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CKY Release “Wiping Off the Dead” Music Video

CKY Release “Wiping Off the Dead” Music Video

CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have released a brand new music video for their track, “Wiping Off The Dead” from their most recent LP, The Phoenix. Directed by Dave Causa, this is the third music video we’ve seen from the band off their current release.

“Our good friend Dave Causa filmed us rehearsing for our UK tour last summer and the end result was us making a badass music video,” says drummer Jess Margera. “It was filmed before we ever played a single show for the release of our album. Thank you, Dave, and thank you CKY alliance! Enjoy this great video from the archives.”

CKY is headed back out on the road this summer on a co-headlining run with SLAVES and additional support coming from Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am. Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages are available now. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more. The band will also be doing highlighted performances on select festival dates such as Lollapalooza, Sturgis bike rally, Psycho Las Vegas, and Blue Ridge Rockfest!

CKY released The Phoenix last summer via Entertainment One (eOne). The all-new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

The band initially released the “Replaceable” single earlier last summer exclusively via SiriusXM’s OCTANE channel, “Head For A Breakdown” via CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND and “Days Of Self Destruction” (Feat. Brent Hinds) before that. All can be streamed below.

Last October, CKY released a music video for the single “Head For A Breakdown,” directed by The Costa Sisters. The video was shot in and around London during the band’s near sell-out run earlier last year. Previously, their music video for “Replaceable” was released exclusively via LOUDWIRE and produced/directed by JOFFco.

07/18/2018 Thornville, OH @ Gathering of the Juggalos*
07/20/2018 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans Music Hall*
07/21/2018 Huntington, WV @ V Club*
07/22/2018 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East*
07/24/2018 Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s Live*
07/25/2018 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage*
07/27/2018 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
07/28/2018 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
07/29/2018 Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
07/31/2018 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
08/01/2018 Toronto, ONT @ The Opera House
08/02/2018 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
08/03/2018 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza*
08/04/2018 Louisville, KY @ Diamond Pub Concert Hall
08/05/2018 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
08/07/2018 Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary Events Center
08/08/2018 Iowa City, IA @ Gabes
08/09/2018 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
08/10/2018 Sturgis, SD @ Iron Horse Saloon (formerly Easyriders Saloon)*
08/11/2018 Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live
08/12/2018 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre*
08/14/2018 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
08/15/2018 Seattle, WA @ Club Sur Rocks
08/16/2018 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
08/18/2018 Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas*
08/19/2018 Tempe, Az @ The Marquee
08/21/2018 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes Backroom
08/23/2018 Dallas, TX @ Trees
08/24/2018 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
08/25/2018 San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
08/27/2018 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
08/29/2018 Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts
08/30/2018 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
08/31/2018 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
09/01/2018 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Upstairs)
09/02/2018 Concord, VA @ DeVault Vineyards

*=No Slaves

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CKY Unveil Dates For Summer 2018 Co-Headlining Tour With Slaves

CKY Unveil Dates For Summer 2018 Co-Headlining Tour With Slaves

CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) are hitting the road this summer, as they announce a co-headlining tour with the post-hardcore outfit SLAVES. Support on this tour will be coming from Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am. Drummer Jess Margera offers a statement:

“ATTENTION! You want it? You’ve got it! You wild heathens kept asking for it and we heard you loud and clear: We are proud to announce a full co-headlining North American tour with our friends in Slaves.”

He adds, “We’re bringing Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am along for the ride. It’s going to be a night of some thick ass rock n roll that you can brag about to all your fake ass ‘friends’ who stayed home watching  Netflix. This is gonna be the tour of all tours and this tour is all yours. Get a ticket NOW”

Tickets and a limited number of VIP meet and greet packages will be available Friday at 10AM local time. VIP packages will include meet and greets, exclusive merch items, autographs and more.

Last October, CKY released a music video for the single “Head For A Breakdown”. Directed by The Costa Sisters, this was the third music video from the band’s latest LP The Phoenix. The video was shot in and around London, the UK during the band’s near sell-out run earlier last year. Previously, their music video for “Replaceable” was released exclusively via LOUDWIRE and produced/directed by JOFFco.

