Pierce The Veil @ Montreal Vans Warped Tour 2010

There is just so much to say about this event that I barely know where to start. Let’s see. It’s a tradition for me and my friends to hang out at le Parc Jean-Drapeau here in Montreal, especially when ever the Vans Warped Tour is in town! This year was no exception. Although previously expecting a lot of rain and crazy thunder storms, we ended up with a blissful sunny sky and not a single drop.

The Vans Warped Tour is an outstanding event where over 50 bands get together in one big venue and play sets throughout the day. It’s a great and fun experience because not only do you get to see many different bands, but you also get to check out their merch tents and other different ones supporting causes or selling music-related stuff.

This year, my main goal was to see San Diego quartet Pierce The Veil. To tell you the truth, I have never seen them live before, and for the past year and a half that I’ve been listening to them, they’ve quickly rose up my charts and beat Alesana to being my number 1 favorite band. I almost got scared because it turned out that Alesana and Pierce The Veil’s sets were overlapping, and as much as I wanted to hear The Emptiness live  for the first time, there was no way that I’d miss another Pierce The Veil set. Obviously, they won, and I got to see them during the day.

Before that, I got the chance to actually meet each member of Pierce The Veil: Vic Fuentes on Vocals and Guitar, Mike Fuentes on Drums, Tony Perry on Guitar and Jaime Preciado on Bass. They were signing at the D-Tox clothing tent, and to my luck, I managed to be first in line. I had everything ready: two posters and their latest album cover. Every thing went well, and I was very happy to meet them, even a little too happy (I had a panic/nervousness attack). In the end it was all worth it.


There set was perfect. I was in the front row, dead center, thus having a perfect view of the four guys. The whole thing was very energetic, fun, precise, well practiced. These guys really do have great experience and amazing stage presence!! They really blew my mind. Not only do they sound amazing live, but they also put their whole heart and soul into each note played. I lost myself as they played their songs, old and new, ranging from the sweet Chemical Kids & Mechanical Brides, Yeah Boy & Doll Face, to the more rebellious Caraphernelia, The Boy Who Could Fly and Drella. They even played another off their sophomore album Selfish Machines, The Sky Under The Sea. I wish they could have played more songs, but just the fact that they were there right before my eyes and giving their all was enough. They definitely were the highlight of my day, and I can’t wait to see them again!!

This Vans Warped Tour was fuckin’ sick. Can’t wait ’til 2011!!

If you haven’t heard of/checked out Pierce The Veil yet, do it NOW!!

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All of this was too surreal. From beginning to end, and not even just the show. Every part that lead me there was way too magical to not mention. I had no idea I’d be seeing the one and only Lady Gaga that night. It wasn’t part of my plans. In fact, I had let go of that dream-idea months ago, when I saw I couldn’t afford a ticket for myself. I sat in my lonely corner, remembering I would be missing her once again, like I did each time before. (It sucks to not have a job..) Anyway, I regained hope when my friend told me about this small contest that amazing opening band Semi Precious Weapons were doing. This band has played with Gaga so many times before, and they’re actually pretty close. Moving on, they decided that for each stop they’d make on the tour, they’d do a little something like this: wait at a street corner they’d mention in their tweets, and whoever finds them there gets the chance to win a ticket… And that’s how I ended up having a free seat in the Bell Center, on June 28, 2010.

Entering the Bell Center was one of the hardest tasks I could have ever imagined, even for a ticket holder. The crowd that showed up for both SPW and Gaga were immense, so immense, I wondered if we’d ever get inside on time. The line curved around the venue, and even then there were still many people arriving, adding up to this rope. Luckily, we got to skip that line, finding out we were in the wrong one and could enter directly through Gare Lucien-L’allier. That place was almost as packed as the outside, but it was worth knowing its existence.

Semi Precious Weapons, the extraordinary New York band with their Berklee Music School diplomas really rocked the set. I couldn’t have been more proud to meet up with vocalist Justin Tranter, the reason why I was even in the venue in the first place! Along with Tranter are Cole Whittle on bass, Dan Crean on drums and Stevy Pyne on guitar and backing vocals. Each member really knows how to bring this act to life. I heard a bit about them and their songs before, and honestly, you really have to see them live to truly enjoy their music to the complete max. I love their sound, their style and songs, but seeing them perform them actually makes everything they’ve put together even more exciting. Justin really brings his lyrics to life. And on a side-note, his heels are gorgeous.

