Counterfeit Culture Release “Apothecary” Music Video Feat. Ricky Armellino of This Or The Apocalypse

Post-hardcore quartet Counterfeit Culture has released a music video featuring Ricky Armellino of This Or The Apocalypse, for their single, “Apothecary“. The video showcases a violent relationship which highlights the message of the band’s recently released EP titled, Deathwish.

Guitarist, Patrick Robertson talked about the video saying, “This music video is the most meaningful thing of the whole release for all of us. We spent so much time planning out the storyboard, and drove all the way to Lancaster, PA to film part of it. Of course having our good friend Ricky Armellino in it makes it that much more special to all of us. We wanted to follow up on our music video for X, and put out something that’s just as impactful. Alec and Kiera, the actor and actress in this video did an absolutely amazing job portraying an abusive relationship. This is a culmination of all our hard work, and we hope everyone can get something out of it!”

Deathwish which dropped August 1st. was produced and engineered by Armellino and gives off the melodic metal vibes and harmonious vocals that will remind listeners of This Or The Apocalypse. Watch the new music video for “Apothecary” below and stream the rest of Deathwish HERE.

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In this day and age, we’re constantly bombarded by an onslaught of overwhelming influences from the entertainment industry and the media. It’s inescapable. Standing out from the pack becomes a bold proposition and an even bolder move. That’s where Counterfeit Culture come in. Not only do the New Jersey quartet—Nick Broglio [vocals], Patrick Robertson [guitar], Elijah Pagan [bass], and Chris Smith [drums]—shake up heavy music, but they also shake up pop culture at large, ripping conventions to shreds with an artful amalgam of intricate metallic musicianship and alternative-inspired melodies. Their 2017 Deathwish EP introduces an infectious ideology.

“The name Counterfeit Culture basically says that we live in a society where TV shows, movies, magazines, and web sites tell us how to dress, how to act, and how to live our lives,” says Patrick. “Society tries to force you to be a certain way. We’re saying that’s wrong, and you can be whoever you want to be and live life however you want.”

The members initially met in 2015 while still in high school. They quickly built a local buzz, performing with top-notch acts such as Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Like Moth To Flames, The Plot In You, Erra, Thy Art Is Murder, Invent, Animate, and many more. In 2017, they worked with producer Ricky Armellino [Currents, This Or The Apocalypse] and mixer Taylor Larson [Periphery, Darkest Hour] on what would become Deathwish.

“We take inspiration from multiple genres,” the guitarist goes on. “Of course, we’re a heavy band, and we’ve got those down-tuned breakdowns. At the same time, there are melodic riffs and singing with layers of vocal harmonies. It’s this mix between alternative and metal.”

The single “Apothecary” illuminates the nuances of that style. Snapping from precise polyrhythmic pummeling into hypnotic harmonies, it consciously speaks up against domestic violence lyrically and in its cinematic music video.

“The lyrics are about pretending to be someone you’re not and trying to sell yourself as someone you’re not,” explains Nick. “The music video tells that story of domestic abuse. We gave it visual representation. It’s a girl in this abusive relationship, making it seem normal. Obviously, she’s in pain, but she doesn’t show it.”

Elsewhere, “X” tackles the horrors of drug addiction through a tightly woven sonic assault, “Second Soul” examines “the self-destructive death of one’s former self.” The band separates itself from their contemporaries through both the integration of melody and a fashion-conscious image, eschewing the typical “black t-shirt and jeans,” as Patrick puts it.

Drawing inspiration from remaining outsiders since growing up through and through, Deathwish is as real as heavy music gets. “When people hear this EP, I hope they think about how they’re living their lives and open their eyes,”Patrick concludes. “You don’t have to just do things the way your favorite actor does. Take our songs as inspiration to live your life how you want to live.”

“The songs come from an honest place,” Nick leaves off. “They talk about my past. I felt myself change as a person. I want other people to know that change is possible.”

Rock Band Ira Hill Release Unruly Music Video for “American Outlaws”

Cleveland, OH rock n’ roll quartet Ira Hill has released a music video for their new boozed-up, live in the moment single “American Outlaws”. The explicit video for the western-tinged rock track follows vocalist Nick Wagner (formerly of Like Tyrants) around town, breaking laws and narrowly escaping. The song is the title track to Ira Hill’s upcoming EP that will arrive on 9/8 and follows-up the record’s first single “Dirty Little Habit“.

The sex doll kept deflating after every shot, so I had to reinflate it continuously,” says drummer Jordon Marich. “We all had fun, but at the expense of our star actress…this video is dedicated to Kinky Kim.

Reflecting on the recording experience of American Outlaws, producer Evan Mckeever (Nine Shrines) says “Every recording session turned into a giant rager. I tried to have a sober session with them once…they didn’t let me.” That kind of energy can be heard throughout the EP’s six tracks.

Pre-order American Outlaws here and listen to the single on Spotify.

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The Plague Release Touching New Single “Will You Ever Know Me”

Fresh off their run with Music Saves Lives on Vans Warped Tour, Rochester-based “Futurepunk” band The Plague has released their latest single “Will You Ever Know Me”. The track is a very personal story about frontman David Adam Monroe’s relationship with his father.