The band initially released the “Replaceable” single earlier last summer exclusively via SiriusXM’s OCTANE channel, “Head For A Breakdown via CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND and “Days Of Self Destruction” (Feat. Brent Hinds) before that. All can be streamed below.

CKY released The Phoenix on June 16, 2017, via eOne Music. The all-new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

JULY
27 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
28 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
29 – Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
31 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall

AUGUST
1 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
2 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
3 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza*
4 – Louisville, KY @ Diamonds
5 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
7 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary
8 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabes
9 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
10 – Sturgis, ND @ Iron Horse Saloon*
11 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
12 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre**
14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
15 – Seattle, WA @ Revolution
16 – Portland, OR @ Dantes
17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas*
19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
21 – Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
23 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
24 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
25 – San Antonio, TX @ ACMH
27 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bazaar
31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

SEPTEMBER
1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

* CKY ONLY ** NO SLAVES

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CKY To Support HIM On “Bang and Whimper 2017 – Farewell Tour”

CKY To Support HIM On “Bang and Whimper 2017 – Farewell Tour”

CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have announced their participation as main support for HIM on their Farewell Tour this fall. The band just wrapped up dates on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour, their first time on the tour since 2010.

Last month CKY released the music video for “Replaceable” exclusively via LOUDWIRE. Directed by Produced/Directed by JOFFco, this is the second music video we’ve seen from their all new LP The Phoenix.

The band initially released the “Replaceable” single earlier this summer exclusively via SIRIUSXM’s OCTANE channel, “Head For A Breakdown via CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND and “Days Of Self Destruction” (Feat. Brent Hinds) before that. All can be streamed below.

CKY released The Phoenix on June 16, 2017 via eOne Music. The all new LP is the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

AUGUST (headline dates)
08 – Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
09 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St. Collective
10 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone Cafe
11 – Riot Skate Park @  Louisville, KY

OCTOBER
18 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (NO HIM)
19 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s (NO HIM)
20 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (NO HIM)
21 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Concert Venue (NO HIM)
23 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
26 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
27 – Sacramento, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post (NO HIM)
28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
29 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
31 – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center

NOVEMBER
2 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
3 – Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom
5 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
6 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
7 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
9 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
10 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
14 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom (NO HIM)
15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
17 – New York CIty, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

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CKY Debuts New Single “Head For A Breakdown” From New Album ‘The Phoenix’

CKY Debuts New Single “Head For A Breakdown” From New Album ‘The Phoenix’

CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have debuted a third new single today titled “Head For A Breakdown” exclusively via CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND. This is the final song we’ll hear from the band before the release of their new LP this Friday. The band released “Replaceable” a few weeks ago via exclusively via SIRIUSXM’s OCTANE channel and “Days Of Self Destruction” (Feat. Brent Hinds) before that.

“‘Head for a Breakdown’ seemed to write itself,” says vocalist Chad I Ginsburg. “In a sense, it’s a song about taking things too far when you darn right know it won’t end well but you do it anyway. Go figure. The mid solo section is an epic break unlike any we have done in the past. Very Proud of this song.”

In addition to all preorders now being live, all three tracks are also available as an iTunes instant gratification tracks, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will receive “Head For A Breakdown,” “Replaceable” and “Days Of Self Destruction” as an instant download.

CKY will release The Phoenix on June 16, 2017 via eOne Music. The all new LP will be the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

The cover art for The Phoenix was completed by chandelier maker and artist Adam Wallacavage. The band commissioned Wallacavage to create a one of a kind piece for the cover.

The band have tour dates booked all summer highlighted by a return to the 2017 Vans Warped Tour. This is the band’s first time returning to the Warped Tour since 2000. CKY just finished a highly successful thirteen show run of the UK, most of which were sold out. The band is currently headlining in Canada for ten key shows from Quebec all the way to Vancouver.

Chad I Ginsburg, the band’s guitarist and singer, steps into the frontman role with charisma, charm, and bravado, confidently delivering a diverse performance as he claims a position that was clearly rightfully his to own.

He’s joined in enduring partnership and musical and personal chemistry by fellow CKY cofounder, Jess Margera, the drummer whose extracurricular work in projects like The Company Band (with guys from Clutch and Fireball Ministry) expanded CKY’s horizons as much as Ginsburg’s solo work has as well. The duo returned to their primary project refreshed and reenergized, with bassist Matt Deis (ex-All That Remains), who first joined CKY in 2005.

Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Deftones have all personally invited CKY on tour, cementing a legacy as a hard-charging live act. CKY built a worldwide fanbase of dedicated acolytes, friends, and supporters, lovingly dubbed the CKY Alliance, with a broader group of musicians, athletes, and other creative types in the CKY family, both literally and figuratively.

“We’re grown adults now with an eagle-eye perspective on who we are, what we do, and how to do it right,” Ginsburg declares, with matter-of-fact certainty. “None of us are out there in the clouds. We’re pretty well-grounded people that have an honest perspective on where we’re at.” 

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CKY Debuts New Single “Replaceable” From Highly Anticipated Album ‘The Phoenix’

CKY Debuts New Single “Replaceable” From Highly Anticipated Album ‘The Phoenix’

American rock act CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have debuted another brand new single today titled “Replaceable” exclusively via LOUDWIRE. This the second new song we’ve seen from the band. The band released “Days Of Self Destruction” (Feat. Brent Hinds) last month and can be streamed below.

“Replaceable is a rockin track. Fucking solid,” says guitarist / vocalist Chad I Ginsburg. “I would  say it is generally about anyone that gets in your way, holds you back or slows your potential with their own blatant insecurity, fears or sickness.” 

In addition to all preorders now being live, both tracks are also available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will receive “Replaceable”and “Days Of Self Destruction” as an instant download.

Ginsberg continues, “Individuals that you are ultimately and knowingly covering for as they selfishly sabotage you. And then realizing how much better you can be without any losers or life suckers as obstacles. Rock n roll power.  Onward. Strength from within.” 

CKY will release The Phoenix on June 16, 2017 via eOne Music. The all new LP will be the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

The cover art for The Phoenix was completed by chandelier maker and artist Adam Wallacavage to create a one of a kind piece for the cover.

The band have tour dates booked all summer highlighted by a return to the 2017 Vans Warped Tour. This is the band’s first time returning to the Warped Tour since 2000. CKY just finished a highly successful thirteen show run of the UK, most of which were sold out. The band is currently heading to Canada for ten key shows from Quebec all the way to Vancouver.

CKY’s ‘THE PHOENIX Tracklisting:
1. Replaceable
2. Days of Self Destruction
3. Unknown Enemy
4. Head For a Breakdown
5. The Other Ones
6. Wiping Off The Dead
7. Lies From You
8. Better Than Get Even

 

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CKY Debuts “Days Of Self Destruction” From Long-Awaited New Album ‘The Phoenix’

CKY Debuts “Days Of Self Destruction” From Long-Awaited New Album ‘The Phoenix’

American rock act CKY (Chad I Ginsburg, Jess Margera and Matt Deis) have debuted a brand new single today titled “Days Of Self Destruction” (feat. Brent Hinds) exclusively via Alternative Press Magazine. The track is the first bit of new music from the band since 2009.

“We’re stoked to get a new album out after an 8 year hiatus,” says drummer Jess Margera. “‘Days Of Self Destruction’ was the first song we recorded at Rancho De La Luna, featuring our buddy and all-around badass Brent Hinds!”

In addition to all preorders now being live, the track is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will receive “Days Of Self Destruction” as an instant download.

The cover art for The Phoenix is also being revealed today. The band commissioned chandelier maker and artist Adam Wallacavage to create a one of a kind piece for the cover.

CKY will release The Phoenix on June 16, 2017 via eOne Music. The all new LP will be the first release since the band put out Carver City in 2009. The album was engineered and mixed at Rancho De La Luna, the highly regarded recording studio in Joshua Tree, CA.

The band have tour dates booked all summer highlighted by a return to the 2017 Vans Warped Tour. This is the band’s first time returning to the Warped Tour since 2000. But first the band will head over to the UK to do thirteen show run, most of which are already sold out. This will be the first time the band has been back to the UK since 2009. CKY will then head to Canada for ten key shows from Quebec all the way to Vancouver.

Chad I Ginsburg, the band’s guitarist and singer, steps into the frontman role with charisma, charm, and bravado, confidently delivering a diverse performance as he claims a position that was clearly rightfully his to own.

