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2014 Laid Bare: Remember March? All Of This Stuff Happened.

Andy Ritchie
Andy Ritchie 5 December 2014 at 15.13

Skrillex dropped a surprise album, Architects brought metal home (and then some), Fall Out Boy saved rock 'n' roll, and Machine Head's Robb Flynn let off some stream. March, you were crazy!



In the new issue of Rock Sound, we run down the last 12 months in vivid detail, with a little help from our friends in Bring Me The Horizon, You Me At Six, Gerard Way, Lower Than Atlantis, Architects, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Slipknot, Of Mice & Men, Mallory Knox, Linkin Park, Neck Deep and Suicide Silence. But we couldn't fit EVERYTHING in the mag, so here's a reminder of what you might have missed in March.

Catch up with the rest of 2014: January | February 


THEY CAME AS ROMANS, THEY LEFT AS CHAMPIONS
After an incredible week, six slammin' shows, and more high-fives than we could count, the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour wrapped up in London on March 02, and we all bid a teary farewell to We Came As Romans, The Color Morale, Chunk! No, Captian Chunk! and Palm Reader. But not before we managed to squeeze everyone in for the obligatory tour photo, of course.


See more photos from the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour 2014


EX-SLEEPING WITH SIRENS GUITARIST JESSE LAWSON RETURNS WITH SOLO CAMPAIGN
Having parted ways with the band in October 2013, Jesse Lawson resurfaced in March with news of an Indiegogo project to fund his first solo EP. He asked for $15,000 to make it happen and launched everything with this (probably) unintentionally hilarious campaign video. 


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SUICIDE SILENCE REMEMBER MITCH
Gone, but never forgotten, Mitch Lucker was immortalised in March as Suicide Silence released their tribute DVD to their fallen singer. The 20-track release saw a host of big name vocalist stepping into Mitch's shoes for a one-off show, including Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe for this rendition of 'You Only Live Once'.


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AMERICAN HI-FI RETURN TO LONDON
Because everyone loves a bit of nostalgia, American Hi-Fi announced a London comeback show in March for May 2014. Why? It might have something to do with the fact that half of the band now play as part of Miley Cyrus' live act, and she happened to be in town for a couple of low-key shows at The O2...


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FALL OUT BOY SAVE ROCK AND ROLL AT WEMBLEY ARENA
Sure, we had their Underworld comeback show in February 2013, their Reading & Leeds appearances later that year, but it wasn't until March 2014, almost a full year after their initial return that we'd get to see a proper, full-blown Fall Out Boy UK tour. We caught the Wembley show, and it was just as glorious as you'd expect (plus a couple of unnamed RS staffers even got their mugs plastered across the big screens, belting out the words to 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs'). 


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ROBB FLYNN HAS A GOOD OLD RANT
He's not really ever been one to hold his tongue, but in March, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn really let lose. Taking to Facebook, Flynn lashed out at the music industry, internet culture and pretty much everything else in between.

"The music business has sucked the life out of creativity. No one is encouraged to take risks, no one is encouraged to push the envelope, because it's all about first week sales! It’s about pointless radio play and how good your last tour went. How venues and promoters are squeezing the last drop of spontaneity out of your soul by not “allowing” you to playing past curfew and not drawing outside the line."


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WE LET ALL TIME LOW TAKE OVER OUR INSTAGRAM FOR A DAY
Yep, and this photo pretty much broke the internet. Can't think why. Can't think why at all.

 

Impromptu photo shoot on the way to pulp #menatwork

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....AND WE MADE THEM ALL DO THIS WHILE THEY WERE IN TOWN, TOO
Because when you've got a band like All Time Low, one video just isn't enough.


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NEW FOUND GLORY: WE WILL GO ON
After announcing the departure of guitarist Steve Klein at the tail end of 2013, New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert gave an interview with Billboard on board the Parahoy cruise in March to insist that yes, the band will be continuing, and no, they're not looking to recruit a replacement.

