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December 2014 Laid Bare: Stage Selfies, Happy Deathcore, The Award-Winning Hayley Williams + More!

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 30 December 2014 at 12.00

More bands called it a day (bye, The Blackout), a couple more came back into our lives (hello there, Falling In Reverse and The Movielife) and the internet near enough ate itself in December. Busy.



We take a look back at the year that was in the new issue of Rock Sound, with the likes of Bring Me The HorizonYou Me At SixGerard Way, Lower Than AtlantisArchitects5 Seconds Of SummerSlipknotOf Mice & MenMallory Knox, Linkin Park, Neck Deep and Suicide Silence giving us their takes on 2014, plus loads, loads more. December was a tricky one, though. Because the magazine came out at the beginning of the month. With that in mind, here's everything you might have missed this month.


THE BLACKOUT CALL IT QUITS
It's been a bad, bad year for bands packing it in, eh? This time it was The Blackout throwing in the towel, but not before announcing a customary farewell tour. Oh, 2014. Why did you take away so many of our favourite bands? :(

The boys had this to say:

"Hey Guys,

There’s no point in dancing around the subject, so we’ll cut right to the chase. We regret to announce that Wolves will be the final release by The Blackout. Unfortunately we have come to the conclusion we are unable to sustain this band anymore, and we feel the time is right to bring it to a close. This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make as a band, and although we do it with heavy hearts, we also do with our heads held high. We are all extremely proud of Wolves, and are eternally grateful to each and every one of you who helped it get made. We said that it would not exist without your support, and we honestly mean that.  We achieved more than we ever dreamed of when we started this band, and we take with  us memories, relationships and friends that will last the rest of our lives. We have always said that we’d be nothing without the people who came to the shows, who stood out in the rain, who camped out overnight and we want to thank you, all of you, for making the last ten years so special for us. Whether you came to one show or one hundred, your passion and support has been humbling and life changing.  We play our farewell shows in March 2015, these will be the last shows we will play as a band. Unfortunately, these shows will only be in the UK. There are no plans for anything more for The Blackout, so we hope you would like to come and party with us for the final time.

Once again, thank you for helping us live out our dreams.

Love

The Blackout"


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GLASSJAW DROP THE BIGGEST HINT YET THEY'RE WORKING ON A NEW ALBUM
It's been a long time since Glassjaw released an album. 2002, in fact. To put that in perspective, Neck Deep were still in primary school back then. With that in mind, it's about time the Long Island veterns started work on something new. At least a follow-up to 2011 EP 'Coloring Book'.

Apparently the band think so too, because this month they dropped the news that they're up to something by using the discount code 'weactuallyjuststartedwriting' on their merch store. ohgodthisissoexciting.


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KNUCKLE PUCK GET REAL. REALLY EFFING REAL.
Chicago pop-punk crew Knuckle Puck took to Twitter to have a little (read: big) rant about inconsiderate gig-goers. Basically, don't be an idiot and you'll be fine.

We don't need to add any more words to it all, so just sit back and scroll through the cold, hold truth that KP doled out this month.


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SLAM DUNK REVEALS 2015 DATES & VENUES
Is it too early to get excited about festival season? Of course it bloody isn't. The likes of Download and Reading & Leeds are ticking along nicely, and in December it was revealed that we'd have Slam Dunk to look forward to as well. Those all-important dates:

MAY 2015
23 - SLAM DUNK NORTH LEEDS City Centre (festival spread across Millennium Square, O2 Academy, Leeds Beckett University & Outdoor Stages)
24 - SLAM DUNK SOUTH HERTFORDSHIRE Forum
25 - SLAM DUNK MIDLANDS WOLVERHAMPTON City Centre (festival spread across Wulfrun Hall, Civic Hall, Civic Bar & Outdoor Stages)



And if you want to get misty-eyed about last year's dates, there's a video for that, too.


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JARED LETO HEADS BACK TO HOLLYWOOD
After spending a few years largely concentrating on the small matter of dominating arenas with his band, Jared Leto was cast in a big, big movie role once again this month. It remains to be seen what happens to Thirty Seconds To Mars while all of this is going on, but JARED LETO IS PLAYING THE JOKER. Which is pretty exciting in itself.

