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    Billie Joe Armstrong: Profile Article...

    Sitting awaiting one of rocks most iconic stars is a wonderful but daunting scenario. Being the front man of one the most famed bands of this generation, Billie Joe Armstrong is hot property. Green Day Is the sword that he yields, a band that have soled over 60 million records worldwide, a band that have received numerous awards for their brand of controversial, but energetic rock thrills. The enigmatic showman, who never surrenders to publicity or the celebrity persona, has just walked in. He looks like a typical rock star with jet-black hair, with a tint of guy liner, and such radiance. He sits; readying is throat to talk about the band, the rock lifestyle and growing old gracefully ‘’ I think its your own choice if turn from a angry young man, to a bitter old bastard’’ he says with authority. So has the once bratty delinquent grown up since the days of drinking heavily, smoking alarming amounts of weed and just not caring about life ‘’ I’m a father. It isn’t just my life anymore. I don’t want my kid finding bottles in the house or seeing his father completely smashed, if you have children, you don’t want to have drinks and drugs in the house, its just not good’’
    There is such a sheen that comes from Billie Joe; his articulation grabs the attention and his clear knowledge of punk rock shines through. Sticking by the DIY ethic, he talks about punk being some sort of a religion and not just another genre for people listen to ‘’punk has always been about doing things your own way. What it represents for me is ultimate freedom and a sense of individuality; punk is just not the sound, the music. Punk is a lifestyle. Punk will never be dead to me. It’s my life. I can never just drop this lifestyle. It embodies me’’.

    Since Green Day’s arrival onto the punk scene in 1989, the band have elevated to dizzying heights. Their first major label album Dookie ranked up 15 million record sales in 1994 and certified the band as the new superstars, and what makes that feat more empathic, the band members where still in their teens. But there was a downside to Green Day signing for a major label, the band became the enemy and where shunted out of the punk sector and where branded as sell outs. ‘’I still feel that it was the right decision, yes there was times when I said god have we did the right thing, will we be hanged for it, will be hated for it, but I feel we had to push ourselves musically, so signing to a major label was the only way we could do that’’ by doing that Green Day did fall into the dark side and where brandished as complete turncoats, but the band have always stuck to their guns and felt it was the right way to go to get their sound to a bigger audience.

    After a string of less successful records, it was 2004’s American Idiot that put Green Day back on the musical map. The albums prior weren’t bad, the band were just trying to eradicate the ghost of dookie but it didn’t quite work ‘’ I am very proud of those records, I am always proud of what we create. Insomniac, nimrod and warning I hold close to my heart. We just wanted to open our minds, become a little more diverse and utilize a different sound; we didn’t want to create dookie 2 and 3’’ American Idiot drafted Green Day back into the spotlight, it was a career turning record drenched in political angst and enthralling rock triumphs. It was Billie Joe’s letter of disproval to the establishment, he wanted his voice heard, his anger noted. ‘’ We're not a political band. We don't want to tell people what to do or what to think. We just want to tell them to think, American Idiot was a different output, and something I am so proud of. I have stated that I don’t like the way America was run under the leadership of a moron, a moron that I am not going to mention, I feel now that America has more stability under Obama, he thinks differently, I think he is a revelation, I feel that America is more healthier now and less gaunt’’

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    Funeral for a Friend bio

    Being on the firing line is an upstart all Teenagers have to venture through. Addressing the growing pains, and love pangs, it’s a testing time. You have to be strong, put up reliance and stand assured you will cure your flaws. Music is a platform were young, tender, newbie’s can confide. A dazzling World, where sound patrols the worrying, mangled thoughts of a child tasting the bitter stronghold of lives stale platter.

