I am just a girl. I am simple and rough around the edges. I am boring, because my past was not. I am a daughter and a friend. I was saved almost 4 years ago. I believe there is healing in music and community. I hold value in promise and hope in tomorrow. I will listen, but I'm far from perfect.
LIFE ON REPEAT TO RELEASE FINAL ALBUM
‘BLACKLISTED’ ON DECEMBER 3
ANNOUNCES FINAL SET OF SHOWS
Salisbury, MD’s Life On Repeat will release their sophomore album,Blacklisted, on December 3 through Equal Vision Records. The new album will be the band’s final release together. To coincide with the release and their unfortunate disbanding, Life On Repeat will play four final farewell shows in December.
Guitarist Andrew Baylis opens up about the band’s tough decision to call it quits explaining, “It’s been a long, amazing ride, but with the growing competition and politics of the music industry it would be next to impossible for us to continue being a band financially and actually keep our spirits high in doing so. We love making music and playing it for new people, but there are just some aspects to being in a band that make it hard to actually keep doing it for the right reasons…and we would never want to sell ourselves short just to please what we think people will like. We were so lucky to have teamed up with Equal Vision Records and to have met such an amazing group of people within the music industry. It’s nice to know that there are still some people out there that do this for the right reason, and that is a rare thing to find nowadays.”
“With all this being said, we would love to see everyone end this chapter for the band on a good note and pick up a copy of the new album. Blacklisted is about our band’s journey, the experiences we’ve shared with others, the friends we’ve made, the bridges we’ve burned…and the simple fact that the world can try and keep you from succeeding - but the only writer of fate is yourself. Sometimes we forget that, or maybe we are taught to forget it…but you control your own life.”
The new album highlights the band’s distinctive, in-your-face sound that pairs dark, aggressive musical intensity with soaring, passionate vocals and undeniably memorable melodies.
Two songs from Blacklisted – “Forgotten” and “Atypical” are available now on iTunes, as part of a previously released two-song digital single. A music video for “Forgotten” is also available now on Youtube.com/equalvision. Preorders for the album will be launched in the coming weeks on equalvision.merchnow.com.
Blacklisted was recorded at Oceanic Recording Studios in Bethesda, MD last November with Brandon Paddock [The Used, Panic! At The Disco] and Taylor Larson [Periphery, Conditions] - who also produced the band’s debut full-length album,Struggle + Sleep. Life On Repeat is comprised of Patrick Purves [vocals], Andrew Baylis [guitar], Zach King [guitar], Devon Voisine [bass], and David Walker [drums].
“It means the world to us for you guys to hear our last full-length record, that we worked so hard on,” shares Baylis. “For everyone who ever gave us a floor to sleep on, bought our merch, bought our records, or just listened to our music and felt something special…we will never be able to thank you enough.”
1. Karma Calls
2. The Creators (Light Inside)
4. Cut Open
5. This Conditioned Lie
9. The Conscious Collective
10. Sorriest Goodbye
TOUR DATES: Life On Repeat
Dec 07 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
Dec 08 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Dec 13 Dover, DE @ Bubba’s
Dec 28 Fort Worth, TX @ Tom Cat’s West (acoustic show)
Bill Werde is the Editorial Director of Billboard, and he went off on an interesting Tweet tangest earlier this week about how he wishes mainstream music had more of a meaning and message than it often does. Nick Mango, founder of LimitedRun, wrote a response to Werde’s comments for a new Contributor Blog on POZ. You can read his thoughts on the topic below!
I must say, I’ve long wished for more mainstream-worthy music with more important messaging.— Bill Werde (@bwerde)
Mainstream music is not in the business of making people think. There’s no money in thinking, because few people do it. Mainstream music is in the business of time: something so many people seem to have an excess of. Mainstream music takes time that people spend doing something monotonous and makes that time move faster. It’s like a DVR for your life. Back in the ’50s, when the home had a single TV with 4 channels, you really didn’t have too many choices to keep your mind occupied. You watched The Honeymooners, listened to music, went to a make-out party, or did your homework. The world was a simple place, and lives found meaning in simple things. Today we have a million TV stations on a million TVs. We have TVs in our pockets. We have Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. We have friends from other countries. We have a zillion different types of drugs. Every house has a video game console. Every kid has a cellphone and a car. Running is a billion dollar industry. RUNNING. You know what kids back in the day would say about that?
We have way too many things going on in our lives to learn something from music, and the world of mainstream music knows it. They give us what we want. We need something simple. We need something to snack on. We need something to hold us over until we get to the next important thing in our lives. Mainstream music is like a soundtrack for our daily routine. The soundtrack in movies is there to give a particular scene substance. To give it texture. To make us respect it. We use the daily routine soundtrack to enhance what life is boring us with. We use it to make data entry a little more bearable. We use it when we have no friends on the school bus. We use it to turn that train ride to work into a poetic montage of scenes from an independent film about struggle. When the words in songs meant something, the American dream was to own a home. But now, our expectations for life have completely changed. The American dream is to become a billionaire. This is why the lottery industry keeps growing, even when the economy turns to shit. Gratification is no longer a day away, like it was in the past. Now we can get gratification in seconds. There’s a Walmart in every city. There’s porn just a few keystrokes away. People don’t revolt by growing their hair long anymore. They revolt by taking MDMA and dancing until they’re zipped up in a bag. Something as restrained as words in a song has no affect on us anymore.