App Show News 2014 | idobi Running interviews into the ground since 1999 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:16:01 +0000 en <![CDATA[Video Premiere: Join the “New Kids” with Jerad Finck’s New Lyric Video]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:21:18 +0000 Tom In our world today, we need more people to make a statement about what... [/imgfull]

In our world today, we need more people to make a statement about what they believe in. With his latest song, Jerad Finck does just that. A declaration of standing your ground, "New Kids" is a track that holds true—and strong—to equality and the juxtaposition of generations.

A collaboration with  producer Denny White (The Fray, Usher), the song's brand new lyric video can be seen exclusively below. Check out the neon trip through the city + country, and memorize all the words so you can sing them back to the Washington based artist the next time you see him live.

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"This song is aimed at my generation, the millennials, but applies to everyone fundamentally.  We are the "New Kids."  It's about the rampant discrimination some of us are fighting against in today's world.  I have always been a strong advocate for civil rights and equality, it is something very close to my heart.  This song is aimed directly at the LGBTQ population, those suffering religious discrimination or persecution, those who were bullied, and of course the rampant racism that is still alive and well in our country.  There is a massive disconnect between this rising generation, and those fighting to suppress that movement. This polarization stems from a fundamental philosophic disagreement.  There are those who truly believe in equality for all, and those who do not.  The song was a literal and figurative megaphone of, "Hey, we're not going anywhere, we're here to stay, we have the numbers, and we will fight."  The current atmosphere is what directly inspired the song, I wanted it to have some teeth and grit, because this is a fight for what is right and standing up for those who are clearly being subjugated to unequal treatment, or blind hatred." - Jerad Finck


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<![CDATA[Rainstorms, Haggis, and Fireworks: The Inaugural TRNSMT Festival]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:51:37 +0000 Tom The first ever TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow was a thrilling, rain-soaked experience. All photos by Sam Devotta.


Reading & Leeds. SlamDunk. Glastonbury. Download. If you’re a connoisseur of the UK music scene like I am (despite not actually living in the UK), all those names will sound familiar. They’re just some of the annual rock music festivals that take place across the pond every summer, and I’ve spent years dreaming of attending one in all their rainy, muddy, sweaty glory. And then this summer, I got the chance to cross an item off my bucket list when Scotland hosted the inaugural TRNSMT Festival.

Running from July 7-9 in the middle of Glasgow (no, literally: Glasgow Green is within walking distance of the city center), the festival’s first line-up was a smorgasbord of UK artists. Biffy Clyro, The 1975, Twin Atlantic, Two Door Cinema Club...and those were just the ones playing the mainstage on Sunday! There were headlining sets from Radiohead on Friday and Kasabian on Saturday, supporting slots from London Grammar and Catfish & the Bottlemen, George Ezra and The Kooks, and many local up-and-comers who had their own small stage, sponsored by legendary Glasgow venue King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut (a place I desperately want to visit not just because of the great name, but because it’s hosted so many huge bands before they made it big, from Coldplay and Paramore to Fiona Apple and Oasis).


Poor me, I didn't get to Glasgow until Saturday, so while I'm sure Radiohead put on an entertaining show, I didn't see it for myself. Nor was I there for Kasabian’s electrifying closing set, but since Saturday was bright and warm (for Scotland), festival-goers were probably thrilled to soak up the sun.

Sunday, on the other hand, dawned gloomy and grey. I felt overdressed as I followed the crowd of music fans along the River Clyde to Glasgow Green, clad in rubber boots and a raincoat while locals flounced around in shorts and crop tops, but I had the last laugh when the skies opened up halfway through the day.

I think at some point every music fan has thought “if I had my own festival, I would do (fill in the blank)”. Well, I believe the brains behind TRNSMT are actually mind readers because they knew exactly what I wanted. Not only were they excellent at keeping ticket holders informed for weeks before the festival, sending out regular emails with updates, guidelines, and FAQs, but they also created a handy app where you could bookmarks the bands you wanted to see and get a reminder fifteen minutes before they went on stage. Despite not having an internet connection, the notifications still worked, which made planning the day a breeze.

What they lacked in WiFi, they made up for in a number of other amenities. There was a “tree” where you could plug in and charge your devices for free. The toilets were constantly maintained, making them the cleanest I've ever seen at an outdoor venue. There was a huge map of the grounds to make navigation easy, and free water refill stations (which should be mandatory at all concerts) and, oh, the food options! Sure, you could get regular old pizza and hamburgers if you wanted, but you could also get haggis (a Scottish delicacy!), and churros, and pasta, and Chinese takeaway!

The lineup was, as far as I could tell, exclusively bands from England, Scotland, and Ireland. I had a great time discovering acts like Blossoms and The Amazons, and dancing to Two Door Cinema Club’s set in the rain. But there were three bands that absolutely stole the show on Sunday.

If you haven't yet experienced the joy of Sam McTrusty’s Glaswegian vocals, here's a convenient link to my favorite Twin Atlantic song (you're welcome). The hometown heroes started their set with a bang as blue and white confetti exploded off the stage to the strains of their opening song “Whispers”.

For a band who named their latest album GLA as a tribute to their home, it must have been thrilling to play such a huge event and they were visibly excited. McTrusty even sounded emotional when he explained that they regularly write and record a few blocks away from Glasgow Green. The crowd loved them, bellowing along to every song from “Yes I Was Drunk” to “Heart and Soul”—there was so much hometown love for them, they could have been elevated to main support to really drive home the Scottish pride, but I have no doubt that they will one day headline TRNSMT.


The main support on Sunday came from The 1975. I found out later that it was their penultimate show for their I Like It When You Sleep... cycle, but they were just as enthusiastic as they always are, by which I mean Matty Healy swaggered onto the stage, his makeup already dripping from the downpour, and threw himself into “Love Me” with aplomb. Energetic and charismatic to the end, Healy pranced and pouted his way through the setlist—nearly identical to the one they played during their recent arena tour, minus the instrumental interludes—preaching love and acceptance (before “Loving Someone”) and leading an impromptu [Jeremy] Corbyn chant. The audience seemed split, half of us sobbing through “Robbers” and screaming along to “Chocolate”, while the other half made snide remarks and rolled their eyes, especially when Healy encouraged us to give it up for “everyone’s favorite band”, The 1975, before ending with an exuberant rendition of “The Sound”.

With praises coming from both Twin Atlantic and The 1975, and a reputation for being one of the biggest rock bands in the UK right now, it was little wonder that Biffy Clyro drew a massive crowd for the festival's final performance. Hailing from nearby Kilmarnock, Glasgow is basically the trio’s home turf, and they made sure they put on a hell of a show. I've waxed poetic over Biffy Clyro before, and this performance was just as polished and entertaining as expected, whether it was the explosive opener “Wolves of Winter”, fan-favorite “Bubbles”, or slower songs like “Folding Stars” and “Re-Arrange”.

Their final song, “Stingin Belle”, was accompanied by a dazzling display of fireworks, shooting up from behind the main stage to light up the sky. It was a triumphant way to mark the ending of a festival that, with any luck, will be around long enough to gain worldwide recognition (they’ve already announced next year’s dates), and was a more than thrilling experience for me.   



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<![CDATA[(Un)Covered: Perfect]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:00:23 +0000 Tom Looking for the perfect song? Listen to Beach Weather's One Direction cover. Perfect”
Writers: Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Jesse Shatkin, Jacob Kasher, John Ryan, Maureen Anne McDonald, Julian Bunetta
Original Release Date: October 16, 2015

I’ve never been a Directioner, but the older I get, the more I seem to appreciate their poppy offerings. Case in point, their penultimate single: “Perfect”.

One Direction’s ability to produce infectious earworms made them knights in shining armour in the pop world and this is no exception. “Perfect” is not quite a ballad—it’s relatively slow, but there’s a heavy beat that prevents you from falling asleep. I haven’t listened to the band enough to be able to pick out who sings what line, but I appreciate the way the guys’ voices work together—it gives the song multiple layers, as each one tries to convince you about which traits make him the “perfect” choice for you. Even when they are pulling out lines that seem to hit back at Taylor Swift (“if you're looking for someone to write your break-up songs about”)...

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I stumbled upon Beach Weather’s cover completely by accident—and completely free on the 8123 website—a little while ago, and I can’t stop listening to it. I’m not entirely sure when this cover was recorded, but I’m guessing it was while Nick Santino was transitioning between his solo music and Beach Weather, if only because it’s a lot more mellow (i.e. slower) than most of what BW has produced so far. It takes the song fully into ballad territory, making it languid and melancholy, compared to the upbeat original.

Yes, One Direction provided a great beat, but since I’ll always and forever be a Nick Santino fangirl, I’m going to say that the Beach Weather cover is, well, perfect (for me).


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Let Personalities’ “A Letter of Departure” Video Pull You In]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:21:27 +0000 Tom It’s time to kick that mid-week slump for good thanks to today’s premiere of... [/imgfull]

It’s time to kick that mid-week slump for good thanks to today’s premiere of Personalities’ new music video for “A Letter of Departure”. The video is dark, metaphoric, and pulls you in deep—so take a breath, turn the speakers up, and tune out the world, because there’s no way in hell you’re gonna be able to tear your eyes away from the screen. Vocalist Trevor Rankin elaborates on writing the new track:

[blockquotefull]"I wrote 'A Letter of Departure' during an incredibly low point in my life. The song expresses an internal struggle, which we feel most people have to deal with at one point or another. It isn't a brand new concept but it is authentic."[/blockquotefull]

Written about self-destruction caused by paranoia and substance abuse, it’s this unflinching authenticity that makes you not only hear the track loud and clear, but feel every second of it run right through you. If when “A Letter of Departure” has you hooked and primed for more, look out for a new six-track EP called Loose Ends this fall—once you're ready to pull yourself out of this music video's compelling hold, that is.


Pre-order Loose Ends on iTunes
Pre-order the Loose Ends CD / merch bundles 


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<![CDATA[Premiere: We’re “Drifting” with Space4Lease’s New Song]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:00:11 +0000 Tom There's thought behind every note of Space4Lease's psychedelic sound. [/imgfull]

There's thought behind every note of Space4Lease's psychedelic songs. The band takes sound to the next level, pulling inspiration from life experience and infusing it into tracks that pull you into the waves of emotion and indie rock.

In the latest release from the Oklahoma City, OK band, you'll be "Drifting" from an intense love of the track to a deep reverie only music like this can inspire. Check out our exclusive premiere of the track below, as well as a statement from frontman Grayson Hamm.

“'Drifting' is a song speaking on the uncertainties and frustrations on what we perceive as love. More times then not, it amounts to heartbreak and disappointment. Ultimately, I believe it is wholly acceptable to experience these emotions because it shows that we are inherently sentient beings. We can only use each of these experiences as a lesson for the next relationship that one hopefully encounters. Above all else, we need to have the persistence to keep searching. This song has somewhat of a personal meaning behind it, stemming mostly from relationship experiences and heartbreaks in my life. Yet with that being said, I never wrote this song with someone else in mind; it was not written in reaction to a specific person. Instead, I feel the intentions of this song come from a place of trying to find yourself after a failed relationship, accepting it for what it is and moving on. It is partially a self reflection, but I feel like it has the capacity to speak to all listeners. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all experience these feelings of heartbreak and loneliness, right? One way I evaluate relationships and love in general is that it either works out and you are with this one person for the rest of your life, or you’re not and someone ends up getting hurt. So every relationship you have throughout the course of your life’s path will end in heartbreak except one… for those who are fortunate, at least. Sometimes you are left with a broken heart, at other moments you may be the one doing the breaking. We see this in all spectrums of life whether it is the simplicity of young love or the complicated, often messy process of two adults divorcing after years of marriage.

We tend to invest a degree of hope in our relationships, and when these expectations are not met it often leads to tremendous failure. This has been the case for me, and I wrote this song with confidence that someone else could relate as well. One thing you should know and what I hope to get across to listeners though is that 'Drifting' isn’t intended to invoke feelings of depression. On the contrary, it is a song meant to establish a sense of familiarity with the audience. I believe it is essential for an audience to identify with the band they are listening to.

It is also meant to inspire the audience to hopefully move on. Maybe there is someone better for you out there, and holding onto your previous relationship is only preventing you from finding this person. I see this song as an opportunity to find yourself. Like many others, I am still trying to do so. The theme behind 'Drifting' that you’re moving on from a past love and now you simply have yourself to rely on. At the end of the day, you’re drifting all by yourself. Sometimes it is good to be a little selfish and focus on yourself, rather than a significant other. However, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that it’s easy to let go of the past. I know it may hurt, but life moves on with or without you. The most important thing I can say in relation with 'Drifting' is that we have to be comfortable and confident in who we are individually before taking that next step of being with someone else. Often times, we rely far too much on our significant other to bring us happiness instead of depending on ourselves to bring that sense of self-happiness. So my friends, just keep 'Drifting' with no thoughts no concerns and remember to be happy with yourself. There is someone out there for all of us, we just have to keep searching and more importantly continue to grow as individuals.

The songwriting process of 'Drifting' was very simple. I wrote this song in a matter of a couple days before showing it to the band, and from that point we took it to a place I never thought it could reach. I write everything on piano, but I felt the need to temporarily step away from this process and incorporate relaxing, easy rhythms/textures that are intended to chill you out. In a sense, a sound that makes you feel that everything is going to be alright. This method definitely added an element that a normal piano could not provide. When it comes to the lyrics, however, I knew as soon as I was done writing that the words were set in stone. The band definitely agreed, and 'Drifting' came easily to us all." - Grayson Hamm


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<![CDATA[VANDALS – Episode 2 “Would You Rather”]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:51:20 +0000 Tom What do you get when you mix 2 pop punkers, 1 tour van, and... What do you get when you mix 2 pop punkers, 1 tour van, and 0 fucks given? VANDALS. It's time to offend pop punk...

NEW EPISODES  - Every Tues @ 1pm ET


VANDALS Ep.2 - Would You Rather
Would you rather have sex while your parents watch or watch your parents have sex? The age old question is finally answered by your 2 favorite pop punkers...

Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner


VANDALS Ep.1 - Meet the Band

Jeremy Culhane
Nick Major

Writer / Director: Tommy Wooldridge
Producer: Tom Cheney
Sound / Music: Bruce Wiegner


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<![CDATA[Callwood at the Cooler #24]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:00:51 +0000 Tom “Callwood at the Cooler” sees Brett Callwood waxing lyrical about events in the news,... [/imgfull]
These wounds they will not heal…

Goddamn it, not again.

I’m writing this column on the day that Chester Bennington, vocalist with rap-nu-metal band Linkin Park, was discovered dead at his home, apparently after hanging himself. According to TMZ, Bennington’s family was out of town and he was discovered by an employee just before 9 a.m. at his home in Palos Verdes Estates in LA County. He was 41, and he is survived by his wife and six children.

This, of course, comes way too soon after Chris Cornell’s death; the pair were good friends, with Bennington singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s memorial service. The day of Bennington’s death was also Cornell’s birthday.

Bennington’s suicide has raised all manner of questions, particularly on social media, about mental illness, depression, and alcohol and chemical dependency. After scouring a whole lot of posts and comments by my own friends, colleagues, and contacts, it’s clear that there is still a lot of ignorance surrounding all of those things.

You might have seen it yourself—people online using words like “selfish” and “cop-out” to describe Bennington’s actions. But here’s the thing—I don’t suffer from depression, and I’m not an alcoholic or drug addict. For those reason, I’ll never fully understand people that are afflicted with those conditions. I can read descriptions, and I can have in-depth conversations with people that I’m close to, but I’ll never fully know what it feels like.

But that doesn’t mean that I can’t be compassionate. I can sympathize, even if I can’t empathize. What I strongly suspect is that words like “coward” and “selfish” are some way wide of the mark. Depression, clinical depression, isn’t the same as feeling sad. It’s not the same as grief and it’s not the same as extreme devastation. Not to downplay the feelings that people have felt when a loved one has died, a marriage has broken down, or anything else awful that life throws at us—those things are emotionally draining and simply terrible.

But it’s not the same. They’re two separate things completely. Those that suffer from depression openly have done a better job than I can of putting it into words. English musician Ginger of The Wildhearts said in a Classic Rock Magazine interview that, “Well it’s certainly not feeling glum. It’s a physical condition as well as a mental condition; your neuro-transmitters aren’t transmitting. But it’s such a loaded subject, and I thought that the best thing I could was to let people know that it’s okay to talk about it. It is a disease, it does kill; in fact it kills more people each year than cancer. Everyone is fine talking about cancer—and so they should be—but cancer has all these charities that fund research, yet mental health gets no research funding from the government. It’s an absolute crime.”

That makes sense. Yet still, as someone who doesn’t suffer from depression, there’s a side of me and so many other people that just wants to say, “Cheer up.” If you’re depressed, watch a comedy movie, may I suggest Spinal Tap, eat some ice-cream—you’ll feel much better. Which, of course, is horse shit.

We look at people like Bennington and Cornell and think, “You guys have money, family, talent, and hundreds of thousands of adoring fans. You can tour and see the world, and do it in style rather than in a stinky van. You get to create music for a living and people love and respect you. Who wouldn’t want this life?

But that misses the point. The depression isn’t necessarily rational. Yes, Bennington has said that he was sexually abused and beaten by an older male when he was a child, but that doesn’t mean that he can simply get some therapy, think about something else, and everything will be ok. We don’t even know if that abuse was the cause of his depression, although it sure as shit didn’t help; thousand of people who had happy and even privileged childhoods suffer from depression. It’s an imbalance.

The dependencies wouldn’t have helped either—certainly not in the long-term. And that raises more valid questions that I can’t answer about where alcoholism and drug addictions ends and mental illness begins. Most likely, it’s all part of the same unhealthy dance.


It’s ok to say, “We don’t know what it’s like” though. We don’t have to offer an opinion on everything, especially when it’s uninformed. Brian “Head” Welch of the band Korn spoke up on Facebook and said:
“Honestly, Chester's an old friend who we've hung with many times, and I have friends who are extremely close to him, but this is truly pissing me off! How can these guys send this message to their kids and fans?! I'm sick of this suicide shit! I've battled depression/mental illness, and I'm trying to be sympathetic, but it's hard when you're pissed! Enough is enough! Giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out!!!

I’m sorry, I know meds and/or alcohol may have been involved, I'm just processing like all of us and I know we are all having some of the same thoughts/feelings.

Lord, take Chester in your arms and please re-unite him with his family and all of us one day. Be with his wife and kids with your grace during this difficult time.”

Welch should know better, having faced his own demons in the past. Most likely, however, he’s lashing out while dealing with the loss of a friend, not an uncommon response and perfectly human.

Look, there are plenty of people who will live full lives while living with depression and you’ll never know. This doesn’t make those people stronger or better, because the illness affects everybody differently. But I’m reliably informed that, at its worst, depression is an all-encompassing torture. It feels like there’s no end and no hope. Like walls are closing in. “Cheer up” doesn’t help. Why criticize those already feeling tortured, and especially those driven to suicide because the pain is unbearable?

If there is anyone, one person even, who is reading this and lives with depression, I have no idea what you’re going through but there are people who do. Suicide Prevention Lifeline does amazing work every day. Call 1-800-273-8255.

For those with dependencies, resources like and are always available. Don’t stay silent. There’s always a solution.


“Callwood at the Cooler” is a bi-weekly column which will see me waxing lyrical about events in the news, pop culture and the etc. Sometimes it’ll be light, other times not-so when the rant/monolog demands. The subject matter will vary dramatically so expect anything and keep coming back.


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<![CDATA[Premiere: Fall For Vertigo’s New EP ‘Andromeda’!]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:51:53 +0000 Tom We’re bringing you the exclusive stream of Vertigo's brand new EP Andromeda before it... [imgfull][/imgfull]

If you’ve been dying for new music from Vertigo since our stream of “Come Get Me” two weeks ago, the wait is over: We’re bringing you the exclusive stream of their brand new EP Andromeda before it drops tomorrow! This EP is where we see the band not only enjoying experimenting with their sound more than ever before, but also opening up collaborating and changing the recording process.

[blockquotefull]"Writing this record was a lot of fun, but definitely different for us."[/blockquotefull]

You’ll get to know the Pittsburgh quintet in new ways with each and every line served over sweet pop rock synths and hooks that'll make you go, hot damn! the moment you hit play below. So now it’s about time to get to know the band on a more personal level—keep scrolling to find out how the EP process has changed the band for the better, and tomorrow you'll hear some previously untold stories in the band’s very own idobi Tell Me, where they talk about the times they met cool (but definitely shady) people at equally shady venues, stealing cornhole boards, and how everything had to fall apart for the band to come together as we know them now.



“Writing this record was a lot of fun, but definitely different for us. Our drummer was away at school in Boston for a lot of the time spent writing the record, and we had just added our keyboardist to the band. Our drummer would come home for breaks and jump in to the writing process with us, but a lot of the material was pieced together by sending demos back and forth online. We would send him demos and he would write his drum parts in GarageBand and send us back ideas, or our keyboardist would work out ideas for the drum parts and record them here to show our drummer. It was a real involved process, but an exciting one, Getting together in the studio and finally playing the songs all together was very satisfying after all that time spent digitally bouncing ideas around.

[blockquotefull]"This EP is nothing if not a genuine showing of who we are as a band now, and moving forward."[/blockquotefull]


Our keyboardist is new to the band for this EP, and came in to fill the gap left by one of our guitarists leaving. It made for some dynamic changes and different possibilities being opened up to as as we started writing music again. With the new dimension of keys and synthesizers being added, we were able to push into new territory with Andromeda, moving away from entirely guitar-focused instrumentals.

Overall, we think this record feels exactly like "we" should, if that makes sense. The personalities in the band tend to show through in the sound of the songs, and we love that about it. This EP is nothing if not a genuine showing of who we are as a band now, and moving forward.”


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<![CDATA[Photos: Ghost in New Haven]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:21:33 +0000 Tom idobi photographer Patriciana Tenicela covered the Ghost show in New Haven, CT at College...




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<![CDATA[Premiere: Menage Releases Surprise Single, “They Never Call”]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:44 +0000 Toménage-Promo_1_0063-2-150x150.jpg From Toronto to Portugal, the members of Ménage grew up in a variety of... [/imgfull]

From Toronto to Portugal, the members of Ménage grew up in a variety of cultures, which has built the creativity and soul found in their sound. If you're looking for the latest display of the act's art, look no further than "They Never Call".

A brand new (and surprise) release, you can only hear the new track below. After this, you can expect even more new material from Ménage, who has been working on a new album with producer Dale Penner and David Bottrill.

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