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As most people know, I am a huge promoter of supporting bands and musicians you like. I am a huge supporter of Marianas Trench, Ghost Town, SayWeCanFly, Consider Me Dead and Mayday Parade (Just to name a few. I support a lot of other bands also like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, and many many more, but I’m talking more along the lines of lesser known bands).
These five bands in particular, I would do anything and everything to support them. I own all of their albums and 90% of their merch and have had the pleasure of seeing 3 of them 1 or more times in concert.
(Marianas Trench: Seen them 10 times in concert. Own Tons of t-shirts, signed posters, tour posters, wristbands, 3 copies of every album, Vinyl and many more. Also have bought friends and fans merch since they could not afford it. Had the pleasure of Interviewing them and having lunch with them.
Ghost Town: Seen them 3 times in concert. Own 7 t-shirts. 7 wristbands. 2 cds. Stickers. Every itunes single and acoustic that was not on their cd. Also have bought friends and fans merch since they could not afford it.
SayWeCanFly: Seen Braden once in concert. Just ordered a Physical copy of his new EP Heaven is Hell and Signed Poster. Own All of his eps/singles on itunes.
Consider Me Dead: Have not seen them in concert yet. Own itunes copies of both of their eps. Bought physical copy of album and poster.
Mayday Parade: Never Seen them in concert yet. Own all of their albums. 1 t-shirt. Necklace and bracelet. Tattoos and stickers. etc. )
Since The Bryan Stars tour where I saw Ghost Town for the third time and SayWeCanFly for the first time, I have been talking with Braden. He is by far one of the sweetest people I have had the pleasure to met. Recently I told him about how I have his entire catalog of itunes music and paid a few dollars more on his merch (since the website glitched and I couldn’t get the package). He tweeted me very sweet and grateful things. I completely understand he as well as other artists are just saying these things to be nice to there fans but with him, as well as the other lesser known bands I support, I know he truly means it from the heart.
If I can spare $1 to help these people accomplish their dreams, then guess what, I’m going to do it. Even if it’s my last dollar. I am not rich. But I do bust my ass at my “day” job. If I could leave that job and be paid to promote I would do it in a heartbeat. But I know as of right now that will not happen. But I did do a little calculation recently, on just an average amount of what I have spent on these bands. Not hundreds but Thousands of dollars. Between merch, music, travel, lodging, food, and tickets. I could probably pay back all of my student loans with what I spent. But you know what. I don’t give a flying fuck! I know I’m supporting them and It makes me so happy. And If I get an autograph or a photo in return, or even just to meet these people, I’m more than happy.
So Please! Support the bands you love. Whether you can afford to buy some of their merch or music, or if you can only spread the word about them. Do It! Work of mouth goes a long way.
Stay Strong Kids. ❤
With all the new music and re-releases lately, I am finding it very difficult to keep up with them and listen to them all in there entirety.
Here is my current list of albums that came out recently (and what I still have to listen to):
1) Don’t Panic (Its Longer Now) – All Time Low (Note: If you want the physical copy, don’t wait to get it. There is only 15000 available.)
2) Frame By Frame – Cassadee Pope
3) Consider Me Dead – Consider Me Dead (Not New Music but Includes EP’s Consider Me Dead and Up In Lights)
4) Common Courtesy – A Day To Remember
5) Pax Am Days – Fall Out Boy
6) Tattoo (EP) – Jason Derulo
7) Monsters In The Closet – Mayday Parade
8) Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
9) Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! – Panic! At The Disco
10) Heaven Is Hell – SayWeCanFly
11) Anything Is Beautiful – SayWeCanFly
12) Rise – A Skylit Drive
13) Acceptance Speech – Dance Gavin Dance
Upcoming Albums that are a must Buy:
1) Prism – Katy Perry (Oct. 22)
2) Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne (Nov. 5)
Please check out these albums. They are truly amazing!
The Week of October 6th was a huge week for music. I swear all artists got together and decided “Hey, lets try and make all of our fans go broke in 1 day by releaseing all of our music and create really awesome pre-order packages they can’t resist!” That did happen.
October 8th a lot of artists dropped there new albums. Big ones included: Miley Cyrus, Cassadee Pope, All Time Low, Panic! At The Disco, A Day To Remember, Fall Out Boy and Dance Gavin Dance.
