Mind Equals Blown

Mind Equals Blown

Staff Picks – July 2015


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  • August Burns Red: Found In Far Away Places

    August Burns Red - Promo 2015

    “The metalcore genre should always be tested and flourishing — and if it’s not — that’s the musicians’ fault and they need to do a better job,” August Burns Red guitarist J.B. Brubaker recently said about growth in their genre of music. On the band’s newest effort, Found In Far Away Places, it means moving away…

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  • Being As An Ocean: Being As An Ocean

    Being As An Ocean - Promo

    People have the innate ability to progress and grow. Thus, it’s through change that we show our most human side, as we often get stuck with baggage and open up our flaws for the whole world to see. Considering that bands are simply collections of individuals creating music together, they tend to go through the…

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  • Hundredth: Free

    Hundredth - Promo

    I’ve seen Hundredth live five times. The only other band I’ve seen that many times is Switchfoot, one of my favorite artists of all-time. Playing in a much smaller hardcore scene, the five-piece has played a big role in bringing me into the genre and live setting. Around the time that their first two records came…

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  • Interview: Copeland

    Copeland - Promo

    Following their return, Copeland played some headlining shows after supporting Paramore this spring. Staffer Tim Dodderidge spoke with frontman Aaron Marsh before the Lawrence, Kan. date about the group’s return and mindset after working on other projects. The two also discussed the recently-released alternate album Twin and the resurgence of active music listening through vinyl. MEB: How’s the tour…

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  • Interview: Sleepwave

    Sleepwave - Promo

    Before the band’s show in Lawrence, Kansas, staffer Tim Dodderidge caught up with Sleepwave frontman Spencer Chamberlain. Chamberlain, the former vocalist for metalcore pioneers Underoath, and the rest of his new band members have been cooking up something different. The 90’s rock-inspired group put out their first full-length in September and is finally going on big…

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  • Interview: Darkness Divided


    Staff member Tim Dodderidge recently spoke with Gerard Mora, vocalist and one of the three brothers in the metalcore band Darkness Divided. In this interview, the frontman discusses the group’s signing with Victory Records and release of their debut album, Written In Blood, as well as going in-depth about the quintet’s Christian faith and how…

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  • Hotel Books: Run Wild, Young Beauty

    Hotel Books - Promo

    Anybody that’s ever listened to sad music has their “go-to” album in times of distress. For me, it tends to go back and forth between Brand New’s The Devil & God Are Raging Inside Me and Dashboard Confessional’s The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most — albums by bands known for their poetic…

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  • Butterflies Are Mortal Too: America’s Culture War And Kendrick Lamar’s Explanations

    Kendrick Lamar

    Not too long ago, I wasn’t a fan of hip-hop. Now, I see Kendrick Lamar as a soldier in a genre that I once despised. Growing up, I was never a fan of rap music, and for what I thought were solid reasons. The lyrics didn’t seem to relate to me, and the colorful language bothered…

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