Punx of Color IV announce lineup and date

The fourth rendez vous of Punx of Color has been announced! The event will feature sets from Mad Diesel (BK), Bidet (Baltimore), Library (BK), Malcriados (BK), and Great Wight on November 17th, at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn to benefit bands with only people of color.

According to coordinator Gayla Brooks (Fat Heaven), “We strive to create a space that is not only for POC, but particularly for women and POC LGBTQ/non-binary folks. Each show is a benefit for an organization that supports immigrant/POC rights. 100% of ticket profit (after paying bands) is donated. In addition, all profits from exclusive PXOC merch are also donated. Previously we have donated to Make the Road NY and The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Punx of Color 4 (Nov 17 @ The Silent Barn) is raising money for The Black Alliance for Just Immigration.”

“PXOC started in 2016 at a DIY basement venue (Moffat Heaven) in Brooklyn, with the intent of hosing yearly shows. We were overwhelmed by the support and attendance, and decided to have another show only 4 months later. After PXOC 2 we outgrew the basement, and hosted PXOC 3 at The Silent Barn. PXOC 3 exceeded our expectations, with about 200 people at the show, raising $1000 for The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. PXOC 4 will mark the 4th show this year, and we plan to continue doing quarterly shows.”

“The punk scene is arguably the most diverse “scene” there is. Yet inadvertently, walking into the average show, bills aren’t reflective of the scene’s diversity. Punx of Color (PXOC) is an effort to celebrate the scene’s diversity all in one place by bringing together bands that include members from across the spectrum of color and identity, while raising money for organizations that support immigrant and POC rights.”

Make sure to scope out this awesome event, and enjoy your daily dose of punk, stand with the most amazing scene there is (can you tell I’m a punk fan?) while donating to a great cause!

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Quincey Price (solo drummer) on background, fun facts, and YouTube covers

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Upcoming 22 year old drummer, Quincey Price hailing from York, Pennsylvania recently came onto our radar to have a little chat. Currently a TRX Cymbals endorsed artist and posting drum covers on YouTube in his downtime, he has added a forty day national tour as well as a two week west coast tour to his repertoire after launching his drumming career only a year ago. Check out what he had to say!

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your background!
QP: First I’d like to say that I’m so stoked for this opportunity, I 100% dig what you guys are all about.  I’m 22 years old and I live in York, PA. I have one brother and two cool dogs, I enjoy watching sports (hockey and soccer) and my favorite food is pizza! 
 
Growing up we were  poor, and Mom struggled to raise us on her own. Even though  murder, drugs, prostitution, and gang violence was a consuming factor in my day to day life, my mother made a way, God made a way, and music made a way for a better life. Moral of the story always stay true to your values and work hard because nothing is impossible. 
 
I started my drumming career last year after I decided to leave college. Right after I left, I stared doing national and west cost tours. I’ve been endorsed by TRX Cymbals and have currently been playing a bunch in my area and for a beautiful church called LCBC. 
 
 
2. How long have you been drumming? 
QP: I have been drumming for about 6 1/2 years 
 
3. How did you get into drumming? 
 
QP: I’ve always felt a connection to music. In middle school my uncle snagged a beautiful Ludwig kit and needless to say I played it more than him. But that only lasted a month.  Then freshman year of high school came and then I was like, “I want to drum” so my mother bought me my first set and I taught myself how to play. I would spend hours listening to music, and then playing to tracks, watching YouTube videos and just experimenting ideas. 
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“Quincey has an incredible presence on stage and you can really feel the emotion and dynamics of the song he’s playing. No matter what song it is, he’ll get you excited about it.” – Andrew Greer LCBC church
4. How do you decide what covers you will post? How long do they typically take to learn, film, and create? 
QP: Honestly it’s unorthodox. I give myself a week to decide on a song and learning it. I’ll look up top charts on iTunes, I’ll ask friends for suggestions, or I’ll just pick a random song.
An example of how I learn a song  would be my  most recent cover I did of “Still Alive” by Red. I decided on what song to do on a Wednesday and then filmed it on a Friday. So, I can learn a song in two days or longer. I want to always push myself, (or maybe I’m lazy when things pan out on the longer end) but I honestly think it depends on the situation.
When filming I’ll do a couple practice runs and then we will typically do one to three takes and choose the best take. My buddy Christian Orellana has a killer studio so he gets all of the editing mixing and mastering done in a week.
 