Here is a list of where they all ranked on the Billboard charts:
Note: At this time A Day To Remember did not make the Billboard Charts. They are not even recognized on the site by having a new album. Hopefully with the re-release of Common Courtesy on Nov. 25 everything will be settled and they will hit #1.
1) Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
2) Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die! – Panic! At The Disco
9) Frame by Frame – Cassadee Pope
10) Monsters In The Closet – Mayday Parade
19) Don’t Panic! (It’s Longer Now) – All Time Low
42) Acceptance Speech – Dance Gavin Dance
103) Save Rock and Roll (Pax Am Edition) – Fall Out Boy
1) Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
2) Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! – Panic! At the Disco
8) Frame by Frame – Cassadee Pope
10) Monsters In the Closet – Mayday Parade
11) Don’t Panic! (It’s Longer Now) – All time Low
2) Monsters In The Closet – Mayday Parade
7) Acceptance Speech – Dance Gavin Dance
42) Don’t Panic! (It’s Longer Now) – All Time Low
Top Rock Albums:
1) Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! – Panic! At the Disco
4) Monsters in the Closet – Mayday Parade
7) Don’t Panic! (It’s Longer Now) – All Time Low
14) Acceptance Speech – Dance Gavin Dance
1) Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! – Panic! At the Disco
4) Monsters in the Closet – Mayday Parade
7) Don’t Panic! (It’s Longer Now) – All Time Low
13) Acceptance Speece – Dance Gavin Dance
22) Save Rock and Roll (Pax Am Edition) – Fall Out Boy
Top Country Albums:
1) Frame by Frame – Cassadee Pope
1) Bangerz – Miley Cyrus
8) Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die! – Panic! At the Disco
Congrats to all these artist on the first week of amazing success.
To: Go Radio
From: An Outraged Fan
With the recent break up, I was confused as many other fans were. I wanted to blame you guys but then also blame the fans. But there was no one to blame. Go Radio had, I guess ran its course.
I had read the final goodbye on Facebook made by Alex and Steven. It broke my heart. A band I have been following and supporting for some time now was over. But as much as I was grieving I was wondering why Jason and Matt were not mentioned in this goodbye. It talked about Alex and Stevens future endeavors but what about Jason and Matt. They were apart of the band the last time I had checked.
Through the next few days, It felt like an on going battle between Jason and the rest of the band (Except Matt. He has yet to make a statement). It even got other fans aggravated at all the accusations and they started hating and harassing Jason’s wife. Blaming her for the breakup. I don’t know if she was the cause and I don’t really care. To out right harass her when she had no idea what was going on was rude. And also the last time I checked, She was not in the band and did not make the decisions.
But what aggravated me the most was Jason saying Close The Distance was not successful enough. Can someone please explain to me how #54 Position on the Billboard 200, #22 Position on the Billboard Rock Albums, #12 Position on the Billboard Independent Albums and #13 Position on the Billboard Alternative Albums is not successful? For the band they are, I see that VERY Successful. And the fans help You, Jason Lancaster, to do that. But you’re willing to bail on us just like that because you didn’t get a #1? I hate to say this but It most likely never to happen. Not because of who you are but the type of music you play. It will NEVER be accepted on Top 40 radio as much as you want it to. I know. I’ve tried and I’ve gotten blocked and banned from two of my local radio stations. They don’t care what you actually want to hear. As long as the major labels are paying them tons of money to spin a certain song they won’t play it. And Fearless isn’t one of the high labels. It is one of the Best Alternative Music labels and I support them fully but they will never be able to become the stature of the other labels (I.e Universal Music Group, Sony, Warner). And there is a very limited amount of alternative radio stations. And the fact that you had Billboard supporting you is shocking! Most Indie artist don’t even get that. Yes you weren’t selling out arena’s but you probably never will unless you turn into Justin Bieber overnight.
I understand you feel you want to try something else. But I feel you are still hung up on Mayday Parade. I’m not sure what exactly happened but Jason you’re no longer apart of Mayday and probably never will. You just need to move on. You had 3 amazing band mates supporting you and going along for the ride with you! Yet you’re willing to throw it all away.
Now to the rest of the band. Posting that without Jason’s knowledge was a little rude. You should have all sat down discussed everything one last time then wrote the farewell together. I understand your aggravation but doing that out of the blue with only two members knowledge was just wrong. How would you have felt if Jason never told you how he felt or that he wanted the band to be over than just posted out of the blue that Go Radio was over, with non of your knowledge? You wouldn’t have liked it.