"We always knew we would keep it as a four-piece," Gilbert said. There was never any thought, nor will there be any thought or consideration to ever have a fifth member. It's always going to be the four of us. As far as live, we're figuring it out, but we like it better than having an extra person. It's definitely easier to worry about us four than trying to find someone. I wouldn't expect our fans to get used to some new member of the band. And also, we're a punk rock band. Most punk rock bands just have a guitar, bass and drums. The Descendents, the Ramones, you name 'em, it's just how it's always been. A lot of our songs aren't lacking a second part. We're not playing intricate, shredding things where we need more. There's not much of a loss sonically. I think a cool thing, too, is when we're writing for our new album, we'll be writing as a four-piece. There's little riffs here and there. When we go home we're going to go into full writing mode. There's a few ideas scattered. Me, Jordan and (drummer) Cyrus (Bolooki) all live in Southern California so we're going to be meeting up. We already announced the tour in the UK -- Pop Punk's Not Dead UK -- we're going to be announcing a fall tour pretty soon in the States. And people can expect to have a new album before that tour."

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DAYS LATER, THE REASONS FOR KLEIN'S DEPARTURE EMERGED
Following that interview, news emerged that Klein had been arraigned on child pornography and lewd conduct charges, relating to a series of webchats he took part in with girls who were alleged to be under the age of 18 at the time.

Steve's legal representative Debra White made a public statement that said, "Steve is devastated by these accusations. He has lost his band, his livelihood, and his ex-wife continues to push for full custody of his children using this case as her pawn while he literally fights for his life. Despite this heavy hand, Steve remains strong and hopeful that he will be vindicated."

Meanwhile, as speculation and rumours spread online, New Found Glory were forced to take their own stand. They said:
"Upon our return from Warped Tour Australia, Steve made us aware of possible allegations that might be made against him. At that point, not knowing all the details, we made the decision to part ways in order for him to deal with these personal issues. Us 4 members of New Found Glory have given our entire lives to this band and will continue to do so."

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SKRILLEX STICKS HIS FINGERS UP TO CONVENTION, RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM THROUGH HIS OWN APP
Back when we stuck him on the cover of our mag in 2011, we were assured that Skrillex would release his debut album before the end of that year. That didn't happen. It didn't happen the year after that, or the year after that, either. It took until March this year for a proper Skrilly full-length to drop, and the little dude did it in his own unqiue way - by making 'Recess' available through his Alien Ride app. Good move, Sonny. Good move indeed.


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TAY JARDINE LANDS ON THE COVER OF ROCK SOUND 
'Weird Kids'  showed the world in January that We Are The In Crowd were capable of greatness, and by the time March rolled around, the buzz around them had reached fever-point. Cue Tay Jardine's face on the cover of our magazine, and her most personal, honest and truthful interview yet.



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THE DANGEROUS SUMMER IMPLODES
Maryland alt rockers The Dangerous Summer finally called it a day in March... or at least lyricist, vocalist, bassist and primary songwriter AJ Perdomo announced he was no longer part of the band. Perdomo's newfound fatherhood was partly to blame, along with the continued strain it placed on his relationship with guitarist Cody Pane.

"As far as the band goes, I originally wanted to do another album in time, and do some shows in the future. I wanted to carry on the name, and let the band just be stagnant while I spend time at home. It has come to the point where I can’t do that anymore. I’ve had a hard time sticking with Cody through this for a very long time, and there’s now a complete disconnect. I don’t have control over what the band does, says, or sells anymore; I don’t know what the future will be for them either. It has just become something that I need to personally disassociate myself from so that I can move on with my life. 


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ARCHITECTS RELEASE 'LOST FOREVER // LOST TOGETHER', BROADCAST TO THE WORLD
If January showed us that UK rock bands can nab a Number One record, March showed us that the UK metal scene is in just rude a health. Architects' crushing sixth album 'Lost Together // Lost Forever' crash-landed into the UK album charts at Number 16 in release week, and the lads beamed their hometown show in Brighton across the world via YouTube to boot. Now that's how you launch a record.


More photos from the Architects album release show




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