Misery Signals premiere exclusive clip from their documentary, ‘Yesterday Was Everything’—watch - Features - Alternative Press Indie band the Kickback premiere new track “Rube”—listen - Features - Alternative Press Extreme brotherhood: 10 metal bands with siblings - Features - Alternative Press 10 easy ways to dress like Paramore’s Hayley Williams - Features - Alternative Press Here’s what some of the top YouTubers listen to - Features - Alternative Press Marina City premiere powerful music video for new song, “Dreamers Never Die” - Features - Alternative Press Vagabonds streams new album, recorded entirely in random, unoccupied places— listen - Features - Alternative Press 13 times the scene has shown its love for ‘Harry Potter’ - Features - Alternative Press 13 statues, murals dedicated to musicians and where you can find them - Features - Alternative Press McCafferty release early stream of new EP ‘Thanks. Sorry. Sure.’—listen - Features - Alternative Press Upcoming emo movie premieres original song, exclusive teaser featuring Frank Iero—watch - Features - Alternative Press 19 songs we bet you didn’t catch this week - Features - Alternative Press Greeley Estates premiere new song, discuss upcoming EP ‘Calling All The Hopeless’—listen - Features - Alternative Press 10 alt beauty vloggers who deserve your subscription - Features - Alternative Press YouTube sensation NateWantsToBattle drops music video for “Heroes Never Die”—watch - Features - Alternative Press 15 of Paramore’s best covers - Features - Alternative Press The top 5 songs of 2017 so far, chosen by you - Features - Alternative Press From Trophy Eyes’ John Floreani’s POV: What you miss when you’re wishing for something else - Features - Alternative Press Alt rockers Never Let This Go debut lyric video—made with only Taco Bell sauce packets - Features - Alternative Press Salems Lott premiere dystopian video for “Enigma”—watch - Features - Alternative Press From Twenty One Pilots to Thrice, here are the backstories of 18 concept albums - Features - Alternative Press 46 musicians share their favorite Warped Tour lineup of all time - Features - Alternative Press Electric Century premiere “Hey Lacey” and discuss new album—listen - Features - Alternative Press Warped Tour’s worst day ever, as told by founder Kevin Lyman - Features - Alternative Press The emotional stages of listening to All Time Low’s ‘Last Young Renegade’ - Features - Alternative Press 8 times bands didn’t need no stage - Features - Alternative Press The 11 best albums of 2017 (so far) - Features - Alternative Press Radar State premiere new video for “Spinning Wheel”—watch - Features - Alternative Press 10 best metal albums of 2017, so far - Features - Alternative Press 10 up-and-coming bands from Brazil you should listen to - Features - Alternative Press The 14 best Twenty One Pilots songs, chosen by you - Features - Alternative Press Rozwell Kid’s Jordan Hudkins explains every track of ‘Precious Art’ — in GIFs - Features - Alternative Press Metal rockers Ded premiere new video for “Dead To Me”—watch - Features - Alternative Press 18 rock-star dads with their most prized possessions: their kids - Features - Alternative Press 28 of Mark Hoppus’ best dad jokes - Features - Alternative Press Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was the best thing to happen to female superheroes - Features - Alternative Press 19 songs you need to hear this week - Features - Alternative Press 10 of the funniest Paramore memes - Features - Alternative Press The top 5 albums of 2017 so far, chosen by you - Features - Alternative Press From a broken down van to haunted hotels, take a look at DREAMERS’ best tour moments - Features - Alternative Press Sworn In’s Tyler Dennen gives an exclusive track-by-track first-look for new album ‘ALL SMILES’ - Features - Alternative Press Crooked Teeth’s west coast emo shines on “Out Of Place”—exclusive - Features - Alternative Press Diamante’s “Coming In Hot” with the premiere of her new video—watch - Features - Alternative Press 5 ways Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ shaped alternative music - Features - Alternative Press The 7 most inspiring things Gerard Way has ever said - Features - Alternative Press 10 times bands were accused of ripping off another band’s album cover - Features - Alternative Press Victory Records newcomers Carousel Kings premiere video for “Fractals” — watch - Features - Alternative Press Silverstein premiere new song “Lost Positives” and discuss new album ‘Dead Reflection’ - Features - Alternative Press 10 times scene kids ruined their yearbook photos (including that one with Neck Deep) - Features - Alternative Press How Neck Deep and 14 other bands really feel about Warped Tour - Features - Alternative Press The 12 best songs of 2017 (so far) - Features - Alternative Press Head North debut new Little Elephant Sessions, share the story