AP Music Awards 2015
#325 – June 2015
Announcing the second annual commemorative APMAs issue! All Time Low! Pierce The Veil! Panic! Hayley & Chad! Rob Zombie! Exclamation points!
THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS
On July 22, upstarts and icons alike will converge upon Cleveland for the second annual AP Music Awards, bringing with them enough star power to light the city. Whether you’ll join us in person or in spirit, consider this issue a souvenir.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
PRESENTED BY MONSTER ENERGY DRINK
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS
PRESENTED BY GIBSON BRANDS, DW DRUMS AND RAZOR & TIE
BEST LIVE BAND
PRESENTED BY MACBETH
SONG OF THE YEAR
PRESENTED BY EPITAPH RECORDS
PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS
What goes best with an APMA ticket? Some new digs! We run down the freshest duds for the big night.
YOUR HOSTS: ALEX & JACK of ALL TIME LOW
Interview by Evan Lucy • Photo by Douglas Sonders
Musicians, comics, flat-ironed men about town: Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat can throw a party. So we asked them to host ours. Here, pop punk’s court jesters reveal what tomfoolery lies ahead.
CHAD GILBERT & HAYLEY WILLIAMS
Interview by Jason Pettigrew • Photo by David McClister
When NEW FOUND GLORY wanted to re-record their sardonic heartwarmer “Vicious Love,” Gilbert enlisted PARAMORE vocalist—and fiancée—Williams for a guest spot. And who better? After all, the song was written about them…
BRENDON URIE of PANIC! AT THE DISCO
Interview by Cassie Whitt • Photo by Jonathan Weiner
Our reigning Best Vocalist—and Frank Sinatra superfan—is nominated with the rest of Panic! At The Disco for Best Live Band. How is he preparing for the ceremony? Let’s just say gymnastics are involved…
VIC FUENTES & TONY PERRY of PIERCE THE VEIL
Interview by Ryan J. Downey • Photo by Jonathan Weiner
PTV nabbed an impressive number of Skullys at last year’s awards, and the pair are back with nominations for Best Vocalist and Best Guitarist. Now, Tony just needs to get over his stage fright.
CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
PRESENTED BY SPLAT!
PRESENTED BY SUMERIAN RECORDS
ARTIST PHILANTHROPIC AWARD
PRESENTED BY SUB CITY/TAKE ACTION
MOST DEDICATED FANS
PRESENTED BY FEARLESS RECORDS
10 ESSENTIAL: ALBUM OF THE YEAR TRACKS
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: WEEZER
Interview by Lee McKinstry • Photo by Jonathan Weiner
Oddball crooners, everyman rock stars, occasional mystics—the Weez still have wings. Almost 25 years into their career, the influential band will headline our award show. Just don’t give Brian Bell any oranges.
VANGUARD AWARD: ROB ZOMBIE
PRESENTED BY EQUAL VISION RECORDS AND MERCHNOW
Interview by Robert Ham • Photo by Rob Fenn
If Rob Zombie directed the APMAs, there would probably be murderous clowns and about 1000 more corpses. As it stands, we’ll take our chances just asking the rock visionary where he comes up with this stuff.
ICON AWARD: X
PRESENTED BY ARTERY RECORDINGS
Interview by Annie Zaleski • Photo by Frank Gargani
They mixed carnage with rockabilly, had two equally vital lead singers and made the case for punk as an artform. Oh yeah, they’re also one of the few bands with almost 40 years under their belt, and all their original members. X changed what it means to be an icon.