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SCREAMO JUNK! I rather like your magazine and I buy it every month because it has diversity. If I’m going to read about modern music I want an objective overview that doesn’t ignore new or underground bands in an attempt to make their readership bigger. But then again, how do you justify giving Brokencyde (sorry, BrokeNCYDE) half a page worth of tree to whine about haters, tell us all how funny they are and talk about how they “keep it as crunk as possible”? You may as well have saved your ink because no one wants to read arrogant, self-satisfied bullshit from a band who have only managed to make it out of their parents’ garages because their music is so embarrassing it’s funny. Sorry, but 31,000,000 hits on Myspace is not a proof of quality, and it never will be. I can only hope it’s a result of the same morbid fascination that makes people rubberneck at bloody accidents on the motorway. Also, to make things worse, you gave Hollywood Undead seven out of 10 for their album...?! Screamo-crunk pretty much flies square in the face of credibility, creativity and substance, so why are we giving it coverage? If people start confusing this for originality I’m going to crawl under a rock with some beef jerky and an mp3 player full of The Mars Volta and never come out again. Jon, via email Beef what? Speak English, man! You’ve answered your own question when you state that what you look for in a music magazine is “an objective overview that doesn’t ignore new or underground bands”. Here at Rock Sound Towers we strive to bring you new music – at a personal cost to our own health and well-being! When you cover as much music as we do, there is bound to be something you don’t like – that’s a good thing, it creates debate if nothing else. “Screamo-crunk” may be a load of shit (in some people’s opinion) but you’ve just dedicated some more space to BrokeNCYDE with your brief tirade. Anyway, you’ve won £40 worth of Attitude swag, so email in to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. See you later hater (oh, and check page 26).
DISTURBIA I’m 13, in year eight at school and it sucks really bad. I’m the only person in my class (and probably in my year) that likes real music, everyone else likes Chris Brown, Rihanna, Flo Rida etc. They all hate me because they think I’m an emo. I’m not. Sometimes random people come up to me and just shout “emo!” in my face. I don’t know how to get the message through in a nice way that I’m not an emo and I hate chavs. I don’t mind emos, I mean they dress kinda cool, have ninja hair and are way more interesting to look at than the boring JD-obsessed chavs. I think I might have a solution for myself and anyone else who has my problem. Ready? PUT THEM ALL ON A PLANE AND SEND THEM TO MEXICO WHERE THEY CAN DIE SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY OF SWINE FLU! I know that it sounds stupid when you see it put like that, but I really don’t see why the government don’t just do it. It would save them loads of money and make people like me, old people and just about everyone else in the country happy. Emily Shaw, via email There’s a band called Flo Rida? Awesome...
BLOODY VEGGIES In the last year, I made the conscious decision to go vegetarian because I believe that eating dead animals is wrong. I expected a little banter from my friends because, as meat-eaters, they wouldn’t understand the decision I have made. However, what I didn’t expect was the constant vilification from anyone and everyone who believes that what I’m doing is wrong. I couldn’t believe how far people are willing to argue about meat-eating as if I were committing a crime. I find it hugely ignorant and disrespectful to a select few people who are trying to make a difference by not eating something that was once a living, breathing creature. So, if you are a meat-eater and do make jibes at vegetarians or vegans just because of their lifestyle, then shame on you, in my mind it’s as equally bad as racism. Dave Figgins, via post You’re 21! You have to wake up in bed with this same person for up to another 80 years… Oh, sorry, that’s from the letter you sent in last month. It’s your self-indulgence that offends not your vegetarianism! Here’s a choice selection of your words: “wouldn’t understand, decision, constant vilification, ignorant, disrespectful, select few people...”, whine, whine, whine. Are your iron levels a bit low? If so, have some lovely spinach and have a good cry, that always helps.
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WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO SHOW MY PARENTS MY TATTOOS? I NEARLY HAVE A FULL SLEEVE AND I DON’T THINK I CAN KEEP IT COVERED UP MUCH LONGER – SUMMER IS COMING! Richard, 18 I can’t imagine how you’ve hidden it for this long if you have a full sleeve already… Obviously if you’re the type of person who likes a lot of tattoos, it is a strong statement in self-expression, so I think it would be a good step if you showed your parents and explained to them that you love body art. I’m sure that your parents love you very much and will have no choice but to accept your tattoos because they’re not going anywhere.
“It’s starting to eat away at me, masturbation just doesn’t cut it any more.”
I HAVE BEEN WITH MY BOYFRIEND FOR AGES AND DON’T WANT TO SPLIT BUT I DO WANT TO SHOP AROUND. IS THIS EVEN AN OPTION? Chloe, 22 Chloe, you are very young and if there’s something in you telling yourself that you’re craving other people in your life, you should probably go with your gut feeling and explore some other options. However, just as a reminder, if you really are truly in love with this guy I think it is normal to have fl irtatious feelings once in a while, especially if you’ve been with someone for a really long time. Just make sure you don’t make the mistake of leaving someone you love very much for something shallow and unfulfi lling.
