All photos by Taylor Markarian
If The Plot In You‘s 15 Track album, Happiness in Self Destruction, wasn’t diverse enough for you, here’s another track! Their song “Take Me Away” was not only feelsy to start with (especially with their original music video), but now this raw, acoustic sound takes it even deeper. This was a pleasant surprise in addition to their Happiness in Self Destruction Tour announcement alongside Erra, Sylar and Invent, Animate.
Blessthefall always puts on a fantastic live show, exploding like a sucker punch to the throat and then transporting the venue to a slow-moving, slow-dancing, lighters-in-the-air pop concert. Until vocalist Beau Bokan asked for a brief break, Webster Hall was filled with blinding, raging awe. Older Blessthefall music has a way of tapping into the listener’s raw emotion, and the crowd was definitely thankful that half the set was dedicated to some of the best metalcore to date.
We caught up with vocalist Spencer Maybe of Detroit, MI band A War Within after their set on the New York City date of the Drop The Gloves Tour, featuring Sirens & Sailors, The Plot In You, Miss May I, and Blessthefall. Bathed in the red light of the lounge we probably shouldn’t have had access to, we chatted about Backstreet Boys, what it’s like to be an unsigned band on a major tour, and how he and Levi Benton of Miss May I (who appears mid-interview) have a very, very special relationship.
We did a lot in 2015. We photographed acts like Sworn In, The Plot In You, and Defeater and ranted to you about what we thought were some of the most fantastic records and some of the biggest flops. We got to chat with local bands and big names alike, from hanging out with Zoumé at punk landmarks on St. Marks Place to chatting with Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada backstage at Mayhem Fest. Not only have we worked hard and had a lot of fun, but we’ve gotten the opportunity to see some amazing shows and meet inspiring people. After all that, we closed the year not only by giving you our Top 10 HXC Approved Albums of the year, but we also attended NYC-based metalcore band Surfacing‘s album release show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Check out some photos from the band’s set after the jump, and be sure to check out their debut record, Chaos Through Clarity.
In no particular order, here are the HXC Magazine staff’s favorite records from 2015!
We hung out with The Plot In You at Loud Fest in New Jersey to talk about the important subjects: Avril Lavigne, The Wiggles, and of course, their latest release, Happiness In Self Destruction. Watch the video below and spend some quality time with Landon Tewers (vocals), Josh Childress (guitar) and Ethan Yoder (bass). And Goombas.
Both Cane Hill and The Plot In You dropped new albums in the past few weeks, and both hit the stage on the second day of Loud Fest in Freehold, NJ this past weekend. Photographer Justin LaMot was able to capture some of the magic, from The Plot In You’s “My Old Ways” to Cane Hill’s “Time Bomb.” Check it out!
Photos by Justin LaMot
We hung out at Loud Fest this past weekend in Freehold, NJ at Gamechanger World to see sets from the likes of Cane Hill, The Plot In You, Emarosa and more. While the music venue’s sound seriously sucked and messed with the quality of a lot of the performances, it was still a fun day of local and big name music.
HXC Magazine had two interviews lined up that day: One with From The Depths, a local Jersey band, and one with The Plot In You. This is the first of those two interviews. So say hello to the guys in From The Depths and find out why the local scene is, as drummer Tim Byrd says, “about coming together, not growing apart”. #DefendJersey
A show like this can only be described in one word, and that is “phenomenal.” The lineup was diverse, yet also appealing as all the bands fit perfectly together despite their differences in sound and genre. These bands included The Plot In You, Cruel Hand, Secrets, Chelsea Grin and, of course, The Amity Affliction. Ranging from hardcore to metalcore and even deathcore, this show was entertaining throughout every set played.
Unfortunately I missed the opening band, The Plot In You, but talking with some fans and other concert goers I gathered their performance was nothing less than amazing. Although many said that TPIY’s set was way too short and wish they were able to play more, I spoke with Landon Tewers (vocalist) and discussed news of a headlining tour that will be announced soon! So don’t worry, their longer sets will come. Following them was Cruel Hand. I felt as if I was thrown back into 2007 listening to hardcore music while being angsty in high school. I mean that in every positive way. Cruel Hand had an old school hardcore vibe yet one that still fits in today’s scene. Definitely a blast from the past, yet a pleasant one!
Next up was Secrets, who follow a similar pattern and style to other bands in the metalcore genre, but they nailed their performance. The crowd went wild and it was definitely one to remember. With a new album coming out in December (Everything That Got Us Here), they definitely gained many fans and followers with their set. Whether it was the powerful screams or pleasant cleans, the balance seemed just right. But when it comes to deathcore, Alex Koehler of Chelsea Grin knows just the perfect balance between lows and highs. CG destroyed with their set and the pit went berserk. The idly standing viewers in Irving Plaza quickly transformed into an ocean of destruction. It was an incredible sight to not only witness, but to also be part of. They definitely paved the way for The Amity Affliction by getting us all pumped with classic and new Grin songs, even covering Korn’s “Right Now,” which got plenty of love from the fans.
It was the set everyone had been waiting for as the whole venue filled to the brim–in terms of capacity and excitement–as The Amity Affliction took the stage. The crowd constantly sung along while the vocals switched between Joel Birch’s piercing screams and Ahren Stringer’s cleans. It was a perfect set covering old and new songs, yet no matter what was played the crowd remained in harmony with each other and the band throughout. The Amity Affliction showed us why they deserved their position as the headlining band. Overall, the concert was an incredible experience and one to look back on in hopes that the next show attended will be just as amazing, yet will probably be hard to top. But for now, we will dwell on our smartphone videos and pictures reminiscing on how great The Amity Affliction was until they return back to the U.S.
By Justin LaMot