Now I’m not writing this to try and get the band back together because I know chances are slim to none. I’m writing this because like most fans I’m aggravated at all the accusations and the backstabbing behind each others backs. Think about what you’re doing first. I wish all four of you the best in whatever you do decided to do with the rest of your lives. But please. Still be friends in the future. Don’t let this wreck what 7 years of memories you had.
Recently a great friend who I met at a Marianas Trench/Ghost Town concert reccomended this book. Living Again by L.L. Collins. At first I was hesitant because of the price and I was unsure If I would like it or not. She held a Book party on FB where we could win prizes from the author and other authors. I did win a book but not this one.
This weekend she announced that the e-book was on sale for only $0.99. So I bought it without hesitation. Within 3 hours and I had read chapters 1-7. I even read during one of my college classes. Opps. May have missed a few notes but I was sucked in by her writing.
I was filled with so much emotion. All I wanted to do was go home (I was at school) and lie in my bed and read and cry. (Eventually I did get to do this).
On the way out from school I was listening to my Ipod and a few songs came one and Instantly I connected so much with the song to the book. So I decided to create a playlist for the book so far. I’m currently on chapter 8 and going strong. I will give a better review when I’m finished. But If you are like me and need to listen to music while reading some or all of these songs may go well with the book.
1) Remember This – Artist Vs. Poet
2) Come Back Down – Danny Fernandes
3) Have Faith In Me – A Day to Remember
4) You and I Tonight – Faber Drive
5) Tongue Tied – Faber Drive
6) Universe (Acoustic) – Ghost Town
7) Why Don’t You Love Me – Hot Chelle Rae Ft. Demi Lovato
8) Scarred – Jamestown Story
9) In Loving Memory – Jamestown Story
10) Beside You – Marianas Trench
11) Lover Dearest – Marianas Trench
12) Anywhere But Here – Mayday Parade
13) The Silence – Mayday Parade
14) Save Your Heart – Mayday Parade
15) The Memory – Mayday Parade
16) Miserable At Best – Mayday Parade
17) Everything’s An Illusion – Mayday Parade
18) Bruised and Scarred – Mayday Parade
19) Terrible Things – Mayday Parade
20) Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
21) That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You – Nsync
22) God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You – Nsync
23) Forever And Always – Parachute
24) Anything But Beautiful – SayWeCanFly
25) Sparks – SayWeCanFly
26) Don’t Let Me Go – The Summer Set
27) Believe – Suzie McNeil
28) Dear Love – Suzie McNeil
29) See You Again – Carrie Underwood
30) Just A Dream – Carrie Underwood
31) When You’re Gone – Avril Lavigne
32) Scene Four – Don’t You Ever Forget About Me – Sleeping With Sirens
The ones in Bold are the ones I think connect the best with the book. If you have others that you think are fitting comment and I’ll add to the list. I will update and change the list as I continue the Book.
Please Go buy this book. It is only $.99 for a limited time and so worth it!!
Monday Oct 7, I had the pleasure of driving up to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to see the Bryan Stars Tour at The Hard Luck. It was just purely amazing. I would love to re-live it again and again.
When I had arrived the venue was hard to find. It was very small and not in a very good neighborhood. I had stopped at Tim Hortons to get some coffee and use the bathroom. While there I had found some girls I had met at a Marianas Trench show in Toronto. They were the first ones there and decided to hang at Tim’s till more fans showed up. We headed up to the venue and there was only 1 other person there.
While waiting in line 2 men (Who we later found out were members of Oh No Fiasco) walked by and jokingly said “Holy shit!! Toronto knows how to do it! You guys beat the bands to the venue.” We giggled and casually talked with the guys. They had asked us a good place to eat. And Myself not being from the area I just said Timmy’s. “Why does every Canadian say that!” They joked. We chatted for a little bit longer and they headed off there way to get some lunch.
I was getting ready for the show by putting my cat hat and tutu on, while waiting outside in line. Everybody was loving it. Including complete strangers not attending the show.
While chatting with everyone in line and handing out Ghost Town Stickers, I had casually looked up and saw Ghost Town’s bus driving by and Manny (Drummer of Ghost Town) sticking his head out looking at all the fans. I screamed “HI MANNY!!” as loud as I could as they drove by. He giggled and waved back.
