stick Stickly, by Donald Wagenblast The song itself doesn’t matter. The story thrown together for the video doesn’t matter. All anyone will ever remember about the “Stick Stickly” video, and frankly all that needs to be remembered about the video/song/band, is that it was the world’s introduction and horrible first impression of crabcore.
Caleb Shomo is headed to LA to sign his new project to a record label. It is not clear however whether Beartooth or Class will be the project that Shomo is giving his attention to. Check out a tweet for Shomo below after the jump.
Attack Attack! are on their final tour as a band and recently did an interview to discuss calling it quits and the reasons leading up to it. Check out the full piece here and part of it below after the jump.
All hints point to screenplays about UFOs and aliens. We’d most likely prefer Tom to be working on new blink or Angels & Airwaves music, but we won’t complain as long as these are better than LOVE (the film).