He’s joined in enduring partnership and musical and personal chemistry by fellow CKY cofounder, Jess Margera, the drummer whose extracurricular work in projects like The Company Band (with guys from Clutch and Fireball Ministry) expanded CKY’s horizons as much as Ginsburg’s solo work has as well. The duo returned to their primary project refreshed and reenergized, with bassist Matt Deis (ex-All That Remains), who first joined CKY in 2005.

Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, and Deftones have all personally invited CKY on tour, cementing a legacy as a hard-charging live act. CKY built a worldwide fanbase of dedicated acolytes, friends, and supporters, lovingly dubbed the CKY Alliance, with a broader group of musicians, athletes, and other creative types in the CKY family, both literally and figuratively.

“We’re grown adults now with an eagle-eye perspective on who we are, what we do, and how to do it right,” Ginsburg declares, with matter-of-fact certainty. “None of us are out there in the clouds. We’re pretty well-grounded people that have an honest perspective on where we’re at.” 

CKY’s ‘THE PHOENIX Tracklisting:
1. Replaceable
2. Days of Self Destruction
3. Unknown Enemy
4. Head For a Breakdown
5. The Other Ones
6. Wiping Off The Dead
7. Lies From You
8. Better Than Get Even

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TEARS ON TAPE: Ville Valo Discusses H.I.M’s Longevity, New Album and More!

TEARS ON TAPE: Ville Valo Discusses H.I.M’s Longevity, New Album and More!

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There’s a lot more to a record than simple notes, lyrics, and sounds. An impactful piece of music always remains wrapped in emotion. Love, hate, sadness, and joy resound at the greatest decibel imaginable. At the end of the day, a song’s feeling will carry on as long as the melody will—and just as loudly. HIM holds that philosophy in the highest regard on its eighth full-length studio album, ‘Tears On Tape’ [Razor & Tie]. The platinum-selling Finnish quintet—Ville Valo (Vocals), “Linde” (Guitars), “Migé” (Bass), “Burton” (Keyboards), and “Gas” (Drums)—finds rapture in divine rock ‘n’ roll hooks, eerie synths, and elegantly cinematic lyrics. You’ll undoubtedly feel each tear they shed.

After touring heavily behind 2010’s ‘Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, Chapters 1-13,’ the band began taking its next step musically. However, it wasn’t as easy as these five musicians might’ve hoped it would be. Drummer “Gas” had sustained a repetitive strained injury in his hand, and his doctors weren’t even sure if he would ever play drums again. It left the future of the legendary band in doubt. After waiting eight long months for him to return to action, the band found themselves ready to write the next chapter in the story of HIM.

That next chapter sees Valo and Co. venture into a new territory once again, while upholding the pillars of their patented “Love Metal” of course. They cut the album in their native Finland at Helsinki’s Finnvox Studios, the site of some of their seminal work including their debut ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’ and 2003’s ‘Love Metal’. In addition, they tapped longtime collaborator Hiili Hiilesmaa for production and Tim Palmer [U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Rober Plant] for mixing. The record also boasts paintings from long-time friend BBC Radio’s Daniel P. Carter as cover art. Teaming up with Razor & Tie, they’re marching into their next phase of their career with the powerful tunes that comprise Tears On Tape — an album which will certainly please the band’s truly diehard global fan base that wears the “Heartagram” logo proud. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with HIM frontman Ville Valo to discuss his musical influences, the creation of ‘Tears On Tape,’ the longevity of the band and what the future may hold for them.

It’s great to speak with you again, Ville. It has been a while since our last interview and we are excited to get the word out on the new album. Thanks for taking time out to talk with us today.

It is a pleasure, a pleasure indeed but don’t thank me yet! [laughs]

PrintH.I.M. has been around for many years and developed an amazing fan following. I wanted to go back to the beginning and learn about how music originally came into your life.

