Lasorda is a new project featuring members of The Get Up Kids, fun., Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, and many others. The band are releasing their debut record tomorrow via Clifton Motel and it can be picked up here.
In this week’s feature, Nate Harold of the band dives into one of his favorite bands, Bad Religion. Nate discusses his musical upbringing and how his life slowly, yet quickly, began to shift as he discovered bands like Bad Religion, among many other things. Listen to songs by Bad Religion here and check out what Nate had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Nate Harold of Lasorda:
I grew up on an operating cattle ranch/farm in the barren tundra of Western Kansas. My parents were and are still progressive for where they live and when I was young they took the splurge into the then wild and untamed world of satellite television. We could pick up live feeds of CBS Evening News and the like and also a litany of Canadian broadcasting which led to 2 very important discoveries for my young, moldable brain: Kids In The Hall and Much Music. While everyone in my school (all 100 other kids, K-12) were blasting Garth Brooks and George Strait tapes after football practice, I saw the first video that really affected me. Pearl Jam’s Alive was the craziest most interesting thing I had ever heard and I can remember the pre-dawn morning when I first saw it, sitting in the living room while my dad made breakfast.
This was a vital discovery not just necessarily for the music of that band but the gateway it shortly opened. I soon began subscribing to Rolling Stone and Spin and became obsessed with what was, to me, an insanely underground music scene, since I was the only person I knew (besides my parents) that listened to rock and roll. Not long after I somehow got tickets to the Vitalogy tour AKA the non-Ticketmaster debacle of 1994. Given my obsession with Eddie Vedder and the band, I immediately looked up the opening band, someone called Bad Religion. I learned everything I could about them on the infant dialup internet and discovered one of their members had played in a band called Minor Threat which coincided with Vedders t-shirt on one of my many posters.
Linkin Park’s Living Things topped the Billboard charts in its first week with over 235,000 copies sold while Maroon 5’s Overexposed charted at number two with over 220,000 copies sold. fun.’s Some Nights moved down to the 19th spot with over 15,000 copies sold. The Offspring also landed on the charts for Days Go By with over 24,000 copies sold. Check out the top 25 Billboard spots this week below by clicking “Read More.”
Behind The Scenes: “Some Nights (Music Video)” // fun.
PropertyOfZack is teaming up with staff photographer Maysa Askar to give away one of her fantastic 8x12 photo prints. The giveaway is for a great shot of fun. in an effort to further promote their fantastic new album, Some Nights. The contest will end on March 31st, so find out how to enter below!
Run For Cover Records
With The Punches // “Harvard On The Hudson”
blink-182 [Ends on February 29th]
Pure Noise Records Tour Sampler
Mat Kerekes // “2AM”
BEHIND THE BOOTH:
Sic Amor|The Collective
Right Away, Great Captain! Preview
Ladies and gentlemen, fun. are back, and in a big way. With an album as groundbreaking and epic as Aim And Ignite, one could stand to be sure the band found themselves hard-pressed to stave off the “sophomore slump.” Fortunately, Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, and Jack Antonoff have managed—for the most part—to do just that. While it may have seemed a pity for many to see the trio go relatively unnoticed until receiving some very public support from Paramore in the form of an opening spot on their 2010 spring headlining tour, we can be sure to expect a great deal more publicity from the group’s newest effort, Some Nights. The band’s first single, “We Are Young,” has, since its release late last year, received an incredible amount of attention on a national scale, finding its way into commercials and TV shows and rocketing briefly to Number One on iTunes, immediately following a cover by the cast of the hit show Glee. fun.’s sophomore release, Some Nights, tries markedly hard to match the dynamism and diversity of fun.’s debut album and, in many ways, surpasses it, but does fall short in a few places, as is the trouble inherent in second releases.
Some Nights begins with an introduction that finds frontman Nate Ruess lamenting his state of mind on (fittingly) “some nights.” Ruess is quick to remind us he is ever the topical lyricist with lines like, “Tea parties and Twitter // I’ve never been so bitter,” which hearken back to his jab at MTV and Bill O’Reilly on “Benson Hedges,” an older single. The important aspect of the intro to Some Nights is that it serves to remind us fun. hasn’t lost what made them a great band in the first place: the talented, succinct, cogent songwriting is still there, along with the bombastic choral and orchestral arrangements. The introduction, with its glissandos and soaring finish (producer Jeff Bhasker even threw some tympani in there), gives us a modicum of hope the rest of the album with be just as theatrical.