Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack features today with Sam Miller of Paradise Fears. The band just released Battle Scars, so make sure to download it here.
In this week’s feature, Sam talks about his love for Drake. Sam discusses how he originally couldn’t stand Drake, but eventually came to love him, his writing style, music, and much more. Listen to songs by Drake here and check out what Sam had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Sam Miller of Paradise Fears:
My favorite musician is Drake. Weird, right?
I couldn’t stand him when I first listened. I was annoyed by the “you da fucking best” song. In fact, it took a week of being force-fed his album, “Take Care,” by our merch guy, Anthony, before I finally came around to understand his true genius.
Most people laugh it off when I tell them that I enjoy Drake’s music because it’s relatable. After all, I didn’t grow up in the projects or on “the block,” and I certainly didn’t come from a middle-class Jewish family in Canada. How could I relate to his experience when there’s no way that I “started from the bottom”? He writes about songs about money, cars, and sleeping with supermodels. I don’t have any money, my car is a 2003 Honda Civic, and I’ve only ever met one supermodel and I couldn’t form any words around her.
But that’s what I love about it. The fact that even though his experiences have been so different from my own, we’re both living the same human experience, and when boiled down to just his base observations, we’re looking at the world through a similar lens. For me, the best art is that which is personal for the artist, but allows the listener to interpret it in the context of their own life. And while our lives are on completely different scales, Drake and I are fighting the same battles, and his simple wisdom constantly informs my own emotional understanding of myself.
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this summer and fall that are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
Bellwether, The Weeds [07/14-07/25]
State Lines, No Good News, Second To Last [07/21-08/16]
Happy Body Slow Brain [07/25-08/03]
The Dangerous Summer [07/30-09/13]
Paradise Fears [08/09-08/18]
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus [08/10-08/18]
The Pretty Reckless [09/20-11/11]
Minus The Bear, Tera Melos [09/09-09/24]
30 Seconds To Mars [09/27-10/12]
Senses Fail [10/04-11/10]
Pearl Jam [10/11-12/06]
United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
On My Honor [08/22-09/07]
The Plot In You, For The Fallen Dreams [09/11-09/22]
Warped Tour [11/29-12/08]
Previously Announced Tours:
Paradise Fears have released a new music video for “What Are You Waiting For?” Watch it below after the jump.
Paradise Fears Change EP Name, Track Listing, Artwork