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 

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“Live Like A Dream”

Hey guys!

So the time has finally come and these guys are going to be in town this Sunday. I cannot even put it in words how excited I am to be seeing them again after so many years. The emotions running strong through my body like not a single day has passed by.

I am pretty sure that those of you who love them as much as I do, have already listened to the new record, but in case you didn’t, I am putting the link right here 🙂

https://open.spotify.com/album/0XcHdI2ZyNADjfvo5Ubs39

Are you going to be in the show on Sunday? If so, see you there!

 

Xxx,

Irene

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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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Throwback

Last year in March, I had the pleasure to shoot these amazing guys in a full packed house in Berns- Stockholm. This year they will be playing in “Borgholm brinner” festival along with bands like Danko Jones and Graveyard.

Click the link below to see full concert material! 😀

https://theurbanside.com/?s=anthrax

Xxx,

Irene

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Monolith Tour

Probably a lot of people including myself have been patiently waited for almost four years until Thirty Seconds to Mars release new music and new tour dates. Now as most of you already know, two tracks from their upcoming album have already been released, “Walk on Water” and “Dangerous night”. The band is starting their European tour tonight in Basel – Switzerland and visiting Sweden on two different dates, April 22nd and August 20th.

Click the link below to read a personal Thirty Seconds to Mars story of mine, including pictures of my 30STM tattoo.

https://theurbanside.com/2016/12/30/i-am-the-echelon/

Am I going to see you in any of these dates?

 

Here’s a sneak pic of the Monolith tour, posted at official Thirty Seconds to Mars Instagram about an hour ago, which for some reason has been already taken down.

See you this summer at the Monolith Tour! ❤

Xxx,

Irene

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Add Up

Hey friends!

Felt like I wanted to add up a few more pictures that I found on my phone from Volbeat’s concert here in Stockholm and Friends Arena a couple of weeks ago. Feel free to share! 🙂

 

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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