Mind Equals Blown

Mind Equals Blown

Interviews

  • Book Review: Flyleaf Spreads Their Wings

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    Family is a huge part of everyone’s lives. It keeps people motivated to keep going when the times get tough and it makes bands feel supported as they go across the country playing shows. For Texas rock band Flyleaf, the bond between the group and Carl Phelan, grandfather of guitarist Jared Hartmann, consisted of miles…

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  • Silent Planet: The Night God Slept

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    It’s easy for me to take a quick glance at modern music and be disappointed. Nickelback and Nicki Minaj remain popular, and a gimmicky slew of singles are taking over the airwaves. It’s also easy for me to look at the entire world in the same manner, to be frustrated because I don’t like what I…

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  • Pianos Become The Future: Punk Rock and Post-Rock in a Post-Influenced Society

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    It’s obvious if you know me that I like sad music a lot. There’s something to be said about songs that make you second-guess the commonplace effects of happiness. The whole “it takes more muscles to frown than to smile” makes me admire the hardworking DIY feel and common darkness found in emo, punk, and…

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  • Interview: Gideon

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    Hardcore quintet Gideon has grown into one of the bigger bands of their genre in recent years. With a new release under their belt, they’re currently touring alongside Being As An Ocean and Fit For A King in hopes of spreading their message of hope and strength through hard-edged breakdowns and screams. The title of…

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  • Gideon: Calloused

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    There’s a median of change in the music world that often divides musicians and fans. An artist’s level of progression can alienate old-school listeners or aim directly at a specific audience. Linkin Park is a good example, moving more and more into an electro-infused rock sound over the past decade, with hardcore Hybrid Theory fans always screaming…

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  • With Futures, The World Is Predictably Unpredictable

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    Jimmy Eat World’s Futures has led me through several years of unpredictable outcomes. I first heard the album as a senior in high school, in the midst of an “emo” phase that ended up becoming a solidified part of me. Somebody was raving about the record on AbsolutePunk, and I had enough curiosity to check…

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  • Sleeping Giant: Finished People

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    Before I got into heavy music, I had no idea something like “hardcore worship” existed. But with their guitar chugs, searing vocal attack, and God-praising lyrics, Sleeping Giant ended up being a match made in heaven for an angsty Christian teen like myself. Like their contemporaries on spiritual radio stations, however, there’s always the big…

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  • The Story of Everything: Silent Planet

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    Tim Dodderidge grew up around church and has recently revitalized his Christian faith. As he continues to grow older, he’s seeing things every day that he hasn’t seen before. Some of these things upset him; others surprise him. No matter if it’s human trafficking, broken relationships, differing views on politics and religion, or regards to…

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