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Farewell, HIM. A Public Thank You to the Band That Shaped Me

The first time I was introduced to HIM I was 18. The band had already been around in one form or another for over a decade, but to me, everything felt brand new. I came into their music right before the release of Venus Doom (an album I would initially resist, before making it one of my favorites of all time), and I was completely enamored. It was my first taste of anything resembling metal, and the way Ville Valo’s smooth vocals overlay the intense musicianship on every song was…

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Op-Ed: An Honest Reaction to Demi Lovato’s ‘Simply Complicated’ Documentary

Previously for Infectious Magazine, I wrote an article about making my peace with Los Angeles’ music industry scene, and since moving back to Texas, I’ve focused on taking care of myself and my mental health. I’ve been seeing my therapist and incorporated a daily workout that is at least one hour a day solely dedicated to myself. Life has gotten better, but I still struggle with my anxiety daily. Recently I watched Demi Lovato’s YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated, which released on October 17, 2017, hot on the heels of her…

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The Most Important Thing We’ve Learned: Treat Every Show Like It’s The Most Important One Of Your Career

You finally landed that gig that will put you on the map.  You put countless hours into practice and promotion, text everyone in your contacts list (even that girl you had a crush on back in high school ), and strike a deal with that shady promoter to sell 50 presale tickets, otherwise you’ll have to mortgage your parent’s house. After weeks of stressing out, the day is finally here. You pick out your best clothes, do all your pre-show rituals, and load into the venue. Now you are ready…

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Mental Health Matters News Rock 

Mental Health Matters: The Power of a Support System

When it comes to mental health, being part of a band can be the best means of venting, but can also start to deteriorate you if you’re not careful. Time and time again we see bands and individuals, famous or not, dealing with this. Tours get cancelled, bands break apart, and some even turn to self-harm acts. This resonates with us in such an impactful way because this can and has happened to us, our friends, and our bandmates. As a band, we established friendship with each other from the…

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PREMIERE: K-Bust “Love Is A Battlefield” (Cover)

Today Infectious is proud to partner with Montreal electro-pop sensation K-Bust for the premiere of her cover “Love Is A Battlefield,” the second single off her forthcoming album, Fearless. “Love Is A Battlefield” is one of those songs that’s been introduced into your playlist by the influence of a family member who spent a big part of her/his youth in the 80’s,” starts K-Bust. “That family member happens to be my mother. It soon became one of my favorites. I think what I love most about it is its melody; it’s true…

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Mental Health Matters: Self-Care & Dealing With Depression

Another day passes by, everything looks normal; it’s just life, sometimes stressful, sometimes quiet. Even though we have people around who love us and we love, there’s something that doesn’t feel quite right. Sudden changes in mood, that become hard to understand, one minute we’re laughing our heads off and the minute later we just want to be alone all by ourselves and even cry for no reason. Being a workaholic has made me forget about all these feelings that I’ve been carrying in my heart for so long. Growing…

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INTERVIEW: Staircase Spirits talk overcoming psychological abuse, personal and professional growth, the many facets of the music industry, and their new EP ‘Love Stories’

Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me! Let’s dive right into it—what is the proudest accomplishment of your band’s career this far? A: My pleasure! There are actually two answers to that – I’d say the largest tangible accomplishment we’ve had so far was being chosen for Substream Magazine’s “Substream Approved” section earlier this year, especially so soon into our existence as a band. Eva and I are both super proud of that. However, on the more personal side of things – the thing I’m proudest…

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PREMIERE: Approaching Troy “DDCM” Music Video

We couldn’t be more stoked to share with you today the exclusive premiere for Approaching Troy‘s new music video for “DDCM.” An incredible pop-punk anthem filled with catchy hooks, lyrics meant for screaming at the top of your lungs, and an energy that can only be described as unforgettable, the music video is a beautiful visual of everything the song embodies. “Every song can be experienced two ways—through a speaker or through a live show,” explains vocalist Jake Salazar. “We’re so grateful that so many of you have been able to…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Invest In Yourself and Follow Your Passions

I’ve been making music my whole life. I started playing piano at age five, guitar at twelve, and started writing songs around the same time. I used to get in trouble when I was young for drumming on my desk or singing during class. All I wanted to do when I was young was write songs, sing, and play music. I’d sit in my parents’ basement for hours fiddling with Garage Band, recording, making beats, and playing with ideas. Time was irrelevant — I got lost in the creative process….

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Warped Tour 2017 Interview: Lions Lions

How’s it going?! How’d you enjoy your Warped Tour experience this year in Mansfield? It seems to rain every year, but this year was intense! Joshua Herzer (Vocals): It’s always an honor to join Warped Tour, even for just a day. It’s amazing that after all these years we can still rely on New England coming out and sharing the experience with us. The monsoon conditions were a bit ridiculous, but ultimately the sweat and rain combine and you just learn to accept the soppyness. You recently released the music…

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