What Lies Beneath

Hey folks! 

Last week I had the opportunity (along with very few people all across the globe) to be on a Rival Sons meet and greet at 4 Sound in Stockholm, and be one of the very few to have a hearing session of the new album “Feral Roots”, that is going to be released in the beginning of 2019. 

The experience was beyond cool, as I had the chance to pre order the new record and also be a part of an “interview” session with Scott and Jay. Rock Sverige was also present to shoot these special moments and also shoot us, the lucky ones, who had the chance to have a chat with the band and take a picture after the hearing session and the interviewing took place. 

Myself, I was amazed by how good and well made this new record sounds. I know that every time an artist releases a new record, it is “their best one yet”, but to use exactly Scott’s words “if they don’t say that in every record they make, they have no fucking idea what they are doing.” 

I had the chance along with almost 25-30 people to listen to four of the new songs, and after that to ask a question that Jay and Scott would gladly answer. But first things first; 

The Sons are releasing a new record in the beginning of 2019 called “Feral Roots”. Why would this record be any different than the ones already made? Because in my opinion, this record sounded much deeper than the previous ones. For me, the Sons have an imposing style and sound, and I cannot really think or name any other band that they can be compared to. It is not for an instance like you can say, “hey since you like this band, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna like how Rival Sons sound”. I cannot measure their art this way. So, having that said, if I wrote here, “the new album sounds like this, or like that, would it really do it any justice? If  you write some good words about the sound in a piece of paper or in a blog post would it do it any justice? I don’t really think so. Every artist has a vision,  and different styles of music and sound awaken emotions you never knew they existed. So how about saying this, that the very few songs I got to listen to, have been the internal soundtrack in my days, since last Friday. I absolutely love it when an artist, lyrically or musically touches the heart of an individual in a way that you never expected they would. But at the same time, musicians and artists in general are there to serve the art, so if they manage to do that, then they most certainly reached the absolute level of success. That’s always what I personally believe. 

After the hearing session, we had the chance, to ask Jay and Scott any question that would pop into our minds. I had of course a question myself but didn’t do it during this time, but later on when I got to meet them in person. 

Sweet and gentlemen as always, they welcomed me with open arms and warm hearted smiles, willing to answer anything that I would ask. A lot of times though, my concerns and questions have nothing to do with what I actually see and hear but with what lies behind. The mentality of a focused artist for example. We all know that the carrier of the Sons keeps going only upwards, so my main concern was this; what does an artist like them do in their every day life, in order for them to keep focused, be on the right track, and be productive. Any every day habits, rituals, or anything else that helps them feel focused on their goals, the main one of which is to serve their art. 

Well, as we were having a small chat with Jay and Scott, it made me realize that the answer lies beneath a lot of things that we all do in our every day life. First of all Jay really pointed out that we need to be gentle with ourselves. Don’t be too hard on them. Love them and don’t point out our flaws. As human beings, we are all flawed. But this is not the point. The point is to be gentle and love yourself. Secondly, take care of yourself, in terms of eating healthy, working out, praying and meditating. That way you will not keep falling for temptations like alcohol, late night stays, etc. “We all fell for that”, added Scott, but the more you grow up, the more focused you stay in the things that you love, so as they both mentioned, it is not about anything like this, and one of the most important things as well, is to surround yourself with good people and people that lift you up. 

In general, it’s been really a night worth remembering. I have never been up and close with a band like this before and this made my excitement and anticipation for the new record and the new tour double as much. 

What are your thoughts regarding music like this? Do you like the Sons? Have you ever seen them live? 

If not, feel free to click on the links below about previous posts of mine including live pictures, show reviews and plenty of Rival Sons material! 

https://theurbanside.com/2017/03/03/rival-sons-show-review-annexet-stockholm-2017-03-02/

https://theurbanside.com/2017/08/19/a-music-experience-in-an-enchanted-land/ 

Have a great, powerful rest of the week! 

Xxx, 

Irene 

First Time In Greece

Hey guys!

One of my absolutely favorite bands of all times has recently announced some headline European music dates, including their first show ever in Greece. Volbeat are out on tour again, with some American touring dates, followed by a short tour in Europe including festival shows but also some headline ones.

