Artery Recordings sold to Warner Brothers for an undisclosed amount.

Rumors started airing last friday about Artery Recordings being sold to Warner brothers for an undisclosed amount. The Entire staff including its president Shan Dan Horan were let go as soon as the deal was finalized. Capture and Slaves are both potentially releasing records through Warner after the purchase.

One might say, “So what is Warner’s plan?” My guess is probably just profit on the current roster of bands under the previous Artery Recordings Brand and elevate those popular bands higher on the Warner Brand.

As former President Shan Dan Horan explained:
“To address the rumors, yes, Artery has sold to Warner. I can’t disclose too much about the deal, but building up this company to a million record sales in just five years is a tremendous accomplishment for the fans, our artists and the team. I’m humbled and appreciate each and every band I’ve ever had the honor of developing at Artery Recordings. As we hand over the keys to Warner, I’m not quite sure their plans for the label or catalog, but I hope they keep the legacy alive. With new Slaves and Capture albums on the horizon, I’m sure the fans will be ecstatic.

We will keep you updated as more news comes to surface.
 

An interview with Elliot from Alestorm at Vans Warped Tour ’17

OCML was at this year’s Vans Warped Tour ’17 and we had a chance to interview Elliot from the band Alestorm! OCML’s own John Safari chatted with Elliot in regards to the touring life, their creative process on music videos and whats planned for the band in the upcoming year! Stay in tune and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and as always #enjoylocalmusic

5 Ways To Be a Professional Band While Playing a Show

1. Get to the show before the first band goes on.  Load in and support their set. You want them to stick around for yours, right?

2. Load out and get back inside the venue to support the other bands. The scene is only as strong as we make it. If you don’t support each other, why would anyone else?

3. Encourage your fans/friends to stay and watch the other bands with you after your set. The other bands brought people to watch you as well. After all, they paid to get in. Get their money’s worth!

4. Mingle with the other bands, become friends, buy merch from touring acts and help the promoter create the fun environment that people want to be a part of. Support starts from within.

5. Stay until the last band is done with their set. We all have day jobs and have to wake up early. This is Rock n Roll, you have to be able to stay up late.

In closing, if all the bands were at the show from beginning to end, it would keep the other people there to watch more of the bands. We are all working our ways up, and we will all get there faster if we work together. Shed the ego at the door and support the other bands in the scene.

Zach is Back with a new video! | Fresh Tracks

After a successful tour the band and Zach Alwin came back with more inspiration than ever! Here is a new music video directed by Matthew Young, who he met while getting a Lyft through Hollywood. His fantastic idea brought together the whole band and the team to make it a reality and it stars, a 13 year old roller skating prodigy.

Zach Alwin and the band have a few upcoming shows, catch them on these dates:

September 15 At the Top –  Long Beach Ca.

September 16 Grizzly Rock Cafe – Turlock

September 21  1st Street Bar – Encinitas

 

Check out more Zach Alwin music and photos by clicking here

Personalities lead singer Trevor, talks about their new album “Loose Ends” | Fresh Tracks

What inspired this Album?
Loose Ends was written during the darkest time of my life and the album is really a series of events that I experienced or witnessed. The lyrical content covers addiction, domestic abuse, battling suicide, and the loss of loved ones.
Where did the name of the Album come from?
We came up with the name “Loose Ends” as representation of us cutting ties (or failing to) with the events that present themselves in the record.
 
How long did this project take to complete from start to finish?
Roughly two years between writing, recording, post production, filming videos and having it ready to release.

 What kind of “sound” production wise, did you have in your mind prior to entering the studio?
The sound was molded from the emotions we were feeling at the time so it came out incredibly dark. We blended that with moments of having “the light at the end of the tunnel”  to be later brought back down to the bleak atmosphere that surrounds the album. Production wise, we needed the instruments to hit as heavy as the lyrics and the vocals to express the emotions we were trying to reflect.  
What is one of your favorite tracks on the new album? and why?
“A Letter of Departure” is probably my favorite, hard to pick though. This song holds some of my most vulnerable moments. I have never been so honest about struggling with addiction, paranoia, and the thoughts of suicide. It is a painful song to listen back to but, it helped me face my own demons and be honest with myself.
What encouraged the band to choose the current single for this new album?
“Tiny Tim” and “A Letter of Departure” were the two songs the band immediately gravitated to when we were discussing presenting our new music. Those songs are unmistakably Personalities and they were the next step in the sound we originally established.
Any overall theme of mood that you’re trying to capture while writing songs?
We write about real life and things we all experience. I was never one to write happy songs because to be honest I wasn’t happy. Every time I would make something even the slightest bit cheerful, it came of as cheesy to me. That’s not to say I don’t occasionally listen to music that fits the happy go lucky description but, the aggressive side of music has always been a home for me.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
Yes! 110%. We aren’t in the same state of mind as we were when we were 18. As time moves on shit happens. If we capture a moment in time where emotions are creating any kind of inspiration then we write about it. Sometimes we don’t feel the same years down the line but, we took a snapshot of what we felt when those events took place.
How would you describe the sound of your new album to any potential new fan?
While there are some songs sounding completely different than others on the record, the general sound is aggressive and melancholy. The songs are heavy, dark, and blatantly honest. I hope that people can understand we write dark music with no resolution. We don’t claim to have all of the answers. But, there seems to be something therapeutic about listening to music that isn’t telling you what to do or how to feel or how to move on. These are songs about emotions we have felt, we hope by sharing them that others can relate and at least feel that there is someone out there feeling the same things they are.

Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
 Honestly, I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar if it wasn’t for Jimi Hendrix. So I definitely went through a Purple Haze phase. Corey Taylor from Slipknot is probably my hero. He turned metal mainstream and he did it wearing a mask. The Devil Wears Prada was actually a huge influence to me when I started writing and performing heavy music. I remember being 16 and destroying my vocal chords, screaming in my car to their music. I eventually figured out the rights and wrongs obviously. Losing your voice is a nightmare! The band as whole has so many different influences which allows us to create different sounding music each record!

ANSWERED BY TREVOR RANKIN- VOCALS

The Magic of Music

Music is more than a background accessory to chores and more than an excuse to drink. Music is the symmetry between emotion and expression. Words often fail and fall short, imprecise and clumsy but you can use a song to convey a feeling so much more accurately.

“Don’t tell a girl you like her, tell her she makes you feel

like the first time you heard “Amber” by 311.”

A lot of great movies are often defined by their soundtracks and some of the worlds leading peace activists have been musical artists. Music is a refuge where we can all go and lose ourselves both in tough times and in celebration.

Recognizing the importance of music is vital to the continued existence of music that is intrinsically good and not just marketable. You can make a book a best seller, a movie a blockbuster hit, and a record go platinum by paying the right people. We’re being sold macaroni pictures as Picasso’s simply because money is the motive. Some bands are easier to market or fit into a more accessible economic niche. That’s what they say but in a world full pet psychologists, life coaches, and designer baby carriers how can there not be a market for good music?

So can we blame companies for not driving through neighborhoods listening for unique music hoping that they happen to drive by a garage that produces this generations Doors and Van Halen? Of course not, music is a Democracy and if the only ones voting are going to be tweens then all that’s going to be remembered are the Biebers of the world.

From the drummers in Napoleon’s armies to the soldiers to the hymns sung at churches music is an inextricable part of our oldest institutions.

“This isn’t a new music revolution, art is always in a state of perpetual transformation.”

Music is the forefront of the arts, the most relatable medium of abstract expression. So get out there and enjoy local music. Listen to the artists playing music while waiting tables. You’d be surprised how much soul music can have when it’s not generating millions of dollars for someone and is instead the only medium someone can express themselves in. It doesn’t have to be auto-tune, crappy lyrics written to stir up preteens, and studio magic. In the words of Winston Churchill:

“The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due.”


Why is Mental Health so Important?

People often times tend to get stuck in their own head. So, why is no one talking about it? Easy answer, they’re all afraid to talk about their insecurities. Well, it’s time to start breaking down the stigma that you’re weak to talk about what’s going on inside of your head. It’s actually the opposite. It makes you strong. 

I’ve struggled with more than my fair share of depression, anxiety & overall self doubt over the years, and I know the hell that so many of us create in our own heads. I’m sure you know this next line already; You are not alone. 
Over the last few weeks, I’ve watched way too much negative come from these insecurities in others. I’ve seen people leave too early, people dying in the streets & kids laughing at someone who drown. If these aren’t enough to start this conversation, what will it take? Will we ever start taking mental health seriously?
Social media amplifies the negatives and suffocates the positive. Part of writing this article, for me, is to make positivity louder. Even when everything seems to be falling around you, taking a second to really let yourself feel what you usually avoid can really enhance your perspective. Every person on this planet has had self doubt. Everyone has insecurities. When you hide from these, you’re only prolonging how long you’re going to keep letting those insecurities whisper in your ears. 
To thine own self be true. 
You and I are both fucked up. Let’s talk about it and not doing anything rash, okay? Okay. 

BREAKING NEWS | Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington Commits Suicide

Police sources have notified that the singer has hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A County. His body was discovered just before 9am. Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years and has considered suicide due to being abused as a child.
May he Rest In Peace, his music and art will live forever in our minds and hearts.

Here is some of his music to remember him by:

 

If you have suicide thoughts reach out please call the national suicide prevention line 1800 273-8255 
24/7 someone will listen to you. Your Life is too precious!

Check out this website for more information on suicide or if you need help AFSP | Find Support Page
You can also get info via twitter by checking out the LifeLine Website

How to Identify & Help Those at Risk of Suicide | OCML AFSP Benefit Show

5 ways to identify those in risk. 

1. Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating

2. Having a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights

3. Losing interest in things one used to care about

4. Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless

5. Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm and or appearing happy.

3 Things You Can Do To Help Those At Risk

1. Be attentive to the signals listed above and be aware of the mental and emotional states of those around you.

2. If someone you know appears depressed and contemplating suicide, take that person seriously. Listen to what they have to say.

3. Listen to them attentively and do not try to argue with them. Recommend that they seek a mental health professional.

 

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and it costs 51 billion Dollars annually. Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women. OCML and AFSP are joining together this week to bring into light some of the facts and statistics about suicide and also lead into the weekend with a benefit show for this cause. We hope you learn a little bit more about this topic and see you at the benefit show this weekend with a friend or a loved one.

Learn more about this topic by clicking here AFSP.com 
Learn more about the Benefit Show by clicking here OCML/ASPC Benefit Show