My daddy was a taxi driver when I was a kid. He would always take me to school and listen to old school blues a lot, so I grew up listening to Bo Diddley, Ry Cooder and whatnot. There was also old reggae, The Temptations and the Motown stuff as well. Those are really the first things that come to mind when I think of how music came into my life. Then, all of a sudden, I found rock ‘n’ roll. It was the early ‘80s, it was the time of making mix tapes on cassettes. Then I bought my first album, which was “Animalize” by KISS on vinyl. I thought a lot of the band and that Gene Simmons was so incredibly cool that I started playing bass guitar. That is basically what I did when I was 8 or 9 years old. That was how I got into music.

What was it about music that made you pursue it as a career instead of following a different path?

I think it was a series of lucky accidents. When I was about 14, I started playing at pubs already as a bass player. It was around that age I just started to get a bit of money out of it. It was a way of living I just couldn’t change. I didn’t want to change it for the world. I loved it. I played in six or seven bands at the time. I was playing a lot, not getting payed proper or anything like that but I was still living with my parents, so it was fine. After I got finished with school, I guess I was 17 or 18, I was at the point where people start to think about what they will study or what they will become. I realized there was nothing I wanted to do besides music. My parents were really supportive and helped me out with my first rent, instruments, strings and stuff like that and made it way easy for me to actually concentrate on music instead of figuring what I am was doing for my next loaf of bread.

With that said, did you have any idea when you picked up the instrument or even the mic for the first time it would lead you to a successful career?

Well, definitely not. Obviously, there are always high hopes. I think if you want to start off playing in a rock band, you definitely do want to be the first band to play on the moon and so forth. You have to have high hopes. That is required. You have to be a bit of a daydreamer and think everything is possible. For me, it all happened little baby step by little baby step. It has taken us ages to get this far and the journey is still going on, so it is tough to say what would have happened, if certain things wouldn’t have happened. The only thing I know now is that there is so much luck involved in the whole business that it is definitely not about talent. Talent doesn’t hurt but it is not the main thing. Timing, luck and a few decent songs.

You had your fair share of ups and downs along the way. To what do you attribute the longevity of the band?

It is probably the fact we grew up together. I met our bass player when I was 8 or 9 years old and we bonded over bass playing. We were fans of Steve Harris from Iron Maiden and all of that stuff. I have known most of the guys in the band before we had H.I.M. Now, being 36, I have spent more than half of my life in this band and it is such an integral part of who I am as a person that it is not just about music, it is a brotherhood. I think that is the main reason we have been able to sustain and keep it together for such a long time.

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Your drummer, Mika “Gas Lipstick” Karppinen, suffered a repetitive stress injury at the end of 2011. From what I read, you said it caused you guys to reevaluate if you would carry on as a band. How close was the band to calling it a day and what made you push through and carry on?

It was quite tough. We started working on the latest album, “Tears On Tape,” about two-and-a-half years ago. It was around that time his hand started acting up and we didn’t know what was going on. We realized we couldn’t rehearse and he went to see a gazillion, bazillion different doctors. They weren’t able to give us a proper prognosis. We had to wait a month at a time to see if there was any positive development there. After about six months or so, every one began to stress out and start freaking out about what would happen with the whole band and if we would be able to continue. Since we have the brotherhood type of vibe in this band, we just wanted to wait it out and be absolutely sure. If Gas wasn’t able to play, we would then have had to figure out what to do next but we didn’t want to give up. I kept on working on songs and demo-ing them back home while he was healing. I think it was late May of last year that he said he was feeling good enough to come back to the rehearsal space and pound some skins proper. That is basically what we did and everything fell into place and was fine. He hasn’t had any trouble since, so triumph through tribulation, I guess.

How did you arrive at the title “Tears On Tape” and what does it mean to you?

I had that song written down for quite some time and it is an ode to our idols, like Black Sabbath and all those bands. It starts with the lyrics “Church bells toll and the thunder rolls around me.” That is basically just me describing the intro for Black Sabbath’s debut album. For me it is about the nostalgic feeling I get from listening to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Cat Stevens, Neil Young and those people who shed their blood, sweat and tears on tape back in the day and created the wonderful masterpieces that inspired us to become part of the world of music. It was these icons that led the way and showed us that you don’t have to be a plumber, you can be a sonic plumber! [laughs]

When you headed into the studio for “Tears On Tape,” what were your expectations? Was there something you all had in mind you wanted to achieve?