After about 20 minutes or so Ghost Town finally parked there bus. Alix (Guitarist of Ghost Town) and Alister Dippner (Artist who draws Ghost Towns Artwork) walked towards us waved but didn’t come near. They had to start loading in. Just a few minutes later Manny came running towards us. He started with me and gave me a hug then hugged the rest of the fans. He stood around and we talked. He remembered me from the previous shows I attended and asked me about Street Team Missions. We took a picture together then he headed towards the laundry mat next door to do some laundry.
The Hours had past and we watched all the bands load in. It was then 3:30, the time VIP was supposed to happen. But Bryan Stars, Modern Day Escape and SayWeCanFly was not there yet. It was a good Half Hour before they showed up.
I was screaming inside when Braden Barrie (SayWeCanFly) and Bryan walked by. They both mean so much to me and Seeing them in person meant so much. They went up to the venue to drop off their things. About a minute or so later Braden came running out and ran straight to me and gave me the biggest hug ever. It felt like forever and I never wanted to let go. It was like I was in a dream. I couldn’t believe someone who’s music means the world to me ran up to me to hug me! He hugged the rest of the fans then asked if he could make a instagram video of us. None of us could refuse.
Just a few minutes later all the V.I.P’s went up stairs to meet Ghost Town and hang out and listen to sound check.
When I walked in the first person I saw was Bryan Stars. I was very nervous and at this point shaking. I was meeting Bryan Fucking Stars. Someone who I look up to and would love to work with. I walked up to him and said Hi in a very shaky voice and handed him a rose I bought for him. He could tell I was super nervous. He asked me my name and Age and where I was from. I told Him. “There is no way you are 22! And That is awesome you drove from the states to come see all of us. This means the world to me!! You are absolutely adorable you make my heart melt.” He then grabbed me and hugged me. I tucked my head into his neck because he was so tall. Our hug lasted forever. Neither of us wanted to let go. It felt perfect. I thanked him for all that he does and that he was an inspiration to me. That I would love to do what he does. I told him my dream was to either work for Alternative Press or be a Pit Reporter on Warped. “I could see you doing that. You are adorable and so sweet and you deserve this. I believe in you Ashley. Please don’t let your dreams die. Have you ever interviewed anyone?” And I told him I had. That I was able to Interview Marianas Trench last year and that I was doing e-mail interviews at the time by indie bands. “You Interviewed Marianas Trench?!?! How the fuck did you get an interview before me?” he joked with me. I showed him the Interview that I did with my friend and told him I did all the editing. “Holy shit. Please don’t ever give up. For a beginner this is amazing. And the fact you Interviewed one of the Biggest Canadian Bands is huge! Ashley, I believe in you!” I kept thanking him for his kind words and we talked more about bands and how I loved supporting them. I told him that If I could help bands I love in any way I do. “Ashley, I love you! This world needs more people like you. Again you are adorable and sweet and I wish there were a million of you. Then maybe this world would be a better place.” I didn’t want to take up more of his time since he had to meet many more fans so I thanked him again and we hugged. It was so perfect.
I then found Manny again and gave him a drawing I made of him as a Minion. “HOLY SHIT!! I saw this on Instagram! Holy shit! This was your drawing. Oh My God!!!! I love this. I’m a Minion!!!!”
I then found Kevin (Singer of ghost town) and also gave him the drawing I made of him as a Minion. “I remember you!!” He giggled. “Thank you so much for this. How have you been? I can’t believe you came to another show.” I told him I was good and that I couldn’t have missed it for the world. He have me a hug then thanked me.
The band jumped on stage and started their soundcheck. They played Skeleton and You’re So Creepy.
I then walked over to Martha (Ghost Towns Merch Girl) and gave her a rose to add to her decorations. I then bought 2 t-shirts (Universe and I’m a Ghost) and 3 Wristbands (You’re a Monster, Dreamer, and In Flames). I got 2 tickets to be entered into the contest to win a one of a kind Alister Drawing. (I didn’t win but I wanted to!)
I then walked over to Alister and asked him to do a doodle on my VIP pass. He drew my favorite thing. The Dreamer Ghost. So cute and I have a Alister doodle!
I then found Evan and gave him his drawing as a Minion. “Oh my god! This sweatshirt is never going to die!” It was his sweatshirt that said “Smile, God is Judging you!” We talked about how that shirt was everywhere. and how he called the owner of the company that produces that sweatshirt to stop making it. We laughed.