He was diagnosed with cancer at a time where our relationship was not at a strong point,” says Monroe. “The song is about grieving the loss of a relationship, when part of you wants to keep hope alive.

“Will You Ever Know Me” will be on The Plague’s debut album Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E, releasing on October 13th via Recover Records. While out on Warped Tour, the band distributed 22,000 samplers including their singles “Danger,” “Not The Only One,” and “Fallen.” The proceeds were donated to the Music Saves Lives foundation.

Before starting The Plague, Monroe led the band Third Estate who appeared on Warped Tour from 02-06 and toured with many established acts such as Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, and My Chemical Romance. After their disbandment, Monroe began producing records alongside Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Jessica Simpson), and served as an A&R rep for Victory and Torque records.

“Will You Ever Know Me” is available track now on iTunes.

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Vault 51 Release “Wildfire” Music Video

Rock quintet Vault 51 has released a music video for their new single “Wildfire“. The colorful aesthetic reoccurs in the band’s new video, along with trippy camera effects which represent time slipping by.

“Wildfire, at its core, is a song about a relationship. For us, the song was less about a romantic relationship, and more about the relationship we had with our label, our EP, and everything we’ve been through. The video begins with me staring into a clock as it’s melting away in my hands. That clock is actually the exact same clock we have on the cover of our album and is essentially a representation of the EP in itself. In this scene, time is practically slipping through my fingers as if to represent the amount of time that went into the entire process of actually being able to release our music. So much of our time was completely wasted and taken from us. We were forced into a situation where we could either give up, or rebuild and start over. That’s exactly what we decided to do.”
-Landon Jones (Vocalist)

The song comes from their debut EP titled, Kid which is out now. You can stream Kid on Apple MusicSpotify and watch the full visual of the EP here.

“’Kid’ basically is a resemblance of our youth and innocence. This EP is essentially the story about the start of someone’s life and how in the beginning — it seems so easy. We don’t truly understand until you’ve grown and woken up to the fact that the world (society as a whole, politics, and mass media) is so plagued with corruption and slander. It just makes you want to return to a simpler time when you were younger, and indifferent to time– When you were just a ‘Kid’.” -Alex Garmon (Bassist)

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Vault 51 is an alternative rock quintet from Atlanta, GA. Despite facing many obstacles that would force most to disband and move on, the group instead chose to persevere and press on with what they set out to accomplish. After years of developing their unique sound, Vault 51 is thrilled to release their debut EP ‘Kid’, available July 20th, 2017.

Stepping Sideways Release “Path Of The Hero” Lyric Video

American rock quintet Stepping Sideways has released their new lyric video for their debut single, “Path Of The Hero“.

Produced by Jonathan Dolese of Konkrete Studios, the debut single serves as a driving force in what’s to come from the band’s upcoming EP set to release later this year.

“We are all incredibly excited about the release of our lyric video for “Path Of The Hero”. This song is about the many difficulties that we face during our life here on Earth. In dealing with these challenges we have all had moments where we have come to a crossroad and are in need of guidance. It is during that moment in time that we need to be shown the “Path Of The Hero”.” – Guitarist, Joey Vasatka

Watch the lyric video for “Path Of The Hero” below. The single is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Stepping Sideways is an American rock band from New Orleans. They are a diverse group of individuals who come together to create a unique sound by blending powerful vocals, driving bass and drums, catchy dueling guitar melodies and harmonies as well as ambient undertones.

Skatepunk Band Ate Bit Release Music Video for “Back to the Loser”

Gritty NY-based skatepunk band Ate Bit released their debut album No Space Like Home last November and today you can watch the music video for the single “Back to the Loser”. Produced by John Naclerio (Brand New, My Chemical Romance, Real Friends), the fast and brash song is a throwback to bands like Millencolin and would easily fit on a Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack.

This song is about going back in time and telling yourself that your future sucks when you get older, but you’re so thick headed that you don’t listen and just go down the wrong path anyway,” says drummer Ryan Rostad.

In the video, the band gets into a fight and break up to go their separate ways. Most of the members end up with terrible jobs and alcoholism, but bassist Charlie Montleon finds success as a male model. The video was shot in NY by Dillon Eckes of DX Films.

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The Plague Release “Fallen” with Celestial Lyric Video

Rochester-based “Futurepunk” band The Plague has released their latest single “Fallen” along with a celestial lyric video. The visual (created by Black Sheep Media) takes the viewer aboard a bio-mechanical mothership while detailing the song’s message of trusting your sense between right and wrong.

I wrote this song after my first band broke up,” says Frontman David Adam Monroe. “We toured for 10 years and without that band I didn’t know what to do with my life. I started following a voice inside me that was figuring what is right and wrong, I started following a higher power. I learned a lot about human potential for courage because I had to take a lot of risks and fight against a lot of forces telling me not to change and grow.

Monroe’s first band, Third Estate, appeared on Warped Tour from 02-06 and toured with many established acts like Story Of The Year, Yellowcard, and My Chemical Romance. After their disbandment, Monroe began producing records alongside Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) and Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Pink, Jessica Simpson), and served as an A&R rep for Victory and Torque records.

“Fallen” will be on The Plague’s debut album Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E, releasing in the fall of 2017 on Recover Records. You can purchase “Fallen” now on iTunes.

Catch the band at Vans Warped Tour on July 13th in Darien Center, NY.

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