This July the Danish\ American band is about to play their first ever show in Greece, as a part of the greek Rockwave festival in Athens on the 20th of July.

Are you going to be joining any of the following dates?

Click the link below to see full concert material of Volbeat playing at Friends arena- Stockholm this past September, as a part of their “Seal the deal and let’s boogie tour”, along with a personal Volbeat story of mine. 🙂

https://theurbanside.com/2017/09/10/volbeat-live-friends-arena-stockholm-2017-09-09 

https://theurbanside.com/2016/07/24/memory-your-lamplight-is-burning-holes/

(Pictures taken by official Volbeat Instagram).

Xxx,

Irene Image-2 (1)

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Find A light

Hey guys!

Lots of exciting news for the next few months since a lot of my favorite bands have been working and planning new releases and upcoming tours! Let’s start off with some classic southern rock n’ roll sound and Blackberry Smoke. They are about to release their next album in April “Find a light”, and they already announced their European tour dates. They are visiting Sweden on the 23rd of October in Cirkus – Stockhom and the 24th in Pustervik – Gothenburg. Tickets are on sale March 14th via Livenation.se

I had the pleasure to shoot these guys last year in Munchenbryggeriet here in Stockholm in a sold out show. Click in the link below to see the full material . 🙂

https://theurbanside.com/?s=blackberry+smoke

In the meantime here’s a link of their latest release “Let me down easy”, first released track of their upcoming album.

Joining the show?

https://open.spotify.com/track/1ZT7zS41ZGhwZqb6WuA2Nr

Xxx,

Irene

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Immortalize the special moments

Hey friends!

 

Last Thursday was a special one because the Rival Sons were in Sweden once again on their encore European tour for their latest record “Hollow Bones”. Not a lot of dates included on this tour of theirs, but some of them include opening for the most legendary band of all times- The Rolling Stones.

A couple of days ago the Sons were in Gothenburg- Sweden for a headline show, and we were there to immortalize those special live music moments.

Here’s a glimpse of what happened in Pustervik- Gothenburg last Thursday! I hope you enjoy taking a look as much as I enjoyed taking these pictures, and please feel free to share if you feel like it!

Have a great weekend everyone with lots of positivity and music!

Xxx,

Irene

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Volbeat Live @ Friends Arena Stockholm 2017.09.09

Hey friends!

Last night was a night that I have been waiting for since past December. Volbeat were in town to perform at Friends Arena as a part of their ” Seal the deal and let’s boogie” 2017  European tour.

I have been writing about Volbeat on this blog every single time I found the tiniest motivation and I can actually tell with the most certainty that last night was worth every piece I have written here and even more.

Yesterday was the third time I saw them live and in my opinion was the absolute best. On top of that I had the opportunity to shoot at their show for the very first time. I couldn’t help it but feel so lucky and blessed that I had the chance to shoot a band that means personally so much to me. Their show was so beautiful and humbling that I could stay there forever.

At this point allow me to link one of my favorite Volbeat stories from the past pieces that I have written here and along with that please feel free to take a look at the moments that were captured on my camera last night, in a magnificent environment and mood here in Stockholm.

https://theurbanside.com/2016/07/24/memory-your-lamplight-is-burning-holes/

Have a great new week my friends with lots of music and positivity!

Xxx,

Irene

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” We Are The Wolves Of Winter”

Hey Guys!

Last night was one of my highlight moments this summer! 😀 Biffy Clyro performed at Gröna Lund and I had the chance to shoot them. I have wanted to do that for so long and last night I finally got the opportunity to do it.

I personally believe that Biffy Clyro is an extremely talented band, but what made their performance ever greater last night was the fact that they played at Gröna Lund.

Gröna Lund is a magical place to perform in the summertime and I think that it works both sides. I can only imagine that last night was as magical to them playing, as to us watching their performance.

I had the chance to see them also last October in Munchenbryggeriet here in Stockholm as well, feel free to take a look on my last piece here: https://theurbanside.com/2016/11/02/you-are-creating-all-the-bubbles-at-night/ 

In the meantime, here are the moments that were captured on my camera last night!

Take a look and enjoy friends! Cheers! 😀

Xxx,

Irene

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