Gym Class Heroes
FALL FORWARD! AP’S FALL PREVIEW EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING GYM CLASS HEROES AND UNDEROATH
Meetings were held. Emotions ran high. Voices were raised. Sleep was lost, and hunger pangs were birthed. And we still couldn’t make a clear-cut decision as to who was going to be on the damn cover this month. Should it be Underoath (p. 138), whose brand new disc is the closest you can come to being in the middle of a forest fire without dying? Or should we give it up to Gym Class Heroes (p. 128), who spent their summer showing Warped Tour crowds there are only two types of music (good and bad)? Our impasse resulted in a pretty hefty fall preview special that you’ll want to return to with frequency. Turn the page, already!
THE ACADEMY IS...
There are at least two AP editors who would prefer to keep their high school memories submerged in a hermetically sealed locker at the bottom of an ocean. The Academy Is..., however, decided to base their new album around theirs. Go figure.
WHOSE FUTURE IS IT, ANYWAY? AP’S ELECTION SPECIAL
P. Diddy made waves with his 2004 “Vote Or Die” presidential election ads. While we appreciate his intent, we’re more concerned about why you should vote (or die). So we checked-in with members of Rage Against The Machine, OK Go, MxPx and more to find out what issues mean the most to them. Plus, we had you tell us what’s important in a new prez in our first-ever online election poll. We broke down the results so you can see how your opinions stack up with other readers’.
FACING NORTH: AP’S CANADIAN MUSIC SPECIAL
You won’t get any Ministry Of Tourism-style babble from us, but there are some great sounds coming from way up north. So we mobilized our Canadian tastemaker assault team to get you the lowdown on ATTACK IN BLACK, DOG DAY, FAKE SHARK-REAL ZOMBIE!, STATUES and a few more bands to expand your playlist.
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE
Brandan Canning of Broken Social Scene discusses his band’s new “good deeds” website in Op-Ed; and everyone from Chuck Ragan to Reel Big Fish (and you, of course) tell us if musicians should get into politics in the AP Poll.
We preview albums from Jenny Lewis, Dear And The Headlights and more; and In The Studio checks up on Dillinger Four, Silversun Pickups and the Used.
When you’re just starting out in the music industry, you need all the advice you can get. You can take that advice from your unemployed Uncle Frank (whose band once headlined a rib cook-off) or you can read our AP: DIY section. This month, we’ve got tons of backstage/offstage tips from members and crew of Panic At The Disco, As I Lay Dying, Gwen Stacy, Anberlin and Dr. Manhattan. AP&R introduces you to eight unsigned bands who may not stay that way for long; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration with Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan; and Rise gets the Label Profile treatment.
Do you like to know the “next big thing” while everyone else is jocking the last big thing? Then you need to familiarize yourself with Sky Eats Airplane, Valencia and Verse immediately.
Style is as style does-AP just provides the road map. This month, get the breakdown on makeup company Three Custom Colors, plus check out some seriously dark sweaters and some must-have Halloween-flavored goodies.
This section is not yet rated, but it does include conversations with Melonie Diaz and Andrew Caldwell, plus info on what you need to see in theaters or add to your Netflix queue this month.
This issue might be our annual fall preview special, but the AP Record Store has got plenty of fall reviews waiting for you, including Jack’s Mannequin, Mogwai, All That Remains, the Action Design, Mock Orange, Alias, Lagwagon, A Static Lullaby, Anberlin, Kimya Dawson and more; you won’t find our In-Store Sessions with Punchline, Bleeding Through, Amanda Palmer and Okkervil River anywhere else; our classic-rock and classic-punk columns on the Moody Blues and Suicide match the changing of the leaves quite well; and rounding everything out are Playlist, Collector’s Corner, Readers Chart and Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL MAN-BUSINESS SONGS
Sorry, ladies, but sometimes a man’s just gotta be a man. Kevin Wade takes a look at 10 songs which would make the perfect soundtrack for anything from laying blacktop to wrestling gators to chanting, “U-S-A! U-S-A!” If you’re a member of the fairer sex and can think of 10 “woman-business” songs in response, make sure to e-mail us.