Pierce the Veil Drops “Floral and Fading” Music Video

Pierce the Veil is a local metalcore band known for their heavy guitar riffs, on-point live vocals, and electric stage presence. Besides their hard-hitting songs, their quirky disposition on stage and in person also make them memorable. The band’s newly released music video for their song “Floral and Fading” creatively shows off how personable and charming this band really is.
The video begins at a bowling alley in the ’70s, as Pierce the Veil is prepping for their performance. The stage is inconveniently set in the middle of the alley, and the band is awkwardly adorned in floral shirts, pleated pants, sweater vests and wigs.
As Jaime Perciado’s groovy bass line and Mike Fuentes’ steady rhythm lead in the song, Vic Fuentes’ vocals attract a crowd of confused yet intrigued people. Then, Tony Perry’s fuzzy guitar tone comes in, tying the instruments together and getting the crowd moving. The night is going well; slow dancers move to the music and bassist Jaime even receives a brazier as a heartfelt gift from a fan. However, as the song reaches a crescendo, a fight breaks out.
To start off, two boys get into a tussle. Then, more people join in, turning the fight into a mosh pit. The song soon arrives at its climax. Tony Perry surfs the crowd and delivers a stellar guitar solo as the mosh pit intensifies. A lone couple, on the other hand, passionately kisses in the back of a car.
The bowling alley manager passes his (tolerance) limit and tries to shut the place down, to no avail. People bring out their lighters and someone pulls the fire alarm, starting the performance back up. Pierce the Veil, drowned in red lights and passion, start breaking and bashing their instruments and amps. Ultimately, even Fuentes’ vocals become more desperate, as he sings about making a getaway with his lover from life and its negativity.
This music video turned out to be one big cliche, and I loved it. Although Pierce the Veil is known as a middle school “emo” band, they will always have my support, especially when they produce music as amazing as “Floral and Fading.” This sweet, cliche music video is just an added bonus.

Deuces,

DJ Ricky P

MattyBRaps vs. Jacob Sartorius

MattyBRaps, known for his squeaky-clean rap songs on Youtube, and Jacob Sartorius, who took off on the social media platform musical.ly, are both teen icons adored by screaming fangirls all over the world. As is the norm with most young heart throbs made famous by the internet, with the fandom also comes hatred and ridicule. On Youtube, viewers have disliked the music video for Sartorius’ single Sweatshirt 1,482,690 times and counting. MattyB, on the other hand, has been transformed into an internet meme. The amount of hate they get is truly amazing, but I will be reviewing their latest music videos from an unbiased point of view.

Up first is the music video for MattyBRaps’ single California Dreamin.

The video starts off with a scene that reminds me of Holes, the Disney Channel Movie starring Shia Labeouf. The warden calls MattyB and his posse a bunch of “dreamers” who hope to “change the world”. He mocks and eventually forces them to start digging holes as punishment. Then, the song begins with guitar arpeggios and MattyB singing about “smiling through the broken times.” He continues, rapping about the turmoil and violence in today’s society while shackled and dressed in an orange jumpsuit. Eventually, MattyB and his posse devise a getaway plan which didn’t really make sense since I don’t think they’re old enough to drive a car.

Despite how cliché the lyrics are, the song is not as bad as I thought it would be. MattyB’s singing and rapping are decent. He can obviously hold a tune and rhyme some words. And for a low-budget music video, the end result isn’t half bad. All in all, I was entertained and surprised at how good the video actually was. Nevertheless, I still got a good laugh from it.

Next is the music video for Sartorius’ single All My Friends.

The video opens up with a white screen rising up, revealing Jacob to a crowd of screaming girls. The title “All My Friends” flashes on the screen as he sings about chilling in the backyard and doing whatever he wants with his friends. The entire video is a montage of Jacob performing at various venues with flashing strobe lights and lasers, and meeting his adoring fans. Towards the end his friends actually come on stage to perform with him as they jump around to the beat of the song.

In my opinion, Jacob’s song and music video are both basic and generic. His vocals are okay, but obviously make use of a lot of autotune. It was nice to see Jacob interacting with his fans, but I feel like the music video could’ve been better if it showed his travels across the country. The performance scenes were limited to only Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. In addition, the editing was very basic — it reminded me of the slide transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint.

In the end, I prefer MattyBRap’s song and music video. He has been in the scene for quite some time and knows how to put out decent content. Jacob still has a lot to learn, especially with the amount of hate he gets. Even though he is one of the most successful teen idols out there, MattyB takes the cake in my book for his style and heart for music.

Music Videos You Should See #3: Riptide by Vance Joy

Hello again, KCRers (or KCR listeners? Maybe readers… I don’t know!)! Welcome to this week’s edition of Music Videos You Should See. This time around we are going to take a look at Vance Joy’s music video for his song ‘Riptide’. I will post the video below, but I will tell you now, be ready. I suggest that you listen closely to the lyrics as you watch what is happening in the video.

Finished? Good, right? But definitely an odd one. Now, if you took my suggestion you probably already noticed that the lyrics are taken pretty literally throughout the entire video. A lady, running. Then a video of a riptide. Stuff like that. When I first watched this video I noticed what was going on about half way through and couldn’t stop laughing. Now that I’ve gone back and watched it a few more times over, there are more and more little details that stand out to me.

Let me bring up the woman singing the chorus. We see her about five times throughout the video doing this and each time it gets a little bit rougher. First, she lip syncs the words perfectly. That’s alright, that’s normal, we don’t think anything of it. The next time around through her lipstick is smudged and we may notice that her lip syncing is… Well, just a little bit off. This is ironic because the lyrics that she is meant to be syncing are “I got a lump in my throat ’cause/You’re gonna sing the words wrong.” Haha, we laugh, that’s funny. But the next time we see her she looks a lot more disheveled and the lip syncing is totally off. The fourth time we see her she is covering what seems to be a bleeding gash in her neck. I assume this is meant to be a play on the “got a lump in my throat” bit in the lyrics.

If you watch the video again, you’ll notice around 2:49 the video has the lyrics at the bottom for you. But wait! They’re obviously incorrect. Yet another literal play on the lyrics of the song. I know that there is a lot more to this video that I have yet to either notice or understand yet, but I am excited to watch it more and more to get everything! If you guys notice anything I forgot here, please share this post on the social media of your choosing and let us know!

Music Videos You Should See #2: Mountain At My Gates by Foals

Hello again, and welcome to Music Videos You Should See! I’m Audrey and I am here to introduce you to a truly magical experience of a music video. A couple weeks ago we explored alt-J’s music video for their song Breezeblocks. This week, I am focusing on Mountain At My Gates, a song by the band Foals. Where last time I looked closely at story telling within a music video, this week I will be analyzing the tech behind making Mountain At My Gates.

First, let me guide you through how to watch the video. It’s not often when one must have a tutorial for viewing a video, but Mountain At My Gates is unlike any other music video I’ve ever seen. In the video above you will notice a round (what I like to call) thingamabob. It has four arrows going in each direction. When the video begins it zooms you into this world, as if you are a bird. Once the image fills the screen and you begin to see the actual band members playing, this is where the real fun begins. Go up to the thingamabob in the upper left hand corner and click on the arrows. Like magic, you seemingly move the camera to see more and more of the video. You can go in literally every direction and fool around with this video for a long time, just watching as the band members move between frames and interact with themselves in a different angle. It’s pretty awesome.

This video was filmed using a GoPro Spherical, which is a pretty recent GoPro invention that takes video in 360 degrees. Using this camera made it possible to create a sort of virtual reality that the video is in. I can’t imagine how epic it would be to watch this video with a VR headset. Okay… Now I really want to do that… Anyone have one I can borrow for a few minutes?