    Here comes the assault, from a pact of teenagers stating a protest, commencing their own small revolution. Bringing their own masterminded plan to the table, picking up their inspiration in the process. Metal Music is like fearful monster, a titan like creature with nails thick enough to cut through the bubblegum competitors. Drinking its life potion raising dry, marking its territory with a gaping gash to its waxed, overly groomed chest. That is a sign of brutality, and the dark minions don’t give a ****…

    Come forward Funeral for a Friend, a 5 piece band perfecting the brand they choose to showcase. Leading the charge and screaming their thoughts of a Music Industry brutally raped. The discharge of Music impurity bears an anaemic lookout, but Funeral try to address the fault with music packed with enough beef and iron to resolve the decline. They stand and issue out their views, with no bitter disputes or cruelness, they just want to be noted in the black book of metal heads with a point to prove. Funeral for a Friend is the band burrowing into a deep sector, using profound lyrics as a magical spade.

    Coming to terms with fame can be a push into a World where the norm is put through the shredder. You are enabled to change your life and stray from the ordinary borderline as much as possible. Funeral became the next Metal recruits sent to communicate to there comrades craving a fresh bash of euphoria. The cult weren’t disappointed as Funeral released a full length debut following numerous EP’S brewing with life. ‘‘Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation’’ started the crusade of a Rock story. Marking their on tattoo on the pale skin of metal heads craving an energetic bang to the brain, it was like a moshpit in form of a disc ready to blow the house down.

    The record that started the protest previewed a state of mind, love-struck innocence and teenage growing pains. Funeral morphed from teenage realists, to mature men in a matter of Months. Naturally blooming like flowers without the added toxins, the band more than proved their points, with a dash of flair and screaming tensions. Songs with pristine lyrics and flying guitar riffs, the album was a work of men breaking through the barrier of Teenage life without scars or unworthiness. ‘Bullet Theory’ ‘Red Is the New Black’ ‘Juneau’ where the prized assets of a catalogue filled with rawness and stability. Previewing the upheaval of tortured feelings and depressive motives, Metal has that melodic ribbed edge.


    Casually unearthed the band to the listeners, bringing them into the Funeral scope-line. But the band gave birth to ‘Hours’ in 2005. A collection of statements and serious subjects. Reviewing the urges of suicide and all its components, the coming to terms of love-loss and the aches of heartbreak. ‘Roses for the Dead
    ‘Streetcar’ and ‘History’ became the breadwinners, more guitar frenzy with a defined over-skin, ‘Hours’ was a breath of new hope. Lyrically deep, Matt Davies manages to pull the listener in, dragging them through a river of bliss and nostalgia. It’s hard to back away from a work of art which was only the bands second release.

    ‘Hours’ was a melodic rise to fame, masking the Metal World with its contagious gas. Yet the band wanted to come back out to forefront in 2007 with concept album ‘‘Tales Don’t Tell themselves’’ a new found inspiration emerged when the delicate sound of Tales was strung together. But for all the added melodic verve, came disruptive views from the cult that witnessed Funeral in their Metal etched glory days. They tried to find questions and answers from the pioneers that brought them such tasty, cranky, rock fuelled triumphs, and asked ‘Why go soft’?

    It wasn’t entirely the bands fault, the record label spat out their demands. Stating that ‘‘Matt Davies’’ writing input was ‘Too Intelligent’ and that mainstream is the best way to gain money and fame. That demanded nature soured Funeral’s entire metal ethic, and Tales sounded more pop than Rock. Tales didn’t master the magic and vitality as hours, it landed with a crash, gaping the inner circle of Rock. People have they’re own self-styled perceptions on the creation of Tales, stating that the band mastered a fluent performance, and others slurring that extinction beckoned.

    Tales was shelved, placed in the under-tier, for the mellower walks of life to indulge in. The record was merely recognised for Musical stability, it just didn’t work. Funeral left they’re post as puppets of a record label avid in altering the bands formula. Funeral For a Friend were ready to go bad-ass and dent the Metal World once more. The puppeteers surrendered, waving the white flag in the air as Funeral clawed through the security gates to shape they’re fresh, unsupervised venture.

    2008 was a learning curve for the Welsh masterminds. Funeral went back to what they know. Memory and Humanity was materialised with the same venom as casually Dressed, an artwork formed by guts and intention. Funeral sparked a new craze with they’re 4th studio release, taking the volume to breaking point with belters ‘Constant Illuminations’ and second single ‘Waterfront Dance-club’ Funeral relapsed back into metal, and it was the most relevant decision. Sparks flew and a tour was on the agenda.

