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INTERVIEW: Young Fox

10487317_641322289285419_34279067178979802_nWe’d like to introduce you to Young Fox, a rock band from Pittsburgh, PA. We got the chance to ask bassist/guitarist Marty Lunn some questions and have his answers to share with you. Their debut EP titled ‘Predecessors’ is out now. Keep up with them on Facebook!
AMP: Who do you consider your biggest influences? 
Marty Lunn: I would say that the bands biggest influences stylistically would be Sunny Day Real Estate, Failure, and Hum.
AMP: When did you first get involved with music? 
ML: I got my first (Sears special) drum set when I was 10, got my first hand-me-down guitar at 15, and bought my first real bass (a 1978 Rickenbacker 4001) when I was 16…that being said, I don’t think I really “got involved” until I got the bass.
AMP: Where haven’t you played yet that you would like to play?
ML: I’ve never gotten to play Japan…would love to someday!
AMP: How would you describe your songwriting process?
ML: I usually come up with a series of parts to form a skeleton, then each of us adds to it until we’ve got something we’re all happy with.  Luke and I combine lyrical concepts, lines, and melodies until we’ve got it right.
AMP: Do you have a message you’re trying to put out through your music? If yes, what is it? 
ML: We’d like to think that our lyrics are thought provoking towards a number of different ends.  Most of our songs are about personal experiences (some positive, some negative) that I’d like to think are universal enough for each listener to be able to draw their own meanings and feelings from them.
AMP: Which one of your songs would you recommend to someone listening to you for the first time?
ML: I think “Gather Up The Flowers” encompasses what we do quite well.  It shows each facet of the band, both musically and lyrically.
AMP: What’s your favorite song off of your new EP? 
ML: My own favorite at the moment is probably “Diet Of Worms,” as it’s the most recent that we’ve recorded.  Each of the others has been recorded in some fashion for quite a while.

AMP: What’s your favorite gear to have with you when you tour/play a show (pedal, guitar, amp, etc.)?
ML: I have taken my trusty Music Man Stingray 4-string bass with me all over the world…never leave home without it!
AMP: What do you have coming up that your fans/potential fans should know about? 
ML: We have a short tour of the northeast planned for the end of November.  Keep an eye out if we’re near your town and come visit us!

INTERVIEW: Lucy Scholl

1374085_682648908445016_631502636_nSince one of the co-owners of the site moved to Nashville, we’ve been exposed to so many more singer songwriters. One stand out among the crowd is country singer songwriter Lucy Scholl. Below is an interview with her that we feel is a good introduction to her music and her personality. Check it out for song recommendations and Lucy’s future plans!
AMP: Who do you consider your biggest influences? 

Lucy Scholl: My dad is probably one of my biggest influences. He is the smartest person i know and that has inspired me so much. I have learned so much from him and his passion for life. He is an amazing example to me of taking something you love to do and making it happen.

AMP: When did you first start singing and writing songs? 

LS: I first started singing when i was about 2 years old. My mom says I could sing before i could talk. I have always had a love for performing! I didnt start writing songs until I was about 16. (well, thats not counting the little songs i wrote as a child. haha!!) I have loved writing since:)

AMP: Where haven’t you played yet that you would like to play? 

LS: Oh this is easy. My biggest performance goal is to play the grand ol’ opry. I cannot wait for the day i get to step into that circle.

AMP: How would you describe your songwriting process? 

LS: Its always different for me, but usually i like to write lyrics and melody at the same time. Its definitely easier for me to write lyrics if i have a melody to go with it.

AMP: Which one of your songs would you recommend to someone listening to you for the first time? 

LS: I would recommend “Running on Empty”. That seems to be a universal favorite and i love the way that song turned out. It relates to everyone.

AMP: What do you have coming up that your fans/potential fans should know about? 

LS: I’ll be performing for the rest of the summer all over the place. I would love for yall to follow my social media and come to a show! I love meeting everyone! @lucyschollmusic

NEWS: American Authors Update

American Authors recently toured Australia and put together this fun video to show everyone all of the adventures they had there. Check it out below! After the video we’ve linked you to all of American Authors upcoming tour dates. They are headlining the Honda Civic tour with support from Echosmith and The Mowgli’s.

Click here for all upcoming tour dates including the Honda Civic Tour!

PHOTOS: Monumentour


Photos by Sam Polonsky

On July 18th the biggest tour of the summer rolled through Columbia, MD at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. This tour is The Monumentour. Headliner Fall Out Boy as well as supporting act Paramore have both had albums out for ten years. In addition to this they always wondered why they had never toured together. This summer they made that happen and brought DCD2 Records artists New Politics and Lolo along for the ride as well.

The show hadn’t sold out in advance but you would not be able to tell once you were outside the entrance of the amphitheatre. The line wrapped around the entire parking lot more than once after doors had already been opened. Once inside you noticed that the venue was packed and so was the lawn. If you hadn’t gotten there early then you would have gotten caught in the madness of trying to find a place to sit on the large grass area. The excitement of all of the people in attendance was palpable as you made your way to the standing room only pit, to your seat, or to the lawn.

Finally New Politics took the stage. New Politics is a three piece band made up of vocalist David Boyd, guitar player / background vocalist Soren Hansen, and drummer Lou Vecchio. Two of the trio (David & Soren) are from Copenhagen, Denmark. Your first thought may be ‘how could this band from Denmark possibly relate to an American audience?’ That thought won’t stay with you for long. Although they are a relatively small band, their energy was large enough to fill the entire amphitheatre. They mostly played songs off of their album, ‘A Bad Girl In Harlem’, including Fall Into These Arms, during with David Boyd fell into the waiting arms of the crowd. New Politics has been steadily gaining a fan base ever since they went on the road with Fall Out Boy on their comeback tour last spring. Listen to ‘Harlem’ off of their most recent full length for the best taste of what they have to offer.

