Last October, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Maynard James Keenan, frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, and accomplished winemaker, let on that, in addition to his many other projects, he was working with writer/editor and long-time friend Sarah Jensen on an authorized biography.
That interview fostered feverish speculation within the many online realms populated by Keenan’s fans and followers. A mere glimpse of the cover at online bookselling sites early this year led to a pre-ordering frenzy months ahead of the book’s arrival.
Until now, Keenan’s fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. That all will change with the release of "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" (Nov. 8, 2016, Backbeat Books, $29.99).
As Keenan explained to Rolling Stone, “There's always that perception that whatever you've done that's the largest media-friendly thing in your life, where the world came to know of you, there's a perception that there was no life before, and that you were nothing before. There's a lot of stuff that went on in my life that nobody really knows about. So I feel like this is the chance to show the patterns, tell a story.”
Jensen, who has known Keenan for three decades, rolls out that untold story chronicling his journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on the disparate fields of contemporary music and regional winemaking. The result is a comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist that pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art.
"A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" presents the out takes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included throughout are passages in Keenan’s own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative. There is also commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues. The book also features a foreword by Alex Grey, an American visionary artist and long-time friend of Keenan.
Featuring photos of Keenan from childhood to today, "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" presents Maynard James Keenan’s story as a metaphor for the reader’s own evolution and an encouragement to follow our dreams, hold fast to individual integrity, and work ceaselessly to fulfil our creative potential.
Nov. 8, 2016
Hardcover 6" x 9" 284 pages
Two 8-page photo inserts
USA's September Mourning set to release Sumerian Records debut in July and re-release comic book series
September Mourning will release their Sumerian Records debut "Volume II", on July 29th. Physical pre-orders are now available at www.sumerianmerch.com along with digital pre-orders on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Check out the video for "Eye Of The Storm" here.
The brainchild of Emily Lazar (aka "September Mourning") and acclaimed American comic book artist and publisher Marc Silvestri (X-Men, Witchblade, The Darkness), September Mourning's "Volume II" picks up where 2015's self-released EP "Volume I" left off.
Like it's predecessor, "Volume II" will be accompanied by the second issue of September Mourning's comic book series on Top Cow Productions.
“For me, the project is a story, a theatrical art piece. Music is the backbone, but for this to work, it has to include the imagery and the narrative all symbiotically linked into the whole," explains Lazar.
"Volume II is a continuation of the first step in our journey which began with our self released EP, Volume I and A Murder of Reapers, the first issue of our comic book. Volume II follows our hero, September Mourning's tale throughout the second issue of the comic book entitled, The Hand of Fate. Both forms of media intertwine to create a musical and visual story mosaic for your eyes and ears. Although September's character is fictional, both the emotional landscape of the music and the message behind her lyric come from a very vulnerable place inside of me. In this album, I intertwined these supernatural characters with my own very real, relatable thoughts and feelings. There are pieces of myself magnified in every dynamic shift and bombastic hook in this album and you feel that when you listen. The world that's created promises you an epic ride."
September Mourning will tour consistently worldwide throughout 2016 and into 2017 in support of the new album.
Three-piece alternative punk band Lost In Society has premiered their highly anticipated new record Modern Illusions today! Fans can stream the album in full exclusively on Idobi Radio now, here.
Earlier this month, Lost In Society launched pre-orders for "Modern Illusions". Fans can purchase a copy now, here. Modern Illusions was produced by Pete Steinkopf (guitarist of The Bouncing Souls) and is set to drop on Friday, February 26th via Handsome Stranger Records. For more information on Lost In Society, please visit: http://www.lostinsociety.com.
The trio is gearing up to perform at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. The show will kick off at 8pm on Thursday, February 25th and will allow entry to anyone 18 and older. Fans can purchase tickets now, here. Additionally, Lost In Society will be celebrating the release of Modern Illusions in their hometown on February 26th. The band will be sharing the stage with Dollys and Gods at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. Tickets will come with a copy of the new record and are available for purchase now, here.
Lost In Society will be hitting the road this March. The first show is set to kick off on March 3rd in Virginia Beach, VA and will wrap up on March 31st in Harrisburg, PA. Fans will have a chance to see the power trio hit the stage in support of their new record Modern Illusions set to release later this month. In addition, the band is heading to Austin, TX to perform at SXSW from March 14th through March 19th with more shows to be announced.
