Admittedly, when I first saw that the new Press Play album was titled with a hash tag, I was extremely skeptical as to whether or not the album was for real. And right away, the titular track dropped the overused slang, “You only live once.” It was hard to not immediately move on. Still, there were more songs that were social-media intensive, including one with the lyric, “Post it, share it, like it, tweet it, share it on my Instagram.” To be fair, if the album is meant to focus on the fascination and obsession with social media, trying to connect the generation in which that ecosystem is the center of the universe, these songs could definitely be turned on and enjoyed by them. There weren’t any songs I would consider listening to on my own time, though. Overall, though, this album was a miss.
The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.Full Feature More from Comrades
Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.Full Feature More from Employed to Serve
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On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."Full Feature More from Tigerwine