Next on stage was fan favorite Paramore. Although Paramore has gone through many changes in the past year or so, they are still giving it their all and kicking all kinds of musical butt. Their song ‘Ain’t It Fun’ is currently a summer anthem and was their first single to make it to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Most of the people at the show were clearly fans of the band. They played songs off of their first album, ‘All We Know Is Falling’ as well as their most recent self-titled album. In addition to this they also played a song off of their B-Sides album which made the crowd incredibly happy. Although one member, Jeremy, had to sit down during the performance because he had previously given himself a hernia, the band still packed a punch. Frontwoman Hayley Williams was all over the place and looked like she could have taken on Rocky Balboa (she was wearing shorts that looked like they belonged in a boxing ring).

After Paramore left the stage it was time for the moment that a lot of people had been waiting for all night.  A lot of people had seen photos from previous dates and knew that the production for Fall Out Boys live show was a little bit crazy for this tour but in the best way possible. The band came out of the floor of one of their set pieced accompanied by blasts of fire and sparks from the ceiling. Their performance started hot (literally, you could feel the fire from over 100 feet away) and didn’t cool down at all. The entire amphitheatre as well as everyone on the lawn was singing every word to every song. The energy of the performance was not something that can be easily matched. This is a definite must see show this summer. If taking a few years off from being a band can make you come back as strong as Fall Out Boy has then maybe more people should try it (just kidding, the hiatus was traumatic).

There are a few dates of The Monumentour remaining. See if it’s coming to a city near you. Check out photos from the night in the gallery above!

Words & Photos by Sam Polonsky

8/5 – DALLAS, TX @ GEXA ENERGY PAVILION (TICKETS)
8/7 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ ISLETA AMPHITHEATER (TICKETS)
8/8 – PHOENIX, AZ @ AK-CHIN PAVILION (TICKETS)
8/10 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK @ ZOO AMPHITHEATRE (TICKETS)
8/12 – DENVER, CO @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE (SOLD OUT)
8/13 – OREM, UT @ UCCU CENTER (TICKETS)
8/15 – LAS VEGAS, NV @ COSMOPOLITAN** (TICKETS)
8/16 – IRVINE, CA @ VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER (SOLD OUT)
8/17 – CONCORD, CA @ SLEEP TRAIN PAVILION (TICKETS)
8/28 – ST. PAUL, MN @ MINNESOTA STATE FAIR (W/ PARAMORE ONLY) (TICKETS)
8/29 – MT. PLEASANT, MI @ SOARING EAGLE CASINO RESORT** (TICKETS
8/30 – TOLEDO, OH @ HUNTINGTON CENTER (TICKETS)
8/31 – SCRANTON, PA @ MONTAGE MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATRE (TICKETS)
9/12 – PUYALLUP, WA @ WASHINGTON STATE FAIR** (TICKETS)

NEWS: The Wild Feathers Announce Fall 2014 Tour Dates

1148970_628266173873102_933947471_n“American rock quintet The Wild Feathers have announced that they will hit the road for additional tour dates this fall in support of their self-titled, critically lauded debut album. The seemingly indefatigable Nashville quintet has continued to organically grow its audience at a rapid pace, with constant touring and barn-storming shows at clubs around the world and festivals across the country, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Summerfest this summer.” – Warner Bros. Records

Check out all the tour dates below!

 

08/08    Squamish, BC               Squamish Valley Music Festival

08/13    Littleton, CO                  Denver Botanic Gardens w/ Sheryl Crow

09/15    Dallas, TX                      KXT Summer Cut Festival

08/14    Houston, TX                   House of Blues

08/15    Dallas, TX                      Gexa Energy Pavilion

08/16    Austin, TX                      Emo’s

08/27    Louisville, KY                 WFPK Waterfront Wednesday

08/31    Hershey, PA                  Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Festival

09/03    Delmar, CA                    KPRI Party In The Paddock

09/05    Nashville, TN                  Live on the Green Festival

09/07    Atlanta, GA                    Parklife Festival

09/19    Hamburg, GER               Reeperbahn Festival

09/20    St Peter Ording, GER     Beach Motel

10/02    Barcelona, Spain            Sala Bikini

10/03    Madrid, Spain                 Joy Eslavia

10/15    Kansas City, KS             The Riot Room

10/17    Denver, CO                    Gothic Theater

10/21    Salt Lake City, UT          Kilby Court

10/22    Boise, ID                        Knitting Factory

10/24    Seattle, WA                   Tractor Tavern

10/26    Portland, OR                  Doug Fir Lounge

10/28    San Francisco, CA         Great American Music Hall

10/29    Los Angeles, CA            El Rey

10/31 – Nov 2 New Orleans, LA    Voodoo Music Experience

11/04    Indianapolis, IN               Deluxe at Old National Centre

11/06    Minneapolis, MN             Varsity Theater

11/07    Chicago, IL                     The Metro

11/08    Milwaukee, WI                The Rave

11/09    Cincinnati, OH                20th Century Theatre

11/11    Detroit, MI                      The Shelter

11/12    Toronto, ON                    Lee’s Palace

11/14    Portland, ME                  Port City Music Hall

11/15    Boston, MA                    Brighton Music Hall

11/16    Providence, RI                Fete Lounge

11/18    Philadelphia, PA             World Café Live

11/20    Washington, DC             9:30 Club

11/21    New York, NY                 Irving Plaza