Famous Last Words, MANAFEST, Altruria, 1 Last Chance

Big room

Famous Last Words



1 Last Chance

Sat · May 13, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

Famous Last Words
Famous Last Words" - A phrase reflecting the final articulated words of an individual before death, often to be immortalized as the centerpiece of a particular movement…. It's a pertinent name for a band whose lyrical concepts and themes revolve around life, death, hope and love.

Hailing from Petoskey, MI, Famous Last Words formed in 2009 and quickly began to make their mark within the scene. Utilizing heavy guitar riffs, catchy hooks, folly, and symphonic elements, the band took things a step further and introduced detailed stories into their lyrics and album structure; transforming their band into more of an art project. It was characteristics like this that lead the independent label InVogue records to sign the band in 2012.

The band released one EP and one early demo before recording their first full-length album Two-faced Charade with renowned producer Joey Sturgis, who later went on to say that Famous Last Words was in his top 10 favorite bands he'd ever worked with. Direct quote -"this record from beginning to end is one of the most exciting concept and storytelling records I've ever heard."
Two-faced Charade swiftly placed the band on the map. Lyrically, it depicts the story of a psychopath whose twisted idea of love drives him to the furthest point of insanity. The band released a music video for the song "The Show Must Go On," which quickly erupted on YouTube, reeling in millions of views. In light of the video's massive success, the band collectively decided to shoot a 30-minute short film depicting the entire story behind the album. The movie is due out March 2015.
After a heavy touring schedule, the band rode on the coattails of their own success, releasing their second full-length album in 2014 through InVogue records titled, Council of the Dead. Recorded by Nick Sampson, they again based the entire album around a single concept. But unlike their previous album, Council of the Dead tells not one, but eight individual narratives, each delineating a specific story. The stories cover a wide range of circumstances, each portraying an idiosyncratic account of a person's life nearing death. But each story bears a positive note in that it ruminates upon a person's life as if looking back from the afterlife. Overall the album is not only a collection stories, but also a tale of the preserving human spirit through the greatest trials and hardships that life has to offer.
Famous Last Words has no intention of slowing down as they push forward with plans to release their short film and are planning a tour through Europe. Always pushing the boundaries of what a band encompasses, expect great things in the future of this band.
Across the last decade and some change, Manafest
has steadily cemented his status as
one of the world's most diverse, envelope pushing and all around uplifting artists. His
seamless, lightening like blur between the spectrums of rap, hip
-hop, rock and pop hasn't
just led to 300,000
-plus album sales and four coveted Juno Award nominations (essentially
the Grammy equivalent in his home country of Canada), but also more than 1,000 shows
logged over four continents.
With such a wealth of experience and achievements, anchored by a rabid, taste making fan base, the singer/rapper/songwriter/author/skater could easily put his feet on the dash and
coast through the next career chapter, but considering he's never been one to phone in the
predictable, Manafest is taking a completely Reborn approach to his intelligent but
ceaselessly contagious music throughout this fittingly named new album. Perhaps the chief
catalyst in the ambitious leap forward comes from the decision to once again oversee his
affairs, which after six albums within the major label system, has inspired a full circle season
that mirrors the hunger and predominant hip
-hop flavors accompanying this versatile artist's self
-released debut a dozen years ago.
"The idea of going independent is a big deal, going back to my hip
-hop roots is a big deal,r
eturning to skating a lot more is such an important outlet for me, and then of course the
whole concept of my faith is always all about being
Reborn and starting anew," muses
Manafest of the factors that helped formulate the title. "I've done this for a long time, but at
times I feel Reborn because I'm basically starting over. And I say that as someone who's
not jaded or broke, but as someone who's happy and stoked. I still have lots to say and lots
to create."
Released just over a year after his last studio effort, the current collection is clearly part of a
creative surge that's been churning in the performer's mind for quite awhile. "I've always
rapped, even on the rock stuff, but I've wanted to do a more hip
-hop influenced record for along time," he continues. "I started thinking about that just after
Fighter came out, which was
my second kind of more real rock record like The Chase, and then last year's
The Moment was a bit of a hybrid record. For
Reborn, I decided to go back to hip-hop, but even the way I do hip-hop isn't the traditional 'boom, bap,' stuff, so I don't think the fans who like more of
the rock stuff will be disappointed." Follower feedback has always been a priority for Manafest (frequently the very last person
to leave one of his concerts) and the Reborn sessions have brought him even closer to core
listeners than ever before thanks to a Pledge Music campaign. "It's allowed me to have
direct communication with my number one supporters," he verifies. "Just being able to have
access to that is huge and I try to go the extra mile every way I can for them. We talk, they
get access to as much behind the scenes stuff as they are interested in, I give them a ton of
bonus content and we're building a relationship in the process."
And speaking of relationships, a simple scan of the Reborn track list indicates a slew of
guest collaborations, which in keeping with Manafest's diverse history thus far, come from
literally all walks of life. For starters, there's frequent friend Trevor McNevan of