behind ‘The Last Living Man Alive’ - Features - Alternative Press With Confidence give you a behind-the-scenes look at life on tour in new music video for “Archers” - Features - Alternative Press Why ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ is My Chemical Romance’s best album - Features - Alternative Press Lakeshore premiere politically tinged video for new song “Future”—watch - Features - Alternative Press Dreamcar’s Tom Dumont talks No Doubt’s musical evolution in Ernie Ball episode—watch - Features - Alternative Press 9 guitarists from your favorite bands share the first song they ever learned to play - Features - Alternative Press 11 incredible Panic! At The Disco tattoos you really should see - Features - Alternative Press 10 iconic Pride parade performances we won’t soon forget - Features - Alternative Press 10 new songs you need to hear this week - Features - Alternative Press 11 unsigned Canadian bands it’s aboot time you’ve heard, eh? - Features - Alternative Press These Streets pit into their new album with “Wasting Away”—exclusive - Features - Alternative Press 14 best Twitter rants by Say Anything’s Max Bemis - Features - Alternative Press The Wrecks premiere wild, self-produced concept video for “Favorite Liar”—watch - Features - Alternative Press From Taking Bark Sunday to Pawbreaker, here’s who the dogs of Riot Fest are excited to see - Features - Alternative Press 11 song titles and lyrics inspired by films - Features - Alternative Press 8 reasons why Download Festival is giving us serious FOMO - Features - Alternative Press Wolf & Bear premiere new video “GreyBlood”—and, yes, that’s a Dance Gavin Dance member you see - Features - Alternative Press Op-Ed: Hundredth’s new album ‘RARE’ is exactly what the scene needs - Features - Alternative Press 17 bands speaking out with their music in 2017 - Features - Alternative Press 12 musicians share their biggest Warped Tour disasters - Features - Alternative Press The Homeless Gospel Choir drop new track “Why?” from upcoming album—listen - Features - Alternative Press 12 amazing Twenty One Pilots tattoos you have to see - Features - Alternative Press Magikarp Jump is a little bit weird, a little bit dumb, but the right amount of fun - Features - Alternative Press 20 things you didn’t know about Alternative Press - Features - Alternative Press Magikarp Jump is a little bit weird, a little bit dumb, and the right amount of fun for mobile game - Features - Alternative Press My Chemical Romance saved my life - Features - Alternative Press Erra premiere music video for “Skyline,” a song “about loneliness”—watch - Features - Alternative Press Dayseeker premiere “Vultures” off new album, their “proudest work to date” — listen - Features - Alternative Press 11 times bands changed their original song lyrics - Features - Alternative Press 10 things Greta Van Fleet learned on their very first tour - Features - Alternative Press Atlanta quintet Separations drop heavy track “Exist” from sophomore album—listen - Features - Alternative Press 12 songs you need to hear this week - Features - Alternative Press 14 of our favorite music videos that celebrate LGBTQ pride - Features - Alternative Press 15 merch items to show off your pride for Pride Month — and any day of the year, really - Features - Alternative Press QUIZ: Can you guess the All Time Low music video from a single screenshot? - Features - Alternative Press Is Donald Trump the political Sex Pistol? Let’s take a look - Features - Alternative Press Watch Imagine Dragons’ winning “Believer” music video for Adobe’s “Make the Cut” competition - Features - Alternative Press Electro-pop duo the Fantastic Plastics cover the Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly”—watch - Features - Alternative Press 21 songs you need to add to your summer playlist - Features - Alternative Press Jule Vera premiere love song “Show Me” off upcoming album—listen - Features - Alternative Press 11 reasons you have to see GWAR at Warped Tour this year - Features - Alternative Press From moshing to serving Katy Perry potatoes, 26 musicians share their first Warped Tour experiences - Features - Alternative Press 14 times bands made amazing transformations for their music videos - Features - Alternative Press He Is We bury the hatchet, announce reformation and summer tour - Features - Alternative Press Less Than Jake’s Buddy Schaub & Jake Crown’s Coffee Project premiere “Wasted Love” —listen - Features - Alternative Press Set It Off, Too Close To Touch talk about playing Manchester 48 hours after terrorist attack - Features - Alternative Press Gothic summer: A spooky kid’s Warped Tour survival guide - Features - Alternative Press 10 reasons you need to see Brendon Urie in ‘Kinky Boots’ on Broadway - Features - Alternative Press Singer/songwriter Lizzy Farrall premieres personal new track “Pack Of Wolves”—listen - Features - Alternative Press

