It seems as the rock gods are shining their rays on the sunshine state as Jacksonville prepares to welcome "Monster Energy Presents: Welcome To Rockville 2015" on April 25th and 26 to Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL. Celebrating the 5th anniversary, Rockville is offering up some of the hardest and heaviest bands in the land including: Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Slayer and many other heavy hitting bands. For more information on the festival and how to get tickets, go to http://welcometorockvillefestival.com/
This morning, music fans were given a early Christmas present when the initial lineup for the 2015 edition of the Tortuga Music Festival was announced. Headlining the festival will be returning favorite Kenny Chesney (2014) and first time act Zac Brown Band. Other bands that will be on Ft Lauderdale Beach on April 11th & 12th, 2015 will be Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Sublime with Rome, Frankie Ballard and many more. For more information on Tortuga, go to http://www.tortugamusicfestival.com/
It was recently announce that the first annual "The Big Orlando" festival will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on Sunday, December 7th 2014. Featuring Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Young The Giant, Dirty Heads and many more national recording artists, The Big Orlando festival is sure to be a success. For more information on how to get tickets, go to http://www.thebigorlando.com/
Recently, I was able to interview Bryce Lucien, vocalist for the Texas- metal band SEEKER. Bryce was kind enough to talk about their Victory Records debut “UNLOVED” and what inspired SEEKER in the development of the band. Enjoy the interview and for more information on SEEKER and please go to
1. Talk to me about “UNLOVED” and how that record came to be? (Follow-up: Was anything recorded that ended up being left off the record)
Unloved came out of a need to be able to do exactly what we wanted to do. We wanted to be a band that was able to completely let go, play what we wanted to play, and express what we wanted to express. "Unloved" is us trying to be at our most free.
Everything that we liked made it onto the record. We're extremely hard on ourselves, so if we weren't 100% confident in a riff then we got rid of it.
2. What bands inspired you to choose Metal instead of another genre of music?
The list of bands is huge, but when I was a really young kid it was band's like Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and Soundgarden. That eventually got me into bands like Neurosis, Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, The Locust, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Isis which brought to where I'm at today.
3. With it being so early in the life of the band, how did it feel to be able to sign with such an established label such as Victory Records?
It felt amazing. We would have never imagined a label like Victory would care about what a band like us was doing, but they were ridiculously proactive about signing us and have been unbelievably supportive. They've been amazing about helping us achieve the sound and vision that we wanted and work ridiculously hard to promote our band, so we couldn't be happier with our decision to sign with them.
4. At what point did you realize that music is what you wanted your life to be consumed by?
The first time I heard Led Zeppelin I realized that nothing else in life was important. I was 11.
5. What is the best advice you have received from your peers in the industry?
Stay humble, never be content with where you're at artistically, always push yourself harder every night onstage, and keep as much control over your art and business as possible.
6. What is your favorite SEEKER lyric?
The lyrics to the song "Escape" are the most meaningful to me. I wrote those last and they still get a strong reaction from me onstage.
7. What bands do you listen to that would surprise people?
I listen to a ton of bands that sound nothing like us. Lately I've been listening to a ton of Chelsea Wolfe, The Kills, Bjork, U2, True Widow, Van Halen, and Grimes. I also listen to a ton of rap so Aesop Rock, Cage, Immortal Technique, Diabolic, El-P, Ruggedman, Tech 9, and Talib Kweli have been on constant rotation.
8. What does SEEKER have planned for 2014?
Constant touring. We've been on tour for about 3 weeks now, go home in a week, and then head back out in late February for 2 months. We're writing a little bit here and there, but touring is the priority.
11. International House of Pancakes
I hate sweet, syrupy breakfast nonsense like pancakes and waffles. Fuck that.
12. Dime bag Darrel
Best guitarist in the best metal band to ever live.
13. Would you rather watch porn starring your parents or watch porn starring yourself with your parents watching as well?
This question is ridiculously fucked up, so while I'm gonna say porn starring myself, I'm going to change the rules. It'll be fetish porn for people who like to watch people eat. This means that I will be seated fully clothed at a table in an asexual way with a platonic friend of mine. We will eat a delicious dinner while my parents watch from the corner of the room. I'm sure there's someone out there that can get off to that.
What a hell of a thing to wake up to. Huka Entertainment announced this morning the line-up for the 2014 edition of Rock the Ocean's 2014 Tortuga Music Festival which will take place on Ft. Lauderdale beach on April 12-13, 2014. The lineup includes country mega star Luke Bryan, returning 2013 artist Eric Church, Adult Alternative staples Train, Sheryl Crow and many more. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 13th 2013 at 10am est. For more information on the lineup and information on how to buy tickets, please go to http://tortuga2014.wpengine.com/
Last night, I had the privilege of watching something special happen, something spiritual of sorts. I went to see San Antonio, TX band Hydra Melody open for Third Eye Blind in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After starting later than the ticket time stated, the five-piece band took the stage. The groove was immediately infectious and got the crowd moving from the opening song “Devil in Disguise” to the final bow. What makes this band special is that they get “it”. They worked hard to make a connection with the audience and they made that connection last night. Hydra Melody hypnotized the audience (including this writer) into a spiritual trance. Hydra Melody has what is lacking in many live performances and that is the connection that a band must make with the crowd is on the forefront of their minds. Blowing any placement in a specific genre out of the water with every changing song, seeing Hydra Melody is an experience like no other. You must see this band. You won't regret it.