I’VE GOT A REALLY BIG PROBLEM THAT REQUIRES YOUR HELP. MY PROBLEM IS THAT I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY WANT TO SHAG YOU. IT’S STARTING TO EAT AWAY AT ME, MASTURBATION JUST DOESN’T CUT IT ANY MORE. I WILL NOT REST UNTIL THIS PROBLEM IS SOLVED. PLEASE, OH PLEASE HELP ME! Soloman, London Unfortunately, the reality is that you will never shag me in this lifetime. My advice to you is to fi nd a nice, sweet girlfriend with a good heart who resembles me. Have a happy lifetime together.
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FUCK STREET TEAMS! I’ve noticed a lot of My Passion in your magazine recently and I am very, VERY happy about this. For starters it’s great seeing a band who have worked so hard fi nally achieving and getting noticed for their work, and they’re actually bloody brilliant. Han, via email Sorry to use your email as an example, Han, because you’re not the only person we’re referring to, but have any of you My Passion street teamers ever heard of reverse psychology? The fact that we got sent this email 10,000 times makes us not want to write about the band. If they do so much hard work then let them do their dirty work themselves.
HARD ROCK HALLELUJAH I am emailing you to express a concern of mine, which I am sure you are all just as worried about. Why does the UK always lose Eurovision? I think the reason for this is because we always send awful and unknown singers when we have plenty of excellent rock / metal bands. So, I am asking you to please run a campaign to get a decent rock / metal band into the competition. Even if we don’t win, we will have showed Europe that we’re not completely untalented. Please say you’ll do this! Beth Oliver, via email This is worrying, it’s right up there with swine fl u, unemployment and recession. In times like these the last thing our country needs is another insipid British Eurovision entry! Even the national treasure that is Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on piano wasn’t enough to compete with such inspirational Euro trash entries from the likes of Turkey and er... Israel? What we need is something so Eurotastic and cringe worthy that Lordi will weep into their chain-studded leathers. We suggest Hot Leg, after all, in most of Europe that fashionable 80s style of mullets and tight jeans never really left!
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I really enjoy your magazine. We just got the 30 Seconds To Mars issue in at work and I am really looking forward to the new issue with Corey from Slipknot on the cover. I am in the US so I have to wait a little longer, bummer! Loki, via Myspace U guys rawk. Just an idea here but u just have to get an article on Tokio Hotel. I practically worship them. You could even just ask me some questions and I might be able to answer EVERYTHING I know about them. Honestly, I’m mad about them, they r so cool and awesome and… cool! Plz, plz, plzzzzzzzzzzz do an article about them. Plzzzzzzzzzzzzz! The Confuzlerr, via Bebo RS: Nozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I’m getting really annoyed with people asking for Tokio Hotel in this magazine – please don’t put them in. Sorry guys, but don’t you have a weekly for all that kind of pop-punk stuff? Rock Sound is one of the few magazines that’s not buried in it. How about a massive Coheed poster instead? New album spring 2010! Can’t wait! Finnán Tobin, via Bebo You have introduced me to so many more bands that I now love and adore. However, the sad thing is that because I live in Australia we are two months behind you (I am waiting for issue 121 to come out). Much love, always reading. Hayley, via Myspace Hey Rock Sound. Omg, I got ur new issue today and fuck, isn’t it a legend? It is fucking class but I have to stop bringing it to school as I’m not allowed to read it in class. How can I not? I mean, it’s so HOT. Oh, and loving the pic of Maria Brink, she is the sex on legs. Oh, and Hayley Williams, she is the sex with a capital UMPH. Got to go, but keep making Rock Sound the best magazine and although I don’t like half the bands you put in I always end up looking them up and liking them, so thanks for broadening my music taste. Oh, and by the way, I live in Ireland and there is only one shop that does it in Mullingar and I have an alarm set for when it comes out next. Love you all. Ryan Delaney, via Bebo Loving the new look but please, bring the crossword back! Rajitha Ratnam, via Facebook I just got the latest issue of your magazine today and I was chuffed to see (almost) a whole page dedicated to beards! I have a complaint though: how could you leave Tim Millar of Protest The Hero out of the whole thing? I mean, have you seen his beard? He could kill someone with that amazing chin-hedge! After seeing his video about going to The World Beard & Moustache Championships 09 in America, I have actually decided to let my facial fuzz to grow too. Oh, and GG Allin should have an award for having the most weird and retarded facial hair styles ever. Names Are Cliché, via Bebo
Check this out! This drawing of Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars fame was sent in by 16-year-old Claire Paffey and it’s spot on! We’re assuming the two-fi nger salute is aimed at the paparazzi, them or Perez Hilton, we hear he’s not a fan. Think you can do better? Send us your arty-farty goodness to rsvp@ rocksound.tv and you could see your pictures on these very pages!
OI! EMO I am really angry with Will from Aiden. He has said that his new album is to destroy the “EMO CULTURE”. I found this really horrible as I am emo and I like Aiden, so hearing one of my favourite bands say that was really annoying. I know loads of emos who like Aiden and I think Will should actually stop slagging it off as he is probably slagging off his own fans… Ryan Delaney, via email Bad Will, poor emos...
MY CHEM EXCLUSIVE! I would really love it if Rock Sound was the fi rst magazine to get pictures of Gerard Way and Lyn-Z’s baby, Bandit Lee Way! Please, please, please have some pictures in the next issue! Love you xxx Molly Gore, via Myspace As it’s you Molly, here’s one for you now...