I clenched my seat as the excitement began to rise. Everyone in the full house venue knew the musical Queen was coming out very soon. It didn’t take long before we could notice where she was hiding. Through the curtain, we could see some of the dancers, frozen on the stage, and then, behind them, standing up high…. there she was. Lady Gaga herself. She did a couple of dance moves, reminding me of Michael Jackson, and also of that scene in her Telephone video clip.

As the show went on, many things were revealed, such as the various ets upon the stage. I was amazed and definetely knew a lot of effort was put into making the second leg of the Monster Ball a great success. The setlist followed together, telling the story of some friends trying to find their way to the Monster Ball, a happy place where everyone could be free. The story progressed vivdly through dance and song, each more exciting than the last. Of course, Lady Gaga was admirable and at the top of her game, with her angelical voice and crazy costumes. Everything from the set to the props, instruments and musicians, storyline and dancers, fit together in perfect harmony.

I was especially amazed by the instruments Gaga played. I remember the first one beinga piano, secretly hidden into the back of her truck (Gaga by the way is definetely an amazing pianist). Another was a keytar hidden in a black spike that she carried around in some part of the show. Like I said, it was a very memorable night, and I am still under shock that I actually managed to witness it, for free, and by pure luck. About halfway through the set, she even played us one of her new, unreleased songs. As she played this beautiful, soft tune, she spoke with the crowd about herself, her feelings, about her daily life while she wasn’t on tour. There, I sensed a real loving being, one we could easily connect, experience and share with. She truly is a wonderful person.

I don’t know why it took me so long to finally see her live, but it was compeltely worth it. And for all the others out there who still doubt Lady Gaga, its time to give in. She is more than just good. She’s more than a glamourous pop icon and fashion queen. She is also an amazing, talented soul trying to change the world and spread a strong message. Now it’s up to you to listen.

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Breaking The Fourth Wall @ L’Inco!!

This band is fuckin’ crazy. Seriously. They are insane.

But that’s a good thing. It’s their wildness that gives the crowd a unique feel, a turbulant flow. Their energy is immense and outstanding. Name me anyone with as much stage presence as these guys. I doubt you’d find anyone.

Tonight, June 26 2010, was their last show ever at L’inco (the old venue will be shutting it’s doors after July 3rd), their last show before their Across Canada Tour (fuck yeah!) and guess what. They really knocked the roof out of it’s place. Breaking The Fourth Wall is a 5 piece Experimental Punk/Metal Christian band (yes, believe it or not) from sweet hometown Montreal. I am so proud that they are our very own. Basically, it’s the sick Matt Savage on vocals, epic guitarists Luca Santilli and Felix Legault, smashing drummer Chris Falvo and newcomer, well-loved bassist and friend Connor Johnson (previously of the late Four Feet & Fur). Tonight was Connor’s first show with the band, and he really blended in perfectly. In fact, I believer everyone in the audience got the chance to be part of the band this night. People were throwing themselves everywhere, whether on stage or over the crowd, and their were many guest appearances, such as Cody Dodds (ex member of Four Feet & Fur), Mike Carrozza (By Polar,  This Order) and Matthew McAllister (Edessa/The Panda Attack). It was great to really see this band come to life once again.

I always remember these guys for making me crave more. They have so much energy, I wonder where it all came from. I remember seeing them play last early fall. Matt is very awesome. Really. He’s like a wild beast that can’t be caged, and I remember smiling insanely as he tore apart his shirt. He’s just amazing.

Breaking The Fourth Wall. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re right here. Honestly, worth a listen, if you’re into that type of sound. And once that’s done, be sure to check them out live!! You will definitely not regret it. Ever. (Unless you get a major concussion from getting slammed in the back of your brains by a flying guitar and/or vocalist.)

Good night!!

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We Are The Selfish Machines

(Selfish Machines Commercial)

As we all know, and for those that don’t I’m telling you now, the San Diego band Pierce The Veil is finally releasing their second full-length album tomorrow, June 21, 2010. Like most fans, I’ve been dying to have a listen, and ever since the band began streaming the full album on their Myspace, I’ve been going completely insane, excited to have a fresh copy in my hands. Needless to say, they have done an outstanding job with this one. Each song has been nailed perfectly, each soothing and thrilling, causing us to crave for more. I couldn’t be more satisfied with any other thing.

Originally set to be released on Tuesday, June 22nd, it was great news for everyone to hear it would be available online and in stores all around a day earlier. I am for one, very excited to blast this on my iPod and stereo all summer long, and of course, after that.

