Mondays mean BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the PropertyOfZack feature today with Bradley Walden of Squid The Whale. The band just released a new EP called Four More, so make sure to download it here
In this week’s feature, Bradley steps up to talk about Black Veil Brides. Don’t believe it? Well, believe it. Listen to songs by Black Veil Brides here and check out what Bradley had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Bradley Walden of Squid The Whale:
When we think of bands that have influenced us, so many come to mind. We grew up listening to what we believed was real, honest music. Acts like Michael Jackson, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin, etc. So naturally when we think influences, we think Black Veil Brides.
“A bleeding heart can conquer every crutch”, lyrics like that just really speak to us and motivate us to be a better band and grow. There’s such honesty and truth to that band. Which is what we think Squid is all about, honesty.
You just know before they’re on stage, they can feel it. Once their make-up is on point, outfits are all in sync, they’re ready to tell a story. You have to respect that, who doesn’t love the 80’s? Who doesn’t miss KISS? I know we do.
Bands like that give us hope. No, we don’t have chains yet. No, we don’t have the leather. You watch a band like that and you realize exactly who you want to be. You realize that you want to work towards the chains. You want to work towards the leather.
Black Veil Brides’ second week on the Billboard 200 charts resulted in a 75% sales drop to 11,500 copies sold. Dropkick Murphys’ sales also dropped 72% on the charts. A$AP Rocky debuted at number one with 140,000 sales of Long.Live.A$AP. fun.’s Some Nights sales stayed stagnant at around 13,000 sales. Check out the top 20 Billboard spots this week below by clicking “Read More.”
This sounds like it will be a Say Anything fan’s wildest dreams come true. If you click through, you’ll read details from Bemis about Polarity and about how it mirrors his own bipolar disease. We of course have no idea if Max can actually pull off writing a great comic, but fingers crossed!
They sold a hell of a lot of records. If you were truly surprised, you haven’t been paying attention (but you can’t be blamed for that with this band). PropertyOfZack doesn’t cover this band, but it’s interesting to see what a goth/metal/”emo”-looking band can still do on the Billboard charts. Someone on Twitter pointed out that music like this (see: My Chemical Romance) will always sell well. We’ll see.
UK fans, be excited. US fans, don’t get stoked just yet. Frank Turner’s new album will be coming out this spring, but a US release date and label is missing. Could it be possible that Turner has left Epitaph Records and signed with a major? It would make sense when you step back and realize Epitaph put out a compilation record this past fall with Turner’s songs on their catalog. There’s no confirmation either way yet, but one has to be coming soon.
Buddy Nielsen is one of the smartest guys in this side of the industry, and the package he put together for Senses Fail’s spring tour in addition to the presale model the band is using only further proves that. The new Senses Fail record is the band’s hardest release to date, but why not take out three pop-punk bands with a younger and growing fan base? It’ll be a successful tour and a good business move. And watch for Real Friends to blow every opener out of the water.
If you’re from the US, you probably think that Simple Plan is all but a dead band. They’ve however never seen so much success internationally. It’ll be interesting to see what they do on their next record to attempt to come back in a bigger way in the States, if it’s still a market the band cares about.
I’ve always been curious about why we’ve seen four frontmen/women try out for The Voice, but have never seen one try out for American Idol. Carson is a very small band compared to Meg And Dia, Automatic Loveletter, Artist Vs Poet, and Hey Monday, but she certainly has a good chance of getting somewhere.
Black Veil Brides debuted in the seventh Billboard spot with the release of Wretched & Divine with over 40,000 copies sold. Dropkick Murphys also debuted in the top ten with just under 35,000 sales. fun.’s Some Nights sales dropped 45% to 13,000 sales. Check out the top 20 Billboard spots this week below by clicking “Read More.”
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