Leto will star alongside Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and loads more huge names in DC Comics movie 'Suicide Squad', which is set to be released in 2016.


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THE LOUNGE KITTENS TRY TO GET TO CHRISTMAS NUMBER TWO... FOR SOME REASON
Maybe they think Number One is just too much of a stretch. Maybe they're just well into their toilet humour. Either way, The Lounge Kittens released this cover of Andrew WK's classic 'Party Hard' earlier this month and really, really wanted to get it to that Christmas Number Two spot. No, they didn't quite make it.


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BLACK MIST FROM THE HELL MAKES A POINT. A GOOD POINT.
At the beginning of the month, the Daily Mail ran a story about a young man called James Lock, who tragically took his own life. The story centred around James' love of Slipknot, which made a lot of people angry. Including The Hell man Black Mist. Read what he had to say about it all below.



"What's up, this is Black Mist from a band called The Hell. Before you say 'Who's The Hell?' or 'Nice bandana, mate', it's a well-trodden path. We basically take the piss out of the heavier side of music so you're kind of wasting your breath if you think you're going to take the mickey out of us because we kind of do it for a living.

Which kind of brings me to my point. Today I read in the Daily Mail - why I was reading something in the Daily Mail is beyond me, but I did - about a poor lad who took his life. I just got really fucking sickened by the whole thing because the Daily Mail basically spent the entire article explaining how heavy music was to blame, and specifically Slipknot was found in his iPod when he was found dead.

So we're using our limited status as a band to make the only serious point we've ever fucking made. Which is depression ain't something to fucking laugh at. And more importantly, isn't something that the media should be putting into a fucking box as small as the type of music we listen to. It's fucking disgusting, man. This is 2014 - what is going on?

We're trying to get people to write in, register their disgust in any way they can - Twitter, email, whatever social presence you want to pick. It's so fucking disrespectful that I'm struggling to put it into words. Obviously to heavy music, obviously to Slipknot, obviously to people who play heavy music, but way, way, WAY more importantly, even discussing the type of music that someone that's killed themselves has listened to is so fucking disrespectful. You're putting that whole guy's life, all the turmoil that he went through, the struggle that he went through into a fucking band that he listened to. I mean, for fuck's sake, musicians, man. What the fuck? That's disgusting. No one, no kid deserves to have their legacy pissed upon like that.

Like I said, get in contact, get angry, do something about it, register your disgust, tell fucking newspapers, blogs, clickbait dogshit (we're clickbait dogshit but we're not fucking hurtful when we do it). Please get in touch with the Daily Mail, register your disgust, make sure these things do NOT get reported in this way. I think it's fucking disgusting. Peace."


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BRING ME THE HORIZON REBUILD SOME BRIDGES
A few years ago, guitarist Curtis Ward left Bring Me The Horizon in some pretty acrimonious circumstances, so it was a big shock when he popped in to play a song at the band's London Camden Underworld show, then did the same thing at their mahoosive Wembley Arena show a couple of days later. Nice touch.

Here's what Oli Sykes said when Curtis trotted out at the Underworld: "When we started this band it were five of us. It's not anymore, it's different, but a lot changes over the years and we wanna do something special, we want to play you a song that you guys have been asking for us to play for a long time. This is the only way we're going to play it. So give a round of applause for Curtis Ward, please.

This song's called 'Pray For Plagues'."


And as is customary, here's a #shitgigphoto to prove that it actually happened.


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EVERY TIME I DIE'S JORDAN BUCKLEY DOES NOT LIKE STAGE SELFIES
Apparently, #stageselfies are a thing now. Someone tried to grab one at an Every Time I Die show back at the beginning of the month, but guitarist Jordan Buckley wasn't a fan. He wasn't a fan at all.

The internet got all angry / impressed when this video of him booting the fan's phone out of his hand surfaced, but whether you were on Jordan's side or fighting the selfie cause, it wass impossible not to sit back and admire a high kick that awesome.



