New Seventh Sons Video “50 Woes”

The Seventh Sons recently released the music video for “50 Woes” off of their 2017 studio release The Turnaround. This is a follow up to their video for “Secrets”, also off of The Turnaround.

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Below is the music video for “50 Woes”

Five Finger Death Punch’s “When the Seasons Change”

Heavy rock band Five Finger Death Punch released a new song “When the Seasons Change” last week honoring a police officer/ Army veteran that was killed in the line of duty. Charleston Hartfield lost his life shielding festival goers at the tragic Las Vegas shooting in November, 2017. Overall, The song pays tribute to all police officers and first responders around the world that put themselves in harm’s way.

The band has historically been a staunch supporter of the veteran and law enforcement community. They recently toured with Breaking Benjamin this past summer. In fact, the bands decided to extend the tour into the fall because of popular demand. FFDP has donated over $95,000 dollars of ticket sales to C.O.P.S (Concerns for Police Survivors). C.O.P.S helps the families of officers that have died while in the line of duty.

FFDP’s guitarist Zoltan Bathary stated some personal opinions about the treatment of police officers nationally. Bathary commented,

“Instead of giving you a typical quote about the music video, let me give you some data to ponder…Medical malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA right behind heart-disease and cancer. Some research says an average of 250,000 people die every year because of medical errors. In contrast, Police Officers make an average of 50 fatal errors annually, that’s 245,950 less – and most of them are due to split-second decisions in high-risk situations. Of course, loss of life is always tragic but we don’t put all medical professionals on blast or call them names, disrespect t them and demonize them. Of course not. They’re doing their best and it would be just as ridiculous as the current, grossly unfair rhetoric against Police as a whole.”

Many in the entertainment world have distanced themselves from the national debate of unjust police actions. I personally believe that Bathary brings up an excellent point about the staunch comparison to malpractice exhibited in hospitals. Although, my opinion does not reflect his statement to the media.

Below is the music video for “When the Seasons Change”

Spotify Expands Premium Library

Spotify has expanded the number of songs a premium subscriber can download to 10,000. Originally, the limit was set at 3,333 songs, but I guess people started to fill their library. Spotify is the single largest music streaming platform globally. Additionally the publicly traded company has been performing well since it’s IPO back in the spring.

For students* Don’t forget about Spotify’s student discount, students only pay a 4.99 a month for premium service.

Veterans and Music Festivals

As the 2018 summer festival season comes to a close, I had the privilege of talking to some of the veterans among the millions of attendees.  These multi-day festivals are certainly not appealing to everyone. Only certain people appreciate standing for hours at outdoor venues with temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, you have to be a different breed of person to enjoy camping for four days in a field during a summer heat wave. Burning Man saw temperatures in the triple digits…and that’s in the middle of the desert.

Still, Americans travel hundreds if not thousands of miles around the country to attend their favorite music festivals. Firefly saw over 80,000 attendees and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo festival saw over 75,000 people. Coachella has sold out for multiple years in a row hosting over 700,000 attendees between the two show weekends. Of these millions, hundreds if not thousands of veterans are in the crowds. I was able to find some of these veterans to get their opinions and recollection of their festival experience.

This is me holding Robert Bose’s Balloon Chain project at Governor’s Ball this past June.

Alicia, a human resources soldier at the Pentagon, attended Firefly for the second time this year. She was excited to see Eminem again after seeing him at the Washington D.C. Concert of Valor in 2014. She started attending music festivals after returning from a second tour to Iraq from 2013-2014. She describes Firefly as a great “no drama/bullshit-free zone” and a “great laid back environment”. Alicia plans to attend Firefly next year as long as her schedule permits it.

Anthony, an Army captain, enjoyed his second year at Electric Zoo festival in New York City. Electric Zoo is Randall Island’s premier EDM music festival. Anthony thought this years lineup of Tiesto, Kaskade, Alesso, and Martin Garrix all killed it. He thought the best sets came from AC Slater and Anne Lunoe who he skipped both Marshmello and Virtual Self to see. Electric Zoo was extra special for Anthony this year as Anthony had just returned from a tour in Afghanistan in July. Anthony says, “this was a highly anticipated event for my friends and myself. There was 5 of us and this was the sweetest event for us”. Anthony plans to attend Electric Zoo next year and Imagine festival this year.

Rob, a current New Jersey National Guardsman and former active duty musician for the Army are up to double digits for festival visits. Mostly because Rob operates an art project called Balloon Chain. Rob has constructed balloon art at Coachella, Burning Man, Burning Man Africa, Governor’s Ball, and many more festivals around the globe. Retiring from the NYPD this year, Rob plans to make Balloon Chain his full-time priority.

I can understand how veterans find a great experience at these music festivals. Commonly, veterans will attend a music festival soon after returning from deployment. Most have perspectives of dealing with “making the best of a situation” and that alone makes festivals more enjoyable. It takes a good attitude to find enjoyment during a thunderstorm while camping outside (Camp Bisco this July). Unfortunately, the crowds can be an issue for those with combat-related illnesses. Other issues such as Eminem’s controversial use of gunshot sound samples at Bonnaroo/Firefly could be an issue for combat veterans. Some festivals have made attempts of reaching out to the veteran community. In fact, Electric Forest has Electric Forces, a paid internship program for veterans to attend and work at the festival. Eventually, we might see other festivals adopt similar programs.

Whether it’s the forest EDM environment of Electric Forest or the week-long desert camping experience of Burning Man, many veterans find fulfillment at these festivals.  Music festivals have a great position to be able to connect with the veteran community. Hopefully, we will see more festivals work with veterans to make sure they can enjoy festivals just as much as the public. In the meantime, everyone has time to recoup and save money for the summer festival season next year.

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Returning for the second year, Vetstock, will return to Galt, California on September 15th. The northern California music festival features both veterans and local musicians. Additionally, ticket sales will be donated to multiple veterans’ organizations. This year 14 local bands will fill the two stages for the day. The lineup includes Failure by Proxy, ​Among the First, TriggerEffect, LionCourt, Digital Havoc, ​Graybar Hotel, Riotmaker, Ca$h Cartell, Ghost Color, and many more. The headliners this year are Oleander, Flaw, Smile Empty Soul, and The Mendenhall Experiment.

The festival is made possible by many local sponsors including Cal-Waste Recovery Systems, Sacramento Association of Realtors, and The City of Galt.

For more information about the festival, visit their website here.

The Seventh Sons

Started in 2009 through jam session covers from artists such as Ray Charles, Black Joe Lewis, Black Sabbath, The Grateful Dead, The White Stripes, and many more, The Seventh Sons have been working on perfecting the “Fuzzadelic” sound. The Chicago band plays rock music with a twist of reggae, funk, psychedelia, punk rocked blues, and freestyle jamming. The band plays throughout the regional area at local festivals and venues.

Drummer Steve Kost, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served as a Hull Technician in hostile environments such as Mogadishu with the Navy Seabees. After separation, Kost began working as an iron worker in Chicago. He feels fulfilled from the physical products of his work in both music and his post-military career, and  music especially has helped him deal with combat related stress and anxiety.

Earlier this year, The Seventh Sons released their first music video “Secrets” off of their album “The Turnaround”….Also the band released another music video on August 26th for the track “50 Woes”.

The Seventh Sons entire discography is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora.

You can find their latest music video on Facebook here.

Below is the music video for “Secrets”