    Funeral certainly utilised they’re sound, marking a musical tattoo on the face of the World. Marching like comrades readying for battle. The act promised a marvel, and they lived up to that statement. Memory and Humanity redeveloped the sound that once was lapped up by the swaying crowd that lingered like a mist. Previewing a sound of tension and bottled up ideas, the band rallied to the forefront, upgrading they’re fan-base in the process. This band have grown, fluttered, and released they’re own brand. Silencing the critics that berated. Funeral for Friend aren’t teenagers anymore, they are men on the warpath to inject a style that was formulated when growing pains where still apparent.

    Mark McConville

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    InMe: Bio..

    InMe are a band that have seen it all, they have witnessed the sometimes seedy foundations of a major label, they have had many lineup changes, and have searched for that independent attitude and have found it with flying colors. They are one of the hardest working bands around. Focused on progressive rock, the band were once hailed as a nu metal success story, but now have changed their genre. The progressive rock style really works, it has a great sheen, it embeds the mind, and the guitar work is some of the best around. The independent mentality is what makes InMe, they do everything themselves, they are a great vehicle for other bands, an iconic band in the underground scene, tapping into different genres, and grinding and grinding to find the right sound, they have done so, their sound has no limits.

    Coming out of the cold county of Essex in London, the band threw out their first album ‘’Overgrown Eden’’ in 2003, which was a wild turning point for the band. It was a commercial success, and had many singles including the contagious and epic ‘’Firefly’’ and the blaring, bashful, but sweet sound of ‘’Underdose’’ the band where on a great journey, but it all ended with deflation. The bands singles aired on MTV, which gave InMe exposure to the rock masses, but the band started to hate the attention, and the major label they where under started to tell them what to do, which angered InMe. So the breakaway happened, InMe went their separate ways, and took their sweet sound to the underground.

    InMe is an animal guided by front man Dave McPherson, a quiet, humble, but ultimately talented individual that has geared InMe to where they are today, on the map with a smaller mileage, he is a leader of a band that are creating a sound that is fit for bigger and more momentous arenas, but their happy to be performing in smaller, intimate venues. 2005 was the year the butterfly was born, the butterfly with the most magical wings, fluttered and basked. White Butterfly was a real gem of an album; I was a golden crust, an album with so much emotion, so much grace, so much passion, it really was a turning point, a point to a different angle in the bands music. White Butterfly contained songs like ‘’7 weeks’’ ‘’Parting Gift’’ ‘’Angels With Snipers’’ ‘’Faster The Chase’’ every song really had a place, a statement, and a gracious swing, it was a defining album for InMe.

    White Butterfly gave InMe a new template, a chance to outdo it. With Daydream Anonymous, which was released on the 10th of September 2007, it was an album that was quickly shunted. It never received the same aura as White Butterfly, but did contain some stompers such as ‘’Cracking The Whip’’ and single ‘’I Wont Let Go’’ it was an input that lost grip with past contributions, but it wasn’t bad, it had its ballads, it had its rock charms, but it never sparked a musical onslaught. The character of the album was a dark, misguided soul, with no path. By putting their heart and soul into everything, Daydream Anonymous was a progressive listen that gave the back chills in some points; it really had its highlights. InMe where ready to head back into the recording studio, they were ready to sharpen their claws, and were ready to bring forth their most progressive album to date.

    2009 brought forward the release of Herald Moth, an album that was so conceptual, so progressive, and so technical. InMe enlisted guitarist Ben Konstantinovic for the birth of the album. The album was born with a sweet cry; it was a technical, guitar driven catalogue. With such songs as a ‘’Mouthful Of Loose Teeth’’ ‘’All Terrain Vehicle’’ ‘’Single Of The Weak’’ the album was something of a statement against the arrogant hierarchy. Overall, InMe have seen the backdrop of the music industry, they have fought against it. Four records on, the band are still going strong, still guiding away into different musical dimensions, with gritted teeth and belief.

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