The Word Alive hosted a 10 yr anniversary of “Deceiver” virtual show | Review

Just over ten years ago, The Word Alive released their debut album, titled “Deceiver.” Last summer, they did a tour where they played this album in full, and recently (just over a year after that tour), the band did a virtual show to commemorate this anniversary one final time.

The band’s setlist consisted of “Deceiver” in its entirety, from the popular singles “Epiphany,” “The Hounds Of Anubis,” “The Wretched,” and “2012,” to some of the more underrated tracks like “Dream Catcher,” “You’re All I See,” “Consider It Mutual,” and “Epiphany,” songs that didn’t appear much in their setlist until the tour they embarked on last summer (which I attended the Denver date of), where they played this album in full. One major difference between the setlist for that tour and the setlist for this virtual show is the fact that this time around, the band also played a couple of the tracks that were on the deluxe edition of this album – “Lights & Stones” and “Apologician,” as well as a cover of Kanye West’s “Heartless.”

There were quite a few things that stood out about the performance in this virtual show. For instance, this record has many impressive guitar solos, and those solos really grabbed my attention during this performance. In addition, this band puts a lot of emotion and passion into not only their music and lyrics but also their live performances, and this performance was no different; I feel like that emotion and passion really shined through during this show.

“Deceiver” is an important album in The Word Alive’s history as a band and this virtual show was a great way to celebrate a decade since its release.

Review courtesy of Megan Langley | Instagram

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The Maine sends off “You Are OK” via a virtual performance | Review

Arizona-based band The Maine released their seventh studio LP, “You Are OK,” around a year and a half ago, on March 29th, 2019. The band has been working on more new material, but before preparing to release LP8, they decided to bid this album farewell with the “Flowers On The Grave” livestream show. 

The show took place at the Orpheum Theatre and was streamed via a platform called Pillar, where the band’s fan club is, and where the band shared exclusive content and interacted with the fans via an afternoon pre-show stream in preparation for the actual concert a few hours later. Once the clock struck 4:00 P.M. PST, the concert finally began. 

To celebrate the end of the “You Are OK” era, the band started off their set by playing the entire album in full and in order. They’ve played a handful of these songs live before in the past, from singles like “Numb Without You,” “Slip The Noose,” and “My Best Habit” to some of the more underrated tracks on the album like “Tears Won’t Cry (Shinjū)” and the cinematic closer “Flowers On The Grave.” This show was also the first time that two of the songs on this album – “One Sunset” and “I Feel It All Over” – were performed live.

Even after the band finished performing the album in full, the show wasn’t over yet. The band finished out their set with several other songs from throughout their discography, including fan favorites such as “(Un)Lost,” “Another Night On Mars” and “Black Butterflies & Deja Vu” to hidden gems that they haven’t included in their live set as often, like “Don’t Give Up On ‘Us’” and “Bliss.”

The Maine put on a captivating performance, just like they have every time I’ve seen them in the past, and this show was a great send-off for “You Are OK.”

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Covid has effected many of us, and Meïa needs our help.

Singer/songwriter, Meïa, is raising money for her upcoming album and music video due to the effects of COVID. A portion of the money will be going to Safe Horizon, which empowers victims and survivors to find safety, support, connections and hope. Any bit helps, and with your support, artists like Meïa can continue creating music.

A word from Meïa, ” I’m Meïa, a Spanish singer-songwriter, actress and performer from Barcelona, Spain. I moved to NYC almost two years ago where I’ve been working on many exciting projects. Today, I am asking for your support to help me record my next album, new music video and promotion. As you know, these are difficult and challenging times. Covid-19 and many other issues have taken over our lives. So, I want to lift us up from these dark times with a message of hope. My mom got Covid and was at hospital under severe treatments while I was here . Not being able to see her has been the most painful thing that I’ve ever experienced. Making music has helped me to get through these difficult times and has kept my faith in life. I dedicate this whole project to my mom. With my music I want people to reconnect with this primordial passion, with the joy for life.” 

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The Camera Affect team + guests transition to live streamed interviews.

With the upsetting yet realistic news from top touring executive Marc Geiger saying not to expect to see concerts again until 2022 we must adapt. The entertainment industry is taking such a huge hit and will continue to as venues close due to lack of finances, all while bands and fans alike become lost and upset due to missing and craving that togetherness we get being in a room full of strangers all there for a shared love of music.  With that in mind, we made the transition to continue to support musicians and artists the best way we know how to right now, which is virtually.  Going forward The Camera Affect + team will interview artists via video call and live stream it on our Facebook page.  We will be releasing the live interviews on our YouTube channel in parts as well for those who may have missed the live stream or who are not are Facebook.

Thank you to each and every one of our supporters, especially in this time of uncertainty – we’re here if you need us- just reach out!

Courtesy of Cristine Trimarco

Below are a few photos of interviews you can look forward to seeing on our Facebook  page right now or on our YouTube channel very soon!

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Zoom Interview with Singer-songwriter Erin Kirby

During this time ourselves and everyone around us has had to adapt to a new normal. Usually, I’ve done in person interviews or written – this time it’s a video chat interview! In a time where work and school are all done remotely I figured why not interview an artist remotely as well. Below is our first ever zoom interview Cristine did with singer/songwriter Erin Kirby.

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Interview courtesy of Cristine Trimarco

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