Thousand Foot Krutch fame, who joins in for the insane hook of "Shine," a song about living each day to maximum capacity and beaming your light along the way.
From there, rapper Tedashii vibes alongside the headliner throughout the peace and unity promoting "I Have A Dream" (which even drops a skillful sample of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
famed speech). Another instantly famous voice comes via Soul Glow Activatur (formerly of
Family Force 5) on the rhythmic party rocker "Stick To Your Guns," an all-out anthem for
surviving the struggle and never going down for the count.
"I wanted more features on this record period," asserts Manafest. "I just realized as an artist,
man, you can get so much farther when you work together with people rather than doing
your own thing all the time. I find the lone soldier mentality doesn't work out as well
sometimes, plus when you work with artists you've never worked with before, everyone gets
to reach new fans, plus it's a ton of fun." The same could be said about the decision to team with super producers Seth Mosley (Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Sanctus Real) and Joel Bruyere (Thousand Foot Krutch), both of whom encouraged Manafest to bring in additional musicians to contribute additional
layers and atmosphere. "Seth and I met when he was in Me In Motion and he did the
majority of The Fighter
record as well," the singer explains. "He's phenomenal, man, and
just nails it. Believe it or not, I've never gotten to watch a live drummer track before, so that
was surreal, plus he brought in live string players-people who worked with Red-which was
another first for me. He also hired guitar players just to lay down some vibes and they just
so happened to be Jerry McPherson [Jewel, The Neville Brothers] and Miles McPherson,
who used to play live for Paramore. And this is also my second time working with Joel and
he's grown so much on this record as far as mixing and producing and stretching. He even
suggested we bring in somebody to do a harmonica solo, which I probably would've never
done before, but because it had worked so well when Seth hired musicians, I was like 'this
is cool. Let's do it!'" As unexpected as it may sound on paper for a hip-hop centric collection, the harmonica fits right in throughout the eclectic title track, which could very well be considered Manafest meets Johnny Cash and Mumford & Sons. It's certainly an engaging way to start a record, though additional highlights abound, including the lead single "Let You Drive," which seems tailor made for a rolling down the car windows on a perfect day, especially as Miles goes to town with his signature pop/punk beat keeping.
"The whole concept is to take your hands off the wheel and know that God's got everything
under control, which means you don't have to freak out," he assures, before giving
additional insight into the second single "Pray." "I feel like that's even deeper, and I didn't
even realize it at first, but it's almost like part two of my old tune 'Everytime You Run.' It
continues where that song left off as I'm pretending I'm talking to a guy who's really
screwing up his life and I'm trying to share something positive with him, but since I don't
know what to say and can't come up with the words, I just start to pray. The whole idea is
that even when it gets dark and messed up, we don't have to fight the battle on our own and
we can win it with prayer."
And last but not least is "Army," one of Manafest's personal favorites that could very well be
a musically dark but lyrically hopeful mash up between Eminem and Cypress Hill. "It's a lot
more political for me actually," he admits. "I talk about the federal reserve and debt and just
the idea of not following the status quo and going your own way. I'll stand, I'll march, I won't
back down. I think it's something my fans are really going to like the mentality behind and
people are going to take as their own and mean something very personal for them individually."
Yet another aspect of engaging listeners individually comes with Manafest's subsequent call
for all to submit their Reborn stories online, which is basically their opportunity to blog or
upload a video about their own stories of redemption. For the campaign creator, it naturally
ties into his faith, but like any typical 13-year-old guy, it actually started with a coming of age
curiosity. "I was bribed by my mother to go to Bible camp and I only went because there was going to be girls there," he lets out with a laugh. "I ended up having a huge
transformation because it was a week-long camp and that's when I really turned my life
around. I made some big decisions about drugs, alcohol and what I watched as far as
movies and TV, which really pointed my life in a different direction. I also happened to meet
my wife there, so I guess the 'meeting girls' part worked out too!"
Fast forward to today, and Manafest's focus includes leaving behind a legacy for his young
daughter, who is just getting to the age where she can join the family on tour from time to
time. This transitional period's also given the artist and his photographer/graphic designer
wife the chance to reunite creatively, which after working with outside sources during his
last few label years, is a fun return to form. Add it all up, and
Reborn is destined to be a landmark season all across the board for a man who's just as committed to his family as hitting his ultimate artistic stride on what's truly shaping up to be the culmination of his entire calling.
"I really want this to be one of those records that becomes a soundtrack for those who
connect with it just like Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP
or P.O.D.'s Satellite were to me," he sums up. "My goal is for this record to not just reach
current fans, but also new people because it just touches so many areas that are real and
applicable. It's been my favorite album to make so far and I hope it can get people
wondering 'what was he thinking when he was creating that?' and wanting to dig deeper
into what I'm all about."
Venue Information:
The Hi Tone Cafe
412 N. Cleveland St
Memphis, TN, 38104