I began listening to Pierce The Veil just over a year ago thanks to a good friend of mine. It was (and still is) her favorite band and she kept telling me how much she loved front man Vic Fuentes beautiful vocals and the well thought-out rhythms of the drums and guitars. After a while, I decided to take a peak, and I never regretted it. I honestly can’t think of another band that makes me feel the way this one does. Each instrument perfectly intertwined with the lyrics and the sound gives this band an appeal that others don’t. I also feel as if I could relate to these lyrics. I wish I wrote them myself.

Pierce The Veil will be touring all summer long with the Warped Tour, if you haven’t got the chance to see them yet. I know I will be there. It’s almost an obligation, one of those things I just have to do before I die type of thing. And if you haven’t got the chance to check them out yet, you definitely should! Or else, there’s still time to pre-order their upcoming album!!

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It was insane, but gorgeous. To die for. A dream I’ve been waiting for ever since the beginning of my teens, when I finally knew what music was. I’d remember rocking out to their songs and singing along as they played on rock radio, or online, or at a friends place. And then when I could afford it, the t-shirts swarmed the back of my closet doors. I sometimes wished I was born back then just so I could see them all together. Or at least, see them. I never thought that would happen. Never thought I’d even get that close.
Guess who was wrong.

I purchased my tickets to the Misfits the minute they went on sale. I couldn’t wait. I ran out of my class to access a school computer, and after inscribing my digits in, the tickets were mine.. and it was one of the greatest feelings ever. Now all I had to do was wait. And it was totally worth it.

Of course, I didn’t only show up for the Misfits. I showed up for millions of reasons. And today was another wonderful miracle of life. My friend Roya had to write an article for an amazing website called Meet Me At The Show. She needed my lovely moral support and she had the brilliant idea of interviewing the incredible Jerry Only. And we did. I swear I lost my breath the moment we were led backstage, after their sound check, hours before the show. I really swear, I stopped breathing as I set eyes to the dream inches away from my eyes. A tight handshake, take a seat, questions out and bam, there we are, interviewing the lead vocalist of the Misfits. I jotted down notes, every thing that sparked out. Actually, every thing sparked out. He was more than inspiring, funny, charming, every thing you’d expect out of him and more. I wanted to cry, but I held on to my tears, letting my friend do her job while I supported her. I don’t even remember how we got this lucky. And it gave me more hope. Hope for tomorrow. And hope for more to come from this outstanding band. 33 years and still going. And so much work put into it. As we finished off, we said our thank yous and goodbyes, our see you laters. I was definitely way more excited to see them get on stage, fully dressed in their Halloween attire and their crazy make up.

To be honest, I haven’t been to many punk rock shows. It’s crazy to see how different the crowds are from other genres. It was still fun. I go to jump and dance around, go wild as usual. To start off the show, a local band called Medusa took the stage. This is a 4 piece heavy metal band, with Kayla Whynter on lead vocals and harmonies, Izzy Skidzz on bass and back up vocals, Charlie Carnage on lead guitar and finally, Brandon Rhythmix on drums and also back up vocals. I had already heard of them before, so I was very eager to check them out. Their energy surprised me, and right away I got off the bench and began to cheer and jump. I especially loved Kayla, as she rocked the stage with her great looks, vocals and sensual moves. She has amazing stage presence, and it was great to see a local vocalist embrace the stage even during the instrumental parts.

Next up was Montreal’s very own Chix N Dix, a four piece band I’ve been dying to see live for a while. This band contains members Kryztera Oi! on vocals, Destructive K! on bass, Reckless Jess! on guitar and finally, TomASS! on drums. They really turned on the crowd at the very first song, having the kids run around in circles, mosh and skank. I felt my body following along to the beat of their crazy rhythms, no lonbger able to control myself. They really lived up to my expectations. Kryztera really has amazing vocals, reminding me a bit of Brody Dalle, previously lead vocals of The Distillers and now fronting Spinerette. I truly believe Kryz and her band mates will make it very far in the punk scene.

Following quickly behind was the legendary Vaginal Croutons (pronounced Va-Gee-Nal and not Va-Jhi-Nal.. had trouble pronouncing that at first!!), playing their last show ever in Montreal. I agree, I have heard of them before, and I was very saddened that I never got the chance to see them perform until now. With Johnny Jackoff on vocals, Harry Sacks on guitar, Brutus on bass and Spongy Crackers on drums, this Montreal-born band with the name that most would pronounce either proudly or with much discomfort, completely tore the stage, the moment they walked on. The fans went wild as Johnny made his appearance wearing one of the ugliest grand-ma dresses, flower print and all. Throughout their set, they were also joined with a giant inflatable penis, a blow doll and two inflatable rockets. Everybody danced along, pushing and shoving, trying hard to catch the rockets and other accessories, and once the penis had landed, they used this to tackle other fans as well. The whole set was completely insane. Halfway through, Johnny went backstage and returned in a different set of woman’s clothing, and a glittery penis hanging between his legs. He continued singing old time favorites, while occasionally spraying us all with confetti. It was really great.