'Tears On Tape'

‘Tears On Tape’

We more or less wanted to work with the Finnish producer Hiili Hiilesmaa at a studio called Finnvox where we have worked a gazillion times before. We also wanted to use Tim Palmer as the mix engineer. It was exactly the same team we used when we worked on “Love Metal” back in 2003 and on “Venus Doom” a few years later. With that team we pretty much knew what we were going to get but those two gentlemen really made it easy for us to really get deep into the heart of the process as opposed to having to introduce out macabre sense of humor and our musical perversions. It made the whole process fast, easy and painless. That is the reason we wanted to do it that way. We just wanted to have the album more lively, organic and noisy. We wanted it lively and analog in a way, even though it was digitally recorded and we didn’t want to over-polish it. That is what those two people do really well. They let the music live as opposed to crushing it to death.

What can you tell us about your typical songwriting process? Are you doing anything differently these days as opposed to earlier albums?

I think it is really close to how it was. I just find myself in the position of having something emotional to say but I can’t find the right words and then that is when I pick up a guitar. That is how it has always been. It is self expression or self therapy of sorts! I think it is nice that the process is not repetitive and is not the same old, same old every time around. It can start with a lyric, a melody or with the guitar. That is something that keeps us on our toes, I think. I get the basic core ideas down and then head to the rehearsal place where we flesh it up a bit. We turn the volume up to 11 and see how it flies!

How many songs did you write for the album? Was there anything that didn’t make the cut we might hear in the future?

I have always believed in fairly short albums. I think about 40 to 45 minutes is the perfect length for an album. I have never understood people who write 30 songs and then they pick 10 of them. I think I would rather spend my time working on the good songs! [laughs] It might sound a bit odd but I have always thought there is no reason to work on half-assed ideas. Obviously, at times there might be a riff that doesn’t work. The best thing to do is let that riff be for a while and come back to it at some point. A riff needs to be memorable. I don’t always believe in writing or recording riffs down because if you can’t remember the next day, then they are shit. I think that self-editing is one of the most important things I have learned along the way as opposed to having 15 hours of guitar riffs on a CD or cassette somewhere. Some people work like that and it’s fine. I think, at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the result. I write a chorus and the ones that really speak for me and for the band are the ideas that live their own life and we let that be. That being said, we did try a couple of other songs as well that didn’t quite work yet. I am sure that they will. There was one slow number that was really dirty and doomy. We thought that it would slow down the whole feel of the album too much so we will probably save it for later.

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Looking back on that entire process, what was the biggest challenge in bringing “Tears On Tape” to life?

There were a gazillion different challenges, which is a good thing I think. If it feels easy, then it is wrong. It has to be this stressful and you have to have many a sleepless night. That is an important part of getting on along together so well. All of it was a painful joy, the whole process.

It sounds like you guys are in a terrific place creatively. Is that a fair statement to make?

Yeah, we are switching the gears up to start playing a few gigs in Europe and then a few in The States come May. Then there are festivals and so forth, followed by a proper worldwide tour in the fall. That is the interesting thing, creatively at least, because all the songs change and mutate into something different when you play live. Also, we can’t decide what songs people will gravitate towards. We have to wait it out until the album is out and see how the vibe is. That is interesting because now we have babied the songs in the studio and at the rehearsal place for such a long time and now they are coming out. It is interesting to see what happens with them and if people get them, hate them or something in between.

You mentioned the upcoming tour, which I know we are really excited about as well. Do you approach touring differently today than in the past or is it still mayhem on the road!?

[laughs] I think it is a different kind of mayhem. When we started out as a young band, the tours were really short. That enabled the opportunity of getting fucked up, messing about and all that. I think today we are a bit more responsible but not too responsible. I think there has to be a level when it comes to that thing and it should be balanced.

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Looking back at yourself as an artist, how have you evolved through the years and what have you learned about yourself along the way?

I have learned I am a fairly impatient bastard and that hasn’t changed! [laughs] That being said, I think the biggest change has been that I am a bit more patient than I used to be. People are different and you have to respect everyone’s head space. Some people are quick learners and some aren’t but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good at what they do. The whole band, all five guys, are very different characters. I think that is the strength of the band. For example, our keyboard player is a classically trained guy who loves to play chess, so he has a more mathematical mind. Our bass player is more of a psychedelia guy, who goes with the flow and it is all based on feel. There are all sorts of different aspects and angles in the band and it makes the whole creative process much more interesting.