Jolting, fierce and raw: Lost In Society's live show has been described as all of the above. The NJ-based alternative punk act has performed at large festivals including Vans Warped Tour, Punk Rock Bowling, Fun Fun Fun Fest, SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, and Fest. Lost In Society is known for bringing fans out the same way old punks did -- by word of mouth. Having toured all over the map and sharing the stage with the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Dead Sara, The Bouncing Souls, Bad Religion, The Flatliners, Misfits, and SWMRS, the trio is showing no signs of stopping.
Lost In Society is Zach Moyle (guitars + lead vocals), Nick Ruroede (bass), and Hector Bonora (drums).
2. I Want To Know
4. Not Afraid
5. Generation Why
8. Come Outside
9. Second Chances
10. Let Me Out
11. Don't Hesitate
Upcoming Tour Dates:
February 25 - Saint Vitus - Brooklyn NY
February 26 - Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ
March 3 - Hook Up Café - Virginia Beach, VA
March 4 - The Milestone - Charlotte, NC
March 5 - Basement Show - Greenville, SC
March 6 - The Dragon's Den - Atlanta, GA
March 9 - The Gilroy - Clarksville, TN
March 11 - The Buccaneer - Memphis, TN
March 12 - Alley Cats - Houston, TX
March 13 - The Thirsty Monkey - Mcallen, TX
March 14 - 19th - SXSW - TBA - Austin TX
March 17 - The Handlebar - Austin, TX
March 18 - The Aquarium - Austin, TX
March 19 - The Vortex - Austin, TX
March 20 - Revolution Bar - Bryan, TX
March 22 - The Drunken Fry - Oklahoma City, OK
March 24 - Des Moines Social Club - Des Moines, IA
March 25 - Pubtime - Chicago, IL
March 27 - Meloday Inn - Indianapolis, IN
March 29 - Annabell's - Akron, OH
March 30 - Howler's - Pittsburgh, PA
March 31 - Zero Day Brewing - Harrisburg, PA
June 11 - Punk Rock Bowling @ Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
Additional Dates TBA
MTV has added the latest video from Phoenix, AZ theatrical rockers Farewell, My Love. To check out “Mirror, Mirror” visit: http://www.mtv.com/videos/farewell-my-love/963493/mirror-mirror.jhtml.
The band recently sat down for a series of video interviews to discuss the songs that make up their new LP, "Gold Tattoos". In the first clip, front man Ryan Howell discusses the inspiration behind the epic lead track, “Afraid of the Dark” here.
Watch for more clips in the weeks ahead!
Farewell My Love’s "Gold Tattoos" is out now on Standby Records and to order Gold Tattoos on iTunes click here:
The conceptual artistry and theatricality of My Chemical Romance, the reckless danger and skillful musicianship of Avenged Sevenfold, the dark mystique and anthem-inducing sing-alongs of AFI and the brash experimentalism and attitude of 30 Seconds to Mars are all components that have a home in the Farewell, My Love manuscript. With forceful determination and wonderfully soaring grandiosity, Farewell, My Love put a unique spin on theatrical hard rock with utmost dedication.
Ryan Howell’s intense and diverse vocals sit atop the heavy, precise and melodic guitar work of Röbby Creasey and Logan Thayer, all ably backed by the percussive but tasteful rhythm section of bassist Charlee Conley and drummer Chad Kowal. Additional instrumentation, including string arrangements and bells, bolster the band’s guitar-driven rock, adding to the artistic atmosphere on display throughout.
“Fans can expect a very theatrical, diverse and deep record,” promises Creasey. “Each of us put our hearts into this and we can not wait to see everyone’s reactions,” adds Kowal.
Farewell, My Love is currently out on the Bad Blood Tour with Blood on the Dance Floor. See dates at the top.
Farewell My Love is:
Ryan Howell - Vocals - http://Twitter.com/_RyanHowell
Röbby Creasey - Guitar / Piano - http://Twitter.com/RobbyCreasey
Chad Kowal - Drums / Vocals - http://Twitter.com/_ChadKowal
Charlee Conley - Bass - http://Twitter.com/CharleeConley
Logan Thayer - Guitar - http://Twitter.com/LoganThayer
The nights are drawing in, the autumnal chill is really starting to bite and as September draws to a close one thing is certain….. Halloween is almost upon us.
In celebration of the annual spook-fest, Fearless Vampire Killers are pleased to announce that they’ll be releasing a new single and video to celebrate all things dark, deathly and decrepit.
"All Hallows Evil" will be released digitally via Goremount Records on October 28th, expect rawkus riffs and big choruses from the ultimate band of un-dead slayers. Live offerings are also available this autumn as Fearless Vampire Killers join Madina Lake as special guests on their farewell tour of the UK from September 29th.
The band will also be making a pit-stop in the gothic enclave of Whitby on the 1st of November to play at the iconic Whitby Goth Weekender.
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