SECTIONS

ALTERNATIVE PRESS

Features

Misery Signals premiere exclusive clip from their documentary, ‘Yesterday Was Everything’—watch

June 28 2017, 11:25 AM EDT By Amy Marcus


[Photos by: Matthew Mixon]

Metalcore act Misery Signals announced earlier this year their plans to release Yesterday Was Everything—a documentary that follows the band's troubled past and tumultuous journey of reconciliation.

Read more: Misery Signals release trailer for upcoming documentary, 'Yesterday Was Everything'—watch

The documentary was directed by Matthew Mixon and filmed during the 2014 Malice X tour—the tour that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the band's debut album and brought the reunification of the band with its original lead singer for the first time in a decade.

You can stream the documentary on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon on June 30. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Check out an exclusive new clip below: 

AP caught up with Misery Signals' guitarist Ryan Morgan to talk about the documentary, how cathartic it was for the band and how they're doing today.

What was it like filming the documentary? Is there a moment in the doc that was hard to watch? If so, what was it? 

I think the hardest moment in the film to watch comes when Jesse's mom talks about her experience with Jesse's van crash.  The authorities called her and told her there had been an accident and there had been fatalities, but they weren't able to tell her if her son was alive. It's harrowing.   

But without even the stuff surrounding the accident, there's all the discussion of the split between members and the tensions that caused it. And it's pretty clearly still tense as we set out on the tour together.  It didn't all happen very gracefully, and there is definitely some guilt and ugliness on display. It's hard to watch yourself struggle. There were a few periods of time where I thought we were going to have to cut out sections of the movie, because I was imagining audiences seeing it and disliking everyone in the band.  But we made the decision to keep everything in it, our failings and flaws included. And as uncomfortable as that can be for us at times, it's the only proper way to tell this story. And after spending some time with it, I'm happy we made that call because it gave the film a human vulnerability that really sets it apart.

You talk in the clip about how current bands are functioning today: creating vids for YouTube and creating something viral, etc. Do you feel like it’s seemingly easier now to make it than it was a decade ago? What are the similarities and major differences? Any advice they might have for bands today trying to make it? 

It does seem very different, but I think in that clip I was trying to express how little I know about the way it works.  It's got to be baffling for newer bands to try and figure out the way forward because everyone seems to be searching for like an internet back door to popularity. I think a lot of managers get hired because bands don't know where to point the ship.

Misery Signals didn't have that problem at all because our course of action felt really self-evident. We wanted to perform our show in front of as many people as possible. In our minds, touring wasn't even a vessel to some other thing; touring itself was the goal. So we just got out and played every show we could play.  

How's the band now, after losing their vocalist and filming this documentary? Do you feel it was like a therapy session, filming this?

That's the perfect word for it, therapy. The band is good. The reunion itself was great in it's own right, reconvening with the original guys after so much time apart, but it was combined with this parallel process of making the film. So we were doing interviews with the camera and slowing down to digest how it was feeling each day. Which is almost exactly how therapy works: You slow down enough to examine what you're feeling and why you think things are the way they are.  And I ended up unpacking a bunch of old feelings that I hadn't examined since this rift in the band so many years ago.

And the process extended out across months while the film was edited and constructed. It was so cool to look back on conversations with all the band members and see how they were also experiencing that effect, and how it fell into place as a narrative.

Ultimately, what message do you hope viewers get from this documentary? What do you want them to walk away w/ after watching?

To start touring as an unknown band, to ride out without knowing what will happen or where it will take you requires a certain reckless spirit of adventure — and probably a degree of naivety. The story itself is about reconciling friendship, but beneath that it's also about the youthful willingness to jump into something with both feet, to devote all your time and energy to something and discover the way it rewards you. Because it's so true in our own lives that you get back what you put into a thing. If I hadn't committed wholly and completely to pursuing the band, the music, I would have none of the friends or experiences or skills or anything that I value in my life. So it would be awesome if some people watching can tease out some inspiration from that, and I'm hopeful that when they watch the film they see it as a demonstration of giving-it-all and being so grateful for the journey it's taken us on.

Watch the official trailer here, and be sure to check out the documentary on June 30.

Are you excited for the Misery Signals documentary? Let us know in the comments below!

COMMENTS