If you could go back in time to where you were just starting out, what is the best piece of advice you would pass along to yourself?

Probably, brush your teeth or something! [laughs] I think there is little room for regret. It is important to make your mistakes but that doesn’t mean you have to make mistakes on purpose. I am pretty happy with everything I have gone through and everything the band has gone through over the years. We have done good stuff and we have done bad stuff and everything in between and that is important, otherwise, we wouldn’t be here. It can’t all be wine, dance and roses or wine, women and song. I think that would be boring. It is good to have those moral hangovers on occasion!

You mentioned the brotherhood you and your bandmates formed. Do you feel you would overstep your bounds by venturing outside with a solo project at some point? Is that something you are even interested in at this point?

Back in the day, I was figuring it would be nice to do something really left of center, psychedelic and folky but, at the end of day, I think most of what I call my musical perversions I can do with the band as it is. I am really happy about that and it is fairly rare. There is really no reason to fuck it all up.

Are there any misconceptions about yourself out there you can dispel?

No. I think, especially now, with the Internet and all, there is so much misinformation flying about everywhere and you can’t correct it all. The more the people talk about the band or myself, the better! It doesn’t really matter whether it is good or bad as long as people are interested.

I have been a fan of H.I.M. for many years and I have to say that “Tears On Tape” is one of your best outings. Is there anything you would like to say to your fans around the world before I let you go?

Obviously, we have to extend our gratitude for all their patience. I think the interesting things are going to start when the album is out. Just hold your breathe for a couple of weeks longer and peep the album to see how you like it. Then we can have another discussion about the details!

Thanks for your time today, Ville. We will spread the word on the album and look forward to seeing you soon!

Cool! Thank you so much! Take care!

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H.I.M. Launch Pre-Order Bundles For High-Anticipated New Album ‘Tears On Tape’

H.I.M. Launch Pre-Order Bundles For High-Anticipated New Album ‘Tears On Tape’

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HIM has officially launched fan pre-order bundles for their forthcoming new studio album, Tears On Tape (Razor & Tie).   Unique items featured in the various bundles include a limited-edition HIM poster, an album cover T-shirt, a “snake” T-shirt (available for both men and women), a HIM hoodie, and two different colored vinyl pressings.   All bundles include a Tears on Tape digital album download, a poster tube, a Tears on Tape CD or Vinyl, and an “instant gratification” download of a brand-new version of “When Love and Death Embrace” (recorded live in-studio during the recording sessions for the new album).

The first 2000 orders will receive the Deluxe Digipak Edition of Tears On Tape featuring a Bonus DVD with 5 new in-studio videos recorded specifically for this album release. Order now at him.merchnow.com.  

'Tears On Tape'

‘Tears On Tape’

The complete Tears On Tape track listing is:

  • Unleash The Red
  • All Lips Go Blue
  • Love Without Tears
  • I Will Be The End Of You
  • Tears On Tape
  • Into The Night
  • Hearts At War
  • Trapped In Autumn
  • No Love
  • Drawn & Quartered
  • Lucifer’s Chorale
  • W.L.S.T.D.
  • Kiss The Void

HIM’s upcoming headline Tears On Tour run is close to selling-out with both Los Angeles shows (May 3-4) and New York City (May 10th) already completely Sold-Out.  A second night in New York City has been added (tour dates below).

Tears On Tape will be released on April 30th on Razor & Tie in the United States & Canada. The album will also be released on April 26th in Finland and April 29th in the U.K./Ireland, Germany and the rest of mainland Europe.

The new album is the “Love Metal” band’s eighth official album and was recorded in their home country with long-time producer Hiili Hiilesmaa and mixed by long time-band associate, Tim Palmer (U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Robert Plant).

Formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström, and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, HIM’s previous albums have seen them win a worldwide following, becoming the first Finnish act to achieve platinum sales in the U.S.  To date, HIM has sold a combined 1.75 million albums and over 1 million digital tracks in North America. HIM’s current lineup is Valo(Vocals), Linde (Guitars), Migé (Bass), Burton (Keyboards), and Gas (Drums).

HIM U.S. Tour Dates

May 3 – Los Angeles, CA- House Of Blues  (SOLD OUT)

May 4 – Los Angeles, CA- House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)

May 5 – San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore

May 8- Chicago, IL – House Of Blues

May 9 – Toronto Canada -Danforth Music Hall

May 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza (SOLD OUT)

May 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts (SOLD OUT)

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H.I.M. Announce North American Tour Dates For ‘Tears On Tour’

H.I.M. Announce North American Tour Dates For ‘Tears On Tour’

HIM-tearsontourLove metal rockers H.I.M. have announced their first North American headline tour in support of their forthcoming new studio album, ‘Tears On Tape’. Dubbed “Tears On Tour,” the May 2013 run will make scheduled stops in both Los Angeles and New York City (tour dates below).

May 2013
May 3 – Los Angeles, CA- House Of Blues
May 5 – San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore
May 8- Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
May 9 – Toronto Canada -Danforth Music Hall
May 10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts

The new album, ‘Tears On Tape’ will be released on April 30th on Razor & Tie in North America. A special pre-sale for the House of Blues, Ticketmaster, and Citibank will start on Wednesday, February 20th and tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, February 22nd. Tickets will be available here.

Tears On Tape is the “Love Metal” band’s eighth official album and was recorded in their home country with long-time producer Hiili Hiilesmaa and once again mixed by long time-band associate, Tim Palmer (U2, OZZY OSBOURNE, PEARL JAM, ROBERT PLANT).

Formed in 1992 by vocalist Ville Valo, guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström, and bassist Mikko “Migé” Paananen, H.I.M.’s previous albums have seen them win a worldwide following, becoming the first Finnish act to achieve platinum sales in the US. To date, H.I.M. has sold a combined 1.75 million albums and over 1 million digital tracks in North America.

Get connected with H.I.M. at their official Facebook page at this location.

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MTV To Air Special Tribute To The Life of Ryan Dunn On November 28th At 10:30 PM!

MTV To Air Special Tribute To The Life of Ryan Dunn On November 28th At 10:30 PM!

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MTV announced today a one-hour special to celebrate and honor the life of the late Ryan Dunn, which will air November 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The tribute will give viewers an intimate look into Ryan’s life, from his early years in Ohio, to his antics with the Jackass crew, to his untimely death in June of 2011. The special will showcase his charm, charisma and genuine spirit that touched the lives of so many, through accounts by his family and closest friends, including Johnny Knoxville, Rob Dyrdek, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Jeff Tremaine, Bam Margera and many more.

“It’s a surreal thing to undertake, doing a tribute to our brother Ryan’s life. I still can’t believe he’s gone but we wouldn’t trust anyone else with this, so we are doing the best we can for Ryan, his family, friends, and everyone who loved him,” said, Johnny Knoxville.

“Weaving together footage of Ryan for this special reminds us all of what a special friend he was to so many,” said Van Toffler, President of Viacom’s Music Group. “He is sorely missed by his MTV family and fans, but his mischievous, caring spirit lives on.”

MTV will reveal never-before-seen footage and intimate moments from Ryan’s days on “Viva LA Bam,” to the “Jackass” franchise and more.

The “Ryan Dunn Tribute Special” is executive produced by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Derek Freda.

Prior to the special, MTV will air an all-new episode of “Ridiculousness,” hosted by Rob Dyrdek, at 10:00 p.m., guest starring Ryan Dunn in one of his final television appearances. Ryan is his typical self, energetic and hilarious, as he breaks down some of the most entertaining viral videos on the web with Rob, Chanel and Sterling “Steelo” Brim.

The evening will begin with two encore episodes of “Ridiculousness” featuring Johnny Knoxville at 9:00 p.m. and Jeff Tremaine at 9:30 p.m., and a special encore presentation of “Jackass 3.5” will round out the night at 11:30 p.m.
“Ridiculousness” is executive produced by Rob Dyrdek, Jeff Tremaine, Shane Nickerson and Christian Duguay.  “Ridiculousness” is produced by Dickhouse.  Lauren Dolgen, Michelle Klepper and Kristina Edwards are the MTV executives in charge.

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