It's been two years since PRODUCT OF HATE released their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE via Napalm Records. Three years of touring (they started the cycle a year prior to the album's release), a few singles, five music videos, a live video and a lyric video later, and we're nearing news on their second album. I'm beyond partial to the band as I co-manage them and have served as director/editor on the aforementioned five videos - and even though the second album is on the way (Shhh! Recording was just completed!), people are still discovering the first one. Having been asked for "playthrough videos" for awhile now, we grabbed some footage from the archives and put together a bass playthrough for "Kill. You. Now." This is four minutes of Mark Campbell going to town on his six-string bass, as pulled from the raw footage from when we shot the original video. Check out the "Slappin' da Bass" version below. Thanks, Paul Rudd!
When it comes to music, one thing that's pretty stale is the habit of making fun of Nickelback. In fact, I only cite Possible Oscar's "How We Recycle" as an acceptable parody, but even that is old - originally from 2007. Nickelback has a new album out, and FEED THE MACHINE is doing pretty well in bringing the rock to the mainstream masses. With their new video, "The Betrayal Act III," they show off what they do so well - mixing the heavy and the poppy, essentially setting the bar for radio rock, but with some real punch. It's heavy but hooky at the same time. Check it out... it's completely acceptable to do so.
“I always knew I wanted to make a record for kids,” says Josh Lovelace (best-known as a member of the GRAMMY-nominated NEEDTOBREATHE), who on November 17 will release his first-ever family music album, Young Folk. With a goal of making the music "folky and accessible, rather than annoying or watered down," Lovelace, a married fellow "Rock Father" of two, has crafted a collection of songs inspired by his love of folk and family music - a love passed down to him from his grandparents, who first shared with him the music of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Later he would discover the works of Sharon, Lois & Bram, and his path to becoming a performer would be set. Today, The Rock Father™ Magazine is happy to premiere the music video for "You're My Very Best Friend," the debut single from Josh Lovelace and Friends. See it below!
I despise Snapchat on many levels, particularly in that it managed to convince millions of people that vertical video is acceptable. This is 100% false, and if video is presented in any format other than landscape (widescreen) or square (like an old tv), that is incorrect. Most folks wouldn't hang their television vertically because tall-and-skinny video is painful to watch. But, in an effort to capture the tainted eyes of those millions, Facebook and Instagram also went vertical via "stories," solidifying their Snapchat clones with filters as well. Why am I ranting about this again, you ask? Because THE DARKNESS has released a new music video for "Southbound Trains," and unfortunately it's done in a snapchat style... which means they've either got black bars on the sides, or have to place multiple vertical images next to each other to fill-out the properly-configured widescreen player. I love THE DARKNESS, but this is just annoying.
I had a chance to catch POWERMAN 5000 live last year at a small club here in Illinois, and let me tell you - they put on just as electrifying a show now as they did nearly two decades ago as "When Worlds Collide" was blowing up the radio. The lineup has evolved, but the magic is still there, and on October 27 the band will unleash their latest album, NEW WAVE. This week brings us the first single and video from the new record, with "Sid Vicious in a Dress" streaming below. Beware there is some NSFW imagery there, particularly a moment with a baseball bat - something I tend to be familiar with. Crank it up!
I can't say that I was "a Taylor Swift fan" before - not that I had any issue with her or her music... I just didn't pay much attention to either. That changed last week when the single "Look What You Made Me Do" hit the scene, complete with a lyric video that captured a film noir vibe that was somewhat Hitchcockian in nature. The simplistic, yet dark pop jam created in collaboration with producer Jack Antonoff (who also had a hand in Lorde's recent "Green Light" - another off-center track I loved) now has an official music video - one that looks like it cost a couple of bucks - was directed by Joseph Hahn and made its debut at last night's MTV Video Music Awards. Quite simply, it's her "Thriller," with a zombified Taylor joining the ghosts of her past... and I love it. Over 17 million views in 12 hours, but if you haven't seen it or just want to check it out again, do so below - right here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine.