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The mega-cool drum kit before the band takes the stage.
Rhythm Guitarist Diego Verduzco and Lead Guitarist Ahrue Luster
Percussionist Oscar Santiago
The band!
Vocalist Cristian Machado being HxC m/
Percussionist Oscar Santiago bangin’ da bongos
Vocalist Cristian Machado in crooning mode. Awwww
Drummer Dave Chavarri
The band, again!

rfc108The finest group to come out of the United Kingdom, Basement, have reunited after a two year hiatus to release Further Sky. After revealing the end of their two year break with a tour announcement and a simple “Hi” posted on their Twitter back in January, Basement have been hush-hush about recording anything all year. Surprising fans everywhere, they finally released “Summer’s Colour” in June of this year.

During my time at Mayhem Festival, I stopped by the Truth Truck to see what they were up to. If you don’t know what the Truth Truck is or even what the Truth organization does, here’s a synopsis from their website:

“truth® is the largest national grassroots smoking prevention campaign for youth.

As part of a larger tour, truth will visit more than 50 cities and 25 states this summer and fall. At each stop, the truth zone will feature:
- A fun and engaging atmosphere, including games, music, contests and giveaways – allowing truth tour riders to discuss tobacco issues with teens in a non-preachy way.
- Interactive activities that will challenge local teens to learn truth facts, and share them through social media
- truth-branded gift items include: T-shirts, hats, and flip flops.”

In addition to picking up a couple of cool T-shirts with sweet designs and anti-tobacco messages on them, I also snapped a few photos of the games their youth leaders were playing outside the truck.

Outside the Truth Truck

Joseph Lyle has a vision, beautiful and simple: to create and share beautiful music. He recently joined us at The Wormhole Studio in the .dot creatives complex for an interview and live performance. Watch and listen as Joseph talks about creating his forthcoming album A Walk With the Leaves, which is currently being funded via indiegogo. You can support this album by visiting his indiegogo page here.

tumblr_inline_n4wn7dQLCH1qzxlbnIllinois pop-punk band Real Friends released their first full length album, Maybe This Place is the Same and We’re Just Changing June 23rd. As one of the biggest pop-punk bands around, Kyle Fasel, Dave Knox, Dan Lambton, Brian Blake and Eric Haines all had a plethora of expectations weighing on them up to the release of the album.

Real Friends have consistently been on tour since the release of Put Yourself Back Together in June 2014. In the midst of being on tour with the Vans Warped Tour this summer, Real Friends have been putting out singles all summer, hyping up the new album. Thankfully, the hype was well worth it.

Vocalist/Bassist Ryan Neff of Miss May I
Bassist Ryan Neff and Rhythm Guitarist B.J. Stead doing backup vocals.
The band rocking out
More of the band rocking out
Rhythm Guitarist/Backup Vocalist B.J. Stead
Lead Guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe and Rhythm Guitarist B.J. Stead
Drummer Jerod Boyd behind the kit
Guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe doin’ his thing
Vocalist Levi Benton being a badass
Mr. Levi Benton and his epic hair, everybody

Mushroomhead and their stage setup
Harsh vocalist/rapper J-Mann of Mushroomhead
Guitarist Church of Mushroomhead
Keyboardist/turntablist ST1TCH of Mushroomhead
Jeffrey Nothing of Mushroomhead
Drummer Skinny of Mushroomhead
Guest vocalist Jackie Laponza of Unsaid Fate performing “We Are the Truth” with Mushroomhead
Roberto Diablo and ST1TCH of Mushroomhead on water drums

 

I got the chance to interview vocalist Brandon Butler and guitarist Marc Okubo of Veil of Maya during Mayhem Fest. We talked about their roles in the band, songwriting inspirations and the band’s next album coming this fall. You can check out the video below:

(Note: I realize the video and audio are not of the greatest quality, and at one point, it is very hard to hear Marc over the din of other people in the room. I did my best with the camera I had. Most of the interview is clear and salvageable, however.)

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Wednesday, July 9 ,2014. The day I attended my first Mayhem Festival.

I had already been familiar with the Idaho Center in Nampa as an outdoor venue, when I came out to Warped Tour 2011 in mid-August of that year. Specifically, I remembered how hot and sunburned I became at the end of that day, and how the skin on the back of my neck was peeling off for weeks after the festival (what could be more metal than that?). Vowing not to repeat the past, I brought a small bottle of sunscreen just for this new occasion and applied it sporadically throughout the day. No peeling this time, thank goodness!

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