And the dude even got his selfie after all. No harm done, then.

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THE INTERNET OUTDOES ITSELF #1
'Emo' is such an ambiguous word, eh? Not any more, as some folks with their tongues firmly in their cheeks created a website where you can find out if your favourite band is an emo band. Highlights include The BeatlesFall Out Boy and Braid's Bob Nanna. Go on, search for them. We'll wait.

That was mildly amusing, wasn't it?

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THE INTERNET OUTDOES ITSELF #2
It's finally happened, ladies and gentlemen - we've reached peak emoji. One enterprising fan created an absolute load of artwork using only classic emojis like rainbows, saxophones and trees. Some of our favourites were...

Paramore - 'Paramore'

Tonight Alive - 'The Other Side'

Bring Me The Horizon - 'Suicide Season'


And there we were still playing around with the poop emoji. Shame on us.

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FALL OUT BOY GO ULTIMATE FALL OUT BOY, ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM + TINY LONDON SHOW
The turbocharged title track and striking artwork piqued our interest, and we've realised that there is an actual, real life Fall Out Boy album just around the corner. OH. Did we mention they're playing a teeny tiny London show at the Islington Assembly Hall in January? We didn't? Well, they are. And it's going to be insane.


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BRAND NEW ONE-UP EVERY BIT OF CHRISTMAS MERCH EVER
How's your festive period going? Are you still alive? Good. We only ask because Brand New brought out a new T-shirt this month that reminded us that Christmas is dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HAPPY DEATHCORE BECOMES A THING
We like deathcore. Deathcore is cool. But it ain't cheery. Well, it wasn't until we stumbled upon Steve Terreberry, who showed us what would happen if Emmure, Carnifex et al cracked a smile for once. It never fails to amaze us just how much one man can achieve with a video camera, a guitar and a green screen.


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THE MOVIELIFE REFORM, INTERNET SHITS THE BED
THE MOVIELIFE ARE BACK. AND THEY'RE (PROBABLY) GOING TO ANNOUNCE SOME UK SHOWS. There are no plans to write or record new music, but at this point we don't care. Because The Movielife.


"Our plan is to start at Irving Plaza and go from there. There are pieces of land on this planet that we want to bring our gear onto and play on. I don’t think the UK would allow us to reunite and not come visit them. I think the hatred and frustration would implode the whole country, so we’re definitely going to come over there, I think. I mean, I’d like to. Brandon and I are the two biggest Anglophiles in the band, so the two of us definitely want to visit."

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FALLING IN REVERSE RETURN, DON'T APPEAR TO SHOCK ANYONE
That Ronnie Radke chap has been quiet for a little while now. Well, until Falling In Reverse unveiled this pounding track, that is. A fan of early Escape The Fate? You'll be into it. We're still waiting to see if anything as outragous as 'Alone' will surface...



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HAYLEY WILLIAMS RECEIVES BILLBOARD WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARD
This one wasn't funny, sad or enraging. Just inspiring. Paramore's Hayley Williams was awarded the inaugural Trailblazer Award at the Billboard Women In Music Awards for "Breaking from the convention and make a unique mark in music and pave the way for other talent."

Pretty much all of music came out and talked about how much she deserved the honour, and Hayley herself said, "I just want to say it's an amazing and really powerful thing to be celebrated for who you are. I think there's a lot of girls that actually don't ever feel that in their whole life. I want to spend my life honouring those people and making them feel seen and heard" in her acceptance speech.

Also, her opening line of "I wrote this down because I was afraid I'd make eye contact with Beyonce and then forget everything" was great. Just great. 


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For our full review of 2014 and to relive it in the words of all of your favourite bands, grab yourself a copy of RS195 today.

DOWNLOAD RS195 | ORDER A COPY | FIND A UK STOCKIST | SEE WHAT ELSE IS INSIDE | GRAB IT FROM UK STORES RIGHT NOW!



And that's not all that's happening this December. Have you seen our video interviews with over 20 of your favourite bands on our YouTube channel? You haven't? Well, you know what to do.

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