Theory Of A Deadman And Ex-Five Finger Death Punch Members Guest On Reimagined Version Of Cory Marks’ “Blame It On The Double”

Tyler Connolly (Theory Of A Deadman) and Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch) are featured on a reimagined version of Cory Marks’ song “Blame It On The Double.” A video for the track, featuring footage from the upcoming film “The Retaliators,” can be found below. The original version of “Blame It On The Double” appears on Marks’ debut album “Who I Am.”

Marks commented:

“‘Blame It On The Double’ is the perfect country-rock anthem going into the weekend. I grew up on Merle Haggard, Waylon, Pantera and Ozzy, and I think this song really reflects those influences. It has that country storyline, soulful vocals, and a rock edge and attitude that makes it stand out and show you the range of who I am as an artist. And I couldn’t have accomplished that without Tyler and Jason, who both really brought that epic rock energy. We had a lot of fun shooting this video in L.A. together. I’m also excited for everyone to see the song (and me!) in ‘The Retaliators’, as it really takes on a new life in the context of the film.”

Connolly continued:

“I love what Cory is doing. I think he is the future of outlaw country music. When asked to be on this track, I jumped at the chance.”

Hook added:

“I feel honored to be asked to contribute to this fantastic song written by my dear friends Cory Marks and Kevin Churko.”

The Juliana Theory Premiere New Video For Reimagined Version Of “We’re At The Top Of The World”

The Juliana Theory have premiered a new video for their reimagined version “We’re At The Top Of The World.” The clip, which features Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You) and Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), can be found below. The new version of “We’re At The Top Of The World” is from the band’s new album “A Dream Away,” which will be released on March 26.

Guitarist Joshua Fielder commented:

“‘We’re At The Top Of The World‘, while being some people’s favorite TJT song, was always one of my least favorite songs from the band. However, now that we recorded it for this ‘reimagined’ record, this is THE version for me. When I initially wrote the chords and bassline at home ages ago, I always envisioned this song as an ode to The Beatles. This new rendition is exactly the way I imagined it to be back in 2000. We were just too young then to truly pull it off in this way. If I could have a time machine I would go back to put this version on ‘Emotion Is Dead‘.”

Frontman Brett Detar added:

“When you’re a songwriter sometimes it can take months or literal years to write a song. On those very rare and magical occasions it feels like the universe steps in to help and a song almost writes itself. When this occurs it’s usually very fast and the song is basically written before you really even know it. In my experience these are the rarest songs but they tend to be the ones that resonate the most with listeners.

‘We’re At The Top Of The World‘ was one of those songs. When Josh came to band practice with the insanely catchy bass-line and guitar part for the verse the rest of the song fell into place in what felt like minutes. I remember grabbing my microphone and as a joke singing the lyrics “Sha la la la. Sha la la la la la la” over the chorus. It was the first thing that came to my head and I wasn’t serious but Josh just looked at me and started laughing with that laugh of ‘oh that’s awesome’ and from then on the chorus just stuck.

We all grew up listening to the radio – pop and pop rock and oldies. Songs on the radio (which tend to be hit songs) were our foundation as music fans and music makers. Although we cut our teeth early on in a scene that sorta rejected anything too poppy, hook based songs were always just in our DNA. I remember getting some flack early on from diehard scenesters for releasing a song that was so unabashedly bubblegum but at the same time our fanbase grew quickly very much in response to this one song.

I guess whatever it was that happened that day in my parent’s unfinished basement worked because the song ended up on tons of TV shows and movies. And I agree with my bandmate Josh that this reimagined version is my favorite recording of this song.”

“Let’s talk about ‘guilty pleasures.’ We all have them and for a lot of people The Juliana Theory (and the song ‘Top Of The World‘ in particular) is one of them. I can’t tell you how many times some big burly guy who looks like he only listens to Slayer would almost look around to make sure no one was listening before quietly telling me that he secretly loves that song.

I basically did the same thing with certain songs I enjoyed until a few years ago when I decided to banish the concept of a ‘guilty pleasure’ from my own life. Truthfully, I would always blast ‘Party In the USA‘ by Miley Cyrus if it came on the radio while driving the streets of LA but now I don’t care what any ultra hip kid thinks when I roll past them as I am singing along.

The joy of completely losing yourself in a song, dancing like no one is watching, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The video for ‘Top Of The World‘ tells the ultimate story of this very abandonment. So put your hands up: they’re playing your song and the butterflies fly away.”

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

Gone Is Gone’s Tony Hajjar Releases Remix Of “No One Ever Walked On Water”

Gone Is Gone’s Tony Hajjar has released a remix of the band‘s song “No One Ever Walked On Water.” The track is titled “RMx_NO/One/WalkedOnWater” and it can be found below. The original version of “No One Ever Walked On Water” is from the group’s latest album “If Everything Happens for A Reason…Then Nothing Really Matters At All.“

The Juliana Theory Stream Reimagined Version Of “Into The Dark”

The Juliana Theory are streaming a reimagined version of their song “Into The Dark.” This version of the track is from the band’s new album “A Dream Away,” which will be released on March 26. That effort will mainly consist of reimagined songs.

Brett Detar commented:

“‘Into The Dark‘ is arguably my favorite song from the band’s catalog. I’m sure the song owes its DNA to all kinds of other artists and songs but for whatever reason the amalgamation of how all of those pieces came together felt to me like its own thing. It was the quintessential TJT song. If I had to play a person just one song from our catalog to represent what the band is – it’d be ‘Into The Dark.’ I think it’s just a great middle ground of all the different sounds we explored.

It’s a blend of hook-driven pop rock and bombastic guitar rock without being too much of either. It’s intimate yet anthemic at the same time. It has moody, personal subject matter in the verses that turns more universal and hopeful in the chorus. It’s one of the first songs that we truly experimented with in the studio. We sampled and chopped up my vocals and used them in place of synth pads. It was the first song that we wrote part of around a synth part.

Giving nod to classic waltzes – the original recording on ‘Emotion Is Dead‘ had a small string arrangement in the bridge so for this reimagined version we just doubled down on some of those more orchestral and cinematic elements from the original and expanded on them and combined that with the acoustic arrangement we played on our last tour.

The song always had that classic soft / loud dynamic that so many bands in the wake of Nirvana did so we just tried to accentuate that. Now the quieter parts are even smaller and more intimate but it expands and gets a lot more vast than the original. If anything the lyrics in some ways mean more to me now than they did when I wrote them.

‘I’d give you my hand if you’d reach out and grab it. Let’s walk away from this hell.’ I can’t count how many times a piece of music has actually been that ‘hand’ that I’ve reached out to grab to lift me up when I was struggling. I’m just glad I can still turn to some of these songs years later to still find that optimistic promise of hope that lived inside the daydreams of youth.”

Void Of Vision Premiere New Video For “Decay” Featuring Ecca Vandal

Void Of Vision have premiered a new video for a reimagined version of “Decay” featuring Ecca Vandal. The original version of the song is from the band’s 2019 album “Hyperdaze.” Vocalist Jack Bergin commented:

“We have all been familiar with the name Ecca Vandal for quite a while now, it wasn’t until our run together on Good Things Festival ‘18 that we REALLY pricked up our ears though. Unfortunately we clashed sets each day except for the last, so when I got to run over and catch those last few songs it was everything I hoped for and more, ever since then she’s been a playlist regular. We were so stoked that she was down to collaborate and work in her own style so effortlessly. Ecca has such a powerful presence and now it’s been stamped on a little piece of VOV history.”

Falling In Reverse Premiere “I’m Not A Vampire (Revamped)” Music Video

Falling In Reverse have premiered a music video for a new “revamped” version of “I’m Not A Vampire.” You can check that out below. The original version of the song is from the band’s 2011 album “The Drug In Me Is You.”

Ronnie Radke commented:

“‘I’m Not a Vampire (Revamped)’ was over 10 years in the making. I wrote the original song, while sitting inside a maximum security prison, about drug addiction. I always believed songs such as this one had more to offer than its original form, so I wanted to give fans a new perspective and redefine who I am when it comes to expressing myself and being creative.”

In other news, Falling In Reverse have also announced a two-part virtual event called “Live From The Unknown.” The livestreams will both feature unique sets and tickets for them can be found at firmerch.com. Here’s the dates:

April 16: Part 1 – 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST
April 30: Part 2 – 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST

Radke said the following about the upcoming shows:

“‘Live From The Unknown’ is a two-part event I have created that has never been done. It’s two shows on separate nights with added elements that you just have to see to understand. Me trying to explain it now would ruin the live experience and also wouldn’t do it justice. Make sure you grab your tickets cause it probably will never happen like this again!”

August Burns Red Release Reimagined Version Of “Extinct By Instinct”

August Burns Red have released a reimagined version of their song “Extinct By Instinct.” You can check that out below. The original version of the track appears on the band’s latest album “Guardians.”

Nickelback Team Up With Google Photos For “Photograph” Parody Ad

Nickelback have released a parody version of their song “Photograph” as part of a new ad for Google Photos. The clip is called “Look At Your Photographs” and it can be seen below. Chad Kroeger commented:

“Fifteen years ago, we had no idea that the photos on our mobile devices would become such a ubiquitous part of all of our lives. When Google approached us with the idea about marrying the song with Google Photos we felt like it would be a fun and nostalgic way to give the song a lyrical refresh and share some of our favorite memories.”

Troy Van Leeuwen Shares Reimagined Version Of Gone Is Gone’s “Sometimes I Feel”

Gone Is Gone’s Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) has shared a reimagined piano version of the band‘s song “Sometimes I Feel.” The original version of the track is from the group’s latest album “If Everything Happens for A Reason…Then Nothing Really Matters At All.“

Bad Religion Release Reworked Version Of “Faith Alone”

Bad Religion have shared a reworked version of their song “Faith Alone.” The new version of the track was recorded remotely and it includes vocals and piano from Greg Graffin, additional instrumentation from Brett Gurewitz, drums from Jamie Miller, and strings from Stevie Blacke.

Graffin commented:

“I have always written songs on piano. Some of our earliest songs were written on my mom’s piano. I’ve been home a lot and so I started recording a bunch of our songs that way. Brett thought ‘Faith Alone’ was particularly relevant for this moment. For me, it exemplifies what’s special about the band, which is that we write songs that go to the spiritual and intellectual aspects of human existence.”

Gurewitz added:

“I think the message of ‘Faith Alone’ really resonates with everything that’s happening right now. Racial injustice, Trump, the COVID pandemic, the rejection of science, none of these things can be solved by burying our heads in the sand. We’ve always believed problems can be solved through reason and action, not faith and prayer. It’s what we’ve been writing about since the band started.”