Fear, Emptiness, Decibel: Royal Thunder Star in the Latest Episode of Converse x Decibel
Before there were blogs there were these things called magazines, and the only metal magazine we still get excited about reading every month is Decibel. Here’s managing editor Andrew Bonazelli…
Pros to being in a touring band: shunning the banality of everyday 9-to-5 drudgery in favor of making art and seeing the world. Which will occasionally get you laid. And/or free beer.
Cons to being in a touring band: constant threat of eviction, no medical benefits, regularly smelling bad.
Tough call, right? If you’ve ever had the aspiration to “go for it” with your band, I hope you’re 25 or under, because like Ally Sheedy says in The Breakfast Club, “When you grow up, your heart dies.” Now, that’s obviously a heaping spoonful of teen angst melodrama. Not to mention the boys and girl of Atlanta’s Royal Thunder aren’t fresh out of some liberal arts cocoon with naïve dreams of, like, changing the world with a great song, man. But they knew at an early age that “there was no plan B” for life without making music, and acted accordingly. Their absolutely not glamorous sleeping-bags-and-unpaid-bills “rock star” lives are dramatized in the latest Converse x Decibel. This one’s simultaneously scary and inspiring as hell, and that pretty much captures what it is to try and make a living off music.
The April 2013 issue of Decibel features Cathedral, Machine Head, Kvelertak, a preview of MDF, and an awesome Exhumed flexi disc. You can purchase it here. But why not just get a full subscription to ensure that you never miss an issue?