5. What are your aspirations short term and long term for your drumming career?
 
QP: Short term goals would be to tour consistently.
Long term would be to make a stable living with my drumming, but ultimately to be a good human being in the process of doing bigger and better things.
 
6. Are there any significant upcoming plans you have in store for the rest of the year? 
QP: I will be playing at a leadership conference in Washington, D.C.,  might join the hillsong church squad and more 
 
7. What is your favorite genre to play? 
 
QP: My favorite genre to play is probably pop punk (The Wonder Years, Hotel Books). Some rap here and there, and sprinkle in some country and rock! 
 
8. What is one fun fact about yourself? 
QP: One fun fact about me….. I try to be funny but it doesent work out most of the time.
Oh, I don’t have a gallbladder
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9. What do you think your greatest strength as a drummer is?
I’m passionate and emotional- I speak through my drums.
 
10. Greatest weakness?
 
Me vs. me will be my biggest fight. 
Check out his YouTube channel below, and make sure to give him a shout on social media!

REVIEW: XVII “Bow To Me” EP

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After their formation in 2012, XVII (a five piece heavy metal band from Kidderminster, West Midlands) are now on their way to the release of their new EP “Bow To Me” after a 2015 release of “From The Ashes.”

According to drummer Ben, “We​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​‘Bow​ ​To​ ​Me’​ ​is​ ​a​ ​better​ ​representation​ ​of​ ​what​ ​the​ ​band​ ​is​ ​all​ ​about,​ ​it includes​ ​all​ ​the​ ​good​ ​stuff​ ​from​ ​our​ ​last​ ​EP,​ ​whilst​ ​showing​ ​how​ ​the​ ​band​ ​has​ ​progressed, musically​ ​and​ ​personally.”

The three track EP will hit the streats on Monday, Novemebr 6 but until then you can read what we here at THISISWHEREIAMALIVE had to say about it.

Opening with “Shatter the Waves,” I was immediately blasted with the very heavy grooves of blistering riifs, and the likes of three different vocalists. The five minute and thirteen second track is the pinnacle of head banging tunes, and if you’re ready for a bangover and some serious whiplash then make sure to pick up some tickets to their next show because god damn. I felt the euphoria a little on this one; it’s been a long time since I’ve had a good thrash in the car and got some looks from soccer moms who tried to make the red light but didn’t quite get there. More importantly, this track did a good job of knowing when to back down from the blistering insanity and to move into a rocking groove that balances the overall nature of the song into something that’s much more dimensional. I think especially with heavy music, it can be a little too much sometimes if there isn’t a sense of balance. While it’s supposed to be wild, insane, and get your blood pumping with rage and fuel your deepest nightmares, if it is just pure chaos with no rhyme or reason and is just a bunch of heavy sounds layered over each other for the sake of being heavy then obviously, that’s not gonna fly. These guys do a good job of balancing between tempos and refreshing breathers to keep the chaos cycling in the best way. The ending of this track gave a conclusive wrap up, and did a fantastic job of leading into the next track.

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“Bow to Me” was a smart choice for the middle track of this three song EP, however it wasn’t as much of a home run with me. I appreciate the singing quality of this song to keep it different, but I’m not sure that it really worked. Hearing the singing vocals threw me off gaurd, especially after such a dense, purposeful intro and such scathing screams and growls. Three different vocals definitely do these guys a favor as it keeps the stylings from falling into the same range and pattern, however on this track I didn’t feel the love quite as much. It felt a tad bit like a loop that played over again, and while it is also an excellent choice for your Monday afternoon thrash in the car after a long day at the office, the switch to singing over the chorus of the song just felt a little out of place and tonally, it wasn’t my cup of tea.

“Scorned” finished the banger, with a surprising intro that took a more upbeat approach and dropped into a further upbeat riff style. Overall, this track had the best build up out of the three and made flawless leaps from one tempo and tone to another. From a grooving, triumphant feel to a blistering riff and tormented screams, “Scorned” encompasses what XVII’s vision of sound is very well, so if you don’t want to listen to the other two (for whatever weird reason aside from you being a loser) then at least listen to this one to get a feel for these guys.

Rate: 7 out of 10