I then found Alix. I was a little too excited to meet him because I had more than his drawing. As most Ghost Town fans know he was a cow named Bessie. So I bought him a Baby Cow stuffed animal. I handed him his drawing first and his face lit up. I then handed him the stuffed animal. “Oh My God!! Bessie had a baby!!!! I’ll sleep with her every night!!”
It was time to take the photos with the band, Bryan and Alister. We all stood in line. When it was finally my turn all the guys were gigling and going “Its our tutu girl!!!” It was a priceless moment
I was then just standing around when I saw Braden Barrie. The most perfect human being I could meet. His must is so inspiring and helps me through every mood. After after all the things thrown his way he was still strong. I walked up to him and also handed him a rose. “Oh wow. Thank you. Nobody has ever given my a flower before. Thank you for being my first.” I had asked him if he got his merch back. “Unfortunately no. Its still in the states.” I was a little disappointed because I wanted a t-shirt and a physical copy of his EP Heaven is Hell. I asked him to sign my VIP pass also and for a Photo. Nobody was around so I just stayed and chatted. We talked about his music and the set that night. I had asked him if he was going to play Intoxicated, I love You, one of my favorite songs of his. “I am, just for you!” My heart melted. “What songs of mine do you like?” he asked and of course I couldn’t pick just a few, I loved them all. “Well If you had to choose, which you do because I’m making you, what songs other than Intoxicated, I love you, would you like to hear tonight.” My heart stopped. He was letting me help him pick his set. I suddenly got so nervous that I forgot all of his song titles. I pulled out my Ipod and went straight to his Music. I told him I would love to hear Bruise My Bones, The Poet, Dandelion Necklace and/or Hearts and Flowers (He ended up Performing Bruise My Bones, Intoxicated, I love you, and The Poet). We stood around a little longer, “I know you. How do I know you?” he asked confused. I jokingly said from outside. He giggled. “Of course I remember you from outside but I know you from somewhere else. I’m really sorry that I can’t remember but where do I know you from?” Then I explained I had tweeted him a few times and told him my twitter name and that I also did a cover of Intoxicated, I love You and Your Heart was no place for a monster like me. “Oh my god! You’re the one who did the cover! Holy shit! You’re voice is beautiful! Thank you for doing that! Now if you don’t mind me asking, how did you find my music?” I had explained that he had followed me and at the time I just wasn’t listening to anybody that followed me but at the beginning of this year I finally did and that was when I listened to You heart was no place for a monster like me and that I fell in love. Then I found out he was on the tour and I couldn’t miss it. Because I loved GT and Him. He then was starting to get other people coming up to him. So I thanked him and hugged him then headed towards the stage till the start of the show.
I watched all the sets which were amazing and met all the bands and everybody that worked with them.
At the end of the night, I went around one last time and said goodbye to everyone. First Braden and told him he was amazing and thanked him for playing the songs he did. Then went over to Manny and Evan and said goodbye and gave them hugs. I then went over to Bryan and thanked him for this amazing tour and that I will be back to the next one even if I didn’t know the bands. That I would come to support him. “Ashley thank you so much. You are beautiful and like I told you earlier you’re precious and don’t give up! I may have not known you before today but you mean the world to me.” At this point I broke. He was so sweet and he was the first person in a long time who actually believed in me and what I wanted to do. He saw I was starting to cry and grabbed me for a hug. He rocked him and whispered in my ear “Don’t give up. I love you!” I thanked him again then headed over to Alix. He gave me the biggest hug and thanked me for coming and told me to drive safe. While hugging he was petting my cat hat. “Good Kitty!” It was time to say goodbye to one last person. Kevin. He had a lot of fans around him but I just waited. They all asked for their autographs and photos and etc. Then finally it was my turn. Kevin saw me and got the biggest smile on his face. He hugged me and thanked me so much for coming out to so many shows and supporting them. “It means the world to me” I told him that I needed to head out that I had a long drive ahead. ” Drive safe and Tweet me when you get home. I want to know you are okay!” He hugged me again. “But before you leave, I’ve been wanted to ask you this all night and If I don’t I’m going to hate myself.” I asked him what was it. “Can you curtsy for me?” I told him absolutely and did so. He was so giddy with happiness, like a five year old in a candy store. I hugged him one last time then left.
It was one of the greatest show I have been to in awhile. I felt alive and that people actually cared about me even though they did not know me. Everything that was shitty in my life meant nothing for one entire day. Cannot wait to see all these bands again.