I felt my nerves taking over as the began setting up the stage for the legendary and long-awaited Misfits. The interview with Jerry Only kept replaying within the depths of my brain and I wondered if any of this even happened. I knew the answer when the lights revealed who we’ve all been waiting for. The Misfits began their beautifully-crafted set with the Halloween Theme, and on the set stood lead vocalist/bassist Jerry Only, guitar and backing vocalist Dez Cadena and drummer Robo, completely clothed from head to toe in the traditional Misfits horror attire. I felt my soul float within this wonderful dream-come-true. The whole set was spectacular, amazing, and every detail was breath-taking. They played each song in chronological order, beginning with the old favorites, up to the new ones, and continued with other old-time favorites such as Helena and Dig Up Her Bones. I was especially ecstatic when they closed with my personal favorite, Die Die My Darling. The show wasn’t completely over. Jerry Only got off stage, getting crazed fans to cheer much louder and run to the front. He signed autographs and took pictures with each fan that asked for it, not ignoring or forgetting anyone. As he did this, I remembered once more the Jerry Only me and Roya had interviewed. The kind-heart, sweet Jerry Only. The one who gave me hope for tomorrow. All in all, this show was completely worth it. I was very glad to be part of this crazy crowd.


Check Out The Latest Of The Misfits Here!!

It’s always been one of my favorites, and your cover is excellent.
I love you.
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Fashion Blogs: Kandee The Make-Up Artist

I was randomly surfing the web..actually I was exploring youtube.com for tutorials on cutting shirts since my skills on that weren’t too good, and my friend told me to check out kandeejohnson out. I did, and I was amazed by all the tutorials she had up. Not just for t-shirt cutting, but for make up as well! Because I liked all of her uploads so much, I just HAD to check out her blog. It’s all about Fashion: Make Up, Clothing.. whatever. And it’s also about happiness, and surviving this little world called life. She simply is amazing.

This morning, I received an update from her post. This little one touched my heart, and I think you really should check it out. It’s called “What To Say When Someone Makes Fun” and it’s very inspiring if I should say so myself.

In fact, while you’re all at it, check out her whole blog. It’s definitely worth the read.
Have a good day everyone!

Kandee The Make-up Artist’s blog

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Ale-Alejandro Video Release

Just a couple of hours ago today, the video clip for Lady Gaga‘s latest single Alejandro was released. I just watched it, and I believe I might have to watch it again, not because of how amazing it is, but because I want to understand what exactly is going on.

I’ll be completely honest. As much as I love Gaga, and trust me, I love her to bits, I’m a bit disappointed in this one. Of course, I should blame that on the director. It just doesn’t feel like all the other ones. Obviously, it doesn’t, and shouldn’t because this video was directed by Steven Klein, one of Gaga’s photographers, instead of Jonas Akerlund, director of the two previous Fame Monster videos.

This video seemed more of like any other regular dance video than anything else. Despite the long length of 8 minutes and 43 seconds, it didn’t contain much of a story like the others. I wish it did. The song itself has so much, and I was really hoping for something twisted, or a completely different meaning for the lyrics to this song. It just feels like it would have been the best step to take, so every video track off the album would have some sort of coherence.

(via x17online.com)

It was very weird to watch. I’m not even sure which one was Alejandro, if there was supposed to be one for that fact. Maybe it was the guy at the end? Probably. Or maybe not. Maybe that was no longer relevant. At least Gaga looked great in it. She is indeed very gorgeous and stunning in this video. And her hair is amazing. And her face. I just would have preferred to see her do more crazy things. And have much fucked-up clothing. I’m glad she had that black brassiere. Not crazy enough, but that should do.

Yeah, Telephone and Paparazzi where really fucked, but they were amazing videos. They where short movies, not completely relevant to the lyrics, but still amazing. I can’t emphasizes enough on how I expected Alejandro to be the same. And I doubt it’s because it was a different director. He could have done the same. Take Bad Romance for example. Not Akerlund. Still awesome!

(via homorazzi.com)

Anyway, we’ll see what everyone else has to say about this. Lady Gaga still amazes me. She performed very well in the video, so I guess the least I could do is appreciate that.

Didn’t see Alejandro yet? Well then, you should really see it for yourself.

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